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Winter Weather Procedures

Winter Weather

To keep our school phone lines open, we kindly ask that you do not phone the school to ask it we are open, but rather utilize one of the many other information mediums below for potential school closure information.


During the late fall and winter months, weather conditions might cause a school or schools to shut down. The Superintendent of Schools has authority, on behalf of the Board, to temporarily close a school or schools. A number of factors go into this decision, including: student safety, the conditions of roads near schools, school grounds, school bus routes, and whether facilities are fully operational.

The decision to close a school is made in a timely manner, as circumstances allow. Details and updates are always distributed via the below platforms; please connect with us online.

If Upper Sumas Elementary is closed, our school website and Facebook page will also be updated with this information.

Opt-In to Receive Text Messages

Parents and Guardians can now take advantage of SchoolMessenger's Text Messaging Service! Our school district utilizes the SchoolMessenger system to deliver important information about events, school closings, safety alerts and more.

Families can participate in this free service just by sending a text message of “Y” or “Yes” to our school district’s short code number, 67587.

You can also opt out of these messages at any time by simply replying to one of our messages with “Stop”. SchoolMessenger is compliant with the Student Privacy PledgeTM, so you can rest assured that your information is safe and will never be given or sold to anyone.