Sometimes school is closed or its opening is delayed because of snow or ice. This decision is made early, and the information is relayed to major local radio and television stations.
Through the Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD), Charles Wright participates in schoolreport.org, a consortium of Puget Sound schools that provides emergency closing and delay information to the media and directly to the public via email.
We communicate about school cancellations or delays in as many of the following ways as we can:
1. via a variety of TV and radio stations
2. via the FlashAlert website
3. via the school’s website
4. via voicemail message (call 253-620-8888)
5. on the CWA Facebook page
6. via email for those who register with FlashAlert
7. via the iPhone/Android FlashAlert Messenger app (we have been unable to test these apps and cannot vouch for how well they work):
We do our best to have closure/delay information posted to FlashAlert between 5 and 5:30 a.m.; we post to the other locations after that. There may be a delay before TV and radio stations pick up the information from FlashAlert. At times people have noticed that the FlashAlert email server delays sending out emails.
In emergency situations, we may need to close school during the day; however, if it is safer to keep students at school than to send them home, they will be kept at school under supervision.
How we decide when to close or delay school: When inclement weather is predicted, transportation coordinator Wendy Troyer consults with CWA bus drivers, other school transportation coordinators, and Director of Finance and Operations UnHi Pak about weather conditions. UnHi calls Rob Camner with a recommendation. If the decision to close or to delay opening is made, the communication system is set in motion.
Because Charles Wright draws families from throughout the South Sound, there may be times that school remains open even though weather conditions in parts of the South Sound are unfavorable. We fully support parents using their own judgment, particularly when newly licensed drivers are involved.