These Colorado school districts are canceling classes for teacher protests

Thousands of Colorado teachers are expected to descend on the state Capitol Thursday and Friday to call on lawmakers to make a long-term commitment to increasing K-12 education funding.

These Colorado districts have announced they’re canceling classes because they won’t have enough teachers and other staff on hand to safely have students in their buildings. They include the state’s 10 largest districts, serving more than 500,000 students. Denver Public Schools, which had planned for an early dismissal on Friday, announced late Monday that classes would be canceled for the entire day.

Some charter schools, including DSST and STRIVE Prep, are joining the teacher demonstrations, and others are not. Parents whose children attend charter schools in these districts should check with the school.

Unless otherwise noted, classes are canceled for the entire day on Friday, April 27.

  • Denver Public Schools, serving 92,600 students
  • Jeffco Public Schools, serving 86,100 students (classes canceled Thursday, April 26)
  • Douglas County School District, serving 67,500 students (classes canceled Thursday, April 26)
  • Cherry Creek School District, serving 55,600 students
  • Aurora Public Schools, serving 40,900 students
  • Adams 12 Five Star Schools, serving 38,900 students
  • St. Vrain Valley School District, serving 32,400 students
  • Boulder Valley School District, serving 31,300 students
  • Poudre School District, serving 30,000 students
  • Colorado Springs School District 11, serving 27,400 students
  • Academy District 20, serving 25,800 students
  • Falcon 49, serving 21,400 students
  • Brighton 27J, serving 17,800 students
  • Thompson School District, serving 16,200 students
  • Littleton Public Schools, serving 15,600 students
  • Adams County School District 14, serving 7,400 students
  • Lewis-Palmer School District 38, serving 6,700 students
  • Cheyenne Mountain School District 12, serving 5,200 students
  • Johnstown-Milliken Re-5J, serving 3,900 students
  • Summit School District, serving 3,600 students
  • Cañon City School District, serving 3,500 students
  • Weld County School District Re-8, serving 2,400 students
  • Valley Re-1 School District in Sterling, serving 2,300 students
  • Manitou Springs School District, serving 1,400 students
  • Sheridan School District, serving 1,400 students
  • Lake County School District, serving 1,000 students (classes canceled Thursday, April 26)
  • Clear Creek Re-1, serving 800 students (classes canceled Thursday, April 26)

Some districts already don’t have classes Thursday or Friday, either for professional development or spring break. Those include Westminster Public Schools, Greeley-Evans Weld County School District 6, Eagle County Schools, Widefield School District, and Harrison School District.

Teachers in Sterling are planning a regional rally at the Logan County Courthouse instead of traveling to Denver.

Teachers who miss work to engage in political activity generally have to take a personal day to do so.

This list will be updated as we hear from more districts.

The list has been corrected to reflect that Douglas County will not hold classes on Thursday.