Inclement Weather Procedures

Snow PlowInclement weather, hazardous road conditions, school facility problems or other emergencies can always cause school delays or closures. The decision to close schools is made by the Superintendent or his authorized representative.

Inclement Weather ProceduresALERTS

We have added an alert feature to our website. Alerts will show up at the top right side of the front home page for urgent news, such as school closures.

School Messenger

Castle Rock School District has implemented a new telephone notification system that will be used in the event of changes to school schedules, cancellation of school or school emergencies, student absences, low lunch balances, bus schedule changes and similar events. On mornings with school delays, you can expect a telephone call around 6:45 am. If you wish to know of school schedule changes prior to that time, you may wish to listen to the radio or watch the morning news; as those changes will be broadcast earlier. This website will post alerts, also (see above-Alerts). Please make sure your phone number is current by contacting your school secretary.


For accurate, up to the minute information on the latest school closures, go to

Other Media

School closure and delay information also will be given to the following radio and television stations:

These broadcasts will be on Longview stations KLOG 1490 am, KLYK 94.5 fm, KZOE 90.3 fm, KBAM 1270 am, KEDO 1400 am, KUKN 105.5 fm, KRQT 107.1 fm and KZNX 89.7 fm. In addition, the announcements will be made on Centralia stations KCED 91.3 fm, KELA 1470 am, KMNT 102.9 fm, KITI 1420 am and KITI 95.1 fm, and Olympia station KXXO 96.1 fm. We will also contact the following television stations: KLTV (11) in Longview; KATV (2), KOIN (6) and KGW (8) in Portland; and KCPQ (13), KOMO (4), KING (5), and KIRO (7) in Seattle.

See a list of the current Snow Routes in the file below.

Snow Routes Only.pdf

How Do I Learn about School Schedule Changes?

The determination to delay the start of, or close schools is made very early in the morning. The target is to make the decision no later than 5:30 a.m.. Once the decision is made there are FOUR different types of communication that occur.

  1. The announcement is posted on our website
  2. The announcement is set up through the regional "FlashAlert" system. Castle Rock School District uses FlashAlert, an Internet-based system for delivering changes in schedule to the news media. Message delivery has been extended directly to the public through FlashAlert Messenger. You may self-register and manage up to three home or office email and/or cell phone text message addresses - and your Twitter address, too - and receive emergency information just minutes after we post it, at no cost to you.

    To get started, go to and click on our region on the map. Choose our organization category and then our name. You start the subscription process by filling in your email address.

    You may enter one or two more email or cell text addresses. After entering them, you will launch a validation message to each address. You must obtain the two-letter code in the message and post it back into your account to validate that address. This is done to make sure that your messages will reach you.
  3. School Messenger - Phone call to main number we have for your family in Skyward. Please keep this up to date. An automated telephone call is set up to ring the primary telephones we have listed in our student database. These automated calls go out between 6:30 and 7:00 am.
  4. Radio/Television stations receive the Flash Alert messages and broadcast closures regularly. In some cases they miss districts and do not broadcast all of them.

Snow Routes
1. TWO HOUR LATE START: Students will be picked up at their regular stop two hours later than usual.
2. SNOW ROUTES & LATE START: Students will be picked up using snow routes two hours later than usual.

School Closures
Inclement Weather Procedures Inclement Weather Procedures

See a list of the current Snow Routes in the file below.
Snow Routes Only.pdf