Denver Public Schools will delay the opening of the fall semester by one week and begin classes remotely, with students using online platforms for education starting Aug. 24 and not returning to the classroom until September at the earliest, district officials announced Friday evening.
The district will not open its schools until “at least Sept. 8,” Superintendent Susana Cordova notified staff in letter, based on new COVID-19 guidance from local public health officials.
“Over the past several weeks, we have been working on plans to safely reopen schools. Those plans have always been informed by our local health experts,” Cordova said during the news conference.
Based on current models of COVID-19 cases in Denver, “we have come to the determination that it would not be possible to open schools with the size of cohorts we’d been planning,” she said.
Starting the week of Aug. 17, teachers will begin reaching out to individual students to build relationships and assess their technology needs for remote learning. DPS handed out laptops and hotspots in the spring to students who needed them and plans to expand that effort going into the fall, Cordova said.
Most classes will begin Aug. 24, though dates for charter and innovation schools may be different. The change affects all students grades kindergarten through 12. Early childhood education will not be available in this format, Cordova said; however, the district will provide activities for families to use at home in lieu of remote education.
“Our priority remains reopening schools safely for in person learning when it is safe,” Cordova said.
This is a developing story and will be updated.
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