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Impact of Recent Snow & Ice

The snow and ice have melted, but the impact of January's winter weather continues.
 
First of all, please know that we understand the difficulties school closures have on our students, staff and families. Any disruption to schedules are challenging, let alone four snow days in a week! The decision to close school is never easy, but ultimately, it comes down to safety. January's decision was made all the more difficult due to the unique weather pattern — the north end experienced significantly more snow accumulation than the south end, leaving some south-enders scratching their heads at the closures, while the north-enders watched the snow pile up in their driveways.

Meanwhile, we will continue to evaluate our school delay/closure protocols, including investing in additional equipment to clear snow and ice on our properties, as well as working closing with the City of Bainbridge Island regarding road conditions.
 
As for making up the snow days, we are working with the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction to see if we can apply for a waiver for any of the days. However, because weather-wise we aren’t out of the woods yet (last year’s massive snowstorm happened in February), OSPI requested we wait until March before applying for a waiver. 

SO WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR THE LAST DAY OF SCHOOL? 
  • Assuming no additional snow days, and assuming a waiver isn't approved, the last day for BISD schools (except for Blakley) would be Monday, June 22. Please note: Graduation is unchanged and remains on Saturday, June 13.
  • Assuming no additional snow days, and assuming a waiver isn't approved, the last day for Blakley students and staff would be Thursday, June 25. (This is due to Blakely’s three-day late start in the fall.)

    As we receive more information from OSPI, we will let you know. In the meantime, join us in hoping for no more snow on Bainbridge Island this winter.