Update from Principal McWright

Dear Denver School of the Arts Community,

As you may have already heard, Governor Polis has given an executive order suspending all in person learning through April 17, 2020 (For the entire message click on the link below). At this time, school will remain closed until Monday April 20th, 2020. I know many of you may have questions.  The only information I have at this time is the information the Superintendent sent out (see message below). However, we do have a webinar today at 1:30 to discuss next steps as it relates to possible remote learning options. As soon as I am able, I will brief you on the district’s recommendations for moving forward with remote-learning. Thank you all for your continued patience and understanding as we all work through this matter. Have a good day.

Gov. Jared Polis this evening issued an executive order that suspends in-person learning in all public and private schools across the state from March 23 to April 17.

This means DPS will not host in-person DPS classes until at least Monday, April 20. Instead, we will move to support remote learning. We had anticipated that this might happen, so over the course of the past weeks, our leadership team has been working on remote-learning plans, which will begin on Tuesday, April 7 – the first day of scheduled instruction following our spring break. We are finalizing a series of webinars and trainings that will provide support to our school teams for this change, so please look for more information about this over the next few days. We are also working with our Operations Team to provide technology and remote-learning support to our families who need it. We are purchasing additional Chromebooks and working to provide additional options to help with connectivity. We are working to try and ensure all children have access to the remote learning that we plan to start providing on April 7.

More information will be coming this week on our plans and support for moving to remote instruction, and we will be surveying our schools about their resources and needs. Your voices will be critical here on how we can make this successful. We also know that this will be particularly important as we work on plans to serve our students with unique needs, like students on IEPs or 504 plans, English language learners, and students who do not have access to the internet at home.

All school leaders will be invited to a webinar on remote-learning options, and we will also host training sessions for teachers.

I know that there are lots of questions about how this will work – I want to thank you in advance for your patience, cooperation and support as we adjust to the changing conditions and take the necessary steps to protect the health and well-being of our students and staff.

Sincerely,
Susana

Respectfully,

Anthony McWright

Principal