Denver Public Schools Late-Start Schedule Days sign now

We, the undersigned family members of Denver Public Schools students, find the district's decision to add six half-days of school to the current year's calendar to be grossly insensitive to the needs of students and their families.

When the districts negotiation with the union this fall resulted in additional professional development time for teachers, administrators ought to have added three full days of professional development to the calendar to provide for the time. Had DPS done so, KC childcare services could have been made available in the same way that they are offered on other no-school days. The district's decision to institute half days of school for students has forced a great number of parents to take six days off of work instead of three.

Further, the district has had to waste precious resources on communications in relation to this highly problematic arrangement that risks student safety and learning when children are dropped off at school at the wrong time or not provided with lunch.

In addition, each DPS school has had to expend a great deal of time in preparing for the unusual late-start schedule.

As the district found it possible to institute last-minute schedule changes in the fall, it can do so again this winter. We ask the superintendent and school board to recognize and rectify this ill-conceived schedule change by adjusting the 2008-2009 calendar to provide for the additional professional development time for teachers in full-day trainings. This can be accomplished by canceling four of the remaining scheduled half days and consolidating that time into two full days scheduled on Mondays or Fridays in the spring.


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Latest Signatures

  • 16 December 2015700. Kate D
    I am against these late start days entirely. I do not wish to have more non student contact days on the calendar.
  • 16 December 2015699. Becky S
    I support this petition
  • 15 December 2015698. Kisha D
    school already starts later as it is......
  • 13 December 2015697. Elizabeth Mk
    I support this petition
  • 10 December 2015696. Wendy S
    I support this petition
  • 02 December 2015695. Christine W
    I support this petition
  • 23 November 2015694. Jamiesarche Watts
    full days would be way better
  • 21 November 2015693. Gary K
    I support this petition
  • 17 November 2015692. Stephanie Andmikea
    I support this petition
  • 12 November 2015691. Shannon L
    I support this petition
  • 09 November 2015690. Kate C
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  • 02 November 2015689. Catherine K
    I support this petition
  • 31 October 2015688. Cecilia C
    As a teacher myself, I understand that a student's best learning haopend in the am hours. For the students to go into school at noon makes NO educational sense. Either have a early dismissal or have no school at all for the day.
  • 23 October 2015687. Jenny J
    I support this petition
  • 21 October 2015686. Nancy W
    3 Children at Teller and Morey ( last name of Vial)
  • 19 October 2015685. Saida A
    this is not fair to our children as the teachers should be FULL trained before been able to teach; why not schedule this a weekends or during the summer ????
  • 14 October 2015684. Barb Cashmanh
    I support this petition
  • 14 October 2015683. Brad Andandrap
    I support this petition
  • 30 September 2015682. Guerin G
    Our children need more time in the classroom, not less, to succeed.
  • 29 September 2015681. Heather D
    I support this petition
  • 25 September 2015680. Ilyanna K
    If full-days cannot be implemented, please consider early-release.
  • 22 September 2015679. Leda V
    I support this petition
  • 16 September 2015678. Lisa F
    As a teacher and DPS parent I can assure you that these late start days are very frustrating. A complete waste of time for teachers, a hardship for families and more lost instructional time. I haven't talked to one teacher or parent who supports this.
  • 15 September 2015677. Diane Silverbergj
    This is imperative - please do as the petitioners request. If you care for our children then you will!
  • 04 September 2015676. Sarah K
    I support this petition
  • 18 August 2015675. Alexa T
    I support this petition
  • 18 August 2015674. Joan H
    It is impossible to arrange childcare for late-start days

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Mable MarquezBy:
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Denver Public Schools

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