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School Closure and Delay

What if it snows? What if the roads are icy? Will school be cancelled?

Winter weather may bring road and driving conditions that cause changes in school operations such as delayed opening, early dismissal, or closure. 

Even when road conditions in one part of the district appear passable, driving conditions on hills and in other areas of the district can impact the operation of buses on some routes. 

Our goal is to make information available to families about school closure or changes in the school operations by 5:00 a.m.

We provide this information to families in a variety of ways:

  • Prominently displayed on our district homepage.
  • Social media posts on the district Facebook and Twitter accounts.
  • Local television and radio news stations.

If you do not see Federal Way School District closure information on any of these communications channels, it means we are operating on a normal schedule.

When winter weather or hazardous driving conditions result in school operations, the district will announce either a 2-hour late start or closed status with or without limited transportation.

  • Normal school operations will prevail unless a change of schedule is announced.
  • Expect morning buses to be late during severe weather.
  • If buses cannot complete afternoon routes, students will be returned to their schools.

If you are a current FWPS parent, guardian, or staff member and did not receive an alert about a school closure or delay, please make sure your contact information is up to date in Synergy (parent/guardian) or Employee Online (staff). 

For further assistance, please reach out to the Communications Department at 253-945-2264.

Tips for Families

Remember, some areas of the district experience more severe weather and driving conditions than others. 
School closures and schedule changes are districtwide, even if your neighborhood is not severely impacted.

Changes to school operations apply for that day only.

If no announcement is made by FWPS during inclement weather, schools and buses are operating normally.

If conditions change rapidly or unexpectedly, we may need to make a quick decision to cancel school or send students home early.

Continue to look for updated announcements throughout the day. 

The district may also cancel after school activities, athletics and extra-curricular events due to inclement weather on 2-hour late start days.

Be sure your student is dressed in warm clothing (coat, gloves, hat, and boots).