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    Planning for Inclement Weather and Snow Days
    Posted on 12/17/2020

    Planning for Inclement Weather and Snow Days

    Planning for winter weather in 2020-21 is different than in past years. As a result of remote learning, we are better positioned to continue school even when it is snowing, and or the roads are icy. Changes to school schedules because of winter weather will be limited and traditional "snow day" closures are unlikely.

    If winter weather requires the cancellation of in-person learning or the closure of school buildings, all students will learn remotely. In the event of an extreme weather-related power or connectivity outage impacting large numbers of families and staff, the district will close and cancel all buildings, services, and remote learning.

    Potential Schedule Change Scenarios

    Listed below are the possible schedule change scenarios.

    When determining if school schedule changes are necessary (i.e. no in-person instruction, closure of meal sites), Seattle Public Schools officials carefully monitor weather forecasts and work with city and county officials for information related to road conditions. Even though most students are learning from home during this time, we need to ensure our staff can make it into work safely to support meal sites, building operations, etc.

    2020-21 Winter Weather School Schedule Change Options

    1. In-Person Instruction and Transportation Canceled, Limited Meal Sites

    • Students receiving in-person instruction will switch to at-home learning and will hear from their school or teacher about assignments for the day.
    • All other students will continue learning remotely.
    • Transportation is canceled and there will be no out-of-district transportation.
    • The number of meal sites will be limited. See map of prioritized meal sitespdf icon.
    • Please check with your child care, preschool, or school-based health care provider for any additional schedule change information.

    Notification:

    • Families of students receiving in-person instruction or transportation will be notified at 6:30 a.m.
    • All other families will be notified of meal site locations at 8:30 a.m.

    2. Buildings Closed, In-Person Instruction Canceled, No Building Services (including meal distribution)

    • There will be no in-person instruction or services offered at SPS buildings.
    • Students receiving in-person instruction will switch to at-home learning and will hear from their school or teacher about assignments for the day.
    • All other students will continue learning remotely.
    • There will be no meal distribution, child care, or school health care providers, in SPS buildings.
    • All transportation will be canceled.

    Notification:

    • All families will be notified at 6:30 a.m.

    3. Full Closure, All In-person and Remote Instruction Canceled, No Building Services, All Buildings Closed

    Please Note: This scenario would only happen in an extreme weather event.

    • There will be no in-person or remote instruction.
    • All SPS buildings will be closed and no services, including child care or meal distribution, will be provided.
    • All transportation will be canceled.

    Notification:

    • All families will be notified at 6:30 a.m.

    Staying Informed

    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: TV KOMO 4, KING 5, KIRO 7, Q13 FOX
      Radio: KOMO AM 1000, KIRO 97.3 FM
    2. Flash Alert notification system: Check or subscribe for emergency districtwide closures at Seattle Public Schools on Flash Alert
    3. Social Media: District Facebook and Twitter accounts: Follow us on Facebook.com/SeattlePublicSchools and Twitter.com/seapubschools.
    4. District and School Websites: We post school schedule updates to the district and school websites.
    5. 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.

    Managing Phone Calls and Communications Preferences

    It is important to keep up-to-date contact information on record with your student's school.

    When there is a school schedule change, the phone number listed as guardian contacts are called. While you need at least one phone number on record, you can manage your communication preferences and designate which phone is called for weather updates.

    Directions on how to manage your preferences, in multiple languages, can be found on our Communications Preferences webpage.