Thursday, January 25, 2007

Make-Up Days Scheduled for Feb. 2, March 16, and June 21-22

From the district website today:

Seattle Public Schools (SPS) will make up four of the five school days missed due to inclement weather by scheduling Feb. 2, March 16, June 21, and June 22 as student days. The district will apply to the state to waive the requirement for a fifth day. This schedule, proposed by the Seattle Education Association (SEA), aligns with feedback from parents and guardians.

The make-up days on the modified calendar are now scheduled for:

- Friday, Feb. 2 (originally a day between semesters)
- Friday, March 16 (originally a professional development day for staff)
- Thursday, June 21 and Friday, June 22 (these two days were originally summer break for students; June 21 was a professional development day for staff).

While the last day for students will be Friday, June 22, staff will work on Monday, June 25 and Tuesday, June 26 to make up the missed professional development days.The revised calendar, renegotiated between SPS and the Seattle Education Association (SEA), aligns with feedback received from parents/guardians and teachers. Placing the first two make-up days in February and March means that students will recapture important learning time prior to the Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL) testing window, and will complete the school year only two days later than originally planned.

“There is no perfect solution when we need to account for five missed days,” said Superintendent Raj Manhas. “We realize that any revisions to the school calendar will create inconvenience for at least some students, families and staff members.”

The District received 6,073 responses to an on line parent/guardian survey that was open from Thursday, Jan. 18 through Monday, Jan. 22. This feedback, together with the proposal from SEA, was considered as the calendar was renegotiated. Survey participants expressed a range of preferences. The most popular options were to use the day between semesters and the March professional development day. Ranking third and fourth in preference was the use of mid-winter break and the option of spreading make-up days out over a range of dates. Least preferred were the options of extending school for five days into the summer break and eliminating the spring break.

1 comment:

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