Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • How long will the closure last?

    The Cherry Creek School District will continue with remote learning for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year – our buildings and facilities will remain closed through June 30, 2020, with the exception of our checkout process (see below). Any and all other activities associated with our facilities will be canceled during this time (for example: summer school, daycare and sports programs). The district will reassess conditions for opening in July. This difficult decision was made to protect the health and wellbeing of our students, staff, families and community. It was made after consultation with our Board of Education, local and state public health agencies and other metro area school districts.

    End-of-Year Dates, 2020

    • The last day of the 2019-2020 school year for seniors will be Friday, May 8.
    • The last day of the 2019-2020 school year for all other students will be Tuesday, May 19.
      • Final assignments will be collected on Friday, May 15.
      • End-of-year activities, including final virtual celebrations, class good-byes and final work turn-in, will take place on Monday and Tuesday, May 18 and 19.

  • What about student belongings at school and items that must be returned?

    Student Checkout Dates

    To ensure staff, student and family safety at our 65 school locations, student checkout will take place over two weeks in May. You will get details about your school’s specific checkout plan from your principal, including social distancing requirements in accordance with directives from the Tri-County Health Department. For planning purposes, checkout schedules will take place as follows:

    • Seniors – May 11
    • Preschool – May 18 & 19
    • Elementary School – May 13 & 14
    • Middle School – May 15, 18 & 19
    • High School (grades 9-11) – May 20-22

    Our goal is to allow time to close out the school year and to have a process for families to pick up items left at school and drop off items that must be returned.

    Computer Collection

    We are working on a process to determine how and when devices will be returned.  Computers will not be collected during the checkout dates outlined above.

  • Are schools still being cleaned?

    Yes. During the closure, all schools and district facilities will undergo additional “high touch” and deep cleanings with highly effective disinfectants. We are also performing high touch cleanings of buses.

  • Are you continuing to pay employees?

    We will ensure all regular employees – including hourly employees – continue to get paid through June 30, 2020. We will also ensure health benefits remain intact.

  • How will the district continue to monitor this situation?

    Our district pandemic response team will continue to meet on a daily basis to manage this situation, prepare for next steps and review updates from local, state and national health agencies.

  • Will graduation ceremonies be held?

    CCSD high schools will hold in-person, live-streamed graduation ceremonies in the final week of July. The ceremonies will take place outside in the CCSD Stutler Bowl, and there will be no audience. We made the difficult decision not to allow spectators due to physical distancing and crowd limit guidelines from local and state health agencies. Our ultimate priority is to ensure the health and safety of our students, staff and families.

    The schedule will be as follows:

    • Monday, July 27, 2020
      • 7:30 a.m.: Endeavor Academy
      • 8:00 p.m.: Grandview HS
    • Tuesday July 28, 2020
      • 7:30 a.m.: Smoky Hill HS
      • 8:00 p.m.: Eaglecrest HS
    • Wednesday July 29, 2020
      • 7:30 a.m.: Overland HS
      • 8:00 p.m.: Cherokee Trail HS
    • Thursday July 30, 2020
      • 7:30 a.m.: (make-up)
      • 8:00 p.m.: Cherry Creek HS

    **Cherry Creek Elevation will announce the date for graduation soon. Additional make-up dates for weather are available 07/31/2020 – 08/02/2020.

    In the coming weeks, you will hear from your child’s school with more details about the graduation ceremony.

  • What about school activities?

    All in-person school activities for the remainder of the school year are cancelled. Thanks to  Parents Council and our PTOs and PTCOs for their leadership around this issue and for their efforts to keep our students, staff and families safe.

  • What about spring sports?

    The Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) has cancelled the spring 2020 season due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic which is affecting communities across the world. Read the full update, with all information, here.

  • Will my prom be cancelled?

    Due to the ongoing guidance from state and national authorities banning gatherings with more than 10 people and active guidance regarding social distancing, all high school proms are cancelled this year.

  • Is daycare closed?

    Yes. Daycare is closed from Friday, March 13, through April 17. The district made the decision to close all schools – including daycare – to ensure the safety, health, and wellness of students, staff, and families. Families will be credited and refunded for missed days and field trips.

  • Will we provide meals for students?

    Free Breakfast and Lunch Information:
    The district will provide free breakfast and lunch for students throughout the closure. The district will provide free grab-and-go bagged breakfast and lunch meals at several sites across the district.

    Meals

    • A breakfast and lunch meal will be provided to all students 18 and under at each location.
    • Meals will be distributed on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
      • Students will receive breakfast and lunch for Monday and Tuesday on Monday, for Wednesday and Thursday on Wednesday, and for Friday on Friday.
    • Drive-up and walk-up service will be provided at all sites.

    Locations and serving times:
    (view map of all locations)

    • Sunrise Elementary
      4050 South Genoa Way, Aurora, CO 80013 (map)
      11:00 am - 12:00 pm: M, W, F

    • Canyon Creek Elementary
      6070 South Versailles Parkway, Aurora, CO 80015 (map)
      12:30 pm – 1:30 pm: M, W, F

    • Eastridge Elementary
      11777 East Wesley Ave., Aurora, CO 80014 (map)
      11:00 am – 12:00 pm: M, W, F

    • Independence Elementary
      4700 South Memphis Street, Aurora, CO 80015 (map)
      12:30 pm – 1:30 pm: M, W, F

    • Holly Ridge Elementary
      3301 South Monaco Parkway, Denver, CO 80222 (map)
      11:00 am – 12:00 pm: M, W, F

    • West Middle School
      5151 South Holly Street, Greenwood Village, CO 80121 (map)
      12:30 pm – 1:30 pm: M, W, F

    • Highline Elementary
      11000 East Exposition Avenue, Aurora, CO 80012 (map)
      11:00 am – 12:00 pm: M, W, F

    • Ponderosa Elementary
      1885 South Lima Street, Aurora, CO 80012 (map)
      12:30 pm – 1:30 pm: M, W, F

    • Red Hawk Ridge Elementary
      16251 East Geddes Avenue, Centennial, CO  80016 (map)
      11:00 am – 12:00 pm: M, W, F

    • Meadow Point Elementary
      17901 East Grand Avenue, Aurora, CO  80015 (map)
      12:30 pm – 1:30 pm: M, W, F

  • How will the days be made up?

    The Colorado Department of Education said it would provide flexibility in addressing missed school time due to closure from COVID-19.

  • How can I keep my child engaged at home?

    Our curriculum leaders have put together a list of high-quality, educational resources that you may want to utilize with your child during this unprecedented closure. These resources are not intended to take the place of classroom instruction – they are not “homework,” nor will assignments be collected or graded. The resources are intended to provide an opportunity to keep students engaged in positive learning activities during this closure. Information about these resources will be posted in the coming days at www.cherrycreekschools.org/EducationalResources.

  • What should I say to my child about all of this?

    Children may have questions about coronavirus or about why school is closed for so long. This parent resource from the National Association of School Psychologists may be helpful for talking to your child about coronavirus, if they have questions.

  • What mental health resources are available?

    You can find a list of resources collected by our mental health staff on this page.

  • Can my child access a student nurse or mental health worker during this closure?

    The Cherry Creek School District’s team of registered nurses and mental health professionals is dedicated to helping the community, even in the wake of an unprecedented global crisis.The CCSD Healthline will be available to all in-district families between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, through the statewide school closure. The direct Healthline is 720-554-HLTH (4584).

  • Will you continue to monitor Safe2Tell?

    Yes. We will continue to monitor and address all Safe2Tell reports. As always, if you hear or see anything concerning, please report it through Safe2Tell.

  • Are facility rentals cancelled as well?

    Yes. In order to protect the health and wellbeing of CCSD students, staff and community members, including organizations that rent district facilities, all facility rentals are cancelled starting on Friday, March 13, until further notice. This is part of an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19.) It will also allow our crews to continue high touch and deep cleaning of district facilities with highly effective disinfectants. We apologize for the disruption this will cause to your program and appreciate your partnership in supporting this important public health effort.

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