Emergency School Closures

The decision to close schools due to inclement weather or bad road conditions will be announced on most local television and radio stations including:

You may also call the district information line at 253-571-1000, beginning at 6 a.m. for school closure information. The decision to close schools is made by the superintendent as early as possible, usually around 5:30 a.m. The district also will send a recorded telephone message to families as soon as a decision is made to close schools. Please contact the main office at your child's school to ensure the school has your most current contact information.

  • If you do not hear "Tacoma School District No. 10" listed in the closures, you may assume schools are operating on a normal schedule.
  • If you hear an announcement that schools will operate
    "two hours late, normal bus routes," it means:
    • All AM preschools are canceled (including Head Start).
    • All PM preschools will continue on their normal schedules.
    • Elementary JAWS, band and orchestra are canceled.
    • No out-of-district transportation.
  • If you hear an announcement that schools will operate
    "two hours late, emergency bus routes," it means:
    • All AM preschools are canceled (including Head Start).
    • All PM preschools will continue on their normal schedules.
    • Elementary JAWS, band and orchestra are canceled.
    • No out-of-district transportation.
    • Emergency bus routes AM, normal bus routes PM
  • If you hear an announcement that
    "school is closed," it means:
    • School is closed.
    • All activities are canceled.
    • No out-of-district transportation.
    • Twelve-month employees are generally expected to report to work (details for staff only).
  • If you hear an announcement that
    "school is closed, district offices closed" it means:
    • School is closed.
    • All activities are canceled.
    • No out-of-district transportation.
    • All district offices are closed.
    • Employees do not report to work.

If school is delayed, staff members are expected to report when it is safely possible so they can prepare for the arrival of students. Listen to radio and television for the latest information. Changing conditions may cause the district to alter the status of school.

Check the district Web site, tacomaschools.org, for updates or follow the district on facebook.com/tacomaschools and twitter.com/tacomaschools.