Poudre School District delays classes by one week, details hybrid model

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Posted at 4:53 PM, Jul 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-27 19:01:16-04

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — The Poudre School District on Monday announced its plans for a gradual reopening of in-person classes, with a delayed start and a staggered return to 100% in-person learning, officials said.

The first day of school for all students will begin one week later, on Aug. 24.

For the first two weeks of classes, schools will be operated in a hybrid model, with A/B groups of students attending class for half-days and full days and alternating with remote learning.

On Sept. 8, following Labor Day, elementary schools will have all students attend in-person classes — except those who have opted for remote learning for the school year — while high school students will continue with the hybrid model.

Go here for the full details on the district's hybrid model, as well as plans for preschool students.

The district divided its plans into four phases: Phase 1, remote learning at home; Phase 2, mostly remote learning with in-person interactions among small groups; Phase 3, the hybrid model of in-home and at-school; and Phase 4, schools open with safety protocols.

Officials said the district will likely shift between the four phases throughout the year, as conditions with COVID-19 change.

The Poudre School District serves about 30,000 students across 52 schools in the Fort Collins area and throughout Larimer County.