West Seattle schools: 1 snow day pushes end of school year back 3 days

(It was a day for sledding, not studying, at Madison MS on Monday. Texted reader photo from the WSB snow-day gallery)

It’s the flip side of Monday’s snow day – Seattle Public Schools has announced that the makeup day has now been officially scheduled, so the last day of classes for this school year is now Monday, June 26th, instead of Friday, June 23rd. Here’s the updated SPS 2016-2017 calendar, which is also a reminder that this year includes a full week of mid-winter break, week after next.

22 Replies to "West Seattle schools: 1 snow day pushes end of school year back 3 days"

  • West Seattle Hipster February 10, 2017 (11:38 am)

    That will be a inconvenience for those who were planning vacations.  But the snow was so beautiful!

  • Chuck February 10, 2017 (12:01 pm)

    1=3. New DeVos math?

    • Local February 10, 2017 (4:19 pm)

      It’s really only one day as you don’t count the weekend. 

  • S February 10, 2017 (12:04 pm)

    Got to love the SPS for not programming a a built in Snow day in the year. Another example of why the SPS are out of touch. 

    • Bonnie February 10, 2017 (2:01 pm)

      They did have built in snow days.  February 1st was one of them.  It didn’t snow, the kids took it off and it snowed the next week.

  • CAL February 10, 2017 (12:06 pm)

    Parents can still pull students out for their vacations.  Faculty, depending on their contracts, now have to stick around for the weekend and Monday.

  • Eddie February 10, 2017 (1:02 pm)

    Current Farm economy 9ish month school year is outmoded.

    • Joslin Roth February 10, 2017 (1:50 pm)


    • TheKing February 10, 2017 (6:42 pm)

      I have some really good memories from those summer breaks. I couldn’t be the Grinch who took summers away. 

  • Momo February 10, 2017 (1:22 pm)

    Now what does everyone that was hoping for a snow day think?

    It just amazes me how people hear it might snow and they hope and hope it does so they can miss a day of school or work and then it does and then this happens and they do nothing but complain! NEVER HAPPY.



  • Parent February 10, 2017 (1:33 pm)

    It’s inconvenient not because of vacation plans but for those of us who’ve scheduled camps or childcare. And really, how much is going to get accomplished? We will probably skip that school day so our kids can attend the first day of their summer childcare. 

  • Gina February 10, 2017 (1:50 pm)

    The kids that use the subsidized breakfast and lunch program will get a day of nourishment. I think it is worth it.

  • Trickycoolj February 10, 2017 (2:32 pm)

    Maybe they’ll consider not starting school well after Labor Day next time Labor Day falls so far into September. Bethel Schools always started 8/31 in years where Labor Day was late into September. I learned this year in the Portland area many schools start 2 weeks prior to Labor Day. 

  • Mamasuze February 10, 2017 (2:34 pm)

    Why not take a day off of the mid-winter break!

    • Alki Resident February 10, 2017 (4:40 pm)


    • mehud7 February 10, 2017 (5:15 pm)

      The SPS calendar and SEA contract states that the snow make up days are February 1st and June 26th and 27th.  You can’t just day a day off of mid-winter break.  People have plans and it was not bargained.

      • WSB February 10, 2017 (5:18 pm)

        I was going to point that out earlier – the “day between semesters” has historically been a potential makeup day – last year it was used as one of the strike makeup days. Generally, in meteorological history, a no-school-type of snowfall will happen before February. This year … anomaly, and it happened just a few days AFTER that potential makeup day.

      • Eddie February 10, 2017 (7:11 pm)

        Maybe if the kids and parents had as strong a union as the teachers do.

  • waikikigirl February 10, 2017 (3:53 pm)

    I agree with  Mamasuze.

    And why in the heck does the school near me have so many early dismissals? And maybe I can’t remember that far back but did we (60+ yrs.) have that many “breaks”? 

  • A-Red February 10, 2017 (4:17 pm)

    Wait! I think I’ve got a solution where everyone will be happy!!

    All they need to do is… err, hold on.

    Sorry, wasn’t thinking straight–my idea won’t work after all. 

  • flimflam February 10, 2017 (4:18 pm)

     does anyone think that kids will be showing up on a last-day-of-school Monday? seems like a silly decision and a waste of time/resources.

  • rob February 10, 2017 (6:07 pm)

    you mean my kids will be in school learning for a few more days and i can relax in the mid morning with out them AMEN

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