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Delays and Closures

Welcome to our District delays and closure page, your go-to resource for up-to-date information on school delays and closures. Here, you'll find information on what to do when D51 schools and schedules are disrupted due to weather conditions or unforeseen emergencies. We aim to keep you informed and safe during such occurrences, ensuring you have the necessary information to plan accordingly. Real-time updates and announcements will be posted on the District's Main and School sites so you can stay ahead and make the best decisions for your family.

For D51 Families & Students

If there's a delay or cancellation, there are multiple places to check, including:

In addition, the district will send you an email and text you using the contact information you provide at school registration time. To opt in for texts as well, text “Yes” to 67587.

Please remember that a notification will be posted and sent via call/text/email ONLY if there is a delay or cancellation. If no information is posted, it means that school will continue as scheduled. 

Closure FAQ

For D51 Staff

Please be sure to read the attached documents to see how these events and procedure changes might impact you.

In the months that follow, Mesa County Valley Schools may need to delay, close, or dismiss school early due to weather conditions. Please keep a watchful eye on weather conditions throughout the winter to anticipate potential changes in our collective work schedule. Our goal is to make decisions about closures or delayed starts by 5:00 AM, and decisions to dismiss early by noon. A variety of communications will go out as a way to increase the likelihood of reaching the entire community about changes to our normal operating schedule. We will only notify of changes; operations are normal if no notification is made. 

Please bookmark our website, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter as these will be the first places an announcement will appear.

After posting to our website and social media accounts, we will initiate contact through SchoolMessenger, which reaches parents and staff via voice, email, and text. Following these updates, we will notify the primary television and radio news stations in the valley.

Key phrases will be consistently used:

  1. Schools and administrative offices are closed. Only designated emergency response staff and/or essential personnel are required to report.
  2. Schools will start two hours late (staff should arrive early enough to receive students).
  3. Schools will dismiss two hours early (staff should stay late enough to dismiss students).

Hazardous Weather Emergency Response Staff
In the event buildings are closed or on a late start due to snow, the following employees may be required to report to work to help prepare facilities for opening. If you are required to work you will be notified by your supervisor.

  • Groundworkers
  • Maintenance (if requested by supervisor)
  • Custodians
  • Principals
  • Superintendent
  • Chief Academic Officer
  • Chief Operations Officer
  • All Executive Directors
  • Director of Safety
  • Public Information Officer
  • School Secretaries (if requested by the principal)