Camas schools get waiver for 4 snow days

District canceled 10 days due to weather

By Adam Littman, Columbian Staff Writer

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The Camas School District was granted a waiver for four snow days by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, the district announced Tuesday.

District officials canceled 10 days of school due to winter weather. In January, the district announced plans for making up lost instructional hours, which included turning nonattendance days into regular student attendance days, changing three early-release days into full days and changing four late-start days into full days.

“The district requested the waiver for four of the ten days to reduce potential hardships for high school students who depend on summer employment, employees who enroll in continuing education programs and families who have planned and purchased summer vacation travel,” read a release posted on the district’s website Tuesday.

The district also changed the last day of school, June 26, into a full day. With the waiver, June 26 will remain the last day of school. In January, Superintendent Jeff Snell said it was important to Camas officials to not change graduation dates. With the waiver, the district won’t have to change them.

Washington requires 180 days of instruction or a district average of 1,027 instructional hours. Making up all 10 of the canceled days would have exhausted the makeup dates built into the school calendar, and extended the school year until June 30 while also pushing back graduation dates.

The release also says high schools will provide activities for senior participation in order to reach their required makeup days, and schools will provide details on those opportunities.