Inclement Weather

Inclement Weather

On very cold and/or wet days, children are kept inside during recess time. If the temperature is 20 degrees or less (wind chill factor is taken into consideration), there will be inside recess. Please dress your child appropriately as the weather in our area is unpredictable.

Weather Closure

There will be no bus service all day (morning and afternoon) for all students (high school, middle school and elementary) when the TV, radio, weather hotline and district Web site announcement is Ponderosa High School Feeder Area is Closed.

For the most accurate and up-to-date school closure or delayed schedule information, please call the Douglas County School District’s Weather Hotline 303-387-SNOW (7669) or check the district’s Web site at Weather Delay and Closures

Delayed Starts

Doors will open at 10:30am and class starts at 10:40am. 

Transportation service during inclement weather for your area can differ from the rest of the school district. Information regarding transportation service during inclement weather for all students living in the Ponderosa High School attendance area will be as follows:

Bus service will run on a 90 minute delayed schedule for all students when the announcement on TV, radio, the district’s weather hotline, or the district’s Web site is "90 minutes Delayed Schedule". (Example: If your bus stop is usually at 7:00 am on a delayed schedule, your bus stop would be at 8:30 am.)

It is the parent / guardians choice for their student to go to school or not in inclement weather. If you feel it is not safe for your student to go to school, due to weather, call your student’s school attendance line for an excused absence. In addition, if your student’s bus runs late to school, the tardy will be excused.

Early Release Days

In the event that the district calls an early release day, students and teachers will follow the Emergency School Closure Form instructions that each parent has filled out and turned in to the front office. Please keep us updated if your emergency information changes.

Weather Bug

Click on the link below to check the lightning distance (SPARK LIGHTNING):
Weather Bug

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In compliance with Titles VI & VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, and Colorado law, the Douglas County School District RE-1 does not unlawfully discriminate against otherwise qualified students, employees, applicants for employment, or members of the public on the basis of disability, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, religion, ancestry, or need for special education services. Discrimination against employees and applicants for employment based on age, genetic information, and conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth is also prohibited in accordance with state and/or federal law. Complaint procedures have been established for students, parents, employees, and members of the public. The School District's Compliance Officer and Title IX Coordinator to address complaints alleging sexual harassment under Title IX is Aaron Henderson, 620 Wilcox Street, Castle Rock, Colorado, [email protected], 720-433-1083.

Outside Agencies

Complaints regarding violations of Title VI, (race, national origin), Title IX (sex, gender), Section 504/ADA (handicap or disability), may be filed directly with the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 1244 North Speer Blvd., Suite 310, Denver, CO 80204. Complaints regarding violations of Title VII (employment) and the ADEA (prohibiting age discrimination in employment) may be filed directly with the Federal Office of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 303 E. 17th Ave., Suite 510, Denver, CO 80202, or the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, 1560 Broadway, Suite 1050, Denver, CO 80202.


Special Education records which have been collected by Douglas County School District related to the identification, evaluation, educational placement, or the provision of special education in the district, must be maintained under state and federal laws for the period of five (5) years after special education services have ended for the student. Special education services end when the student is no longer eligible for services, graduates, or completes his/her educational program at age 21, or moves from the district. This notification is to inform parents/guardians and former students of Douglas County School District's intent to destroy the special education records of students who exited special education services as of June 30, 2016. These records will be destroyed in accordance with state law unless the parent/guardian or eligible (adult) student notifies the school district otherwise. After five years, the records are no longer useful to the district, but may be useful to the parent/guardian or former student in applying for social security benefits, rehabilitation services, college entrance, etc. The parent/guardian or eligible (adult) student may request a copy of the records by requesting the records at this link ( Douglas County School District Transcripts and Records Requests ).