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School Closures

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.


TPS Staff:

Staff Work Day in the Event of Inclement Weather

LATE START
In the event of a delayed start of school, employees shall make a good faith effort to arrive at work at the normal start time. However, if due to hazardous driving conditions, if a school-based employee is unable to arrive on time, there shall be no deduction of leave time or loss of pay provided the employee arrives one-half hour prior to the altered start of the student school day.  In the event school(s) are dismissed early due to inclement weather, certificated staff shall be released one-half hour after the student dismissal.

INDIVIDUAL BUILDING CLOSURES
If the Superintendent or the Superintendent’s designee closes an individual building due to emergency conditions, the staff will report for work as directed.  Employees who provide essential services (as identified under collective bargaining agreements related maintenance, custodial, food services and security staff) are to report to work unless otherwise directed by supervisor or designee.
 
ALL SCHOOLS CLOSED
If schools are closed because of inclement weather, natural disasters or other emergencies, the following groups of employees are required to work:
  1. Administrators
  2. Exempt employees
  3. Twelve (12) month professional-technical employees
  4. Twelve (12) month office professionals

However, the above employees, instead of working, may elect one of the following options if approved by the appropriate division head or designee consistent and in accordance with applicable collective bargaining agreements (if applicable):

  1. Use earned vacation or applicable leave
  2. Be counted absent without pay
  3. Use accrued compensatory time (if applicable under a specific collective bargaining agreement)
  4. Reschedule hours (if hours can be made up at the regular rate of pay during the same work week if applicable under a specific collective bargaining agreement)
Employees who provide essential services (as identified under collective bargaining agreements related maintenance, custodial, food services and security staff) are to report to work unless otherwise directed by supervisor or designee.
 
ALL SCHOOLS CLOSED, DISTRICT OFFICES CLOSED
If all district buildings are closed because of inclement weather, natural disasters or other emergencies, employee are not to report to work.  Employees who provide essential services (as identified under collective bargaining agreements related maintenance, custodial, food services and security staff) are to report to work unless otherwise directed by supervisor or designee.

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