Message from Principal Ian Jones: DOHS Plan for Extended Spring Break

Dear Denver Online Community:
 
With all of the communication that continues to come out regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, Denver Public Schools has decided to close ALL schools (including Denver Online) March 18, 2020 through April 6, 2020 for an extended Spring Break. This will provide the opportunity to support the community efforts around social distancing to mitigate the outbreak of COVID-19.
 
Because Denver Online is operated as part of Denver Public Schools, we must engage with the same coordinated efforts as other schools in the district. This means that, while our courses will remain open, our teachers and support staff will not be working. Communication, support and grading will likely be delayed and may be delayed until April 6, 2020.
 
As of the writing of this message, the following is our plan of action between now and April 7, 2020:
  • Progress reports will be mailed this week as the semester has reached the halfway point. If your student is failing a course, that is likely because he or she is behind in the course. Grades on this progress report are NOT FINAL and students can improve their grades.
  • Students are encouraged to utilize the extended Spring Break to complete overdue work in weeks 1-9 of their classes. Weeks 1-9 will remain open and students are encouraged to submit overdue work in all classes throughout the break.
  • If your student doesn’t know where to begin in catching up, he or she should begin with completing the Get On-Track Opportunity (GOTO) in each course. This a list of the most important assignments in each course.
  • Smedley Campus is CLOSED until April 7, 2020. No staff or students are permitted in the building during this time.
  • Currently, all DPS teachers and support staff, including staff at Denver Online, have been instructed by the district not to work during the extended break. If you are working with or receiving communication from teachers or support staff, they are doing that as a service to the student and are not required to do so.
  • Schoology will remain open through the extended Spring Break and students may submit coursework.
  • Students who would like to work ahead in their courses may do so. Teachers will be publishing weeks 10 and 11 to facilitate students continuing to make course progress, if they wish. All due dates for weeks 10 and 11 will be after April 7.
  • Students participating in concurrent enrollment should be checking with the educational institution directly for guidance regarding their courses. It is important for students to check in with their college or trade school ASAP.
  • Currently, the plan is to resume school on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. This WILL be a Connection Day for all 9-11th graders.
  • Should students need access to food during this time, Denver Public Schools is offering breakfast and lunch for students at 11 locations throughout the city.
  • Denver Online staff is currently evaluating our plan for completing the 2019-20 school year and determining how the courses may be adjusted. We will update our community with this information once we receive more information from DPS and the Colorado Department of Education.
 
A lot is still uncertain as information continues to disseminate and conditions are changing. The most important piece to all of this is to take care of yourselves and your families as you all are part of our family. I encourage you to take some time for self-care during this extended Spring break. I look forward to connecting as this situation improves and we are able to return to school. Should you need anything, please don’t hesitate to reach out via email at ian_jones@dpsk12.org as I will be available remotely during this time.
 
Sincerely,
 
Ian J. Jones, Principal
Ian Jones, Principal
Denver Online High School
4250 Shoshone Street, Denver, CO 80211
Office: 720-424-8290 Fax: 720-424-8279