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    SEA walkout information for families
    Posted on 05/11/2015
    Thank you in advance for your patience as we work to provide information and options for you around the May 19 Seattle Education Association (SEA) walkout and cancellation of school that day. Below is a list of frequently asked questions and information to assist your family in planning for May 19.

    Last day of school for seniors and all other students
    What is the last day of school now? What is the last day of school for seniors?
    The last day of school for all students, except seniors, is June 16. Students will attend school for a full day on June 15 and be dismissed 1 hour early on June 16.  The last day of school for seniors is now June 9. Seniors will need to attend or provide an excused absence on June 9 to fulfill graduation requirements.

    Childcare
    I need to secure qualified child care for my child on May 19.
    Parents/Guardians needing child care are encouraged to check with the child care program director at your child’s school as soon as possible regarding the child care programs’ status on May 19, as well as any availability. While many of our schools have child care programs on site, parents/guardians should not assume these programs are operating on May 19. You should consult directly with the child care provider and not assume that the provider is open. A list of programs is available in the “Resources for Parents” section of the district’s Early Learning page under ‘Afterschool & PreK Programs in Seattle Public Schools.’

    What about other community based organizations that provide child care? Are there options?
    Seattle Parks and Recreation is providing free supervised drop-in activities at 21 community centers for children in kindergarten through 8th grade on May 19. The activities will be available from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Registration is available at the community centers and online at www.seattle.gov/parks/. Childcare is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please register early to reserve a spot.

    Child Care Resources, an organization dedicated to providing child care information and referrals to families, is available to help families identify a child care option for May 19. Families seeking assistance in finding childcare can call Child Care Resources at 206-329-5544 or visit their website at www.childcare.org.

    My school has an in-house before and after school childcare program. Will it extend to all day and can I participate in that?
    Each school-based program is different; some will be open, while others may close. You should consult directly with the program at the school.

    After school activities on May 19
    What after school activities can take place on May 19?
    District-wide, all after school extra-curricular activities are cancelled with the exception of scheduled evening student performances and high school athletic competitions. Please check directly with your school if there is an evening performance or athletic competition scheduled.

    My student has a camp scheduled for that day. Can it still happen?
    Yes. Overnight camps with students will still take place and staff will be present to participate in those camps. Your school will provide you with specific details.

    Unexcused absences
    What are the repercussions of not attending school on June 16?
    Washington state law requires 180 instructional days of school (175 instructional days for seniors). The only acceptable exception is an excused absence. Those not attending on the last day of school will receive unexcused absences for that day. By state law, school attendance is mandatory, and unexcused absences and truancy are prohibited. Children found to be in violation of this law may be subject to a truancy petition filed with the superior court after seven truancy days in a calendar month or 10 truancy days within a school year.
    We will continue to provide information and updates as details become available. Thank you for your continued patience.