We wanted to provide an update on how this extended spring break will work at our school.
Once again, we would like to reiterate that our school will be open on Monday and Tuesday of next week. These days aren’t intended for instruction but instead as additional time to transition to the extended spring break and give families more time to come into school buildings and get what they need for the extra time off.
In order to provide our students with access to the academic practice that is imperative to their success, we will provide 5 days worth of academic plans and resources for students to independently complete. Due to this being an “extension of spring break,” this work will not be reflected in the grade book.
For a comprehensive document of our school closure procedure, please click here.
Please know that things are constantly changing, so this information is up to date as of the time of 3:00 PM.
Why is DPS open on Friday, March 13?
DPS is open because there have not been any confirmed cases of staff or students with COVID-19. This day is meant to wrap up learning and to launch into the extended break.
How long is break?
Break will run from Monday, March 16 through Monday, April 6. Students will return on Tuesday, April 7. This may change based on new information.
What is the one thing I should do over break?
Check your email at least once a day!
Will Saturday School be Offered?
Saturday School will be suspended until further notice.
What happens with testing like PSAT, SAT, Science CMAS. AP Tests? IB Tests?
As of right now, these tests will still be given on their scheduled dates.
Is the grade that I have now, my final grade for the fifth 6-week period?
Grades are not finalized and we will remain in the fifth 6-week grading period through the extended spring break. You may complete work which will be graded and added to this current grading period.
What will happen with the musical?
All school events are cancelled at Kennedy after 3:10pm on Friday, March 13. We will look into rescheduling the musical.
What happens with prom?
At this moment, prom will proceed as scheduled on April 25th. Prom attendance requirements will remain the same and the “extended spring break” days will not count as absences.
What happens with graduation?
Graduation will continue as scheduled. Seniors must be diligent in ensuring all graduation requirements are met. The extended spring break means that students will now have fewer days to meet grade, credits, attendance, and community service requirements. Cap and gowns still need to be ordered by Wednesday, March 18th at rmbalfour.com
Will we have to go to school longer?
This is an unknown. DPS is currently working with CDE to determine if this will be necessary.
What will the rest of the school year look like?
Currently, staff will return to work on April 6th and students on April 7th. P/SAT, CMAS, AP, and IB exams will be given at their scheduled times (as of now.) Accuplacer dates may shift in order to prioritize more instructional time.
How can I stay up to date?
Check news sources like 9news and Denver Post for up to date information about COVID-19. In addition, school specific messages will be posted on Schoology and urgent messages sent through Remind. Try to check Schoology every day!
Is there virtual learning that will take place?
Virtual learning will not be required. Teachers may provide students with optional virtual learning experiences that students can choose to engage in, just like it would have been over regular spring break.
What happens with Concurrent Enrollment classes?
DPS central office is working with Concurrent Enrollment partners to determine next steps. It is highly likely that students may still be required to complete these.
What if I need mental health supports?
Colorado Crisis Services provides 24/7 support via phone and text
What if there is something I need to report related to my or another’s safety while we are out of school?
Please continue to make reports to https://safe2tell.org/ or at 877.542.7233 if you are concerned about safety.
Will the Denver Health Clinic be accessible?
We do not know yet. Assume the entire Kennedy campus will be closed unless you hear otherwise.
What if I need to get something from school that I forget? Will school be open?
School will be open on Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17 from 7:30am – 2:30pm for any student or staff who needs to pick up items. All students and staff must check into the main office for screening.
What should I do for three weeks?
The goal of this time is to have physical, social distancing. As a result please be mindful of meeting up with individuals in person. Community is super important, but we need to be very aware of meeting in large groups and being out in public.
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