Dear Team DPS,
Every year at this time, I’m counting down the days until the first day of school. Never has that countdown come with more enthusiasm and excitement than this year. We’ll be opening our doors for what we hope and expect to be a full year of in-person learning, with the strong health safeguards we have in place (which are outlined below). And we’ll be opening our arms to our students -- to reconnect, to check in with each other, and to get to work on a great year of academic progress.
Team DPS and the whole DPS community are so invested in our children and their success. That has come through loud and clear to me during the Listening and Learning Tour (view the video in English and Spanish) I’ve been on since I arrived in July. Thank you to everyone who shared their valuable thoughts and feedback.
My family has been extended such a warm welcome by a wonderful community. Thank you. I can’t wait to see our scholars, families and staff at our schools, starting on Monday. And I’m so looking forward to extending to you a warm and joyful welcome to the new school year, as I see you on our campuses and in the community.
Dr. Alex Marrero
Remember to Follow the DPS 5, Our Simple Health and Safety Guidelines:
- Please stay home if you’re sick. Our health partners still recommend COVID tests, even if you’re vaccinated.
- Wear a mask over your mouth and nose, whether you’re vaccinated or not. This applies to all students, staff and visitors while in all DPS schools and buildings.
- Try to keep additional space between yourself and others whenever possible.
- We are encouraging staff to have meetings virtually as much as possible. Masks are required for all indoor, in-person meetings.
- Good hygiene is key! Cover coughs and sneezes, and avoid touching your face. Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer frequently.
Getting vaccinated remains our best protection against the spread of COVID-19. To learn more about how to get a vaccine, please visit our Vaccine Information webpage.