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School Closure, Late Start, Early Dismissal

In the event of a school delay or cancelation, families and staff will be contacted by email, text message, and phone call using our mass notification system, ParentSquare. Please ensure that your contact information is up to date at your student’s school.

You may find school delay/cancelation announcements on local television and radio stations, or online at:, or

Two Options May be Used for Emergency Conditions:

1. Shoreline School District Schools are Closed

All schools will be closed for the day. All meetings, field trips, after-school activities, etc. will be canceled for the day.

2. Shoreline Schools are Open 2 HOURS LATE (note that buses may operate on regular or snow routes on late-start days)

  • K-12 classes will begin 2 HOURS LATE.

    • Breakfast is canceled at K-5 schools, and lunch will be served at the normal time.
    • Breakfast and lunch times are adjusted at middle and high schools, depending on the day's schedule. See detail below.
  • All zero-period secondary (middle school and high school) classes will be canceled.
  • Edwin Pratt Early Learning Center:
    • All Edwin Pratt AM classes are canceled.

    • Full-day classes at Edwin Pratt start 2 hours late (11:00 for 9:00 start and 11:15 for 9:15 start)

    • All PM classes at Edwin Pratt will be on a normal schedule. 

    • Lunch and snack are served at their usual times (no breakfast).

  • Elementary Extended Care sites will open at 9:00 am instead of 7:00 am
  • There will be no out-of-district transportation.
  • HiCap bus-to-math is canceled for the day.
  • There is no transportation for Shorecrest and Shorewood shared classes.
  • College-based transition program (CBTP) is canceled.
  • Transportation to and from the district-based transition program (DBTP) is canceled. The program will start two hours late.
  • Middle school breakfast and lunch service on 2-hour late start days:
    • on full school days, breakfast is served 10:10-10:40 am
    • on early release days, breakfast is canceled
    • on early release days, the three lunch periods will run 11:24-11:54 am, 11:48 am - 12:18 pm, and 12:12-12:42 pm
    • on full school days, the three lunch periods will run 11:57 am - 12:27 pm, 12:38-1:08 pm, and 1:19-1:49 pm
  • High school breakfast and lunch service on 2-hour late start days:
    • on all 2-hour late start days, breakfast is served 30 minutes before the start of the school day, 9:20-9:50 am
    • on full “E” and “O” days, breakfast will be available during advisory period 11:05-11:20 am
    • on early release and half “A” days, there will be no breakfast available during advisory period
    • on full school “E” and days, lunch will be served 12:45-1:10 pm
    • on early release and half days, lunch will be served 11:50 am - 12:30 pm
two hour delay school meals at a glance

Snow Routes

Snow routes have been designed to avoid areas where hazardous road conditions exist.

When snow routes are in effect, they will be used on both the morning and afternoon routes even if roads have cleared.  There may be occasions when schools start at the regular times but buses will operate on snow routes.

Find 2023-24 snow routes and more information

Emergency Dismissal

If it becomes necessary to close a school during the school day and send students home early, our mass notification system will be used to contact families by phone and/or email. A message will also be placed on the District homepage and social media accounts. Because a parent/guardian may not be at home if there is an emergency dismissal, they must make plans for an alternate place (neighbor/relative) for their child to go. Families should keep their emergency contacts up-to-date and discuss this alternate plan with their children so they know what to do in case of an emergency closure of schools. There will be no district-operated after-school daycare.

If someone other than the parent/guardian on record will pick up the child, families should have already provided the school with the names of the individuals who are authorized to pick up the child. Unless an approved person picks up the child, the child will remain at school until the announced dismissal time.

It may be necessary in some situations to close schools early and hold students at school until a parent (or authorized person) comes to the school to pick them up.  In this case, there will be an announcement that students are being held at school and will not be sent home.

Hazardous Weather Delays on Early Release Wednesdays:

In cases of a hazardous weather delay on a scheduled early release Wednesday, schools will release at their normal early release time.  

School Closure and Cancelation Alerts

If you wish to receive notifications of Shoreline School District school closures, late starts, and snow routes, you may sign up to receive automatic email notifications using the regional FlashAlert system.

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