Road to Return: DCSD 2020-2021

Road to Return: DCSD 2020-2021

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Welcome back to school!

While things will look different this fall, the Douglas County School District (DCSD) staff members are eager to welcome our students back to school in August!

At a Special Meeting of the Douglas County School District (DCSD) Board of Education on Saturday, July 25, we recommended to the School Board that DCSD begin the school year implementing a hybrid learning model which is a blend of in-person learning at school with independent learning and live online instruction (eLearning) at home. The Board voted unanimously to begin the 2020-2021 school year implementing this hybrid learning model with allowance for families to select a 100% eLearning option for their students if they prefer.

Charter, magnet and alternative schools may have different start dates and learning models. Please be sure to check with your child’s school!

Student Orientation

The school year will still begin on August 17, however, the first week of school will consist of student orientation days in which approximately 20% of a school’s students will participate in orientation each day. As a result, each student enrolled at the school will attend one day of in-person student orientation during the week of August 17. Your school leader will be in touch in the coming weeks to inform you of the date your child will be expected to come to school for orientation.

Kindergarten Balanced Beginnings will run in conjunction with orientation the week of August 17-21. The first day of Kindergarten will be Monday, August 24.

First Full Week of School

On Monday, August 24 the hybrid learning model will begin for students in all grade levels (preschool through twelfth grade). Similarly, students participating in the 100% eLearning option will begin a full day of online instruction on August 24 which will continue each day thereafter consistent with the district’s school calendar.

DCSD Hybrid Learning Model

Hybrid Learning Model

Students learning through the hybrid model will be assigned to Cohort A or Cohort B.
  •  Cohort A will attend school in-person on Mondays and Wednesdays. Tuesdays and Thursdays will be independent learning from home, meaning students will work on assignments, view pre-recorded lessons from their teachers, etc. (their teacher will be teaching Cohort B in-person on these two days).
  • Cohort B will attend school in-person on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Mondays and Wednesdays will be independent learning from home, meaning students will work on assignments, view pre-recorded lessons from their teachers online, etc. (their teacher will be teaching Cohort A in-person on these two days).
  • On Fridays, all students (Cohorts A and B) will participate in online learning from home. They will receive live online instruction from their teachers on this day.
  • Your school leader will provide more details in the coming weeks regarding what Cohort your child will be part of and which days he/she will attend school in person.

100% eLearning Model

  • Unlike the remote learning conducted in Spring 2020 due to COVID-19 Stay-at-Home orders, the 100% eLearning option will feature regularly scheduled teacher-led instruction via a curriculum that is aligned with state standards to help students build upon fundamental skills. Students will engage with their instructor(s) on a daily basis via activities including daily assignments, assessments, regularly scheduled synchronous (live) instruction, and one-on-one meetings.
  • Instruction is primarily synchronous (teachers and students are online at the same time with a set schedule - teacher provides learning resources and tasks in the eLearning platform during this scheduled class time).

Free and Reduced Lunch Applications

Click here to apply for Free and Reduced lunch status for the 2020-2021 school year.

USDA has updated their guidance for feeding students during remote learning or COVID-related building closures. Once the school year begins, DCSD Nutrition Services will offer free meals to those students who qualify for the Free and Reduced Meal Program. Effective August 17, meals will no longer be available for free for any student 18 years and under (as with the summer meal program). Full pay students will need to pay for meals at the regular rate. Lunch prices are $3.00 at Elementary Schools, $3.25 at Middle Schools and $3.50 at High Schools. Charter school meal pricing may vary. A la carte options vary in pricing.

Students enrolled in eLearning who qualify for Free and Reduced price meals will have access to an online pre-order system that will allow families to place orders online using their students' names, student ID numbers and school. Families will be able to pick up meals for multiple days on designated days/times/locations. More information on this is being developed and will be updated and communicated before the school year begins.

Free and reduced applications are accepted at any point in the school year. The application can be found here ( DCSD strongly encourages families who may qualify based on their current circumstances to apply for Free or Reduced price meals.


Bus transportation will continue to be provided for all eligible students with special needs, as well as homeless and foster children, and other eligible students as required by applicable law.

We are sad to share that, for the 2020-2021 school year, DCSD will no longer be able to provide bus service for the following riders:
  • Elementary students who reside within 2.5 miles of their assigned neighborhood school.
  • Middle and high school students who reside within 5 miles of their assigned neighborhood school.
  • Students who reside in gated communities where stops can be moved to gates one mile from home.
  • Students attending or participating in BASE, International Baccalaureate, or Band.
  • Students who are enrolled in a school other than their assigned neighborhood school. 
DCSD will reach out to families with students who are eligible for DCSD bus transportation under the new guidelines and invite them to sign up for busing. These families will receive information on costs, how to obtain a SMART tag, etc. This information will be provided no later than August 7.

Technology Request Form

If your student needs access to technology to use for the Hybrid Learning Model or 100% eLearning Model please complete this request form. Your form will be forwarded to your child's school and requested technology will be provided by your school during student orientation week.

IF your student attends a DCSD charter school, please reach out to your school directly to inquire about checking out technology equipment.

School Supplies

Please check in with your individual school for school supply lists for the Hybrid or eLearning options.

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