Two days added to school calendar

Although classes were canceled both Tuesday and Wednesday as several inches of snow fell as promised, South Kitsap School District reported few problems as students returned Thursday morning.

District spokeswoman Aimee Warthen said other than a pipe bursting at Olalla Elementary School — the problem was quickly repaired — the school buildings reported no major difficulties.

Just to be on the safe side, however, Warthen said classes did start two hours late Thursday, which she said the district decided to do for several reasons.

“We wanted to let the roads warm up and to have it be a little lighter outside,” she said. “But also just to give the bus drivers more time in case there are downed trees or power lines in the road.”

To make up the two missed days, students will attend classes on May 21 and June 18, both Fridays that were already designated as emergency make-up days when the school calendar was released.

She said letters will be sent home with students explaining the procedures for make-up days in detail.

Only one more make-up day remains, so Warthen said there may be some scheduling difficulties if school is closed for two more days this year.

“Hopefully we won’t have more snow,” she said. “If that happens we might have school on a Saturday.”

Warthen said all school closures are posted as soon as possible on the Public School Emergency Communications System, which the public can access at:

“I’m so impressed with how the technology works and we can get the information out right away,” she said. “I can’t imagine how they got the word before.”

The district’s own Web site was recently revamped, she said, and unveiled Dec. 31.

Although there still is a lot more work to be done, she said she’s happy to have the improved version up and running. For more information, see www.skitsap.

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