Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
On Friday, April 3, Westminster Public Schools joined other metro districts in Colorado to announce that in-person education will not resume for the spring of 2020, though extended learning will continue through the remainder of the school year.
Even though our school buildings are closed, WPS teachers will continue to provide instruction to students using Empower, Zoom, student packets and other learning tools. It is very important that all students stay connected with their teachers and continue to learn. This is NOT busy work. Students are expected to fully participate and those who don’t, risk falling behind their peers. In addition to student contact with individual teachers, a resource page has been created at mywps.org/extendedlearning.
Graduation ceremonies for Westminster and Hidden Lake High Schools will be delivered virtually in May, with the hopes that separate in-person gatherings can be scheduled for sometime in the summer.
WPS has contracted with Vego Pictures to produce two high quality, remote video graduations that will include speeches from selected guests and show the picture of each student as their name is called. Vego Pictures is staffed by talented professionals who have worked on numerous Hollywood productions and live streaming events. Specific details are still being worked out, but the intent is to provide as personalized and intimate an event as technology will allow.
Westminster High School’s Graduation will be held on Saturday, May 16 and Hidden Lake students will get their diplomas on Thursday, May 21. Details about how to view the graduations will be provided well in advance of the ceremonies so they can be shared with families far and wide. The graduations will also be recorded so that families may view them at another time.
Thank you for your patience and kindness as we work our way through these difficult times. Remember, we are #WestyStrong.
WPS will continue to distribute free meals to people 18 and under through the duration of the school year. We will then transition to our summer meal program and provide details as they are finalized. The four distribution sites are open Monday - Friday from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Westminster High School, Ranum Middle School, Shaw Heights Middle School and Scott Carpenter Middle School.
- Meals will be dispersed at drive-up locations at those buildings.
- We ask that patrons remain in their cars.
- The meals are available for all children ages 18 and under.
- Children must be present for a meal to be provided.
- CDE/USDA emergency feeding regulations and HACCP food safety practices will be strictly adhered to.
Additional locations from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
- Clear Creek Park (5801 Tennyson St. Arvada, CO 80003)
- Clear Creek Park (5801 Lowell Blvd. Arvada, CO 80002)
- Wolff Run Park (4705 W. 76th Ave. Westminster, CO 80030)
- Water World (8801 N. Pecos St. Federal Heights, CO 80260)
We are coordinating our efforts with the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment and the Tri-County Health Department.
- COVID-19 Testing
- Guidance for school and child care closure
- COVID-19 Fact Sheet in English
- COVID-19 Fact Sheet in Spanish
- How COVID-19 Spreads
- Get Your Household Ready
- DEHS Child Care How Sick is too Sick Illness Policy
- Tri-County Health Department
- CDC: Frequently Asked Questions
- Internet Essentials from Comcast