We closely monitor the weather. Most often, decisions are made in the early morning rather than the night before so that the most current weather conditions and forecasts can factor into the decision. Decisions are rarely made the day prior to a snow event.
We recognize school delays and closures impact families’ schedules, and we will communicate any decision as quickly as possible. In the early morning hours (typically beginning at 3 a.m.), staff drive main roads and side streets throughout school district boundaries to assess driving conditions. Information is compiled and reported to the superintendent, who will make the decision – based on the best available information at that time – to close schools or delay classes. Our district has wide-reaching boundaries, from Lummi Island and the Lummi Peninsula to Custer and North Bellingham, so we base our decisions off of what is best for our entire geographical region.
We understand these decisions disrupt family life and we appreciate your patience during these severe weather situations. While we know that our students and families are best served when we are open, our top concern is the safety of our students and staff.