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The primary method to notify all district employees, parents, and students of school closing is through Infinite Campus and the Flash Alert mobile app. We will also post a pop-up message on the homepage of our website for visitors accessing information here.
Inclement Weather Procedures:
As many of you realize, the weather in Colorado can vary widely from day to day and through different parts of the Colorado Springs region. District 8 monitors the weather closely in an attempt to provide safe access to schools for students, parents and staff. Two-Hour Late Starts and/or District closures will be announced through various methods including: television, radio, the District’s website, and the Flash Alert Emergency Notification System.
Please be aware that announcements for closures will list FOUNTAIN-FORT CARSON SCHOOL DISTRICT 8 as “DISTRICT 8.” This description is used to differentiate the school district from the closures or delays that may occur on Fort Carson.
If parents believe the conditions are not safe on a day when inclement weather conditions exist and the District is still open, it is always the parents’ option to keep children at home.
Emergency Closure Definitions and Procedures:
Lockout: Secure the perimeter
Lockout is called when there is a threat or hazard outside of the school building.
Lockdown: Locks, lights, out-of-sight
Lockdown is called when there is a threat or hazard inside the school building.
Shelter: For a hazard using safety strategy
Shelter is called when the need for personal protection is necessary.
Sample hazards: tornado, hazmat
Sample safety strategies: evacuate to shelter area, seal the room
Evacuate: To a location
Evacuate is called to move students and staff from one location to another.
Reunification is when students are reunited with parents after an incident or evacuation, and is a process that ensures all students are returned safely to parents. This process will occur at a pre-designated alternate site. Parents will be notified at the time of the incident of these locations and provided instructions on how to work through this process quickly and efficiently.
Circumstances may occur at the school that require parents pick up their students in a formalized, controlled release from the school. It may be necessary due to weather, a power or other utility outage, hazmat or if a crisis occurs at the school. This is the name for the process that will occur on-site at the school and parents will be notified with instructions on how to execute this process quickly and smoothly.