Attendance at Wednesday’s Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl victory parade in downtown Seattle was estimated at more than 700,000 people — and all those people had to come from somewhere. So it’s no surprise that 34 percent of the Edmonds School District’s approximately 22,000 students and 17 percent of teachers were absent.
While that student percentage covers all K-12 children in the district, “it is more like 25-33 percent at K-6 and 33-50 percent at middle and high giving us that average,” said Edmonds School District spokeswoman Amanda Ralston. By comparison, last week’s average student absence rate at the district’s Edmonds, Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace schools was about 8.5 percent, she said.
According to the district, 257 of the district’s approximately 1,500 full- and part-time certificated staff were absent Wednesday, including classroom teachers, counselors, psychologists, nurses, teachers on special assignments and academic coaches — for an absence rate of about 17 percent. “On a typical Wednesday, the District would plan for about 80-120 absences in this group,” Ralston said.
Seahawks football coach Pete Carroll had been quoted earlier this week as supporting the closure of local schools so kids could celebrate the city’s first ever professional football championship by attending the victory parade. None of the region’s public schools chose to close for the day, although some private schools did so.