SEATTLE -- Seattle Public Schools says it's doing everything it can to make sure the Alaskan Way Viaduct closure goes as unnoticed as possible over the next couple weeks. The district has been planning for months with transportation agencies throughout the city to make sure students get to school on time.

“We are doing everything we can to notify parents. We know that this is going to be a little bit of a disruption, to say the least,” Seattle Public Schools spokesperson Stacy Howard said.

The bus drivers start their morning every day at a South Seattle bus barn. Drivers will start their day earlier during the closure to make sure students are picked up and dropped off on time.

The district believes only 600 of its 54,000 students will have stop times changed. The district says it contacted parents of those students by letter and phone call. Despite the low number of students expected to be affected, the district wants everyone prepared just in case traffic changes its plans.

“We’re telling families to be patient,” Howard said. “We’re doing everything we can to line people up and line buses up in place, but you never know with traffic in Seattle. We’re working with Seattle DOT, so we have a lot of partnerships out there and just trying to be ready, but just please be patient with us..”

If you have additional questions about the viaduct closure and how it will impact the school district, contact the district’s transportation office at 206-252-0900.