Schedule Changes

What exactly is a “schedule change”?
School closure, delayed start, early release, event cancellation, etc.

How do you decide when to close school or delay the start due to weather?
Our students, faculty and staff come from a wide geographic area. Weather and road conditions can vary significantly across the region. Our decision is made based upon the weather and road conditions (or forecasted conditions) at Villa and the surrounding neighborhoods.

We don’t live near Villa. What should we do?
For those who do not live near school, a decision to travel to Villa must be made based upon your local conditions – but please err on the side of caution!

When do you announce a schedule change?
As early as possible, often the evening before. Our goal is to minimize the disruption to families and allow for alternate child-care plans, etc.

Where do you make these announcements?
Multiple locations including:

  • Local radio and TV broadcasts, email alerts, and smartphone notifications (via Flash Alert Newswire website, operated by Puget Sound Educational Service District)
  • Villa website homepage
  • All school email to parents/guardians, faculty, and staff

Tell me more about the Flash Alert Newswire service.
Flash Alert Newswire assists more than 100 school districts, colleges and private schools in the greater Puget Sound region in notifying their families and the general public of emergency schedule changes and other important information. Sign up for the Messenger service to receive alerts via email or download their Messenger apps for Android or iOS.

How can we sign up for Flash Alert Newswire Messenger notifications?
Visit our page on Flash Alert and start your subscription. Enter your email address and follow the easy directions on the signup page.  And, be sure to bookmark our Flash Alert page.

I’m already subscribed to your alerts via Flash Alert Newswire. Anything new I should know?
If you subscribed to Flash Alert notifications in the past, now is a great time to log in, enter your user name and password, and verify your contact information. You may also want to download their Android or iOS app for push notifications to your smartphone.

I have more questions. Whom should I contact?
Contact John Milroy, Head of School, at jmilroy@thevilla.org or 206-524-8885