The last two weeks have certainly been unprecedented in my 40+ years of working in schools. We missed six full days, reduced our schedule on two days, and had a scheduled day off for President’s Day weekend. While some who read this have no snow on the ground, others still have melting piles of the white stuff.
So why so many days off? BCS operates a bus system that encompasses an area much bigger than most school systems on the Eastside. Our buses run as far north as Mill Creek; south as far as Renton; as far east as Snoqualmie Ridge; and west into Seattle. Most of the students who ride our buses are covered by the geography of the Bellevue, Lake Washington, and Northshore School Districts, all of which operate their own school bus routes. Simply put, if any of those school districts determine weather conditions are too dangerous to operate buses and close school, BCS closes. This month has been a snowfall record-breaker, so we have missed a lot of days.
As far as making up missed days, public schools and private schools are governed by different laws in Washington. Even with our missed days, BCS students are in school well above the minimum 1000 hours of instruction required by the state. Should we miss several more days this winter we may need to reconsider the need to make up days at some point, but under present circumstances, we anticipate no changes to the remaining school calendar.
In His Name,
Kevin M. Dunning
Head of School