The Washougal School District (WSD) will make changes to the school year calendar and school day structure to mitigate the impact of additional snow days while maintaining the instructional hours that students receive. These changes are subject to approval of a waiver by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), and were made in collaboration with district employee associations and school leadership. While state law allows OSPI to waive the missed school days due to weather, OSPI cannot waive missed instructional hours. The changes will reduce the total number of school days by five, but will add time to each school day to make up the missed instructional time.
WSD will submit the waiver application in the latter part of March when the likelihood of additional late start dates or school closures due to inclement weather has decreased.
To meet the instructional hours requirement, the district is implementing these changes:
-February 3, 2017, a formerly scheduled non-school day, will be a regular attendance day
-Beginning February 6, 2017, 18 minutes will be added to the end of each school day
-February 9 and February 10 will be early release days for Washougal High School to support end of semester grading and planning
-The end of first semester will be February 10
-June 21 and June 22 will be regular attendance days
-June 22, the last day of school, will be changed from a 3-hour early release to a full school day
-Washougal High School and Excelsior High School graduation dates will not change
"Working with our employee association groups, we have found a solution that maintains the instructional program for students and hopefully also meets the needs of families at the end of the school year," said Superintendent Mike Stromme.
Any further school delays or closures will require additional calendar adjustments.