St. Vrain Valley Schools to begin year with 100% online learning through at least last week of September

Superintendent says district, health officials will re-evaluate reopening in late September
Posted at 11:20 AM, Aug 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-04 13:20:27-04

BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. – St. Vrain Valley School District students and educators will start the year with 100% online learning through at least the last week of September, the district announced Tuesday morning.

Students in grades 1-12 will start school on Aug. 18, while kindergarteners will begin on Aug. 20.

The school district had been set to begin class with a hybrid model before Tuesday’s announcement. Now, the district says that all students will be using online learning through the last week of September.

During that final week of next month, the district says it will re-evaluate the number of COVID-19 cases, positivity rates and other data to determine the next steps.

“This will be done in partnership with our local and state health agency partners, and either implement the hybrid learning plan that we outlined earlier this month or continue with our online-learning model,” the district said.

The SVVSD said that it has been in communication with Boulder County Public Health leaders and that it “received additional information that has a significant impact on our plans for reopening our schools.”

Superintendent Don Haddad said that the district plans to phase in its hybrid model, with 50% in-person learning, “as soon as we believe it is safe and feasible to do so.”

“We also maintain our current ultimate goal of returning to full-=time in-person learning as soon as it is deemed safe to do so,” Haddad added.

The district is the seventh-largest in Colorado and serves more than 32,000 students.

The St. Vrain Valley School District joins four other larger metro-area districts – Adams 12 Five Star Schools, Aurora Public Schools, Denver Public Schools and Jeffco Public Schools – in beginning the year remotely.

More information on the district’s reopening plan can be found here.