Emergency Information

Severe weather, power outages, or security concerns can create conditions that require school closures, schedule delays or limited transportation service. Tahoma School District encourages families to be prepared by having emergency supplies and an emergency plan in place. We also recommend that you ensure your emergency contact information is current in the Skyward Family Access system. Contact your school’s registrar to update information.

The district will do all it can to communicate vital information to parents and students during emergencies. The district will notify families of any schedule changes; please assume that schools are operating on regular schedules unless there is an announcement. The following information will help you, so please be sure to keep it handy when you consult TV, radio or website notifications:

  • School delays or closures and transportation changes will be announced on local radio and television, on the Tahoma website, on Flashalert.net, on the free Tahoma app, and on the Tahoma Facebook page (@TSD409). The automated phone calling system also will be used to notify families about school or transportation schedule changes. Remember: During power outages your cordless phone will not work. Please have a hard-wire phone or a cell phone as a backup (include the cell phone number in the emergency contact list on Skyward).
  • Announcements apply to that day only. When limited transportation routes are in effect, emergency bus stops will be used in both morning and afternoon, unless otherwise announced by the district.
  • In certain situations it may not be possible to safely operate buses on certain rural routes. In those cases, buses may operate on other routes in the district and schools could be open.
  • District policy requires bus drivers to have alternate emergency contact people for your student. Please make sure you have completed the emergency release forms given to your student earlier this year. Please return the form to the bus driver.
  • Your student’s limited transportation bus-stop location (snow routes) information was emailed to you by the Transportation office in the first week of December 2021. You can either check your emails from TROffice@tahomasd.us, or read the instructions below to find your student's snow route.

Limited Transportation Routes (Snow Routes)

Please follow this step-by-step process to find your student’s emergency bus routes (snow routes). 

1. To access all Tahoma School District snow routes, CLICK HERE.
2. Find the folder with your student’s route number and open the folder to find each school’s AM and PM snow route for that route number.
3.
Looking for AM or PM routes? These are differentiated by “A” or “P” (example: 87S A RCES = AM snow route for Rock Creek Elementary School Bus Route 87)
*Please note that many route numbers apply to more than one school. Make sure to select the route with your student’s school abbreviation:

THS - Tahoma High School

STMS - Summit Trail Middle School

MVMS - Maple View Middle School

CRES - Cedar River Elementary School

GPES - Glacier Park Elementary School

LWES - Lake Wilderness Elementary School

SLES - Shadow Lake Elementary School

RCES - Rock Creek Elementary School

TES - Tahoma Elementary School

Standard announcements

Two hours late: Schools are open but begin two hours later than scheduled; there is no ECEAP, no preschool, no tutoring, no PSSC, and no zero hour. The Extended Enrichment Program also begins two hours late. Transportation for out-of-district programs will be two hours late.

No school: All classes and activities (including sports), and out of district runs are canceled, unless there is a special announcement.

Limited transportation (emergency) routes: Bus routes and stops are limited to main arterials. (TSD Transportation web page lists routes and stops).

Media

Radio: KIRO 97.3 FM; KOMO 1000 AM and 97.7 FM.
TV: KOMO Channel 4; KING Channel 5;  KIRO Channel 7; KCPQ Channel 13.
Web: www.tahomasd.us; http://Flashalert.net
Facebook: @TSD409
App: Download the Tahoma School District app for smartphones. Emergency notifications are posted via the app.


Please contact the Transportation Department at 425-413-3220 if you have questions.

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