Wednesday, May 13, 2015

May 19th Walk-Out Updates

From SPS Communications:

Ingraham will hold a Saturday School on May 30th from 8:30 – 11:30 AM, and Center School will hold a Saturday School on June 6 (I believe similar hours to HIS but I’ll need to confirm). This is to ensure that all seniors have at least 175 instructional days while still allowing their scheduled graduation and graduation night events to take place.

From the City of Seattle:
Seattle Parks and Recreation has announced it will open and staff drop-in activities at 21 designated community centers for Seattle Public School students from kindergarten to 8th grade in response to the May 19 teacher walk-out. The free program will operate from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19 and will include supervised recreation activities, with an anticipated supervision ratio of 20 children to 1 adult leader.

“We’re willing to open Seattle’s community centers for parents needing daycare on May 19,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “Our programs for school-age kids offer educational and fun options during the summer and school vacations. It just makes sense for Parks for to step up during this exceptional circumstance.”

Due to space limitations, eligible students will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. All students must have a completed registration form. Registration forms can be obtained at open community centers, at the community centers the day of the drop-in service, or printed from To hold a spot at a center, register in advance; please go online at A registration form still must be brought to the community center on the 19th.

Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Associated Recreation Council will staff these sites. Parents are asked to drop off eligible children by 9:00 a.m. Spaces for parents who have pre-registered will not be held past 9:00 a.m. Once signed in, children will only be released to the authorized contacts listed on the registration form (identification is required).

Parents are asked to send a sack lunch with their child. Snacks will be provided to all students, and lunch will be provided to those students who are unable to bring their own.

The drop-in activities will be available at (editor’s note: we’re just listing the local centers, full citywide list here):
Alki, 5817 SW Stevens St.
Delridge, 4501 Delridge Way SW
Hiawatha, 2700 California Ave. SW
High Point, 6920 34th Ave. SW
South Park, 8319 8th Ave. S.

Parks’ Teen Centers [including Southwest, 2801 SW Thistle] will be open 2:30-8:00 p.m. in order to provide some daytime drop-in activities for teens.

(Editor's note: previously scheduled classes/activities on May 19th at centers being used for this effort are probably canceled and you may ask for a refund if that happens.)


Anonymous said...

I know the strike will inconvenience many families, but I hope that folks know how hard the teachers are working to minimize the consequences for students. Between waiting til AP exams are over and making special arrangements for teachers to be on hand to administer IB exams, to scheduling Saturday school for seniors, the teachers are doing their best to make their voices heard without penalizing the students.

Grateful parent

Anonymous said...

Please pass the word and come out to CSIHS the morning of the 19th, and support your teachers and staff.
If you are available to come support for a few minutes or an hour we would love to see you there!

This will be our morning schedule:

8:00 am - meet at CSIHS in front of building (breakfast)
8:00 - 10:00 am - talking with community members, serving breakfast, providing handouts, "marching to Delridge" for visibility...
10:00-11:00 am - transitioning to Seattle Center (SEA may provide buses) for SEA rally and march to Westlake. Family and community are invited to attend too.
Thank you for your support!

Leslie Harris
CSIHS Parent
School Board Candidate

Anonymous said...

I don't understand this walk-out at all. The point of a walk-out is to generally inconvenience the management of an entity in order to make some point about how they are treating the labor.

In this case, management is coordinating the walk-out and shutting down the whole enterprise to support it. The only folks inconvenienced are the students and their families (I don't want to call them customers).

How does this accomplish anything? The students and families are already being punished due to the choices of the legislature. How does "walking-out" , with the full support of management, get the legislature to notice anything? Unlike in a typical walk-out context where management is harmed, the legislature suffers no harm for this walk-out. The students, families, SPS, and the city will bear the full cost of this action. The legislature will bear none. How does walk-ing out do anything useful to get the legislature to give on the issues that are important?

Very Confused