Friday, January 19, 2007

Please complete the on-line parent/guardian survey!

Go here to vote: More info and link to the survey

Schools were closed on five days this school year due to inclement weather. The district's contract with the Seattle Education Association (SEA) calls for make-up days to be added at the end of the school year. This would mean that the last student day would be Wednesday, June 27.

However, the district and SEA are exploring other options, and would like to have input from parents and guardians. An on-line survey will be posted on this page no later than 5 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 18. Due to the need to make decisions quickly, the deadline to submit responses will be midnight on Monday, Jan. 22.

The State has announced the possibility of a waiver for days when school was closed during a Governor-declared state of emergency. (In Seattle's case, Dec. 15). We will explore this option. However, even with a waiver, the 1,000 instructional hour requirement must be met and we expect only minimal relief from this provision.

Seattle Public Schools is considering a number of other options. Please take a few moments to complete this survey and share your opinion of the best way to schedule the five make-up days. Results will be shared and discussed with SEA, and a decision announced by the district as soon as possible. Note that any modification of the existing 2006-2007 school calendar must be bargained with SEA.

We know that the number of make-up days we face this year is challenging for almost everyone - teachers, students, families, and employers. We appreciate your input to our planning.
All employees of Seattle Public Schools received an internal survey via e-mail approximately two weeks ago. We, therefore, ask that you only complete this survey if you are a parent or guardian of student(s) currently attending Seattle Public Schools.

Thank you.

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