Important information about winter weather school delays and closures
We understand that changes to the school schedule or bus routes impact our families. Making the decision regarding school delays and closures is not an easy task. Bremerton School District leadership puts a lot of effort before making decision to delay or close schools due to inclement weather conditions. Each time a decision has to be made, many different interests and issues are taken into consideration but our top priority is always the safety of our students and staff.
We make every effort to make the decision about school delays and closures due to winter weather by 5 a.m. and get the information out to families and staff ASAP via:
- District websites (look for alerts on all District home pages)
- District social media: @BremertonSchools on Facebook and @bremertonSD on Twitter
- Local media (Kitsap Sun and Seattle TV and radio)
- District "robo calls," emails and text message (update your communication preferences in Skyward!)
- District News and Information phone line at 360.473.1002
- Flash Alert text messages (sign-up here)
- The "robo calls" take time due to the volume of calls the system has to make. The information will be shared via other channels long before many families receive a robo call. Therefore, we encourage parents/guardians to sign-up for text messages for school delays/closure notices in Skyward.
- If you do not want an early morning robo call for school delays/closures, you can “opt out.” You must update your communication preferences for “school closures/delays” in Skyward Family Access. Click here for instructions.
- Know before you go! If you wake up and it is snowing, or you hear about snow anywhere in Kitsap County, we encourage you to check the District website or social media pages for updates before going to school!
- No news is good news! If you don't see information about a delay or closure from any of the above sources, it means schools and buses are on a regular schedule!
2-hour delayed start
Students and staff safety is our top priority. If there is snowfall or other winter weather creating dangerous road conditions, we may delay the start of school by two hours. We realize the delayed start creates challenges for our families, and we do not make the decision lightly.
2-hour delay start times:
- BHS: 9:20 a.m. (view bell schedule)
- Renaissance High School: 10 a.m.
- MVMS: 10:05 a.m. (view bell schedule)
- Elementary Schools: 11:05 a.m.
- West Sound Tech: AM classes canceled (afternoon session will start at regular time)
- Open Doors will be open from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
- Buses will operate on regular routes but on a two-hour delay unless otherwise communicated by the District.
- No out-of-district transportation.
- Schools will end at the regularly scheduled time (view schedules here).
- No breakfast will be served.
- No AM or PM preschool or Head Start/ECEAP.
- No Select Swim (Fridays only).
- YMCA Y-Kids will open at 8 a.m. (rather than 6 a.m.)
- After school sports and activities will be held as scheduled unless otherwise communicated by the coach, school or district.
- EARLY RELEASE WEDNESDAYS: If school is delayed on a Wednesday, there will be no early release. Students will be released on a regular schedule: BHS- 2:00 pm, MVMS- 2:45 pm and Elementary-3:35 pm. All of the delayed start procedures mentioned above will apply.
- FRIDAYS: Renaissance HS and Open Doors are both closed on Fridays so if we have a 2-hour delay on a Friday, there is no impact to their schedules.
School Closure due to winter weather
If Bremerton School District schools are CLOSED due to inclement weather.
- The closure includes Open Doors, Renaissance High School and West Sound Technical Skills Center.
- Extra curricular sports, activities, events and trips are canceled (unless you hear otherwise from your school’s principal or coach/adviser).
- BSD facilities remain closed for community use (such as Pee Wee practice and other facility rentals)
- BSD staff should check their District email for updates and contact your supervisor with questions.
- Staff: Click here to view guidance from HR.
Bus Snow Routes
If there is snow and/or icy roads that result in hazardous conditions, buses may run on "snow routes," providing limited transportation throughout the District.
- Many of our buses make a very limited number of stops on their snow routes.
- If ‘snow routes’ are announced, they will be in effect for the entire day, regardless of weather conditions.
- Bus schedule timing is less predictable in snowy weather; students should plan on getting to their stops a few minutes early.
- Snow route bus schedules are available online, and printed copies are available upon request at your child's school.
- Sign-up to get text messages from the District (including Transportation) by updating your communication preferences in Skyward.
Family emergency plans
Families should have a plan covering what to do when children arrive home due to an early school closure, or if a parent/guardian is unable to meet their child at the bus stop. We encourage youto consider the following, and have a discussion with your child before winter weather hits.
- Take your child to his/her snow route bus stop so they are familiar with the location and its proximity to your home.
- Remind your child of safety precautions, particularly with snow or icy roadways.
- Remind your child of the importance of going directly home or to another designated location.
- Discuss where they should go if they need help.
- Who would care for your child until you arrive home?
- Is there someone your child can call to ease fears?
Early Release due to winter weather or emergencies
If there is a storm or if snow begins to fall during the school day, we believe the safest place for children is in our schools. However, weather conditions may develop during the day which may require early dismissal. Efforts will be made to announce early dismissals as soon as possible. Parents are welcome to pick up their children early during inclement weather conditions.