District 20 cancels classes on Friday

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - School District 20 has canceled classes for Friday in response to about a quarter of the teachers calling out.

The district says the canceled school day won't have to be made up and won't impact the last day of school. Friday will be treated as a teacher work day, meaning teachers can still go to the school for an in-service day.

Hundreds of teachers skipped school, marched across the Denver metro area and gathered at the state Capitol on Monday and Tuesday morning to get their message across: more funding for schools.

The following was sent out by District 20 Tuesday night:

Academy District 20 Families,

You have likely heard many Colorado school districts are cancelling or closing on April 27 because of high levels of teacher and staff absences for Friday’s state school funding rally at the Capital.

We now know there will be excessive levels of absences throughout our district. These absences, combined with a limited substitute pool, mean we cannot ensure adequate supervision and instruction for our students. Therefore on April 27 there will be no classes for students, and the day will become a teacher workday.

Principals from schools having after hour activities will soon be in contact with you regarding how to proceed. For parents using day care, please check with your day care providers for options. Normal school operations will resume on Monday, April 30.

Please note, this calendar change will not affect the last day for your student(s).

Sincerely,
Mark Hatchell