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Arlington, Lakewood, Darrington schools make up for snow days

ARLINGTON With a number of storms both behind us and probably before us this winter season, the Arlington, Lakewood and Darrington School Districts have all been discussing how their snow days will impact the schedules for the remainder of this school year.
Arlington Public Schools Public Information Coordinator Misti Gilman explained that the placement of snow days is negotiated with their teachers union, and their contract requires that any extra days be made up at the end of the year. As such, the last day of school has been currently shifted from
June 15 to June 19.
As a district employee and a mom, I am hopeful we are through the worst of this crazy winter weather, Gilman said. I never thought I would say Im ready for Spring Showers!
Lakewood School District Superintendent Larry Francois noted that, prior to their winter break, the districts Calendar Committee had met to consider their options for making up the three days of school that theyd already missed, near the end of November.
Unlike the Arlington schools, the Lakewood schools will make up one day during the school year itself, while also adding two days to the end of their school year.
Jan. 25 has been changed from an early release day for grades 6-12 to a full day of school for grades K-12, just as Jan. 26 has been changed from a non-student day for grades K-12 to a full day of school for grades K-5, and an early release day for grades 6-12.
June 14 has likewise been changed from an early release day to a full day of school for grades K-12, just as June 15 has been changed from an early release day to a full day of school for grades K-12.
June 18 and 19 have booth been added as early release days for grades K-12, which makes June 19 the current last day of school for the Lakewood schools, although Francois emphasized that graduation will still take place as originally scheduled June 8.
If the Lakewood schools wind up missing additional days of school within the coming weeks, Francois elaborated that they have the option of either adding those days to the end of the year, or changing Feb. 16 and March 9 from non-student days to days of school.
I recognize that this is an imperfect plan and may not meet the needs or interests of all staff, students and parents, Francois said. However, with many weeks of winter weather ahead, this plan provides flexibility for any additional missed days while also creating minimal disruption to the original school calendar.
As for the Darrington School District, spokesperson Trudy LaDouceur reported that plans are still being developed to make up for their snow days, especially since more seem to be likely for them, but she promised those plans will be publicized once they have been finalized and approved.
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