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School Closure and Delayed Start Information

November 2, 2023

As we prepare for the upcoming winter months, the Flagstaff Unified School District wants to inform you of possible weather-related schedule changes for students so you can plan ahead. These alternative schedules were developed by FUSD staff to respond to winter weather conditions and plan for the safety of students and staff traveling to and from school.  Additional factors considered in making the decision to delay or cancel school include weather forecasts, road conditions and closures, impact on instruction and scheduled activities, timelines for mobilizing communication, and changing bus routes. 

FUSD will first post notifications of a Delayed Start or School Cancelation on and all of our social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) when a decision is made.  Phone calls, e-mails, and text messages to FUSD parents and team members will be sent at 6:00 a.m. in the event of a schedule change.

  • Delayed Start - School starts two hours later than the regular start time at each building. Morning buses run two hours later than normal on delayed start days. Afternoon dismissal time and school bus runs will be the same as a regular day. If a Delayed Start occurs on a scheduled Early Release Day, the early release is canceled.  Morning FUSD Preschool classes, if held at your school, will be canceled when a two-hour delay is in effect. We ask for your cooperation to not bring your students to school early on Delayed Start Days unless they are already scheduled to attend FACTS. 
  • School Cancelation - All classes and school activities are canceled for students. In the event school is canceled, snow make-up days have been designated on the 2023-2024 school calendar. Days will be made up in the following order:  April 22, 2024, and May 10, 2024.

School Delayed Start Times: Please refer to the table below for the two-hour delayed start time for each school site.


Delayed Start Time

Cromer Elementary

11:00 a.m.

DeMiguel Elementary

11:00 a.m.

Killip Elementary

11:00 a.m.

Kinsey Elementary

11:00 a.m.

Knoles Elementary

11:00 a.m.

Leupp Elementary

10:30 a.m.

Marshall Elementary

11:00 a.m.

Puente de Hózhó Elementary

9:50 a.m.

Sechrist Elementary

11:00 a.m.

Thomas Elementary

11:00 a.m.

Mount Elden Middle School

9:50 a.m.

Sinagua Middle School

9:50 a.m.

Coconino High School

10:00 a.m.

Flagstaff High School

10:00 a.m.

Summit High School

9:40 a.m.

Transportation: To view bus arrival information, sign up for Here Comes the Bus here: (In order to register your student, you will need the District Code, 83662, and the 16-digit code found on the back of your student’s bus pass.)

Breakfast: On delayed start days, breakfast will still be available for students two hours later than normal. If breakfast is typically served in the cafeteria at your student’s school, breakfast will be available in the cafeteria as normal. If your student’s school does not serve breakfast in the cafeteria (i.e. breakfast is served in the classroom), we ask that students go to the cafeteria to receive breakfast. Meals are not delivered to classrooms on two-hour delay days.

FACTS Program:  The District’s FACTS before and after school program will operate at each elementary school for FUSD students (ages 5-12) already scheduled for FACTS when we have a delayed start.  On the delayed start days, the FACTS Program will open at 7:30 a.m. and stay open until the start of school. FACTS will be closed on all Snow Cancelation Days. For more information on FACTS, please visit their website or call (928) 527-6180.

Alternate Bus Stops: Winter bus stop locations are subject to change in the Munds Park, Mountainaire, Kachina Village, and Mt. Elden Lookout Road areas. Families that live in these areas will be notified of bus stop changes the night before or the morning of by 6:00 a.m. Any additional information will be shared with these families as needed.

After-School Activities: When necessary, after-school activities may be canceled due to weather predictions that could impact the safety of participants. Communication will be shared with families when after-school activities are canceled. 

We understand changes to the school schedule require parents and community partners to make alternative arrangements.  Please plan ahead now for childcare in the likely event school is delayed or canceled during this winter season.  

If you have any questions, please contact your school office.