Inclement Weather Procedures
Forecasting the weather for school closures is not an easy task. South Kitsap School District officials put a lot of effort into preparing a decision when determining whether to keep schools on schedule, start late, or close schools due to inclement weather conditions. Each time a decision has to be made, many different interests and issues are taken into consideration; the primary decision factor, however, is student safety.
School district officials try to make the decision by no later than 5:30 a.m. Sometimes, conditions are stable enough that the district is able to make the announcement the night before. In such situations the SchoolMessenger calling system will be used to contact all families and staff at home.
Check out Web site, TV, radio for current information
The best means for finding out changes in the school schedule due to inclement weather is through television, radio, or Web sites like http://www.schoolreport.org/ or the district Web site. You can register with School Report for automatic email messages that are sent out as soon as the district posts its decision to the Public Emergency Communications System.
Should time changes become necessary to alter or cancel the school schedule, one of or a combination of the following announcements will be made over the radio, television stations and web sites between 5:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m.
Limited Bus Routes will only be used when taking students home during an inclement weather event.
Closure and Late Start Procedures
"No News is Good News!"
SKSD will report all school schedule changes to the local news media and post these changes to the home page of the district Web site. If no reports have been made, school will begin at regularly scheduled times.
Collaboration Late Start Wednesday
If SKSD reports a 2-hour late start schedule on a Collaboration Late Start Wednesday - Collaboration will be cancelled and 2-hour late start will operate on the normal non-Wednesday schedule.
1. “South Kitsap Schools will be closed for the day.”
2. “South Kitsap Schools will operate two (2) hours late.”
3. “South Kitsap Schools and Administrative/Support offices are closed.”