Delayed opening Tuesday, Feb. 5, for non-mission critical employees

snow_iconDue to icy road conditions, King County operations will open at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5. (District Court staff are expected to report to work by 10 a.m.; Superior Court will have a two hour delayed opening). First responders and other mission critical staff are expected to report to their work location at their usual time. This includes, but is not limited to, corrections officers, 9-1-1 call center operators, emergency personnel, security staff, and certain senior managers. Employees who are unsure of their designation should contact their supervisor.

Employees who are not mission critical, as identified above, who are scheduled to work Tuesday, Feb. 5, are expected to report to work by 10:30 a.m. Tuesday or at the time designated by their supervisors.

Employees who are scheduled to work Tuesday and available for work will receive normal pay for their regular hours that occur prior to 10:30 a.m. This applies for hourly and exempt employees. We are continuing to monitor the weather and will make additional operational decisions as conditions warrant. If conditions change drastically we will send an update to employees by 9 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Metro buses on snow routes: Metro buses will be on snow routes so please check for information on changes to your route on Metro’s Snow, Ice and Flood Alerts webpage, Metro’s adverse weather page, or sign up for Metro Transit Alerts (text, email, tweets via @kcmetrobus, see RSS feed via desktop or mobile RSS reader).

Roads: Please be extra careful on the roads and expect slippery conditions and black ice in many areas.

Be prepared for cold weather: Please be prepared for very cold weather on your morning commute. Have a plan for your commute, dress warmly, and let safety be your guide when making commute decisions.

School district closures and delays: Many school districts are closed today, including Bellevue, Enumclaw, Federal Way, Highline, Kent, Lake Washington, Mercer Island, North Shore, Renton, Seattle, and Shoreline, and others are on a two-hour delay. Please check with your local school district and have a plan for your kids. When schools are closed and King County operations remain open, employees are expected to report to work as usual, or follow applicable personnel policies.

Alternative work arrangements: If adjusting a work schedule, working at an alternative location, teleworking, or taking vacation are options for your job, please discuss beforehand with your supervisor. Employees may be able to take a day of accrued vacation or comp time instead of reporting to their normal work location today. Check with your supervisor for more information.

HR Policies: When an agency remains open, but conditions prevent you from reporting to work on time, notify your supervisor as soon as possible. You may request leave, subject to approval by your supervisor. If you have no leave accrued, your supervisor may approve leave without pay to cover absences. Sick leave may not be used. Please refer to HR Bulletin 2011-0009 County Operations During Emergency Situations and Inclement Weather to learn more.

School delays: School districts may open late or not at all so please check with your local school district and have a plan for transporting your kids. When schools are closed and King County operations remain open, employees are expected to report to work as usual, or follow applicable personnel policies.

Stay informed: Make sure you’re getting the latest King County information at work and at home in the event of snow:

  • Call the Employee Hotline—206-205-8600 (save it to your phone now!).
  • Check your King County email for specific directives and updates. Log on at outlook.kingcounty.gov.
  • Contact your supervisor for instructions.
  • Follow King County on Twitter—@KingCountyWA, @kcmetrobus, @kcroads, and @kcemployees
  • Check your agency website or Intranet (if applicable), and monitor local media channels.
  • Visit the Emergency News page at kcemergency.com for regional impacts. 

KCInform: Make sure you can be reached in a major emergency. If you haven’t yet registered your personal contact or work cell information in KCInform, please contact kcinform@kingcounty.gov anytime or 206-296-3830 between 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday to request your unique registration link. Watch this short video to learn more or visit our website.