Dear Team DPS,
As you may know, Governor Polis announced this afternoon that the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment will not intervene at this time in our contract negotiations with the Denver Classroom Teachers Association (DCTA). It is his hope that we continue negotiating to avert a strike. This is my wholehearted goal as well. If we cannot reach an agreement, the DCTA has announced plans for its members to strike starting Monday, Feb. 11.
In the coming days, we will continue to work with the DCTA and have offered to go back to the negotiating table immediately to find a solution. We are close to reaching common ground; with continued hard work, honest dialogue and an authentic exchange of proposals, I believe we can reach an agreement and avoid a strike. Our commitment is to spend as much time as it takes to do that.
In the event we're not able to reach an agreement, the first day a strike could take place is Monday, Feb. 11. While we are committed to finding an agreement and avoiding a strike, our number one priority as a district will continue to be the safety of our students.
We are working hard to ensure there are enough licensed DPS team members and guest teachers to keep our schools and classrooms open. However, our Early Childhood classrooms require a different level of licensing for educators that we will not be able to meet. With that in mind, if a strike does occur, all ECE classes will be canceled for the duration of the strike. We are sharing more information with these team members and families now so that if we do have a strike, they have advance notice of our plans.
I know how challenging this situation is for everyone and I am committed to finding the solution together with the DCTA. We will continue to share updates as they are available. As a reminder, here are resources related to the current negotiations as well as resources for parents in the event that there is a strike.