DPS late closure notice upset some parents

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Posted Wed, Mar 4, 2015

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TICKET TO RIDE: DPS busses were empty on Feb. 26, due to last minute school closures. [Photo: Tia Terlaje]

DENVER — Denver Public School decided to close school Feb. 26,  due to the unsafe conditions the weather has brought overnight. Snow accumulation, icy road conditions and below freezing temperatures where the cause of the closure. The decision was not publically announced until early morning broadcasts on the local news stations. Social media was flooded with outraged parents voicing their anger over the timing misunderstandings.

Jessica Mancias, mother of three children who attend Cole Arts and Science Academy, understands those who started their days off early and were already on the roads, especially the teachers. “Some parents are never happy. It was on the 6 a.m. broadcast on Fox 31. It was enough time.”

Some parents received emails and phone calls around 7 a.m. (depending on the school), which some people considered too late.

“The auto dialer sends (messages to the families) out between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. This is due to business hours,” said Esperanza Chavez, office manager at CASA.

Today was the first “snow day” DPS had called for cancellations so far this year.

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SNOW DAY: A familiar sight on DPS school play grounds on Feb. 26. [Photo: Tia Terlaje]

Less than three hours later, DPS Superintendent Tom Boasberg sent out a notice to the DPS community for an apology for the late notice in closing schools. In the email Boasberg said, “I would like to apologize for our late notice in closing schools this morning. We know how important these decisions are and we take them very seriously. The most important factor is the well-being of our students and our families. Whenever possible, DPS tries to keep schools open to serve our students and families.”

DPS and Jefferson County School districts were the only two that closed today. Jefferson County families received automated calls at least an hour before those of DPS.

Snowplows and workers were able to clear most of the snow to allow a safe opening of Denver Schools on Feb. 27.

A snowy February to remember

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BRAVING THE STORM: The blue horse at DIA weathers February’s  freezing temperatures. [Photo By Tia Terlaje]

The month of February in the Mile High City brought more than chocolate, roses and the holiday of the country’s first president. Just as expected in the middle of winter, there was frigid temperatures and snow. A lot of snow.

The National Weather Service reported a total snow accumulation of 22.2,” which breaks the previous month’s record of 22.1” set in 1912. The measurements for the city is recorded daily at Denver International Airport.

With a couple days left in the month with more promising cold days, Denver has a chance to increase the current record by this weekend.

Snow Day = FUN DAY

Keep the kids entertained by enjoying these family activities together:

– Board games: No explanation needed.

– Bake desserts: This helps them with math and following directions. They’ll feel they earned their special treat in the end.

– Have a dance party: Put on everyone’s favorite tunes and burn off some energy. This will give you an opportunity to show them you’ve still got it.

– TV Land: Introduce them to your favorite television show growing up: Critical thinkers will love the idea of the main character or event of a story. Encourage them to draw their favorite scene. Older children can write a short summary.

– Relax and unwind: A family’s schedule can be very demanding so just enjoy being together and get some rest. — Tia Terlaje

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Tia Terlaje

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Tia Terlaje is a Denver-area freelance writer.

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