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2019-20 Inclement Weather Procedures

As the fall and winter storm season arrives, we have prepared this message to explain Port Townsend School District’s procedures and expectations during inclement weather and school delays and/or closures. Below you will find guidelines to make this process easier, plus explain how weather decisions are made. School late start or closure will be posted on the district website, made available on Seattle television and radio stations, KIRO 7, KOMO 4, KING 5 and FOX 13, sent via automated calls and messages over the school district communication system to all families, and available by calling the District Emergency Information line 360-379-4500 extension 4587 .

  • Weather information is reviewed the day and evening prior to a decision. The superintendent reviews the current weather and expected weather conditions, consults with the Co-Op Transportation Director and neighboring district(s).
  • Starting at 4:30 a.m. or sooner, district officials drive routes and further review conditions in the school district.
  • The district may choose to operate on a normal schedule, start two (2) hours late with buses on snow routes, or close entirely.
  • Late starts allow us:
    • Time to monitor and adjust decisions to changing weather and road conditions;
    • Time to clear sidewalks and apply de-ice;
    • Safety of daylight for students and Transportation personnel;
    • Additional time for staff to arrive to work; and
    • Time for the Transportation Department to further critique snow routes and make necessary adjustments or modifications.
    • 2-Hour Late Start Times
      • Salish Coast Elementary - 10:15 a.m.
      • Blue Heron Middle School/OCEAN - 10:25 a.m.
      • Port Townsend High School - 10:25 a.m.
  • When school is closed, principals of each building will make the decisions to cancel or not any scheduled events for after school and evening, and the decision will be communicated to families through the methods listed below.

Bus snow routes are available on the Transportation Page.

Types of Communication in the event of a closure or delay:

  • The SchoolMessenger® System notifies all staff and parents within 30 minutes by phone, text, and/or email.
  • An alert will be posted on the school district website and social media pages
  • Emergency weather procedures can be found on the district webpage Weather and Emergency Closures.
  • You may also dial 360-379-4500 and enter extension 4587, closure information will be there.
    Local TV and radio stations will provide timely updates.
  • For questions regarding your child’s emergency bus route, contact the Transportation Department at 360-302-5811.

Please remember that weather conditions may vary from area to area within the district. This may warrant a closure or late start for the entire district due to conditions impacting only limited areas. Student and employee safety is our highest priority.

Upcoming Events

2019-20 One-Page School Calendar

2020-21 One-Page School Calendar

In case of school closure due to weather, information will be posted here, and is available on Seattle television and radio stations, KIRO 7, KOMO 4, KING 5 and FOX 13.  Also, if you dial 360-379-4500 and enter extension 4587, closure information will also be there.
SafeSchools Live Tip Program is now SafeSchools Alert.  Look under Families for link.

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About Us
The Port Townsend School District is dedicated to providing a place-based education to every student. Port Townsend is a great place to live, work, raise a family and enjoy numerous recreational activities.  The community is very supportive of the Port Townsend School District and partners to provide engaging learning experiences for all students through Centrum, the Northwest Maritime Center, North Olympic Salmon Coalition, Port Townsend Marine Science Center, Jefferson Land Trust, the YMCA, Jefferson County Parks and Recreation, PTA, the Port Townsend Education Foundation, and various other youth oriented activities and clubs.    
The District had an annual average enrollment of 1,141 for the 2017-18 school year. 

 Superintendent:  Dr. John A. Polm, Jr.

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Nathanael O'Hara    Connie Welch    Keith White  Laura Tucker  Jennifer James-Wilson   
Nathanael O'Hara        Connie Welch         Jeff Taylor            Doug Ross          Jennifer James-Wilson 

Port Townsend School District Campuses

    1637 Grant Street
    Port Townsend WA 98368
    360 379-4535
    FAX: 360 379-4261