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I hope this message finds everyone safe, healthy and enjoying summer. As you heard yesterday, the District has decided that due to the current state of COVID-19 in our state we will be learning remotely through at least October 16th. While we are disappointed that we won't get to see students in person until October we understand that this is in the best interest of the safety and health of our students, staff and community. I am very excited to build on what we learned during remote learning in the spring to ensure that we make this the best start to the school year possible! For more information from Superintendent Cordova please read the statement here. Please also read through the information below and join us for our question and answer session this evening for additional details on our return to school plan.

Q and A Session
Mr. Atonna and Ms. Jacobsen will be hosting a community Q and A session TODAY, Thursday, July 30th at 5:30. 


Eric Atonna is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

In preparation for this meeting, we would like you to submit questions beforehand, through this  Google Form, so we are prepared with the most updated information to answer your important questions. We will record this session and post it for viewing at a later time if you are not able to attend.   
Calendar Change
Due to DPS classes starting a week late this year we are changing one date on the UPark calendar. We had a teacher planning day scheduled for September 4th to analyze data, but those plans have changed due to the remote start of the school year. September 4th will now be a regular instructional day of school for both staff and students. HERE is the revised UPark Calendar.

Annual Family Update - Open Now
The annual student registration process opened on  July 27, 2020. Families will register online through the Annual Family Update to avoid in-person interactions.  Please note that a mandatory supplemental form will be included to capture each student's enrollment decision for either the In-Person Learning or the 100% Virtual/Online Program. If you completed your Annual Family Update in May during the "Early Bird" window you will fill out an addendum form with your selection. Please see the information further down in this newsletter for additional information and links. 

First day of school - August 24, remote for all students through at least October 16th
As you know, yesterday, July 29th, our superintendent Susana Cordova communicated updated information regarding the beginning of this school year. Based on new data and guidance, DPS made the decision to delay returning to school in person until October 16th at the earliest. DPS will begin the 2020-21 school year with remote learning, with a delayed first day of remote school on Aug. 24 to allow our teachers time to welcome students back remotely and plan for the school year. You will find the DPS Remote Learning Plan here

Teacher Assignments
I know that students (and parents) get very excited to find out who their teacher for the upcoming school year is. Please know that teacher assignments may be listed in IC and family members will be able to see this information when completing the Annual Family Update, but these assignments are not finalized. We are still in process of finalizing class lists due to the shift to remote learning through October 16, but will get the lists to you as soon as possible.  Thank you for your understanding and flexibility during this unprecedented time!

Technology Distribution
Stay tuned for more details coming soon!

Thank you,
Team UPark

Annual Family Update is Open!

Go to to get started.

ALL FAMILIES must update student information before school starts each year through Annual Family Update. This year you will also  choose whether your student is in a virtual program or in-person learning as conditions allow after October 16th. As stated in Superintendent Cordova's communication yesterday   families will be able to change their enrollment decision into early fall.  

At this time if you would like your student to return to in-person learning as soon as it's available, please select the  in-person learning option . If you're certain that you won't feel comfortable having your student participate in in-person learning for the fall semester (December 2020), please select the  100% virtual learning option . Please note that we are still confirming details of this process change and will share more information soon. Families who enroll in the Virtual Program will keep their enrollment slot at UPark.

Also note that due to COVID-19 there will be no in-person registration. All families (for new and returning students) must complete Annual Family Update online this year. Please reach out to Alexis Matter and Sharon Rusin if you need support with this process.

To complete Annual Family Update, you must have an active DPS Parent Portal account. 
Create or log into your Parent Portal Account here.  If you do not know your student ID # you can find it  here .

For FAQs and step by step instructions click here.

Did you Complete Early Bird Annual Family Update in May?  Addendum Required!

If you verified your family's information during the "Early Bird" Annual Family Update window this past May we want to collect your preference on the Learning Options (in-person/hybrid as conditions allow or 100% virtual) that will be offered to students this upcoming school year. Please note that this form is not binding and some of the language is outdated as of Superintendent Cordova's announcement yesterday, but will help provide us with planning information.

Download the form HERE, fill it out and email it to Sharon Rusin at

DPS School Lunch Program

To apply for or opt out of the Free and Reduced lunch program please click   here

Click here to visit the Food and Nutrition Services web page.

2020-21 Important Dates Updated!

July 27:  Annual Family Update Opens (All families must complete online. There will be   no in-person registration this year)
July 30:  Mr. Atonna and Ms. Jacobsen hosting a live Q and A session via Zoom from 5:30-6:30
August 17-21:  UPark Teachers will be connecting with families. More info to come.
Monday, August 24: First Day of School 
Friday, September 4:  Regular Instructional Day (We will no longer be having a no school planning day on this date)
Monday, September 7:  No School-Labor Day

TBD: Class rosters, supply lists and teacher letters emailed out (TBD based on when we receive our list of families choosing the full time remote option. We will work to balance classes based on this information. )
TBD:  Back to School Night

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