It may seem a bit early to speak about snow closures, but I know BVSD has had them as early as October before, so I want to take a moment to let everyone know what to expect in the event we need to close all or part of the district due to weather.
Our Transportation Division tests the roads as early as 2 or 3 a.m. on mornings when snow accumulation and other adverse conditions are of particular concern. A decision is generally made by 5 or 6 a.m. Possible decisions include delaying the start time of schools by an hour or two, closing the four BVSD mountain schools, or closing all schools in the district.
The first notice of a closure or delay is always posted on the district website at www.bvsd.org
. Starting this year, a notification will then be sent to all staff and parents via the SchoolMessenger system. That notification will be delivered as an email, phone call, and as a text message for those who have opted in to receiving texts from BVSD. We highly recommend that people opt in for this SMS service, because the text messages deliver within a couple of minutes. It may take the system up to an hour to complete all the phone calls for staff and parents in BVSD. Learn more about our emergency notification system at http://www.bvsd.org/frontnews/Pages/EmergencyNotificationSystem.aspx
Our Communications Division sends out a notice on our Facebook and Twitter accounts, and they contact local media including television, radio and newspapers. Calling 303-447-1010 is another good way to find out if the district is closed, because our receptionist changes the greeting on that main phone number so that it tells about any closures or delays in both English and Spanish.
When there are no notices, that means there are no closures or delays. Except in very rare instances, the latest that a morning notification of closures or delays will be given is 6:30 a.m.