Arapahoe High School principal: No school until after New Year after tragic shooting

Final exams postponed until after New Year as well

LITTLETON, Colo. - The principal at Arapahoe High School in Littleton has announced classes will be canceled through the New Year until after winter break.

The announcement comes after a shooting at the school last Friday. Senior Claire Davis remains in critical condition after being shot in the head. The shooter took his own life.

The principal said in an e-mail blast to families that students will be allowed to return to the school for just two hours this week to retrieve their belongings.

Attached is the full letter sent home to parents Sunday night:

Dear Arapahoe Community,

Thank you for your continued support as we work through the details of the upcoming week. The tentative schedule for the week is outlined below. Some items remain dependent on the availability of our building. Information regarding finals and events following the winter break will be communicated later this week.

Due to logistics such as parking, pick-up and drop-off, we will be staggering the re-entry and pick up of belongings for staff and students. This structure will also offer an opportunity for our teachers to reconnect with kids in a smaller environment.

The students’ belongings are located in their 5th hour MWF classroom. Therefore, we are asking students to report to those classrooms at the start times indicated below. Teachers will be in the room when students arrive. They will be given time to check-in, talk and debrief with their teacher. We have provided a 2-hour window, but there is no obligation for students to remain the entire time. We will have mental health staff available in the cafeteria for any students needing to take advantage of these services.

We are asking that students arrive at the beginning of their designated time period, and leave AHS at the end of their scheduled time period so that we can prepare for the arrival of the next class. Siblings in different grade levels will be accommodated to help you avoid multiple trips to AHS.

The Arapahoe faculty and staff, in addition to mental health workers, will be in the building throughout the week. We are encouraging parents to allow students the opportunity to enter AHS independently. We appreciate your trust and cooperation on this.

Again, Warriors. . .please continue to take care of one another!! Stay WARRIOR STRONG!!!

Natalie Pramenko

Arapahoe High School Principal

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 16 THROUGH DECEMBER 20

Monday – NO ACCESS to AHS
-- Arapahoe High School remains closed
-- LPS Counseling Center at Shepherd of the Hills available to all Arapahoe Community as needed
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
-- Please check the LPS Website for updates as to further mental health support throughout the week
Tuesday – NO ACCESS to AHS
-- Arapahoe High School remains closed

Wednesday – NO STUDENT ACCESS to AHS
-- Faculty return to Arapahoe High School
-- Faculty and staff will be able to retrieve all belongings left in the building
-- Toys for Tots distribution will continue to Valverde Elementary School for those students signed up to participate
--Please check the LPS Website pick up time and location

Thursday – UPPER-CLASS STUDENT ACCESS to AHS
-- Seniors Class of 2014 – 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
-- Juniors Class of 2015 – 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Friday – LOWER-CLASS STUDENT ACCESS to AHS
-- Sophomores Class of 2016 – 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
-- Freshmen Class of 2017 – 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

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