A decision regarding the cancellation or delay of school will be made by about 5 AM on the school day. You can get information about the status of school by tuning into most major radio and television stations. Updated school closure information also will be posted on our district's Internet site, on the Public Schools Emergency Communications System website, www.flashalert.net or can be found by calling the district hotline at (360) 629-1240.
Please contact the school district for flood route information.
In the event that the school schedule is changed, information can be obtained by contacting the:
• Stanwood-Camano School District Emergency Hotline 360-629-1240
• Stanwood-Camano School District Transportation Emergency Hotline 360-629-1224
How can I get weather/closure information?
- Bookmark the Stanwood-Camano School District web site, www.stanwood.wednet.edu,for updates.
- Bookmark the web site www.flashalert.net and follow the links to Stanwood-Camano School District for updates. You may subscribe to this web site with your e-mail address to receive emergency notices specific to the district.
- Call the district’s emergency hotline at (360) 629-1240 or the transportation emergency line at (360) 629-1224 for a recorded message. Please do not call the Transportation Office because it is important to keep the lines open for emergencies.
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HOW ARE DECISIONS MADE?
We closely monitor the weather and communicate with Snohomish and Island County Road Departments. Most often, decisions are made in the early morning rather than the night before so that the most current weather conditions and forecasts can factor into the decision. We recognize the impact on family schedules, and will communicate any decision as quickly as possible. In the early morning hours (typicallybeginning at 2:30 a.m.), district staff members drive main roads and side streets throughout the school district boundaries to assess driving and walking conditions. Information is compiled and reported to the Superintendent, who will make the decision – based on the best available information at that time – to close, delay and/or run buses on snow routes. We understand these decisions disrupt family schedules and appreciate your patience during these severe weather situations. While we know that our students and families are best served when weare open, our top concern is the safety of our students and staff.
WHY WAS THIS DECISION MADE? IT DOESN’T MAKE SENSE TO ME.
The decision to close or delay schools relies on weather predictionsand local conditions. The topography of our school district varies.Higher elevations sometimes accumulate snow or ice quickly and hold onto it longer than lower elevations. Decisions are made based on the condition of every bus route throughout Stanwood-Camano SchoolDistrict. A decision must be made several hours before schools would normally open, and conditions may change dramatically during that period of time.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN WHEN SNOW ROUTES ARE IN EFFECT?
A snow route is a modified bus route that generally runs on main roads rather than side streets or through neighborhoods where driving a school bus may not be possible during inclement weather. If snow routes are in effect, students must catch their bus at alternate stops. On these snow route days, students are returned after school to their snow route stops regardless of changes in the weather.
HOW DOES THE DISTRICT CREATE SNOW ROUTES?
Selecting snow route stops that are both safe for students and meet theschool scheduling requirements is a difficult decision. The rurallocation of many of our district homes along with hazardous, narrowroads without a shoulder or sidewalk make it difficult to identify snow route stops that are safe for students to walk to and from. For this reason, snow bus routes often require the student to be driven to the bus stop location. Parents should use their own discretion regarding the use of snow route stops, transporting students to school themselves, or having student(s) remain at home during inclementweather.
While student safety is our primary concern, the district must consider numerous factors when deciding the locations of snow route stops:
- Snow route stops must have adequate space off of the road to allow for the safe transfer of students to and from personal vehicles and buses.
- Snow route stops must be large enough to safely fit the bus and numerous parent vehicles of traffic.
- Locations of stops are on the county’s priority roads for snow removal so that buses can access their stops and safely transport students.
- Snow route stops must allow adequate time for parents to connect with the buses while respecting the subsequent routes and school schedules.
WHAT IF A STORM BEGINS WHEN MY CHILDREN ARE AT SCHOOL?
We do not dismiss school during changing weather conditions because of our concern of children being at home without any adult supervision.Releasing school early is problematic when families are not expectingit. Families may choose to pick up their children early, but must go to the office and sign their child out. We do our best to monitor and anticipate conditions.
WILL AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITES BE CANCELED IF SCHOOL IS CLOSED?
Typically, activities will be canceled when school has been closed all day. Please check the district Web site, or your school’s Web site, for specific information.
We recognize the importance of having children in school on a regular schedule with quality, uninterrupted learning time. With safety as our primary concern, decisions that impact student learning are alwaysweighed with careful consideration. Thank you for patience during weather situations as we share in the frustration regarding schedule changes.