Inclement Weather Information

Eatonville School District

From time to time throughout the school year, weather may force a change in the normal operating routine of the district. Eatonville has in place both a process to make decisions concerning cancellation or delay of school, and a communication system to share information with students and parents.


We will make every effort to adhere to the established school calendar, however, the safety of students and employees is the highest priority. The following questions and answers will help clarify how decisions regarding school closure or delay of school are made and how it will be communicated to you.

How are decisions made?

At approximately 3:00 a.m., designated transportation personnel begin driving roads throughout the district to determine the status of roads and existing weather patterns. Based on the findings the Transportation Manager will contact the Superintendent to relay the gathered information then at that time the Superintendent would determine the feasibility of safely transporting children to and from school.

Where can parents get information concerning school closures or delays?

Decisions regarding school closures or delays are made by 5:00 a.m. when possible. A robo call will then be made to all current households. Eatonville School District has a 24-hour hotline (360) 879-1100 that will publicize the delay, broadcasts by local area radio and television stations that cover school closures and delays.

Emergency Alerts

Flash Alert is a tool ESD has chosen to get emergency communication out to its staff and the community. Flash Alert has the ability to send both emails and push notifications on Android and iOS devices.


To sign up for these alerts and be kept up-to-date with emergency situations, please use the following instructions.


Go to: www.flashalert.net

Select (from the map): Seattle

Select: Pierce County Schools

Select: Eatonville School District

Check: Emergency Alerts

Provide: Email Address

Select: Subscribe

Follow the onscreen instructions from there.

Flash Alert

Click this button to manage or create your account.

Flash Alert Mobile App

  • The Flash Alert App is free and sends push notifications directly to your Android and iOS devices
  • Search for Flash Alert Messenger on your device’s App Store and download or scan the applicable QR code below.

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Preventing Weather Related Incidents

As a district we strive to host a safe place for students to learn and staff to work. Although we cannot prevent all incidents, we advise staff to follow the tips listed below to help prevent injury and keep you comfortable.


  • Wear appropriate attire/footwear for cold, wet, or icy conditions.

  • Use caution when temperatures drop as slick conditions may exist without appearing so.

  • Drive cautiously in parking lots.

  • Adhere to warning signage.

  • Keep to cleared pathways if available.

  • Avoid staying on campus until after temperatures drop (nightfall).

Inclement Weather Absence Procedures for Staff

  • Speak with your supervisor regarding their expectations during inclement weather before events occur.
  • Contact your supervisor when road/weather conditions prevent you from reporting to work at regular time.
  • Arrangements will need to be made between staff and their supervisor to make up or use leave to make up for missed time due to inclement weather.

Snow Delay or Cancellation

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Potential Snow and Ice Scenarios

  • Buildings Closed and Convert to Distance Learning: This means all Eatonville schools are closed for all regular and/or special education students, and no transportation will be provided to other schools outside of our district even though they may be open. All scheduled activities are also canceled. District administrative offices will be open and administrators are expected to report to work as soon as safely possible.
  • In the event that we are not able to run on a one-hour delay, all instruction, including preschool, will be handled remotely. There will be no meal service for the day. Changes will be communicated via Skyward, Facebook, Ride 360, Flash Alert, text notification and robo calls. Communications will be sent to all families regardless of whether their child(ren) are typically fully remote or in-person. We are sorry for that overlap but at this time there is no way for our system to differentiate.

  • One Hours Late: This means buses will begin their first route one hour late but at regularly scheduled stops UNLESS the message includes “Snow Routes in Effect”. There will be no out-of-district transportation.

  • Schools Open - Snow Routes in Effect: This means the school bus will pick up students at their regularly scheduled times but snow routes are in effect. All parents should have received information as to where their child’s designated snow route is located.
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Power or Internet Outage for Teacher Only

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Teacher Should

  • Contact school to report power is out.

  • Send a message, or have the school send a message, to students to engage in asynchronous learning activities.

  • Post an announcement to the Google Classroom or Seesaw with directions for students once power is restored.

  • If a teacher loses power or the internet at their home, they should report to the school to instruct, if it is safe to do so.


NOTE: If power or the internet goes out during class, contact the school. If your power or internet company provides you with an estimate for when power or internet is expected to be back, alert the school with that information.


In preparation for a power or internet outage situation that affects you but not students, develop a set of asynchronous learning activities that students can access on their own. Post these materials in Google Classroom or Seesaw and show students how to find them.

Students Should

  • Continue work on previously assigned learning activities.

  • Participate in asynchronous learning activities that are posted.


NOTE: If a teacher’s power or internet goes out during class, wait for 5-10 minutes to see if the teacher is able to log back on. If not, hang up on the Google Meet, but keep Meets open in case the teacher sends a notification in the chat. Work on known learning activities or assignments, or on other asynchronous learning activities that are posted in Google Classroom or Seesaw.

Power or Internet Outage for Student Only

Teachers Should

  • Continue to teach their class(es).

  • Create asynchronous lessons for students to view upon the return of their internet.

  • Provide students with the opportunity to make up missed assignments and learning.

Students Should

  • Call the Attendance Line to report power is out.

  • Contact the teacher once your power is restored to let them know you lost power or internet.

  • Participate in asynchronous learning activities that do not require power or internet.

Power or Internet Outage for Teacher and Students

Teachers Should

  • Contact school to report power is out.

  • Listen for announcements from the district to learn if school is cancelled.

  • If able, post an announcement to the Google Classroom or Seesaw with directions for students once power is restored.

Students Should

  • Call the Attendance Line to report power is out.

  • Contact the teacher once your power is restored to let them know you lost power or internet.

  • Participate in asynchronous learning activities that do not require power or internet.

  • Listen for announcements from the district to learn if school is cancelled.

Internet Issues

If at any time your student is unable to log in to classes due to an internet outage, we encourage you to contact your service provider.


We have listed some of the local providers below. You will need to log in to your provider’s site to see a map of outages. You may click the applicable provider below to be linked to their website.