How to find out if your school is delayed or canceled
When we are expecting snow or inclement weather, a Seattle Public Schools central office team continually monitors conditions across the district. That includes having 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.
We communicate to staff and families in the following ways:
- Information is immediately sent to all Seattle TV and radio stations
- Information is posted on www.seattleschools.org
- Families will receive an automated phone call via School Messenger
- Check www.SchoolReport.org
Staff and families will receive one of the following four messages:
- Schools open on time – buses operating on snow routes. No door-to-door service. No Preschool or Head Start.
- Two hours late – buses operating on snow routes. No door-to-door service. No Preschool or Head Start.
- Two hours late – buses operating on regular routes. No door-to-door service. No Preschool or Head Start.
- Schools closed.
“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 the week of Nov. 21.
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.