Dear Team DPS,
Next week, many of our teachers and team members are back from summer break, and 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. At this time, only school personnel and district staff are permitted in buildings, with the exception of children participating in child care starting on Aug. 17.
Please refer to this one-pager for an at-a-glance reference of the health guidelines outlined in this communication. If you would like to work from your classroom, school building or central office building, please work with your school leaders or supervisor to make those arrangements, and review this important information below.
The DPS 5: I Protect You; You Protect Me
1. Complete your pre-work health screening
· Employees returning to a DPS building are required to complete a health screening every day before entering. Any employee entering a building must complete this Employee Health Screening Form from your phone or home computer, including answering a series of questions about your symptoms.
· Please stay home if you are sick. If you have a fever (temperature of 100.4 or above) or answer “yes” to any of the symptom-screening questions, you cannot enter the building; please notify your supervisor and contact your medical provider, if appropriate. If you have symptoms, but you feel like you can still work, you can make plans with your supervisor to work remotely until you can return to work in person.
· Before Labor Day, we plan to launch an app that will follow a similar questionnaire. More information about that app will be shared soon. Once students return to buildings, students and staff will be required to show successful completion of the health screening app daily in order to enter the building.
2. Wear a mask or face covering.
· Face coverings are required, except when you are alone in your enclosed office or classroom. Please note, face coverings must cover over your nose and mouth, and a face shield is not a substitute for a mask. Learn more.
3. Maintain physical distance.
· Please make all efforts to maintain at least 6 feet distance from other adults. This is especially important in common walkways near other workspaces, and when accessing restrooms and break areas.
4. Meet virtually.
· Updated:Team members should 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. All staff meetings, professional development and other meetings should be conducted virtually.
5. Practice good hygiene.
· Cover coughs and sneezes, and avoid touching your face. Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if handwashing is not possible.
Child Care and Classroom Usage
As a reminder, to support our school-based staff, we will be opening child care in some of our buildings from 8 a.m. to noon Aug. 17-Oct. 16. Registration is now open for child care for teachers and other school-based staff. If spaces are still available, registration will open to paraprofessionals and SSPs on Aug. 8; DPS families and other staff can begin registering Aug. 10. This care will be available for children ages 5-12 with locations at about 65 elementary schools across the district, and will include support in their remote learning schedules. Remote learning support will cost $10 per day. Please click here to register; additional details available on The Commons.
To ensure we can provide child care safely, our Extended Learning team may need to use classrooms that are typically used for daily instruction. Please work with your building manager to confirm which spaces, if any, will be used for child care. Teachers who are normally assigned to classrooms that are needed for child care should please work with their school leader to use different spaces to teach remotely.
As we shared Monday, DPS is partnering with Denver-based Gary Community Investments to provide access to free COVID-19 testing and support to all of Team DPS. We strongly encourage employees to get tested, beginning with those who are already reporting on-site and followed by those who will be returning to work in person at a later point. Sign-ups are available now. Please reach out to your supervisor if you have questions, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you, and stay safe.