Process for School Closures and 2-hour Delayed Starts

Updated on Tue, 02/20/2018 - 10:18am

In the event of inclement weather, Adams 12 Five Star Schools uses a variety of resources to determine if conditions exist that warrant a 2-hour delayed start or closure of schools. The district closely monitors ongoing weather reports and works with a private weather forecasting service that has access to street-by-street weather information. The district also reviews road conditions and recommendations from the Colorado Department of Transportation, local and state law enforcement agencies and has school bus drivers and transportation personnel on the road monitoring conditions.

If conditions pose a concern for student and staff safety, the district will make every effort to announce a decision by 5:30 a.m. to close or delay opening schools. A 2-hour delayed start or closure will be communicated in several different ways, including:

  • District’s website

  • Local media outlets

  • Email and text message to parents

    • Ensure your information is up-to-date in Infinite Campus

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  • District’s hotline (720) 972-4000, then press 7

  • Social media (Facebook - Twitter)

2-hour Delayed Start

Delayed Start Add 2hours

New for the 2017-2018 school year, the Five Star District may announce a 2-hour delayed start if temporary adverse weather conditions exist in the morning, including but not limited to high winds, cold temperatures or unfavorable road conditions for morning rush hour. In the event of an announced 2-hour delayed start, families will add two hours to the start of the school day, including adding two hours to morning bus pick-up times, morning BASE and school start times at every level. School will end at its normal time; afternoon bus drop-off times and afternoon BASE will not be adjusted.

2-hour delayed starts maximize instructional time with students rather than closing for the entire day; and give the city and district staff additional time to clear roads, sidewalks and parking lots to ensure the safety of the Five Star community.    

Things to note during an announced 2-hour delayed start:

  • Transportation: Morning bus pick-up will add two hours to the normal pick-up; Afternoon bus drop-off times will not be adjusted.

  • Kindergarten: Morning and afternoon half-day kindergarten will be canceled; Full-day kindergarten will start two hours after normal time.

  • Preschool: Morning and afternoon preschool will be canceled districtwide.

  • Bollman Technical Education Center (BTEC): BTEC classes will be available on a delayed start schedule for Thornton High School students only due to their proximity to the BTEC campus. All other students will remain at their primary high school campus. No busing will be provided to BTEC.

  • BASE: Morning BASE will begin at 8:30 a.m. at all locations; Afternoon BASE will not be adjusted

  • Nutrition: School meal(s) will be available at all schools. Meal times will be adjusted based on the delayed start schedule.

  • Extracurricular activities: Activities and field trips during the school day that require transportation will be canceled; After-school activities will be decided by the school.

  • Early Release Day (Wednesday): 2-hour delayed start protocol will not be utilized on Wednesday. School will either be closed or open.

School Closures

When schools are closed all scheduled activities in the school building are canceled and sports events and practices are postponed.

If schools are open but a parent feels, based on personal circumstances, that conditions pose a safety concern for their child getting to or from school they can call the school for an excused absence.