SEATTLE - Rather than add days to the end of the school year, Seattle Public Schools is asking the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction for a waiver so students would not have to make up the Jan. 19 and Jan. 20 snow days.
Gov. Chris Gregoire declared Washington in a State of Emergency for those days. The waiver is contingent on a decision allowing the Emergency Proclamation to apply to schools in King County.
It would cost Seattle Public Schools roughly $500,000 to make up the two days in June.
Seattle schools made up one of the three snow days on Friday, Jan. 27. State law does not require students to make up a day for Tuesday, Jan. 17, when students had a late arrival and an early dismissal.
Making up the time during mid-winter break is not an option, as families and staff have arranged their schedules around the school calendar, which was approved by the School Board in May 2011. That calendar, which is available online listed Jan. 27 as a weather make-up day, and up to three additional days are to be made up at the end of the school year.
The approved calendar for the 2012-13 school year shortens the mid-winter break, reducing it from a full week to four days over the Presidents Day weekend. The break includes the Friday before the weekend and Monday, Presidents Day, which is already a holiday and a non-school day.