Update from Principal Sawyer: Remaining Remote for the Rest of the Semester

Posted November 9, 2020

Dear Hamilton Families,

I hope you are well and healthy. I know these times are very difficult for all of us. You may have heard the news last evening that DPS has announced that all middle and high schools must remain in remote learning for the remainder of the first semester, until the December holiday. Our special education centers will be allowed to remain open for select students.

This is devastatingly hard for me and our team. I was holding out hope that we could come back sooner. I know this is so hard for our students. However, the rising COVID rates cause deep concern for our health experts. I trust the exhaustive work our District leadership has done to make the best decision for our collective health, as hard as this is. It is an agonizing decision.

With this announcement, we will continue our plans currently in place for the second academic quarter. Your student will continue in the model we have in place now.

At this time, I want to implore all of us to be leaders in our community to do our parts in driving down the COVID infection rates. It is of critical urgency that each of us follows health and safety guidelines; practices social distancing; wears a mask over our nose and mouth; refrains from social gatherings outside of our family; and washes our hands frequently. Our community must join together to combat the rising infection rates, so that we can bring back our students to school- where I believe they belong. We owe this to our students, to fight for their education!

I am sending each and every one of you and your families my sincere hope for health, safety, and wellbeing. We will get through this as the Hamilton community, supporting each other along the way. We are stronger together. Don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions, concerns, or needs.