Inclement weather

Roosevelt Elementary in the snowSchool closures, delays and early releases are decided as early as possible on the day of the weather event.

Winter weather conditions may lead to:

  • Closure
  • Late start/delayed start
  • Early release

Making the decision

There are many factors that are considered when we decide to close schools or change the schedule. Before a decision is made, we consult with a meteorologist and closely monitor weather conditions. Crews also drive on roads in the different areas of the school district to assess road conditions. 

The decision to close schools or delay opening them is taken seriously, with the safety of students and staff as the top priority. 

Please be sure your contact information is up-to-date so you receive immediate notice of any changes to the schedule.

How to find out

Frequently asked questions

Our goal is to announce delays and closures by 5 a.m. or as soon as possible in the event of an early closure. If a two-hour late start is declared the prior evening, we will attempt to announce by 7 a.m. the following day whether the late start will stand or schools will be closed entirely.

Generally speaking, only schedule changes will be announced. If no changes are reported, schools are operating on regular schedules.

If your child is a current student in the district and you did not receive a message that was sent out, it may be because your child’s school does not have your up-to-date contact information. Please contact the school’s office to confirm.

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  • Buses will arrive later than usual (e.g., two hours later than usual if there’s a two-hour late start).
  • No zero period for middle and high school students.
  • Before-school activities are typically canceled.
  • Breakfast will still be available.
  • If the late start day is also a one-hour early release Monday, students will still be released one-hour early. If the late start day occurs on a two-hour early release day, the two-hour early release will be canceled and school will be dismissed at the usual time. There may be exceptions in the case of snow makeup days.
  • Extracurricular and evening activities are typically canceled.
  • Building rental agreements are canceled.
  • The last day of school may be affected.
  • After-school and evening activities are typically canceled.
  • Elementary students who ride the bus or walk typically won’t be sent home until arrangements have been made with families.

Weather conditions vary across Southwest Washington, and one district may be more affected by bad weather than a neighboring district. Conditions can vary even within VPS, which spans 58 square miles.

Rental agreements will be canceled if schools are closed. To check on the status of a rental agreement, please call 360-313-4710 or email community services.