May 8, 2020
TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK COMES TO A CLOSE
Thank you for your participation! Here is a small sample of your wonderful messages.
From Ralston Valley Mustangs:
From Peck Rams:
From Around Jeffco:
A MESSAGE FROM SUPERINTENDENT DR. GLASS
Dear Jeffco Community,

As we close in on the end of this school year, I remain inspired by and grateful for the way our school district and community have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. In spite of living in a world most of us could not have imagined just a few months ago, learning continues in Jeffco.

With the coming last day of school for the 2019-20 school year, our schools face a daunting triple challenge. Taken one at a time, any one of these challenges would be a struggle to manage. Taken all together, they create an incredibly difficult scenario that will require vision and commitment from all of us to successfully navigate. 

The first challenge relates to ending this school year well, in spite of our challenges and limitations due to COVID-19. While Jeffco has responded admirably to this challenge (arguably among the best in the nation) and our lives have assumed some level of predictability and normalcy, many challenges remain. We need to keep our students and staff motivated and engaged until the very last day. We also have significant logistical considerations on how everyone connected to our schools retrieves their belongings and says goodbye safely, making sure that we do not create a vector by which COVID-19 spreads in our community.

A second major challenge relates to the question of what schools look like in the fall, and possibly beyond. Jeffco Public Schools is committed to restoring some version of in-person learning in August. Complicating this goal is the necessity for putting in place a number of provisions to protect our students, staff, and community from COVID-19. Plans are still in development and changing almost daily, but it is safe to assume that the structure of how our schools operate in August will be different than what we had in place prior to COVID-19 and also different than the remote learning system we have in place now. We will be sharing our Model Restart Plan and seeking community feedback in the next few weeks.

Our final challenge relates to budgeting. With skyrocketing unemployment and the stagnation of economic activity as a result of the virus, state tax revenues have taken a significant downturn and the effects of that may last for some time. We are now expecting reductions to our current budget in excess of 10%, meaning tens of millions in necessary reductions. To meet this challenge, we will need to clarify our values as a school system and community, and determine what combination of reductions is right for Jeffco. Toward that end, I am creating a Community Budget Advisory Committee (click on the link to apply) that will provide recommendations on what steps Jeffco should take in meeting this financial crisis. 

Thank you for your continued support of our schools and for supporting our learners through this challenging time. What we confront can seem overwhelming and insurmountable, and we will find our way through this storm. We are also very fortunate to have amazing people in our schools and community. If we can pull together, I have no doubt we will rise to meet our present challenges and continue to serve Jeffco’s children in an exemplary manner.

Regards,

Jason E. Glass, Ed. D.
Superintendent and Chief Learner
HAVE YOU VISITED JEFFCO'S VIRTUAL ART GALLERY?
Creativity and #JeffcoTalent at its best!
Jeffco Schools Foundation -hosted middle and high school art shows scheduled for this spring were cancelled due to recent events. But the celebration of our students' creativity must go on! Introducing JeffcoArts , a virtual showcase of talent and beauty. Though a virtual showcase can never replace Jeffco's excellent in-person art shows that garner national attention, we are excited to announce the launch of JeffcoArts!
Enjoy!
DEVICES TO STAY WITH STUDENTS THIS SUMMER
To best protect the health and safety of our students, their families, and our staff, all devices - TechForEd and school Chromebooks, iPads, and other district devices - will remain with students over the summer. Graduating seniors and students moving out of Jeffco are an exception. Leaving devices with students provides them the ability to access online learning and current digital education tools over the summer.

For graduating seniors and students moving out of Jeffco, look for instructions from your school. Schools are planning end-of-year pick-up/drop-off; devices will be collected at that time. For more: FAQ page .
REMOTE LEARNING SURVEY - WAVE 1 RESULTS
As you know, we have been asking our community to weigh in on how remote learning is going through the Learning at Home surveys shared with our families, our students, and our staff. Wave 1 was conducted April 3 - 10, 2020, and we have the results! Click on the graphic for wave 1 results. Wave 2 was conducted April 24 - May 3, 2020. Results from that round will be available soon.

We are grateful for your participation in these surveys, as your feedback provides significant insight and informs our processes for delivering education to our students.

For more on the survey, visit this webpage .

Thank you!
#JEFFCOGRADS2020
Due to the unexpected and unfortunate circumstances of COVID-19, we’re looking for various creative ways to share appreciation for our graduating seniors. Please include the hashtag #JeffcoGrads2020 in any social media posts about your senior student(s) to help us gather photos and content! These will be featured on our upcoming graduation webpage.
JEFFCO VIRTUAL ACADEMY STUDENTS CREATE WEBSITE FOR STUDENTS
How to Do Remote Learning from Students Who Know!
Jeffco Virtual Academy's chapter of the National Honor Society wanted to provide tools and tricks to help transition to remote learning from the perspective of students who have taken classes online before, as well as provide creative solutions for at-home boredom. They did an amazing job!
SPECIAL EDUCATION RESOURCES ADDED TO WEBSITE
New information about Extended School Year (ESY), new Frequently Asked Questions, and new resources have been added to the Special Education support page .
ATHLETICS & ACTIVITIES - CHSAA UPDATE
Jeffco Public Schools sites remain closed to students, coaches, and sponsors through August 1, 2020 . Use of facilities, fields, and courts is not allowed. There may be no congregation of teams, student-athletes, activity participants, coaches, or sponsors on or off school grounds per District and CHSAA directives . Virtual instruction, workouts, and team meetings may be conducted beginning Monday, May 11, using Zoom-type platforms.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: AN UPDATE FROM JEFFCO PUBLIC HEALTH
Click here to read more about the transition to Safer-at-Home beginning May 9 in Jefferson County.
WANT TO HELP FAMILIES IMPACTED BY COVID-19?
Jeffco Schools Foundation has a designated fund for Jeffco Public Schools.
Subscribe to the Foundation's newsletter here .
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.