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.
TWO NEW UPDATES regarding special programs:
Preschool -- Four days (June 10, 11, 12, 13) will be added to the end of the school year for the preschool program -- making the last day for students Thursday, June 13. The increase will allow students to make up precious learning time to ensure they are prepared for the 2019-20 school year. Please note that, unlike the other SVSD grade levels, the daily preschool schedule will NOT be extended any additional minutes. Preschool will continue to run on its regular schedule and preschool transportation should remain the same through the remainder of the year.
Transition Learning Center (TLC) -- No make-up time will be scheduled for the TLC program. The last day of TLC classes will be Thursday, June 6. And, there are no changes to the daily schedule.
There will be no changes to our Class of 2019 graduation dates. (Two Rivers’ graduation is still June 5; the TLC celebration is June 6; and Mount Si High School’s graduation is June 7.) There will also be no changes to Spring Break, April 8-12.
The solution described above ensures Snoqualmie Valley students can recoup instructional time during the school year when learning time is most effective. At the same time, it works to minimize any disruption to the Mount Si High School construction schedule, which continues on time and on budget, to serve students next September.
If we miss more time due to weather related issues, or if we receive new information from OSPI regarding our waiver requests, the district will again consider all options.
We want to again thank our families and staff for their patience and flexibility during the recent snowstorms. We understand the strain that unexpected school closures can cause, and because of that, we never make those decision unless absolutely necessary for the safety of our students, staff and families. We realize too that the changes resulting from the make-up plan may present additional challenges. Please know that we appreciate your understanding.