Fewer days off for Kennewick students. They must make up class time lost by strike

A strike by teachers in the Kennewick School District that delayed the start of the school year by nearly a week means students will now need to be in class on three days they would have had off.

The school board has made changes to its academic calendar, and kids should plan to be in class on Oct. 18 and Feb. 7 — which students previously had off — and school will be extended by one day, to June 11.

The added class time is necessary to meet a pair of state requirements. One mandates that school years be a minimum of 180 days. The other calls for students to spend 1,027 hours on average in class.

Any additional snow days are going to be added to the end of the year.

The changes won’t affect the June 6 graduation for Kennewick students.

Cameron Probert covers breaking news and education for the Tri-City Herald, where he tries to answer readers’ questions about why police officers and firefighters are in your neighborhood. He studied communications at Washington State University.