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    Winter Weather | Stay Informed | Review Your Emergency Numbers
    Posted on 12/01/2019
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    Winter Weather Information

    Now is a good time to review how you will receive urgent weather information from Seattle Public Schools and how to manage your communication preferences. 



    Managing Phone Calls and Communications Preferences

    It is important to keep up-to-date contact information on record at your student's school. When there is an emergency school schedule change, the phone number listed as an emergency contact is called. While you need at least one emergency phone on record, you can manage your communication preferences and designate which phone is called.

    Directions on how to manage your preferences (email, phone, text and mobile app)

    Information about how to update or change your phone number and email can be found on the SPS Communications Preferences webpage.

    Staying Informed

    If weather conditions make a schedule change necessary, the district will communicate the decision through the following methods and in this order: 

    • Local media: TV | Checking the local television or radio stations is an effective and efficient way to find out if there is a schedule change. Local stations include: TV: KOMO 4, KING 5, KIRO 7, Q13 FOX | Radio: KOMO AM 1000, KIRO 97.3 FM

    • Facebook and Twitter: In addition to local media, social media is a fast way to learn about a delay or closure. Follow us on and

    • District and school websites: Updates will be posted to the district and school websites.

    • Phone calls, emails and text messages: Families will receive a phone call, email, text message and mobile app notification, however other communication methods may be faster. 

    School Year Calendar Dates

    As defined by our collective bargaining agreement, we have three snow makeup days. For the 2019-20 these days are: Jan. 29, June 19 and June 22. Because makeup days are negotiated with our labor partner, Seattle Education Association, we need to follow the contract as well as ensure students have 180 contact days in school. Please be aware of these dates when making vacation and family plans. View the School Year Calendar Dates including snow make-up dates.

    Weather Impacts on Shuttle Transportation and School Schedules

    Weather conditions may require the district to put buses (Morning Magnolia Shuttle) on snow routes.  If families need more information about snow routes, they can ask the school office staff or contact the district’s Transportation department. Visit the SDOT Winter Response webpage for information about the city streets that SDOT clears and to review the Winter Weather Brochure and Snow Route Map.

    Early Dismissal & School Canceled

    The district will notify parents/guardians of early release and school canceled using automated calls to the emergency phone number provided to the school. There will be no after-school activities. However, check with your school directly about athletic events.  To learn more, visit the district’s transportation webpage or call 206-252-0900.

    Students who Take Metro Bus Service

    For those students who use King County's Metro bus service for school transportation, please visit the Metro online guide for their emergency ice and snow schedule.

    Preparing for Inclement Weather

    Seattle is unique in that snow may accumulate in one area and not in other areas. Circumstances across the entire city are carefully considered when deciding impact on school operations. Weather forecasts and conditions change, and the district must make a decision that applies to all schools. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we evaluate all these factors.

    Each family should have an inclement weather plan that can be put into action on short notice. Identify an alternate place for your child to stay if you must be at work on a day when school has been delayed or canceled.

    ​ Our regional emergency communications system is You can read messages or subscribe for FlashAlert notifications on their website,

    Visit the SPS Website Winter Weather Response page for current updates.