Remote learning can happen under two different scenarios:
The hybrid option is a mix of remote and in-person learning. View more information about the hybrid option.
Charter families: Please check with your school directly, as the information above may not apply to your student.
English Learners will continue to have access to MLE (formerly ELA) support services, including dedicated English Language Development and native language Spanish instruction.
DPS is committed to equity, and this includes services and programs for students with disabilities. We recognize that virtual learning needs to be specialized to fit the individual needs of students, particularly for our students with IEPs. DPS schools will ensure that students with disabilities have equal access to the same opportunities as general education students. Schools will implement the IEP of a student with a disability to the greatest extent possible. Special Education departments nationally and locally recognize that this will be challenging under the circumstances and that compensatory services may be necessary to ensure equity for all students. Please review our Virtual Learning Plan for more information.
All special education students have Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), which support their grade-level instruction. Any instructional resource will have to be customized to the student’s needs based upon their IEP. The SPED department is using CARES Act funding to purchase instructional resource materials to support student’s access to grade-level instruction while participating in 100% virtual learning. For further questions, please contact email@example.com.
Middle and high school families had until Monday, Sept. 28 to make their final selection. Elementary family decisions were due on Friday, Sept. 18. If your family’s situation changes, and you want to change your learning option at your current school during the first semester, please connect with your school leader to find out if the school will be able to accommodate your request.
For more information, please visit the Choice & Enrollment website.
Our Nursing Services team has an established connection with the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment (DDPHE), including epidemiologists and other doctors who guide us regarding infectious disease. We also have an established partnership with Denver Health because of our School Based Health Clinics. Dr. Steven G. Federico is the Director of General Pediatrics / School and Community Programs at Denver Health and Dr. William Burman specializes in infectious disease and partners with Denver Health and DDPHE. We also continue to follow guidance issued by the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and the Colorado Department of Education (CDE).
Each local health department gives guidance for their specific county. DPS makes decisions based on health conditions in Denver in consultation with the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment and Denver Health.
While this hasn’t been addressed directly at this time by CDE, districts and schools will continue to respond to general emergencies, including evacuation plans, and crisis intervention. We will plan for safe distancing protocols for fire drills, evacuation, and shelter in place. Staff with crisis intervention training will be identified to assist with behavioral and emotional emergency responses.
DPS is partnering with Denver-based Gary Community Investments to provide access to free COVID-19 testing and support to all DPS employees.
COVIDCheck Colorado is a social-benefit enterprise of Gary Community Investments, and our partnership provides all staff access to fast and accurate COVID-19 testing, symptom tracking, and tools to support public health department contact-tracing efforts. COVID-19 testing, combined with symptom-tracking tools, helps us manage potential outbreaks before they start and quickly provide support to anyone who tests positive for the virus.
Following best practices, preventative measures were implemented for Legionella by ensuring that water was turned on by Operations staff in all DPS building water outlets for at least 30 seconds daily during the Stay-at-Home period when school buildings were not in use.
Nap mats must be spaced out according to physical distancing guidelines and will be sanitized daily. Each student will be assigned a “blue bag” for storing their blanket and sheet. The ECE department is looking into preparing individual boxes of materials for students to avoid sharing commonly used items like scissors, glue, etc.
Masks will be required for all students over the age of three and all adults when on school grounds. For more information, please view our mask guidance.
Classrooms will be reconfigured in order to provide safe physical distancing. Classrooms may be decluttered with the removal of soft/plush toys and wider spaces will be created. Nap mats (which are easily sanitized) may be used for activities to promote some social distancing.
Each school will have procedures in place for daily drop off and pickup. Parents will each use a different pen to sign in and pens will be sanitized daily. Students’ temperatures will be taken with a touchless thermometer.
Unfortunately, we are unable to provide virtual learning for ECE students at this time.
The determination on masks will be made case-by-case, based on the individual needs of the students. We are providing multiple options that minimize the spread of COVID-19 to support communication between students who are hearing impaired and their teachers/peers. These options include masks that allow for speech reading, face shields, and plexiglass barriers.
Our special education department is currently developing guidelines to support students based on the various groups and needs within special education. This guidance will cover a wide variety of issues and topics such as determining compensatory services, families that choose the Virtual Program (fully remote) option, making up missed evaluations, and how services will be delivered under the current health guidelines. When instructional staff return to work, they will be trained in these guidelines. Families will work with their school-level team to resolve individual concerns.
For most students in DPS, there should not be any significant changes. The decisions will be determined by the school IEP team. Placement in special education and services are unique to the individual students. Once the health guidelines are finalized, then the special education department will develop guides for school team to consider when making individual student decisions regarding their schedule and how services will be delivered.
No. At this time, our school calendar has not been impacted by the delayed start. Check out our school calendar here for reference.
In order to accommodate as many students as we can, we will pick up students in three waves in the morning and afternoon. Bus information will be available for parents as soon as possible in Infinite Campus and the Parent Portal.
Due to COVID-19 restraints, our buses will only have a 33% capacity. Because we will be transporting fewer students this fall, we will be changing eligibility standards, which may be viewed here.