Jeffco schools tests 2-hour snow delay

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Posted 3/11/19

Following a particularly snowy and cold winter, Jeffco Public Schools Superintendent Jason Glass is moving forward with implementing a two-hour delay schedule for inclement weather days. Up until …

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Jeffco schools tests 2-hour snow delay

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Following a particularly snowy and cold winter, Jeffco Public Schools Superintendent Jason Glass is moving forward with implementing a two-hour delay schedule for inclement weather days.

Up until now, the school district has not had a late-start policy, which meant they needed to either close school all day or keep it open on snowy days.

“When considering how we utilize this new delay schedule, we will continue to rely on many data sources to inform our decision,” Glass wrote in a letter to parents on March 5. “These include CDOT and Jeffco County Road & Bridge Department, Skyview Weather Service and other real-time forecast services, first-hand road inspections by staff and community volunteers living in our neighborhoods, forecasts for later in the day, and input from Jeffco Transportation Services.”

Moving forward, delayed start decisions will be made by 4:45 a.m. to accommodate school bus dispatch, food services deliveries, site crews and substitute teacher arrangements. The district will publicly announce a two-hour delay and notify families by 5:30 a.m.

“The safety and security of our students and staff is always our top priority, and we hope this new policy will help keep everyone safe on the roads while also keeping our schools open,” Glass wrote. “Remember that you have the ultimate responsibility for the safety and well-being of yourself and your children. Parents can always decide not to send their children to school on a snowy day if they feel it is unsafe.”

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