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School Delays and Cancelations

A place to find information about delays, closings, and early releases because of emergencies, snow, icy roads, and other inclement weather conditions.

Information About Schedule Changes

Decisions regarding delays, cancellations, and early dismissals are subject to change based on changing weather conditions.  Announcements regarding school schedule changes will be made by the following times:

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

How Parents Will Be Notified

When we delay or cancel school, parents will receive a call or e-mail from SchoolMessenger, our parent notification system. In order to receive notifications by phone or email, make sure your school has your correct phone number and email address.

Delay, cancelation, and early dismissal information is also posted on:

  • APS Website, as an emergency alert
  • Your school's website, as an emergency alert
  • Twitter @ABQschools
  • Facebook news feed
  • Local Media: Albuquerque Journal, KOB, KRQE, KOAT, KUNM 

Reporting Times for Employees

An employee's responsibility to report to work during inclement weather or to remain at work despite an early dismissal is often dependent on where they work and what their role is. Learn more about employee reporting times.

Delays, School Cancelations, 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 with:
    • School bus pick-up times 2 hours later than the normal pick-up time.
    • The shortened schedule applies on Wednesdays for elementary schools that usually dismiss early.
  • School ends at the regular time.

The following services will be canceled on abbreviated days:

  • Zero hour activities
  • Career Enrichment Center Classes
  • Developmental Pre-school Program (DPP) morning and afternoon classes.

School Cancelations

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.
  • All students, parents, and employees are encouraged to check media for announcements concerning changes in the school schedule. 
  • When APS schools are closed for the day, all evening activities are canceled on that day.

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.
  • Updates will be posted to the APS website, Twitter or Facebook.
  • When APS schools are dismissed early, all evening activities are also canceled.

East Mountain Schools Delays and Cancelations

2-Hour Delays

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

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


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.)

APS East Mountain Schools include:

  • A. Montoya Elementary School
  • San Antonito Elementary School
  • Roosevelt Middle School
  • Manzano High School: Students who live in the East Mountains

An "East Mountain Schools" cancelation 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.