Issaquah School District does not seek waiver for snow days

January 31, 2012

By Staff

During the recent snowstorm, schools throughout the area were closed for the better part of a week and Gov. Chris Gregoire declared a state of emergency.

Because of that declared emergency, school districts have the option of going to the state and asking for a waiver that allows them not to make up the days missed due to weather.

In the case of the Issaquah School District, no waiver will be sought, according to Sara Niegowski, district director of communications. That may change if further classroom days are lost to weather conditions.

“We strongly believe in at least 180 school days for students,” Niegowski said in a press release.

The district will seek a waiver for high school seniors who, with the snow days, would fall one day short of the required days needed for graduation.

Students in the Snoqualmie Valley Public Schools missed four days, according to Carolyn Malcolm, district public information coordinator. She said no decision yet has been made as to whether or not the district will seek snow-related waivers from the state.

For the current school year, the district’s last day of instruction was to have been June 11, which happens to be a Monday. The school year logically could be extended to Friday, June 15, Malcolm said.

According to Malcolm, waiving days is not as easy as it sounds. Districts still need to make up instruction hours even if school days are waived, she said.

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