Seattle Public Schools superintendent Jose Banda notified the district’s principals Tuesday afternoon that it will be up to them to decide whether to grant excused absences for students who attend the Seahawks victory parade on Wednesday.
Banda wrote in an email:
I want you to have the flexibility to do what you feel is best for your school community. Under state regulation, you do have the discretion to decide if students who miss school tomorrow for the parade will be considered unexcused or excused. I will support your decision.
Roosevelt High School principal Brian Vance was the first out of the gate to announce on that school’s website that absences would be excused with a note from a parent.
The district had said Monday that absences would not be excused.
The Federal Way school district, which also had said on Monday it would not excuse absences, said on Tuesday that it had misstated its position and that it would excuse parade absences, citing flexibility in the state law defining excused absences.
Several other area districts also said they would be excusing absences with parental approval, including Northshore, Lake Washington, Bellevue and Highline.
Tuesday morning, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray joined the chorus of voices asking that schools excuse absences for the parade.
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.