Shoreline Public Schools: Schedule for snow day make-ups

Saturday, February 23, 2019

School Bus about to go down The Windy
Photo taken by bus driver
From Shoreline Schools

Due to the loss of instructional time caused by the snow closures during the weeks of February 4-15, Shoreline Schools is adjusting the school calendar to meet the number of instructional hours required by the state.

School district and Shoreline Education Association leaders met this week to review all options for making up the lost time and have come to the following agreement for snow make-up days:

  • June 3 will become a Full School Day. This day had previously been a scheduled Staff Work Day.
  • June 14 will become a Full School Day. This day had previously been a scheduled Half-Day Early Release.
  • June 17, 18 and 19 will be Full School Days.
  • June 20 will be the anticipated Last Day of School with a Half Day Early Release

This plan allows us to meet our instructional time requirements and apply for one waiver day from the state.

Graduation will continue to be held on June 9. In order to offer Shorewood and Shorecrest High School seniors the same amount of instructional hours, they will be offered the option of participating in academic activities at their schools the week of spring break, April 22-26. More information about these days will be provided as soon as possible once detailed plans are finalized.

We again want to thank our families and staff for their patience and understanding during our recent snowstorms. The strain and stress that school cancellations and delays cause can be tremendous. 

Because of that, we never make those decisions unless absolutely necessary for the safety of our students, staff and families. We also realize that the changes caused by the make-up days can also be inconvenient for families. If you have trips or commitments planned for any of the make-up days, we ask that you communicate that to your school in advance so that absences can be marked accordingly.

Below is a list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding snow make-up days:

Q: I heard the governor declared a state of emergency and we can waive the snow days. Why are we only applying to waive one day?

A: While the state of emergency declaration and waiver process does allow for more than one day to be waived, it does not allow a school district’s students to receive less than 1,027 hours of instruction on average per year. Having more than one day waived would result in less than the required hours of instruction.

Q: Why can’t we make up any of the days during Mid-Winter or Spring Breaks?

A: Because those breaks are announced in advance and many staff and families make plans or other commitments for those times, we must honor the breaks set in the school calendar.

Q: Can we make-up instructional time during elementary conferences?

A: No. The elementary conference hours already count towards the required instructional hours.

Q: Why can’t we make-up instructional time during the early release Wednesdays?

A: This was one of the options considered, but the time it captured back still would not meet the instructional hours requirement. This time is also used by staff to engage in professional development, collaboration and school/classroom data analysis to support higher levels of student achievement.

Q: Who can I contact if I have additional questions?

A: For questions regarding individual family situations or concerns, please contact your school office. For questions about the snow make-up days process and requirements, please contact Deputy Superintendent Marla Miller at marla.miller@shorelineschools.org.



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