Emergency Information

  • To report an emergency at one of our schools or facilities, please call 206-631-7600.
    In the event of snow, windstorms, earthquake, or similar events, Highline Public Schools may change school start or dismissal times for student safety. Check your notifications on your mobile app for the latest emergency information. 

    Our top priority is the safety of students. When emergency conditions result in school schedule changes, the district will use one of the following plans. The information below will help you understand the brief notifications you will hear over radio and television.

    The most common announcements are:

    1. Limited Bus Transportation
    Emergency bus stops will be used both morning and afternoon unless a “change” announcement is made for the afternoon. If the weather allows for regular bus stops in the afternoon, the change will be announced before dismissal time. Schools will be open at their regularly scheduled time unless the message specifies “Two Hours Late.”
    2. Two Hours Late
    This means buses will begin their first route two hours late, but at regularly scheduled stops UNLESS the message specifies LIMITED BUS TRANSPORTATION. No breakfast, and no morning classes for preschool, ECEAP, or Puget Sound Skills Center. Schools will be dismissed at their regular times.

    3. Schools Closed
    This means all Highline schools are closed for ALL regular and/or special program students. All scheduled activities, meetings, and athletics are also canceled or postponed. NO transportation will be provided to schools outside our district even though they may be open that day. District administrative offices remain open.

    4. Schools Closed– Including Administrative Offices
    This means that all Highline schools and administrative offices are closed. No transportation will be provided to schools outside of our district.

    5. Evening Activities Cancelled
    If travel conditions become hazardous after school has been dismissed, evening meetings and activities may be canceled.


    • School schedule change announcements apply for that day only.
    • If no announcement is made by Highline during a weather event, schools and buses are operating normally.
    • Continue to look for updated announcements throughout the day. If conditions change rapidly or unexpectedly, we may need to make a quick decision to cancel school or send students home early.
    • Keep in mind that some areas of the district experience more severe weather and driving conditions than others. School closures and schedule changes are district wide, even if your neighborhood is not severely impacted.
    • Please do not call the transportation office, your school, district offices, or the media. Calls divert staff from responding to the emergency situation.