Third Update: Bellevue, Highline, Northshore and Lake Washington are all offering excused absences to students with their parents' permission.
Second Update: The Mayor tweeted: "It is my hope that the school district will excuse absences for students who want to join their family" for this event.
Update: quite the number of stories around this issue.
One, many people unhappy at Banda's use of "historical" versus "historic" and yes, he got it wrong.
Two, Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll was asked on Monday if they should allow kids to go to the parade and he said, "Heck yeah, they should."
Three, should teachers carry on no matter how many kids aren't in class? Should it be a movie day or should kids who miss that day just miss out because their parents made a choice about their attendance?
Four, should we just use one snow day?
Five, would it really be fair to parents who cannot have their kids sitting at home alone?
Six, West Seattle blog had a comment that WSHS and Madison will have an "early release" tomorrow.
Seattle Public Schools to remain open on Wednesday.
From Superintendent Jose Banda:
Congratulations to the @Seahawks on an amazing season and Super Bowl
win! I It’s been so fun to see our school communities get into the
spirit these last few weeks. I've enjoyed seeing the photos and videos
of our students and staff celebrating the Seahawks.
received questions about the parade on Wednesday, which starts at 11
a.m. Seattle Public Schools will not close or dismiss school early
because of the parade. Parents who wish to take their students out of
school can, but per state regulation, it will be treated as an unexcused
absence. While we support the team, academics must come first and it’s
important not to lose a day in the classroom.
We know this is a
historical event for our community and we also know that for many of
our students, their school community is a place where they will
celebrate and come together to talk about pride, sportsmanship and
teamwork. We encourage our students and staff to wear blue on Wednesday
in honor of the #Seahawks.
We are working with the City on transportation issues for the day and
we will work hard to minimize disruptions. However, families should
expect bus delays in the afternoon on Wednesday.