Weather Closures, Delays & Dismissal

Weather Delays & Closures

If the district calls a 90 minute delay, school starts at 10:05 am (with doors opening for soft start at 9:55); morning preschool is cancelled, buses will pick up students 90 minutes after the usual time, and BASE will open at 8 am. Information regarding delays and closures can be found on the DCSD website, DCSD Facebook and Twitter accounts, the DCSD mobile app, and on local media outlets.

Also, please keep in mind that when students are at school, they do go outside for recess as long as playground conditions are safe and the temperature is 20 degrees or above. With Colorado’s crazy weather, please help ensure that your student comes to school prepared for whatever the day may bring.

Inclement Weather Dismissal 

Weather delayed releases ….  Heritage Elementary School will send out a voice message to all of our parents, if it appears we may have a delayed release, by 3:20pm.  Another message will be sent by 3:30pm if we need to hold your student(s) for weather related conditions; or as soon as we receive the alert that the weather threat is in our immediate area.

During a weather related dismissal delay:

  • All after school clubs and BASE will continue indoors until their designated end time.

  • All students who walk or bike home will be held until the district clears us to release students.

  • Any parent may come into the school to sign their student out and escort them outside beginning at 3:30pm.

  • Bus riders will be held until the school receives notice that the busses are safe to load.  (Keep in mind, busses may be delayed as they are coming from the middle school.)

(Please continue to read below on how to subscribe

 to DCSD’s Emergency Messaging.)

Emergency messaging – did you get yours?

We want to ensure DCSD parents receive the emergency alerts most important to them.


What if I didn’t receive the alerts I want?

Log into the Infinite Campus Parent Portal ( and click on “More” in the left-hand column. Navigate to “Family Information” and review your contact information. If you see an incorrect phone number or email, please update it in Infinite Campus, or contact the registrar at your child’s school to request an update.


I received everything except a text message. How can I fix this?

You must select to receive text messages from our system. Confirm that you have selected to receive text messaging (SMS) for emergency and/or school notifications through Infinite Campus Parent Portal.

If you previously opted out and would like to opt in, text “YES” to 68453.


What phone number will my caller ID show when I get calls?

When you receive communication from the DCSD SchoolMessenger system, the number displayed will depend on the type of message. The two types of communication include:

  • Emergency Notifications (critical communications)

855-695-9448 (you may wish to add this number to your contacts)

  • Standard Notifications (lunch balance, event reminders, general communication) 877-279-4061 (you may wish to add this number to your contacts)


How will you contact me?

If there is an emergency at your child’s school (Lockout, Lockdown, Evacuation, Shelter, etc.) we will send information to all contacts in our system via phone, text and email.