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    From time to time throughout the school year, weather may force a change in the district’s normal operating routines.

    The district will make every effort to adhere to the established school calendar, bell schedules, and routes. However, there may be times when weather conditions make the usual roads unsafe or impassable.

    As inclement weather and traffic will affect bus schedules and routes, we ask that families be patient and understanding. We will do everything in our control to provide accurate information regarding pick-up times for your students.

    The safety of your children is our primary concern.

    If weather conditions make a schedule change necessary, the district will communicate the decision through the following methods and in this order:

    1. TV and Radio Stations: Checking the local television or radio stations is an effective and efficient way to find out if there is a schedule change.
      Local TV stations: KOMO 4, KING 5, KIRO 7, Q13 FOX
      Radio: KOMO AM 1000, KIRO 97.3 FM
    2. Social Media: District Facebook and Twitter accounts.
    3. District and School Websites: We post school schedule updates to the district and school websites.
    4. Phone calls, emails and text messages: Families will receive a phone call, email, text message and mobile app notification, however other communication channels may be faster to check.

    Options for Schedule Changes

    Weather conditions may require the district to put buses on snow routes. Options for schedule changes are as follows:

    1. Two hours late; Buses operating on snow routes When the district is operating on snow routes (two-hour delay) the following changes apply:
      • Preschool: Morning half-day preschool is closed including Head Start and Developmental Preschool. Afternoon half-day preschool, Head Start, and Developmental Preschool are on a regular schedule, but no district transportation provided. Full day preschool, SPP, and Head Start are running.
      • Skills Center: Morning Skills Center classes are cancelled. Afternoon Skills Center classes are running, but no district yellow bus transportation provided.
      • Childcare: Please check with your childcare provider for before or after school care.
      • After school activities without transportation: Check with your child’s school about athletics and after school activities that don’t require transportation.
      • No out-of-district transportation provided
      • No before or after school activity transportation; No field trip or athletic trip transportation
      • No curb-to-curb yellow bus service; No half-day program bus service; No mid-day bus service; No shuttle transportation (e.g. preschool, therapy, XIP, etc.)
      • Alternative transportation (non-yellow bus) will be provided for in-district students, conditions permitting.
    2. Early Release 
      If weather conditions decline during the day, students will be released early from school. There will be no after school athletics or activity transportation provided. No afternoon childcare or programming will be provided in Seattle Public Schools buildings.
    3. All Schools Closed

    Snow routes: When buses operate on snow routes, SPS buses travel primarily on roads that are maintained by the City of Seattle and receive snow removal. The stop location and time can differ from normal bus assignment.

    All full day students who qualify for in-district, yellow bus transportation including district SPP full day preschool, Head Start, and special education programming will be provided a snow route. An authorized adult needs to be present for all preschool student drop off at the snow route stop after school. If a parent/guardian is required for pick up and drop off on a regular school day (i.e., part of a student’s IEP), the same requirement applies for a snow day route

    King County Metro: For those students who use King County's Metro bus service for school transportation, please visit the Metro online guide for their emergency ice and snow schedule.

    Family Preparation for Adverse Weather

    It is highly recommended that every family have and emergency weather plan in place for timely activation. Please ensure your children have an alternate place to stay if you have commitments required outside the home, in the event school is delayed or canceled.

    Please ensure that a neighbor, family member or center is able to care for or receive students. Instruct students to report directly home or to their established care center immediately on arrival in the evening.