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

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

    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 (snow) 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.

    Two-hour (2) delay 
    If there is a two-hour (2) 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 (snow) routes (decision will remain in effect for the entire day).
    • The Snohomish Aquatic Center will open at 8 a.m.
    • Note: If there is inclement weather on any Friday and a two-hour (2) 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 (2) 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. The Snohomish Aquatic Center will open no earlier than 11 a.m. (if it is able to open at all - please watch for updates).

    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.

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