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Category: School closures & delays


Snow means late start or closure for many Pierce County schools

Due to snow, several schools are affected this morning. Here’s a list:

  • Bethel School District will start two hours late. There will be no preschool or half-day kindergarten.
  • Cascade Christian School will start two hour late.
  • Concordia Lutheran will start at 10 a.m. There will be no pre-kindergarten or morning childcare.
  • Dieringer schools will start two hours late.
  • Eatonville School District will start two hours late. It will not have morning kindergarten or preschool programs. Buses are operating on snow routes.
  • Fife schools are closed today because it was early release. District offices are open.
  • Franklin Pierce School District

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Aylen Junior High students delayed from walking home Friday by nearby police investigation

Police asked that Aylen Junior High School officials delay students from walking home Friday as officers investigated a possible attempted burglary nearby.

An officer saw two men just before 2 p.m. walk into the yard of a house in the 1700 block of West Pioneer.

The men tried to break into the house, police said, at which point officers approached and took a 38-year-old man into custody.

The other suspect fled on foot and was not located, police said.

While a K-9 tried to track the second suspect, police asked the school to hold walking students until officers had finished.



UPDATED: School changes for Thursday

UPDATED at 5:48 a.m. Thursday

Here’s a list of the school-related changes and announcements for Thursday.

* Orting School District: Limited bus service for 177th St.

* North Thurston School District: All schools will start at their regular times. Transportation is back to its regular operations.

* Lake Tapps Christian Pre& K: Schools are closed because of a power outage.


UPDATED: School changes for Wednesday

In the Federal Way School District, the Lake Grove and Sunnycrest elementary schools are closed because of power outages.

In the Sumner School District, Sumner High and Sumner Middle schools are closed because of power outages. Tiny Sparts Preschool at Sumner High School also is closed. Staff members should still report to work.

There is limited bus transportation in the Orting and White River school districts this morning.


UPDATED: School delays for Monday

Updated as of 7:24 a.m. p.m. Monday: Power outages are still affecting school districts in the area. Here are schools and districts that are affected:

Public and Private schools

* Auburn School District: Schools will be 2 hours late on Monday. Limited Bus Transportation. No Out-of-District Transport. No A.M. Kindergarten. No A.M. Preschool Programs. No A.M. or P.M. Head Start.

* Carbonado School District: No Fairfax Bus Service. Regular School Schedule.

* Chief Leschi Schools, Puyallup: 2 hours late because of power outage. Watch for updates.

* Gig Harbor Academy/Our School: 2 hours late. Child care will open two hours

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UPDATED: Schools to stay closed Thursday

The following schools and districts that have announced closures for Thursday:


* Auburn School District

* Bethel School District

* Carbonado School District

* Clover Park School District

* Dieringer School District

* Eatonville School District

* Fife School District

* Franklin Pierce School District

* Orting School District

* Peninsula School District

* Puyallup School District

* Rainier School District

* Sumner School District

* Steilacoom School District

* Tacoma School District

* Tahoma School District

* University Place School District

* Vashon Island School District


* All Saints School


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