Finn Hill student scholars enjoy pancake breakfast from their teachers

Students can work up quite an appetite doing school work. Why not reward them with breakfast? Scholars at Finn Hill Middle School got that reward on February 23 when families and staff helped prepare and serve 1,500 pancakes to 308 scholars - more than half the school’s population.



School Closures and Late Starts

When emergency conditions such as snow and ice, windstorms or earthquakes result in school schedule changes, the district will use one of the plans outlined below. Want to know how the decision to close schools or hold a late start is made? Go to the School Closure Decisions page.

When there is inclement weather, you can learn about school closures or late start by 5:30 a.m.:

  • Go to If school is closed or starting late, you will see a pop-up alert box.
  • Go to, which lists schools all over the Puget Sound area. You can also sign up to receive text alerts or emails from this service.
  • Call 425-936-1200 to listen to a recorded message. (After 7 a.m., you may talk to a district receptionist).
  • Tune in to local radio and television stations.

LWSD also uses the SchoolMessenger automated calling system to let parents know if school will be delayed or cancelled. Calls will begin at 6:00 a.m. You will not receive a call if school will open normally. If you want to double-check the status or learn it early, use one of the options listed above.

If school is closed, the following programs will also be cancelled:
  • All before or after school activities
  • All activities including athletic events and parent meetings
  • Extended Day Program
If school starts late:
  • All schools start two hours late.
  • The following programs are canceled:
    • Quest pull-out classes
    • Before school programs
    • All preschool sessions
    • Out-of-district transportation
    • Extended Day Program

School will dismiss at regular times unless otherwise announced.

Transportation during emergencies

Alternate bus routes - snow routes

Parents always have the option to keep their student home if they believe it is unsafe.If there is snow and schools remains open or start late, the transportation department may decide to use snow routes. These routes enable buses to eliminate short sections of their routes that may be unsafe in snow or icy conditions. Postcards are sent to families of bus riders in November with information about your snow route bus stop.

In case of a major earthquake while students are on a school bus, drivers will receive specific instructions via radio. If they are going to school, drivers will continue to pick up students on their routes and deliver them to school. If roads limit travel, students will be transported to the nearest school. If an earthquake hits when buses are transporting children home from school, drivers will return to the school they came from or to the closest school. Children will stay at school until parents or designees arrive. Call your school for more information about its earthquake plan.