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Academy District 20 describes process behind making decision to delay/cancel classes

Posted at 6:11 AM, Oct 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-15 08:25:24-04

COLORADO SPRINGS – Following the first significant snow event of the season, we asked Academy District 20 how it makes the decision to delay or cancel classes.

District Spokesperson Allison Cortez told us districts usually start monitoring weather 24 to 36 hours ahead of a possible delay or closure.

She said a security team that includes the district superintendent will go out early in the morning to check conditions for themselves.

“We’ve got them out there looking at road conditions, looking at highly traveled roads and neighborhood roads to see: are those going to be safe for the buses to travel on, and for moms and dads and for families to be traveling on,” said Cortez. “We want to make sure that those temperatures aren’t so low that it’s unsafe for students to be out there in the weather waiting for their rides.”

Cortez also said the district doesn’t have a “magic number” when it comes to temperatures and wind chill to cancel classes.  The decision remains up to the team.

School districts also tell us parents should make sure their contact information is up to date since they’ll likely make the calls via telephone first.

You can also always count on News 5 to keep you updated with closing information as well.