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School Delay/Closure Procedures

A reminder to parents and guardians

Decisions made concerning delayed starts and school closures due to weather are made only after careful consideration of all factors and after receiving feedback from numerous weather, transportation and safety sources.  Such decisions are always made with the safety of students and staff being of the highest priority. 

However, as parents and guardians of your children, you ultimately have the final decision as to what is best for their safety.  The option to keep children home when weather conditions are extreme is always at the parents' discretion and schools understand and respect those decisions. 

While students will be excused from school, it will be their responsibility to make-up any and all work missed during their weather-related absences.
During inclement weather, especially during the winter months, Pueblo City Schools has specific and proven procedures regarding delaying or cancelling a school day.

Parents and/or guardians are advised that unless informed otherwise (see below), school will be held for a complete day. Additionally, it is important to note that if adjoining school districts are delayed or closed, those decisions are made based on weather conditions in those areas (which may not be the same as in the City of Pueblo).
  • The director of Public Relations will notify Pueblo-area news media of closure or delay (with adjusted start times). If school is delayed or closed, the director will coordinate updating the district’s information line (719-549-7100) and the district's Web site.
  • All principals will update their school telephone messages with closure or cancellation information.
  • For delayed reporting, the director of Transportation will run all buses, except special education buses. Principals will count students absent according to state rules and regulations, but will not penalize students for classroom work missed if parents notify the school, beforehand, that the student will be absent.
Parents
  • Are required to know the basic school delay and closure information.
  • Are expected to monitor news coverage for delayed or closure information.
  • Are responsible for ensuring their students are not left unattended at school prior to the adjusted start time.
  • Are responsible for ensuring their students report to school at the adjusted start time.
  • Will notify schools promptly if their students will not be attending that day.

Delayed Start Process:
The same procedures will be followed for closure, except as noted:

Preschool and half-day Kindergarten

  • Morning preschool and kindergarten will be cancelled; notification made by the Early Childhood Education Office.
  • P.M. kindergarten and preschool will follow the normal schedule.

Elementary Schools

  • Principals will update telephone messaging system with adjusted start time.
  • To include full-day and kindergarten, students will report two-hours later than the regular start time.
  • For students who arrive at the normal starting time, they will be allowed to enter the building; however, staff supervision must be in place.
  • Cold breakfasts will only be served to students who arrive at the normal starting time.

Middle Schools
  • Principals will update telephone messaging system with adjusted start time.
  • late-start schedule.
  • For students who arrive at the normal starting time, they will be allowed to enter the building; however, staff supervision must be in place.
  • Cold breakfasts will only be served to students who arrive at the normal starting time.

High Schools
  • Principals will update telephone messaging system with adjusted start time
  • Will follow the regular Wednesday late-start schedule.
  • For students who arrive at the normal starting time, they will be allowed to enter the building; however, staff supervision must be in place.
  • Cold breakfasts will only be served to students who arrive at the normal starting time.