The Seattle School District announced Monday that it would not close school, dismiss classes early or even grant excused absences for parents who withdraw their children to attend the Seahawks Super Bowl victory parade on Wednesday. (Update: On Wednesday, the district decided to allow each school principal to decide if parade attendance as an excuse for absence.)
We want to know what you are planning to do. If you’re a parent, will you be taking your kids to the parade? If you’re not a parent, is your workplace encouraging you to go watch the parade? If you’re a college student, will you skip class? Tell us your plan in this Facebook thread or in the comments on this post.
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray tweeted his thoughts on the topic late Tuesday morning:
That Seattle School District decision has already sparked quite a bit of debate among parents who are trying to decide what to do tomorrow. One thread on a Monday Seattle Times Facebook post about the topic prompted 426 comments. Some top comments:
From Megan Larkin: “Excused absences? Sure. It’s a family vacation / holiday of sorts. But canceling school? Um, no. Not unless the district can somehow provide childcare to the thousands of parents who have to work and can’t go take a day off to go to a parade.”
From Justine Hagreen: “I don’t live in Seattle so my kiddos & I are going to miss school Wednesday to join the parade. This is the Seahawks’ first ever Super Bowl win. This is history!”
Meanwhile, if you do manage to sneak downtown on Wednesday, be prepared for temperatures in the 20s.