Douglas County School District will be closed on April 26 as teachers rally at Capitol

Posted 4/23/18

Neighborhood, magnet and alternative schools in the Douglas County School District will be closed April 26, as teachers participate in a rally at the state Capitol in Denver, interim Superintendent …

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Douglas County School District will be closed on April 26 as teachers rally at Capitol

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Neighborhood, magnet and alternative schools in the Douglas County School District will be closed April 26, as teachers participate in a rally at the state Capitol in Denver, interim Superintendent Erin Kane announced in an email to parents over the weekend.

The Colorado Education Association is hosting two “Days of Action” at the Capitol on April 26 and 27 to protest for a PERA pension reform, as well as additional resources for schools and students. Teachers will wear red for education, the association's website says.

Teachers at DCSD — the third largest district in the state — will join other educators across the state in the call for additional funding. Jefferson County Public Schools, the second largest district in the state, has also canceled school on April 26. The following day, Cherry Creek School District, the fourth largest district, will be closed and Denver Public Schools, the state's largest district, will end early.

The rallies follow a teacher walkout on April 16 that forced Englewood Schools to close for the day.

Time-off requests from Douglas County teachers increased significantly over the past few days, Kane said in her email, adding that there are not enough substitutes in the system to cover all classrooms. District charter schools, which manage their own staffing, will remain open. Kane encourages parents to reach out to principals for information on how the closure will impact students.

The district did not take the decision lightly, Kane said in her email.

“However, with over 500 of our educators out, we will simply not be able to provide a safe and effective learning environment for all of our students,” she said. “Please know that we value all of our fantastic DCSD educators in all of our schools. The district and the Board of Education have been working hard over the last year to engage in a conversation with our community about funding in our schools and will continue to do so.”

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