DPS Daily Update: March 23

Mar. 23, 2020

Technology Survey: Any DPS family that hasn’t already done so is asked to please complete the “Technology Survey” by noon on Tuesday, March 24. In preparation for the start of remote learning on April 7, we want to understand what computers and learning technologies families have in their homes for children to use.

Mayor’s Hancock’s “stay-at-home” order does allow for families to visit schools to pick up learning technology. Families will not need to go inside school buildings. The distribution will take place outside of school buildings and will strictly follow the explicit direction of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment when distributing Chromebooks to families.

Distribution will begin at DPS schools on Wednesday, March 25, and more details will be forthcoming.

Grab-and-Go Meal Centers Remain Open: Denver Public Schools will continue to offer free breakfast and lunch meals to students and families at locations throughout the city, every weekday, from 8 to 9 a.m. and from noon to 1 p.m.  Please note that the mayor’s stay-at-home order allows for people to go out for food. And as a reminder, both breakfast and lunch can be picked up during either time slot. For details, please click here.

Remote Learning Plan: We are finalizing DPS’ remote learning plan so our students can continue their education while our school buildings are closed. The plan is meant to support continuous instruction, provide access to technology for all students, and maintain a connection to the community. It lays out options and best practices for remote learning, checklists and sample schedules for parents and families, technology resources, and more! As a reminder, remote learning will begin on April 7th.

Denver Health’s School-Based Health Centers Moving to Phone Visits: For the week of March 23, Denver Health School-Based Medical Providers will be available to answer any medical questions you or your student might have. There will be no face-to-face visits on-site, but phone visits are available to assist with non-urgent medical questions, medication refills, and to help connect you to other Denver Health resources.

The SBHC team of mental health therapists and psychiatrists will be available to call previously scheduled patients by phone.

Lincoln Campus SBHC: 720-423-5020
North Campus SBHC: 720-423-2718
Place Bridge Campus SBHC: 720-424-2050
Evie Dennis Campus SBHC: 720-423-7610 

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 many different subjects, on our Facebook page and the DPS website.

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.