Seattle Public Schools sends word that the School Board has just approved two versions of next year’s calendar – with one major difference: Version 1 includes three days with no classes because teachers are in professional-development activities; version 2 does not. Which will be used? Depends on what the state decides about those three days, which require the district to get a waiver from the mandatory 180 days of instruction. Both versions have the feature we mentioned last month – the return of a full week of mid-winter break, after a year without it. Read on for the full announcement:
The Seattle School Board on Wednesday night approved two versions of an academic calendar for the upcoming school year.
This unusual action was made because the District asked for a waiver from the mandated 180 days of instruction to allow for three days for teacher professional development. The Washington State Board of Education has not yet approved that waiver and will review the request on July 12.
The two calendars approved include:
Option A: This calendar contains professional development Waiver Days, assuming state approval.
Option B: This other calendar does not contain professional development Waiver Days, assuming a denial of the waivers.
Since the Board approved both calendars Wednesday, the District can now publish the correct version after the State Board action in July, without calling the School Board back together for a special session.
Last week the State did grant a waiver for parent-teacher conferences for the three days before Thanksgiving, which means elementary school students and K-8s will not have school the week of Thanksgiving.
Key dates for next year’s school calendar include:
First day of school: Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013
Winter break: two weeks, from Dec. 23, 2013, to Jan. 3, 2014
Mid-winter break: Feb. 17-21, 2014, including the Presidents Day holiday
Spring break: April 14-18, 2014
Last day of school: yet to be determined (June 18 or 19, 2014)
The calendar also builds in four snow make-up days, including Jan. 31, 2014, May 23, 2014, and the two days after the last day of school. It’s important that families plan for students to potentially be in school during these days, and to note that the last day of school could be Monday, June 23, 2014.