Inclement Weather Procedures
MPCS makes every effort to remain open and to continue operating as long as we can safely do so. The safety of our students, caregivers, faculty and staff is our primary concern.
Use Your Best Judgment
If you have any concerns about traveling to or from MPCS and independently decide to pick up your children early from school or keep them home from school, we respect that decision.
If you decide to keep your child home due to safety concerns while traveling, please notify the attendance office by calling 303-728-9100, ext. 333 for early childhood and grades students, and ext. 343 for upper school students.
We are flexible with late arrivals and will always excuse a student absence DUE TO WEATHER SAFETY CONCERNS when called in by a parent or guardian.
Sometimes, the decision to begin school late will be made due to anticipated dangerous travel conditions during the morning commute. We will do our best to communicate that decision as early as possible and the decision will be communicated on behalf of MPCS. Please note that websites and social media may have the information prior to direct notification to families and staff because we do not want to message families after 9 p.m. or earlier than 5:30 a.m. In cases of a late start, school bell times will be 2 hours later than normal. A post will go out to families via PS if Before Care will be offered on a case by case basis.
- Pre-K will start at 10:15 a.m.
- Kindergarten will start at 10:00 a.m.
- Grades 1 – 5 will start at 10:15 a.m.
- Grades 6 – 8 will start at 10:00 a.m.
MPCS will normally follow the lead of Jefferson County Schools, as our location places us within the county’s transportation routes. Therefore, if Jefferson County Schools are publicizing a county-wide closure, MPCS will close, as well. There may be times when MPCS decides to close school due to hazardous driving conditions while Jeffco does not.
We will send out updates regarding late starts and closures via ParentSquare and a school-wide robocall with the number we have in ParentSquare.
As always, please be sure that your information in ParentSquare is up to date and you have specified notification preferences (checking the boxes next to phone/text/email), so that you can be sure to receive our messages.
If we need to cancel events due to inclement weather, those decisions will always be posted in ParentSquare. Sometimes, we have to cancel events when threatening weather is predicted after school hours. To be safe, please be sure to check ParentSquare before you get on the road.
As caregivers, you are asked to err on the side of caution. If you deem it unwise to travel or allow your child to travel, please take into consideration the conditions in your area. As always, please stay informed and travel safely.
Procedures For Severe Weather During After School Pick Up
When there is severe weather (lighting, damaging hail or winds), all students will remain in their classrooms until the storm has passed, sheltering in place.
If this occurs during or close to pick up time, the school will send out a message via email/phone/text, notifying families that there is a potential that we will be under a Severe Weather Plan during pick up time. Our school is equipped with a weather alert machine, so we receive alerts being sent by the weather authorities.
If the weather is still not safe at pick up, students will remain in their classrooms until the decision has been made that it is safe to resume normal pick up procedures outside. This may mean that your child is asked to stay in his/her classroom beyond normal pick up time. Ideally, families will remain in the pick-up line or parking spots until the children are dismissed. If you feel that it is important (and safe enough) to come get your child right away, you may come to their classroom/building to get them – if you are not blocking traffic. We will have someone at the door of the primary and upper school buildings to assist you. Families in ECE may go directly to the classroom’s door.
If severe weather occurs unexpectedly when pick up has already begun, we will refer to the above plan and have all children and teachers go back to their classrooms. If your child has permission to leave campus on their own or meet you somewhere other than the pick-up line, please make a plan with your child so they know how to stay safe. Since they may already be dismissed by us, we will not know their whereabouts. Of course, they are welcome to take shelter in the main office.
Weather events may affect phone lines, or calls coming into the school may tie up phone lines. If you aren’t able to reach the school by phone during a weather event, please be patient.
We also understand storms may also impact the ability of drivers to arrive on time for student pick-up. In those instances, we will always hold any students not picked up (who are normally picked up by a driver, vs those who walk home) in the office until their ride arrives.
We will send a follow up message when the weather has passed and we are resuming normal dismissal.