As we head into colder months, we want to remind you again about planning for winter weather, and how we communicate school delays and closures to both staff and families.
When we are expecting snow or inclement weather, a Central Office team continually monitors conditions across the District. That includes having staff drive some of the streets that are typically more treacherous in snow and ice. After consulting with other agencies, we decide whether to delay school by two hours or if a closure is necessary. That decision is typically made by 5:30 a.m.
You can learn if there is a school delay or closure through:
- local TV and radio stations
- the District website at www.seattleschools.org
- an automated phone call you will receive
- via Twitter @seapubschools
- the Public Schools Emergency Communications System at www.SchoolReport.org
Staff and families will receive one of the following four messages:
1. Seattle Public Schools: Schools open on time – buses operating on snow routes. No door-to-door service. No Preschool or Head Start.
2. Seattle Public Schools: Two hours late – buses operating on snow routes. No door-to-door service. No Preschool or Head Start.
3. Seattle Public Schools: Two hours late – buses operating on regular routes. No door-to-door service. No Preschool or Head Start.
4. Seattle Public Schools: Schools closed.
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