Just a friendly reminder to everyone that Friday, May 27th will be a school day in the Deer Park School District. When the Board of Directors adopts a new school calendar, an emergency or “contingency day” is always built into the calendar to use in the event that we’re forced to close schools due to severe weather (or any other unforeseen circumstance). As you’re aware, we had a couple of dicey weather days in January and we were forced to close schools on two separate days. Given those closures, we’ve needed to add two days to the previously published school calendar. With that being the case, we’ll use Friday, May 27th to make up the first of the two school days we missed in January. In order to make up the second day, the school year has been extended by one day – the last official school day is now June 16th. Should there be any need to close school again during the 2021-22 year, those days will simply extend the school calendar (that is, be added to the end of the school year).

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, equating to a district-wide annual average 1,027 instructional hours.

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