School Closures and Delayed Starts

  • 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 cancelled 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 instructinoal time for students. 


    Two Hour Delayed Start

    If schools 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, school buses will run their routes two hours later than normal. Parents who drive their children to school should drop their children off two hours later than the normal time. 



    If schools are 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