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Message from the Superintendent

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A Message from Superintendent Dr. Glass
Posted on 03/16/2020
A Special Message from Dr. Glass

Dear Jeffco community,

I want to begin by expressing my deep appreciation for your support, patience, and trust as we navigate these unprecedented waters as a school system and community.

For our students, families, and staff members school is a central part of our existence. For these next few weeks (and for an unknown period beyond) many aspects of our lives are going to be significantly disrupted. Life, as we know it, is going to be different. We will miss seeing our students and their families. We will miss the presence of our friends and colleagues. Cherished experiences and rites of passage may be very different or not happen at all.

This is an unwelcomed and unwanted disequilibrium. It is also an opportunity.

Beginning today, we are implementing our “remote learning and work plan”. We shared details about the plan in our message to families last Friday. Teachers, students, staff, and families will need to work together to redefine how learning happens. In the midst of this public health crisis, we have the opportunity to make breakthroughs in how an entire community of children and professionals learn. We must not let this moment pass.

I know there are many questions about logistics and how our organization will continue to work through this period. I hope this short video helps to ease some of your concerns. We have also developed a Coronavirus COVID-19 website for the most up-to-date information.

We will be taking every possible step to make Jeffco Public Schools a stabilizing force during this disruption. Our employees will continue to be paid (including hourly and substitute staff) and we are providing “Grab & Go” breakfasts and lunches for any student in need at seven school locations beginning today. We are also working on ways we can continue to support our most vulnerable students and those who require specialized services.

This health crisis, with the multiple unknowns and rapidly guidelines, will affect all members of our community in different ways. Many of us will be juggling caregiving, work, and home responsibilities in new ways. Some of us are going to have to do all these things while we are sick. Love and kindness will not protect us from this virus, but they will make life more tolerable, in this difficult time.

With gratitude and respect,

Jason E. Glass, Ed.D.
Superintendent & Chief Learner

A Video Message from Dr. Glass

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