The Plateau experienced heavy snowfall in early February, which closed down local school districts for multiple days. Photo by Connie Johnson

The Plateau experienced heavy snowfall in early February, which closed down local school districts for multiple days. Photo by Connie Johnson

State OK’s waiver for Sumner-Bonney Lake School District

Their last day of school now June 25.

The state has given students in the Sumner-Bonney Lake School District a two-day reprieve. Now, the final day of class is set for June 25.

Like every district throughout the region, Sumner-Bonney Lake was impacted by February’s snowfall. But, unlike some, there were no “snow days” built into the school calendar. The school calendar hammered out between the district and its teachers called for any missed days to be added to the end of the anticipated school year.

All local districts had petitioned the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, asking that two of those days not be made up. That is allowable, as two days fell during an official, governor-sanctioned state of emergency.

Sumner received approval for its two requested “waiver days,” leaving students and teachers in their classrooms until June 25.

Graduation ceremonies are unchanged for the district’s two high schools: Bonney Lake High seniors will graduate June 12 and Sumner High seniors will go through commencement exercises June 14. Despite those ceremonies, seniors at both schools are expected to attend classes through June 18.

More information about snow day make-up days can be found at: https://www.sumnersd.org/Page/3138.

Elsewhere around the Plateau:

• Students in Enumclaw will see their school year extended by just one day, as the state allowed the two-day waiver request. The first of two “snow days” has already been taken and May 24 also will be used. That leaves one more day to deal with and it will be tacked onto the end of the school year, making Friday, June 21, the final day.

• White River students missed four days and, like Sumner, all must be made up at the end of the year. With a two-day waiver granted, classes now will run through Tuesday, June 18.

• In Carbonado, students missed days because of snow and due to a one-day, citywide power outage. A waiver request has not been decided, but one snow day has already been taken; a second snow day will be used May 28.

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