How Veterans Day 2021 Turned into a Long Weekend for Seattle Parents

With almost zero notice, the Seattle area has a long weekend it didn’t bargain for.

On Tuesday, to the dismay of many working parents and delight of probably every kid, Seattle Public Schools announced that classes on Friday would be canceled due to a staffing shortage. It’ll be made up later this year, a la a snow day.

Like ferries and restaurants and nearly every other realm of work, schools have been rocked by a lack of workers this fall. Per The Seattle Times, a whopping 600-plus substitute teacher requests were submitted for the day after Veterans Day, meaning a long weekend was suddenly in the offing. “We acknowledge that the high volume of

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