Process for School Closures and 2-hour Delayed Starts

Updated on Wed, 01/19/2022 - 7:34pm

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. 

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 website
  • School websites
  • 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
  • Social media (Facebook - Twitter)

Keep in mind, you will only receive alerts if schools are closed or operating on a 2-hour delay. If schools are open and operating on a normal schedule you will not receive an alert.

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.

How We Determine School Closures or Delayed Starts

To learn more about how we determine whether or not school should be closed or delayed due to weather, read our closure policy: English | Spanish.

2-Hour Delayed Start

​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, School will start two hours after normal time at every level, and morning bus pick-up times will also be two hours after the normal pick-up. 

Example: if your child's school normally starts at 7:30 a.m., it will start at 9:30 a.m.; if your child normally boards the bus at 7 a.m., they will board the bus at 9 a.m. 

School will end at its normal time; afternoon bus drop-off times and afternoon BASE will not be adjusted.

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

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

  • Kindergarten: Kindergarten will start two hours after normal time.

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

  • FutureForward at Bollman and Washington Square: All FutureForward classes are canceled at Bollman and Washington Square campuses.

  • Five Star Online: Five Star Online classes will start two hours after normal time.
  • 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): A 2-hour delayed start protocol will never be utilized on Wednesday. School will either be closed or open.

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.    

School Closure

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