Some schools allowing excused absences for Seahawks parade

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by ERIC WILKINSON / KING 5 News and KING 5 News Staff

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Posted on February 3, 2014 at 9:22 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 4 at 6:50 PM

You'll forgive Corey Takea if he was a bit preoccupied during his geometry test Monday. The only math he was interested in, was the margin of victory from Sunday's Super Bowl.

"I'm just so excited about the Seahawks winning the Super Bowl," the 8th grader said. "It's definitely hard to concentrate."

After watching his beloved Seahawks win the big game, Takeya sent an email to his principal and teachers respectfully requesting his school take a field trip to watch the Seahawks victory parade, set for Wednesday. Strictly for educational purposes.

"The Seahawks winning the Super Bowl is a historic event in Washington history," said Takeya. "It would be a good place to learn a little bit."

Public schools were scheduled to remain open Wednesday, including Kent, Tacoma, Lake Washington, Everett and Seattle. On Tuesday Seattle Mayor Ed Murray urged schools to give excused absences to students to allow them to attend the parade.

"It is my hope that the school district will excuse absences for students who want to join their family during the #Celebreate48 events," Mayor Murray tweeted.

Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Jose Banda later announced each school principal would be allowed "the flexibility to do what you feel is best for your school community. Under state regulation, you do have the discretion to decide if students who miss school tomorrow for the parade will be considered unexcused or excused. I will support your decision."

Seattle's Roosevelt High School announced they would allow excused absences. Students are advised to check their school or school's website.

Four local private schools announced they would close. Forest Bridge School in Bellevue, Kennedy Catholic High School in Burien, Archbishop Murphy in Everett and Seattle Prep have canceled classes.

People all across Seahawks Nation have lobbied their teachers and bosses for a Hawks holiday. Lynnwood's Elite Accounting is allowing everyone to skip work on parade day, even though this is their busiest time of year.

"It's the right thing to do," said owner Allan Dadgar. "They want to be part of the team and the welcome home. They're hard workers. They deserve it."

As for Corey Takeya, he isn't holding out much hope for his principal. So, in his written request for a field trip, he also included this clause: "If we do have to go (to school) I wish to inform you that I will be sick on Wednesday with Seahawks Fever."

 

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