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Emergency & Inclement Weather

Cascade Christian Schools makes every effort to make decisions on school delays and closures as early as possible. Decisions about late start or no school days, if not made the previous evening, will generally be communicated by 6:30 in the morning using the following methods:

Parent Alert System: Text Messages

CCS uses RenWeb’s ParentAlert to send messages via text message in the case of an emergency or inclement weather. These alerts are automatically sent to the contacts on file in Renweb. No registration is required. Please be sure your contact information is always up-to-date.


FlashAlert Messenger: Email and Messenger App

Additionally, parents may subscribe to FlashAlert Messenger to receive notifications. To view current alerts or to subscribe to FlashAlert, click the icon (below). To receive notifications on your mobile device, download the FlashAlert Messenger App: Click the image on the right for instructions.


Please note that we no longer follow Puyallup School District's announcements 
regarding late starts and school closures


PARENTS PLEASE NOTE: Please make yourself familiar with this Emergency and Inclement Weather Policy in place for Cascade Christian Schools. These procedures are intended to address concerns and ensure the safety of our staff and families, while continuing to provide quality care for parents with Child Care and Cougar Club needs.

It is always the parents’ decision whether inclement weather conditions prevent them from safely transporting their child to school. If parents believe driving conditions are unsafe, they should report their child’s absence to the school.


The Superintendent of Cascade Christian Schools is responsible for posting snow delays or closure announcements on the FlashAlert website, which automatically updates area radio and television stations of the schools’ status. 

Parents may view and receive notices regarding Cascade Christian Schools’ closure information on the web by visiting FlashAlert.net, clicking South Sound Private Schools, and then Cascade Christian Schools.

For KPrep Through Grade 12:

We use the following guidelines to make decisions regarding weather-related school closures:

  • “Delayed start” means that there is no morning preschool. Half-day kindergarten will start at 10:30 a.m. and end at 3:00 p.m.

             Full-day kindergarten to grade 12 all start at 10:30 a.m. (This includes the junior high and high school late-start days.)

            Junior high and high school campus will be open for drop-off at 10:00 a.m., with classes starting at 10:30 a.m.

  • A “midday weather closure” after school has begun for the day means that parents will be notified to pick up their students as soon as they are able. Child care and Cougar Club will operate as noted below.

The FlashAlert website automatically updates local area radio and television stations of our schools’ status, including

                KOMO AM 1000, KIRO AM 710, KCMS FM 105, KCIS AM 630

                KING-5 TV News and the “Today Show”

For Child Care (Infant Through KPrep) and Elementary Extended School Cougar Club Programs:

During delayed starts, these programs will operate from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., unless otherwise specifically announced.

During school closures:

   PUYALLUP EARLY LEARNING CENTER will operate from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., unless otherwise specifically announced.* 
All enrichment classes will be canceled and rescheduled.

   FREDERICKSON ELEMENTARY Child Care and Extended School Cougar Club Programs are CLOSED during school closures. All enrichment classes will be canceled and rescheduled.

   PUYALLUP ELEMENTARY Extended School Cougar Club Program is CLOSED during school closures.
All enrichment classes will be canceled and rescheduled.

   McALDER ELEMENTARY Extended School Cougar Club Program is CLOSED during school closures.
All enrichment classes will be canceled and rescheduled.

PLEASE BE AWARE THAT during non-school days (e.g., Christmas break, national holidays), in the event of extreme inclement weather, the Child Care and Elementary Extended School Cougar Club programs may need to reduce operating hours or may need to close. You may obtain further information by checking FlashAlert.net or by calling the campus elementary or early learning office.

Prepared for an Emergency

 

With the safety of our staff and students in today’s changing threat environment as our major goal, Cascade Christian recently conducted a complete review of emergency plans and procedures and continues to update them as necessary.

As always, the mission of the Cascade Christian Schools emergency plan is to protect lives and property, mitigate the effects of a disaster, and prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies and disasters.

In collaboration with the Puyallup and Pierce County first responders, CCS is using the Incident Command System (ICS), which represents best practices and has become the standard for emergency management across the country, according to FEMA. Although there are five hazards that are possibly the highest concerns for our campuses—earthquake, fire, lahar, active shooter, intruder (lockdown), and radiological/chemical hazards (shelter-in-place)—it is understood that in today’s changing threat environment, Cascade Christian Schools must prepare for all emergencies.

The CCS emergency plan identifies and clarifies emergency roles and responsibilities for CCS students and staff, and it empowers them in an emergency, helping them enact those roles. Laws passed by the Legislature and enacted by the Washington Administrative Codes regulate Washington State K–12 schools. While most are specific to public schools, CCS uses these laws as best practice in setting our high standards for creating safe schools.

One of the major changes from our previous plan is the addition of campus-specific reunification procedures to ensure safe and secure means of accounting for students and reuniting parents/guardians with their children. On-campus and off-campus reunification sites have been identified, and they include a secure student staging area and a parent check-in area, as well as other essential components. The reunification plan is in place because the safety of your child is our utmost priority.