Learning about school closures and delays

posted Nov 12, 2014, 4:02 PM by valley inquiry   [ updated Aug 19, 2015, 4:32 PM by Salem Keizer ]
School Closures & Delays

The district has many ways for you to learn about bad weather causing school closures and delays. These include announcements on the web, announcements by local media, and phone messages to your home.

Decisions about closing or delaying the start time of school are made by district officials by 5:15 a.m. 


A message is posted to the district's FlashAlerts account as soon as a decision to cancel school, delay school, or close the district is made. The FlashAlerts website is the first place online that announcements are posted. Below is a direct link to Salem-Keizer's FlashAlerts page, which you can bookmark to your favorites on your computer: 


Local Media

After a decision to close or delay school is made, local news media are contacted. The media will mention the district only if there is a delay or closure. If you do not hear any announcement, it’s safe to assume that our schools are open or have resumed their regular schedules. More information about local media announcements here: 


SchoolMessenger Telephone Notification

If schools are closed or start times delayed, all students and staff will get a recorded message to the phone number on record with the district. This message will tell you about school cancellation, delay to start times, or district closure. Calls begin going out at 6 a.m. Make sure your contact information is up to date. Families who need to update their phone number should contact their school. Using a district computer, staff should go on the Employee Self Services website and update their information.

More Information

Reporting to Work During Emergencies or Delays Policy »

If school is delayed by two hours, morning kindergarten will be canceled.

In the case of early dismissal due to weather conditions, each school has an emergency plan. Please make sure we have current contact information for parents and guardians.

You can learn more, including a list of local media that make closure announcements, and policies on makeup days, on the Emergency Closures/Delays webpage.


If you have any questions, email info@salkeiz.k12.or.us, or call the Community Relations and Communications department during business hours at 503-399-3038.