• Sept. 11, 2020: Update from Supt. Cordova - Planning for Safe, Gradual Return of Kindergartners, 1st-Graders

    Kindergarten and first-grade students, and students in primary special education centers (grades K-2), will be the next groups to return to in-person learning. Learn more here

  • Aug. 31, 2020: Update from Supt. Cordova on Health Metrics and Our Safe, Gradual Return to In-Person Learning

    We want to make sure our entire community has a clear sense of the health conditions we’re tracking, and we’ve built a webpage to share the latest data directly from Denver Health. Read the entire update here.

  • Aug. 26, 2020: ECE Classes to Begin In-Person in Early September

    We feel ready and confident in planning a slow, gradual return to in-person learning starting with ECE. This phased approach will begin with a Sept. 8 return for students at our ECE centers and a Sept. 14 return for all other ECE programs. Click here to read the entire announcement from Supt. Cordova. 

  • Aug. 13, 2020: Our DPS Weekly: Getting Ready for the New School Year!

    With all of us having to adjust to so much that’s different at back-to-school time this year, we’d like to share some reminders and resources to help you feel ready for the start of school.

  • Aug. 13, 2020: Updates on Health and Safety Guidance for Those Choosing to Return to Work

    Last week, Superintendent Susana Cordova shared health guidance and protocols for those who choose to return to their school or office site. As a reminder, at this time no one is required to report to their school or office unless explicitly directed by their supervisor. Read more about these health guidelines and review The DPS 5 for an at-a-glance reference.

    Also, as an update, we ask that team members please do not congregate in communal spaces, including faculty lounges or break rooms – however, you will have access to the kitchenette area, refrigerator and microwave. Please use sanitizing wipes on appliances before and after use, and it is recommended that you use paper towels to open refrigerator and microwave doors. Thank you for your support in keeping Team DPS safe!

  • Aug. 6, 2020: Health and Safety Guidance for Team Members Choosing to Return to Work

    While we continue to encourage remote work as we start the school year with remote learning, we realize there may be some staff members who would like to work individually from their classroom and our school buildings. Please know that at this time no one is required to report to their school or office unless explicitly directed by their supervisor; however, for those who choose to return to their school or office site, we want to make sure we’ve shared the latest health guidance to protect all team members. Click here to learn more.

  • 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. 

    Update: Click here to access more information and an FAQ about COVID testing for employees.

  • 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 24, 2020: Accommodations Request Form

    Click here to read about submitting an accommodations request form for Vulnerable Individuals and Individuals with Disabilities. 

    NOTE: An updated memo was sent July 9. See here

  • 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. 

  • May 29, 2020: Return-to-school scenarios, survey link in Our DPS Weekly

    Click here to read about the health standards being taken into consideration as our Return to School Workgroup developed scenarios for the fall. Read more about the sceniors then share your feedback by completing the staff survey by June 12.

  • April 27, 2020: Updated guidance for the "safer-at-home" order

    Under the safer-at-home order, DPS will work within the order while following CDPHE and other local health department guidance. We will continue remote learning through the end of 2019-20 and will not resume in-person learning this school year. (Emily Griffith Technical College staff are asked to check with their supervisor for work guidance, as EGTC operates under a different academic calendar.) 

    Additionally, DPS will continue to maximize working from home for roles that can be done remotely. Read the entire memo here.

  • April 23, 2020: Update from Supt. Cordova on the budget forecast

    Read this update on what we know about the budget forecast and how to share your input. Plus, learn about the new Budget Advisory Committee. 

  • April 22, 2020: Employee update and guidance

    Read the entire memo for information on the current stay-at-home orders and when you can expect more information from DPS about the immediate future of our work situations. 

  • April 17, 2020: HR memo with updates for hourly employees

    To supplement the April 3 pay guidance, we wanted to share an update for hourly DPS employees who do not have defined work days, who have not been scheduled to work, or who do not have a fixed schedule.

  • April 16, 2020: Remote Learning Grading Policy

    Based on feedback we’ve received, we’ve made some adjustments to our grading policy for remote learning. Those details are shared in a message from DPS Deputy Superintendent of Academics Tamara Acevedo.

  • April 13, 2020: HR memo on updated guidance and pay information

    Read this memo for answers to questions we have heard about work expectations, paid leave options, pay incentives, face masks and for details on whom to contact with additional questions.

  • April 3, 2020: HR memo on pay information through the end of the year

    Read the entire memo with clarification and pay guidance in light of Governor Polis’ April 1 order extending remote learning through April 30, and the district’s decision to continue remote learning through the end of the 2019-20 school year.

  • April 3, 2020: Remote learning will continue for the rest of the 2019-20 school year

    With the health and safety of our students and team members at the heart of this decision, DPS leadership has made the decision to continue remote learning for the rest of the 2019-20 school year. This means our schools will not reopen this school year for in-person classes. Read the entire announcement from Supt. Cordova

  • March 27, 2020: HR memo on work expectations and pay

    Read the full memo from HR about work expectations, DPS' critical services designation and pay guidance for April 6-17.

    Plus, DPS playgrounds and athletic fields are closed.

  • March 26, 2020: Families First Coronavirus Response Act

    In accordance with the Department of Labor, employees are eligible for paid sick leave and FMLA as outlined in the Families First Coronavirus Act. For questions, please contact HR Connect  at 720-423-3900 or Connect_HumanResources@dpsk12.org

  • March 18, 2020: Remote learning announcement

    DPS will not host in-person DPS classes until at least Monday, April 20. Instead, we will move to support remote learning. We had anticipated that this might happen, so over the course of the past weeks, our leadership team has been working on remote-learning plans, which will begin on Tuesday, April 7 – the first day of scheduled instruction following our spring break. We are finalizing a series of webinars and trainings that will provide support to our school teams for this change, so please look for more information about this over the next few days. Read the full announcement here.

  • March 17, 2020: HR memo on pay during extended break

    Read this memo from HR with guidance and pay information during the extended break.

  • March 15, 2020: Social distancing

    The message from our health experts is clear: Social distancing will limit the spread of the virus, and it will save lives. Read the full memo on how DPS is responding to this information.

  • March 13, 2020: Staff guidance for extended spring break

    All team members should carefully review this staff guidance for the extended spring break.

  • March 12, 2020: Extended spring break announcement

    Extended spring break for students will start Monday, March 16, and continue through Monday, April 6. This decision was made after detailed and thorough discussions with our Board of Education, the City of Denver, Denver Department of Public Health, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and other organizations around the city and state in response to growing concerns about coronavirus (COVID-19). Read the full announcement.

  • March 11, 2020: Status of DPS schools, travel and facilities

    As of 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, there are no DPS students or staff who have tested positive for COVID-19. For the latest information on the status of DPS schools, travel and facilities, read the entire update here.

  • March 10, 2020: Canceling all district-sponsored international and out-of-state travel

    There are rapidly changing conditions here in Colorado as well as across the nation related to the spread of COVID-19. Because of this, we are canceling until further notice all district-sponsored international and out-of-state travel for all students and staff. This was a very difficult decision, and the overriding priority – as always – was the health and safety of our students and staff.

    For more details on reporting concerns and information with our health staff, keeping our facilities clean and safe, our commitment to being a safe and welcoming district, and protecting those who may be immunocompromised or have a aeakened immune system, read the full announcement.

  • March 7, 2020: No DPS students or staff have confirmed cases

    As we stay in close contact with our city and state health experts about the increasing number of confirmed cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in our state, we wanted to provide updated information to our community. There are currently 8 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Colorado. We currently have no DPS students or staff who have confirmed cases of the virus. Read the entire update here

  • March 6, 2020: Schools and district offices continue operating on a normal schedule

    On March 5, Gov. Jared Polis and state health officials announced that there are now two confirmed cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Colorado. We continue to be in close contact with city and state health officials and to follow their guidance. The safety of our students and staff is the most important thing we consider. All of our schools and district offices will continue operating on a normal schedule. Click here to read the entire update.

  • Feb. 27, 2020: Monitoring updates from city and health departments

    We are taking this issue very seriously and are monitoring updates from city and state health departments regarding the outbreak. We are also staying in close contact with schools to check on the health of students and staff. Crews are also regularly and thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting school buildings. Click here to read the entire memo