SPOKANE, Wash. -- Spokane Public Schools announced a new option this year for responding to inclement weather conditions. The schools will now have the option of a two hour delay.

Last year Spokane schools either delayed bus pickups or cancelled school all together when there was heavy snowfall or icy conditions that made driving and walking dangerous.

While those are still options now they will have another option which is to start school two hours later.

School officials said the delay would give city and district snow removal crews more time to clear the roads. The delay would also keep schools open, so they will not have miss required school days.

The decision was part of an ongoing discussion on how to make it safer for students, staff and parents to get to and from the schools.

A school spokesperson said school leaders decided they had to make some adjustments after seeing the record breaking snowfall and the tendency for the snow to fall over night and during early morning hours.

If school leaders decide to implement a school delay, high schools would start at 10:00 a.m., elementary schools will begin at 10:30 a.m., and middle schools at 11:00 a.m. Morning programs and zero hour classes would be cancelled, and express child care would begin at 8:00 a.m.

The spokesperson said the process as to how and when to make a schedule change will stay the same. More information can be found on the Spokane Public School’s website.