How decisions about school closures are made

  • school bus Making a decision about weather-related school closures or delays is always difficult, because so many different situations have to be considered. Renton School District staff do our very best to balance the many interests at stake, but we recognize that no matter what decision is made, it will cause some concern or scheduling conflicts for some families.

    We take the decision-making process very seriously. Student and staff safety is always our number one priority.

    Our staff begins evaluating road conditions across the district at 3:30 a.m.; if we know by forecasts that bad weather is imminent, we begin the process the day before.

    Here is the process:

    • Transportation staff, our chief operations officer and the superintendent drive our district’s most challenging areas, all over the district.
    • We access the main roads, side streets, driveways, and walkways.
    • We compare notes with staff from neighboring school districts and the county transportation system to assess conditions outside our local area. 
    • We review hourly weather forecasts to assess whether conditions are improving or deteriorating.
    • We make the best decision possible given the information we have, with student and staff safety in mind. 

    Click here to learn how we communicate with families and staff about school schedule changes. 

    If you haven't already done so, please check with your school office to make sure your student's emergency contact information is up-to-date.