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January 18, 2017

School Schedule Changes Due to Snow Days

UPDATE 2/13/17:

  • Graduation Status Update The School Board has decided that graduation will remain scheduled for June 3. In order to keep this date, the district will be scheduling three make-up days on Saturdays, for seniors only. District and school administrators will begin discussing possible dates and instructional activities that will be offered. When details are determined, students and parents will be notified.
  • KSD will apply for a waiver for snow days to try to end school on June 14. To date, KSD has missed nine days due to snow and experienced several delays. KSD will apply for a waiver for five of the eight days missed in January as specified in the Governor’s state of emergency proclamation. The state requires that schools be in session at least until June 14 to qualify for the waiver.
  • Early Releases on Wednesdays are now regular school days starting February 1 State law allows for districts to apply for a waiver for the 180-day requirement, but not the 1,027 instructional hour requirement. KSD in cooperation with the Kennewick Education Association (KEA), the teacher’s union, has agreed to eliminate all early releases on Wednesdays and report card preparation days for the remainder of the school year in order to recover instructional hours. KSD and KEA will meet to reevaluate the instructional hours in March to determine if any early release can be reinstated. Starting February 1, all schools will follow a regular schedule on these days.
We want to thank you for your patience as we work our way through this unprecedented and complicated situation. We will continue to inform our community as quickly as possible as decisions are made.