Inclement Weather (Snow) Closures/Delays

  • 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.

    Inclement Weather Information

    At times, school operating hours or school bus transportation services may be adjusted or canceled due to bad weather. If inclement weather—like snow or ice—makes a school schedule change necessary, the decision will be made by the Superintendent and communicated to families and staff by:

    • Renton School District website and all school websites
    • Automated phone calls and email messages from the district to families
    • The district's Facebook pagemobile app
    • The district’s Twitter page 
    • Local media outlets (TV, radio)
    • Download the Renton School District mobile app to get notifications right on your phone: available free for Android, iPhone, and iPad. Download it now by searching 'Renton School District' in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

    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. Also, please remember that schools have limited phone lines and staff to answer phone calls: Please reserve calls to your student's school for those that are most urgent.


    Read how decisions on school closures are made. 


    Options for Schedule Changes:

    Full-day school cancellation/closing

    If inclement weather causes school closure, no students or staff are expected at schools (some essential personnel will report to work). All school, after-school and community activities held in school buildings will be cancelled, including all home and away athletic events.

    Delayed school opening/late start

    If schools are delayed due to bad weather, all schools will open 2-hours late, unless the closure is on a Friday, then schools will run on a regular Friday 90-minute delayed-start schedule. The preschool program at Meadow Crest will be cancelled. There will be no out-of-district transportation. Depending on the severity of the weather, school buses may operate on Limited Transportation Routes and use only Emergency Bus Stops. The stop location and time differs from normal bus assignment. Click here to see the Emergency Bus Stops.

    Expectations for staff when school is delayed or closed:

    In the event of a late start due:

      • As driving and road conditions permit, all staff should arrive at their regularly scheduled work time.
      • All classified staff members are required to work their regular number of hours per day. If a classified staff member has difficulty getting to their work site at their normal time they should work with their immediate supervisor to make-up the time missed or access emergency leave per the contract.
      • All certificated staff members should arrive no later than one-half hour (30-min) before the rescheduled student start time.

    ln the event of a school closure:

      • Classified staff should reference the table below as whether to report to work or not, depending on the number of days in the employee calendar.
      • Certificated staff members do not report to work as the day will be made-up later in the school year.

  • When Bad Weather Causes School Delay/Closures


    2 Hour Delay

    School Closure

    Districtwide Closure


    arrive to school 2 hours later than regular start time

    No school for students

    No school for students

    REA Staff

    are to make every effort to arrive on time but no later than one-half hour prior to the adjusted student start time

    No staff report to work

    No staff report to work

    Staff working less than 260 days (paraeducators, secretaries, nutrition services, bus drivers)

    are to make every effort to arrive at work at their regularly-scheduled time

    No staff report to work

    No staff report to work

    Staff working 260 days & KEC Staff

    should make every effort to arrive at work at their regularly-scheduled time

    Report to work at regular time (Report special circumstances to supervisor)

    Only specially-identified staff report to work

    (Report special circumstances to supervisor)