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Weather Delays/Closures

 

Richland School District attempts to announce delays or closures as early as possible. Assume that schools are running on time if there is no notice of delay or cancellation on the district’s website.

Every weather incident is different, and the district may deviate from these procedures if necessary.

The district supports a parent’s or guardian’s decision to not send their child to school or pick their child up early because of weather conditions. Absences will be considered excused with a signed note.

The district will not send students home early due to inclement weather as it cannot be guaranteed students will be able to enter their homes and have supervision.

 

How To Learn If School Is Delayed Or Closed

  • RSD Website – www.rsd.edu
  • Social Media - RSD Facebook (www.facebook.com/richlandschools) & RSD Twitter (www.twitter.com/RichlandSD400)
  • Direct Emails & Texts – The district will send emails and texts to parents/guardians as soon as there is a delay or closure decision. Families can receive emails and text alerts by ensuring their contact information is updated in PowerSchool and that they have opted in to receive those communications. Families should contact their child's school if they have further questions. Community members may sign up to receive email alerts about delays and closures: https://goo.gl/forms/b1tc4DGLBCZzBI4g2.
  • Media – Local television and radio stations frequently run delay and closure announcements

 

School Delay Procedures

2-Hour Delay

  • The district may change a 2-hour delay to a cancellation if weather conditions worsen after the initial announcement. If changed, we will notify families as soon as possible.
  • School buses will begin picking up students two hours later than regularly scheduled.
  • Breakfast is canceled.
  • Morning sessions for the Early Learning Center and Tapteal Elementary early learning classes are canceled.
  • High school zero-hour classes are canceled.

3-Hour Delay

  • A 3-hour delay will not change to a school closure.
  • School buses will begin picking up students three hours later than regularly scheduled.
  • Breakfast is canceled.
  • Morning sessions for the Early Learning Center and Tapteal Elementary early learning classes are canceled.
  • High school zero-hour classes are canceled. 

Early Release Days

  • A two-hour delay or cancellation will be possible on any day school is scheduled for early release.

Tri-Tech Skills Center, Delta High School & Running Start

  • Students enrolled in Tri-Tech Skills Center should check whether Kennewick School District is on a delayed schedule or has closed to determine whether they have classes at the Tri-Tech campus.
  • Students enrolled in Delta High School should check whether Pasco School District is on a delayed schedule or has closed to determine whether they have classes.
  • Students enrolled in Running Start at either Columbia Basin College or Washington State University Tri-Cities should check with those institutions to determine whether their classes on those campuses are canceled.

Athletics, After-School Activities, and Other School Events

  • The district will assess on a case-by-case basis whether to hold athletic practices and games, after-school activities, and other school events on days with inclement weather.

Snow Bus Stops and Routes

  • Families are advised to check the district’s snow routes to see if their child’s bus stop may change because of weather conditions. For more information, contact the Transportation Department at (509) 967-6155.