Winter is officially here! Weather forecasters are predicting the possibility of snow over the next week, so we want to share our hazardous weather policies in the event of snow, ice, or windstorms.
In the event of inclement weather, Launch will remain open during normal business hours when at all possible. We consider personal safety when determining hazardous weather actions. Not all schools may be impacted by program closures.
Launch follows the Seattle Public Schools (SPS) schedule for hazardous weather closure days; this means if SPS is closed for the entire day for hazardous weather then Launch will also be closed for the entire day. Visit www.seattleschools.org for information about SPS closures.
If SPS closes for part of the day due to weather (late start or early dismissal) please check our website www.launchlearning.org or call the Launch admin office at 206-726-7972 for an updated Launch schedule. Please note that Launch preschool programs follow the SPS weather closure schedule for K-5 students, not the SPS weather closure preschool schedule.
In the event of extreme weather conditions, we are primarily concerned for the welfare of the children and our staff. It is safest to pick up your child early on those days. During school breaks when Launch is open for full-day care (for example, during mid-winter break), if we are faced with extreme weather conditions we will make a determination on closures or delays and the information will be recorded on our website and the admin office voicemail 206-726-7972.
For closures on days when school is not in session (example, mid-winter break), we will make a determination regarding a closure as early as 8:00 p.m. the night before and no later than 6 a.m. the day of the closure on inclement weather days, and we will start publicizing the information at that time. Please note we will not send messages if there is no effect to your school campus and NOT all schools may be impacted on any given day.
If conditions suggest the need for a possible closure or schedule adjustment, Launch leadership will look at school and area street conditions as well as transit issues. This information, along with weather forecasts and other available information will be used to make a determination about whether to close the program or adjust our hours.
If weather conditions deteriorate overnight, a decision will be made no later than 6 a.m. on whether the program will be closed or have adjusted hours (i.e., late-start). If a storm occurs during the regular program day, a decision on whether to close Launch programs will be made as soon as feasible.
Please remember that as per Launch tuition policy, account credits or refunds are not given for sick days, weather related closures, closures required by licensing requirements (including power outages, plumbing failures, etc), natural disasters or other unscheduled absences.
You may check for information on program closures or adjusted hours in several ways:
- On the “Important News” ticker on the top of the Launch homepage: www.launchlearning.org
- Radio and TV news outlets will announce closures or delays. Look for Seattle Public School announcements for specific schools or if the entire district will be closed.
- Call the Launch Admin Office at (206) 726-7972. We will update the voicemail to reflect any closures or late starts.
Because of circumstances such as loss of electrical power, not all of these lines of communication may be available in every emergency situation. If you have any questions, please contact your Program Site Manager.