** Update: As of Thursday, February 14th, DCTA and DPS have reached an agreement meaning classes for K-5 will continue as normal, and our ECE students can return on Friday, February 15th!**
Dear Hallett Families,
As you know, DPS and the teachers’ union, Denver Classroom Teachers Association (DCTA), have been working to reach an agreement on how to best compensate our teachers. Despite a final hour attempt on February 9th, to come to an agreement, one could not be reached. The strike began today. Negotiations are scheduled to resume tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m.
Hallett Academy will remain open and operating on our regular schedule. Learn more at teacherstrike.dpsk12.org.
School-based services for students in grades K-12 will be provided, including school meals, transportation and Discovery Link before- and after school programs.
During the teacher strike, some teachers may not report to work in our school; however, DPS centralized personnel and substitute teachers have been assigned to each DPS run school to make sure students are safe during the school day.
If you wish to excuse your child from school, please notify us or the absence will be unexcused. If you choose to keep your child home because of the strike, please let us know and we will excuse the absence.
For more information and to access Family Resource Guides on preparing for a strike, please visit dpsk12.org/teacher-strike. You may also call our Family Helpline at 720-423-3054 Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Help is available in many languages.
There were at least 3 caring adults in every classroom in our school on Monday to ensure that learning continued for our students. Our day was peaceful, joyful and productive.
If you haven’t done so, please confirm your contact information is up-to-date. You may do this by logging into Parent Portal or contacting our front office. This will allow us to notify you quickly of any changes.
Please ensure your child’s medication list is up-to-date. Please do this by contacting our front office at 720-424-6070 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org . We are equipped to administer medication to students who need it.
While I will continue to do all that I can, to make each day of the strike safe, positive, productive and calm, please help me by preparing your child(ren) for some changes.
Drop off and pick up: I do not know how heavily picketed our school will be, especially at drop-off, and bus arrival; no matter how your child arrives he/she should come straight into the building and go right to breakfast or to the auditorium. There will be no after-school enrichments, but Discovery Link will be open.
Classes have been combined as needed to ensure a licensed team member in each classroom. There will be no classes for our ECE students during the strike. At this time we have combined our kindergarten classes into one class, and our first grade classes into one class. Our hope is to keep second through fifth grades are in their own classrooms. Please let your child know that his or her class make up might be different.
Most classrooms are being supervised by guest teachers, our teachers and paraprofessionals. We will post pictures of the continuation of learning to our Facebook page, and I will send a daily update informing you about our progress.
Specials and Recess: We will continue to have specials during the strike as we partner with community organizations to provide integrated arts throughout the day. Tuesday students will have dance or P.E.
Enrichments: All after-school activities are cancelled on Monday and will remain cancelled until the strike is over.NOTE: Discovery Link will remain open as usual.
If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me. I will share new information with you, as it becomes available.
May love and light surround us all during this time.
Dominique Jefferson, Principal