School Closure Procedures

With winter weather comes uncertainty about school closures, delays and snow bus routes. Here is some clarification regarding David Douglas’ procedures.

The decision to keep school open, to close, or to have a delayed opening is based on our ability to safely transport students to and from school. Please discuss with your child arrangements that will need to be made in the event that students are sent home early.

Communication:

Delays, early releases and closures will be shared via local media, auto phone calls/texts and our website. The information will be posted promptly after closure decisions have been made. Listen for the announcement naming the David Douglas School District. We are NOT Portland Public Schools. The latest school closure information can also be found via FlashAlertPortland.net. To register for FlashAlert, view instructions: English  Russian  Spanish  Vietnamese

Types of Closures:

School is Closed – All students stay home.

Late Opening – Allows us to transport students after the roads are cleared and the traffic is reduced. Breakfast will NOT be served. In the event of a late opening all bus pickups and school start times will be 2 hours later than normal.

David Douglas High School: 9:50 am
Middle schools: 10 am
Fir Ridge Campus: 10:50 am
Elementary schools: 11 am

Early Dismissal – On very rare occasions, we will begin school and then an unexpected storm will cause us to send students home early.

Snow Routes

Some bus routes are in very hilly areas. If your bus stop is on a snow route, you will be sent a notice from our bus garage; when you hear DDSD buses are on snow routes, please follow the instructions on that notice. If you have questions concerning this, you can call the bus garage directly at 503-256-6526. Snow routes are listed at the bottom of the Bus Route Information page. If you do not ride one of the buses listed, your bus will follow its normal route.

Multnomah Early Childhood Program (MECP) Emergency Procedures

Many local radio and tv stations broadcast information about late openings and closures due to ice, snow or other weather conditions that make driving conditions hazardous. Please turn on your radio, tv or go online and listen to information about the district that transports your child to and from service and the district in which your child receives service.

  • If the schools are closed in the district your child attends school/clinic, then MECP services will also be closed.
  • If the district you live in is closed there will be no transportation to your child’s site.
  • If a school district announces a late start, the MECP site in that district will not be open for morning classes. In the event of a late start transportation will not be provided in the afternoon for families residing in the PPS School District.

Be sure to provide your service coordinator with current emergency information and information updates in case schools need to close early.