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School Closure Status

Delays and closures may be applied to a specific District region or to the entire District.

In the event of a delayed start, the following are the times each school will open.
School Delayed Start   School Delayed Start

Academy Charter School-Elementary
Academy Charter School-Middle

9:45 AM
9:30 AM

Mesa Middle School

9:00 AM

Acres Green Elementary School

10:05 AM

Mountain Ridge Middle School

9:00 AM

American Academy Charter School  

Mountain View Elementary School

10:30 AM

Arrowwood Elementary School

10:10 AM

Mountain Vista High School

9:05 AM

Bear Canyon Elementary School

10:10 AM

North Star Academy

9:45 AM

Ben Franklin Academy

9:45 AM

Northeast Elementary School

10:40 AM

Buffalo Ridge Elementary School

10:40 AM

Northridge Elementary School

10:05 AM

Castle Rock Elementary School 10:10 AM Parker Core Knowledge Charter School

9:30 AM

Castle Rock Middle School

9:10 AM

Pine Grove Elementary School

9:50 AM

Castle View High School

9:10 AM

Pine Lane Elementary School

10:40 AM

Challenge to Excellence Charter School

9:30 AM

Pioneer Elementary School

10:40 AM

Chaparral High School

9:05 AM

Platte River Academy

9:45 AM

Cherokee Trail Elementary School

10:10 AM

Plum Creek Academy

8:55 AM

Cherry Valley Elementary School

10:10 AM

Ponderosa High School

9:15 AM

Cimarron Middle School

9:00 AM

Prairie Crossing Elementary School

10:10 AM

Clear Sky Elementary School

10:40 AM

Ranch View Middle School

9:05 AM

Copper Mesa Elementary School

10:00 AM

Redstone Elementary School

10:05 AM

Cougar Run Elementary School

10:10 AM

Renaissance Magnet School

10:10 AM

Coyote Creek Elementary School

10:10 AM

Rock Canyon High School

9:15 AM

Cresthill Middle School

9:00 AM

Rock Ridge Elementary School

10:10 AM

DCS Montessori Charter School

10:00 AM

Rocky Heights Middle School

9:00 AM

DC Oakes High School

8:55 AM

Roxborough Intermediate

10:25 AM

Douglas County High School

9:15 AM

Roxborough Primary

10:40 AM

Eagle Academy  

Saddle Ranch Elementary School

10:10 AM

Eagle Ridge Elementary School

10:10 AM

Sage Canyon Elementary School

10:40 AM

Eldorado Elementary School

10:40 AM

Sagewood Middle School

9:00 AM

Flagstone Elementary School

10:40 AM

Sand Creek Elementary School

10:40 AM

Fox Creek Elementary School

9:55 AM

Sedalia Elementary School

10:40 AM

Franktown Elementary School

10:40 AM

Sierra Middle School

9:00 AM

Frontier Valley Elementary School

10:00 AM

Sky View Academy-Elementary
Sky View Academy-Secondary

9:45 AM
9:30 AM

Gold Rush Elementary School

10:40 AM

Soaring Hawk Elementary School

10:10 AM

Heritage Elementary School

10:10 AM

South Ridge Elementary School

10:40 AM

Highlands Ranch High School

9:15 AM

STEM School and Academy

9:25 AM

Iron Horse Elementary School

10:10 AM

Stone Mountain Elementary School

10:10 AM

Larkspur Elementary School

10:40 AM

Summit View Elementary School

10:10 AM

Legacy Point Elementary School

10:40 AM

Thunder Ridge High School

9:10 AM

Legend High School

9:25 AM

Timber Trail Elementary School

10:05 AM

Lone Tree Elementary School

9:45 AM

Trailblazer Elementary School

10:10 AM

Mammoth Heights Elementary School

10:10 AM

Wildcat Mountain Elementary School

10:40 AM

Meadow View Elementary School

10:00 AM

   

Douglas County School District takes the safety of our students, staff, parents and community members extremely seriously. Information about school closures and delays will be updated on this page.

When a snowstorm is approaching

By far, the biggest reason for school closures in Colorado are snowstorms. In Douglas County, we have a "snow team" that is dedicated to monitoring incoming storms, accessing whether a closure or delay is warranted and then communicating that information to our stakeholders and the public.

How the decision is made

Beginning early in the morning we have several staff members, including experienced bus drivers relay the conditions they see across the county and at our schools. If conditions are extremely treacherous or the forecast indicates that they may become too dangerous the team makes a recommendation for a closure or delay to the Superintendent, who makes the final decision.

In addition to safety, we also have a responsibility to balance the impact that our decisions have on families and our work -- educating students.

Douglas County School District may close or delay the entire District as a group or by regional area, depending on the conditions.

If school remains open

During Colorado winters, snow and ice are to be expected. We encourage everyone within the District to drive extremely cautiously.

Those that do not feel comfortable driving in these conditions or are inexperienced should consider alternate transportation options. As always, we respect a parent's decision to keep their students home, if necessary.

If there is a 90-minute delay

When DCSD schools are placed onto a 90-minute delay all schools start 90 minutes after their normal start times. Bus routes are also delayed by 90 minutes, so students should plan to be picked up one and a half hours later than normal. Before and After School (BASE) programs also begin 90 minues later than normal. Decisions about morning kindergarten and other before school activities are generally made on a school-by-school basis.

Where are closures and delays posted?

In the event of a closure or delay, the information will be immediately posted on the District's home page and this page. We will also post updates on the District's Facebook and Twitter accounts. Finally, we notify local media outlets.

Delay and Closure Decision Criteria

Delays and closures may be applied to a specific District region or to the entire District

Forecasts

A NWS/Skyview Weather forecast either district-wide or in one or more District regions, of a blizzard warning between 0300 and 1400 on school days will result in a closure recommendation.

A NWS/Skyview forecast either districtwide or in one or more District regions, of a winter storm warning, with snow forecast of 5 inches or more along with a forecast of blowing and drifting snow for between 0300 and 1400 on school days will result in a closure recommendation.

A forecast either districtwide or in one or more District regions, of a wind chill advisory or severe cold temperatures in conjunction with a wind chill reading that may pose a danger during a morning walking period or bus pick up period may result in a recommendation of a 90-minute Delay for all schools and programs.

Conditions at 4 a.m.

Snowfall at a rate either district-wide or in one or more District regions, of 1 inch or more per hour where conditions are such that it is accumulating on the roadways and parking lots may:

-Result in a recommendation of a 90-minute delay for all schools and programs if the snow is forecast to decrease by 9:00am.

-Result in a closure recommendation if the snow is not forecast to decrease by 9 a.m.

Reports by drivers, security officers, police officers and road crews either district-wide or in one or more District regions, of extremely adverse and/or dangerous conditions (such as severe ice conditions) may:

-Result in a recommendation of a 90-minute delay for all schools and programs if the forecast and/or snow removal crews indicate an improving situation by 7 a.m.

Result in a closure recommendation if the situation is not expected to improve by 7 a.m.

Absent any of the conditions above, reports by DCSD snow removal teams either district-wide or in one or more District regions, of difficulty in removing snow from parking lots and walkways may result in a recommendation for a 90-minute delay for all schools and programs.

After School Conditions

Conditions at 12 p.m.

A NWS/Skyview Weather forecast either district-wide or in one or more District regions, of a blizzard warning between 1400 and 2000 will result in an after school activity cancellation recommendation. Afternoon kindergarten classes may be cancelled. Child care will close at the regular time.

Rapidly changing conditions during the school day

In the event weather conditions deteriorate rapidly and unexpectedly during morning transit hours or during school hours, buses will continue their routes unless ordered to park by Transportation or Public Safety officials.

Afternoon kindergarten may be cancelled, as will after school childcare as soon as possible.

Elementary and middle school students will be sheltered-in-place at school until they can be taken home by parents or by school bus. Parents may be notified to pick up their children early. High school students may be released to drive home at the discretion of the principal after consultation with Safety and Security. Bus routes for the afternoon may be cancelled if all students have been picked up by parents or upon order of public safety officials or the superintendent. If students remain at school and buses cannot run, they will be sheltered until transported by parents, law enforcement or security officials.

Field trips will be cancelled and/or recalled.

Emergency closure conditions

If the weather conditions deteriorate to the point that a closure of one or more buildings is necessary, Emergency Closure Procedures will be initiated. Schools will follow established protocol for releasing students.