The safety of students and staff is the primary concern of the district. However, the state of Colorado requires us to attend school a minimum number of days. Roads in Dolores RE-4A School District do experience snowy and icy conditions on a regular basis. Our busses are equipped with the latest safety equipment and our drivers are all thoroughly trained.
The superintendent is responsible for the decision to close or delay the start of school due to unsafe conditions. This decision is based primarily on whether it is safe to run the busses, but other considerations may exist.
The superintendent along with some of the administration will carefully watch the weather during the winter months to be sure it is safe to operate the busses. In addition to watching the weather, administration will drive some of the more remote or difficult county roads, typically late in the evening and then again in the early morning (4 a.m.) to help me make that decision.
The decision to close or delay the start of school is made by 6:00 am. However, the decision will be made earlier if possible. Additionally, a delay may change to a closure if unsafe conditions continue to exist.
It may be that the conditions at your home are different from other parts of the county. Parents are encouraged to use their judgment whether to drive their children to school. The best place for up to the minute information: