This latest round of snowstorms is already impacting schools across Western Washington.
Among the school districts doing early release on Friday are: Seattle, Bellevue, Edmonds, Shoreline and Monroe.
Other school districts opted for a late start this morning.
KIRO 7 spoke with officials at the Bellevue School District about how they determine when classes will be canceled altogether.
Spokesperson Michael May said several factors come into play but it comes down to the students’ safety.
“If days are canceled, they will have to be made up. That’s the trade-off,” said May. “But first and foremost, the safety of our students is paramount and No. 1 with us.”
The school district said the superintendent has the final say, and they look at everything from the weather reports to road inspections done by the school district’s transportation department.
We spoke with parents whose kids had to stay home from classes last Monday and Tuesday.
One dad who lives in Bellevue said the last-minute cancellations or delays can be frustrating, but families have to roll with the punches.
“It’s been inconvenient but it’s understandable because of the weather,” said Juan Goni who has three kids in the Bellevue School District.
“Plan for the best and prepare for the worst that’s how we do it and take it day by day.”
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