Deciding whether to delay or close school when the weather gets bad, sets into motion a careful deliberative process that begins with the earliest predictions of bad weather.
“As soon as we receive information that a storm is on the way, we begin monitoring the forecast by the National Weather Service and other meteorological sources,” Superintendent Harry Bull said. “We want to make the safest possible decision for our students and staff.”
The procedure for determining whether schools will start on time, be delayed or closed is as follows:
• The district receives ongoing weather forecasts from AccuWeather and NOAA
• If snow is forecast, the superintendent, assistant superintendent of Facility Support and Transportation Department staff wakes at 3:00 AM, survey their immediate areas, and begin driving the district in quadrants
• Beginning at 3:30 AM, area drivers report conditions to the transportation director
• The director contacts neighboring districts to share information and probable recommendations
• The forecast is reviewed
• Before 4:30 AM, the director shares information and discusses potential recommendations with the assistant superintendent and superintendent.
• The superintendent reviews all available information and makes the final decision
• If a delay or cancellation is to be implemented, families will receive a ConnectEd call no later than 6 a.m. The Weather Hotline, 720-554-4701, is updated and notifications are sent to local media agencies and posted on the district website and social media.
• In rare cases it is possible for the district to make decision the evening before for the next day. When that happens, families will be notified between 9-10 p.m.
Because the Cherry Creek School District is 108 square miles conditions may vary in different areas of the district, even from neighborhood to neighborhood.
“We understand that parents may make a different decision for their family,” Bull said. “If parents choose to keep their children home from school, the student’s absence will be excused.”School Closure and Storm InformationUpdated Dec. 1, 2013