Emergencies Bulletin

As with any emergency situation, the decision to cancel or delay school depends on many factors, the most important of which is student and staff safety. Unfortunately, the conditions that cause us to delay or cancel school aren’t always immediately obvious. We strive to make our decisions about school closings or delays as early as possible. Sometimes, the conditions change so quickly that a timely decision is not possible.

If you are concerned about the safety of your child, do not send him or her to school.

Snow. Wind. Earthquakes. Power Outages.

The next time disaster strikes, you may not have much time to act. PREPARE NOW! Families can, and do,cope with disaster by preparing in advance and working together as a team with their school. Knowing what to do is your best protection and your responsibility.

A crisis, be it a natural disaster such as a snow storm, earthquake or wind storm, is an event over which we have little to no control. To help parents and schools cope in emergency situations, guidelines have been developed in conjunction with local police, fire and city officials.

In The Event of a Crisis, Emergency or Natural Disaster:

Schools

Transportation

Parents

Arrangements have been made with the radio and TV stations listed below to broadcast information regarding the operation of school during emergency conditions, including inclement weather. Information will be delivered to these stations by 5:30 AM. PLEASE DO NOT telephone the stations, schools or Transportation Department for information. However, you may check the District’s website at www.fwps.org.

Radio Stations

Television Stations

KIRO FM 97.3 KOMO TV CHANNEL 4

KOMO AM 1000

KING TV CHANNEL 5
KING AM 1090 KIRO TV CHANNEL 7
KVI AM 570 KSTW TV CHANNEL 11
KLSY FM 92.5  
KUBE FM 93.3  
KMPS FM 94.1  

“CLOSED” OR “SCHOOLS CLOSED”

This means that NO schools in the Federal Way Public School District will be in session for that day only. This also means there will be no “out-of-district” transportation. Students attending “out-of-district” classes will NOT receive transportation, even if the hosting district is in session. All scheduled athletic and activity events are cancelled.

“2 HOURS LATE”

Classes will begin two hours later than normal. Bus pick-up schedules will also be two hours later than normal. Buses will start their routes on the two-hour late schedule, but road and traffic conditions may impede progress, so the buses could be running later. Classes will dismiss at the normal time. View the Transportation Department website for Emergency/Limited Bus Route Information.

When schools begin late, the following classes or programs WILL NOT OPERATE:

“LIMITED BUS TRANSPORTATION”

'Limited Bus Transportation' means that part or all of some routes will not be covered because of an emergency situation. To see your school's emergency bus routes, go to http://www.fwps.org/info/bus/emergency/. Parents of students with special transportation needs will be informed by the students' drivers of alternative stop locations.

“NO TRANSPORTATION”

Schools are open, classes are in session, but NO BUSES will be operating. This includes “in-district,” “out-of-district” and “Special Needs” buses.