Jeffco announces elementary students can return full-time next school year

Decision pending for middle and high school students

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In a June 18 letter to staff members, Jeffco Public Schools announced that all elementary students will have the option to return for in-person learning five days a week next year.

Until the June 18 letter, Jeffco was considering asking students to attend in-person just one or two days a week to limit the spread of the coronavirus. That plan, called the "hybrid model," would have had students spend all other school days online while staying at home.

Back at a June 4 Board of Education meeting, staff members including deputy superintendent Kristopher Schuh said the district was exploring the possibility of bringing elementary students back for full-time in-person learning.

Several other countries have brought groups of elementary students back full-time and found some success; further, having elementary-aged kids in school five days a week would ease the community's childcare concerns, Schuh said.

The June 18 letter indicates that the district has now committed to bringing elementary students back full-time.

“We will be restoring a 100% in-person option for elementary (PreK, K-5, and K-6 buildings) students, along with an all-remote learning option for families to choose,” the letter said. “We will be putting in place numerous public health provisions so that we can protect the health of our students, staff, and community as we reopen schools.”

The letter also stated that the start of school in the district would be moved to the week of Aug. 24, instead of the previously scheduled start date of Aug. 18.

“The new school start date is intended to provide additional time for teacher planning, professional learning and school preparation,” the letter said.

The letter states that district has not made final decisions on what learning will look like for middle school and high school students.

These decisions, as well as more information on the district's plan for next year's learning, RestartJeffco, will be released July 8.

For more information and updates on the plan, visit restartjeffco.com.

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