Letter to Families

Dear Steele Families,

As many of you know, negotiations between our district and the Denver Classroom Teachers Association broke down last Friday and the members of the DCTA have voted to strike. Today, DPS officially requested state intervention. This puts a strike on hold until the Department of Labor and Employment makes a decision to intervene or not. As a result, we do not expect teachers to strike on Monday, January 28. As information becomes available regarding the strike start date, we will communicate this with you. With this additional time, we are hopeful an agreement will be reached.

I want to share some information about how our school will operate during a strike.

  • Our school will be open and operating on a regular schedule. While I believe many of our teachers will participate in the strike, the plan is for our school to be open.
    • I will be at school every day.
    • Melissa, Yolanda, as well as all of our paraprofessionals, will be at school, unless they have previously requested time off.
    • Our student teachers cannot teach unless their cooperating teacher is present.
    • Our Boettcher Residents have the choice to work during a strike. I anticipate they will join their mentor teacher.
    • Our nurse has the option to strike with the teachers. I am unsure of her intentions at this point.
    • Christy, our Health Aide, will work during a strike. Christy works part time each day.
    • Our Special Service Providers- Speech, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and our School Psychologist have the option to strike. At this point, I do not have confirmation of their intentions.
    • We will be supported by substitute teachers and central office staff who hold educator licenses.
  • School-based services will be provided, including school meals, transportation, Discovery Link before- and after-school programs, as well as Enrichment classes after school.
  • Please confirm your contact information is up-to-date in Infinite Campus. You may do this by logging into Parent Portal or contacting Melissa. This will allow us to notify you quickly of any changes.
  • Please subscribe our Stallion Press via the link on our school website. The Stallion Press is our best communication tool.
  • Please ensure your child’s medication list is up-to-date. Do this by contacting our front office at 720-424-3723 or 720-424-3721 or emailing yolanda_salas@dpsk12.org or melissa_nawrocki@dpsk12.org. If necessary, the district will provide certified nursing services to administer medication.
  • Our attendance policy on excused and unexcused absences will remain the same. If you wish to excuse your child from school, you must notify the school or the absence will be recorded as unexcused.

DPS has created a Family Resource Guide to help respond to your questions; it is available here. In addition, you may call the district’s Family Helpline at 720-423-3054 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. To keep up with general news about the strike, please visit teacherstrike.dpsk12.org.

During a strike, we may see picketing or other protest activity outside our school. We have worked to create a plan to ensure our building remains accessible to Steele families in the event of such activity.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this tough time.

I know some of you are concerned about the Science Fair scheduled for next Thursday, January 31. Our Science Fair committee is committed to this event happening as planned.