February! Our shortest month of the year and also one in which we begin to make plans for the coming school year. On Thursday, February 25th I will hold a Community Forum to provide an opportunity to our families and students to share their ideas, thoughts and input on the coming school year. We will also take time to listen to your feedback about how in-person learning is going so that as we head into the fourth quarter we are able to take your thoughts into consideration.
One week in and we are finding our stride. Our students have done an AMAZING job acclimating to the requirements and following through on our expectations. We are so proud of them! If there is one area that we find ourselves addressing with any frequency, it’s around mask fit/style. Our students are compliant mask wearers, but your support in ensuring their masks maintain the proper fit and that they are appropriate to the school environment would be helpful. Often, the fashion masks that are appealing to adolescents need some tweaking to fit properly. Here is a link to a recent NPR article that has a few ‘hack’s for increasing mask efficacy, and a quick YouTube video with hints for making a traditional mask fit better.
In closing, a reminder to also please have your student complete the health and safety screener before coming to school. Should your child ‘fail’ the screener, we appreciate you keeping them home to ensure health and safety for all. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out. Warmly, Cori
The First Round School Choice process opened on January 15 at 8am and closes February 16. Please note that all current students will automatically be enrolled at DMHS for the 2021-22 school year. If you know of families who are interested
No School on Monday, February 15 for President’s Day
Covid-19 Health and Safety Protocols Guide for Families Thank you for following!
From Nurse Tracy: Medications in School
If your student’s provider authorized us to administer ibuprofen or acetaminophen on the “General Health Appraisal Form” we can not administer that medication unless you have also provided the school with a bottle of the medication for your student(s). If you have any questions please contact our school nurse Tracy_Smith@dpsk12.org
DPS Launches Free Covid Testing
DPS is pleased to announce we are expanding our partnership with COVIDCheck Colorado to offer our free COVID-19 testing for students to support a safe return to school. Our full community of students and staff will now be able to take a baseline COVID-19 test before coming back to school, and then we will be able to offer an ongoing COVID-19 student screening test every other week.
Registering for testing can be completed at any of COVIDCheck Colorado’s testing sites via this link. We encourage everyone, unless you have tested positive in the last 90 days, to take a baseline test in the new year. The tests are free, fast, and reliable. You can see an updated list of testing sites here including sites at DPS schools at the Montbello campus, Abraham Lincoln Campus, North HS Campus, All City Stadium and a new site at George Washington HS. The test will be completed via nasal PCR test or SalivaDirect™, and results will be returned within 36-72 hours.
At any time, your family and your student can schedule a test at existing CCC sites. Any DPS student or employee should use our district link, while family members can continue to use the community link (https://www.primarybio.com/l/cdphe).
Please take a moment to check out these Resources from Lauren our School Psych