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DPS and DCTA Reach Tentative Agreement, End Strike

Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019

Denver Public Schools and the Denver Classroom Teachers Association reached a tentative agreement on a new ProComp contract shortly after 6 a.m. on Thursday, after negotiating through the night.

All DPS schools were open on Thursday. Preschool (ECE) classes were still canceled, due to the late hour that the agreement was reached. Preschool classes resumed on Friday.

When the agreement was signed at 6:15 a.m., DCTA announced that the strike was called off. Teachers were expected to return to work in order to receive pay on Thursday. The tentative agreement must be ratified by the DCTA membership and then approved by the Denver Board of Education.

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Support for Families

Questions about how the strike might affect your family? Have a specific worry or concern? Reach out to the Family Helpline at 720-423-3054 between 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. Help is available in multiple languages!

What to Expect At Your School During a Teacher Strike

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Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

What is a strike?

A strike is when members of an employee union refuse to work as a form of protest, usually to pressure their employer to meet their demands.

DPS and the local teachers union — the Denver Classroom Teachers Association (DCTA) — regularly negotiate the terms of the work agreements between classroom teachers, specialized service providers (like school counselors, psychologists, nurses or speech language pathologists) and the district.

Should students attend school if there is a strike?

Yes. Most of our schools will stay open during normal hours. Students should attend school as usual. For ECE, if a strike does occur, all classes will be canceled for the duration of the strike. We will not be charging tuition for any days that our ECE classrooms are closed.

Is it safe to send my student to school?

Yes. DPS staff will be at each campus to make sure students are safe during the school day. DPS Safety Team members are working with school leaders to ensure buildings remain accessible in the event of protests or picketing. With that being said, all ECE classes will be canceled for the duration of the strike. We will not be charging tuition for any days that our ECE classrooms are closed.

Will my school’s schedule change?

No. School hours will stay the same — including before- and after-school care through Discovery Link and its enrichment programming. School meals and school bus transportation will all follow the normal schedules, as well. With that being said, all ECE classes will be canceled for the duration of the strike. We will not be charging tuition for any days that our ECE classrooms are closed.

Will student learning take place during a strike?

Yes. Qualified DPS staff, including certified guest teachers and administrators with educator licenses, will be in schools providing instruction during the strike. We will have grade- and subject-specific lesson plans so that guest teachers can teach high-quality lessons to students. With that being said, all ECE classes will be canceled for the duration of the strike. We will not be charging tuition for any days that our ECE classrooms are closed.

Will schools continue to serve meals?

Yes. Your school’s food service will continue to provide all meals as usual.

Will school buses continue to operate during a strike?

Yes. Transportation services will not change and will continue to bring students to and from school as scheduled.

Will sports and other before- and afterschool activities take place during a strike?

Please check with your school for more information, as this may vary by school.

What if my child has special needs or receives special services in school?

We are prioritizing our students with special needs as we make staffing arrangements during the strike. If your child has an Individualized Education Program (IEP), 504 plan or other special needs, your school will reach out to you to discuss services being provided.

How to Prepare for a Strike

Update Your Contact Information

Make sure that your contact information is up-to-date, either by logging into Parent Portal or contacting your school’s front office, so that your school can notify you of any unexpected changes. Your school will need updated phone numbers, e-mails and home addresses for parents, guardians and other emergency contacts. Also, be sure your school has an updated list of your child’s medications.

Stay Informed

DPS will provide the latest districtwide information on our website,, as well as via social media, email and recorded phone messages to families. We encourage you to pay close attention to communications from your school for the most specific information for your family.  

Get Involved

You can volunteer at your school to help in the classroom or on the playground. For more information, reach out to your school’s front office or the family helpline at 720-423-3054.

Talking to Your Children About a Strike

Taking Time to Talk

If teachers strike, take time to talk with your children about what is happening as this experience may be confusing for them. To help you have these important conversations, we’ve put together a few tips to help. Children may be confused or worried. Be sure to talk with them and listen to their concerns.

Explain what a strike is, that the strike is temporary and that their teachers will return to work when the strike is over.

Encourage your children to continue to focus on their schoolwork.

Elementary Grade-level Tips

When talking with younger children, keep explanations simple. Reassure your children that they didn’t do anything wrong, and that sometimes adults have disagreements, so they need to work together to solve their problems.

Secondary Grade-Level Tips

Explain that there are two sides: DCTA and the school district, and that they are both trying to arrive at an agreement that is fair to everyone. Use the situation to engage your child in a conversation about the issues involved in the strike. Information about the district’s proposal can be found here.