School district officials offer severe winter weather tips

December 29, 2009

By Staff

Jack Frost seems to be getting closer and with snow predictions in some of the area’s higher elevations, Issaquah School District officials have sent out information to families regarding school closure plans.Every family should have received the 2009-10 Emergency Transportation Bulletin, which details the different types of procedures officials use to delay or modify school days in case of snow or severe weather. Families should review these plans, including emergency bus stops and alternative routes, before severe weather hits.

If severe weather conditions are expected, families can check several sources about school closures, including the district’s Web site, the district’s main line or your child’s school’s main line, local news and weather reports, and personal e-mail accounts where emergency bulletins from the district’s E-News service will arrive.

Do not check individual school Web sites, as many won’t be updated during severe weather.

It is also important to remember your child’s safety during extreme weather. In some instances, it may not be possible to get your student to his or her snow route bus stop or may not be safe for him or her to journey out of the home.

In those cases, district officials depend on parents to make the call. As long as a student comes to school with a note from a parent, or a parent has called the school about the absence, it can be excused.

Elementary school students’ absences aren’t readily tracked, but parents should know middle and high school students are only allowed 10 excused absences during the year.

As long as parents and school officials can track those absences, exceptions can be made for students who need more, without them being penalized.

Emergency school information

www.schoolreport.org

www.issaquah.wednet.edu or call 837-7000

School bus services

www.issaquah.wednet.edu/ documents/emrg.pdf

Fire and cold weather safety

www.eastsidefire-rescue.org

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