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Posted December 10, 2017

Plan in Place for Weather-Related Delays, Closures

Get updates at APS.edu, Facebook, Twitter and SchoolMessenger.

Weather make-up days are May 24 and 25, 2018.

The decision to delay or cancel schools due to inclement weather is not taken lightly. As early as 2:30 a.m., APS Police and Student Transportation Services are on the road determining whether roads are clear enough to provide safe routes for school buses loaded with children.

They're checking for snow, ice and poor visibility on roads stretching across the district's 1,200 square miles. Bottom line, they’re checking for safety.

APS also consults city, county and state road departments; local and state police; school bus companies; even snow watch volunteers who report conditions in their neighborhoods. A decision needs to be made by 5:30 a.m. before the first school buses head out to pick up kids.

If conditions don't improve, APS will make the decision to close schools by 7 a.m.

School starts two hours later than normal on weather-delayed days, and ends at the regular time.

Updates are posted throughout the morning at APS.edu. Other places to check include:

  • APS Facebook page
  • @ABQschools on Twitter
  • Phone call and/or email from SchoolMessenger, the district’s school-to-home communications system. It is important for parents to make sure their child’s school has updated phone numbers and email addresses.
  • Local TV and radio stations.

Inevitably, the decision – no matter what it is – will be met with cheers and jeers. Conditions within the school district can vary vastly during a storm. Blue skies at one school, a blizzard at another; clear roads on one part of town, sheets of ice a few miles down the road. But these decisions are always made with student and safety at the forefront. 

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