Classes Cancelled on Friday, April 27
Dear DPS Families,
We wanted to provide an update about the class schedule for Friday, April 27. Due to significant anticipated teacher absences, DPSis cancelling all classes for Friday, April 27. (Innovation and charter schools can opt out of cancelling classes and decide to operate on a normal schedule.)
As we have been communicating with you, DPS has been working in partnership to press our state government to restore education funding to our schools. The statewide teachers association, the Colorado Education Association (CEA), is planning a statewide rally of educators on Friday, April 27, to advocate for greater state funding and expects that many of our teachers will participate.
We had originally planned an early release on Friday, but due to the number of teachers planning to take the entire day off on Friday, we do not believe we will be able to keep our schools open on Friday. This is the case with most of our surrounding districts as well.
The decision to cancel classes is not one made lightly, but given the current situation, we feel we will not be able to provide a productive learning day and fulfill our promise of a safe school environment for our students.
This is still a working day for DPS staff, and teachers and others participating in the rally must work with their supervisor to take appropriate leave.
Here is some additional information about the day to support you in planning:
- Athletics: District-scheduled high school athletic games will continue as scheduled. Middle school athletic games are cancelled.
- The African-American Young Ladies’ Summit has been rescheduled for May 18. More information will be shared soon.
- We are working across schools and school-support teams to keep the 34th Annual Shakespeare Festival scheduled as planned for this Friday. It is a day of great joy, and our students and educators have worked very hard to prepare for the festival. Given the Call for Action at the Capital on the 27th, if you are interested and available in helping chaperone the Shakespeare Festival, please contact your school principal.
We know that this change may cause an inconvenience and burden to families. If you have concerns about childcare during this time, please contact your school first regarding information about extended care and community partners who may be able to assist. If you have additional questions, contact the Family and Community Engagement team’s family hotline at 720-423-3054.
Thank you for your understanding, your support of our educators and your partnership in our students’ education.
Tom Boasberg, DPS Superintendent