Weather Related Communication
We are located in a region where the weather can be extreme and change quickly. The decision to cancel, delay or release early is never taken lightly. The safety of students and staff is our number one priority.
We alert families about closures, delays and early releases via:
- Text (you must opt-in via the Parent Portal)
- District Website
- District Facebook and Twitter
- Local News Stations
If you disagree with the district's decision to remain open during inclement weather, your student will not be penalized should you choose to keep them home.
Specifics about delayed starts
- Delayed start decisions are made by 4:30 a.m., with messaging being shared no later than 5 a.m.
- When a delay turns into a closure, notifications will be made no later than 7 a.m.
- Delayed starts mean your child’s day starts two hours later than their normal school time.
- Buses will pick up students at bus stops two hours later than the regular schedule. Road conditions may increase travel time for buses and students may have a longer wait time at bus stops.
- Students who walk to school, are dropped off or who drive should arrive two hours later than regular arrival times. Please do not arrive earlier.
- Schools will dismiss students at normal times. Bus drop-off times in neighborhoods and parent pick-up times at schools will also be on regular schedule.
- Breakfast is not served on delayed start days.
- Tardies and absences will be excused if the school is notified by a family member.
- For staff, missed work should be provided and accepted under the same policy as applies to regular absences.
- In the event of a two-hour delay, there will be no morning preschool classes. Afternoon preschool classes will be held at their normal times.
Specifics about early release
- Parents are urged to develop a plan for situations when their student may be released early.
- Parents will be notified by phone and email
- Information will be posted on district website and social media. Local media will also be notified.
Weather related decision making
When making weather related decisions, many factors are taken into consideration so the superintendent and the Department for Transportation can make an informed decision by 4:30 a.m. Below are some of the ways we evaluate weather impacts:
- Receive up-to-the-minute weather updates from local weather consultants.
- Consult with El Paso County and the City of Colorado Springs regarding their road sanding plans.
- Exchange vital information about weather and road conditions with neighboring school districts.
- Consult with the U.S. Air Force Academy to determine if they are going to delay or close.
- Drive the district streets to determine road conditions.
Additionally, our district staff consider the following questions:
- Can our school buses safely travel to and from school?
- Will our students who walk to school encounter unsafe weather-related conditions and/or barriers?
- Can our facilities team access and keep our campuses safe from ice and snow?
- Are the temperatures, wind chill and visibility levels safe?
- Will we be able to provide meals?
- What is the forecast for later in the day?
Please note all delays, closures and early-releases are for the entire district unless otherwise noted. Also, please check with your child’s school regarding the cancellation of events and activities.
District policy mandates a specific number of days each year teachers must work directly with students. When a school falls below this level, make-up days, which will be announced, may need to be scheduled.