Oct 13, 2022 - News

Seattle students could be in school in July

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If there's a big snowstorm this winter, Seattle Public Schools students could be in class past the Fourth of July.

Driving the news: The local school board approved a new school year calendar Wednesday night, adding five days of classes to make up for those that students missed during last month's teacher strike.

Details: June 26 was originally the last day of school for Seattle students. Now it will be June 30 — with possible snow makeup days on July 3, July 5 and July 6.

  • Feb. 2 — originally scheduled as a day off and possibly a snow makeup day — will now be a regular school day, according to the new calendar.

Context: State law requires that Washington students have 180 days of classroom instruction, making the replacement days necessary.

Flashback: The five-day teacher strike delayed the start of school from Sept. 7 to Sept. 14.

Why it matters: Seattle students already are in class later into the summer compared to many students across the country.

  • Now, if a winter storm cancels even one day of classes, they'll be sitting at their desks into July.

Our thought bubble: With snow storms happening somewhat regularly over the past few years (remember 2019), Seattle kids could very well be looking at July classes in 2023.


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