Friday Folder, September 11, 2020

Returning to In-Person Learning Safely and Gradually

As we have throughout the pandemic, DPS continues to work closely with health experts and partners at Denver Health and other local and state officials to plan for a safe and gradual return to in-person learning. We encourage you to check back at our Current COVID Conditions and Readiness Indicator website to see data provided directly from Denver Health and updated daily.  

Based on the latest health data and feedback from our teachers, leaders and families, we plan to bring elementary students back to our classrooms for in-person learning using a phased-in approach over the coming weeks. We’re particularly eager to bring our elementary students back for in-person learning because we know that all of our young children learn best through social interaction, hands-on activities, and strong relationships with educators. 

Families of students at charter schools are encouraged to check with their school directly for specific start dates and expectations. 

Kindergarten, First Grade and K-2 Students at Primary Special-Education Centers

We’re excited to announce that kindergarten and first-grade students, and students in primary special education centers (grades K-2), will be the next groups to return to in-person learning. We want to give students and teachers plenty of time to adjust to the “new normal” of health and safety protocols at school, so they may begin with shorter days where students can participate in orientations to learn new routines and how to navigate their new classrooms.

  • Sept. 28-Oct. 2: Kindergarten students, some first-grade students, and primary special-education center students start to phase in.
  • Oct. 5-9: All first-grade students start to phase in.

School leaders will be working with their teams over the next week to put their specific plans together for a safe, gradual return of these students. 

Grades 2-5

  • Oct. 12-16: Health and safety orientations begin for grades 2-5.
  • Oct. 21: All elementary students (ECE-5th grade) return to full in-person learning.

PE Lessons for next week – The Floor is Lava

Before next week, please have the conversation with your kids about what they can step or climb on (pillows, chairs, stuffed animals, blankets, couches, etc.).

I just want to apologize to all the Park Hill parents up front 😊 for encouraging your kids to climb on your furniture. I figured kids are climbing off the walls anyways, so why not have fun with it!

Thank you,

Mrs. Horeis, PE teacher and mom of 2 elementary boys!

Free Meals For All Kids this Fall

Park Hill is excited to announce that DPS has received a waiver from the USDA, and is therefore once again able to offer free breakfast and lunch meals to any person, 18 years and under, until December 31, 2020.  This is a significant change from last week when we were only able to provide meals to DPS students.  The updated changes are summarized below:

  • We can serve free meals to all children, 18 years and younger, through the end of the year.
  • Parents and guardians can pick up meals for their children at any school or bus delivery location, Monday – Friday, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm.
  • Breakfast and lunch meals for adults are also available for purchase at a small cost.

*If you plan to make school lunch a part of your student(s) daily routine, please email Dennis_Geck@dpsk12.org, so that he may plan accordingly.

The September lunch menu is attached.  The menu items are served at all (86) distribution sites and (16) bus meal locations.

Immunization Information

All children enrolled in school, whether they are attending school remotely due to the pandemic or are attending classes in person, are required to submit immunization records and exemptions. 

Please continue to follow the immunization schedules for your children. The American Academy of Pediatrics and CDC are urging families to continue with vaccinations during this period. This is critical in keeping vaccine preventable diseases from resurfacing. Please call your healthcare provider or nearby school based health center if you are due for regular vaccinations. 

Please email immunization forms and/or questions to Wendy_Harper@dpsk12.org. You may also fax records to 720-424-4935.