Snow and Ice Bulletin

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Emergencies such as inclement weather, power outages and hazardous road conditions can alter school schedules and affect bus transportation. The decision to close or delay schools is made by the superintendent as early as possible, usually around 5:30 a.m. Early dismissals will occur only if a delay in dismissal significantly increases hazards. In the event an early dismissal is required, it is important that you have a plan for your student.

The decision to close schools or delay start times will be announced on flashalert, most radio and television stations and the district website. Families will be notified using the districts emergency messaging systems and mobile app. You may also call the district information line at 425.408.6001, beginning at 6 a.m., for school closure information.

Emergency make up days will be added to the end of the school year. If Northshore School District #417 is not mentioned during the newscast, it means schools are open, with buses operating as normally as possible. If Northshore is mentioned, one of the following situations will be announced:

1. "2 hours late, normal bus routes" means:

  • Buses start 2 hours late on normal routes
  • School starts 2 hours late with regular dismissal time
  • All partial programs cancelled
  • No ATP Networks, Sorenson Early Childhood Center, Head Start or preschool/pre-k programs, and no in-district CTE satellite shuttles
  • No out-of-district transportation
  • No elementary band/orchestra or zero-period classes

2. "2 hours late, snow (limited or alternate) bus routes" means:

  • Buses start 2 hours late on snow routes. Visit the Transportation website to find snow routes.
  • School starts 2 hours late with regular dismissal time
  • All partial programs cancelled
  • No ATP Networks, Sorenson Early Childhood Center, Head Start or preschool/pre-k programs, and no in-district CTE satellite shuttles
  • No out-of-district transportation
  • No elementary band/orchestra or zero-period classes

3. "On time, snow (limited or alternate) bus routes" means:

  • Buses start at normal time on snow (limited or alternate)routes. Visit the Transportation website to find snow routes.

4. "Closed" means:

  • All district schools closed
  • No after-school/evening activities, athletics or band/orchestra

Snow (limited or alternate) route locations are available on the Transportation website, or by contacting the Transportation Department, 425.408.7900. Changing conditions may cause the district to alter the status of school. Listen to radio and television for the latest information.