Inclement Weather Policy

Teller Elementary Cold or Inclement Weather Plan


On very cold or wet days, scholars will be invited into the building at 7:45 a.m. for breakfast and at 7:55 a.m. to the auditorium for scholars in K-2, or to the gym for scholars in grades 3-5 before the school day.  ECE students should enter the school at 8:00 from the south doors and sign in before going to class.


Generally, scholars spend a portion of the lunch period outside.  When weather prevents scholars from being outside, an announcement will be made over the PA system if it is to be an “Inside Day.”  Scholars will then go to the cafeteria on the same schedule to eat lunch. Instead of going outside before or after lunch, scholars will go to the auditorium to watch a video or read a book.

We will make every effort to engage scholars in educational videos or videos of past Teller performances rather than movies.

Whenever possible, we will maintain an outside schedule.  To help us achieve this, please be sure your scholar comes to school prepared to go outside in cold, wet and snowy weather.

Please note: We will be outside in weather that is 20 degrees Fahrenheit or above.  We will also go outside in light snow or rain provided that the playground is adequately clear for scholars to play.  Please help your scholar be prepared every day.  When our scholars are prepared, they can get the fresh air and exercise they need to help them learn in the afternoon.

Procedures for Other Weather 

Tornado Warning

  • All staff and Scholars go to classrooms. Outside activities are brought inside.
  • Scholars will shelter-in-place if needed.
  • Parents, please do not come to the school as danger is in the school area.
  • Scholars will be kept at school and will not be released until dangerous weather has passed.

Lightning in the Area

  • Outside activities brought inside.
  • We will not dismiss.


  • Watch local T.V. stations to see if DPS is closed. If so, please do not send your children to school.
  • Visit the DPS website:
  • Activities may be canceled.

Delayed Start/School Closure

To learn if DPS is on a “Delayed Start,” closed due to severe weather, or will dismiss school during the day due to snow, watch local T.V. channels 2,4,7,9, 31, and 50 (Spanish) or listen to radio KOA 850 AM and KJME 1390 AM (Spanish).

If DPS is on a delayed start, elementary buses may arrive ½ hour later than usual.


  • If we need to leave school grounds, we will walk or go by bus to our designated off-site evacuation locations (Steck Elementary or The Waldorf School).

Information will be available at the school or through the DPS Communications Office.

  • Scholars will be released to parents or guardians who are listed on the emergency card and have proper I.D.


We will lockdown if danger is in our building or neighborhood threaten our Scholars.

  • All exterior doors will be locked.
  • All interior doors will be locked.
  • No one may enter or leave for the safety of our Scholars. NO EXCEPTIONS!
  • No dismissal until situation is over.
  • Please watch the news or the DPS web site for the latest information.
  • If we are in lock down a message will be put on our main lines to apprise families of the situation, but phones will not be answered until a robo call with specific details can be composed and sent out.

• A sign will be posted in door windows stating we are in lockdown.

Winter Weather

2013 DPS Flyer About Snow Days

The decision to keep schools open or to close them during winter weather conditions is not a simple one, but it is made with one overriding factor in mind: The well-being of our students, their families and staff. It is a good idea to decide in advance how to best keep up with the changes, what childcare arrangements are needed, and how to adjust if school is closed due to inclement weather. Detailed DPS winter weather and snow day information including information on how families can find out if school is closed, can be found on the transportation website or on the DPS website.