Late starts approved

By Press Release

In the wake of the Feb. 1 snowstorm, Delta County Joint School District #50 has adopted a late start policy for the future.

The school district has fielded numerous questions about why school was not cancelled that day, particularly in the hardhit areas of Crawford and Paonia.

Superintendent Caryn Gibson explains that very early the morning of Feb. 1, bus garage managers, bus drivers, and district administrators were driving the roads to assess conditions. No serious concerns were reported at that time, but the snow continued to pile up. To ensure the safety of young drivers in the future, a two-hour late start may be implemented. Gibson added that no student who missed school or was late on Feb. 1 was penalized.