Update: I cannot find any notice of the closure of SPS on May 19th at the Times. The newspaper of record in Seattle and they don't have this up? Hmm. (I searched and if it's there, it's not easy to find.)
end of updates
From SPS Communications (please note, no info here on IB testing)
Seattle Public Schools Families,
Thank you in advance for your patience as we work to provide information and options for you around the May 19
Seattle Education Association (SEA) walkout and cancellation of school
that day. Below is a list of frequently asked questions and information
to assist your family in planning for May 19.
Last day of school for seniors and all other students
What is the last day of school now? What is the last day of school for seniors?
The last day of school for all students, except seniors, is June 16.
Students will attend school for a full day on June 15 and be dismissed 1
hour early on June 16. The last day of school for seniors is now June 9. Seniors will need to attend or provide an excused absence on June 9 to fulfill graduation requirements.
I need to secure qualified child care for my child on May 19.
needing child care are encouraged to check with the child care program
director at your child’s school as soon as possible regarding the child
care programs’ status on May 19, as well as any availability. While many
of our schools have child care programs on site, parents/guardians
should not assume these programs are operating on May 19. You should consult directly with the child care provider and not assume that the provider is open. A list of programs is available in the “Resources for Parents” section of the district’s Early Learning page under ‘Afterschool & PreK Programs in Seattle Public Schools.’
What about other community based organizations that provide child care? Are there options?
The district is working with the city to provide opportunities for families and will share information as we receive it.
My school has an in-house before and after school childcare program. Will it extend to all day and can I participate in that?
school-based program is different; some will be open, while others may
close. You should consult directly with the program at the school.
After school activities on May 19
What after school activities can take place on May 19?
all after school extra-curricular activities are cancelled with the
exception of scheduled evening student performances and high school
athletic competitions. Please check directly with your school if there
is an evening performance or athletic competition scheduled.
My student has a camp scheduled for that day. Can it still happen?
Overnight camps with students will still take place and staff will be
present to participate in those camps. Your school will provide you with
What are the repercussions of not attending school on June 16?
state law requires 180 instructional days of school (175 instructional
days for seniors). The only acceptable exception is an excused absence.
Those not attending on the last day of school will receive unexcused
absences for that day. By state law, school
attendance is mandatory, and unexcused absences and truancy are
prohibited. Children found to be in violation of this law may be subject
to a truancy petition filed with the superior court after seven truancy
days in a calendar month or 10 truancy days within a school year.
We will continue to provide information and updates as details become available. Thank you for your continued patience.