Douglas County Schools CLOSED March 16 - 27

Douglas County Schools CLOSED March 16 - 27
Posted on 03/12/2020
remote learningDear Douglas County Community,

In an effort to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Douglas County School District will be closed from Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27. This includes our already scheduled Spring Break next week.

This two-week school closure includes Before and After Care (BASE), preschool, outdoor education, and any DCSD-sponsored spring break activities, field trips, and camps, as well as facility rentals.

We will reassess the situation as we get closer to that end date, and decide if students and staff should return on Monday, March 30. Superintendents are calling on the Colorado Department of Education for flexibility on mandatory seat time and state testing requirements.

We strongly encourage student attendance tomorrow, Friday March 13. Students will be receiving instructional materials and directions to be ready for remote learning during the week of March 23-27. If your child has any personal items at school, including any medications, we strongly encourage parents to pick those items up prior to the end of school on Friday, March 13.

We are facing an unprecedented public health crisis in our community. The decision to close our school district was extremely difficult, made in consultation with other area Superintendents and out of an abundance of caution for our families. We know that closing our schools will have a significant impact on our families, but we also believe that strong, urgent action must be taken to prevent the spread of this disease and to protect lives.

During the closure, all schools, district facilities, buses will undergo additional deep cleanings with recommended disinfectants. We encourage the community to continue hand washing and follow other recommendations from the CDC about how to avoid the spread of illness.

Our goal is always to protect the safety, health and wellness of our students, staff, and families. Our strength as a community is our greatest asset. We can work together to protect each other and slow the progression of COVID-19.

We will continue to remain in contact with our partners at the Tri-County Health Department and the Colorado Department of Education, and we will keep you updated with new information as it becomes available.

Please continue to check your email, DCSD website (www.dcsdk12.org) DCSD mobile app, social media, and text for updates. We thank you for your support and partnership in this effort.

Sincerely,

Thomas S. Tucker, Ph.D.
Superintendent
Douglas County School District
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