Wednesday, January 21, 2004
The Stevenson-Carson Board of Directors selected five days of additional school attendance to make-up for the inclement weather closure from January 5-9.
The 2003-2004 school calendar already had three allotted snow days -- March 12, April 2 and May 28. Students and staff will now attend school on those days. To make up the remaining two days, the school board has decided to open school on the previously scheduled semester break day of Friday, Jan. 30, and to extend school by one day at the end of the year until June 16. Senior graduation will remain on June 12.
Washington State requires schools to be in session 180 days, and the senior class to attend for 175 days. Thus, if Stevenson-Carson is hit with additional inclement weather days, they will have to find additional days within the revised calendar, or extend the school year further that can impact graduation.
"We weigh a number of factors into the equation when we decide to close schools. Obviously we faced extreme weather conditions across the region during the week of Jan. 5, and did not feel it was safe for our students or staff to get to school or return home each day," reported Superintendent Bill Bentley.
In making his decision each day, Bentley also consulted with the Skamania County public works department and the Sheriff's Office, along with district staff.
During the recent closure, many community members found the fastest way to find out about school closures or delays was to log onto the district's web site -- www.scsd.k12.wa.us -- since it was updated instantaneously at the same time the electronic notification is sent to area media outlets.
District officials also provide the information every morning after 6 a.m., on the district's information line, 427-5676, for those without Internet access.