Follow up message for Jan. 3, 2022

Snow make-up day and more information around today's closure

Dear Edmonds School District Families,


While we were eager to be back learning today, winter weather and unsafe road conditions resulted in the cancellation of school.


Please see below for important information on the snow make-up day and more information around today’s school closure.

Snow make-up day: Tuesday, Feb. 22

School days lost due to a closure need to be made up. According to our calendar, the first snow make-up day is Tuesday, February 22, 2022. Please update your calendars! Previously, Feb. 22 was a scheduled no school day.
Snow make-up day: Tuesday, Feb. 22

Roads by my home were fine, why did you cancel school?

Because it takes buses, walkers, bikers and drivers to get all of our students to school safely, we rely on our transportation and facilities teams to survey our schools and routes to make sure all students can get to school safely. Roads and sidewalks on many of our routes were covered in slush and ice this morning.


It’s also important to note that our school district serves five different cities and parts of unincorporated Snohomish County. Therefore, weather conditions may be different throughout the district and weather closures are a district-wide decision.

Here’s an example of this morning’s road and sidewalk conditions at Alderwood Middle School located in Lynnwood.
Here’s an example of this morning’s road and sidewalk conditions at Alderwood Middle School located in Lynnwood.

Why did the district not notify me by 6 a.m. of schools closing?

The district made the decision on Sunday night to have a 2-hour delay for schools today. We had hoped weather, road, and walking conditions would continue to improve through the night. However, conditions worsened in the night and the decision was made to close school for the day. We understand the disruption caused when a delay is changed to a closure. Going forward, we will do our best to make and communicate decisions by 6 a.m. As you know living in the Northwest, weather conditions can change quickly and our priority is the safety of our students, staff and families.

Technical error resulted in some families not receiving delay or closure messages

We want to apologize for a technical error that occurred that resulted in many district families not receiving our delay and closure messages. We are confident the issue has been resolved and all families should receive future district communications.


In addition, text messages require an opt in to receive them. If you have not opted into text messaging, please text “Yes” to 67587. Note: your cell phone number must be in our records attached to a student. For more information visit: bit.ly/ESDtext

Will school be delayed 2-hours or closed again on Tuesday, Jan. 4?

We understand the unknowns of late starts and school closures add stress to our families and staff. We are monitoring the weather and conditions and will let you know as soon as possible of any changes.

Thank you for your patience and flexibility

We want to thank you for your patience and flexibility as we navigate the changing weather conditions. We will continue to make decisions based on the safety of our students, staff and families and will update you with any changes as soon as possible.