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Emergency Information

Emergency Preparedness

The Sumner-Bonney Lake School District works in partnership with local law enforcement, public safety and county emergency management to prepare for emergency conditions in our schools. Each school has developed and implemented a comprehensive plan for responding to a variety of natural disasters and hazardous situations including earthquake, lahar, fire, bomb threat, and hazardous materials incidents. Staff and students practice appropriate responses including evacuation and shelter-in-place.

Our system for managing school emergency situations provides students, staff and parents with a plan and a sense of security. Student safety is our focus and guides our decisions. Staff members have been assigned specific tasks they are responsible for during an emergency situation. Exhibiting leadership during a school evacuation or providing first aid are as important as communicating information to parents and organizing student relocation centers. Our facilities are equipped with emergency supplies, radios and equipment that may be necessary to shelter students for two or three days.


  • Be patient – we will communicate with you as quickly as possible.
  • Check the Web site or call the Emergency Hotline (253) 891-6001 for updates.
  • Please don’t call the school; it jams the phone lines.
  • Be patient – your child’s safety is our first priority!


To give families an idea of what to expect regarding information during and after an emergency situation, the district uses the Family Communication Protocol as a guide for how and when to communicate. Some situations may merit alternative communication activities.

During an emergency, the district’s first priority is to protect students and staff. When we share information, our goal is to ensure that it's timely and accurate. At times, we’re not at liberty to share information from law enforcement. We communicate what we can, when we can. Emergency situations, and the time and method of communication, vary widely.


Take care not to become part of the problem by rushing to the school. More traffic just makes it difficult for emergency response teams. Keep emergency cards up-to-date with correct phone numbers and names of people authorized to pick up your children.  All adults who are picking up children should remember to always bring photo identification.

Our top priority is the safety of students. When emergency conditions result in school schedule changes, the district will use one of the following plans. The information below will help you understand the notifications you receive.


Schools open, limited transportation means schools will operate with limited bus transportation.  Limited transportation means schools will operate and buses will stop at all regular stops with the exception of one or more of the following on the limited transportation schedule.

TWO HOURS LATE (any day except Wednesday)
This means buses will begin their first route two hours late, but at regularly scheduled stops UNLESS the message specifies LIMITED BUS TRANSPORTATION. Breakfast and lunch will be served, no AM or PM Preschool or ECEAP.   Recreation Department before school childcare and full-day childcare will start 2-hours later.  No out-of-district transportation. No transportation to Elhi Hill and Pierce County Skills Center. All before school activities, athletics and extra-curricular events are canceled.

Schools closed means schools will be closed for the day. All after school and evening activities will be canceled unless otherwise announced.  District administrative offices remain open.

If travel conditions become hazardous after school has been dismissed, evening meetings and activities may be canceled.

  Snow, windstorms, earthquakes and power failures can cause disruptions for schools and families. During these difficult times, the District will do all it can to communicate vital information to parents and students. 

Inclement Weather

Lahar Response