Snow day cancelations push last day of school to June 14
Extreme winter weather conditions forced the cancelation of six school days this school year prompting the school board to unanimously approve a calendar revision pushing the last day of school to Wednesday, June 14. The last day of school will be an early dismissal.
Governor Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency for Walla Walla County for missed days which landed within January 10 to 20, 2017. The district conducted extensive research to determine if it was eligible for a state waiver. Upon close review, it was determined the district did not meet the waiver criteria.
Initially, we thought we would be able to apply for a waiver for the two days missed in January since school was canceled during the designated two week period,” Assistant Superintendent Chris Gardea reported to the school board. “Before you can apply for a waiver for missed school days due to the winter weather, you must make a reasonable effort to make up the missed days as per WAC 392-129-105 and RCW 28A.150.220(2). School district’s must make up at least three days and extend its school year to and through June 14 to be granted a state waiver. Therefore, since we are able to complete the snow make-up days by June 14, we are not eligible for a state waiver.”
Walla Walla High School and Lincoln High School’s originally scheduled graduation dates remain the same under the approved calendar revision. Lincoln High School’s graduation is Thursday, June 1 and Walla Walla High School’s graduation is Friday, June 2. Seniors will make up the three canceled days on Saturdays; April 29, May 6 and 13. These 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday learning sessions will include Advanced Placement test preparations, post high school planning, financial management instruction and career counseling. Finals schedules for seniors will remain as originally planned, May 30 to June 1. Finals for students in grades 9-11 will be held the last three days of school, June 12-14.
Six snow make-up days (school in session on these days):
- March 2, 2017
- May 12, 2017
- June 9, 2017
- June 12, 2017
- June 13, 2017
- June 14, 2017 (early dismissal)
Six school cancelation days:
- Dec. 12, 2016
- Dec. 15, 2016
- Dec. 16, 2016
- Jan. 11, 2017
- Jan. 18, 2017
- Feb. 9, 2017