School Safety

When emergency conditions result in school schedule changes, the district will use one of the plans outlined below. Stay tuned to area radio or TV stations for an announcement that will tell you which plan will be used.

Blackwell Elementary School in the snow

Blackwell's Emergency Release Plan If an emergency requires the school to evacuate students or to close early, there are several pieces of information you should know that would assist in the dismissal of students. You are asked to review this information and to share it with any person you have authorized to pick up your child in the event of an emergency.

Blackwell's Emergency Plan Click on the link for a description of what students and parents need to do, here at school, in an emergency situation.

LWSD Emergency Operating Schedule
Snow, windstorms and earthquakes can wreak havoc with schools and families. During these difficult times, the Lake Washington School District will do all it can to communicate vital information to parents and students. Our top priority is the safety of students. Be sure to keep this information handy to help you understand the brief notifications you will hear over radio and television.

Late Start and Limited Bus Service
Blackwell will start two hours late and bus routes will be limited. Dismissals will be at regular times unless otherwise announced. When necessary, early dismissal times are announced before noon.

The following programs are canceled: Quest pull-out classes, all pre-school sessions, morning kindergarten, before school band and out-of-district transportation.

The transportation department has created a link to the Versa Trans system for snow route bus stop information. If we are on snow routes and parents have lost their postcard with their emergency route stop they can go to the Transportation page of the district website.

Schools Closed
When school closes the following programs are also closed-- Extended Day program, all activities including athletic events and parent meetings. (If conditions change during the day, special arrangements may be made for some activities.)

Special Announcements
A variation of the above plans will be announced if necessary due to a power failure or other conditions. Starting at 5:30 a.m., area radio and television stations will announce which plan the district will use. Plans will be updated if conditions change. No announcement means normal operation.

AM Stations

KVI 570
KCIS 630
*KIRO 710
*KTTH 770

KHHO 850
KIXI 880
*KOMO 1000
KLAY 1180

KLAY 1180
KBSG 1210
*KMPS 1300
KRKO 1380

FM Stations

KPLU 88.5
KSER 90.7
KVTI 90.9
KLSY 92.5

KUBE 93.3
*KMPS 94.1
KUOW 94.9
KJR 95.7

KYCW 96.5
KBSG 97.3
KIRO 100.7
KPLZ 101.5

KMTT 103.7
KKBY 104.9
KCMS 105.3
KRWM 106.9

TV Stations

KOMO Channel 4
KING Channel 5
KIRO Channel 7
KSTW Channel 11
KCPQ Channel 13

*These stations make announcements more frequently


In case of a major earthquake while students are on a school bus, drivers will receive specific instructions from the district via radio. If they are going to school, drivers will continue to pick up students on their routes and deliver them to the safety of their school. If roads limit travel, students will be transported to the nearest school. If a quake hits when buses are transporting children home from school, drivers will return to the school they came from or, if necessary, to the closest school. Children will stay at school until parents or designees arrive.

Emergency Links

Transportation page on district website
Find your snow route bus route!