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School Delays and Cancellations

Find information about delays, closings, and early releases because of emergencies, snow, icy roads, and other situations.

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About Weather-Related Delays and Closures

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. If conditions don't improve, APS will make the decision to delay or cancel school before the first school buses head out to pick up kids.

Announcement Timeline

  • 2-Hour Delays: By 5:30 a.m.
  • Cancellations: By 7 a.m., no later than 8 a.m.
  • Cancellations following a 2-Hour Delay: By 8 a.m.
  • Early Dismissal: By 11:30 a.m.

Where to Find Information

  • Emergency alerts on
  • Social Media: Twitter, Facebook
  • Media: KOB, KRQE, KOAT, KUNM, or the Albuquerque Journal.

About Delays, School Cancellations, Early Dismissal

2-Hour Delays: Abbreviated Schedule

Two-hour delays are called when severe weather causes street conditions that would endanger student and school employee safety. The abbreviated day schedule is a shortened school day.

  • School begins 2 hours later than the regular schedule.
  • School bus pick-up times are 2 hours later than the normal pick-up time.
  • General Education PreK is on a 2-hour delay.
  • School ends at the regular time.
  • The shortened schedule applies on Wednesdays for elementary schools that usually dismiss early.

The following will be canceled on abbreviated days:

  • Zero hour activities
  • Career Enrichment Center classes. Early College Academy will run from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Developmental Pre-school Program (DPP) morning and afternoon classes.

East Mountain Schools Abbreviated Schedule

Students who will have a delayed start time when APS East Mountain Schools are delayed:

  • Students who attend APS East Mountain Schools.
  • All Manzano High School students: Students living in the East Mountains as well as Albuquerque.

School Cancellations

Following the decision to implement an abbreviated schedule, weather conditions occasionally worsen to the point that makes it necessary to close the schools.

  • Parents will receive a call and/or email from SchoolMessenger.
  • When APS schools are closed for the day, all evening activities are canceled on that day.

East Mountain Schools Cancellations

Students who will have canceled classes when APS East Mountain Schools are canceled:

  • Students who attend APS East Mountain Schools.
  • Students who attend Manzano High School who live in the East Mountains. (Manzano High School students living in Albuquerque are required to attend classes.)
  • In the event that East Mountain Schools are put on an abbreviated day in the morning, and then that decision is changed to a cancellation, Manzano High will stay on an abbreviated day regardless of the East Mountain Schools schedule.

Early Dismissal

If severe weather conditions develop during the school day, students may be dismissed early.

  • In the event that students are dismissed early, parents will be notified through SchoolMessenger.
  • When APS schools are dismissed early, all evening activities are also canceled.

APS East Mountain Schools Include

An "East Mountain Schools" cancellation may not affect all Manzano High School students because Manzano High School serves students who live in the East Mountains and students that live in Albuquerque.

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