(CBS Seattle) — The Seattle Seahawks will host a parade through downtown Seattle on Wednesday to celebrate their historic Super Bowl win. Some of the team’s fans, however, will be stuck at their desks.
Seattle Public Schools Superintendent José Banda released a statement Monday saying, “Seattle Public Schools will not close or dismiss school early because of the parade.” Banda stated that parents taking their students out of class for the parade would be committing an “unexcused absence.”
“While we support the team, academics must come first and it’s important not to lose a day in the classroom,” Banda’s statement says.
Though there have been reports that a handful of private Seattle-area schools are allegedly closing their doors on Wednesday, public schools in the Puget Sound region are likely to remain open. Tacoma Schools tweeted it also not change any plans because of the parade.
Sunday’s win for the Seahawks marks the first professional championship in Seattle since 2010 when the Seattle Storm of the WNBA beat out the Atlanta Dream in a three-game sweep.
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