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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 adverse 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

    a. Schools open on time – buses operating on snow routes.*
    No door-to-door service. No Preschool or Head Start.  No Out of District Service. No Taxi Cab, Therapy, Partial Day or Shuttle Transportation.  No Before or After School Activities. Check with your school regarding athletic events.

    b. Two hours late – buses operating on snow routes.*
    No door-to-door service. No Preschool or Head Start.  No Out of District Service. No Taxi Cab, Therapy, Partial Day or Shuttle Transportation.  No Before or After School Activities. Check with your school regarding athletic events.

    c. Two hours late – buses operating on regular routes.
    No Preschool or Head Start.  No Out of District Service. No Taxi Cab, Therapy, Partial Day or Shuttle Transportation.  No Before or After School Activities. Check with your school regarding athletic events.

    d. Schools Closed.

    *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. 

    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 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.