Dear Team DPS,
Thank you for your
continued understanding and support as we’ve worked together to navigate
the COVID-19 pandemic and offer the strongest academic and support
experience we can for our students.
As we’ve seen
across the nation, COVID-19 rates have been rising significantly in our
community over the past several weeks. We’ve been monitoring the rates in
Denver and within our schools with our trusted medical experts at Denver
Health, as well as local and state officials, and have consistently kept
the health and safety of our students and staff at the forefront of all of
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. Schools are
essential to our well-being as a society and can only operate safely if the
community and our city prioritizes them. Please help us continue to offer
in-person learning by strictly following health guidelines and staying home as much as possible. Wear a mask. Limit
socializing with people outside your home. Our students desperately need us
to make these small sacrifices so that we don’t sacrifice their education.