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    SPS Winter Weather | Staying Informed | Review Your Emergency Numbers
    Posted on 09/05/2018
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    General 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. 

    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 | KOMO 4, KING 5, KIRO 7, Q13 FOX | Radio | KOMO AM 1000, KIRO 97.3 FM

    • Facebook and Twitter: Follow us on and

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

    • Phone calls and emails: Families will receive a phone call and email, however other communication methods may be faster.

    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), can be found on the SPS Communications Preferences webpage.

    View the 2018-19 School Year Calendar Dates including snow make-up dates.

    Weather Impacts on Shuttle Transportation & School Schedules

    Weather conditions may require the district to put buses (Morning Magnolia Shuttle) on snow routes.  

    Visit the SDOT Winter Response webpage  for information about the city streets that SDOT clears and to review the 2018-19 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 page for current updates.