school buses with light snow on them

With the late season snow the Puget Sound region received this morning, our Bellevue School District community may be wondering what goes into the decision-making process to cancel, delay, or have a normal start time.

The following is our normal process and was used today – Thursday, March 7.

  • District transportation staff and school leadership were up this morning at 4 a.m. monitoring conditions, which includes driving higher elevations in the Bellevue. If conditions at that time are safe for buses, a normal start time is decided. If not, a delay or closure is called.
  • At 6 a.m. the snow was barely present and not sticking to roads, and buses were setting out. Bellevue’s buses start operations at 5:45 a.m. to begin delivering students to schools.
  • By the time it was clear the snow was heavier than expected and was sticking in many areas, buses were out, and preschool student drop off had begun. It was too late to change plans in an effective way.
  • The decision was made to very rapidly get the word out that all late arrivals would be excused so that families would feel empowered and supported to make choices that were best for their situations.
  • Additionally, personnel were mobilized at school sites to help keep traffic flow safe and to address any slick areas as appropriate.

Please know that student safety is Bellevue School District’s first goal priority.

We also want families to know they can and should make decisions that are unique to their situation. If conditions specific to your neighborhood or home make travel unsafe, please delay the arrival of your student. Inform your school of your decision so that school staff can monitor the well-being of all our students.

Message for Families: Spanish (PDF) / Simplified Chinese (PDF) / Traditional Chinese (PDF)

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