Winter Weather Watch – What Families Need to Know
Do you know where to look for updates when severe weather threatens to close schools? Please refer to the following resources for updates from the Snoqualmie Valley School District on questionable mornings:
- District website: svsd410.org Look for the top headline for details. Also, check the message in the upper left corner of the homepage. The website is the first and primary resource that is updated during a closure, delay or other emergency. (Do NOT rely on communication from individual schools regarding weather-related closures or delays.)
- District hotline: 425-831-8494 Call to hear a recorded message.
- FlashAlert.net: Sign up for emails/texts of information sent to the media. (Download the free FlashAlert Messenger app or sign up online to receive the ticker-tape message sent to media when there’s a school closure or delay.)
- Tune in to local TV & radio stations
- District Facebook: facebook.com/svsd410/ and District Twitter: @SnoqValleySD
If there is no message regarding the Snoqualmie Valley School District, assume our schools are running on schedule. (We do not send a message stating schools are running on schedule.)
2018-19 Snow Routes: Make sure you know what snow route applies to your neighborhood -- Area A, B or C. When school buses are not able to traverse their regular routes, a message will be posted describing “Limited Transportation to Area A, B, and/or C.” We recommend families print these out now (snow routes pdf), so you will have this information handy in the event of a power outage or internet service disruption. Please be aware, too, that when Limited Transportation applies, school buses will deliver students at the end of the day, to the same bus stop location where they picked up students in the morning.
To learn how our district decides when a school delay or closure is needed, read Be Prepared for School Schedule Changes.
NEW THIS YEAR: Two Improvements to District Notifications
As announced at the beginning of the school year, the district has made a couple adjustments to our practices to improve school-related emergency communication.
The Snoqualmie Valley School District has used the SchoolMessenger system as a reliable emergency communications tool for sending automated voice messages to parents/guardians and staff in our Skyward system. This year, the district will add text notifications and mass email, in addition to calls. With this change, the district looks forward to being able to initiate an emergency message simultaneously via voice, email and text** (see below) directly to families, as needed.
**Since texting may incur a cost for users, parents/guardians/staff who want to receive texts from the district have to “opt in.” To allow text messages, address a text to 67587 on your smart phone, type “Y” or “YES” as the message, then hit send. (You can also opt out of text messages at any time by simply replying “Stop” to one of our messages.) For more information about the SchoolMessenger Text Messaging Service, read this flyer (in English and Spanish).
- EARLY MORNING Parent Notification – when winter weather strikes:
Based on feedback from a Parent Communications Survey the district conducted last year, the majority of respondents were in favor of the district using its call-out system early in the morning to notify families when schools are closed or starting late due to adverse weather conditions. Therefore, the district plans to use the SchoolMessenger system to call/email/text ALL FAMILIES in our system — around 5:15 - 5:45 a.m. — when inclement weather necessitates a school closure or delay.
Families who would prefer NOT to receive an early morning call from the Snoqualmie Valley School District certainly have the option to place their phone on “do not disturb” the night before. Also, when schools are starting on schedule but "Limited Transportation" is needed, the district will email, text and post a notice on the district website, but will not disrupt families with a call-out.
The Snoqualmie Valley School District covers over 400 square miles and a thousand feet of elevation, so weather conditions may vary within our district boundaries. For this reason, checking the district communication resources (listed above) on questionable mornings is especially important. Thanks for your understanding when winter weather impacts our schools.