School Delays and Closures due to Inclement Weather: What you need to know

It doesn’t happen very often, even in the snowy Wenatchee Valley, but occasionally school may be delayed or closed due to inclement weather.

How and when will you find out if school is late or closed?

  • • RADIO: Listen to local radio stations, both English and Spanish language stations.
  • • PHONE: You will receive phone call from Wenatchee School District’s Automated Call system. Please make sure the telephone number you have provided to your school is up-to-date. You may check with your child’s school office.
  • • WEB: Look at the school district website: www.wenatcheeschools.org
  • • FOLLOW us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wsd246/
  • • FOLLOW us on Twitter: @WenatcheeSD

How does the school district decide whether to close or delay school? 

Transportation Director Bob Sanford follows NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) for weather updates as well the county for road conditions. He drives the area to evaluate road conditions and contacts Superintendent Brian Flones by 5 AM. Superintendent Flones makes the final decision as to whether schools stay on schedule, delay opening, or close. School closures must be made up later.

 

Why would the district delay the start of school?
Delaying school gives the Transportation Department time to chain up the fleet. It also puts bus travel in a safer, non-commute time.

School delays and closures can impact a family’s schedule. 
The decision to delay or close school is not taken lightly. It’s disruptive for working parents that have to come up with a plan for the care of children. We recommend families of young children develop a backup plan in the event that schools are delayed or closed.

Questions? Call the Transportation Department at (509) 662-6168. The office opens at 6:00 AM.