These schools are closed on March 12, out of an abundance of caution and following guidance from health officials.
Status of DPS-Sponsored Travel:
There are rapidly changing conditions here in Colorado as well as across the nation related to the spread of COVID-19. Because of this, we have canceled until further notice all district-sponsored international and out-of-state travel for all students and staff. This was a very difficult decision, and the overriding priority – as always – was the health and safety of our students and staff. (More information is available here.)
Status of DPS Facilities:
DPS has an established system to keep schools clean and minimize the spread of a virus. This includes a nightly disinfection of bathrooms, most of which are cleaned using pressure washers. We also conduct scheduled touch-surface cleanings throughout the week; these cleanings are increased if there is an illness outbreak at the school. Coronavirus is a respiratory illness, and with any respiratory or stomach illness outbreak at a school, DPS school nurses and school leaders use the DPS infectious disease outbreak process to track illnesses, notify health department officials, clean and disinfect schools, and notify staff and parents.
Stay home when you are sick, and keep your children at home when they are sick.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Avoid sharing cups and eating utensils with others.
Show Kindness and Compassion
This is an anxious time for the entire community. We are proud to be a Safe and Welcoming Community for our wonderfully diverse children and families, and we give each other comfort and strength by showing kindness and compassion. We ask that all remember that COVID-19 is not connected to any race, ethnicity, or nationality. Our DPS community members have family and loved ones across the country and around the globe, and we become stronger by supporting each other.