Update: 03/31/2020 9:30 am
Yesterday Governor Polis’ spoke to the media and said “All school districts… should prepare for traditional in classroom instruction to not return this school year,” said Polis. “I like to be an optimist, so it is possible, very unlikely.”
The Denver Street School has officially begun its distance learning program. As of 3/31/2020 all of DSS’ educational programs have moved to Google Classroom.
If you are at EAST CAMPUS HERE IS YOUR EXPECTATIONS DOC.
If you are at WEST CAMPUS HERE IS YOUR EXPECTATIONS DOC.
If you are at HOPE ACADEMY CONTACT YOUR PRINCIPAL.
Update: 03/19/2020 9:30 am
Per Governor Polis’ orders, the Denver Street School will be officially moving towards a distance learning model at least through Friday, April 17. Between today (Thursday, March 19) and April 17 we will remain attuned to both state and federal guidelines and keep you updated as appropriate. As you have experienced, the situation is evolving daily; therefore, you can expect DSS to remain in close communication with you as the situation warrants.
Update: 03/13/2020 9:30 am
Given the evolving situation w/ COVID-19 that is changing hour-by-hour, we have decided to implement an extended Spring Break, beginning Mon, March 16 – Mon, March 30.
Classes will resume on March 31.
If you, your student, or someone you have come into contact with test positive for COVID-19, please let your campus principal know.
We will continue to monitor the situation and post all changes to our school calendar on this webpage.
We continue to stress the importance of preventing the spread of infection and share the following information being circulated by healthcare officials:
- Avoid getting closer than six feet to anyone coughing or sneezing;
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds or use a hand sanitizer that has 60-95% alcohol. This is especially important after going to the bathroom, before eating, or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing;
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth;
- Cover your mouth with a tissue or your elbow if you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash, and then wash your hands;
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces regularly;
- Monitor the WHO and CDC websites for travel advisories and follow their recommendations.
Update: 03/12/2020 3:53 pm
As we move forward into our spring break, it appears as though many of the districts in our cities are preparing for extended spring breaks. This may very well carry over into conducting school remotely with students at home. We have been working to create our learning from the home model. This is an extremely fluid event; please keep open lines of communication with your student’s advocate at school.
When we return to school from spring break, please be mindful of how your child is feeling. If they are exhibiting symptoms, please keep them home.
Update: 03/12/2020 4:00 pm
Governor Polis, during his press conference yesterday afternoon, provided guidelines for schools if they experience confirmed cases of COVID-19 among their staff and/or students. Below are the applicable highlights of the governor’s press conference and the pertinent links regarding school closures. Denver Christian will follow the guidelines Governor Polis has set:
-Any school in Colorado with a single confirmed case of COVID-19 in staff or student will close for a minimum of 72 hours for cleaning and social distancing
-Any schools that are closed will partner with their local public health agency to conduct contact tracing and further COVID-19 testing.
-Any school with a second confirmed case of COVID-19 in staff or students within a 30 day period requires a second minimum of 72 closure for cleaning, testing, and public health investigation.
-Any school with 3 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in staff or students within a 30 day period requires closure for a minimum of 14 days.
-If 3 schools in a district have confirmed cases of COVID-19 within a 30 day period, all schools within the district are required to close for a minimum of 14 days for cleaning, testing and public health investigation.
To our DSS Families…
As our communities, nation, and the world are learning more about COVID-19, our hearts and prayers go out to all who have been affected by this outbreak. Please know that we’re concerned about the health and happiness of our students and staff, and because of that are taking steps to make DSS as safe as possible. The school is committed to maintaining a welcoming and clean environment. Here is what’s being done:
- We sanitize highly touched surfaces before and after every school day, including door handles, tables, desks, counters, and sinks.
- Our staff and faculty wash their hands frequently and stay home if they are sick.
- We keep our hand sanitizer stations around campus stocked for everyone to use.
- We are encouraging alternative ways to greet each other instead of handshakes.
- And over next week’s spring break, the school is receiving a deep clean.
If your student has any symptoms, such as a sore throat, fever, chills, and aches, or a cough, we ask that you please keep them at home until they are symptom-free for 48 hours. If they come to school with these symptoms or develop throughout the school day, we will send them home and contact you with details.
Because you are part of the DSS family, we’re also concerned about your safety. We value you and wanted to share tips for staying healthy as we navigate through this. We’re sure you’ve seen these from other sources but wanted to pass them along just in case. Here are the best practices to follow to care for you and the people around you:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol as a temporary solution.
- Cough or sneeze into a tissue if possible; if none are available to use your elbow, not your hand.
- Avoid touching your face; remember ‘the average person touches their face up to 100 times per day’!
- Avoid contact with other people’s hands and consider other greeting options.
- If you have any combination of fever, body aches, nausea, fatigue, weakness, chills, or sweats, please take care of yourself and protect others by staying home. Contact your medical provider for follow-up care.
We are privileged to serve your student and your family and are committed to getting through this together. Please call me at 720.449.6320 with any concerns or questions.
Acting Executive Director