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April 3, 2020

Dear DCSD Community,

Today marks the completion of our first full week of remote learning. I hope you and your family are finding a bit of a routine and normalcy during this time.

I want to share with you that I, along with 13 other school district superintendents across the Front Range, have collectively made the difficult decision to keep our schools closed to in-person learning for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. Click here to view the collective letter from myself and these 13 additional superintendents.

This closure includes all in-person instruction, athletics/activities, BASE (before and after school care), preschool, outdoor education, DCSD sponsored field trips/camps, and facility rentals.

A significant consideration in making this decision today is that many models currently show that the impact of COVID-19 is likely to peak in the last week of April. Even once COVID-19 reaches its peak in Colorado, we know that there will be an equivalent amount of time after the peak in which the virus continues to pose a significant threat. The continued safety and public health risk this presents for our students, staff, and families moves us to take the step of extended closure to in-person learning through the balance of the school year. 

I participated on a call this morning with Governor Jared Polis, Colorado Commissioner of Education Katy Anthes, and many area school district superintendents. During that call, Governor Polis acknowledged that having students continue with remote learning for the remainder of the school year eliminates yet another transition for our students.

Please know this was not an easy decision and we recognize the impact this has on our families. However, I feel this is the best step for us to take as a school district and a community. With this extended closure, Monday, April 6 will be a teacher planning day with no student assignments or classes. If your child attends a DCSD charter school, please check in with your child’s school.

DCSD will continue with remote learning through the end of the school year. As I shared with you yesterday, the DCSD Remote Learning Plan is now available and I believe it will answer many of the questions you may have. This plan includes details on grading, attendance, hours students should spend learning online each day, and more. Additionally, there is a Remote Learning Frequently Asked Questions page on the DCSD website. We will continue to update this page as needed.

My communication earlier this week included details on continuing our free breakfast and lunch for anyone 18 years and younger, the waiver of community service hours for 2020 graduates, technology access during remote learning, special education services, mental health resources, prom, and more. If needed, please reference my April 1 communication, or visit our website at www.dcsdk12.org/coronavirus for updates and resources.

Our Class of 2020, and other milestone student celebrations are of utmost importance and we are looking into options for high school graduations, as well as other K-12 student celebrations. I will share more information on our plan as soon as it is available.

This is an unprecedented situation we find ourselves in and I encourage you and your loved ones to continue following the advice and guidance of healthcare professionals. As I mentioned above, COVID-19 is expected to peak in our area during the last week of April. Please remember to avoid playgrounds, athletic fields, ballparks, tracks, etc. located on DCSD property, and follow the Stay-At-Home executive order issued by Governor Polis.

Most importantly, please remember to take care of one another during this time. We are in this together and we appreciate the strength of our DCSD family. For the latest information, resources, and more, visit www.dcsdk12.org/coronavirus.

Thomas S. Tucker, Ph.D.
Superintendent
Douglas County School District

Please visit the website below to see updated information on COVID19 from the Douglas County School District:

DCSD COVID19 Website

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REMOTE LEARNING FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE 2019/2020 SCHOOL YEAR

Principal: Molly Gnaegy

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Assistant Principal: Katie Sodaro-Jensen

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Principals Secretary/Bookkeeper:

Christine Murphy - 303.387.6254 camurphy@dcsdk12.org

 

Registrar: Heather Kramarczyk

303.387.6259

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Health Assistant: Jessica Riescher

303.387.6253

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Main Office: 303-387-6250
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First Bell: 8:35 am
Tardy Bell: 8:40 am
Dismissal: 3:30 pm
Delayed Start: 10:10 am
Office Hours: 8:15 am-3:45 pm

Express Check-In for the 2019/20 school year will open on July 15, 2019. All parents need to log into Express Check-in to complete the new school year checkin process. 

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If you quality for the Free and Reduced Lunch Program, please submit a copy of your qualifying letter to the office as soon as possible.  This program not only covers the cost of school breakfast and lunch, but also any school fees your student may have. This includes field trips and full day kindergarten tuition. Fees can not be waived/adjusted without the office having a copy of this years current letter on file.

 

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