School Closure, Delay, & Early Dismissal
School closure, delay and early dismissal due to weather, road conditions and power outages are always a possibility in North Kitsap. Road conditions may vary in different parts of our district so parents and guardians should always use their own discretion in determining whether to send children to school or pick them up early if they feel conditions in their particular area are not safe.
Because student safety is our number one priority and many of our parents/guardians are not able to return home from work to meet their children, our district will only dismiss students early from school in extreme situations. Parents should have a back-up plan if this happens. In the event of worsening weather conditions, the district may decide to release and transport secondary students (grades 6-12) early so that buses are ready to pick up elementary students at the scheduled time.
In the event of school closure, delay or dismissal:
Phone Alert - Parents will automatically receive an automated call to their designated primary phone number from the district in the event of school closure, delay or early dismissal. For early school closures and delays, this call alert is initiated by 5:45 a.m. or sooner when possible. It may take several minutes before your home receives a call. If you do not receive a call on a day when school was canceled or delayed, or your number has changed, please contact your child's school.
Please note that on occasion calls do not go through due to high call volume and limited capacity of the phone carriers that provide service in North Kitsap. Also, if there is significant background noise when you answer, the message may cut off. If this happens, press "1" on your phone and the full message should repeat. If you are using internet-based technology (such has Comcast or Vonage) will not work when the power is out.
Emergency Information Phone Numbers - You may call NKSD's Emergency Information Line at (360) 779-3971 for the latest information on any school closures or delays. You may reach Transportation Services at (360) 394-2880 regarding bus information.
Email Alert - Sign up now for NKSD eNews alerts and you will be notified whenever school is closed or delayed. Pease note that if you have signed up for email alerts at www.schoolreport.org, you may experience a significant delay in receiving email alerts. Text Alerts - Sign up now to receive text messages or email alerts about school closures and emergency information on your mobile phone or wireless device from KING 5. This service is not sponsored by North Kitsap School District. Media - Radio stations such as KITZ 1400 AM, KIRO 710 AM, KRPM 1090, KOMO 1000 AM, KPLU 88.5, KUOW 94.5, KJR 95.7, and KLSY 92.5 and local television stations KOMO TV 4, KING TV 5, KIRO TV 7, and KCPQ TV 13 will be announcing schedule changes by district name after 6 a.m.Schools will be operating on normal schedules if no announcement is made.
School Closure - If school is closed, all out-of-district transportation, meetings, field trips, after-school activities, practices will be canceled for the day unless otherwise announced. All evening meetings/functions scheduled to take place in district facilities will also be canceled.
Two-Hour Delay - If there is a two-hour delayed start, the following schedule changes will apply:
- No Morning Kindergarten or Preschool
- No Breakfast Program
- No Out-of-District Transportation
- No Elementary Band
- No Secondary Zero-Hour Classes
Early Release - In extreme conditions, school may be closed after the district has announced a two-hour delay due to further deterioration of the weather or students may be released early. Parents should have a back-up plan if this happens. The district may decide to release and transport secondary students (grades 6-12) early so that buses are ready to pick up elementary students at the scheduled time.
Open on a regular schedule - If schools are open for business as usual, no notifications will be posted or sent out.
Picking up or sending your child home early - If you would like your child to come home early because they walk or drive home on their own, you may either call the school office to give permission or your child may call you from the school office.
Alternate Bus Stops - Alternate bus stops may be used during inclement weather. Transportation Services will send out an phone alert if your bus stop has been changed. You may reach Transportation Services at (360) 394-2880 regarding alternate bus stops or delays in service.
- Storm Preparation - For information on Kitsap County winter storm preparation and shelter information, click here.