Delays and Closures
When inclement weather hits Yakima, many YSD staff are up (very) early consulting with city management, driving the bus routes and putting teams in place to best remove safety hazards at our buildings.
Our procedure includes making a delay or closure decision by 5:30a.m. but often it is made by 5:00a.m.
What is the procedure for determining to close school due to inclement weather? Check our policy here: Operational Procedure 2221 - Emergency School Closure (PDF).
We post messaging about delays and/or closures to (in this order):
- YSD Mobile App (with push notification): https://www.ysd7.org/MobileApp
- The district and school websites: https://www.ysd7.org
- District Facebook: www.facebook.com/yakimasd
- District Twitter: www.Twitter.com/yakimaschools
- District Instagram: www.Instagram.com/yakimaschools
- Local Media - We send our message to local media via the FlashAlert system (view media list)
- Closure Line: 509-573-7000, PRESS 1 and listen for message (AFTER 5:30a.m.)
We realize there are many opinions as to when we should delay, close or remain open in full operation. We take this decision very seriously and do our best to keep school open and on time. However, should we need to close school, we will make up each day lost. Please check the district calendar for a listing of designated snow make-up days. If we do not need to make up days, there will be no school on the scheduled snow make-up days. We do not make up time from delays.
If the weather is poor, allow extra time to get where you need to be and make sure you have prepared your children with warm coats, boots, hats and gloves. To prepare for delays and closures, please make sure you have a care plan in place for your children should you need to report to your employment. It's also time to be prepared for winter driving.
During the winter, we often run "Snow Routes" for our buses. Keep in mind that the buses do their best to stay on schedule but will drive slowly and safely. Please be prepared for possible delays at your bus stops. If a route is more than 30 minutes behind, an update will be posted to our transportation web page. If we run snow routes in the morning, we will stay on snow routes in the afternoon. Please be familiar with your child's snow route: View Yakima School District Bus Routes.
2021-22 Delays & Closures
Jan 18-24, 2022 Remote Learning
The Yakima School District schools will be in a remote learning status from January 18-24, 2022 due to staff shortages. Self Contained Special Education classrooms will remain in person.
YV-Tech will also be remote due to high COVID-19 transmission rates.
More info at www.YSD7.org/RemoteLearning
Jan 14, 2022 Two Hour Delay
Due to freezing fog in the area, schools will start two hours late today.
No morning preschool and no morning classes at YV-TECH. Buses are on snow routes.
Jan 7, 2022: TWO HOUR DELAY UPGRADED TO CLOSED
Due to winter weather and early morning road conditions, YSD schools will start school 2 HOURS LATE today. Today, the elementary school start time will be 10:45 a.m. and middle and high school will start at 10:00 a.m. Buses routes 2, 8, 19, 26 are on snow routes. No am preschool or am YV-TECH.
UPDATE: YSD is now closed due to staff shortages, for Friday, January 7, 2022.
Jan 6, 2022: CLOSED
All schools in the Yakima School District are closed today due to weather.
Jan 5, 2022 - Afternoon and Evening Activities CANCELED
Due to expected snowfall this afternoon and evening, all events, activities, and practices at our schools and facilities have been canceled. COVID testing at 104 N 4th Ave will remain open until 5 pm.
Jan 5, 2022 - Open and on time; buses on snow routes
The Yakima School District is open and on time today. Bus routes 2, 8, 19, and 26 are on snow routes. All other bus routes are normal.
Jan 4, 2022 - Two Hour Delay, buses on snow routes
Due to winter weather and early morning conditions, YSD schools will start school 2 hours late today. Today, the elementary school start time will be 10:45 a.m. and secondary (middle and high) school will start at 10 a.m. Buses are on snow routes. No am preschool or am YV-TECH. COVID testing 1-5 pm.
Jan 3, 2022 - CLOSED
Due to winter weather and road conditions, there will be NO school today at all schools in the Yakima School District. Yakima school district schools are closed today and all after-school programs are canceled. You can check our websites www.YSD7.org and ParentSquare for more detailed information.