Dear Team DPS,
I hope you are doing well, and looking forward to our upcoming Thanksgiving break, which -- as a reminder -- begins on Friday, Nov. 19 for most staff. We’ve all worked so hard this school year. Thank you for everything you’ve put into serving our scholars and families. I know I’m ready now for a chance to spend time with my family, resting, recharging and reflecting on all I have to be thankful for. I hope you can do the same.
I also want to strongly encourage every member of Team DPS to take this additional opportunity to get your COVID-19 booster, if you haven’t already done so. All adults in Colorado are now eligible to receive a booster shot, and it’s a great way to strengthen our health protections for ourselves and each other. The booster shots have been shown to reduce COVID “breakthrough” cases among those who are vaccinated, and it is an important step we can take to help lower the high community rates we’re experiencing.
The extended Thanksgiving break is also a chance for families to have their children ages 5 and older vaccinated against COVID-19.
I know this year has been anything but easy, and I truly hope you can take this extra time to focus on yourself, your loved ones, and what matters most to you.
We are continually paying close attention to COVID rates in Denver County, and continue to work closely with our partners at Denver Health to ensure we are doing all we can to keep our students, staff and families safe. I’m so proud that across DPS, our school-based staff has a 98.62% compliance rate with the vaccine public health order, and for our classroom teachers, the compliance rate is 99.77%. Thank you for your support of this critical public-health measure to help ensure healthy conditions on our campuses and keep our schools open for in-person learning and support.
Health and Safety Reminders
One of the best parts of the holiday season is getting to spend time with family and friends. Let’s all do our part to celebrate safely by following best practices for health and safety during this ongoing pandemic.
And it’s absolutely essential that we have strict adherence in all of our buildings to our health precautions, like mask guidelines and the DPS 5. This will help us keep one another healthy: remember to stay home when you’re not feeling well, wear a mask, keep physical distance and minimize in-person meetings as much as possible, and always practice good hygiene.
Getting tested is another powerful way we can help stop the spread of COVID-19. During the break, COVIDCheck Colorado locations will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 25 for the holiday, but otherwise will be open as usual. If you or your loved ones have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 (or are experiencing symptoms), please get tested and follow our health partners’ guidance on quarantining or isolating if needed.
Thank you for all of your hard work and for the dedication you’ve shown to our schools and scholars through all of the challenges we’ve faced. Team DPS has come together, time and again, to support our scholars, and I couldn’t be more grateful. Thank you. And here’s wishing you and your loved ones a safe and restful Thanksgiving break.
Dr. Alex Marrero,