Seattle Schools nearing finalized schedule for next year

Seattle Public Schools issued an update on next year’s schedule, known as “Option B.”

Here are the details from SPS:
Now that the Washington State Board of Education has denied Seattle Public Schools’ request to waive the 180-school-day requirement to accommodate three professional development days, SPS has adopted the Option B calendar for the 2013-14 school year.

Two calendars were approved by the Seattle School Board at its July 3 meeting to accommodate pending state board action – Option A, with the professional development days included, and Option B, without. Since the state board on July 11 voted not to approve the waiver to include professional development days, SPS will now follow the Option B calendar, which shows three student instructional days instead of three professional development days. The already-scheduled early release days will remain in place.
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Here is the link to the Option B calendar.

Seattle Public Schools is now working with its labor partners, as part of ongoing contract negotiations, to determine when professional development will take place during the upcoming school year. More information will be communicated to families as soon as it is available.

Key dates for next year’s school calendar include:

• First day of school: Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013
• Winter break: two weeks, from Dec. 23, 2013, to Jan. 3, 2014
• Mid-winter break: Feb. 17-21, 2014, including the Presidents Day holiday
• Spring break: April 14-18, 2014
• Last day of school: yet to be determined (June 18 or 19, 2014)

The calendar also builds in four snow make-up days, including Jan. 31, 2014, May 23, 2014, and the two days after the last day of school. It’s important that staff and families plan for students to potentially be in school during these days, and to note that the last day of school could be Monday, June 23, 2014, if snow days are not used.

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