On the evening of Thursday, March 12th, Jeffco Schools announced the closure of schools effective Monday, March 16th - Friday, March 20th. This closure leads up to our scheduled Spring Break, Monday, March 23rd - Friday, March 27th.
From Tuesday, March 17th - Friday, March 20th, our teachers will engage in online teaching and learning. We are hopeful that this mechanism will ensure that students can continue to engage in their learning during the period of cancellation. However, we also acknowledge that online teaching and learning will not be the same as what can be accomplished in the classroom between teacher and students.
Fortunately, we have had a few days to prepare for the possibility of school closure, and our teachers have worked to set up Google Classrooms where students can access important instructional resources during the school cancellation. In school on Friday, March 13th, teachers worked with students to ensure they understand the plan for online learning.
The school building will be open on Monday, March 16th for students and families to stop in to pick-up materials that they may need during the period of school cancellation. We hope that these visits will be brief and timely.
During the period of school closure, there will be no events, games, competitions, meetings, or outside building rentals. The school and building will be closed for any educational or non-educational function that was scheduled. Additionally, CHSAA has suspended all school-based athletic and activity practices and competitions through April 6th.
Please note that D’Evelyn faculty and staff will be reachable on all scheduled school days during the cancellation. Teachers may have set up specific instructions for students to contact them in class this week, but we will be reachable by email and voicemail during this cancellation.
We know that the outbreak of Covid-19 has had a notable impact on our community. I appreciate the strength and support of all members of the D’Evelyn community during this difficult time. It is my sincere hope that we are all able to stay healthy, and that our decision to cancel school for at least two weeks helps keep all members of our broader community healthy.
Thank you for your support and flexibility as we transition to online learning. This is a new frontier in many ways for D’Evelyn, and I am so grateful for the understanding and engagement of our students, teachers, staff, parents, and families as we proceed down this new path.
To stay up-to-date on Jeffco Schools information and decisions regarding Covid-19, please visit this website.
I hope that you and your family have enjoyed the weekend with great weather. February was a very busy month at D’Evelyn, and as we transition to the last two weeks of school prior to Spring Break, there are several pertinent updates/reminders provided below in this article.
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19)
At the time of this writing, there are eight confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Colorado. From the perspective of Jeffco Schools and D’Evelyn, we have not changed our plans or protocols, in spite of the fake social media posts that were circulated on Friday, March 6th and over the weekend stating that school would be cancelled next week. We do continue to encourage students, staff, and community members to take everyday actions to prevent infection. For further information about those recommended health-related actions, and other updates regarding Covid-19, please consult the following websites:
Jeffco Public Schools Coronavirus (Covid-19) webpage
Colorado Department of Education Covid-19 Resources for Schools
Colorado Department of Public Health and Welfare Coronavirus 2019 webpage
Center for Disease Control and Prevention Coronavirus 2019 Disease webpage
If you have questions or wish to discuss Covid-19 and its impact on our school further, please contact our school district nurse, Ashley Jetton, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 720-315-3864. We are committed to the health and safety of all our students and will keep the community up to date on any recommended changes to our standard protocols.
March 19, 2020 - a reminder that there will be no school for students at D’Evelyn.
Link to last week’s Jaguar Tracks article regarding school cancellation on March 19, 2020.
Standardized Testing Reminders - we will begin our state standardized assessment season in short order after the conclusion of Spring Break. We encourage D’Evelyn students to give their best efforts on each of these assessments, as they provide feedback on student achievement relative to Colorado Academic Standards, as well as helpful data about the quality and impact of the D’Evelyn Program. Please review and familiarize yourself with our testing calendar for April 2020, particularly for days that different groups of students do and do not need to attend school.
Support D’Evelyn Music! Our student-musicians have been working diligently throughout the semester to prepare for their midterm spring season concerts. On Wednesday, March 4th, we had a wonderful Band Concert. During the week of March 9th, there are three evening opportunities scheduled for our students to perform. We look forward to a great turnout of D’Evelyn community members to support our outstanding musicians!
Spring Sports - the D’Evelyn spring sports season began on Monday, March 2nd. We are excited for all seven of our CHSAA-sanctioned spring athletic programs and wish our student-athletes and coaches the very best on their way to great success this season. There are many opportunities for D’Evelyn students, staff, families, and community members to support our student-athletes in competition this spring. Those games, meets, and competitions can be found at our D’Evelyn Sports Schedule.
Please accept my very best wishes to your student(s) and family on a great final 2 weeks prior to the start of Spring Break.
I have fielded a number of questions regarding the recent worldwide outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19). At D’Evelyn, we are committed to providing a safe, secure, and healthy learning environment for all of our students. Below, I have included the link to the Jeffco Public Schools website that provides information about the disease, precautions we can take to protect ourselves, and the district plans for response to the further spread of the disease.
While at this time, we are confident the risk of contracting the disease in Colorado is quite low, it is nonetheless wise to take precaution to slow/prevent the spread of this disease and others. A few important reminders for students, staff, and families:
If you are sick:
We share your commitment to ensure the safety and health of your child. Should you have further questions or concerns, please review the Jeffco Schools website regarding Covid-19, and you may contact our school nurse, Ashley Jetton, with specific questions or concerns at
email@example.com or 720-315-3864.
On Wednesday, February 26th, the Jeffco Schools administration announced that there would be no school for students on Thursday, March 19th. It will be a workday for teachers and staff. The following message was sent via the district-wide email distribution list on Wednesday. We know that changes like this can have an impact upon families and appreciate your flexibility and understanding as we adjust our school calendar for March 19th. At this time, we do not plan to modify the remaining school schedule to account for this school cancellation.
Josh Griffin, Principal