DPS extends Thanksgiving holiday for COVID-19 vaccinations – Community News

DPS extends Thanksgiving holiday for COVID-19 vaccinations

The district said the extra day off, which extends the Thanksgiving holiday, is also a “thank you” to staff.

DENVER — Denver Public Schools (DPS) has announced it will close on Friday, November 19 and begin its Thanksgiving break the day before, to allow for COVID-19 vaccinations.

All district schools and offices will be partially closed that day to give families additional opportunities to take advantage of the COVID-19 vaccine, which is now available to young children.

DPS said the decision is in line with recommendations from the U.S. Department of Education, which has urged school districts to give staff paid time off to vaccinate their own children.

> Video above: Some schools are switching to distance learning due to shift changes.

RELATED: 3 Denver Schools Are Temporarily Switching to Distance Learning Due to Staff Shortage

Families whose children attend charter schools should inform their school of plans for Friday, November 19, as some charter schools have decided to remain open.

Those involved with Discovery Link, Boys and Girls Club, YMCA or Scholars Unlimited family will receive additional communications about camp opportunities for your students.

RELATED: 3 School Districts Closed Friday Due to Staff Shortage

The district said one of the most important steps in keeping schools open for personal learning is getting as many community members as possible vaccinated and they hope the extra day off will help with that. You can learn more about the vaccine and see opportunities to receive the vaccine here.

DPS said the extra day is also a “thank you” to staff who will give time to focus on health and self-care.

SUGGESTED VIDEOS: Education Stories from 9NEWS