District 11's Grant Elementary School on the morning of December 5.
District 11 has issued a statement in response to criticism from parents angered over what many perceived as a late response to the inclement weather Thursday.
The school district initially went on a two-hour delay Thursday, but changed that to a school closure around 8 a.m. Prior to cancelling school, several parents contacted 11 News and said they were worried about sending their children to school on a day where morning temperatures dipped under 0 degrees.
11 News asked the district why they decided to close so late, and received this response:
"During any type of inclement weather situation, D11 personnel work to continuously monitor the the weather to include road conditions, wind chill and snowfall. This morning's decision to call a two hour delay at first was made so that the District could make the most appropriate decision possible for both the safety and well being of students and staff. Colorado weather has a tendency to change quickly, and it makes this decision a tricky one. Temperatures this morning were not rising at the rate anticipated, thus the reason for the initial delay and then closure. D11 relies on many sources which impact the decision that is made. While D11 was not the only district to decide to delay then close, we do understand the frustration it may have caused and we are working to continuously make the process smoother. We appreciate our families who monitor the communications from the District and work with D11 to keep safety a top priority."
We also spoke with spokeswoman Devra Ashby Thursday morning during our 6 a.m. show. That interview can be seen in the video above.