The Wellpinit School District is delaying the start of school because of wildfires in the area.
The decision affects about 350 K-12 students in the district on the Spokane Indian Reservation, said Kris Herda, principal of the middle school and high school.
“The big factor was the buses that run toward Hunters – there’s a lot of activity on that road with equipment and firetrucks,” fighting the Carpenter Road Fire, he said.
Air quality in the area is another consideration, he said.
The current plan is to have students in grades 1 through 12 start on Aug. 31 instead of the planned Aug. 26 start date. Kindergarten students will start on Sept. 3, rather than the planned start of Aug. 31.
Herda said district officials will meet Friday to reassess those start dates.
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