More than 30 DPS Schools Releasing Students Early due to Extreme Temperatures

Sep. 6, 2022
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With temperatures expected to be in the upper 90’s this week, the following Denver Public Schools are implementing early release schedules on Wednesday, Sept. 7, and Thursday, Sept. 8. Each school will communicate plans directly to its families.
  • Asbury Elementary
  • Cory Elementary
  • Cowell Elementary
  • Park Hill Elementary
  • Skinner Middle School
  • Stedman Elementary
  • University Park Elementary
  • Ellis Elementary
  • Bradley Elementary
  • Sabin World School
  • Thomas Jefferson High School
  • Carson Elementary
  • Denison Montessori – Tuesday in addition to Wednesday and Thursday
  • Steele Elementary
  • Bryant Webster Dual Language
  • McMeen Elementary
  • Lake Middle School
  • Polaris Elementary
  • Traylor Academy
  • Manual High School
  • Math and Science Leadership Academy – Rishel
  • Goldrick Elementary
  • Doull Elementary
  • Denver Montessori, only Thursday
  • Whittier ECE-8
  • George Washington High School
  • West Middle School
  • West High School
  • *South High School
  • *Brown International Academy
(*designates that the school has been added since the press release was sent at 2:45 p.m.)
The following schools will be closed all day due to the heat.
  • Godsman Elementary, Tuesday
  • Barrett Elementary, Wednesday and Thursday
  • Columbine Elementary, Wednesday and Thursday
  • Knapp Elementary, Wednesday and Thursday
In all schools without air conditioning, heat mitigation strategies are being implemented. This could include industrial fans, portable air conditioners, and using the cooler air overnight to purge the building of the hot air from the day.
In 2019, DPS identified 55 schools that do not have air conditioning. Denver voters approved a bond in 2020 that, in part, provided air conditioning in 24 of those schools. In 2021, six schools were completed. This summer, nine schools were scheduled to have air conditioning installed, but, due to supply chain issues, eight schools are only partially completed. That work is expected to be completed this fall. Next summer, nine schools are scheduled to have air conditioning installed. You can learn more about the 2020 bond as well as the air conditioning project here.