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Bitter cold prompts closure of Douglas County Schools

Parent feedback requested regarding closure notifications

CASTLE ROCK – Frigid temperatures prompted the Douglas County School District to cancel classes on Thursday. DCSD’s snow team is continuing to monitor conditions, while crews prepare our buildings for when school resumes.

While the storm system did not bring much snow, it did bring sub-zero temperatures and dangerous wind chills. Temperatures are not expected to rebound much over the next couple days, so the Snow Team will remain activated.

News of any delays or closure will be shared on the District’s website (www.dcsdk12.org), mobile app, social media and via School Messenger.

While Thursday’s decision meant students would avoid walking to school or waiting at the bus stop in the conditions, a hardy group of DCSD employees did brave the cold this morning.  Every day, even when there is a closure, our building engineers arrive at our schools to ensure that everything is working properly.

“My right-hand guy, J.D. and I, were here at 4:30 a.m. this morning, ready to go,” said Don MacHendrie, a DCSD custodial group leader. “We check the temperature of all of our boilers, we make sure we don’t have water running some place, make sure all the units are running,”

He supervises more than a dozen facilities in the Douglas County High School Feeder area. After he and his colleagues at each building check for broken water pipes or boilers they head out into the cold to clear all of the walkways at their facilities.

Don MacHendrie shovels a walkway at Douglas County High School.“It is about the safety of the students, safety of the faculty,” MacHendrie said. “We are passionate about our buildings. This is like home and we treat it like home.”

PHOTOS: Check out more photos of our snow team at work.

The engineers are part of the larger Snow Team, dedicated employees from DCSD’s Operations and Transportation departments that work together to ensure the safety of staff, students and community members. Overnight they work to ensure our facilities are as safe as possible and report conditions so District leadership can made the best possible decisions on possible delays and closures. Watch the video below to learn more about the team and its efforts.

 

January 5, 2017 | By rmbarber | Category: Communications

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