Aug. 3, 2020: COVID-19 Testing Available for All DPS Team Members
DPS is partnering with Denver-based Gary Community Investments to provide access to free COVID-19 testing and support to all of Team DPS as we work to safely and gradually welcome all students back into schools, when health conditions allow. Click here to read the memo from Supt. Cordova with details.
July 31, 2020: Updates on Pay and Child Care Opportunities
DPS will continue to pay employees who are on work year calendars with a defined number of days. Pay will be in accordance with scheduled hours, through Oct. 16. DPS has extended child care programs for remote learning support for school-based staff. Read this memo for more information.
July 29, 2020: Extending 100% remote instruction through Oct. 16
Read this update from Supt. Cordova to learn more about how DPS will extend 100% remote instruction from the start of school on Aug. 24 through Oct. 16, which is the end of the first quarter of the school year for many schools. We’ll be working hard to safely and gradually welcome all students back into schools, when health conditions allow. In addition, based on the recommendations of our educator-led Return-to-School Workgroup, we’ll be working toward bringing back small groups of students identified as high priority for in-person learning as soon as Sept. 8. We are considering bringing ECE students and other high-priority students back first. We will share more details with you soon about how that will work.
July 21, 2020: Virtual Program Updates
Click here to read more about our plans for familiies who choose the 100% remote option this fall, including delivery and staffing plans, cirriculum, courses and commitment detail.s
July 17, 2020: Update from Supt. Cordova on delaying start of school, beginning with remote learning
Based on new data and guidance, we believe it is prudent to delay returning to school in person. DPS will begin the 2020-21 school year with remote learning, with a delayed first day of remote school on Aug. 24 to allow our teachers time to welcome students back remotely. Read this memo from Supt. Cordova for more details.
July 15, 2020: Important Updates on Our Return to School
Supt. Cordova shares an update on our plans for returning to school, addressing COVID in Colorado and across the nation, and how we are considering a "staggered start" schedule and pushing back the day school starts for students to Aug. 24.
July 9, 2020: COVID-19 Accommodations Requests Update
Human Resources is accepting accommodation requests from employees living in the same household as a vulnerable individual or employees with childcare responsibilities, in addition to vulnerable individuals and individuals with disabilities.
Click here for the full memo from Human Resources regarding updates to the COVID-19 Accommodations Request process.
June 26, 2020: Announcement from Supt. Cordova on opening all schools for full, in-person instruction in August
Over the last several weeks, we have been planning for next school year by working with teachers, leaders and health experts. This week, the Metro Denver Health Partnership, a coalition of local health departments, released new guidance on reopening schools that emphasizes the critical whole-child support that schools provide to the community and provides emerging science-based data of the limited transmission risks from students in the school setting.
Based on this new, updated guidance from our health experts, I am pleased to announce to all staff that in addition to a 100% online option for students, we are now working toward opening all schools for full, in-person instruction in August instead of a hybrid model.
Read more about this decision in this all-staff memo from Superintendent Cordova.
June 12, 2020: Update from Supt. Cordova on returning to school
Click here to read an update on DPS' plans for a safe return to school in Susana Cordova's weekly letter to Team DPS.