Lewis-Palmer D38 Schools will now join the number of other districts across the state in canceling classes for students Friday.
A letter was sent to families Wednesday afternoon states the district had planned to stay open despite teachers and staff attending a rally in Denver.
"With hundreds of teachers planning to be out on Friday, we simply are not able to provide a safe and effective learning environment for all of our students."
Despite the cancellation of classes, all high school athletic practices and games will take place as normal.
The release to parents concludes, "Please know that we do not make this decision lightly. We regret the inconvenience and challenges that it presents to our families."
Roughly a half a million Colorado students will be out of school between closures on Thursday and Friday this week. The state’s largest school districts have canceled classes because many of their teachers will take part in a rally at the state Capitol for better pensions, pay and school funding.
- Academy District 20
- Adams 12 Five Star Schools
- Adams County District 14
- Aurora Public Schools
- Boulder Valley School District
- Brighton Public Schools
- Cañon City Schools
- Cherry Creek Schools
- Colorado Military Academy
- Colorado Springs District 11
- Denver Public Schools
- District 49 Schools
- Douglas County Schools (classes canceled Thursday)
- Jefferson County schools (classes canceled Thursday)
- Lewis Palmer District 38 (high school athletic practice and games unaffected)
- Littleton Public Schools
- Manitou Springs District 14
- Poudre School District
- St. Vrain Valley School District
- Thompson School District
Widefield Schools will also be closed Friday, but that day off was scheduled before the school year began.