United Flight Travel Vouchers Available for the Class of 2021


Graduating students of DPS’ Class of 2021 who plan to attend an out-of-state college this fall can apply for a United Airlines Flight Travel Voucher to get a free flight! Thanks to the support of DPS Foundation’s longtime partner, United, this unique opportunity will help ensure that eligible DPS graduates feel more supported in their postsecondary journey. For more information on how to apply, students can visit dpsfoundation.org/united-airlines.

Resources for Students and Families This Summer

Resources for Students and Families This Summer
We hope all of Team DPS and the DPS community are enjoying the last few days of the 2020-21 school year! As we look ahead to the summer, we wanted to share a few resources to help ensure all of our students can stay active and learning, and all of our families feel supported. Stay tuned next week for a wrap up celebration of the school year!
Food Distribution Schedule for Summer 2021
Breakfast and lunch meals will once again be available for pick-up at school sites across DPS. Please note that dates and times are subject to change.
  • Free meals are available Monday-Friday for kids 18 and younger unless otherwise noted.
  • Students do not need to be present for meal pick up.
  • No documentation is required to receive meals.
  • Meals must be consumed off-site.
See the full list of summer food distribution sites and schedules here.
DPS Summer Resources Guide
Looking for opportunities to learn, volunteer, or create this summer? Do you need support with basic needs, such as food, housing, mental health supports, COVID-19 or internet access? This Summer Resource Guide was developed for the 2021 summer based on what DPS has heard that community members need. It is compiled by DPS Family and Community Engagement in collaboration with community partners. Find this guide (which will be available in other languages) and a one-pager of 2021 summer website resources on the Equity and Engagement website.
Encourage Summer Learning
Technology is essential for learning, and learning happens all of the time — not just during the school day. We want to ensure all students have every opportunity to extend their learning, access the information they need, and be able to create/prepare for the future. To encourage summer learning, we have created DPS Summer Learning Fun for all students in grades K-12. Students can visit the site to virtually go on adventures, visit museums, read, practice language skills, learn how to code and to participate in Summer of Sora — a virtual ebook and audiobook program!
Youth Sports through Denver Parks and Recreation
Summer Youth Sports through the Denver Parks and Recreation is kicking off its Summer 2021 season! Kids ages 5-17 can learn the fundamentals of numerous team sports including basketball, volleyball, flag football, soccer, baseball, softball, coach pitch, t-ball, cheerleading, and gymnastics. Note: All youth sports will operate to follow COVID safety protocols. To learn more and register, please visit denvergov.org/recreation.
Pictured at top: End-of-year artwork done by students at Ashley Elementary.


Video: COVID Dashboard Update
Watch the video below for the latest health update from our expert partners at Denver Health (watch the video in English and Spanish):
Join DPS Foundation at an Upcoming Rockies Game!
Fans are invited to cheer on the Rockies at Coors Field on June 1 at 6:40 p.m.; June 2 at 6:40 p.m.; June 3 at 1:10 p.m.; and June 4 at 6:40 p.m. — all while supporting our students through the DPS Foundation! Tickets start at $12 with no ticket fees, and $2 from each ticket sold will be donated back to DPS Foundation to help ensure students and educators have the tools and resources needed to succeed. Learn more and buy tickets here.

June 4 Is Deadline for Families Who Wish to Enroll in Remote Learning for Next School Year

Denver Public Schools’ middle school and high school students can opt into Denver Online easily through Parent Portal NOW (until June 4th)! While this is the easiest way to start at Denver Online next school year, if you miss the opt-in window, students can still apply off our website by completing the Student Interest Application.

June 4 Is Deadline for Families Who Wish to Enroll in Remote Learning for Next School Year
As a reminder, families who would like to enroll their student in the centrally run remote-learning program for the 2021-22 school year should complete the Learning Option Selection form on the Parent Portal, or call their school’s front office, by June 4.
Families whose student will be returning to full-time, in-person learning next year do not need to take any action, and their student will automatically be enrolled in in-person learning at their assigned school for the 2021-22 school year.
For more information, visit the in-person learning and remote-learning pages on our website or call the Family and Community Helpline at 720-423-3054.



Denver Film’s Young Filmmakers Workshop:

Denver Film’s Young Filmmakers Workshop is open to applicants 14-18 years old and they are actively filling spots in their classes. The organization still has scholarship funding available. Their goal is to fill all available spaces and allocate all scholarship funds.
Contact Seth Degler with your questions–seth@denverfilm.org
Introducing an opportunity for students to safely learn the techniques of filmmaking remotely this summer from the comfort of their own homes.
Young Filmmaker students will meet once a day for a week-long course where they will collaborate with other students and create projects inspired by a specific film genre. Students will then have a chance to showcase their final project at the 44th annual Denver Film Festival in November. These are bite-sized courses perfect for both the entry level filmmakers starting out and the experienced filmmakers looking to expand their skill set.

Free FAFSA Completion Event!

Join us for a Free FAFSA Completion Event in Your Area!

We have some exciting news! The Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE) was recently awarded the Supporting Urban Postsecondary Attainment in the COVID-19 Era FAFSA Completion Grant. With this opportunity, our goal is to assist 2021 high school graduates and their families with the completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Please join us for a free FAFSA completion event! Get help completing your FAFSA. Filling out the FAFSA is an important step in the college-going process, and perhaps the most important step in receiving grants, scholarships and other student aid that makes college affordable. You will receive a FAFSA toolkit.

Please bring the following information with you on the day of the event:
  • W-2 forms, federal income tax return, untaxed income forms
  • Current checking & savings account statements
  • Investments, stocks, bonds, 529savings plans information


We hope you’ll join us at an in-person FAFSA Completion event near you!
Colorado Mountain College-Leadville

901 South Hwy24, Leadville
Saturday, May 22, 2021
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Pueblo Central High School
216 E. Orman Ave., Pueblo
Tuesday, May 25, 2021
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Northglenn High School
601 W 100th Place, Northglenn
Thursday, May 27, 2021
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.



Burlington High School
2600 Rose Ave., Burlington
Saturday, June 12, 2021
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Fort Morgan High School
709 East Riverview Ave., Fort Morgan
Saturday, June 26, 2021
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.


Questions? Email the

Register for Career Exploration Classes for Fall NOW!

It’s time to register for career exploration classes at CEC!

Are you interested in taking career exploration classes at CEC next fall? Career course options include: audio engineering, construction, sports medicine, video game design, fitness/health science, business management, film/video production, biomedical sciences, welding, medical careers, architecture, criminal justice, and more. See a full list of courses here:https://cecdenver.dpsk12.org/academics/career-technical-education/. On their site, you can also see videos of the hands-on projects students work on in each class.

Classes are online 5 days per week through CEC, either the morning (7:35-10:05am) or the afternoon (12:20-2:50). In past years, CEC classes have been in person, but this year they are fully online. Next year CEC is hoping to return to in-person classes. Contact Nadia Coleman (nadia_coleman@dpsk12.org) to sign up. Classes fill up fast, so get in touch ASAP!

Genetics! RNA Bioscience Lecture Series: Register by May 19th

Are you interested in GENETICS? Here’s a chance to CONNECT with CU Med School Professors. Introducing the RNA Bioscience Lecture Series (Deadline to register Wed., May 19)

If you’re fascinated by genetics, we’ve got a number of slots for this exclusive program. Top college students apply for this internship (which for them includes lab work), and our most driven, curious high school students (YOU) will join them in Zoom lectures this year. CU Anschutz professors of genetics (all prominent) will be giving the lectures. Besides the free inspiration/education from eminent people, you get ACCESS to these people, and if your mind explodes with curiosity, we can help you ask them for research positions down the road. Here’s the RNA Bioscience website — https://medschool.cuanschutz.edu/rbi/training-and-education/summer-internship-program/about

If YOU ARE INTERESTED, register in our Google Form HERE — https://forms.gle/unzuuSzE3qWAWAkS7

Update on Mask Requirements in Schools

Dear Team DPS,
Last week, the CDC updated its guidance, stating that “fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing.”
Following that guidance, Governor Jared Polis lifted the state’s mask requirement and changed the state’s guidance to masking suggestions.
We know how important it is to maintain safe and healthy practices in our schools and minimize risks as much as possible. With just a few short weeks left in the school year — and because vaccinations just became available to students over the age of 12 and are not yet available to our elementary students — DPS will maintain its existing policies, including the DPS 5 for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year.
This is in accordance with guidance released from The Metro Denver Partnership for Health (MDPH) encouraging school districts to continue requiring masks for students and staff this school year.
This means that for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year (including at end-of-year celebrations like graduations and prom), we will continue to ask our students and staff to:
  • Keep wearing masks indoors and outdoors.
  • Maintain physical distancing.
  • Complete daily health screens.
  • Meet virtually and do not hold in person meetings.
  • Practice good hand hygiene.
As part of the new guidance, the Governor also announced that, “Colorado will phase out mask requirements in schools, with fully vaccinated teachers and students allowed to stop wearing masks now – if their districts agree.” We are very excited to see our vaccination rates increase and our community case counts decrease. And we look forward to getting all of our schools back to full strength. We are very optimistic that our schools will be able to return to more normal operations. We are currently working through more detailed guidance for school operations for the 2021-22 school year, including mask policies. As an example, we will be moving away from the staff Safe Access health screener beginning Tuesday, June 1. We will be following up with more detailed building entry procedures next week.
Until then, every DPS student, family member, and staff member who gets vaccinated brings us one step closer to a 2021-22 school year that is much safer and less restrictive! Learn more about how to access vaccines here.
Outdoor Mask Guidance for DPS Summer Programs
Based on updated local, state, and federal guidance, students and staff will no longer be required to wear face masks when outdoors during summer programs. At this time, students and staff will continue to wear masks indoors during summer programs. Additionally, as outlined above, masks will continue to be required outdoors through the end of the 2020-21 school year. We will continue to keep you informed as changes are made to our health policies.
Thank you, as always, for your cooperation and understanding.
Dwight Jones
Interim Superintendent