Emergency & Limited Transportation
No Out of District Transportation
Due to inclement weather or other emergency schedule changes, there may be school days when transportation outside of Kent School District (KSD) is not available.
When “no out-of-district transportation” is included in a schedule alert, it impacts the following students:
- Inclusive Education students placed at a specialized school located outside KSD boundaries.
- Foster care students residing within KSD boundaries and attending a school outside KSD boundaries.
- Foster care students residing outside KSD boundaries and attending a KSD school.
- McKinney-Vento students residing within KSD boundaries and attending a school outside KSD boundaries.
- McKinney-Vento students residing outside KSD boundaries and attending a KSD school.
- Students attending any program or school located outside KSD boundaries who receive transportation from KSD.
If a McKinney-Vento or foster care student resides within KSD service boundaries and attends a KSD school, then transportation will be provided.
Notes were sent home with students to notify parents of alternate stop locations in November. Due to steep grades, many roads in this district are impassable during ice and snow conditions. Bus stops that are normally located on hills will be relocated to the top or bottom of the hill when limited transportation is required.
The Kent School District encompasses 72 square miles, weather conditions often vary greatly from one area to another, making it impossible to predict the accessibility of any specific area with total accuracy. Freezing and thawing conditions can change rapidly. A neighborhood that was passable at one hour may not be the next. If in doubt, students may want to choose the limited transportation stop to be assured of not missing the bus.
Limited Transportation Areas
School bus service on the following roads will not be available when the limited-transportation schedule is in effect or if the bus driver judges the road is unsafe or impassable:
- 92 Ave. S - from SE 200 St. to SE 208 St.
- SE 224 St. - from 100 Ave. SE to 104 Ave. SE
- 93 & 94 Ave. S - north of SE 227 St.
- SE 224 St. - from 148 Ave. SE to 172 Ave. SE
- 96 Ave. S – north of SE 232 St.
- SE 240 St. - from 140 Ave. SE to 156 Ave. SE
- 100 Ave. SE - from SE 224 St. to SE 240 St.
- SE 240 St. - from 172 Ave. SE to 180 Ave. SE
- 112 Ave. SE - from SE 284 St. to SE 287 St.
- SE 248 St. - from 98 Ave. S to 94 Ave. S
- 129 Ave. SE - Boulevard Lanes - West Loop closed
- SE 248 St. - from 120 Ave. SE to 124 Ave. SE
- 196 Ave. SE - south of Covington Sawyer Rd.
- SE 249 St. - from 145 Ave. SE to 148 Ave. SE
- SE 192 St. - west of 106 Ave. SE
- SE 277 St. – from D St. to 108 Ave. SE
- SE 192 St. - from 124 Ave. SE to 116 Ave. SE
- Fairwood Blvd. – west of 156 Ave. SE
- SE 200 St. - from 92 Ave. S to 100 Ave.SE
- James St. - from Clark Ave. to 94 Ave.
- SE 208 St. – from 100 Ave. SE to 84 Ave. SE
- Kennebeck Ave. S (south of E. Titus St.)
- 210 Ave. SE – north of SE 335 St.
- Talbot Rd. from S 192 St. to S 200 St.
- SE 218 St. - from 84 Ave. S to 98 Ave. S
- Winterwood on SE 284 St. & 181 Ave. SE to 187 Ave SE
- Parkside Way SE – from SE Woodside Dr. and on 187 Ave. SE from SE 284 St. to SE 277 St.
Special Limited Transportation Stop Locations
- Crest Air Park (Stop on Covington Sawyer RD)
- Fenwick Y (Stop at bottom of hill)
- Lake Desire Drive North (Stop at Northwood MS only)
- Lake Morton Drive (Stop at SE 308 St. @ Boat Launch)
- Lake Winterwood (Stop at 181 Ave. SE at 180 Ave. SE)
- Misty Meadows (Stop at 132 Ave. SE)
- Ridgefield (Stop at SE 240 St. at 138 Ave. SE)
- Seven Oaks (Stop at Park only)
- Winterwood (Stops at 181 Ave. SE, 180 Ave. SE and Grasslake ES)
Non-weather emergencies and natural disasters are extremely unpredictable and no amount of prior planning will cover all possible situations.
When a route to or from school is interrupted by road construction, traffic accidents, etc., communications may be difficult and slow. Students will be left only in a safe location where it is reasonable to assume they can reach their home or school safely. Please discuss with your student(s) some situations that might occur and how they can get home safely.
Getting Information When Inclement Weather or Emergencies Occur
When weather or an emergency causes school hours and bus route service to be changed, please do not call radio, television stations or schools!
Listen To Radio/Television Messages
- No Announcement - Schools are on regular schedule with normal bus
- Limited Bus Transportation – Alone or in conjunction with other messages means that students in pre-designated areas which are frequently impassable during inclement weather will be picked up and dropped off at an alternate location. Drivers have provided Emergency Weather Route Change Notices to those riders affected. A listing of these pre-designated areas is on the back side of this schedule.
If limited transportation service was in effect in the AM, it will also be limited transportation in the PM. All after-school activities will be cancelled.
- School Closed - All schools closed for one day and all school-related activities
- School Open – “X” Hours Late - states number of hours late (usually 1-2). Dismissal will be at regular time unless announcement states otherwise. All out of district routes are canceled and no preschool.
- School Open - Bus Service Limited Due to Road Restrictions - Weight restrictions due to thawing of frozen roads may cause cancellation of some services. Students will be expected to attend classes.
- School will Dismiss “X” Hours Early - This message is for snow or other conditions which may develop during the school day requiring early dismissal. This announcement will state if regular or limited stops will be used.
School emergency schedules can also be accessed on the Internet through FlashAlert. Parents have the option to sign up for email & text message alerts from FlashAlert.net. This information can go directly to your cell phone or email accounts.
We also post school closure and delay information updates on the main web page, on social media and send information via skyward by phone and email. In extreme emergencies, listen to civil-defense radio bands 640 AM or 1240 AM.