East Angels and Parents, 

I hope you are at home and healthy! With this extended Spring Break, I already miss having our Angels in our hallways and around our Campus. While this frustration will continue for the next number of weeks, I look forward to having our students reconnect with their teachers soon. This reconnection will occur through the valuable learning experiences provided by the Denver East Remote Learning System starting Tuesday, April 7. 

As you are aware, Gov. Polis has issued an executive order that suspends in-person learning in all public and private schools across the state until at least April 17. This means that DPS will not host in-person DPS classes until at least Monday, April 20. Along with this, Mayor Hancock has now provided a “Stay at Home Directive,” requiring us all to be in our homes unless engaged in the approved, largely work-related, activities. 

You are also aware that DPS Superintendent Cordova has put in place an Extended Spring Break continuing through Monday, April 6, again, with “remote learning” activities starting on Tuesday, April 7. 

As you can understand, this is a significant shift in the way we do the business of teaching and learning at our school. We have been working hard to engage a strong and positive shift into this model and we look forward to rolling out our effort to our students, with purpose and intention, soon. 

The Purpose of the Denver East Remote Learning System is to ensure that every Angel gains a positive experience as an online learner, accessing engaging and meaningful academic experiences that provide for a successful continuation of their learning through the completion of the 2019-20 school year. All students will be continuing in their semester 2 classes with the same teachers, but in the online context. 

With this in mind, we are learning, planning, collaborating, and creating for our students and our community and we look forward to sharing this awesome effort with you. While this will be new for all of us, we will expect and appreciate your patience and thoughtfulness as we engage a new system, learning along the way, for our students. As we quickly move forward, we need information related to the technology that you have available in your home. If you have not already done so, please, complete this short survey by noon today, Tuesday, March 24. You should complete the survey for each member of your family. 

Chromebooks for home use will be distributed to students who need a device on Wednesday and Thursday of this week. 

To check out a Chromebook from East High School, a parent or student will need to:

  • Come to the front of East High School at these times: 
    • Wednesday, March 25
      • Freshman: 9:00-11:00 am
      • Seniors: 3:00-5:00 pm
    • Thursday, March 26
      • Sophomores: 9:00-11:00 am
      • Juniors: 3:00-5:00 pm
    • If you are unable to pick up at the assigned time, it is OK to come to another time slot 
    • Curbside pick-up (preferred) will be available if you drive from Colfax onto City Park Esplanade
    • Walk-ups will be served at the front door of the school if needed
  • Bring a student ID
  • Line up using “Social Distancing” norms, staying at least six feet away from any other students, parents, or staff members that are present
  • Receive a disinfected Chromebook and cord from an East staff member
  • Return home immediately after receiving the Chromebook- there will be no social time or group engagement allowed on campus.
  • Follow Mayor Hancock’s “Stay at Home Directive.” Picking up a device for learning activities at the school is an acceptable activity under the Stay at Home Directive, as long as participants come to the campus only for that reason and return home immediately. 

Internet access is required to be able to participate in the Denver East Remote Learning system. If you do not have internet access at home or through a hot-spot on your phone or a family member’s telephone, the Denver Public Schools advises use of free Xfinity Hotspots around the city. You may reside in the catchment area of one of these Hotspots ( Click here to view the Xfinity WiFi Hotspot map). DPS is also planning to have a number of mobile hotspots available for student use by early April. If you have need for one of these hotspots, or if you know of someone who does, please, e-mail me to let me know and I will place the name on a waitlist for this resource ( john_youngquist@dpsk12.org). 

Most importantly, our teachers are looking forward to reconnecting with our Angels through the remote learning experience soon. Details related to this system will be sent to you through upcoming issues of the “Friday News” in the next couple of weeks. 

I wish you the very best, 

John Youngquist