Given the recent cold temperatures and snow – and forecasts for more of the same – we would like to share a few quick reminders with everyone:  First, in icy and/or snowy conditions motorists should use extra precaution when following or approaching a school bus – as we know, school buses make frequent stops as they load and unload students. Remember that laws require motorists to stop when the school bus stop arm is extended and red lights are flashing.  Also, please be extra careful when driving near schools or when dropping off or picking up your child. We want everyone to be safe in the slick road conditions.

Students who walk to school or wait at school bus stops should be dressed appropriately for the cold, wet, and often icy weather. Proper outerwear should include boots, hats, gloves or mittens, a warm coat and possibly even snow pants; this outerwear will also keep kids warm as they enjoy outside recess breaks during the winter months.

Obviously, living in the Pacific Northwest means that weather conditions may change daily. In the event that inclement weather should necessitate a delay in the start of school or the closing of all schools, we will continue to use the SchoolMessenger calling system to quickly and conveniently share information with all families (of course, we will still inform the local news agencies so that TV and radio stations can broadcast accurate information). We will also work hard to keep the district website updated with weather related announcements as necessary.

Thank you for taking time to make sure that you and your child are prepared for the challenges that winter conditions present.