Heat Day Information

Posted August 26, 2021

August 24, 2021

Dear Traylor Families,

During the late summer, Denver can occasionally experience extreme heat. 25 schools within DPS have partial or no air conditioning and may experience increased temperatures within the building.  Traylor is one of those schools.

As we make every effort to ensure that our school stays open and that our students and educators feel comfortable, our number one priority is the safety and well-being of them all. If the temperature within our facility rises to a degree that we feel is unsafe to host classes (95 degrees or more forecasted), there is a possibility that our school may have an at-home learning day for a Heat Day. 

Before school started, Traylor put a number of solutions into place to reduce the impact of extreme heat within our schools.

  • We have purchased and have been donated portable cooling units and fans.
  • We have filtered water bottle filler stations available to all students.
  • We have a system for calling a Heat Day (as described in this letter), if needed

In the event that we do need to declare a Heat Day, we will make the decision by 5 p.m. the day prior to the Heat Day. A Heat Day notice will immediately be posted on our school’s website and the DPS website. An email and automated robo-call will be sent out to alert our families of the change in schedule for the following day. 

I understand this is short notice and an inconvenience for many of our families, and that child care may be an issue for some. We are working closely with DPS Transportation to ensure that a modified bus route will be implemented on an early-release Heat Day, and that students will be dropped off at their normal locations. Parents who do not wish for their student to ride the bus home earlier in the day will have the option of picking up their students at the school building. 

As always, thank you for your continued support of our school, and I very much appreciate your patience as we successfully navigate through the first weeks of the school year.  Please remember to send your student with a water bottle and comfortable clothes for the weather each day.

Thank you,

Principal Jenn

Jennifer Norris (she, her, ella)


Hi Traylor families,

First I want to remind you of how much I love our students and staff here, and I will always make decisions based on what’s best for them.  In that lens, I, along with our school leadership team advocated for at at home learning day (Aug. 31), or heat day, with the high forecasted temperatures today.  During that approval process and preparation, communication became unclear at points.  I know this caused undue stress and confusion for you and your families, and for that, I am sorry.  While our heat day was not approved, I will continue to advocate for heat mitigation support for our school and what’s beneficial to the health and safety of Traylor.  Our facilities manager will be taking and recording temperatures each day from here on out and reporting them back to DPS. 

Thank you, Jenn

Jennifer Norris (she, her, ella)