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Isabella Bird Community School

Info about Potential Teacher Strike

Posted 01/23/2019

Dear Izzi B families,

As many of you know, members of the Denver Classroom Teachers Association (DCTA) have voted to strike, beginning next Monday, Jan. 28. We are committed to keeping the IBCS  Community updated about the strike process and will send more information as it is available.

Most importantly, the IBCS staff care deeply about our students. We are committed to keeping their emotional safety and needs for structure in mind throughout the entire process. In advance of the strike, staff will have talking points for students, should they have questions, so we can ensure relationships aren’t affected by the impending activity. As hands-on principals, Caleb and I are devoted to monitoring our students closely and to ensuring we are supporting the whole child.

  • IBCS will remain open and operating on a regular schedule. While we do not know how many of our teachers may participate in a strike, our school will remain open. If needed, substitute teachers and central office staff who hold educator licenses will assist throughout the school.
  • School-based services will continue to be provided, including school meals, transportation and Discovery Link before- and after-school programs. After the strike begins, we will assess our ability to offer other after-school-based activities, including sports and enrichment classes.
  • Confirm your connectivity to School Deets. A significant number of school and classroom notifications are sent via the school’s communication platform, School Deets, to your e-mail address and as an in-app message. If you are not connected to the platform, please see the school website for instructions, or send an email to ibcscommunications@gmail.com for troubleshooting. School Deets allows for quick communication to the entire IBCS Community.
  • Please ensure your child’s at-school medication list is up-to-date. To do this, contact the IBCS Main Office at 720-423-9900, or email School Nurse, Gay Lynn Olsen at gay_olsen@dpsk12.org. If necessary, the District will provide certified nursing services to administer medication.
  • The IBCS attendance policy on excused and unexcused absences remains unchanged. If you wish to excuse your child from school, you must notify the school the morning of his/her absence, or the absence will be unexcused.

For additional questions or more information, you may call the District’s Family Helpline at 720-423-3054, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. To keep up with general news about the strike, please visit https://www.dpsk12.org/teacher-strike/.

Talking Points for Students:

Many students may have questions about what the strike means for them, their teachers and IBCS. Below are suggested talking points to discuss the strike with your children.

  • Your teachers still love you and care about your learning, whether they are at school or away from it.
  • Our first priority is your safety and continued learning.
  • Schedules may look different than during a normal school day, and you may be in classes with different classmates.
  • Schuba and Caleb will be clear about their daily schedules each morning to ensure students know the structure for each day.

Finally, a note about safety during a strike. Feelings may be running high and we may see picketing or other protest activity outside our school. We have worked with the DPS Safety Team to create a plan to ensure our building remains accessible in the event of such activity. We encourage you, no matter how you feel about the strike, to please model good behavior for our students.

If you wish to volunteer at our school during a strike, please let the school know. Thank you for your support and understanding during this tough time.

Sincerely,

Lisa Schuba and Caleb Melamed