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Inclement Weather and Emergency Bus Routes

Inclement Weather - Information Links

School Delay/Closure Procedures for 2019-20

When weather or other events impact our ability to transport our students or to operate our schools, these are the procedures that we typically follow.

  •  Beginning at about 5:30 AM, the district provides delay and closure information to local television and radio stations using Information is posted to both this site and to Tumwater School District site, You can subscribe to Flash Alert notifications by going to their website.
  • By 6:00 AM we call District parents and staff using our SchoolMessenger (robocall) system. You can update your information in Skylert (in Skyward) or by contacting your school.
  • Other notifications we use: Twitter (@TumwaterSDNews), Facebook (Tumwater School District) and emergency messaging on our District webpage (

You may also call the District’s information line (360) 709‐7999, watch KOMO Channel 4, KING Channel 5, KIRO Channel 7, or KCPQ Channel 13 or check any of the following radio stations:


AM Radio Stations                        FM Radio Stations

KMAS 1030                                    KRXY 94.5

KGY 1240                                       KXXO 96.1

KAYO 96.9

KMAS 103.3



If weather causes a late start on a Friday A.C.T. day, students will be released at the regularly scheduled time. There will be no early release for teacher collaboration.



When weather events happen, there are always questions about the process for making decisions to delay or close schools.

Here are typical steps that are followed.

3:00‐5:00 AM: The Transportation Supervisor and/or District Team members drive bus routes to determine road conditions.  They also check local, state and regional weather forecast information.

5:15 AM: The Transportation Supervisor or designee makes recommendations to the Superintendent relative to school closure or late start. The Superintendent may check forecasts and consult with other local school district leaders before making the final decision by around 5:30 AMwhen he contacts staff to alert the media.



No service into CEDAR RIDGE ESTATES or CEDARLAKE area.  Stops at South Union Grange.

No service on 113th AVE SW between TILLEY RD & CASE RD Stops at 113th Ave SW@ Bogie St SW.

No service on TILLEY RD south of 101st   Ave SW. Stops at South Union Grange.

No service on McCORKLE RD SW or 113th Ave SW.  Stops at South Union Grange.

No service into SPRINGER HILLS.  Stops at 93rd Ave SE @ Springer Hills Ln SE.

No service on SHELDON ROAD.  Stops at 93rd Ave SE @ Sheldon Rd SE.

No service on SIENNA DRIVE. Stops at Rixie Road SE @ Sienna Drive SE.

No service into SUNWOOD LAKES & FOX HILLS.  Stops @ Spurgeon Creek Rd. @ Yelm Hwy SE (gravel pulloff across from Chevron).

No Service on TROWBRIDGE or RAINIER RD.  Stops at Flying Carpet Mobile Home Park.

No service on 74th AVE SE, EAST OF NORMANDY.  Stops on Normandy @ 74th Ave SE.

No service on Keanland Park Ln.  Stops on Rixie Rd SE & Keanland Park Ln SE.