Dec. 8, 2020: Important Update on Timeline for Start of Second Semester
Click here to read more about the timeline for the start of the second semester, if health conditions allow.
Nov. 20, 2020: Important Changes to Accommodations Process for Spring Semester
In response to the Governor’s new public health order and in preparation for the spring semester, DPS is taking a new approach to employee requests for COVID-19 accommodations. We hope these changes will more effectively balance the needs of our employees while meeting the operational needs of schools and facilities to better serve our students and community members. Read the memo from Human Resources to learn more.
Nov. 13, 2020: Continuing to Closely Monitor Our Schools
- COVID-19 rates have been rising significantly in our community over the past several weeks.
- The high and increasing community spread of the virus is causing frequent disruptions to in-person learning and creating severe staffing shortages due to quarantines. We are close to reaching our breaking point and may find ourselves unable to both staff our classrooms as well as support the dual imperatives of following all of the contact tracing and quarantining that is so critical to health and safety, as well as focus on the academic and social-emotional needs of our students.
- We are going to do everything we can to continue offering in-person learning for ECE-2nd grade and our center programs beyond next week. However, if we don't see any improvement in the community spread of COVID outside of school, we are not likely going to be able to sustain the staffing needed for in-person learning after the Thanksgiving break.
- We need the community to help us by adhering to the public-health orders.
Read more here.
Nov. 6, 2020: Stopping the Spread without Further Impacting Our Schools
After reviewing the data -- both in Denver County and specific to DPS -- with our trusted advisors at Denver Health, we will continue to support our ECE through second-graders with in-person learning, as well as our students in center-based programs. Our third- through 12th-graders will remain remote. Families whose students attend a charter school should check with their own school for their plan.
Read the entire memo here.
Oct. 28, 2020: Discovery Link Remote-Learning Support Available to Students of School-based StaffDiscovery Link will provide remote-learning support at a limited number of sites available to children of school-based staff who are working in buildings. Remote-learning support will be provided regionally at multiple sites from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. with a capacity of 15 students per site. Cost to staff is $16 per day -- DPS is paying the other half of the total cost. Please note that cost is subject to change after December if remote learning continues.Registration for remote learning support opens at 6 a.m. tomorrow, Thursday, Oct. 29. To register and see site locations that offer remote learning support, click here.
Oct. 27, 2020: Important Updates on Plans for In-person School
Click here to read about adjustments to scale back in-person instruction in response to the rising COVID cases but still keep our elementary schools open for our youngest learners.
Oct. 16, 2020: Tele-Town Hall Recording
Click here to access the audio recording from the DPS staff Tele Town Halls on Oct. 15.
Oct. 13, 2020: Updates on Our Return to School
In light changing conditions, here are some updates and decisions based on the latest guidance we’ve received from our health partners:
- Elementary schools will open as planned to all grades next week.
- Middle and high schools will not open for in-person and will continue in remote learning for most students for at least three weeks into the second quarter, through Friday, Nov. 6.
- Secondary special-education center programs, newcomer centers, and remote learning centers are an exception and will open for in-person at the start of the second quarter.
Read the entire update from Supt. Cordova here.
Oct. 9, 2020: Looking Ahead to Welcoming Back More Students
As we move toward the start of the second quarter (which is Wednesday, Oct. 21 for most schools), we continue to prioritize health and safety and to stay in close partnership with our experts at Denver Health. Dr. Bill Burman provides regular updates on health conditions in our community and how they relate to our plans for a safe and gradual return to in-person school. Click here to watch Dr. Burman’s most recent update, and click here for our COVID Conditions website.
Read the entire update from Supt. Cordova here.
Sept. 23, 2020: Update from Supt. Cordova on Response to COVID Increases
Please watch this video with Dr. Bill Burman, Director of Public Health for Denver Health and Medical Officer for the City and County of Denver. Dr. Burman has shared that the increase in COVID in Denver is almost entirely attributable to increases at colleges and universities in Denver. Based on this, click here for more information on where we are with our return-to-school plans.