Severe Weather Information

Inclement WeatherThe safety of students is the Transportation Department's highest priority. We understand that decisions about school schedules and bus route changes have an impact on our families. We appreciate your patience during these situations. While we know that our students and families are best served when we are open, our main concern is the safety of our students and staff. Typically, decisions regarding schedule changes are made in the early morning before school. This allows for the most current weather information to factor into the decision. This information is generally posted by 5:30 a.m.

How can I find out if there are changes?
Arlington Public Schools uses FlashAlert Newswire to alert the media and community about school delays and closures. Parents, staff and community members can sign up for these notifications for free by going to this link:

FlashAlert will send out email and/or text notices to you. Please note that you will need to log into your FlashAlert account at least once per year to keep it active. Reminder notifications will be sent to you before the account is closed.

Radio & Television
Local radio and television stations will announce any changes. Below is a list of participating stations in our area that make announcements frequently:


AM Radio
KIRO 710
KOMO 1000

FM Radio
KPLU 88.5
KLSY 92.5
KUBE 93.3
KMPS 94.1
KMTT 103.7
KCMS 105.3
KRWM 106.9

Closures or delays
Severe weather or other emergencies may cause changes to the school day. When this happens, schools may need to close, start late or dismiss early. Plan in advance for such emergencies. Please ensure that your child’s school has your family’s current emergency contact information.

When it is necessary to delay or close school due to extreme weather conditions or other unusual circumstances, announcements will be made on local radio and TV stations early in the morning through the FlashAlert Newswire notification system (see above for additional information on FlashAlert and how to register for these notifications). This information will also be posted on the district website and social media sites. You will not receive a SchoolMessenger message from the school or district. Please do not call the school office.

Mid-day closures

If a school closure needs take place once students are at school, parents will be notified through the SchoolMessenger notification system. The district website, social media sites and FlashAlert will also be updated with this information.

How Arlington Public Schools makes the decision to delay or cancel school
Please watch this video to see how Arlington Public Schools makes the decision to delay or cancel school.

Remember, you are the best judge when it comes to your child's safety. If you feel the conditions or circumstances in your area are unsafe, please keep your child home. Remember to contact the school to let them know your child will be absent.