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In this area of the website, I discuss a variety of timely issues and provide information that I hope will be helpful to BVSD staff, parents, students, and community members. To suggest topics, please email me at superintendent@bvsd.org

I look forward to hearing from you!

Bruce Messinger, Ph.D.
Superintendent of BVSD

  
  

​The Boulder Valley has received significant snowfall this past week, prompting questions about district policies and practices regarding weather closures. I am writing to review the process BVSD follows in assessing conditions, making a decision about canceling school, and communicating that decision as quickly and effectively as possible to our families and employees.

BVSD Transportation Division personnel drive the roads as early as 2 or 3 a.m. on mornings when snow accumulation and other adverse conditions are of particular concern. Staff monitor a variety of weather forecasting sources and consider the decisions made by other regional public entities. A number of factors are considered, such as safe access, how the weather system and road conditions will progress, temperature, and snow accumulation. A decision is generally made by 5:00 a.m. but no later than 6:30 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. An email notification is then sent to all staff and parents via the SchoolMessenger system. A text message is sent to those who have opted in to receive texts from BVSD. Learn more about our emergency notification system and how to opt in for text messages.

Our Communications Division sends out a notice on the BVSD 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 and school will be held as usual. Except in very rare instances, the latest that a morning notification of closures or delays will be given is 6:30 a.m.

As always, parents should make the final decision regarding school attendance. If parents keep their child(ren) home, they are asked to call the school attendance line to let the school know the student(s) will be absent. The absence will be excused for weather related reasons.

For more information about BVSD’s closure policies and practices, please see the School Cancellations page.

Published: 2/26/2015 12:45 PM
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