How to find out if your school is delayed or cancelled
December 5, 2012
When we are expecting snow or inclement weather, a Seattle Public Schools central office team continually monitors conditions across the district. That includes having district staff drive some of the streets that are typically more treacherous in snow and ice.
After consulting with other agencies, a decision is made about 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
- District website at www.seattleschools.org
- Automated phone call sent to you
- via Twitter @seapubschools
- Public Schools Emergency Communications System at www.SchoolReport.org
Staff and families will receive one of the following four messages:
- Public Schools: Schools open on time – buses operating on snow routes. No door-to-door service. No Preschool or Head Start.
- Schools: Two hours late – buses operating on snow routes. No door-to-door service. No Preschool or Head Start.
- Schools: Two hours late – buses operating on regular routes. No door-to-door service. No Preschool or Head Start.
- Public Schools: Schools closed.
Transportation: “Snow route” means that buses only run on roads that are maintained by the City that receive snow removal. Students who ride buses will receive notice of snow routes in the U.S. mail.
Please note: During winter weather conditions, safety is our top priority. Our buses may run up to an hour late in the afternoon during slick weather conditions.
For more information: refer to the SPS Ice/Snow Transportation Plan 2012-2013