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Clear Creek schools closed Thursday for teacher walkouts

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Joining Jeffco, Douglas County in walkouts at state Capitol

By Sal Christ

Several Clear Creek schools will be closed Thursday after at least a third of the school district’s staff requested substitutes in order to participate in teacher walkouts at the state Capitol on April 26.
According to a letter sent to parents Monday afternoon by Superintendent Roslin Marshall, all classes will be canceled at Carlson Elementary, King-Murphy Elementary, Clear Creek Middle School and Clear Creek High School after the district was unable to secure enough substitute teachers and other substitute staff “that are needed to safely run” the schools.
Marshall acknowledged the inconvenience the closures are for families, but stressed the district’s decision to close the schools was a difficult one.
While the four other schools will be closed Thursday, Georgetown Community School will remain open and after-school activities such as the middle school track meet, high school soccer match and high school spring musical will take place as planned.

Other districts participating Thursday, Friday
    Clear Creek is one of a growing number of school districts canceling classes on Thursday or Friday as teachers from across the state are expected to walk out and rally at the state Capitol later this week for more state education funding, higher teacher compensation and preservation of the Colorado Public Employees Retirement Association, the state pension fund.
    Both the Jeffco and Douglas County school districts have canceled school on Thursday, and at least 13 other districts — including the Boulder Valley School District, Cherry Creek Schools and Denver Public Schools — have canceled school on Friday. Thousands of teachers are expected to participate in the rallies both days.

Contact reporter Sal Christ at sal@evergreenco.com or at 303-350-1035.