Seattle parade means thousands absent from school

Seattle parade means thousands absent from school
Seattle Seahawks fans cheer along the route of the Super Bowl champions parade on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in Seattle. The Seahawks beat the Denver Broncos 43-8 in NFL football's Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
SEATTLE (AP) - Thousands of students in Seattle have apparently skipped school to attend the city's Super Bowl victory parade.

Seattle Public Schools said Wednesday that more than 25 percent of the district's 51,000 students were absent in the morning. By comparison, about 5 percent were absent the day before.

The school district also said 565 teachers were absent, far more than usual. The district says some of those absences were filled with substitutes while others were covered by instructional assistants.