School Closure / Late Start / Early Dismissal
STEILACOOM HISTORICAL SCHOOLS ARE ASSUMED TO BE IN SESSION, UNLESS A MESSAGE IS BROADCAST VIA RADIO, TELEVISION, DISTRICT WEBSITE, AND/OR SOCIAL MEDIA.
Situations involving snow, ice, power outages, windstorms, and floods are continually assessed and may make it necessary to temporarily alter the operation of schools and/or school buses in the Steilacoom Historical School District.
CHANGES IN SCHOOL OPERATIONS
Changes in school operation schedules may be necessary, resulting in the closure of one or more schools for the day, a late start time, and/or an early dismissal time.
If it becomes necessary to dismiss students early because of inclement weather conditions or a widespread utility outage during the school day, notice of school changes will be distributed to radio stations, television stations, the District’s website, School Messenger and social media outlets (e.g., Facebook andTwitter).
If a school is closed, all after school activities are presumed to be cancelled, unless otherwise notified.The AM/PM Childcare Program at Cherrydale Primary will open as soon as safely possible on a 2 hour delay; they will cancel care if schools are closed.The Right at School Program at Chloe Clark Elementary will follow the school schedule in the event of inclement weather. (2 hours late or closed)For other locations, please contact your childcare provider.
Community groups using school facilities after hours should coordinate their activities with the school principal about having or cancelling their event.
EMERGENCY OPERATIONS MESSAGING
Messages will be broadcast via Puget Sound area radio and television stations, through the Steilacoom Historical School District website, School Messenger notification system and District social media pages on Facebook and Twitter.
Steilacoom Historical School District www.steilacoom.k12.wa.us
AM RADIO: FM RADIO: TELEVISION:
KOMO, 1000 KIRO, 97.3 KOMO, 4
KOMO, 97.7 KING, 5
KUOW (NPR), 94.9 KONG, 6/16
The radio stations listed above broadcast news and information 24 hours a day, while most television stations begin news coverage at 4:30 A.M. Stay tuned during the morning; conditions may require sudden operations changes.
OTHER WAYS WE COMMUNICATE (flyer with instructions for FlashAlert and SchoolMessenger Apps)
You can also sign up for automatic emails from FlashAlert.net These emails are tied directly to the school closure and late start media broadcast system.
SCHOOL MESSENGER PHONE, E-MAIL and TEXT
TEXT ALERTS (new 2018-19)
School Messenger Text Alerts are available for families, wanting instant notifications of school delays and closures via a text message sent to their mobile phone.
To receive text alerts from the Steilacoom Historical School District, you must provide a current mobile phone number in our Skyward student information database.
Once your number is entered in Skyward, a text message, asking you to “Opt-In”, will be sent to your mobile phone within 24-48 hours.
Simply reply by texting back the letter “Y”, or the word “Yes”, and you will be subscribed and begin receiving text alerts when available.
EMERGENCY INFORMATION LINE 1-253-896-2897 (recorded message)
PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE SCHOOLS, SCHOOL DISTRICT OFFICE, OR RADIO AND/OR TELEVISION STATIONS FOR SCHOOL OR BUS OPERATIONS INFORMATION.
The messages will be brief in nature when broadcast to the public. Examples include:
“SCHOOLS CLOSED” - all schools in the district are closed for the day. All scheduled activities are canceled.
“ONE HOUR LATE START - ALL DISTRICT” - all schools in the district will start one hour late, and will dismiss at their regularly scheduled time, unless otherwise announced. Breakfast will be available.
A.M. Preschool programs are cancelled; P.M. Preschool will operate on time.
“TWO HOURS LATE” - all schools in the district will start two hours late.
A.M. Preschool programs will be cancelled; P.M. programs will start on time. Breakfast will be available.
“NO OUT OF DISTRICT TRANSPORTATION” - students will not be transported outside of Steilacoom Historical School District boundaries to other school districts or facilities for classes. This does not apply to the bus that transports students to and from Chloe Clark Elementary to JBLM.
We avoid changing the call, if possible, however weather conditions or power outages may dictate a change.
SCHOOL BUS OPERATIONS
Bus operations may have to be altered or cancelled. Messages will be provided as follows:
“SCHOOLS CLOSED” - all schools will be closed for one day only.
All meetings, field trips and after school activities will also be cancelled. No out-of-district transportation will be provided.
“SCHOOLS ONE (OR TWO) HOURS LATE, SNOW BUS ROUTES” - schools will be either one or two hours late. Students will be dismissed at regular time unless announced otherwise. Parents should reference media outlets identified above for further announcements. Buses will operate on snow bus routes, if announced.
“NO OUT OF DISTRICT TRANSPORTATION” - schools are operating, but no school district transportation vehicles (buses, vans, cars) will operate outside of school boundaries. This will include special education, field trips, after school activities, sports events, concerts, performances, etc.
If you have any transportation questions during regular business hours, please contact Durham Transportation Department Office at (253) 584-1365
SCHEDULE CHANGE DECISIONS
Making the Call -Durham School Services Transportation and District staff survey the local road conditions between 3:00 and 4:00 am on days when snow and ice are on the ground or predicted. Current and forecasted weather conditions are reviewed, as well as checking with outlying county roads and checking with neighboring school districts transportation departments. Conditions in DuPont, Anderson Island, Steilacoom and portions of Lakewood are taken into consideration when making the decision.
The superintendent determines feasibility of safely transporting students to and from school, no later than 5:00 am. Immediately, a robocall, email and text message is dispatched to all staff and families using our school notification system. The information is relayed to the local TV and radio stations, posted to the website, the district Facebook and Twitter accounts and emergency phone line.
Changing the Call - We avoid changing the call, if possible, however weather conditions or power outages may dictate a change.