Important update from Cherry Creek Schools
Friday, April 3, 2020
Dear Cherry Creek School Community,
I am writing to let you know that 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. 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.
We will continue to focus on and refine our remote learning system, to ensure that all of our 55,000 learners are receiving high-quality educational experiences through the end of the school year. The first week of remote learning was not without challenges, but there were many positives as students and teachers reconnected and got back to the business of learning.
I know you have many questions related to the closure decision. I have some initial answers now, and more will be coming in the days and weeks ahead.
School activities – all in-person school activities for the remainder of the school year are cancelled. I thank 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.
Graduations – we will not be holding commencement ceremonies in May as originally scheduled, but I am committed to find a way to celebrate the milestone of graduation for the Class of 2020, once it is safe to do so.
Student belongings at school – we will develop a process for families to pick up student belongings at school and to return items, once it is safe to do so.
Free Meals Program – our free meals program will continue through the end of the school year, but the dates and some locations are changing, effective Monday, April 6. Free grab-and-go breakfast and lunch meals will still be provided to students 18 and younger on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 10 locations across the district. Students will receive two days’ worth of meals on Mondays and Wednesdays. Get more information at https://www.cherrycreekschools.org/freemeals.
Health and Wellness - On Tuesday we launched the CCSD HealthLine, a free service to support our students’ physical and mental health. CCSD families can call 720-554-4584 to be connected to a school nurse or a mental health professional. The line is available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday for the rest of the school year. Get more information at https://www.cherrycreekschools.org/healthline.
Like you, we are deeply disappointed that we must sacrifice our face-to-face interactions with our students for the rest of the year, along with the many activities and events that make school so meaningful. But extraordinary circumstances require extraordinary measures. I know the Cherry Creek Schools community is up to the challenge.
Stay safe. Stay healthy.
Scott A. Siegfried, Ph.D.