Snow Day Make-Up Plan
Attention Grandview families – After looking at a variety of options to meet the state’s requirements, the Grandview School District Board of Directors has decided to extend the 2018-2019 school year to make up for lost instructional time due to our five snow days this winter.
Please note the changes to our academic calendar:
- The last day of school will move from Friday, June 7, to Friday, June 14, 2019.
- The date of graduation will move from Saturday, June 1, to 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 8, 2019, at Grandview High School’s Rich Leenhouts Stadium. Baccalaureate will be at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 5, at GHS.
We thank you for your patience and understanding this winter and as we look forward to our new school calendar for the end of the 2018-2019 school year. Please see our Frequently Asked Questions section for more information.
And remember, we believe our students deserve the classroom time they are entitled to. We don’t want to shortchange our students of valuable learning opportunities. We always want to help our students strive to be the best.
Frequently Asked Questions - Snow Day Make-Up Plan
How many snow days did we have this winter?
We experienced five school closure days and four two-hour delays.
How does the Governor declaring a statewide state of emergency in February effect the need to make up snow days?
The Governor’s declaration offered assistance to cities, counties and municipalities to help ensure roads were safe and travel could be restored as quickly as possible after the massive snow storms.
Because of the emergency declaration do schools have to make up the snow days they missed or can they apply for a waiver?
School districts throughout the state are required to have a 180-day school year, but school districts can apply for a waiver to that 180-day minimum through the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction for their missed school days due to the snow storms the state saw in February. But not all districts qualify to apply for a waiver. There are certain requirements to be able to apply for a waiver.
In order to apply for a waiver, district’s need to meet the following requirements:
- Even when a waiver is granted for missed days during a state of emergency, school districts are still required to offer 1,027 hours of instruction during the year. (Grandview: Without any weather-related closures or delays, our average total instructional hours are just over the required 1,027 hours. That means with closures and delays, if we stuck with the original school calendar, we wouldn’t meet the 1,027-hour minimum requirement for instructional hours during a school year.)
- A school district must demonstrate reasonable effort that at least three days of instruction were made up prior to any waiver application – pursuant to WAC 392-129-105. (Grandview - We only had one snow make-up day built into the calendar on Feb. 15, which ended up being a snow day. This means we are not going to be able to meet the minimum requirement of trying to make up at least three days of instruction within our original school calendar.)
- A school district must demonstrate that without a waiver a school calendar would be extended past June 14. (Grandview - Even when we add our five missed days to the end of our original school calendar, our school year does not extend past June 14.)
Could we make up missed time by ending early release Fridays for the rest of the year?
While this option would add to the average total instructional hours offered, the additional hours wouldn’t count as a make-up day. A snow make-up day is a day added to the calendar, not hours added onto the end of the week. (Friday early release days are also used for staff trainings and collaboration, which helps our students in the classroom.)
Cancellations & Delays - Winter Weather
Learning about how inclement weather is affecting our local schools is easy. To get immediate information about possible school cancellation or two-hour delay, visit the District's Flash Alert Notification system. This information is also distributed to the area's local radio and television stations, and is available through the school district's automated phone service.Download the Grandview School District app to get the latest information from the district.You’re invited to visit the App Store/Play Store and download our brand new Grandview School District app. The app allows you to get push notifications from your child's school, be the first to know about school delays and cancellations, it gives you a direct link to your student's teachers and school calendars are now in the palm of your hand. The app also gives parents, employees and community members a place to go find information on our GHS and GMS sports, our GHS construction project and so much more. We invite everyone to download the app and give it a try. Click here to find the app in the App Store. Click here to find the app in the Play Store.
Automated Phone ServiceIf you have a working telephone number in the school buildings' record system, you will receive an automated phone call for school closures and delays. To update your phone number contact the building where your child attends class. You can also provide your email or cell phone number and get closure information sent to you via email or text. This service is also provided for all emergency events, so be sure to keep your contact information up-to-date to take advantage of this service.
In case of a two-hour delay, it is important to remember that everything is delayed by two hours, from bus pick-ups to the start-of-class bell. A complete two-hour delay schedule is accessible here.Tune to one of these radio or TV stations:KLES 101.7 GM • KATS 94.5 FM • KFFM 107.3 FM • KIT 1280 AM • KMWX 1460 AM • KDNA 91.9 FM • Mi Gallo Radio 101.7 FM • KREW 97.6 FM and 1210 AM • KAPP/KVEW • KEPR • KNDO/KNDU