Weather and Closing Information




  • Now is the time to download and keep current the tools you'll need to stay informed should any Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8 school need to close due to weather or other emergency situation. Click on any of the links below to be prepared!

     

    FFC8 mobile app icon

    Look for this icon in the Google Play and Apple App stores to stay informed!

     

     Google Play store icon. Button to open FFC8 app in Google Play. Apple App store icon. Button to open FFC8 app in the Apple App store.  

     

    The primary method to notify all district employees, parents, and students of school closing is through our mass notifications system in Blackboard, which will come via text, email, phone and FFC8 mobile app push notification. We will also post a pop-up message on the homepage of our website for visitors accessing information here, as well as push a notice through FFC8 Twitter and Facebook.



    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. FFC8 administration 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 FFC8 mass notifications via email, text, phone and mobile app.  

    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.   

     

    Weather Decisions for Fort Carson vs. FFC8:

    Occasionally, Fort Carson and Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8 will make different decisions with regards to weather and operations. If you have questions about whether or not CYS is open, they have provided more information on the CYS Family and MWR website.

     



    Emergency Closure Definitions and Procedures:     

     

    Lockout: 

    Secure the perimeterLockout symbol
    Lockout is called when there is a threat or hazard outside of the school building.

    Students:

    • Return to inside of building
    • Do business as usual

    Teachers:

    • Recover students and staff from outside building
    • Increase situational awareness
    • Do business as usual
    • Take role, account for students

     

    Lockdown: 

    Locks, lights, out-of-sightLockdown symbol
    Lockdown is called when there is a threat or hazard inside the school building.

    Students:

    • Move away from sight
    • Maintain silence

    Teachers:

    • Lock classroom door
    • Lights out
    • Move away from sight
    • Maintain silence
    • Wait for First Responders to open door
    • Take roll, account for students

     

    Shelter:Shelter symbol

    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

    Students:

    • Appropriate hazards and safety strategies

    Teachers:

    • Appropriate hazards and safety strategies
    • Take roll, account for students

     

    Evacuate:Evacuate symbol

    To a location
    Evacuate is called to move students and staff from one location to another.

    Students:

    • Bring your phone
    • Leave your stuff behind
    • Form a single file line
    • Show your hands
    • Be prepared for alternatives during response

    Teachers:

    • Grab roll sheet if possible
    • Lead students to Evacuation Location
    • Take roll, account for students

     

    Reunification:

    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.

     

    Controlled release:

    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.