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Inclement Weather Procedures

Inclement Weather Procedures
Occasionally, winter weather in northern Colorado can cause severe enough conditions that we have to consider closing schools or delaying the start of schools. This decision could be made because of significant snowfall, dangerous road conditions, or extreme cold.

Deciding whether to close or delay the start of schools is always done with the safety of students, parents and staff in mind. District staff will do everything they can to make a decision as early as possible to allow parents to make alternative plans.

School Closure
If schools are closed for the day because of weather, students will remain home. Generally, this also means that all other school activities, such as after-school clubs, sports, practices, etc. are also canceled for that day. The lost instructional time may need to be made up later in the year in order to meet the State of
Colorado's minimum requirements for annual instructional time for students.

Two Hour Delayed Start
If schools will open on a two-hour delayed start, then students should arrive at school two hours later than their normal start times. A delayed start could be used if weather or road conditions are severe overnight but expected to improve in the morning. On a delayed-start day, should drop their children off two hours later than the normal time.

Notification
If schools are to be closed or put on a two-hour delayed start because of poor weather and road conditions, then that decision will be announced by these means:

• A posting on the district's main  website
• Postings to the district's social media sites:  Twitter and Facebook
• A recorded message on the district's main telephone number: 970-348-6000
• Notification to local and metro-Denver area radio and television stations
• Notification to The Greeley Tribune newspaper

Inclement Weather at School
On extremely cold (15 degrees or below) or wet mornings, the “Inside Day” cones will be placed outside the front door and by the cafeteria door.  On these days, students should proceed to the gym and stay there
until the bell rings and their teacher picks them up.

Due to the nature of Colorado weather, we may start out the day as an inside day and by lunch it may be warm enough to have students go outside for recess or vice versa. The school office will make the call for inside days which will be when the weather (with or without wind chill) is below 15 degrees or when it is raining.  If it is snowing, but not below 15 degrees, students will be sent out to recess. We know that fresh air and exercise are good for students as well as staff; when possible, we want students to have the opportunity to be outside.  Please make sure your students are dressed appropriately for all variations of weather.