School Closure Info For Kids In Everett, WA

December 5, 2016

Everett Schools

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Kids here in Everett may be happy with this weather forecast. Parents, not so much…


If you live in Everett, WA and your child goes to either the Everett or Mukilteo Schools here’s what you need to know about school closure information…

Everett Schools Emergency Closures and Late Start Information

How to find emergency school schedule information (usually available by 5:30 a.m.):

  • www.FlashAlert.org You can subscribe to receive notices at the same time those notices are sent to media outlets, or you can bookmark this site to check for a listing of regional school emergency schedule information.
  • Media news reports (Media get information from www.FlashAlert.org).
  • Everett Public Schools website.
  • Everett Public Schools information line at 425-385-4636.
  • Blackboard Connect* calls made to school families beginning at 5:45 a.m.
    *Please be sure your contact information is up to date at your school.
  • Program impact chart outlines how various school programs and activities are impacted when school is cancelled or starts late.

“No announcement” means schools have normal schedules.
Except in extreme situations when verified information is available more than 24 hours in advance, each emergency school schedule announcement is made on a day-by-day basis.

Emergency school schedule announcements are sent to media as early as possible in the morning. Blackboard Connect calls to families are sent beginning at 5:45 a.m.

School bus snow routes.

School drop off and pick up spots may change during emergency situations. If your child rides a bus to school, please become familiar with snow route information on the website.

Emergency early dismissal

Emergency conditions during the school day could require schools to close early and release students before the end of the normal school day.

This happens rarely and is used only as a “last resort.” In these rare circumstances, families are notified of an early dismissal by the same methods listed above for emergency school schedule notifications.

If school is dismissed early, authorized persons (identified on the school emergency form) may pick up students. School staff will remain at school until all students have left.

Family emergency plans

Questions to consider as you make emergency plans and some emergency website resources:

  • What is the best route to and from home if your child cannot be dropped off at the normal bus stop? (What is the “snow route” for your school bus?)
  • Where should your child go if they need help?
  • Who would care for your child if you were not able to come home in an emergency?
  • Is there someone your child could call to calm fears?
  • How will you communicate with family members if power or telephone service is interrupted?
  • Where do you keep emergency supplies, including a battery operated radio?

Emergency contacts

Each school year parents are asked to update student enrollment information.

Your student enrollment information form includes contacts used in emergencies or if a child becomes ill at school.

Please call your school if your phone number or emergency contact information changes at any time during the school year. This is the contact information used by the Everett Public Schools automated phone system in emergencies and to share important school information with families.

In the Mukilteo School District…

WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO GET INFORMATION ABOUT SCHOOL CLOSURES OR DELAYS?

If you feel the weather is questionable, there are several things you can do to find out whether Mukilteo schools are starting late or closed on a particular school day:

Listserv: A message will sent by email to all subscribers of the school district ListServ as soon as a decision has been made regarding the cancelation or delayed start of school. If you would like to become a subscriber, go to the ListServ signup page. Click the box labeled “Mukilteo School District Information,” (also click on other boxes that may apply to you), enter your name and email address at the bottom of the page and click on the “Subscribe” button. You will automatically receive an email that will ask you to confirm your subscription.

Blackboard Connect: The school district uses a system called Blackboard Connect to send important messages to parents via telephone, text, and email. This automated system uses the contact information that is listed in your child’s student records. Using the Blackboard Connect Portal, you can select whether you want to receive school closure or delay notifications by text or email, or both. (Because of the early hour when they are issued, we do not send such notices by telephone.) To change your settings, go to the Blackboard Connect Portal. If you have not registered for a Blackboard Connect account, you’ll find detailed instructions by using the “Quick Start Guide” that you’ll find on the left of the welcome page.

Listen to Local Radio and Television Stations: Listen in the early morning and throughout the day if the road conditions are questionable. Here are a few radio stations that provide regular reports: KRKO (1380 AM), KOMO (1000 AM) or KIRO-FM (97.3 FM). As for TV stations, watch the morning news on KOMO (Channel 4), KING (Channel 5), KIRO (Channel 7), or KCPQ (Channel 13).

Call the 24-Hour Hotline: Call the Mukilteo School District’s Emergency Information Line at 425-356-1299. The message will normally be updated by 5:30 a.m.

Check the FlashAlert Website: The status of all local schools is listed each morning on the FlashAlert website. You can access information posted onto FlashAlert by the Mukilteo School District HERE.

Get A Text Message From Other Services: FlashAlert and most radio and television stations offer services that will send you a text message in the event of a school closure or delay.

WHAT IF THERE IS NO ANNOUNCEMENT OF SCHOOL CLOSURES OR DELAYS?

It means school will open at the normal time and school buses will operate on their normal routes.

For private schools and the various colleges, check directly on their website.


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