Lake Tahoe Unified School District extends 2016-17 school year due to snow days |

Lake Tahoe Unified School District extends 2016-17 school year due to snow days

The last day of the 2016-17 Lake Tahoe Unified School District school year will be Tuesday, June 20, the district announced.

The California Department of Education notified the district on Tuesday that it was waiving five of the seven days that the district had requested a waiver for. School funding in California takes into account Average Daily Attendance, so the waiver is needed in order to ensure that the district does not lose funds for canceled days.

According to an email from Shannon Chandler, public information officer for LTUSD, the district builds in three provisional snow days into the academic calendar, which is recommended by the state education department for districts in snow-prone territory.

The district canceled school a total of eight days during one of the most extreme winters in recent years. Of those eight days, CDE waived five of them — the last canceled day, March 6, occurred after the district submitted its waiver request to the state. This means the school year will be extended from June 15, a Thursday and the originally planned last day of school, to June 20, a Tuesday.

Graduation, according to Chandler, will still be on Friday, June 9, and eighth-grade promotion will take place Tuesday, June 20. Schools will be updating their end-of-year calendars.

Chandler told the Tribune in late March that LTUSD was hoping to hear back from the state within days. It ended up being about a month.

At about that same time, neighboring Douglas County School District in Nevada announced it would not extend the 2016-17 school year, despite five snow days for the two district schools up at Lake Tahoe.

The last day of school for Zephyr Cove Elementary and George Whittell High School is June 22.

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