We closely monitor the weather and communicate with Snohomish and Island County Road Departments. Most often, decisions are made in the early morning rather than the night before so that the most current weather conditions and forecasts can factor into the decision. We recognize the impact on family schedules, and will communicate any decision as quickly as possible. In the early morning hours (typically beginning at 2:30 a.m.), district staff members drive main roads and side streets throughout the school district boundaries to assess driving and walking conditions. Information is compiled and reported to the Superintendent, who will make the decision – based on the best available information at that time – to close, delay and/or run buses on snow routes. We understand these decisions disrupt family schedules and appreciate your patience during these bad weather situations. While we know that our students and families are best served when we are open, our top concern is the safety of our students and staff.
WHY WAS THIS DECISION MADE? IT DOESN’T MAKE SENSE TO ME.
The decision to close or delay schools relies on weather predictions and local conditions. The topography of our school district varies. Higher elevations sometimes accumulate snow or ice quickly and hold on to it longer than lower elevations. Decisions are made based on the condition of every bus route throughout Stanwood-Camano School District. A decision must be made several hours before schools would normally open, and conditions may change dramatically during that period of time.
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