Dear Commander Community,
“If you can’t fly, run; if you can’t run, walk; if you can’t walk, crawl; but by all means keep moving.” — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
We did it! We made it through the school year that forced us to adapt, endure, and change course continuously. I know that the members of this community went through the ringer and kept on “moving”. Please take a moment to reflect on all of the positive things that you accomplished individually and as a strong Commander Community!
Huge thanks go out to each and every one of you for your tenacity, your input, and for making me Proud and extremely Grateful to be the Principal of the best High School in Denver.
Take a break, recharge, and do the things that fill your cup and soul this summer. Some IB classes will have summer prep work, and your teachers will email you individually if you have work to do to prepare for classes; otherwise, there will be no summer homework…enjoy your summer!
Read below for important information about the 21-22 school year. This is information that we know now and as we learn more, I will update you asap, so please keep a close eye on your emails from us.
Important Updates about the 21-22 School Year:
Please note, students are not required to get vaccinated to return in person. However, we highly encourage our students to get vaccinated. If we can continue to increase the number of people aged 12 and older who get the vaccine, we can get closer to herd immunity, and resume the fun activities that make life as a high school student so memorable. Check out this information regarding the COVID-19 vaccination and the sites located all-around Denver.
As we plan for the 2021-22 school year, we’re optimistic that classrooms will look a lot more like they did prior to the pandemic. We anticipate that all students who choose Kennedy in-person learning will attend school from 7:30 – 2:30 pm each day on a traditional block schedule with Monday being a Commander day and Tuesday through Friday being a Green/Blue rotation.
Here at Kennedy, we are excited to have a more consistent and predictable school year in 2021-22. We know that there is no substitute for in-person learning experiences and interpersonal interactions. Below are just a few of the offerings and benefits that students will have at Kennedy next year.
Although we do not have all of the answers about all the details of next school year, we can ensure that DPS and Kennedy will continue working closely with our community health partners in our preparation for the return to school in the fall and realize some of the health protocols we have become accustomed to — wearing a mask, not gathering in large groups — may still be in place, at least to start the year.
We also know a segment of our families may want to continue with remote learning next year. To best support these students, DPS is offering an option to enroll in full-time remote learning for students in grades K-12.
Families who would like to enroll their student in the remote-learning program for the entirety of the 2021-22 school year should complete the Learning Option Selection form on the Parent Portal, or call the school’s front office, between May 10 and June 4. Instructions for enrolling your student into Denver Online School are found HERE.
DPS will offer full-time remote learning next year through a more centralized, consistent approach.
Families whose students will be returning to full-time, in-person learning next year do not need to take any action, and their students will automatically be enrolled in in-person learning at their assigned school.
Families looking for more information can review a detailed FAQ about what next year will look like for both in-person and remote learning. For additional assistance, call the Family And Community Engagement (FACE) Helpline at 720-423-3054, or email FACEHelpline@dpsk12.org.
Again, we look forward to continuing to serve your student(s) and seeing everyone back in person for the 2021-22 school year.
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