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Inclement Weather (Snow) Closures/Delays

When decisions are made by 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:

  • Call/email/text to all families and staff (please ensure your school has your updated phone/email)
  • Renton School District website and all school websites
  • The district's Facebook page
  • The district’s Twitter page
  • The district's Instagram page
  • Local media outlets (TV, radio)

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.

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. All programs at Meadow Crest Early Learning Center will be cancelled. There is no transportation to out-of-district programs. School buses might run on Limited Transportation Routes (if this option is used, we will communicate it along with school delayed messages. See Limited Transportation Routes.)

Expectations for Staff When School is Closed or Delayed

Certificated Staff

TO: Certificated Staff 

FROM: Human Resources

RE: 2019-20 Late Start & Weather/Emergency-Related Schedules Memo

As inclement weather and winter approaches, so does the potential for late start schedules and school closures. Here are some things to remember. 

In the event of a late start:  

Arrive as close to your normal start time as possible, as safe as possible, and no later than 30 minutes before the rescheduled student start time. If you are unable to make it to work due to road conditions, let your supervisor know and then take appropriate leave per your contract.

A late start day counts as a “student day”. 

On late start days in the rest of the district when Meadow Crest Early Learning Center (MCELC) cancels classes for students, MCELC staff still report to work for their normal shift.


In the event of a school closure:  

Do not report to work as this is now a non-student, non-work day. The student days will be “made up” on the designated weather make-up day(s). Any weather-related make-up days are contracted work days. 

KEC-based TOSAs do not report to work when schools are closed.

Work calendars are available on the Human Resources webpage on the district website. If you have questions, please call 425.204.2370.

Classified Staff

TO: Classified Staff

FROM: Human Resources

RE: 2019-2020 Late Start & Weather-Related Schedules Memo

As inclement weather and winter approaches, so does the potential for late start schedules and school closures. Here are some things to remember. In the event of a building/program/District closure due to emergency/inclement weather, buildings will be presumed to be open to employees unless notification is provided that employees should not report to work. 

Notification is made via, media announcements, school messenger, website postings.  Certain employees have been designated as essential personnel and they were notified of this designation by November 1.  Essential personnel are expected to report even if buildings/district are closed unless notified otherwise by their supervisor. 

Employees should exercise appropriate judgement regarding their ability to report for work.  Employees who do not report to work need to take appropriate leave or make other arrangements with their supervisor such as outlined in the applicable collective bargaining agreement such as working remotely, making up the time, leave without pay.

In the event of a late start for most classified employees:

Late start days count as “student days” and therefore are work days for 180 day employees. All classified staff members are required to work their regular number of hours per day.

Example: The employee is a 6-hour Para who works 1:1 with a student and school is 2 hours late. The employee reports to work as close to their regular shift as possible, (keeping safety in mind as well) and works his/her 6 hours. This is applicable even if the student is absent.

In the event of a late start for Meadow Crest Early Learning Center (MCELC):

On late start days in the rest of the district when MCELC cancels classes for students, MCELC staff still report to work for their normal shift.

Example: The employee is a 3.25-hour Para in the Preschool Program and with a late start, Preschool is cancelled. The employee reports to work as close to their regular shift as possible (keeping safety in mind as well) and works their 3.25 hours.

In the event of a late start for bus drivers:

Bus drivers will report to work later than normal to start their routes at an appropriate time for road conditions, as communicated by the Director of Transportation.

In the event of a school/district closure:

  • Classified employees working less than 260 days do not report to work.  These days will be made up.  Any weather-related make-up days are contracted work days. 
  • Any employee who has been designated as essential personnel is expected to report to work.  RESP, AFT, SEIU and RPTA employees were notified by November 1 if they were designated as essential personnel. 
  • 260 day classified employees who have not been designated as essential personnel are expected to report to work when possible. 
  • If the district office (KEC) is open, 260-day KEC staff are expected to report to work when possible.

Work calendars are available on the Human Resources pageOpens in New Window on the district website. If you have questions, please call 425.204.2370.

Leadership Team

TO: Leadership Team 

FROM: Human Resources 

RE: 2019-20 Late Start & Weather-Related Schedules Memo

As inclement weather and winter approaches, so does the potential for late start schedules and school/District closures. Please be sure you understand the expectations of you and your staff regarding weather/emergency related schedules. Attached are the memos going to certificated and classified staff. Here are some things to remember. 

Buildings will be presumed to be open to employees unless notification is provided that employees should not report to work.  Notification is made via, media announcements, school messenger, website postings.  Certain employees have been designated as essential personnel and they were notified of this designation by November 1.  Essential personnel are expected to report even if buildings/district are closed unless notified otherwise by their supervisor. 

Employees should exercise appropriate judgement regarding their ability to report for work.  Employees who do not report to work need to take appropriate leave or make other arrangements with their supervisor such as outlined in the applicable collective bargaining agreement such as working remotely, making up the time, leave without pay.

You are expected to report to work as close to your regular start time, using appropriate judgement as to your ability to do so safely.  You must be in communication with your supervisor regarding any changes to your schedule. 

Work calendars are available on the Human Resources page on the district website. If you have questions, please call us at extension 4-2370.