Denton Dolphin News

March 26, 2021

Grades 4-12 to Return for Four Days!

March 25, 2021 - In-person students in 4th through 12th grades will begin a four-day a week in school schedule beginning Tuesday, April 6.

  • No changes will be made to bus schedules.

  • Wednesday will continue to be an asynchronous day for all students, with teachers and staff involved in planning and professional development.

  • Families will continue to have the ability to choose either virtual or in-person learning for their student, and changes may be made by contacting the school.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently updated its guidance for schools, reducing the amount of physical distancing recommended between students to three (3) feet. This new guidance gives districts the flexibility to have more students in schools, and enables CCPS to increase in-person immediately following Spring Break.

In preparation, administrators and support staff have reassessed and reorganized classroom space and resources. The logistics of the student day involving staffing, transportation, food services, multi-use spaces, and movement throughout the school are being revised based on updated guidance. Physical distancing on school buses remains a challenge, with three feet between students provided to the extent possible. Staff has ensured that appropriate PPE supplies are on hand for the increased number of students.

“These new guidelines allow us to continue our progress towards a full-time, in-person return to schools in the fall,” Superintendent Patty Saelens stated. “Students, staff, and families must remain vigilant with safety protocols such as wearing a mask, physically distancing, hand washing and sanitizing, and cleaning and disinfecting. These practices have been integral to our success with in-person learning to date, and will remain extremely important as we continue through this school year. As always, the health and well-being of students and staff remain our highest priority.”

Hearing and Vision Screening

Vision and hearing screenings are scheduled to take place starting April 6th. All new entrants, Pre-K, kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd graders will be screened as required annually by Maryland mandate. If your child has had a vision and/or hearing exam outside of school within the prior 12 months, and you do not wish your child to be re-screened, please provide the school nurse with written verification of that visit prior to the school screening dates.

Change to Calendar

Thursday, April 8 has been changed to a full day of school for students.

When the calendar was initially created, April 8 was scheduled as a half day. Since that time, in order to transport students while adhering to CDC guidelines, CCPS increased bus runs to three daily and adjusted the student schedule accordingly. However, given those circumstances, a half day of school cannot be accommodated and a full day is now scheduled.


Based on this change, reports cards will now be distributed to students on Tuesday, April 20. In-person learners will receive report cards at school; reports cards for virtual learners will be mailed to the home.

Upcoming Dates

April 1-5: No School; Spring Break

April 14: Last Day of Quarter 3

April 20: Report Cards Home

May 5: PreK and K Registration @ DES

May 7: Picture Retakes

May 21: Career Day (tentative)

May 31: Memorial Day; No School

Denton Elementary School is a Title I School

Vision of Excellence:

The Denton Elementary School School Family will promote our core values of S.W.I.M. by supporting a challenging curriculum, honoring individuality, and working collaboratively.

S: Stay Safe

W: Work Hard

I: Include Others

M: Make Responsible Choices