Late school delay announcement upsets parents

Late school delay announcement upsets parents

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Snow slammed the metro area Wednesday morning, leading to some slick roads and causing school delays and cancellations.

In some cases, students had already been picked up by school buses, and the district is already apologizing for that.

Aside from the East Mountains and Tohajilee, all schools are now in session. The parking lot at Volcano Vista High School actually has cars in it – a different story from Wednesday morning.

Because of the snow that was coming down around the metro, APS called a district-wide two-hour delay at 6:30 a.m.

APS typically tries to determine delays and cancellations no later than 5:30 a.m. That meant some students were already on their way to Volcano Vista High School at Rainbow and Universe on school buses when the call came in.

APS posted a video online saying officials are sorry things happened so late:

“We’ve heard from many of you who are unhappy that the decision to delay school came so late. We’d like to apologize for that,” said Monica Armenta, APS communications director.

In Rio Rancho, all elementary schools except two were delayed. Classes were cancelled at Rio Rancho High School because someone driving on the slick roads hit a transformer and knocked out power to the school.

Many students in the metro weren’t upset by the delay though. We saw some around the city building snowmen and others got in snowball fights before heading to class.

APS officials say they’re closely monitoring the weather Wednesday afternoon and will let parents know as quickly as possible if there will be any changes for pick ups and bus routes.

Snow plows were back on the roads in Santa Fe, making sure roads were clear for those traveling this morning. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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