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Denver Public Schools begins 10-day plan for students' return to school

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Posted at 5:45 AM, Jan 19, 2021

DENVER — Colorado's largest school district is beginning its 10-day return to school for older students on Tuesday.

Denver Public Schools (DPS) families had the choice between remaining a part of remote learning, or switching to hybrid or in-person learning.

A spokesperson with DPS said 60% of families chose to return to in-person learning.

Each DPS middle school and high school have the option on how they will phase-in in-person learning, and can do it at their own pace.

"Schools are sort of deciding on how to manage class sizes, make sure health and safety measures are in place, and have some flexibility with when and how welcoming students back," said Winna Maclaren, who works with DPS.

Some smaller high schools within the district will be able to return to in-person learning five days a week, while others will have to implement a hybrid schedule to start off. This is all dependent on health guidelines and how many students can be in the same group, according to the district.

Maclaren added the district has been hard at work making sure students who do return to in-person learning are safe while at school.

"We've worked very hard over the break to make sure we have all the safety measures and health precaution in place: masks, frequent handwashing, sanitizer, maintain social distance, having everyone complete health screening before entering DPS building," she said.

Maclaren added the district is encouraging all staff and students to get COVID-19 tested every two weeks. The tests are free and you can sign up for one here.