Denver East Angels and Families,
I hope you are well and that you are finding some time to relax and enjoy moments of summer with your family and friends!
Over the course of the last several weeks, I have continued to work with our school’s leadership team, a district workgroup focusing on the opening of school for 2020-21, and Denver Public Schools (DPS) District leaders to create a solid plan for entry into the new school year.
Today, you likely received a communication from our Superintendent’s Office related to returning to school. This note states that DPS is now planning on a return to full, in-person learning with health precautions in place for students and staff in August. This plan was developed in response to guidance provided the Metro Denver Partnership for Health, details of which may be found at https://www.coloradohealthinstitute.org/sites/default/files/file_attachments/Metro_20Denver_Partnership_for_Health_School_Guidance_25June2020.pdf.
The school district will also provide an option for completely online learning for grades K-12 in order to support students who prefer not to return to school in-person. DPS is requesting that all families complete a survey by July 10th related to interest in on-line learning and transportation needs. This survey can be found at https://survey.k12insight.com/survey.aspx?k=RQsUPPTYsQWRsPsPsP&lang=0&data=.
What we know for certain is that the pandemic-related context that will be present as we enter August is not yet completely understood. Fluctuations in the status of COVID-19 in local communities, and nationally, are creating shifts in plans and policies, making our ability to be completely confident in “what will be,” more difficult now than it will be a month from now.
For that reason, the leadership team at East has created a flexible plan that prepares us for a full opening of school but also will allow us to be responsive if there is a need to reduce the amount of time that students are able to be together at school at the beginning of the year, or as we progress. While we will be well-prepared for a full opening, we will also be ready to implement adaptations of our schedule if and when we are directed to do so by the State of Colorado and/or the leadership of the Denver Public Schools District.
We understand that there may be elements of the Denver Public School District direction that seem challenging to fully implement at our school site but please know that we will continue to work with our district partners to determine how to best provide a safe context in August that places the health and wellness of our students and staff first.
More than anything, we are looking forward to having our Angels back in our school and back in their classrooms! In the meantime, during the week of July 20th, I hope to send you an update regarding the start-of-school plan as well as the schedule for the 2020-21 school year.
Until then, I wish you the very best of health and many relaxing days of summer.
All the best,