School no longer canceled March 19 in Jeffco

Students and staff expected to attend as normal, district says

Staff report
Posted 3/12/20

There will be school as normal for Jefferson County Public School students on March 19. After announcing that all Jeffco schools would close Thursday, March 19 because of a lack of available teachers …

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School no longer canceled March 19 in Jeffco

Students and staff expected to attend as normal, district says

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There will be school as normal for Jefferson County Public School students on March 19.

After announcing that all Jeffco schools would close Thursday, March 19 because of a lack of available teachers that day, the district has informed families that school will be reinstated for that day.

Jeffco had previously decided to close all schools “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,” said a district announcement.

The staff members had reported their upcoming absences because they would be attending the Day of Action at the State Capitol, hosted by the Colorado Education Association (CEA). More than 5,000 educators and supporters from across the state planned to gather March 19, according to a CEA media release, and speak with legislators about how education funding could be prioritized in the state budget this year.

But March 10, the CEA announced that the Day of Action was canceled “because of mounting public health concerns over the spreading of the COVID-19 virus,” the CEA release said.

“We closely monitored guidance from health officials at the federal and state level throughout this process,” CEA president Amie Baca-Oehlert said in the release. “Though no official guidance was given to us to restrict public gatherings such as our Day of Action, we don't want to contribute in any way to the anxiety people are experiencing during this troubling health crisis.”

The release said members planned to send smaller groups to visit the Capitol to share educator stories.

Additionally, “CEA will roll out plans to have a `virtual' day of action March 19 to offer educators, parents, students and public education supporters the opportunity to participate and have a powerful impact at the legislature from home,” it said.

March 11, Jeffco announced that because of the canceled rally, the district has reinstated a student contact day for March 19. All students and staff are expected to attend school as normal.

The March 11 Jeffco release added that “before- and after-school care programs, other school activities, and bus schedules will run as normal, unless you hear otherwise from your school.”

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