How Colorado schools plan to reopen this fall during the coronavirus pandemic
Dated: August 9 2020
A continuously updated list of districts’ fall reopening plans | SHARED ARTICLE FROM THE DENVER POST
Masks, sanitation requirements, social distancing and scheduling changes are all part of the coronavirus-induced new normal that Colorado schools are preparing for when students return this fall.
While there are still many details to be solidified about the coming 2020-2021 school year, districts have begun unveiling plans to reopen facilities based on advice from public health experts. As they do, we’ll continue to update this list so parents and students can find the latest information about how their school is expected to restart.
Note: Most districts are offering an online education option, so families that do not feel comfortable with their children returning to in-person classes may still opt for remote learning.
Colorado school districts’ 2020-2021 reopening plans
27J Schools expects to welcome students back to campus this fall for an amended in-person learning schedule. Elementary students will physically attend classes four day a week, while middle and high school students will physically attend every other day. Orientation starts the week of Aug. 18 before full-time classes begin Sept. 1. Get the latest updates here.
Academy District 20 has delayed the start of classes until Aug. 24. High school and middle school students have three options for the fall: hybrid learning, which would see them in-person some days and working remotely other days; synchronous learning, which is a 100% remote option that allows them to tune in live to their classes; and 100% online learning through a separate, self-paced virtual program. Elementary students may attend 100% in-person class or 100% virtual classes. Get the latest updates here.
Adams 12 Five Star Schools has pushed back the beginning of classes to Aug. 27, with all instruction remote until at least Sept. 25. There will be “some periodic, small group in-person opportunities,” the district says. Get the latest updates here.
Boulder Valley School District has outlined a five-phase plan for reopening schools in the fall based on guidance from health experts. On Aug. 4, it announced plans to begin in phase one, which calls for remote learning for all students. The start of the school year has also been pushed back one week to Aug. 26. Get the latest updates here.
Cherry Creek School District will reopen schools on Aug. 17 for full-time and part-time in-person learning, depending on grade. Students in preschool through fifth grade will return for in-person instruction five days a week, the district announced Thursday. Sixth through 12th graders will adhere to a hybrid format, attending school in person two days a week and learning remotely or virtually three days a week. Get the latest updates here.
Colorado Springs School District 11 anticipates remote learning for the majority of students through Oct. 15, the first quarter. Additionally, the district is developing a hybrid approach for students with “the greatest academic need for levels of in-school support,” such as special education support, English language learners, TITLE/Read Act supported students, and preschool students, it said. Classes start Aug. 24. Get the latest updates here.
Greeley-Evans School District 6 plans to welcome students in first through eighth grade back for full-time, in-person learning, but the first three days the district will implement a “phased” approach. That means one-third of students will come back for their first day on Aug. 17, 18 or 19, before classes resume fully on Aug. 20 and 21. Kindergarteners will start Aug. 19 as originally planned. High schools will implement hybrid learning, where students are physically in class two days a week and supplement with remote learning three days a week. The district expects to maintain this schedule throughout the fall semester. Get the latest updates here.
Harrison School District Two is preparing for all students to attend in-person classes five days a week; however, it’s staggering the return to school based on grade level. Kindergarten through fifth grades will begin in-person learning on Aug. 17. Sixth through 12th graders will start the semester remotely with virtual classes on Aug. 17, with the anticipation of returning to school for in-person classes on Sept. 8. Get the latest updates here.
Littleton Public Schools plans to host in-person classes five days a week for students in grades preschool through fifth. Sixth through 12th graders will adhere to a hybrid schedule, attending class in-person two days per week and working from home three days per week. Classes start Aug. 24. Get the latest updates here.
Mesa County Valley School District 51 plans call for in-person learning this fall, with classes beginning Aug. 17 for first through 12th graders and Aug. 19 for kindergarteners. Get the latest updates here.
Poudre School District plans to have all student start the school year remotely via virtual learning. Schools will be closed until at least Oct. 16, through the first quarter. School starts Aug. 24. Get the latest updates here.
Pueblo School District 60 has delayed the start of the fall semester to Aug. 31. The district plans to welcome kindergarten through fifth grade students for full-time in-person learning four days a week, while sixth through 12th graders will follow a hybrid schedule of two days in class and two days learning remotely. PreK students are set to begin the semester on Sept. 8 and attend in-person four day per week. Get the latest updates here.
Pueblo County School District 70 plans to begin the school year remotely on Aug. 24 for at least four weeks. Contingent on the trajectory of COVID-19 cases, it plans to implement a hybrid learning model beginning Sept. 21, with the student body alternating in-person classes two days per week and working remotely two days per week. Oct. 12 is the soonest the district would consider opening for full-time in-person instruction. Get the latest updates here.
St. Vrain Valley School District expects all students to begin the year remotely and take virtual classes through at least the last week of September. Classes start Aug. 18 for all grades except kindergarten, which will start Aug. 20. Get the latest updates here.
Thompson School District has adopted remote learning for the first quarter of the fall semester through Oct. 16. School starts Aug. 31 for kindergarten, sixth and ninth grades students, and Sept. 1 for all others. Get the latest updates here.
Westminster Public Schools approved a plan to host in-person classes five days a week for all grade levels. Classes start Aug. 20. Get the latest updates here.
Widefield School District 3 has delayed the start of the school year to Aug. 24. That’s when students in preschool through fifth grade will return to in-person learning and students in sixth through 12th grade will begin remote education. Remote learning for middle and high school students is expected to last at least through Sept. 8. Get the latest updates here.
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