Here's how the school districts decide on a snow day

    The superintendents from Pasco, Richland and Kennewick talk to each other on the phone before deciding on a snow day.<p>{/p}

    All three of the districts in the Tri-Cities told us what they look for when deciding to call off school.

    In Pasco, they send drivers out at about three a.m. to drive the roads. They check out the busy main roads and the more rural roads.

    Those drivers report back on the conditions to the superintendent. Then the superintendents in Pasco, Richland and Kennewick call each other to discuss.

    Shane Edinger with Pasco School District says because Pasco has a higher elevation than the other two cities they sometimes get more snowfall. Pasco School District also has more students traveling in on rural roads which sometimes means they call off school and the other districts don’t.

    “For the most part, we typically all try to work in sync to keep our students safe,” said Edinger.

    Edinger says in Pasco, a two-hour delay decision will be made around five a.m. and then a full closure decision before seven.

    Closing information will be sent out over text and email and available on the school’s website.

    To sign up you can for text alerts from Pasco School District here.

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