Community Relations

When decisions are made by the Renton School District Superintendent to delay or cancel school due to bad weather or other emergencies, the district works quickly to ensure the safety of all students and staff and to communicate changes to school schedules.

All parents and employees should expect to receive a call from the district’s School Messenger system by 6:00 AM to the family/staff member “primary” phone number regarding the decision to delay or close schools. Staff and families can also choose to sign up for text messages about changes to school schedules. Information is also provided on local radio and TV stations, posted at the top of the front page of the district’s website and school websites, and posted on the district’s social media sites Facebook/Twitter ( Please continue to monitor local media as it may be necessary for the district to make additional announcements and possibly changes to decisions due to changing weather conditions.

During an emergency that requires school closure or delay, please refer to the phone call or local media for changes to school schedules. Please do not call the school, the transportation department or district offices, as office phones likely will be used to continue to provide emergency updates directly to parents.

Parents and employees should ensure the school and district has their most current contact information and phone number in order to receive the call/email/text.

When bad weather causes a late start, All Schools will start 2-hours late

When school opening is delayed due to bad weather, all schools will open 2 hours late. All staff should arrive at work as soon as it is safe to do so. REA instructional staff are to make every effort to arrive on time but no later than one-half hour prior to the adjusted student start time.

Buses will run on “LIMITED TRANSPORTATION” routes, which can be viewed online at

When school opening is delayed, out-of-district programs are cancelled as well as Career & Life Skills off-campus programs such as Valley Medical Center, Adult Transition Programs, etc. and there is no breakfast served at schools.

When bad weather causes school closures

When schools are closed for the day, all school, after-school and community activities held in school buildings will be cancelled, including all scheduled home and away athletic events.

When bad weather causes schools to close, only 260-day administrators and 260-day classified staff members will report to work.