April 10, 2020
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GRADUATION 2020 UPDATE
In consideration of the ongoing need to maintain social distancing and directives to not hold public gatherings at present, and for an indefinite period of time, we have spent the last weeks considering options for providing recognition and celebration for our 2020 high school graduates. We are all disappointed that we find ourselves in our current circumstance, and believe it is time to make alternative arrangements for graduations. As part of this process, high school principals have met with district leadership multiple times and they have also reached out to their student leadership, School Accountability Committees, and key community leaders for input.

The following is the plan for 2020 graduations
  • A “graduation acknowledgment” will be created for the end of May. This acknowledgment will take a form determined by each individual school in collaboration with their seniors and staff.
  • In-person graduation ceremonies scheduled for May 2020 will be postponed until the first two weekends in August (7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, with additional dates possible to accommodate the number of schools). We are hopeful that social distancing guidelines will be lifted and group celebrations permitted at that time.

K nown planning details
  • Locations: outdoor Jeffco stadiums or outdoor locations to be agreed upon between the school and Jeffco Facilities Department
  • Dates: first two weekends in August
  • If an August Stay-at-Home Order is in place, high schools will discuss rescheduling at a later date

Please note: Specific dates, times, and locations for each school are still being determined. Information will be shared with families and graduating seniors as soon as it is known . Our intention is to formalize these plans by April 17th and communicate the details soon after.

Charter schools may be rescheduling or modifying their graduation plans as well, and information will be shared with their families as soon as those details are confirmed.

We know this news is disappointing for our families with graduates, as well as for our high school teachers and staff, and most especially for our graduating seniors. We are proud of each of these wonderful students and are committed to recognizing their achievements as we are able in these unusual circumstances. We appreciate your ongoing patience and understanding as we work through the complexity of these arrangements.
REMINDER: LAKEWOOD HIGH ADDED AS GRAB-AND-GO MEALS LOCATION
Starting Monday, April 13

See below for full Grab-and-Go Meals details.
TECH UPDATE RE COMCAST ESSENTIALS
Comcast Waives Outstanding Balance Restriction for Internet Essentials Package
Comcast is offering their Internet Essentials program to families who are eligible (most families who qualify for free and reduced meals, Medicaid, or SNAP benefits), live in the Comcast service area, and have not had Comcast service in the past 90 days. We know some families were not able to obtain Comcast Internet Essentials pricing when they applied in the past month because they have an outstanding balance with Comcast. That restriction has been waived until May 13, 2020. 

If you apply for Internet Essentials and are approved by May 13, 2020, you will also receive your first two months of service for free. The regular monthly price for this program is $9.95 plus tax. You can learn more about the program on their website , apply online, or call 1-855-846-8376.
WANT TO HELP FAMILIES IMPACTED BY COVID-19?
Jeffco Schools Foundation has a designated fund for Jeffco Public Schools.
FOOD SERVICE LOCATIONS
Grab-and-Go Meals
Anyone 18 and younger
Food Pickup:
Mon, Wed, Fri 10:30a - 1p
Alameda High
Arvada High
Bear Creek High
Columbine High
Dunstan Middle
Jefferson Jr/Sr High
Lakewood High
Pomona High
Wayne Carle Middle
Golden High
West Jefferson Elementary
Wheat Ridge High
Visit this webpage for updated information about district meal services and for other useful community resources to help meet food needs.
Any parent/guardian can pick up meals for their children. Please do not come if you are sick.