Delay/Closure Procedures

Delays and Closures

In case of an emergency or severe weather conditions, please check this website for a prominent announcement in a red or yellow banner across the top regarding changes in school schedules. If there is no red or yellow banner, all schools are on Normal schedule. Most Denver news stations announce these changes, as well. The district may also send an email to all LPS families when school schedule changes occur. Families are encouraged to keep their contact information and contact preferences in their Infinite Campus Parent Portal account updated.
 
In an effort to better serve families, you may now choose to receive a text message when weather-related decisions are made.
To sign up to receive a text message:
  • Log in to your Infinite Campus Parent Portal
  • In the left side menu, select "Contact Preferences"
  • In the column "Priority Notification," select at least one cell phone on which to receive a "Text (SMS)"
  • Click "Save" at the bottom of the screen.
You can change this preference any time.
Remember: weather-related decisions are made early in the morning and a text may be delivered to your phone before 5 a.m. Charges are dependent upon your service plan, which may include fees from your carrier to send and receive these text (SMS) messages.
 
NOTE: No LPS school will be occupied for more than eight hours without electrical power. If power is lost at a school, and it is too late to announce a closure, the school will be evacuated within eight hours, per the early dismissal procedures below.

Delayed Start and Closure Procedures

School Closure
When all LPS schools are closed:

  • All LPS schools are closed, including preschools and before- and after-school childcare.
  • All programs, activities, and athletic events/ practices are cancelled for the day and evening.
  • All LPS facilities, including the Education Services Center and Transportation, are closed.

 

Delayed Start
When LPS announces a Delayed Start:

High schools and middle schools:  NO DELAY in school start times or bus pickup times.

Elementary Schools:  ONE HOUR DELAY for school start times and bus pickup times.

Elementary school start times for students are as follows:

  • Early Elementary Schools -- 9:36 a.m.
  • Late Elementary Schools -- 10:06 a.m.
  • Centennial Academy delayed start time for ALL students -- 9:16 a.m.
  • Field Elementary delayed start time for ALL students -- 9:15 a.m.
  • Afternoon Kindergarten – no delay in school start time

Walkers and those who use private transportation should plan to be at school at the delayed start times – not before.

All levels – including morning kindergarten – will be dismissed at their normal times, unless notified otherwise.

Please note:  During inclement weather, bus pickups may be delayed by congested traffic even though a delayed start has not been declared.

 

Early Dismissal Procedures

Morning Early Dismissal:  
If the decision to close school early is made by 9:00 a.m., dismissal times will be as follows:

High Schools -- 9:30 a.m.
Middle Schools -- 10:15 a.m.    
Early Elementary Schools  11:00 a.m.                  
Late Elementary Schools -- 11:45 a.m.
Morning Kindergarten students will be transported to their a.m. bus stop.

Noon Early Dismissal:  
If the decision to close school early is made by 10:00 a.m. dismissal times will be as follows:

High Schools -- 12:00 noon             
Middle Schools -- 12:30 p.m.                
Early Elementary Schools -- 1:00 p.m. 
Late Elementary Schools -- 1:30 p.m.
Schools will notify afternoon kindergarten parents that there will be no afternoon session.

Afternoon Early Dismissal:   
If the decision to close school early is made by 11:00 a.m., dismissal times are as follows:

High Schools -- 1:10 p.m.              
Middle Schools -- 1:40 p.m.                  
Early Elementary Schools -- 2:10 p.m. 
Late Elementary Schools -- 2:40 p.m.    
Schools will notify afternoon kindergarten parents that there will be no afternoon session.  

School Age Child Care will dismiss along with their elementary school when an Early Dismissal is called.  Parents will need to pick up their children at the school dismissal time. 

FAQs About Weather-Related Delays & Closures in Littleton Public Schools

How are decisions made about weather-related school closures? 

The decision to close school, delay the start of school, or to release school early because of weather conditions is based on one factor: the safety of all students and staff.

Littleton Public Schools makes every effort to announce delay and closure information before 6:30 a.m. But, the process leading up to these decisions actually begins the night before. Transportation and Operations personnel as well as the superintendent are out driving the roads in the district and consulting with various weather services as early as 2 a.m. As much information as possible is gathered from the following agencies prior to making a decision: 

  • Private weather forecasting services,
  • Colorado Department of Transportation,
  • Local and state law enforcement agencies,
  • Transportation officials across the metro area.

Unsafe road conditions due to snow and ice are certainly factors in making a determination, but they are not the only ones. Temperature is also taken into consideration. Extreme temperatures are unsafe for everyone, especially children who must wait at bus stops or walk to school.

Why do some school districts stay open and others close on snowy days?
Due to the size of the Denver metro area, it is not uncommon for weather and traffic conditions to vary greatly from one community to another. For example, Littleton Public Schools is considered to be in the central corridor of the metro area and typically experiences the same weather and traffic conditions as Englewood and Denver. Weather and traffic conditions in the Cherry Creek, Douglas County, and Jeffco school districts can be different than weather and traffic conditions in the Littleton area.

When are decisions made about school closures? 
Typically, the decision to delay or cancel can be made before 5:00 a.m., and appropriate announcements are made through the district website and local media between 5:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m.

Why don't middle and high schools start an hour later on a delayed start?
Traffic delays on major roadways such as University, Broadway, and Sante Fe typically become worse throughout the morning drive and have a greater impact on our later bus routes.  The traffic is typically moving more smoothly earlier in the morning when our high school and middle school bus routes are running. Having an extra hour to pick up and transport elementary students during the heaviest part of the morning commute is necessary.

How can I make sure my student is safe? 
Parents always have the right and the responsibility to do what is best for their children. The option to keep children home when weather conditions are extreme is always at the parents' discretion and the school understands and respects the decision.

Parents are urged to make arrangements at the beginning of each school year for their children in case of school closures and to plan for the rare situation when it is necessary to close an individual school because of a power failure or another circumstance. Children should know where to go if a parent will not be home and how to contact parents and guardians. Parent contact information, including work telephone numbers, should be kept up-to-date with the school. If you are instructed to pick up your student at a location other than their school due to a school closure, you will be asked to present photo ID before the student will be released.

What about school bus transportation when the weather is bad? 
In bad weather, buses may run late for a variety of reasons. Prepare your child, in suitable clothing, to wait additional time at the bus stop, (usually less than 15 minutes). District transportation staff work very hard to pick up all students on time, but sometimes road conditions and traffic make this difficult. We ask that parents and their children be prepared for buses to run late on inclement weather days. We also encourage parents to discuss with their children what to do and who to call if the bus does not arrive.