During winter weather conditions, the decision to open or close schools is not a simple one. However, this decision is made with one overriding factor in mind – the well-being of our students, their families and DPS staff.
As winter approaches, the DPS transportation department has made preparations to ensure buses are running and students arrive safely to school. Drivers participate in a comprehensive training program that includes preparation for driving in inclement weather and adverse conditions. They also conduct a daily pre-trip inspection of their buses before they go on their route.
DPS transportation will monitor weather, roads and the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) schedule for plowing of streets traveled by buses and children. Please remember that weather and street conditions can vary greatly within Denver boundaries.
If DPS Schools Close Due to Severe Weather
Transportation will not run any buses. The decision to close is made by the Superintendent based on information provided by representatives from transportation agencies, the weather bureau, city and county law enforcement and DPS transportation. All after-school activities, including middle and high school athletics, are cancelled. Therefore, there is no transportation for these activities either. It is the responsibility of parents/guardians to make contingency plans for the care of their student in the event that school is canceled.
If DPS Schools Remain Open During Inclement Weather
The required transportation is provided. However, services may be modified to ensure both driver and student safety and welfare. Traffic conditions may require students to spend additional time en route to school, special activities, programs or home. Buses could be delayed up to 15 minutes due to the inclement weather.
If Severe Weather Occurs During the School Day
DPS will closely monitor severe weather conditions and forecasts throughout the day to ensure student safety. Should severe weather begin during the school day, bus routes will run in the same order as normally followed in the afternoon. Depending on conditions, arrival times at home may be delayed. After-school activities (athletic events, enrichment programs, etc.) may be modified or cancelled as a result of the weather conditions.
School Closure Communication
If the decision is made to close school, the DPS Communications Office will immediately notify local television and radio stations, which will broadcast regular announcements of school closures or delays. Information is also available at DenverChannel.com, 9News.com, KDVR.com and denver.cbslocal.com. Notifications in Spanish will be made on radio newscasts on 1150 AM, 1280 AM and 1090 AM.
Announcements to close school will also be posted to the district’s Facebook (www.facebook.com/DenverPublicSchools) and Twitter (@DPSNewsNow) pages, as well as the DPS Transportation Facebook (www.facebook.com/DPSTransportation) and Twitter (@DPSschoolbus) pages.
A message denoting the closure or late start will also be left on the school district’s closure hotline at 720.423.3200, as well on the DPS Transportation hotline at 720.423.4699.