Winter weather systems like the one currently in the Rocky Mountain region always bring questions about how Denver Public Schools (DPS) makes decisions and shares information with students, families and educators. Here is the process on how DPS determines closures or delays:
DPS has a school closure and delay process. On a morning when the threat of hazardous conditions may exist, DPS staff members work with the City of Denver and the Colorado Department of Transportation to examine road conditions throughout the early morning. DPS officials also monitor weather forecasts for later in the day.
Before schools and offices are closed, or start times are delayed, DPS officials consider the following:
- Can buses navigate streets safely?
- Will students be safe waiting for buses, driving or walking to school?
- Will students have a safe return home?
- If there is a delayed start, will conditions be substantially improved?
Once information is gathered, the superintendent decides whether or not to close or delay school. If the weather event occurs during the school day, a similar process is followed with consideration given to the impact of sending students home early.
The majority of DPS schools are closed until Jan. 9 because of winter break. Most staff members, however, are due to report back on Wednesday, Jan. 5, and Thursday, Jan. 6. And, there are programs such as day-out-of-school camps taking place at several DPS sites during the winter break.
In the event that district offices and schools will be closed, DPS Communications will post information on the closure with media, on dpsk12.org, on the employee intranet and through DPS social media channels (Facebook and Twitter). The district will also alert all employees via an email message.
If DPS offices and schools are open, the communications team will share that information on the DPS website and social media channels, and will also notify the media.
Please be careful out there, Team DPS!