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Making Up Instructional Time Lost Due to Snow Closures

Making Up Instructional Time Lost Due to Snow Closures

 

Due to the snowstorms that blanketed our region recently and impacted school operations, Snoqualmie Valley schools experienced seven emergency closure days in February 2019.

 

School district and Snoqualmie Valley Education Association leaders met this week to review options for making up lost time. The Snoqualmie Valley School District Board of Directors reviewed the application at their February 28 meeting and supports the plan. The plan takes into consideration several factors including: state requirements, potential impacts to the Mount Si High School construction timeline, end-of-year educational trips and summer vacation plans.

 

The plan consists of adding two school days that were designated as potential make-up days on the 2018-19 school calendar and requesting a waiver from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) for five school days, as follows:

  • February 4 (will be made up on Friday, May 24)
  • February 5 (will be made up on Friday, June 14)
  • February 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 (waiver request days)

 

Even though the state may grant school districts waiver days, Washington State law still requires districts to provide an annual average of 1,027 instructional hours to students. Therefore, in addition to adding the two make-up days (noted above), the following schedule changes will be implemented for the remainder of this school year to make up instructional time:

  • Converting 10 Early Release Fridays into full school days, beginning March 29 through June 7; and
  • Adding 12 minutes to the end of EVERY school day, starting Monday, March 25, and extending through Thursday, June 13. (See the Revised School Start & Dismissal Times with extra minutes added, which will be effective March 25.)

 

The last day of school for grades K-12 will be Friday, June 14. It will follow our district’s normal last day of school Early Dismissal (half-day) schedule.