School delays and closures due to inclement weather: What you need to know

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2021-2022 PLAN FOR INCLEMENT WEATHER 

From time to time during the winter months, the weather may force a change in the normal school schedule. We want you to be prepared and know where to get information.

Now is the time to make sure your student’s emergency contact information is up-to-date. Check with your school office to make sure we have accurate information on file.

In the event of a weather delay, the district will follow a late start Monday schedule instead of a two-hour delay for in-person learning when road conditions are unsafe for our transportation fleet.

Late Start School Schedule
Elementary - 9:15 AM
Middle School - 10:20 AM
Wenatchee HS - 10:10 AM 
WestSide HS - 10:05 AM
Wenatchee Valley Tech - No AM Classes
Castlerock - 9:25 AM 

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

Please make sure the phone number and email you have provided to your school are up-to-date. You may check with your child’s school office.

  • Remind Text Notification: Please make sure the cell phone you have provided to your school is up-to-date. Landlines will receive an automated call.
  • Website Announcements: Be sure to bookmark the district's website wenatcheeschools.org 
  • Social Media Posts: Follow us on Twitter @ WenatcheeSD and find us on Facebook at @Wenatcheeschools
  • Local TV/Radio Announcements


How does the school district decide whether to close or delay school?
Our transportation department checks the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) weather updates as well as the county for road conditions. The WSD Transportation Director drives bus routes to evaluate road conditions and contacts the Superintendent by 5 AM. The superintendent makes the final decision as to whether schools stay on schedule or close.

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.

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 closed and students need to transition to online learning.

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