Storm forces snow day for Garfield County schools
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Schools from Basalt to Parachute were closed Tuesday as a result of an overnight snowstorm that dumped more than a foot of snow in the Roaring Fork and Colorado river valleys.
Roaring Fork School District Re-1 Superintendent Judy Haptonstall said the district transportation director, Larry Estrada, was out at 2 a.m. Tuesday assessing the situation. By 4:45 a.m. they made the call to close schools in Basalt, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs.
“He talked to the county snowplow drivers and the State Patrol, and everyone was having a hard time keeping up with the snow,” Haptonstall said.
She said the same procedure would be followed overnight, and that parents should check the district snow closure line at 384-6075 first thing in the morning to see if school will be in session today.
“We’ve never made the call to close schools the day before, but that doesn’t mean we wouldn’t,” Haptonstall said. “But we have to make sure the road conditions justify the decision. As often as the weather man is wrong, he was right this time. But I hate to put 100 percent stock in that.”
A note on the Garfield County School District 16 website Tuesday indicated that schools in Parachute would start an hour late on Wednesday due to the large amount of snow.
Even though school was canceled Tuesday, Glenwood Springs Middle School Principal Sandy DeCrow reported first thing in the morning as usual.
“Principals are supposed to report to their building, just in case someone doesn’t get the message and kids show up,” she explained. “It’s great, I’m actually getting a lot of work done this morning.”
She said the daytime custodian was also there, trying to keep up with the snow removal around the school grounds.
“My kids are having a ball,” she said. “They just called and said, ‘We’re going sledding.'”
Colorado Mountain College also canceled classes Tuesday at its locations in Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, Rifle and up at Spring Valley. The Aspen Campus canceled evening classes Tuesday.
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