As the fall and winter storm season is upon us, we have prepared this message to explain Peninsula School District’s procedures and expectations during inclement weather and school closures. Below you will find guidelines to make this process easier, plus explain how weather decisions are made.
Delay or Closure Decisions:
- Weather information is reviewed the day and night prior to the decision. A review with our Transportation Department and neighboring districts is also done.
- Starting at 3:00 a.m. or sooner, district officials and the Transportation Department drive emergency bus routes throughout the district’s 120 square miles.
- The district may choose to operate on a normal schedule, start late, or close entirely.
- Late starts allow us:
- Time to monitor and adjust decisions to changing weather and road conditions;
- Safety of daylight for students and Transportation personnel;
- Additional time for Peninsula School District staff to arrive to work; and
- Time for the Transportation Department to further critique snow routes and make necessary adjustments or modifications.
Types of Communication:
- The SchoolMessenger® System notifies all staff and parents within 30 minutes by phone, text, and/or email.
- Emergency weather procedures can be found on the Peninsula School District website at psd401.net.
- The Peninsula School District emergency information line can be reached at 253-530-1088.
- Local TV and radio stations will provide timely updates.
- For questions regarding your child’s emergency bus route, contact the Transportation Department at 253-530-3900.
Please remember the district has a large geographical size and weather conditions may vary greatly from area to area. This may warrant a closure or late start for the entire district due to conditions impacting only limited areas. Student and employee safety is our highest priority.