Dear Littleton Public Schools Families and Staff:
Based on recent discussions with the Governor’s office, the Colorado Department of Education (CDE), state health agencies and other school districts, Littleton Public Schools will be closed for two weeks in an effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
LPS WILL have school Friday, March 13, 2020. LPS will be closed at the end of the school day March 13, 2020 through Sunday, March 29, 2020. At the end of this period, we will reassess the situation to see if students and staff should return on March 30. Currently, we plan to return to school Monday, March 30.
As communicated earlier, all after-school activities, athletics, events and performances will remain suspended through April 5.
All buildings, including the district office, are included in this closure. As a reminder, when schools are closed, School Age Child Care (SACC) is also closed. Parents will receive a credit for SACC during the period of school closure.
The closure allows us to do two important things; clean our buildings and help prevent the spread of disease. Please note that LPS has zero confirmed cases of COVID-19 at this time. This closure is being made out of an abundance of caution to help prevent and/or slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community, especially to those who are most vulnerable.
Students should take home any personal items they might want to have during the closure. Parents who need to get their student’s medication must come to the building to retrieve it from staff during school hours on Friday, March 13. Medication must be signed out to a parent and cannot be sent home with a student. Students, staff and parents will not have any building access during the closure. Only authorized personnel will be able to access schools for important cleaning and disinfecting.
LPS is unable to replace core instruction and special services with online learning and services due to issues of capacity, equity and access. We will provide optional supplemental resources and activities that are designed to provide students and parents with opportunities to extend learning beyond the classroom. More information about these optional supplemental learning opportunities will be shared in the coming days.
We will send follow-up communications with additional information about support resources, food services and other updates. We will continue to monitor the situation as we learn more about the COVID-19 outbreak and as we evaluate our ability to safely reopen our schools. More information is available on the district website.
I am proud and appreciative of our staff and their continued support of our students during this unsettled time. They have shown themselves to be leaders and have embodied our vision and commitment that in LPS, students are the priority!
I am grateful to our community for its ongoing support of Littleton Public Schools. While this is a time of uncertainty, I know that we will get through this together.