Education

Fewer days off, shorter summer for Pasco students

Pasco students will have a shortened winter break and be in class roughly a week longer into June than in previous school years as their district needs to make up for time lost during the recent teachers strike.

There will be six fewer days of no school compared with the 2014-15 school year.

There will be two fewer days during the district’s winter break, which will be Dec. 23 to Jan. 1.

A teacher inservice day typically held in October and three trimester break days spread throughout the year were eliminated.

The last day of school will be June 17.

“What we’re hearing the most anxiety about is regarding graduation dates,” said district spokeswoman Leslee Caul. The day of those graduations has yet to be determined.

The Pasco School Board approved the calendar for the 2015-16 school year when it signed off Tuesday on the new two-year contract with teachers.

It was developed by district administrators and leaders with the Pasco Association of Educators.

Classes were originally scheduled to begin Sept. 1, but that’s when teachers launched a strike. The first day of school didn’t happen until Sept. 15.

District officials said students should attend every day of school they possibly can.

The state requires that students receive 180 days of instruction, or 175 days for graduating seniors.

However, the district warns parents that any student missing more than five days of school is at risk of not earning credits or being held back a year.

Ty Beaver: 509-582-1402; tbeaver@tricityherald.com; Twitter: @_tybeaver

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