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

KIRO Radio (97.3 FM, 710 AM)      KOMO Radio (1000 AM)
KIRO- TV (ch. 7) KING- TV (ch. 5)
KOMO- TV (ch. 4) KCPQ- TV (ch. 13)

 

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 (See Staff Work Day in the Event of Inclement Weather for details).
  • 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.

If a snow delay occurs only on a Friday SAMI, SOTA and Stewart schools will start on their normal Friday schedule. In the event of inclement weather on the following Wednesday: November 30, December 14, January 11, January 25, February 8, February 22, March 7, March 21 and April 11, only Baker Middle School will start on their normal Wednesday schedule for these days. If there are late start days on inclement weather days, staff will be advised as to student/staff arrival times.​

District News and Information
The Tacoma Public Schools has resources to update you on the latest district information and news 24 hours a day. Please contact the Public Information Office, 253-571-1015, if you have any questions about these services or need assistance.

District Main Line
253-571-1000

District Web Site
www.tacomaschools.org

Online Newsroom
www.tacomaschools.org/news


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