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District receives waiver approval

Sunnyside gets OK to forgo four snow days

— Students won’t have to make up four snow days.

The School District last week received state approval for a waiver of state school attendance regulations.

“We will begin working on what it all means for students and employees and be ready to communicate it out to stakeholders,” Superintendent Kevin McKay said.

Local students lost eight school days because of snow and ice.

A district plan calls for making up four days by having classes Jan. 27, March 10, June 15 and June 16.

Inslee opened the door for waiver requests from the state-mandated 180-day school year when he declared a state of emergency in Eastern Washington due to heavy ice and snow storms.

Sunnyside’s waiver request includes three under Gov. Jay Inslee’s proclamation and one through the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Granger schools, too, will seek a waiver, while Grandview school officials are still deciding whether to pursue one.

Prosser Superintendent Ray Tolcacher indicated his district’s intentions early on to seek a waiver for snow days.

That formal request will likely happen this week or next, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Deanna Flores said.

Prosser would make up four of eight snow days by extending the school year, setting graduation for June 17. Mabton’s schools will not seek a waiver. The district’s classes will let out before the June 14 date required for waiver requests.

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