We know many of you may have questions about what our new working conditions mean for you as a member of Team DPS. We wanted to share more information, including about pay and work expectations, as we work through this situation together.
School buildings have been open Monday and today, March 17. Looking ahead, school buildings will be closed Wednesday, March 18-April 3. During that time, facilities personnel will do the important disinfecting that needs to be done to ensure the building is ready for staff to return April 6, and students to return April 7, if health conditions and government guidance allow for that to happen. Individual team members in food services, facilities, maintenance and transportation may be scheduled to work during this time and may be eligible for premium pay as outlined in their collective bargaining agreements. Your manager will contact you directly to offer direction.
Teachers and SSPs: Teachers and SSPs were not expected to be in school buildings on March 16-17 unless they were asked to report to school to assist families during this time. All other teachers and SSPs were asked to work from home on March 16-17 and those are considered self-directed planning days. Teachers and SSPs will not be required to report to work during the extended spring break (March 18-April 3) and will continue to be paid. If, due to this extended spring break, we are not able to meet the instructional minutes requirement under Colorado law or receive a waiver, we may need to add instructional time to the calendar. We have been in contact with President Choi of the DCTA and have committed to work in collaboration on any districtwide plans for changes to the calendar.
Other School-Based Employee Association Personnel: School-based employee association personnel were not expected to be in school buildings on March 16-17 unless they were asked to report to school to assist families. Employees who are not asked to report to school buildings may be deployed to other worksites and will be paid consistent with their bargaining agreements. All other school-based employee association personnel who will not be required to report to work during the extended spring break will continue to be paid per their respective Work Calendar.
School-Based Administrators and ProTechs: School-based administrators and ProTechs may be asked to work from home during the extended spring break (March 18-March 27) should a need arise to communicate and/or perform essential functions relating to the school building. Your supervisor will notify you if you are expected to work from home.
DPS administrative office buildings will be closed for public access Monday, March 16-April 3. The Emily Griffith Campus will be open on Monday and Tuesday, March 16-17, only to senior staff and limited security and facilities personnel. Starting on Wednesday, March 18, the Emily Griffith Campus will be closed completely, except for limited personnel.
Central-Based Staff: During the extended break, while our school buildings are closed, the work of the district continues. Ensuring our employees are paid, our students are fed, our buildings are clean and disinfected, our budgets deadlines are met, and that we have a plan for returning to work are among the many responsibilities the central office must perform to ensure the continuity of district operations.
Central-based staff will be asked to work from home to perform essential functions or be excused with pay during the extended spring break (March 18-31). Some central-based staff may be asked to report to the worksite during this period of time. Please check with your supervisor to confirm whether you are expected to work from home and follow their direction on work assignments.
The following pay guidance applies during this extended spring break:
DPS will pay all team members during this extended break, if they were previously scheduled to work. Notably:
- Salaried employees are guaranteed their full salary for the year and will not see any decrease in their salary or break in pay. This includes everyone that has a work-year calendar with a defined number of days. We will pay employees consistent with respective work-year calendars and bargaining agreements, as applicable.
- Hourly employees who do not have a defined number of work days will be paid if they were previously scheduled to work. For example: guest teachers, substitute paraprofessionals, after school childcare (DPS employees), homebound teachers, crossing guards, part-time hourly employees.
Contractors under an independent contractor agreement will continue to receive their pay if they are providing the time and services under their contract.
Pay disbursement during the extended break: We do not anticipate a break or disruption in pay during the break.
Questions for DPS on COVID-19 should be directed to our Family and Community Engagement Helpline at 720-423-3054, or email CoronavirusInfo@dpsk12.org.
DPS COVID-19 FAQ (https://www.dpsk12.org/faq-about-the-coronavirus-covid-19-and-dps/)
Thank you for your continued support during this time.
DPS Human Resources