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How Spokane Public Schools decides when to close for snow

With a major snowstorm on the way, here is how Spokane Public Schools determines if there will be any cancellations or delays.

SPOKANE, Wash. — One of the strongest winter storms in years is expected in Spokane and the Inland Northwest on Wednesday. The current forecast calls for 6"-11" of snow for Spokane, with higher amounts expected north of the city.

With that much snow on the way, parents will be watching their phones on Thursday morning for news of any school cancellations or delays.

Spokane Public School is sharing details about how it makes the call to cancel or delay school, on its website.

SPS has a Weather Alert Team that starts working the night before a major expected snow event. That team includes district leaders and officials from Durham buses.

At 3:00 am, Durham supervisors start driving school bus routes on the north and south sides of the city. They make reports and send recommendations to the district leadership.

At 5:00 am, the SPS superintendent and communications director hold a briefing where a final decision about the district’s status is made. If there will be a cancellation or delay, the district starts the process of notifying parents and staff.

SPS does state, "If evening weather predictions indicated severe conditions or accumulations for the next morning and afternoon, there is always the possibility that a closure decision could be made sooner."

How to know if there are Spokane Public School changes

The district will notify parents and staff in several ways:

Weather makeup Days

If SPS decides to cancel school because of the weather, the day will need to be made up. State law requires the district to be in session for 180 days.

The district calendar currently has three Weather make-up days that are scheduled at the end of the school year for June 20, 21, and 22. This means if weather make-up days are needed, the last day of school will be pushed back from June 16 into the following week.


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