Just a friendly reminder to all that Friday, May 24th will be a school day in the Deer Park School District. Each year when the board adopts a new school calendar, an emergency or “contingency day” is built into the calendar to use in the event of a school day missed due to severe weather or any other unforeseen circumstance. While the first couple months of winter were mild, February and March brought some of the most significant accumulations of snow on record! Thankfully, we were only forced to close our schools on one day in February. With that being the case, we’ll use Friday, May 24th to make-up the school day we missed.

As codified by Washington’s State Board of Education, public school calendars in Washington State must meet the 180 minimum school day requirement, unless special waivers are applied for and granted (more information HERE). Additionally, as of the 2015-16 school year, the State Board stipulates that schools must offer instructional hour offerings of at least 1,080 hours in grades nine through 12, and at least a district-wide average 1,000 hours in grades one through eight. The district calculation for compliance may be made as a district-wide annual average over grades 1 through 12 – this equates to a district-wide annual average 1,027 instructional hours.

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