March 20, 2020
WE DID IT - THROUGH WEEK ONE AND INTO SPRING BREAK
Be sure not to miss the update from the Jeffco Schools Foundation below. Our community has demonstrated outstanding care for one another, especially our students, in just a couple of days. #jeffcoproud
During spring break, we will send only critical messages to families and will be taking a break from the Community Daily Update, which will resume Monday, March 30.

Food service continues through spring break; see bottom for locations and times.
A MESSAGE FROM SUPERINTENDENT DR. GLASS
Dear Jeffco families,

We made it! One week of remote learning is be hind us and I want to express my sincere gratitude and amazement to our students, our teachers and staff, and to you for helping us to succeed.

As a parent working from home this week myself, I know that this experience had its difficulties. From technological and software problems to real feelings of anxiety and concern over the virus and what it may mean for your families.

Still, I am so proud of the way Jeffco has risen to this challenge. 

We had a plan in place for this situation. When the time came, there was no hesitation from our staff - they knew what they had to do and worked over this past weekend and on Monday to keep the learning going.

We also relied on the professionalism, creativity, and ingenuity of our team and staff to “figure this out” as we went through it. One popular social media post likened it to the Apollo 13 team from NASA engineering solutions to problems on the fly.

Now, we must also commit to learning and adapting over these next few weeks or longer. We are all growing and we must continue to offer grace and understanding to each other and to our children as we work through this disruption.

Looking ahead, there is much we still need to do. We have to find those students who are not engaging and make sure they continue to have a connection to school and are making progress. We have to work on serving all of our exceptional student groups, including our students with disabilities and those who are learning English. We will not have been successful in this effort unless every child has an opportunity to continue growing and learning. 

My request of you over this coming spring break is take some time to care for yourselves and your families. This week has been stressful - on top of school and work commitments, the social isolation we are experiencing, mounting fears over this virus, and the unknown. But we will need you and our students to come back recharged and ready to go after spring break - so we all need to take whatever steps are necessary to be ready.

We have no idea how long this period of disruption may last. Our remote learning effort presents new challenges and stresses for all of us. Still, I am absolutely committed that it is the only right path for us and for our students. I believe that we will persevere and overcome this challenge and that is because we are all driven by love for our children.

Take care of yourselves and each other - and we will see you (virtually) on the other side of spring break.

Kind regards,

Jason E. Glass, Ed.D.
Superintendent & Chief Learner
Jeffco Public Schools
SCHEDULE INFO - AFTER SPRING BREAK AND APRIL 10 CHANGE
As we shared with you in yesterday's update, after spring break, Mondays will be teacher planning days and catch-up days for students, and Tuesday through Friday will be for remote learning. Also, please note that in keeping with this schedule, we have made a calendar change and Friday, April 10 is now a student contact day.
INTRODUCING JEFFCOMAKES!
We know social distancing is hard. So we are here to give you and your family some fun ideas and activities to keep busy while we are all doing our part by staying at home! Introducing JeffcoMakes : an online platform to get you and your family making, baking, and shaking ! We will be posting three different activities each week. Pick one (or all!) for you and your family to do. And be sure to snap pics and video of your JeffcoMakes activities. Use #jeffcomakes on social media - we'll be featuring your projects, activities, and creations each week. Let's get making, baking, and shaking, Jeffco!
STUDENT ACCESS TO GOOGLE CHAT AND MEET OVER BREAK
During break, students will not have access to Google Chat or Google Meet since school is not in session. Student online safety is a priority and teachers will not be monitoring these virtual learning environments. Access to both tools will be enabled March 31 when remote learning resumes.
EVERYONE COUNTS: 2020 CENSUS - GREAT THING TO DO ON BREAK!
Jeffco Public Schools is proud to partner with the 2020 Census . Responses to the 2020 Census will drive decisions for the annual allocation of more than $675 billion in federal funds. By participating in the 2020 Census, you will play an integral part of helping Jefferson County students. Visit our 2020 Census webpage for more.
DID YOU KNOW...
...about the recent updates to the Grab and Go meal sites?
...that next week there is no remote learning due to the district's spring break (3/23 - 27)?
Learn more about these topics on our FAQ page .
JEFFCO FAMILIES IMPACTED BY COVID-19 NEED ASSISTANCE
Jeffco Schools Foundation has a designated fund for Jeffco Public Schools.
AMOUNT RAISED
$12,940
102 contributions
FAMILIES SUPPORTED
106 (today alone!)
45 schools report support is needed
FROM JEFFCO SCHOOLS FOUNDATION EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ANGELA BABER:
Thank you so much for the support you have shown our schools during this crisis. COVID-19 will not defeat us - it is bringing us together. We are making a real difference - right now - because of you. 

Allow me to share the countless expressions of gratitude I am receiving from our schools for this support. We need to continue to rally to support our schools. I personally received a call from a single mother who lost employment due to COVID-19 just yesterday. She is trying to provide remote learning for her two sons at home. She has had to seek assistance for food and utilities, and is worried about what is to come. Her story is not uncommon among Jeffco families and students.

Thank you for being a part of our journey. If you can help, please do. We have arrived at a point of unprecedented need in our community. Thank you for supporting Jeffco schools, students, and families.
FOOD SERVICE LOCATIONS
Grab and Go Meals
Anyone 18 and younger
Through Friday, March 27
Breakfast 8 - 9am
Lunch 11:30a - 12:30p
Arvada K-8
Alameda High
Colorow Elementary
Edgewater Elementary
Foothills Elementary
Lasley Elementary
Parr Elementary
Wayne Carle Middle
Welchester Elementary
West Jefferson Elementary
Wheat Ridge High
You no longer need to bring each person you need a meal for to the pickup site; you do not need to bring your children. Please do not come if you are sick. In case of severe weather, locations will not operate.