Inclement Weather Notification
We alert families and staff about closures, snow days and delayed starts no later than 5:30 a.m. If a delayed start turns into a closure, notifications will be made no later than 7 a.m.
Notifications to families and staff are made via:
Text (you must opt-in via the Parent Portal)
Local news stations
ALL district facilities are closed. Students, teachers and staff do NOT report to school/work, and there is no formal teaching/learning. This fits the historical definition of a “snow day.” For example: A winter storm knocks out electricity in all or a portion of the district, so all facilities are closed and there is no remote learning.
Secondary schools: eLearning Day
The school day will start two-hours later than a building’s normal schedule.
Neither students nor staff report in-person to school/work. All teaching/learning is performed synchronously per the school’s bell schedule.
Schools will maintain the alternating day schedule (blue/silver, blue/gold, etc.).
If an eLearning Day is called on a Wednesday, there is no change to the current Wednesday schedule. The current Wednesday schedule for secondary students is already a remote asynchronous learning day and does not need to change due to inclement weather.
Elementary schools: Closure
Elementary students, teachers and staff do not report to school/work, and there is no formal teaching/learning. Fits the historical definition of a “snow day.”
Preschool is also closed.
Operates the same as an “eLearning Day” described above.
If a “Delayed Start” is called on a Wednesday, there is no change to the current Wednesday schedule. The current Wednesday schedule for secondary students is already a remote asynchronous learning day and does not need to change due to inclement weather.
Students and staff report in-person two hours later than their normal start time, as they always have on a delayed start.
AM Preschool is cancelled.
Note: Breakfast is not served on delayed start days.
Occasionally situations arise when weather moves in mid-day and we need to release students early. In these situations:
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. 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.