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DPS Daily Update: March 19

Mar. 19, 2020
 

Gov. Polis Suspends All In-Person Learning through April 17: 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. Click here for Superintendent Susana Cordova’s letter to the community on the plans for remote learning.

Daily Facebook Live Update with DPS Board Members and Superintendent: Broadcast every weekday at 10 a.m. on our DPS Facebook page.

Board of Education Tele-Meeting Tonight: Due to the March 16 announcement of “Coronavirus Guidelines for America” prohibiting gatherings of 10 people, the board had a shortened Regular Board Meeting tonight via Zoom. The board approved the purchase of approximately 9,000 additional Chromebooks to help the district ensure that our students have equitable access to remote learning. DPS will purchase the same model that it currently uses for the MyTech program, and expects the devices to be delivered mid-April. 

At-Home Activities for Students: We asked our DPS educators to send us suggestions for simple, fun, at-home activities to share with our families over the extended break. We’re posting some each day, in lots of different subjects, on our Facebook page and the DPS website.

Supporting Team DPS: The DPS Board of Education and district leadership deeply appreciate the work of our employees in educating and supporting Denver’s children. Throughout the extended break, DPS will continue to provide all of our full-time and scheduled, part-time employees with their regular pay and full benefits. Our Human Resources team is available to answer questions from our different employee groups as they come up, and as the situation evolves.

Grab-and-Go Meal Centers: We’re following weather and travel conditions closely in case there need to be changes to the regular meal distributions due to the winter storm. Dinner is being served Thursday evening at the Rec Center locations run by the city. Updates related to the weather will be shared through our website and social media. Barring any changes due to the weather, our Grab-and-Go Meal Centers are open weekdays for breakfast (8-9 a.m.) and lunch (noon-1 p.m.) at these locations. Breakfast and lunch is also available for adults and can be picked up every weekday. In addition, food for the weekend will be available for families to pick up every Friday through our partnership with Food for Thought. The adult and weekend meals are made possible by fundraising from the DPS Foundation’s Food Security Fund. All meals for students and their families can be picked up during either time slot. Vegetarian options will be available. In order to maximize our federal funding for student meal services, we ask that children be present to receive their meals. The City of Denver is offering Grab-and-Go dinners for children 18 years of age and younger every weekday from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Click here for more information on all of our meal services.

The Importance of Social Distancing: In order to fight the spread of COVID-19, our health partners are emphasizing the importance of staying home as much as possible and social distancing. More information is available here.

State/SAT/ACT Testing: The Colorado Department of Education on March 17 announced that all of the annual Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) exams for this year have been canceled. In addition, the separate college-admissions testing (SAT and ACT) have postponed testing dates. More information is available here.