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When inclement weather hits Aurora, APS Support Services staff work to determine how the weather will impact the school day.

How Weather Conditions Are Assessed
Employees from the APS transportation and maintenance/operations departments begin assessing the weather at approximately midnight on nights when heavy snowfall is expected. Transportation staff members drive routes throughout the district to gauge road conditions. Members of the grounds staff clear parking lots and school walkways.

APS also maintains contact with the city of Aurora roads department, the police department, and other metro area school districts. Based upon
all available information, a recommendation is made to the superintendent of schools to close school, delay start times, or proceed with a regular school day. This decision must be made by 4:30 a.m. to allow the district adequate time to communicate the decision.

“Safety is our number one concern,” says Fred Maiocco, assistant superintendent for support services. “We want to make sure our students and families are able to travel to school safely.”

Delayed Start Times
If start times must be delayed, only elementary schools start one hour late. Transportation, breakfast programs, and all other services for elementary schools will also begin one hour later than normally scheduled. High schools and middle schools are not affected and will begin at their regularly scheduled time.

School Closings
If the district closes schools or delays start times, announcements will be made on local television and radio stations and posted on the district Web site (www.aps.k12.co.us).