Inclement Weather Transportation Plan

Inclement Weather and Ice and Snow Transportation Plan 2016-17

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 routes 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 inclement weather makes a schedule change necessary, the decision will be communicated through the following methods:

  • Automated phone calls or email messages from the district to parents or guardians
  • Local media outlets

Options for Schedule Changes

Full-day school cancellation/closing: Students should not report to school. No preschool or head start classes.

When possible, decisions regarding school delays or closures are made by 5 a.m. for Seattle Public Schools.

Early dismissal: If the decision is made to dismiss schools early, the district will notify parents or guardians of the early release using School Messenger automated calls.

Delayed school opening with regular bus routes: Two-hour late start with buses operating on regular routes. No door-to-door transportation service. No preschool or head start classes.

For example, if your student has a scheduled pick-up time of 7 a.m., you can expect the bus to arrive at approximately 9 a.m. 

Delayed school opening with snow route service: Two-hour late start with buses operating on snow routes*. No door-to-door transportation service. No preschool or head start classes.

*When buses operate on snow routes, SPS buses travel exclusivity 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. 

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. metro.kingcounty.gov/alerts/snow/

Family Preparation for Inclement Weather

It is the responsibility of each family to have an inclement weather plan in place that can be put into action on short notice. We ask that you make sure your children have an alternate place to stay if you must be at work on a day when school has been delayed or cancelled.

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

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