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Schools Closed March 19
Posted on 02/25/2020
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Jeffco Public Schools will be making a change to the district calendar for Thursday, March 19, due to the high level of reported teacher absences for the CEA “Educator Day of Action.” This decision has been made because the current number of teaching staff who are submitting an absence has moved beyond the maximum number of absences that can be covered by our guest teachers. Even with calling in as many substitutes as possible, we will not be able to run academic programs and the lack of sufficient staff creates an unsafe school environment.

For that reason, there is no school for students on Thursday, March 19. All schools will be closed to students, including preschools.

Though students will not be present, this will still be a regular workday in the district for all employees; leave time must be appropriately used if employees are not at work that day. Employees wishing to attend the CEA Day of Action must use personal leave for this purpose - the use of sick leave is not allowed.

Extracurricular activities will proceed as scheduled, unless you hear differently directly from your school. Charter schools may not be closed; please check with your school. We will not have to make up the school day unless we encounter more snow days before the end of the school year. We will inform families when or if that becomes a concern.

School will resume as usual on Friday, March 20 and attendance is expected for all students and staff as normal.

The Colorado Educators Association (CEA) is promoting a day of action for educators to rally at the Colorado State Capitol because “Colorado students deserve a fully funded education system and educators who can afford to stay in the profession.” CEA has communicated that they are targeting the following outcomes: (1) secure a living wage for educators, (2) pass an initiative for a statewide ballot issue in 2020 to fix the broken education funding system, and (3) eliminate the Budget Stabilization Factor (a measure of how far below pre-recession levels schools are funded) by 2022.

Teachers in other districts throughout the state will also be participating in this day of action, though it's possible not all districts will be affected by absences to the same degree that we are experiencing at Jeffco Public Schools.

We understand that this unexpected change is inconvenient for families. We made this decision as soon as we reached the threshold where we could not reasonably fill the anticipated absences. Please know we exhausted all resources before deciding to cancel school for students. Our intention in providing this notification now is to allow families to plan for this change.

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