Posted: April 18, 2017
Camas School District has received an emergency waiver for four of its ten weather-related closures this school year. Approval of these waiver days was an important part of the plan shared with the community on January 20, 2017. Barring additional closures, the last day of school for students will be Monday, June 26, 2017 which will be a full day of school.
Graduation dates are not affected. High schools will provide activities for senior participation in order to reach their required makeup days. Schools will provide details regarding these opportunities.
Instructional requirements will be met
Camas students will still meet state instructional hour requirements through converted non-instructional hours such as late start and early release dates.
Why the waiver was requested
Winter weather events caused Camas School District to close school ten times this year. Washington State requires 180 days of instruction or a district average of 1,027 instructional hours. Making up all ten of those days exhausted the makeup dates built into the 2016-17 school calendar, would have extended the school year until the last day of June, and forced graduation dates to be moved.
The district requested the waiver for four of the ten days to reduce potential hardships for high school students who depend on summer employment, employees who enroll in continuing education programs and families who have planned and purchased summer vacation travel.
CSD’s board of directors approved the waiver request on March 13, 2017, and the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction granted the waiver in early April.