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For Immediate Release

 February 7, 2012

Contact: Dan Voelpel, director, Public Information, 253-571-1015, dvoelpe@tacoma.k12.wa.us

June 22 now end of TPS school year

Students in Tacoma Public Schools will attend school June 20-22 to make up for the three school days lost to snow in January, Superintendent-elect (Interim) Carla Santorno said today.

The Tacoma School Board previously approved those dates as official snow make-up days as part of a series of calendar revisions made last September.

At this time, the district will not seek permission or apply for a waiver from the state to avoid making up those schools days lost to snow.

“Our highest priority is giving our students as much instruction as we can,” Santorno said. “That’s why, after looking at all our options and considering the length of the school year, we’re opting for the extension through June 22.”

However, should the district lose any additional school days to inclement weather, Santorno said she would reconsider asking the state Superintendent of Public Instruction for a waiver to prevent the Tacoma school year from running beyond Friday, June 22, and into another week of summer.

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