Inclement Weather Procedures

  • Winter may bring weather conditions that require school schedule delays or closure.  Deciding to cancel school is a difficult decision that the District takes seriously. 

    How decisions are made

    When poor weather is anticipated, at approximately 2 a.m., designated transportation staff drive roads throughout the district to determine the ability to safely transport students, determine the status of arterials (major and minor) making note of specific challenging areas; and reviews existing and anticipated weather patterns throughout the area and consider decisions of surrounding school districts. Between 4 and 4:30 a.m., the Transportation Director and Superintendent’s Office determines the feasibility of safely transporting children to and from school. When at all possible, decisions regarding school delays or closures are made by 5:00 a.m.

    How we communicate

    In the event of snow, windstorms, earthquake or similar events, we may change school start or dismissal times for student safety.  Here is how we will communicate school schedule changes:

    • Automated phone calls and emails:  Make sure your contact information and communication preferences are up-to-date in Family Access
    • Website announcements:  Be sure to bookmark the District's website (
    • Social media posts:  Follow us on Twitter (@SumnerSchools), Facebook (@SumnerSchoolDistrict) and Instagram (@sumnerbonneylakesd)
    • SBLSD Emergency Hotline:  Call the Emergency Hotline at (253) 891-6001 for updated information
    • Local TV/radio announcements

    What changes to expect

    Expect morning buses to be late during severe weather.

    • Schools open, limited transportation: Schools will operate and buses will stop at all regular stops with the exception of these routes.

    • 2-hour late start: All schools in the Sumner-Bonney Lake School District will operate 2 hours later than usual. No AM or PM preschool or ECEAP. Childcare will start 2 hours later than usual. No out-of-district transportation or transportation to the Elhi Hill High School Program. General education students who are scheduled for in-person learning on the day of the late start, will start 2 hours later than usual. There is no change to the schedule for distance learning and hybrid asynchronous work. Breakfast and lunch will be served. Families with students in Special Education District programs will receive a separate email with details. For potential updates to afternoon bus transportation or after-school sports practices, monitor or call the district hotline at (253) 891-6001.

    • Early dismissal and delayed start: In the event of a change in school operations due to inclement weather, the District will send families phone and email notifications. Information will be posted on the district website and social media. The Emergency Hotline, (253) 891-6001, will have recorded updates.

    • School closed: All school buildings in the Sumner-Bonney Lake School District will be closed. Please note, however, that asynchronous learning will take place for all students regardless of learning model. Asynchronous work will be entered into your child’s Google Classroom by 11 a.m. There will be no in-person learning, childcare, preschool or ECEAP.  No out-of-district transportation or transportation to the Elhi Hill High School Program. A call will be made later in the day on the status of after-school sports practices. For potential updates, monitor or call the district hotline at (253) 891-6001.

    School schedule 

    With two learning models and varied school schedules, it’s important to know what a two-hour late start or closure means for your child’s day. Please review this outline of schedules separated by general education and special education. By doing asynchronous work when school buildings are closed, we maintain equal learning opportunities for students in either learning model and on a day when some students may not have family assistance with Zoom. Asynchronous work allows us to not have to make up those days at the end of the year.

    How to prepare for changes to the school day

    Each family should have a plan covering what to do when children arrive home early due to an emergency or weather-related situation. Please develop a plan and practice it with your child. If you will not be home, instruct your child as to where he or she should go in the event of an early dismissal due to emergency conditions. What is the best route home if your child cannot be delivered to the normal bus stop? Where could your child go if he or she needed help? Who would care for him or her until you arrive? Is there someone your child could call to calm any concerns he or she might have?

Inclement Weather Schedule: General Ed and Special Ed

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