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Delays & Closures

January 10th Updates:

Tonight’s Sunnyside at Davis wrestling match has been moved to NEXT Tuesday, Jan 17 (due to road conditions and travel)

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The make-up day for the January 9th closure is February 17, 2017.

January 9, 2017 (Monday) Updates:

YSD Schools are CLOSED due to weather Monday, January 9, 2017.

STAFF: Due to closure, the following employees shall not work: YEA, YAP, YPTA, PSE, YEOP and Bus Drivers. Administrators, Exempt/OSG, Maintenance and Operations, Techs, Bus Mechanics, and 12-month YPTA employees may use a leave provision in their negotiated agreement or make up work as determined by the Human Resources Department.

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December 15, 2016 (Thursday) Updates:

2 hour delay, no morning preschool, no morning classes at YV-TECH. Buses are on snow routes.

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December 12, 2016 (Monday) Updates:

School is open and on time. Buses are using snow routes a.m. and p.m.

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December 9, 2016 Updates:

2 Hour Delay, no morning preschool, no morning classes at YV-TECH. 7:00am school board meeting canceled.

IKE: Girls and Boys basketball with Kennewick is canceled for tonight and will be rescheduled.

DAVIS: Girls basketball will not travel to Kamaikin for a game but they will have practice.

FRANKLIN: All after school activities plus all sporting games and practices have been canceled.

WILSON: Basketball practice has been canceled. The "Take Down" Wrestling match has been canceled.

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When inclement weather hits Yakima, many YSD staff are up (very) early consulting with city management, driving the bus routes and putting teams in place to best remove safety hazards at our buildings.

Our goal is to make a delay or closure decision by 5:30a.m.

What is the procedure for determining to close school due to inclement weather? Check our policy here: https://www.yakimaschools.org/cms/lib/WA02219114/Centricity/domain/351/policy/2/2221.pdf

We post messaging about delays and/or closures to:

  • The district and school websites: www.YakimaSchools.org
  • Facebook:  www.Facebook.com/yakimasd
  • Twitter:  www.Twitter.com/yakimaschools
  • YSD Mobile App (with push notification): Instructions for download https://www.yakimaschools.org/MobileApp
  • Local Media - we send our message to all subscribed local media via the FlashAlert system
  • Snow Line: 509-573-7000, PRESS 1 and listen for message (AFTER 5:30a.m.)

We realize their are many opinions as to when we should delay, close or remain open in full operation. We take this decision very seriously and do our best to keep school open and on time.  However, should we need to close school, we will make up each day lost.  Currently the snow make up days are scheduled for February 17 and 21, 2017. If we do not need to make up days, there will be no school on February 17 and 21, 2017. UPDATE 1/10/17: schools closed due to weather on January 9, 2017 so the day is slated to be made up on February 17, 2017.

If the weather is poor, allow extra time to get where you need to be and make sure you have prepared your children with warm coats, boots, hats and gloves. To prepare for delays and closures, please make sure you have a care plan in place for your children should you need to report to your employment. Its also time to be prepared for winter driving.

During the winter, we often run "Snow Routes" for our buses.  Keep in mind that the busses do their best to stay on schedule but will drive slowly and safely.  Please be prepared for possible delays at your bus stops. If a route is more than 30 minutes behind, we will post an update on our website at www.YakimaSchools.org. If we run snow routes in the morning, we will stay on snow routes in the afternoon. Please be familiar with your child's snow route:

https://www.yakimaschools.org/cms/lib/WA02219114/Centricity/Domain/25/snow_routes.pdf

YSD Mobile App

Download the app at: www.YakimaSchools.org/MobileApp

 

Kirsten Fitterer
fitterer.kirsten@yakimaschools.org
509-573-7007
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