Snow days, weather events & outages

Snow days, weather events & outages

We know that our Pacific Northwest weather can be unpredictable. Please take a few minutes to review the information below so you know what to expect when there is a weather event. It’s difficult when things happen that are out of our control, and we thank you in advance for your patience and flexibility.


If inclement weather conditions occur during the night, the district office will decide whether to:

  • Hold school (regular hours)
  • Hold school (delayed start) - All schools will start two hours late
  • Close school
  • Learn more at www.sno.wednet.edu/weather


In the event that our schools are closed or are starting late:

  • Automated phone calls and emails are sent to all district families through the School Messenger system (the system is automatically populated with the primary phone numbers and email addresses available in the Skyward/Family Access system).
  • A notice is posted on the district Facebook page at www.facebook.com/snohomishschooldistrict
  • A notice is placed on the district website at www.sno.wednet.edu
  • Local television and radio stations are notified.
  • Emails are sent through our listserv newsletter subscription system.
  • A notice is sent to the statewide public emergency notification system - www.flashalertseattle.net or www.flashalertseattle.net/closures-cats.html


Because we know many are getting ready for school or leaving early, we try to get these notifications out to our school community between 5:15-5:45 a.m. If we are fully certain of the situation the evening in advance, we will let our families know at that time. If Snohomish is not mentioned during the newscasts, through School Messenger or on our website, you will know our schools are open and buses are operating on or near the normal schedule.


Limited transportation information:

When weather conditions dictate that certain roads are not safely passable, the district will announce it is providing limited transportation. Each school office has a list of the roads/areas that our buses will not travel on when limited transportation is in effect. Please remember, limited transportation will be in effect for both the morning and afternoon routes, even if roads have cleared during the day.

  • 2021-2022 Limited Transportation (Snow) Routes & Schedules - www.sno.wednet.edu/snowroutes
  • Parents/guardians of students on special education services routes/buses should receive information in mid-November 2021 with their inclement weather schedules and stop locations. If unsure of times/locations, please contact the Transportation Department at 360-563-3535 or 360-563-3525 in the morning.
  • The times and locations on the limited transportation (snow) pdfs reflect normal pick up times - please add two hours if there is a two-hour school delay.
  • If routes operate on limited transportation (snow), those routes will be in effect for both the morning and afternoon, even if roads have cleared during the day.
  • There may be a situation in which there is no two-hour delay and buses are operating on limited transportation routes. In these cases, schools will start at normal times.


If there is a two-hour delayed start, the following will apply:

  • All regular full-day classes will be held (beginning two hours later than normal).
  • No a.m. and/or p.m. half-day special education preschool, or ECEAP.
  • No morning elementary band.
  • No morning AIM classes.
  • No zero-hour classes.
  • No morning Sno-Isle Technical Skills Center.
  • No out-of-district transportation.
  • Buses may be on normal routes or limited transportation routes (decision will remain in effect for the entire day).
  • Note: If there is inclement weather on any Friday and a two-hour delayed start is decided, please note the following:
    • Schools will start two hours after usual starting times.
    • Schools will dismiss at their regular (Monday through Thursday) dismissal times and not the regular Friday two-hour early release times.
    • School schedules are located here - www.sno.wednet.edu/calendar


Please note: If school has been closed for the day, there will be no district busing or transportation available. All evening meetings or functions scheduled to take place in district facilities will be cancelled. A decision will be made by noon on the impacted day regarding the possibility of afternoon district- and school-sponsored activities and practices.


If school is in session and weather worsens during the day, the district office will make the decision whether or not to close school and will notify the schools. This will occur only if there is an emergency, such as a localized disaster or widespread extreme weather conditions. If a school closure occurs in the middle of the day, secondary schools will dismiss students so that most will arrive home before elementary students. Elementary students will be dismissed at the regular time. Parents/guardians need to have an alternate plan for their child(ren). Make certain they know what they are to do and/or where they should go if parents cannot get home due to weather conditions.


Snohomish Aquatic Center

  • If the school district is operating under a two-hour delayed start, the Snohomish Aquatic Center will open at 9 a.m. Instructional programming will occur as planned, subject to staff availability.
  • If the school district is closed for the day, the Snohomish Aquatic Center will open at 9 a.m. Water fitness classes may be held subject to staff availability. Swim and dive lessons will be canceled.


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Non-Discrimination Notice

The Snohomish School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Civil Rights Coordinator, Title IX Coordinator and ADA – Darryl Pernat, 1601 Avenue D, Snohomish, WA 98290, 360-563-7285, darryl.pernat@sno.wednet.edu; Section 504 Coordinator and Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying – Shawn Stevenson, 1601 Avenue D, Snohomish, WA 98290, 360-563-7282, shawn.stevenson@sno.wednet.edu.

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The Snohomish School District, in its commitment to excellence, places the success of each student at the center of all decisions and actions. Partnerships and strong academic programs ensure competent, responsible, lifelong learners.