Inclement Weather Procedures and Expectations

Inclement Weather Procedures and Expecations
Posted on 01/22/2021
Inclement Weather

January 22, 2021

To Pioneer School District Families:

As the winter storm season is upon us, we have prepared this letter to explain Pioneer School District's procedures and expectations during inclement weather and school closures. Below you will find guidelines to make this process easier and explain how weather decisions are made.

Delay or Closure Decisions:

  • Weather information is reviewed the day and night prior to the decision. A review with our Transportation Department and neighboring districts is also done.
  • Starting at 3:00 a.m. or sooner, district officials and the Transportation Department drive emergency bus routes throughout the district's current operating routes.
  • The district may choose to operate on a normal schedule, start late, or close entirely.
  • A decision to alter the school day in any way due to inclement weather will apply to both in-person students/staff and remote students/staff.
  • Late starts allow us:

Types of Communication:

  • The SchoolMessenger System© notifies all staff and parents of a decision within 30 minutes by phone and/or text.
  • School closure and/or delay can be found on the Pioneer School District’s Facebook page and/or website at
  • Local TV and radio stations will provide timely updates.
  • For questions regarding your child's emergency bus route, contact the Transportation Department at 360.426.3182.

Please remember the district has a large geographical size and weather conditions may vary greatly from area to area. This may warrant a closure or late start for the entire district due to conditions impacting only limited areas. Student and employee safety is our highest priority.


Jill Diehl