If Saint Patrick Catholic School needs to close due to inclement weather, the following broadcasting stations will make an announcement: KOMO Channel 4, KING Channel 5, KIRO Channel 7.

Emergency School Closures

Generally, we follow Tacoma Public Schools closures and delayed starts, but there may be some exceptions. An announcement should be made by 7:00 a.m* if Saint Patrick Catholic School will be closed or delayed. The school website www.saintpats.org will have the most up to date information regarding closure or delayed start. An email message will be sent to families via Constant Contact.

Extended Care

*Note: If your child is in morning Extended Care, the Extended Care Director will contact you regarding school closures by 6:00 A.M. Please use your best judgment. If you do not feel it is safe to drive, however school is not canceled, keep your student at home and notify the school. For early school closure because of weather or other emergencies teachers or administrators will try to reach parents via Constant Contact.

Early Dismissal

In an effort to ensure orderly early dismissal of students in the case of an emergency closure, we require that contact information for each student be kept up to date in the main office. In the event that school closes earlier than scheduled due to weather or other hazards, the following process will be used:

1. Office staff will send an “URGENT” Constant Contact email message to parents.

2. Homeroom teachers will phone parents without email addresses on their emergency lists to notify of the early dismissal. Parents with more than one child will be phoned once.

3. All classes in grades 1-8 will move to the gym with their homeroom teachers. Students will bring their backpacks and jackets with them. Pre-K and kindergarten students will remain in their classrooms. Teacher runners will get students as parents arrive.

4. Designated employee will sign students out from the gym.

For more information about school policies and procedures, refer to the Family Handbook.