Posted: January 18, 2017
January 17 marked our ninth inclement weather closure day this school year. We appreciate the challenges closure days present for staff, students, and families.
In an effort to mitigate makeup days that extend the school year through the end of June, we have developed creative solutions to recapture lost instructional time. The plan balances the impact by adding instructional hours into existing school days with recaptured late start and early release time, adds days to the school year, and also applies to the State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction for a waiver of some emergency closure school days (per WAC 392-129-125). The plan, with anticipated waivers, allows for two additional inclement weather school closure days, if needed; however, additional early release/late start hours may be added back to the calendar. If we exceed two additional closure days, we will need to revisit our plan and potentially add more days to the end of the school year.
Due to the extraordinary number of canceled school days, we have changed the January 30 non-attendance day to a regular student attendance day. Attached is a revised calendar that shares the plan. As it stands, the last day of school will be June 26, 2017, which will be a full day. If we have more than two additional inclement weather days, we’ll need to revise the calendar. We will not cancel spring break.
Please know, the district remains committed to keeping graduation dates unchanged. Moving these dates is problematic for students who are reporting to college or for service, not to mention the impact to families who have been planning for graduation since dates were announced. We may need to offer some Saturday options for seniors to maintain these dates. We will communicate directly with senior students and their families if those options become a reality.
We appreciate your patience, understanding, and flexibility as we work through this incredible winter weather. If you have any questions, please let us know.