Friday Folder Bulletin, March 6, 2020

Dear Park Hill Families:

It is our priority to keep you informed about events that impact our school and students. This letter is to let you know that, due to the large number of expected teacher absences for the Colorado Education Association (CEA) “Educator Day of Action” on Thursday, March 19, DPS made the decision to change the district calendar for this one day. 

There will be no school for Park Hill students on Thursday, March 19. All DPS schools will be closed to students, including preschools. School at Park Hill will resume as normal on Friday, March 20. 

Discovery Link will be open to current Discovery Link families on March 19, and DPS will not charge families camp fees for this day. Please fill out the intent-to-attend information if you are currently signed up for the program and would like to use the service on March 19. 

The CEA is promoting the “Day of Action” for educators to rally at the Colorado State Capitol on the important issue of the inadequate funding level that school districts receive from our state government.

We apologize for any inconvenience this change may cause you. If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the DPS Family and Community Helpline at 720-423-3054 or email FACEhelpline@dpsk12.org.

In addition….

As many of you may know, we have a significant amount of sick students home from school and/or being sent home on a daily basis. Illnesses have varied between stomach virus, uncontrolled coughing, and fever (>100) with flu-like symptoms, all of which are very contagious. If your child experiences any of these symptoms please keep them at home to minimize exposure to others. Specifically, we ask that they be free from fever or vomiting for 24 hours before returning.

We encourage each of you to be diligent in minimizing the spread of germs. Although these may be common sense, the following suggestions serve good reminders.

-Stay home when you are sick. If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

-Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way.

 -Cover coughs and sneezes. Use a tissue to cover coughs and sneezes, then dispose of the tissue. When a tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into your elbow.

-Clean and disinfect surfaces or objects. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Find additional CDC resources on how to clean and disinfect schools.

-Wash hands for 20 seconds. Washing hands often under clean, running water can help prevent the spread of germs. If you cannot wash your hands, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60-95% alcohol.

UPCOMING DATES:
March 8:  Daylight Savings Time Begins – Turn Clocks Ahead One Hour
March 11:  9:15 am – 2:00 pm – First Grade to Arvada Center
March 13: ECE non-student contact day
March 17:  5:30 pm – 6:30 pm – YMCA Presentation for Parents in Auditorium
March 18:  Fourth Grade Music Concert
Ms. Euser’s & Ms. G’s classes @ 5:30pm 
Ms. Strumor’s & Ms. Demos’s classes  @ 6:30pm 
March 19:  NO SCHOOL for students – Non Student Contact Day (change in the DPS Calendar)
March 24 – 26:  CMAS testing (3rd – 5th Grade)
March 30 – April 3:  NO SCHOOL – SPRING BREAK
April 6: – NO SCHOOL for students – Planning / Assessment Day
April 7:  Students Return to School from Spring Break
April 9:  Classroom and Individual Photos Taken
April 13 – 17 – CMAS Testing (3rd – 5th Grade)
April 28:  Fifth Grade Music Performance
Ms. Mills & Mr. Ash @ 5:30 pm
Mr. Ferguson & Mr. Cowen @ 6:30 pm