Dear DPS Families:
Gov. Jared Polis this evening issued an executive order that suspends in-person learning in all public and private schools across the state from March 23 to April 17.
This means there will be no in-person DPS classes until at least Monday, April 20.
In anticipation of this happening, our leadership team has been working over the course of the past weeks on a plan to move to remote learning. This educational effort will begin Tuesday, April 7—the first day of scheduled instruction following our extended break. We are putting together guidance for educators on moving to remote learning, beginning on April 7 and continuing at least through Friday, April 17.
We are also working with our Operations Team to provide technology and remote-learning support to our families who need it. DPS is purchasing additional Chromebooks and options for internet connectivity. If you don’t have internet access at home, we can help you get access with hot spots and through the Comcast Internet Essentials program for new low-income customers.
We also know that this effort will be particularly important as we work on plans to serve all students, including those with unique needs like our students on Individualized Education Programs, our students with disabilities, our English-language learners, and our students who do not have access to the internet at home.a
I know that there are a lot of questions about how this will work. We are working to answer those questions as quickly as possible to put everyone’s mind at ease. We are committed to consistent and clear communication with you throughout this. We will share daily updates on our website and via social media in the coming days ahead as we make this transition to remote learning.
I know that in my lifetime, I have never experienced anything like this. And I also know that everyone in Team DPS is working hard to support our kids and our community. So many of our amazing educators have shared activities and ideas to keep our kids going with a regular routine. We will continue working hard to provide the best learning opportunities we can to all of our students as we adjust to the changing conditions and take the necessary steps to prioritize the health and wellbeing of our students and staff.
Thank you all for your continued understanding and support. Please reach out by calling the Family and Community Engagement Helpline at 720-423-3054 or by emailing FACE@dpsk12.org.