Weekly Superintendent Update, June 18

Weekly Superintendent Update, June 18
Posted on 06/18/2021
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I hope you are all having a wonderful summer! This Saturday, we will join many of our local government partners in reading proclamations at the Juneteenth celebration at Lincoln Park. This integral American holiday recognizes the final step in the emancipation of slaves in the U.S. 156 years ago. It is a day to appreciate our freedoms, our families, and the melting pot that strengthens our nation. I hope you can join us!


Vaccination Clarification

Based on some comments at our June Board Business meeting earlier this week, there appears to be some misunderstandings about information released in last week’s letter (click here to see the June 11 letter). Protocols and best practices for the fall are still being determined. However, there are some practices around vaccinations that have been decided:

  1. Students and staff are not required to take a COVID-19 vaccine in order to attend or work in District 51. Vaccination remains a personal choice. Click here for information about vaccines from trusted health experts at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

  2. Parental permission is required for anyone under the age of 18 to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. As stated in last week’s letter, parents must sign a permission form in order for their children under the age of 18. Permission forms can be found here in English and here in Spanish, and on the front page of d51schools.org.


Pandemic-Electronic Benefit Transfer Program

June 30 is the last day for eligible families to apply for free or reduced-price school meal applications in order to qualify for the 2020-21 Pandemic-Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) program. Any free/reduced school meal applications received on or after July 1 will only qualify a family for Summer P-EBT benefits. The free/reduced school meal application and information about P-EBT are available on the Colorado Department of Education’s School Meal Eligibility web page.


Director of Equity and Inclusion

Interviews will begin later this month for the position of District 51 Director of Equity and Inclusion. The position is returning after a few years on pause during reorganization and budget constraints. The director will work with people across the district and our community to create a more inclusive environment for all students regardless of race, ethnicity, economic status, special education status, developmental or physical abilities, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or nationality. This position requires a Master’s degree, and preference will be given to former principals or assistant principals and those who hold a teaching, administrator, or principal license. To see the job description, click here.


Independence Day Closures

All District 51 buildings will be closed July 2-5 to allow staff to celebrate our nation’s independence. The Lunch Lizard mobile food service program will also be off June 30-July 5. We hope you enjoy your Independence Day festivities, and we will be back to serve you on July 6!

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