May 15, 2020
Calling all Jeffco families! Let’s rally to show the Class of 2020 that despite the times, they are not alone and we are so proud of them!

Printable Signs: Consider celebrating the Class of 2020 by printing and posting these signs .

Jeffco Makes: MAKE a graduation cap, BAKE a marshmallow graduate, and SHAKE your tassel! Check it out on  Jeffco Makes !

Social Media Posts: Use #JeffcoGrads2020 and your post may be featured on our upcoming graduation webpage!

National Celebration: Watch Graduate Together , a televised celebration of our nation's 2020 graduates to be aired on ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC Saturday, May 16 at 7pm.
A MESSAGE FROM SUPERINTENDENT DR. JASON GLASS
This week we presented to the Board of Education our initial thinking around a model for the start of the 2020-2021 school year. These meetings are public and open for news media coverage, which is exactly what happened this week. Many of you may have seen the stories from various media outlets about our, and other Denver metro-area school districts', first thoughts and considerations about restarting school in August.
 
I understand the prospect of school in the fall being different is difficult to process. Jeffco Public Schools is committed to returning to some form of in-person learning in the fall, while also keeping our students, staff, and community safe.

These are polarizing times and, as with many issues, people jump to one side or the other quickly. I understand some will feel the district is moving too fast, that there is too much risk, and that we should either just cancel school entirely or continue with remote learning options only. Other people may feel the district is over-reacting, that the virus is not that bad, and that we should just restore school to what it was, as if the virus did not exist.

We reject both of these and seek a middle path. It is in the best interest of our students to have some kind of in-person learning experience. It is also in the interest of our entire community that we take every step we can to keep everyone safe.

Going forward, our decisions will be based on the best scientific evidence available, input from public health professionals, and feedback from our staff and community.

This is going to be difficult, and many unanswered questions remain. But we are committed to meeting this challenge because we believe doing so is the only correct choice for our children.

Our draft plan will be released to staff for input on Monday, May 18. It will be released to the public on Friday, May 22 along with a survey to solicit feedback from the community. Following each of these distributions of the draft plan, we will evaluate the feedback, seek out ideas and solutions, and adjust. We will also continue to look for scientifically sound best practices from around the world to help guide us. We must commit to adapt to changing conditions as we plan for a return to school in the fall.

In tandem with this restart planning process, we are also working on finalizing our school district budget for next year. This presents its own set of complex challenges considering the anticipated and significant reduction in state funding and tax revenue that will impact all school districts across Colorado.

It seems most critical now, perhaps even more so than when we embarked on the COVID-19 crisis response, that we pull together as a community and focus on what’s best for our children, our schools, and our future. I wish we had different circumstances and a different set of facts. We do not control these, but we do control our response.

Regards,

Jason E. Glass, Ed. D.
Superintendent and Chief Learner
SUMMER GRAB-AND-GO MEAL SERVICE DETAILS ANNOUNCED
Thanks to funding from the Jefferson County Commissioners, we will open 11 sites for the
Summer Grab-and-Go Meals Program! (Note: Current meal service program last day is Fri., May 22)
Starts Wednesday, May 27
Who: All children 18 and under ( Adult meals will not be available in the summer program )
Dates of Service: May 27 - August 14, 2020 ( No meals served on Memorial Day, 5/25 )
Days and Times: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 10:30am - 1pm
Meals Served: 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches per child at no charge
Grab-and-Go Meal Sites for Summer 2020 ( starting Wed., May 27 ) :
Alameda Jr/Sr High School
Bear Creek High School
Conifer High School
Dunstan Middle School
Golden High School
Jefferson Jr/Sr High School
Lakewood High School
Pomona High School
Summit Ridge Middle School
Wayne Carle Middle School
Wheat Ridge High School
As COVID-19 impacts our community, we encourage families to continue to access meals at our Summer Grab-and-Go Meal sites. Measures for social distancing and reduced exposure will continue to help ensure the safety of the Jeffco community.
TOWN HALL SATURDAY: SENATOR ZENZINGER AND JEFFCO BOARD MEMBERS
Susan Miller and Stephanie Schooley Join Town Hall Meeting
Saturday, 10:30a - 12p
Senator Rachel Zenzinger hosts a bipartisan Town Hall meeting every third Saturday of the month. The May 16 event will be a virtual meeting featuring Representatives Tracy Kraft-Tharpe and Brianna Titone, and special guests Jeffco Public Schools Board Members Susan Miller and Stephanie Schooley who will discuss the budgeting process. To join, click here, paste this URL into your browser https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81803420223, or call 1-253-215-8782. Meeting ID: 818-0342-0223
NATIONAL ACT TESTING ON JUNE 13 CANCELLED
National ACT testing scheduled for June 13, 2020 at Jeffco school locations has been cancelled due to Jefferson County Public Health's COVID-19 restrictions. Students and families with questions about national ACT test events and dates should contact ACT directly (do not contact Jeffco Public Schools).
WANT TO HELP FAMILIES IMPACTED BY COVID-19?
Jeffco Schools Foundation has a designated fund for Jeffco Public Schools.
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FOOD SERVICE LOCATIONS
Grab-and-Go Meals
Anyone 18 and younger
Food Pickup:
Mon, Wed, Fri 10:30a - 1p
***ENDS Fri., May 22
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.