Seattle Public Schools won’t close for the Seahawks victory parade on Wednesday, according to the district, which released a statement late Monday afternoon from superintendent José Banda:
Parents who wish to take their students out of school can, but per state regulation, it will be treated as an unexcused absence. While we support the team, academics must come first and it’s important not to lose a day in the classroom.
We know this is a historical event for our community and we also know that for many of our students, their school community is a place where they will celebrate and come together to talk about pride, sportsmanship and teamwork. We encourage our students and staff to wear blue on Wednesday in honor of the Seahawks.
Other public school districts in the area also are staying open, though some, like Northshore, say that if parents wish to take their children to the parade, the absence will be excused.
The parade will start at 11 a.m. on Fourth Avenue, south of Denny Way, and will continue along Fourth, arriving at CenturyLink Field around 1:30 p.m.