Notification procedures are as follows:
When evaluating the possibility of delaying the start of school or closing school altogether, our most important consideration is always safety – we want to make certain the buses that carry our students, as well as parents, students, and staff driving personal vehicles can get to schools on roads that allow for safe arrival. Obviously, county road crews and law enforcement can be helpful with this determination, but there are a number of other factors that come into play:
With all of that in mind, the desire to ensure safety is coupled with two key considerations: 1) Whenever possible, we want students in school for instruction. 2) We understand there is significant inconvenience that working parents must manage when we impose school closures or delays the normal school schedule.
Often, the weather and road reality throughout the Deer Park School District is decidedly different than Spokane area schools. So, while we’re in close contact with many area districts as it pertains to delays and closures, our final decision is always based on the conditions and factors in our district.
When there are especially heavy snow accumulations or treacherously icy roads throughout Spokane and/or Stevens county, deliberations about closures are brief and the decisions are rather straightforward. Unfortunately, most of the time decisions to delay or to close schools are not so easy and, be assured, they are never made in isolation. Please know that we’re always working hard to ensure our collaborative efforts allow us to make the best possible decision for the entire district.