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School Closing/Delayed Start Policy

Student safety is always the District's first priority in determining whether to close or delay schools. If a school closure or delayed start is called, announcements will be made on local radio and TV stations between 5:30 and 6:00 a.m.

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If a two-hour delayed start is called, the following will occur:

  • No morning Head Start or Preschool classes
  • No breakfast program
  • Buses will run two hours later and run on the regular schedule at the end of the day
  • Classes will begin two hours later and end at the usual time at the end of the day
  • All childcare in the District will operate on a two-hour delay, however childcare provided by the Boys and Girls Club 360 at Soaring Eagles Elementary, Otero Elementary, and Oak Creek Elementary will be cancelled for the morning and open in the afternoon

We also respect the individual parent's right to keep their child at home. Principals and teachers are directed so there will not be a consequence for the child that has parent permission to miss school due to inclement weather. If parents feel weather conditions are a threat to their child's well being, they may notify the school and those absences or late arrivals will be excused. The students are our first priority, and we feel strongly that any change in procedure be thoroughly communicated to avoid confusion and difficulty for our students, parents and staff.

On bad weather days the Superintendent receives a call from the Director of Support Services informing him of the road conditions. In collaboration with the Superintendents of Widefield and Fountain-Fort Carson (nearest school districts) the Superintendent will make the decision to close schools or announce a two-hour delayed start.

Two-hour delay on a Monday

On Monday mornings the District conducts PLC meetings and professional development for secondary schools (late start) and releases early for the same reasons for elementary schools (early release). This poses some challenges should we have a two-hour delay on a Monday.

Should the District call a two-hour delay on a Monday, all schools should start and end school as if it were a day that did not have a late start or early release.

On a two-hour delay Monday, each school would start classes two hours after the regular start of classes that the school has during the rest of the week. Each school would end at the regular end of the school day that the school has during the rest of the week.

Listen to local radio stations, watch local television stations, check the district website or the district Facebook page between 5:30 and 6:00 a.m. when there is inclement weather.