From the Principal

When a snowstorm is approaching
  • By far, the biggest reason for school closures in Colorado are snowstorms. In Douglas County, we have a "snow team" that is dedicated to monitoring incoming storms, accessing whether a closure or delay is warranted and then communicating that information to our stakeholders and the public.
How the decision is made
  • Beginning early in the morning we have several staff members, including experienced bus drivers and grounds people relay the conditions they see across the county and at our schools. If conditions are extremely treacherous or the forecast indicates that they may become too dangerous the team makes a recommendation for a closure or delay to the Superintendent, who makes the final decision.
  • In addition to safety, we also have a responsibility to balance the impact that our decisions have on families and our work -- educating students.
Douglas County School District may close or delay the entire District as a group or by regional area, depending on the conditions.  GVA-DC follows the recommendation of DCSD.
 
If school remains open
  • During Colorado winters, snow and ice are to be expected. We encourage everyone within the District to drive extremely cautiously.
  • Those that do not feel comfortable driving in these conditions or are inexperienced should consider alternate transportation options. As always, we respect a parent's decision to keep their students home, if necessary.
If there is a 90-minute delay
  • When schools are placed onto a 90-minute delay GVA-DC will start at 9:30 am (90 minutes after the normal start time). The YMCA before school program will also begin 90 minutes laterthan normal.
Where are closures and delays posted?
  • In the event of a closure or delay, the information will be immediately posted on the District's home page and GVA-DC's home page. We will also notify 9 News.  Time permitting, we will also send out a notification to families via messenger. 
Delay and Closure Decision Criteria 
  • For additional information on Delay and Closure Decision Criteria, visit  https://www.dcsdk12.org/school-closure-status When the weather outside is frightful, but school is still in session, students are encouraged to dress warm (coats, boots, hats, mittens...).   
  • Students will continue to go outside for recess except in the most extreme weather conditions.  
  • Extra rugs will be placed throughout the school to help absorb additional moisture carried in on wet boots and shoes.  In addition, parents may consider sending a pair of "inside" shoes to be worn on a snowshoe day!  
  • Please be sure to make sure that ALL clothing items are clearly labeled with students first and last names! 
Looking Ahead
 
Tuesday, October 10: 
  • Principal's Coffee @ 8:15 am in the Cafeteria
  • Vision and Hearing Screening
Friday, October 13 
  • Popcorn Party!!                         
Monday, October 16-Friday, October 20 
  • Fall Break for Students
Monday, October 16
  • Parent Teacher Conferences 10:00 am - 6:00 pm*                      
Tuesday, October 17
Parent Teacher Conferences 8:00 am - 4:00 pm*                           
 
*Parents will be receiving invitations from their student's teachers to sign-up for Parent Teacher Conferences
 
Thank you for all of your ongoing support!  
 
 
Warmly,
 
Stacy Bush
Principal, GVA Douglas County