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Inclement Weather Communications

With the winter months upon us, it is a good time to revisit ways that we will communicate with you in case of school closure, two-hour late start, emergency bus routes due to snow, power outages, or other incidents.

Phone CallPlease make sure your primary number is correct at your school. I will send out a phone message as soon as a decision is made that impacts school operating hours and/or bus routes. If you miss the call, the message is sent to your voicemail.

FlashAlertThis is an opt-in email and push-notification system. Please visit https://www.flashalert.net/id/OrtingSD to sign up for email notifications, then download the free FlashAlert Messenger app to receive push notifications on your mobile phone. There is no cost to view messages, download the app, or subscribe to messages.

Orting School District Social Media

Please follow us on Facebook (Facebook.com/OrtingSchoolDistrict) for ongoing updates and information.

Local News

Flash Alert sends notifications regarding the status of school operations to local television and radio stations. Television stations will often run these notifications as ticker a at the bottom of the screen.

The following stations announce local updates:

Television: KOMO on channel 4, KING on channel 5, KIRO on channel 7, or KSTV on channel 11

AM Radio: KAPS660, KGY1240, KJTT1110, KBRC1430, KIRO710, KLAY1180, KRSG1210, KIX1880, KNWS770, KCIS630, KOMO1000, KRKO1380, and KVI570.

FM Radio: KBKS106.1, KSLY92.5, KUBE93.3, KPLZ101.5, KBSG97.3, KMPS94.1, KUOW94.9, KCMS105.3, KMTT103.7, KXXO96.1, KIRO100.7, KPLU88.5, KYCW96.5, and KJR95.7.

Orting School District Website

You may visit www.ortingschools.org for the status of school operations. Notifications and updates will be posted as a pop-up on the first page you visit, including school sites, and under “District News” which has an RSS feed that you may subscribe to.

Emergency bus routes are also posted on the district website. Under “Departments” go to Transportation Services.

As you know, our district boundaries include the valley floor as well as mountainous areas with steep hills. Sometimes there is not snow in the valley while our hilly areas have snow or ice that make it unsafe for buses to travel. When we make a decision that impacts school delay, closure, or bus routes, we drive each of these terrains to determine if we can safely transport students. Student safety is our number one priority. We aim to make school delay and cancellation decisions early to support bus runs, facility needs such as heating and safety systems, and so that families have time to make arrangements.

 

Thank you for partnering with us to support student learning and safety!

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Marci Shepard

Superintendent