Making Up Snow Days in Finley

Making Up Snow Days in Finley
Posted on 03/14/2019

Update as of March 27, 2019

Thank you to the entire Finley community for your patience as the district resolved the time makeup for our schools. A final decision was made the afternoon of March 27, 2019.

  • The 3 snow days originally built into the calendar are now regular school days. These include March 29, May 24, and June 10, which will all be school days.
  • In addition, we have added June 11, 12, and 13 as school days.
  • Thursday, June 13th will be the last day of school.

Because we were still short on required instructional hours due to the number of 2 hour delays, we came to an agreement with the teachers union to add 5 minutes before school and 5 minutes after school beginning the Monday after Spring Break (April 8).

From April 8 until June 13, all Finley schools will begin 5 minutes earlier and release 5 minutes later.

  • Beginning April 8, school times will be as follows:
    • Elementary: 8:00am - 2:40pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday; and 8:00am - 12:50pm on Wednesday.
    • Middle and High School: 7:45am - 2:25 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday; and 7:45am - 12:35pm on Wednesday.
  • June 7th will now be a normal full day of school.
  • The last day of school, June 13th, will be an early release day.

Original article posted March 14, 2019

Like many districts across the Mid-Columbia, Finley School District is in the process of determining plans to make up required instructional hours lost due to weather.  Snow days resulting in late starts or closures this winter have greatly impacted the state-required 1,027 hours of instructional time that all schools must meet.  During the month of February and March, there have been four (4) two-hour delays and six (6) closures in Finley schools due to weather.  

On Monday, March 18, the Finley School Board will discuss the district’s proposal to meet state requirements.  Finley’s proposal would include the following changes:

  • The last day of school would move from June 7 to June 13
  • High school graduation would move from May 31 to June 7
  • Early-release Wednesdays originally scheduled for May and possibly June (depending on any other delays) would become full school days.

Schools cannot apply for a state waiver for the required 180 days until they have used make up days that go past June 14th.  Districts are also required to meet an average of 1,027 hours for the school year regardless of wavier or make up days. Those hours cannot be waived.

Finley School District invites any interested community members to attend our upcoming school board meeting on March 18 beginning at 7PM.  We appreciate the patience and understanding of our staff, students, and families.  Any decisions or actions taken by the school board will be communicated following the board meeting.