Road to Return: DCSD 2020-2021

Road to Return: DCSD 2020-2021

The Douglas County School District (DCSD) plans to welcome students back to the classroom for in-person learning, five days a week, beginning this August. The safety and well being of our students and staff remain a top priority, thus we are working with our DCSD Restart & Recovery Task Force to create a restart plan which will guide us in welcoming students back to an “as close to normal as possible” classroom experience in August, while taking necessary precautionary measures to keep students safe. 

A robust, comprehensive DCSD eLearning option will also be offered at each of our schools as an alternative to in-person learning for families who prefer their student(s) continue learning remotely. eLearning will be aligned with researched-based online pedagogy to include “LIVE” video instruction, grading, and attendance.  

Given the uncertainty of what restrictions will be in place when school restarts in August, DCSD’s Restart and Recovery Task Force is also designing contingency plans to ensure we are prepared for any changes to health orders that may occur between now and back to school time.

Contingency Restart Scenario Survey Results are available here.

Fall 2020 Restart and Recovery Plan

While many Colorado school districts are reaching out to their communities for feedback on Fall 2020 Restart and Recovery plans, to our knowledge, we are the only school district engaging our community from the start. Our community is helping to craft the plan versus simply providing feedback on a plan that was created by the school district. We are incredibly proud of this inclusive collaborative endeavor and we believe it will lead to a very comprehensive re-entry plan that addresses the needs of each of our 68,000 students.

On June 23, the DCSD Board of Education approved framework recommendations from the DCSD Restart and Recovery Task Force. The next step is for our Task Force to craft the detailed plans for safely returning our students and staff to the classroom. This plan will ultimately outline the health and safety measures that may be implemented in our schools in order to align with local and state health orders that may be in place when school starts in August. 

DCSD Restart and Recovery Task Force

At the beginning of June, DCSD launched its Fall 2020 Restart and Recovery Task Force. We had nearly 2,000 applicants from staff members, students, parents and community members wanting to serve on this important Task Force. We wanted to bring everyone to the table who expressed interest in helping us plan for the return to school in August.

We selected 200 people to serve on Task Force focus groups. Click here to view the membership roster.

Focus Group members include a wide range of community members representing various regions of Douglas County, and an array of roles including teachers, staff members, parents, students, medical professionals, and more.

Topics our focus groups explore include:
  • Contingency Re-Entry Plans
  • eLearning
  • Elementary School - Staggered Entry
  • Middle School - Staggered Entry
  • High School - Staggered Entry
  • English Language Learners
  • Gifted Education
  • Mental Health
  • Nutrition Services
  • Operations
  • Professional Development
  • Special Education
  • Technology
  • Transportation
The remaining applicants are part of a larger input group that we will reach out to for feedback as restart plans progress.

Remote Learning Survey Results

In March, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Douglas County School District, along with other school districts across Colorado, quickly transitioned to remote learning.

At the end of the 2019-20 school year, we asked our teachers, students, and parents/guardians to give us feedback on remote learning and how it worked for them and/or their families.

We received over 17,000 responses to that survey! Feedback received is helping our Task Force shape our Restart and Recovery plan.
Click here to view the survey results.
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