The Seattle Education Association (SEA) voted to join in a statewide
action against the legislature to protest the lack of education funding
in our state. The SEA is the organization of professionals and union
that represents teachers in our district. This protest involves a
SEA has selected May 19 as the day for their one-day walkout. Therefore,
there will be no school for students on May 19 as teachers will not be
at work on that day. SEA chose the day to provide the district two weeks
of notice to work on arrangements in an effort to minimize disruption
for students and parents to the greatest extent possible.
The district has been working to determine how to handle activities and
events scheduled for May 19 that would be difficult to reschedule. For
example, tests scheduled for that day will be rescheduled. However,
previously scheduled interscholastic competitions will take place on May
19, after regular school hours.
While there is no school for students on May 19, the school day will
have to be made up, just as we would make up a snow day or other
unforeseen calendar change. The make-up day will be added to the end of
the school year. This means Tuesday, June 15 will become a full school
day and our last day of school will now be June 16. A revised school
year calendar will be shared with families.
It is important for families to know that this SEA action is not
directed at Seattle Public School families or community, but is a
statement to the state legislature about the current lack of adequate
state funding for basic education.
Dr, Larry Nyland