School Closures & Delays
Ensuring the safety of the students we transport is our number one priority. Nearly every year we must delay the start of school, cancel outdoor after school activities, or cancel school because of snow, smoke or other poor weather conditions. We encourage you to become familiar with the procedures followed during snow, inclement weather and emergencies.
How will you know if school is delayed or canceled?
If we need to delay or close schools, we'll communicate in multiple ways:
- Websites: A message on the district website and all school websites.
- Social media: Posts on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
- Automated phone calls, emails and texts: Please check with your school to ensure your emergency contact information is up to date. Note these messages may take longer to send than other communications.
- News media: Information is sent to TV and radio stations who announce school delays and closures. You can also find that information on FlashAlert.net.
Frequently Asked Questions About School Closures & Delays
- How do you decide whether to delay or close schools?
- If the start of school is delayed, how do I determine the time of bus pick up?
- My student receives special education bus service. Will this change on a snow day?
- How should I prepare my student to ride the bus during inclement weather?
- When will we have snow make-up days?
- What about an option to shift to remote learning when it snows?
How do you decide whether to delay or close schools?
If the start of school is delayed, how do I determine the time of bus pick up?
My student receives special education bus service. Will this change on a snow day?
How should I prepare my student to ride the bus during inclement weather?
When will we have snow make-up days?
What about an option to shift to remote learning when it snows?
What do the different announcements mean?
- Two-hour delay with normal bus routes
- Two-hour delay on a late start Wednesday
- School canceled, district offices open remotely
- School canceled, district offices closed
Two-hour delay with normal bus routes
Two-hour delay on a late start Wednesday
School canceled, district offices open remotely
School canceled, district offices closed
When the air quality in our region is affected by wildfire smoke or other factors, we take steps - such as reducing or canceling outdoor activity - to ensure the health of our students.
Tacoma Public Schools looks to the recommendations of Washington State’s Department of Health to determine whether to restrict outdoor activity.
- Where can I find a reliable air quality index?
- How will I know whether my child’s school will restrict outdoor activities on a given day?
- Who make the decision to restrict activities at school?
- How do I let school know my child has a health condition requiring them to stay inside during times of moderate or unhealthy for sensitive groups air quality?