School Closure - Weather Delays/Late Start

  • If inclement weather conditions occur during the night, the district office will decide whether to:

    • Hold school (regular hours)
    • Hold school (delayed start) - All schools will start two hours late
    • Close school

    Notification 
    In the event that our schools are closed or are starting late:

    • Automated phone calls and emails are sent to all district families through the School Messenger system (the system is automatically populated with the primary phone numbers and email addresses available in the Skyward/Family Access system).
    • A notice is posted on the district Facebook page - www.facebook.com/snohomishschooldistrict
    • A notice is placed on the district website - www.sno.wednet.edu
    • Local television and radio stations are notified.
    • Emails are sent through our listserv newsletter subscription system.
    • A notice is sent to the statewide public emergency notification system - www.flashalertseattle.net

    Because we know many are getting ready for school or leaving early, we try to get these notifications out to our school community between 5:15-5:45 a.m. If we are fully certain of the situation the evening in advance, we will let our families know at that time. If Snohomish is not mentioned during the newscasts, through School Messenger or on our website, you will know our schools are open and buses are operating on or near the normal schedule.

    Limited transportation information
    When weather conditions dictate that certain roads are not safely passable, the district will announce it is providing limited transportation routes. Please see the listing of limited transportation routes and schedules in the right-hand navigation. Each school office has a list of the roads/areas that our buses will not travel on when limited transportation is in effect. Please remember, limited transportation will be in effect for both the morning and afternoon routes, even if roads have cleared during the day.

    2-hour delay 
    If there is a two-hour delayed start, the following will apply:

    • All regular full-day classes will be held (beginning two hours later than normal).
    • No a.m. and/or p.m. half-day special education preschool, or ECEAP.
    • No morning elementary band.
    • No morning AIM classes.
    • No zero-hour classes.
    • No morning Sno-Isle Technical Skills Center.
    • No out-of-district transportation.
    • Buses may be on normal routes or limited transportation routes (decision will remain in effect for the entire day).
    • Note: If there is inclement weather on any Friday and a two-hour delayed start is decided, please note the following:
      • Schools will start two hours after usual starting times.
      • Schools will dismiss at their regular (Monday through Thursday) dismissal times and not the regular Friday two-hour early release times.
      • School schedules are found by clicking here.

    School closure
    If school has been closed for the day, there will be no district busing or transportation available. All evening meetings or functions scheduled to take place in district facilities will be cancelled. A decision will be made by noon on the impacted day regarding the possibility of afternoon district- and school-sponsored activities and practices.

    Early closure
    If school is in session and weather worsens during the day, the district office will make the decision whether or not to close school and will notify the schools. This will occur only if there is an emergency, such as a localized disaster or widespread extreme weather conditions. If a school closure occurs in the middle of the day, secondary schools will dismiss students so that most will arrive home before elementary students. Elementary students will be dismissed at the regular time. Parents need to have an alternate plan for their child(ren). Make certain they know what they are to do and/or where they should go if parents cannot get home due to weather conditions.