from Principal Kohut

Dear DSA Students and Families,

With recent changes being announced at the Federal level it is important that we recognize how we will support our students. In our diverse community, we recognize that many students and their families are struggling with intensely personal questions, concerns and fears about the national landscape regarding immigration and our transgender students. Our critical mission -and our obligation under the law-is to ensure that our schools are safe spaces where a student’s race, ethnicity, religion immigration status, gender identity, race, color, national origin, disability, religion, creed or sexual orientation do not create any barriers to that child’s education. To assist this mission, Denver School of the Arts will always welcome, support and protect our diverse student body. Supporting the whole child includes making sure all of our students feel safe and respected at school, regardless of their immigration status or gender identity.

Denver School of the Arts will continue our policies and practices of support and equity for all students regardless of their gender identity, as well as immigration status, race, color, national origin, disability, religion, creed or sexual orientation. District policy and Colorado state law support the rights of transgender students to be free from bullying, discrimination and harassment. DPS accommodates students based on the gender with which they identify. See District Policy AC – Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity – to learn more. In addition, members of the Denver Public Schools Board of Education have unanimously declared their commitment to protecting the legal rights of all students, regardless of immigration status, national original, religion or race, with the Safe and Welcoming School District resolution.

If you have any questions regarding these issues, we encourage you to reach out to the DSA Administration or to DPS Administration to provide clarification or to answer your questions.

William Kohut