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COVID-19 Daily Community Update - 4.3.20

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COVID-19 Daily Community Update - 4.3.20
Posted on 04/03/2020
April 3, 2020
REMOTE LEARNING AND WORK CONTINUES
through the rest of the 2019 - 20 school year.
We emailed this message to our community earlier today announcing
school buildings will be closed for the remainder of the school year.
Don't forget, some grab-and-go meal locations change starting Monday, April 6. Please check the bottom of this message and plan accordingly.
A MESSAGE FROM SUPERINTENDENT DR. GLASS
Today was a hard day. 
While many already expected that in-person learning would not be happening for the rest of this school year, I know that hearing some finality on this issue was difficult. 

What we are all experiencing is a form of grief. Grief is a natural process and a response to the loss of a dream. 

Our students had dreams about the experiences they would have with their friends and teachers. Our staff had dreams about the memories they would make with their students and the learning they would explore together. Families had dreams about “normal” life returning, where they were not having to balance work and home responsibilities while also trying to keep their families safe and taking on the responsibility of educating their children.

All of these change now.

It is understandable and normal to feel some sadness when what we believed would be our future changes. However, we must also remember that there is much we can and should appreciate about where we are now and who we have in our lives. And, we must look forward to when the day comes that the threat of this virus does not rule our lives.

As a recovering history teacher, I think often about the experiences in our collective past and what we can learn from those. There are any number of challenges and nemeses previous generations have courageously faced and defeated. The coronavirus is ours today.

Our enemy is formidable and relentless. It does not rest, it offers no mercy, it targets everyone, it has no concern for the boundaries we draw, and it exploits every mistake and weakness we offer it. 

It will be up to us to rise to meet the ferocity of this enemy in equal measure. Our countermeasures will be social distancing, sheltering in place, and sanitation. We will also fight this enemy by making sure life goes on - that we continue to grow, learn, and show respect and love for one another. We will also need to be tough and to persevere … because these next few weeks or months are going to be difficult.   
Today was indeed a hard day. And today (and for every day going forward through the end of this pandemic), we will need to rise to meet the challenge before us.

Kind regards,
Jason E. Glass, Ed. D.
Superintendent and Chief Learner
LEARNING AT HOME: HOW'S IT GOING?
In these uncertain times, we want to understand how our students and families are doing. Families across the nation are supporting learning at home with their children. We want to hear your stories, understand your needs, and get your opinions about this experience. Please take a moment to complete this brief family survey , results of which will help make decisions about and improvements to our processes. We have also emailed a survey to students in grades 3 -12 via their Gmail account; here is a link to the student survey in case you want to forward it to your children. Thank you!
AP EXAMS UPDATE
AP exams will still be available for all students currently taking AP courses and who have already signed up for the AP exam this year. College Board has worked to adapt these assessments given remote learning situations. Students will be able to take their AP exams remotely using a computer, tablet, or smartphone. Testing dates are set for May 11- 22, 2020 and make-up dates will be in June. Students should have received an email from AP on Friday 4/3 containing information about the AP Exams.  Please continue to check your emails regularly for updates and remember to access the AP resources found on the AP Student website and those provided by your AP teachers.

 

Later this month students will receive an email from AP containing a virtual student handbook, with details about the testing day and contact information.
WANT TO HELP FAMILIES IMPACTED BY COVID-19?
Jeffco Schools Foundation has a designated fund for Jeffco Public Schools.
DONATE HERE . Questions? Contact angela.baber@jeffco.k12.co.us .
FOOD SERVICE LOCATIONS
Grab and Go Meals
Anyone 18 and younger
Food Pickup:
Mon, Wed, Fri 10:30a - 1p
**Some NEW locations**
Alameda High
Arvada High
Bear Creek High
Columbine High
Dunstan Middle
Jefferson Jr/Sr High
Pomona High
Wayne Carle Middle
Golden High
West Jefferson Elementary
Wheat Ridge High
Any parent/guardian can pick up meals for their children. Please do not come if you are sick.

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