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Weather Delays and Closures

Phone: 720-972-4005 - Contact Communications

Process for School Closures and 1-hour Delayed Starts

In the event of inclement weather, Adams 12 Five Star Schools uses a variety of resources to determine if conditions exist that warrant a 1-hour delayed start or closure of schools.

If conditions pose a concern for student and staff safety, the district will make every effort to announce a decision by 5:30 a.m. to close or delay opening schools. A 1-hour delayed start or closure will be communicated in several different ways, including:

  • District website
  • Westview website
  • Local media outlets
  • Email and text message to parents
    • Ensure your information is up-to-date in Infinite Campus
    • ‚ÄčIn order to receive text messages, opt-in today by texting “YES” to 67587
  • District’s hotline (720) 972-4000
  • Social media (Facebook - Twitter)

Keep in mind, you will only receive alerts if schools are closed or operating on a 1-hour delay. If schools are open and operating on a normal schedule you will not receive an alert.

If schools are open but a parent feels, based on personal circumstances, that conditions pose a safety concern for their child getting to or from school they can call the school for an excused absence.

1-Hour Delayed Start

The Five Star District may announce a 1-hour delayed start if temporary adverse weather conditions exist in the morning, including but not limited to high winds, cold temperatures or unfavorable road conditions for morning rush hour. In the event of an announced 1-hour delayed start, school will start one hour after normal time at every level, and morning bus pick-up times will also be one hour after the normal pick-up. 

Westview Elementary Start: School normally starts at 8:05 a.m., so it will start at 9:05 a.m.; if your child normally boards the bus at 7 a.m., they will board the bus at 8 a.m. 

School will end at its normal time; afternoon bus drop-off times and afternoon BASE will not be adjusted.

Things to note during an announced 1-hour delayed start:

  • Transportation: Morning bus pick-up will be one hour after the normal pick-up; afternoon bus drop-off times will not be adjusted.

  • Preschool: Half-day morning preschool will be canceled; half-day afternoon preschool will start at the normally scheduled time. 

  • BASE: Afternoon BASE will not be adjusted.

  • Nutrition: School meal(s) will be available at all schools. Meal times will be adjusted based on the delayed start schedule.

  • Extracurricular activities: Activities and field trips during the school day that require transportation will be decided on a case-by-case basis. Activity and field trip times will not be adjusted; however, if the trip is scheduled for after the delayed start, transportation will determine if the activity may continue based on road conditions, travel times and distance. After-school activities will be decided by the school.

  • Early Release Day (Wednesday): A 1-hour delayed start protocol will never be utilized on Wednesday. School will either be closed or open.

1-hour delayed starts maximize instructional time with students rather than closing for the entire day; and give the city and district staff additional time to clear roads, sidewalks and parking lots to ensure the safety of the Five Star community.    

School Closure

All schools are closed. All scheduled activities in the school building are canceled and extracurricular activities are postponed or canceled.