Be Prepared for School Schedule Changes!
From time to time during the winter months, the weather may force a change in the normal school routine. The following questions and answers should help to clarify how decisions regarding school closure and delay are made and communicated in the Snoqualmie Valley School District. The District has in place both a process to make decisions concerning cancellation or delay of school, and a communications system to share information with students and parents.
How are decisions made? While preserving the safety of the students is clearly the highest priority, the District also endeavors to adhere to the established school calendar when possible. Canceling or delaying school because of adverse weather conditions causes a good deal of inconvenience for parents and in many cases students are left at home alone throughout the entire day. These factors are considered in relation to the risk-level involved in transporting students when weather conditions are questionable. This year, since so many more families are transporting their students to school and more high school students are driving, we will err on the side of caution when assessing road safety conditions.
How is information gathered to make decisions on bad weather days? Early in the morning around 3:00 a.m., designated school personnel begin driving roads throughout the district to determine the status of roads and existing weather patterns. In a district that spans over 400 square miles and 1,000 feet of elevation, inclement weather can impact areas differently. While staff cannot travel to every road, they work to check key areas that have been known to be problematic. Ultimately, the Superintendent considers the first-hand reports from these staff, coupled with information from operations regarding the status of schools (related to power, heat, plowed parking lots, etc.), to make the decision regarding the feasibility of safely transporting and serving students at school.Where can one get information concerning school delay or closure? Whenever possible, decisions regarding school closure or delay are made by 5:00 a.m. If a schedule change is warranted - such as a closure or 2-hour late start - the District will send an emergency notification to all parents/guardians and staff numbers in our database, in the form of a call-out/email/text message. Additionally, during inclement weather, updates will be provided between 5:00 and 8:30 a.m. as follows:
If there is no message about Snoqualmie Valley School District #410, schools are open on a normal schedule. We will only post messages when there is a change.What can parents do to be prepared for school closure or delay?
- Snoqualmie Valley School District website: www.svsd410.org
- 24-hour Emergency Hotline: 425-831-8494
- www.FlashAlert.net (For notifications sent to media and regional closures, download a free app called FlashAlert Messenger or sign up online)
- Puget Sound area radio and television stations
- SVSD Facebook and Twitter: @SnoqValleySD
- Most importantly, be sure your child’s school has accurate emergency numbers on file, and contact people that can be reached. On the rare occasion that weather conditions change significantly after children have been picked up, it is vital that schools have current information to be able to contact parents regarding early school closures.
- Also, have an emergency snow day plan in place that can be put into action on short notice. Make arrangements for a friend, neighbor, or family member to take care of young children if you are expected to be at work on a day when school has been canceled. And, let your school secretaries know the names and phone numbers of those assisting with your back-up plan.