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DPS Letter to Parents/Guardians



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Parents and guardians:

Teachers, school staff, families, and especially students are adjusting to a “new normal” of learning in a world where we are all staying, learning, and working at home in order to contain the spread of COVID-19. In this new phase of learning at home, beginning Monday, April 6, we are strengthening the connection between our teachers, students, and families and expanding the availability of learning material. We call it “blended remote learning.”

DPS’s vision statement is, “Igniting Limitless Potential.” We are calling our remote-learning initiative “Ignite at Home.” We know that there is no substitute for learning in the classroom, but we will foster our students’ limitless potential in every possible way.

More learning material, more contact with teachers and schools

Starting next week:

  • UPDATE - New instructional packets for your students will be available next week from the Parent/Guardian Curriculum Resources page linked from your school’s website and at Parents and guardians of high school students may pick up new learning packets at your child’s school, Tuesday, April 7, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. or 4-6 p.m. Instructional packets for elementary and middle school students will be mailed next week to families who do not have online access and request them. (Schools will contact you to let you know how.) We are practicing safe social distancing so that you may safely receive the new instructional material!

  • Teachers will have two hours of “office hours” every day to connect with students and families through email, video chat, or by phone; your school will provide specific information later this week. They will provide guidance, encouragement, and feedback on your child’s schoolwork, and will be available to answer your questions.

As we continue working together to stop the spread of COVID-19, we will also work together with families to ensure that our students continue to learn and grow. Schools are irreplaceable, and our students are invaluable. Even though we’re required to be socially “distant,” we will not be far from your child.