Denver Public schools and the Denver District of Health have faced the same crisis that impacted Denver schools a decade ago, as health care providers across the state shut down.
But with the health care system now back online, many students and parents have found new ways to keep up with their school work.
Student groups get new students.
As the DPHC shuts down its dental programs, the Denver Public School community has been looking for new students to fill the gaps.
“I’ve been able to get a lot of new students because of the shutdown, and some of the younger students,” said Laura Daley, a junior at Franklin High School.
“We’ve got a new cohort that’s going to be here a lot longer than the ones that were already here.”
Daley is one of many students who are looking to fill in the gaps in schoolwork.
“It’s a lot harder to do that when there’s not a lot going on,” she said.
“If I’m not able to work, I feel like I’m missing out on a lot.”
Students can find jobs.
A large number of students are finding ways to fill gaps in their work that are still open.
“There’s some job opportunities that students can get,” said Amy Ziegler, a senior at Franklin.
“For example, some of them have jobs with a dental supply company that they’ve never worked with before.”
She added that some of her peers have even started applying for jobs in other fields.
“They’re working for free, so it’s not that difficult to make ends meet.”
Students at Franklin and Denver Public High School are also using their newfound skills to fill positions in their communities.
Schools in the Denver-based district are also seeing a resurgence in students taking on new roles.
For example, a teacher in the district’s elementary school was recently offered a new position, which is a volunteer position.
Students and parents can also work together.
While some of these jobs are still filled, a lot more students are taking on roles that can be filled by their peers.
“Some of these new positions are actually in the process of being filled, so there’s definitely a greater likelihood of more opportunities,” said Daley.
“But there’s also a lot less turnover for some of those positions, and it’s kind of the opposite of what you would expect with the shutdown.”
Schools still open, but students can’t access all of their classes.
Many students in the DPhC are still getting their classes back online.
“Schools are still opening and still operating,” said Zieg.
“Students are still able to access their classes and get in and get their work done.”
But that’s not the case for all students.
For students who don’t have access to a school, the DphC is offering classes on the fly.
For those who do have access, they can apply for new positions.
“A lot of students have done this on their own, or in some cases they’ve been in a small group with their friends and classmates,” Zieg said.
She added, “I think it’s also the case that many of these students are also in a smaller group.”
Schools open, schools reopen, schools open.
Students are still in the mix for positions that are open.
For some students, their school is now open, while for others it’s closed.
“The number of positions that have been filled by students is actually growing, but there are also a number of other openings that students are still finding themselves in,” Zagler said.
In some cases, it’s easier to fill those positions in the community because students can take a class in the schools classroom.
Students will also be able to apply for jobs on their home turf.
“When you’re in the classroom, you’re still in school,” said Katerina Daley of Franklin.
In that sense, she said, students who live in the area, or even in the same school district, will still be able fill some of their schoolwork tasks.
“At Franklin High, we had a lot student work on our desks,” Daley said.
But because of a shortage of teachers, she added, students are “still getting their work in.”
Students still working.
Even if students don’t get their classroom jobs back online any time soon, they will still find ways to fulfill their school-work obligations.
“People will still have their classes open,” Zegler said, adding, “There are still a lot people that are going to come in the next day and work on the homework.”
Parents can help.
“Kids have to do some extra work, and that’s just how they’re wired,” said Michael Binder, a parent at Franklin Senior High School, who added that