District Winter Weather Delay/Closure Information

school bus driving on snowy road

If the Pendleton School District has a delay or closure, notifications are provided in several ways:

  1. School Messenger -- a message is sent to staff and parents by phone
  2. Website/Social Media/App -– messages are posted on the district website, district Facebook page and the district mobile app, usually by 6:00 AM
    Website https://pendleton.k12.or.us/
    Facebook https://www.facebook.com/PendletonSD/
    Mobile App Download https://pendleton.k12.or.us/pendleton-sd-mobile-app
  3. Media -– media outlets are contacted, including:
    Radio stations KUMA (92.1 FM or 1290 AM), KTIX (1240 AM and 103.1 FM), KWVN (107.7 FM),KWHT (103.5 FM), and KTEL (1490 AM and 99.7 FM)), KOHU/KQFM (1360 AM and 93.7 FM)
    The East Oregonian newspaper, Confederated Umatilla Journal, Tri-Cities and Portland TV stations

How does the PSD decide to close/delay school?

The decision to delay or close school during inclement weather conditions is made through a joint effort between district administrators and Mid Columbia Bus Company.

When weather forecasts indicate there will be snow or ice on Pendleton roadways, MidCo’s Location Manager starts driving bus routes in the early morning hours to determine if they will be safe for students and buses by the time routes begin. He contacts district personnel with a recommendation and a decision to delay or close is made. Notifications are then sent.

The decision to delay or close school is not taken lightly. MidCo and school officials factor in student safety both to and from their bus stops, as well as potential traffic issues on roadways. MidCo also weighs the risks of accidents and injuries to drivers and students during winter conditions. Student safety is the number one priority.

Snow Routes:

Snow routes could be put into effect in the event of freezing rain, snow and/or icy conditions.

Normal Pick-Up/Drop Off Location Snow Route Pick-Up/Drop-Off Location
SW 8th St. & SW Isaac Walk down to SW 3rd &  Isaac
SW 12th St. & Isaac Walk down to SW 14th & Frazer

Students will be dropped off at these same stops after school as long as the changes are in effect.

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