Severe Weather Procedures

School Closure/Delayed Start Due to Weather

BFA follows the direction of the Douglas County School District (DCSD) regarding school closures/delays due to weather. If the DCSD decides to close school for the day, then BFA will be closed as well. Sometimes, the weather is not severe enough for a closure, but may be significant enough to have a delayed school start. If the district calls for a delayed start, school at BFA will start 90 minutes later than normal. This means school will start at 9:45 a.m. Carpool on a delayed start day begins at 9:15 a.m. and before school care will open at 8:15 a.m. Please do not drop off your child earlier than 8:15 a.m. for before care, as no one will be here to supervise your child.
 
All school closures can be seen on most of the local TV channels in the morning. You also may call the DCSD weather line at 303-387-SNOW (7669) to hear the latest updates on school closures or delayed starts. We also will send out an announcement via Constant Contact and the BFA app regarding closures or delays.
 
The Douglas County School District has been divided into three areas: Highlands Ranch, Parker and Castle Rock. It is possible for the district to close or delay school in only one of the areas. This is rare, but it is possible. If you see on the TV or hear on the weather line that Douglas County is listed as closed or delayed start that means all of the schools are closed or delayed. If you see or hear that the Parker area is closed or delayed that means that Highlands Ranch and Castle Rock are open.
 
You always have the option of keeping your child home if you feel that the roads are unsafe even if the school is open. This will be listed as an excused absence.
 
 

Severe Weather Carpool Delay

When the weather conditions prohibit a normal release of students during carpool, we will try to notify parents as quickly as possible. We may display a bright orange flag, send a push notification through the BFA app and/or email parents. When you see this flag or receive a notification, it means that we will be initiating a severe weather dismissal for carpool and will not allow students outside until the weather conditions are safe. During severe weather dismissals, your our options are:

  1. Enter carpool, stay, and move with the carpool line until your child(ren) are released directly to you at the front of the school.
  2. Wait it out wherever you are until the weather passes and walkers are released.
  3. Park your car in the parking lot if that is feasible and physically come into the school to sign your child(ren) out. Please do not leave your car while in the carpool line.

Please understand that while this procedure will take longer than a regular dismissal, it will ensure the overall safety of our students. Thank you in advance for your support and understanding in the event of a severe weather dismissal.

  • A decision to do a “Severe Weather Dismissal” won’t be made until 3:25pm. This gives us as much time as possible to see if the severe weather passes.
  • Severe weather includes: lightning in the area; heavy rain or snow; tornado-like conditions in the area.
  • Please do not make a call to your child’s cell phone asking him/her to exit the building. Your physical presence or that of another approved adult friend/family member, in the building or in carpool is required to release your child.

We will also email all parents an announcement that announces that a severe weather dismissal is in effect. We will try to do this between 3:25pm and 3:30pm. Please make sure that your homeroom teacher has your current email address.

  • Please talk to your child about a contingency plan that will come into play if and when a severe weather dismissal occurs.
  • Please know that your child will always be safe by waiting at school until you arrive.