Road to Return: DCSD 2020-2021

Learning Model Transition: What Families Need to Know
Current Safety Level:

Level Yellow: Concern


Current Learning Model:

Elementary - full in-person learning
Secondary - Hybrid 2.0 learning



Most Recent Communication:

DCSD presents plan to return students to full-time, in-person learning
(February 25, 2021)


The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is using a new framework to monitor COVID-19 outbreaks and conditions, known as the COVID-19 Dial Framework.

Returning to Full In-Person Learning


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NOTE: If your child attends a DCSD charter school, please check in with your child's school directly regarding schedules and calendars.


February 25, 2021

Dear DCSD Families,

Since last summer, it has been the goal of the Douglas County School District Board of Education and leadership to return students to full in-person learning as safely and effectively as possible. COVID-19 data and its impact on DCSD’s ability to offer full-time, in-person learning for middle and high school students has been continuously monitored and shared. We have listened to the diverse voices of staff, students, parents and community members, as well as guidance from our public health partners. Our elementary students were amongst the first in the Denver/metro area to return to full, in-person learning on January 5. In early February, our middle and high school students transitioned to In-Person/Hybrid 2.0 in which synchronous (live) learning was improved and enhanced.

The number of employees who have already received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine (or have an appointment scheduled) is exceeding our expectations. We sincerely thank the local healthcare providers who have stepped up to help our teachers, principals, counselors, bus drivers, kitchen workers, preschool and BASE staff, and others to receive the vaccine.

Through continual collaboration with the Board of Education and staff we continue to move forward with plans and preparations to return our middle and high school students to full, in-person learning after Spring Break.

NEXT STEPS
On Tuesday, March 2, recommendations will be presented at the DCSD Board of Education meeting for middle and high school students to return to full, in-person learning beginning on Monday, March 22. Those enrolled in eLearning would remain in that learning model through the end of the 2020-2021 school year.


IMPORTANT POINTS ABOUT THE PROPOSED RETURN
  • March 22 is a natural time to begin since it's the start of the fourth quarter.
  • Student-facing staff have access to opportunities to receive COVID vaccinations.
  • Students enrolled in eLearning will remain in that learning model through the end of the school year.
  • Current health and safety protocols will remain in place (face coverings, hand washing, increased ventilation, seating charts to decrease quarantines, use of alternate and outdoor spaces, and social distancing where feasible).
  • Targeted quarantines of students and unvaccinated staff as needed will continue in alignment with local and state health department guidance.
  • Spring activities (including graduations) and athletics will be planned according to guidance from CHSSA and public health partners.
This plan can only move forward with the help of our community:
  • Continue to Keep Students Home When Sick
    Please monitor the health of your children and keep them home from school exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19 and/or have a temperature greater than 100 degrees. Please reference this checklist to assist you in determining whether your child should attend school.
  • Help Maintain Low At Risk Metrics
    Everyone must do their part to maintain lower COVID incidence rates and positivity rates. This includes minimizing multiple household gatherings, out of state travel during spring break, and utilizing mitigation strategies while in public places (i.e. face coverings, social distancing, and handwashing).
Keeping students in our schools, full-time, into the 2021-2022 school year and beyond remains the desire of both the Board of Education and staff. For those who prefer an eLearning option, we will continue to explore the feasibility of making this available for those students in the 2021-2022 school year.

It’s difficult to believe that it has been nearly a year since we first transitioned students to remote learning (following Spring Break 2020) due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our teachers, principals and other staff are ready to increase the in-person learning time for all students. We are especially excited at the potential of our Class of 2021 students being able to finish their high school career fully in person.

Updates on official time frames and next steps will follow the Board of Education meeting on March 2. I feel fortunate to work with a Board of Education that has tirelessly collaborated with staff and our leadership team in navigating these challenging times. You may watch the March 2 meeting on the DCSD YouTube channel.
 
Sincerely,

Corey Wise
Interim Superintendent
Douglas County School District




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