Depending on conditions (which could include snow, flooding, power outages, etc.), schools could close for the day, open two hours late with regular bus routes or snow bus routes or open on time with snow bus routes.

Please familiarize yourself with the information below to be prepared for changes in the school schedule.

What are snow routes?

A snow bus route (or snow route) is a modified route that is used when road conditions are impacted by weather and driving a school bus in some areas may not be advised. Transportation will make individual arrangements for students who receive specialized transportation which do not follow the snow routes.

If snow routes are in effect, students must catch their bus at the alternate stops below:

Route 4: E. Horton Rd: Meet at Ryzex Way, on W. Horton Rd

Route 7: Yellow Brick Rd: Meet at Kelly Rd

Route 8: Clarkson Ln: Meet at Northwest Dr

Route 9: Zander Rd: Meet at E. Smith Rd

How can I be notified of school closures or delays?

An email alert will automatically come to you if you have an email address in Skyward. You can update your contact information in Skyward or by calling your school office. Families may also choose to up for Flash Alerts to receive school closure updates and potential changes, http://www.flashalert.net/signup/.

How can I get weather/emergency information?

Meridian School District uses a variety of methods to keep you informed:

  • An email alert will automatically come to you if you have an email address in Skyward.
  • Tune to local media: 790 AM, 96.5 FM, 104.1 FM or Seattle media.
  • Check https://www.meridian.wednet.edu
  • Check @Meridian505 on Twitter or @meridianschooldistrict505 on Facebook or Instagram
  • Sign up for notifications via Flash Alert

What happens when school opens 2 hours late?

School is delayed when the weather is bad but is forecasted to improve and warm or thaw after sunrise. This also allows our buses to operate in better conditions with less traffic. To maximize student learning time on days when weather requires a late start for safety, all schools will begin 2 hours later.

When school is delayed, students will catch the bus about 2 hours later at their regular bus stop or at their snow route stop if snow routes are in effect.

If school is closed, are activities/events/meetings canceled?

Yes. All school and district athletics held on or off district property — including mandatory or voluntary practices/rehearsals, activities (field trips and school/district facility rentals), meetings/events previously planned for before, after school and evening — are canceled. When school is open on snow routes or delayed, school and district administrators decide whether to cancel activities, meetings and events on a school-by-school basis. This information will be communicated to families.

How are decisions made?

We closely monitor the weather. 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.

If school is closed, when will missed days be made up?

State law requires that children attend school for 180 days.

Children must be present for a certain number of hours each day in order for it to count as a school day. When school is delayed, children are in attendance the hours needed to meet state requirements. When school is closed, missed days must be made up unless they are waived by the state. State law does not currently allow school districts to add minutes onto each school day to make up missed time. Our school district’s 180-day calendar is part of the contract with our labor associations.