DENVER (CBS4) – This week, leaders at Denver Public Schools are tackling the topic of getting back to school. The school year could be extended for students, depending on their decision.
DPS Media Relations Manager Winna McLaren tells CBS4 the current proposed calendar does not have an early start, but board members will be discussing it at a work session on Thursday, March 4.READ MORE: Denver's Public Art Program Search Underway For Colorado Convention Center Expansion Project
DPS isn’t the only district discussing a potential schedule shift. In February, Westminster Public Schools announced that students will have the choice to attend extra days to help make up for learning losses during the pandemic. The district is adding 12 more school days than originally planned.
Some DPS board members have already been outspoken about altering the school year. Tay Anderson stated on Twitter that he would not be in favor of a calendar that begins before August 30.
I have decided to vote ‘NO’ on any proposed school calendar that begins before August 30th.READ MORE: Rep. Jason Crow Wants Bill That Would Let Victims Sue Gun Manufacturers And Dealers For Illegal Use Of Firearms
Many schools lack the proper ventilation and are without air conditioning. Our students and educators deserve better than heat induced classrooms!
— Director Tay Anderson (@DirectorTay) February 17, 2021
Some parents who talked to CBS4 last month expressed concern about the availability of the COVID-19 vaccine and the summer heat in classes without air conditioning.MORE NEWS: GadellNet Consulting Services Bringing 55+ Jobs To Denver
The DPS work session to discuss the potential change begins at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday.