Dear Douglas County School District Families,
I hope you are enjoying the weekend. I had the privilege of attending the Apple Awards ceremony last night to honor amazing educators and staff across our district. What an inspiring event!
We have been monitoring time off requests carefully over the last few days. Yesterday, requests increased significantly, such that there are not enough substitutes in the system to cover all classrooms across our district.
As a result, our neighborhood, magnet and alternative schools will be closed on Thursday, April 26.
District charter schools, who manage their own staffing, will remain open and operating on a normal schedule.
Please look for communication from your school with respect to the status of specific school programs, sports, and activities.
Please know that this is not a decision we take lightly and we recognize that this presents challenges for many of our families. However, with over 500 of our educators out, we will simply not be able to provide a safe and effective learning environment for all of our students.
While many schools will not have students on Thursday, April 26, it remains an official work day, so any staff members who wish to take the day off must use personal leave. Because we have not had any full snow days this year, there will not be any need to make-up the lost school day.
Please know that we value all of our fantastic DCSD educators in all of our schools. The district and the Board of Education have been working hard over the last year to engage in a conversation with our community about funding in our schools and will continue to do so.
If you have any questions about how this closure impacts your student, please reach out to your school's principal.