Dear Team DPS,
Our DPS community is deeply saddened to watch the destruction of the Marshall fire and the loss and pain it’s caused so many. We hope you and your loved ones are safe.
We know our DPS team members live throughout the Denver metro area, and some may have been affected by this tragedy. For those who live in one of the fire areas or evacuation zones, we wanted to share some resources that may be helpful, as well as reach out to understand if you need more help that DPS may be able to provide:
- DPS’ Employee Assistance Program (EAP) offers emergency and disaster resources, including Red Cross Emergency shelters, resources for caring for pets during disasters, being evacuated from your home, managing stress during disasters, financial tips, and coping without power or other necessities. You will just need to register per these instructions (web ID: DPS). Information can be found under Home Safety & Security > Dealing with Disaster.
- Our Cost of Living Toolkit has information on accessing discounts, finding rentals and more resources that may be useful during this time.
- Please fill out this form if you believe you will need additional support, including if the fires have affected your ability to return to your role with DPS next week. Full-time employees who have been evacuated can receive up to five days of paid time off.
For those not directly impacted by the fires, we know this can still be a difficult time, and that some students and staff will have family and friends who lost homes. Review these resources and ideas, which we hope are helpful for staff, students and families. Our District Crisis Response Team is available to those who would like a consultation regarding how to talk to students who may be struggling. Please reach out to Jane Lineman, Ellen Kelty or Alicia Franks Gibson.
Our hearts go out to all of those affected by this tragedy. Please know the DPS community is here to support you.
Your Human Resources Team