DPS Daily Update: March 24

Mar. 24, 2020
 

Computer Distribution, Based on Family Technology Survey, Begins Tomorrow, March 25: In preparation for the start of remote learning on April 7, DPS schools will be distributing laptop computers to families this week, beginning on Wednesday. Schools will be sharing their schedules and more information with their families. And if you were unable to fill out the technology survey but still need a computer for your child, please still plan to attend the computer distribution at your school. Look for an update for your student’s schools specific information. 

Mayor Hancock’s “stay-at-home” order allows families to visit schools to pick up learning technology and food. 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 computers to families.  Click here for more details on the health and safety precautions.

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.

Update on Tracking, Reporting COVID-19 Cases: As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise in Denver and across the state and nation, it is creating a significant strain on resources and staffing of our health agencies. And given that schools are now closed across the state, there is no longer a system in place for health officials to notify school districts when a student or staff member has tested positive for COVID-19. 

Given the extraordinary measures taken by state officials to shut down many services and businesses, as well as the new stay-at-home mandate for those in Denver, it is clear that there is significant exposure risk in the community. 

Given all of these circumstances, we are no longer able to track COVID-19 cases among DPS students and staff members at this time, or send communications to the DPS community on specific cases. DPS continues to share information and resources with staff and families on ways to flatten the curve and follow the social-distancing guidelines of health officials. 

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.