Thursday, January 18, 2007

Online Survey on Making up Snow/Ice/Wind Days

Seattle schools have lost 5 days since November to snow, ice and wind. If the days are made up at the end of the school year, the last day of school will be June 27th. The issue of what to do about the missed days has been discussed on this blog (Taking a Vote), in a Seattle Times article today (Will students make up snow days before WASL?), in a Seattle PI article yesterday (Time slips away for school kids), on a Seattle PI blog (What's a district to do?), and in every place where parents and teachers congregate around the city.

Today, while our kids were at circus class, I heard some Seattle Public Schools teachers (who are also parents) discussing a survey they took about alternative ways to make up the days missed. Now parents and guardians are being asked to take the survey at: On-line Parent/Guardian Survey.

Take a few minutes to fill out the survey and share your opinions.

2 comments:

Melissa Westbrook said...

Another part of this is the number of late-start days. If your child already has late-start days a couple of times a month (several high schools have this and I know they started it at Eckstein this year as well), it all adds up. My son and his friend said it was almost better to have late start than no school because "the teachers' schedules are all messed up and the classes are short". My son, the scholar. So there's more lost time.

It makes you wonder what those WASL scores will look like in the fall.

Beth Bakeman said...

Results will be announced soon.

Today, the Seattle Public Schools News & Calendar page says:

"Thank you to all the parents and guardians who filled out our on-line survey and shared their opinion on the best way to make up the five days students have missed because of inclement weather. We know that the number of make-up days we face this year is challenging for almost everyone - teachers, students, families, and employers. We appreciate your input to our planning. Results will be shared and discussed with the Seattle Education Association, and the district will announce a decision as soon as possible."