Denver Public Schools Delays Return to In-Person Learning

Jul. 17, 2020

New COVID-19 Modeling Leads District Officials to Revise Back-to-School Plans

DENVER – Earlier today, Denver Public Schools (DPS) leaders, Board of Education members, and leaders of the Denver Classroom Teachers Association (DCTA) met with local health experts from Denver Health to discuss the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Health experts provided the most updated modeling on the current rates of COVID-19 in Denver.

Based on this new data and guidance, DPS will delay the return to in-person learning. Schools will begin the 2020-21 school year as remote learning. The first day of school will be Monday, Aug. 24. This delayed first day will allow educators more time to prepare to welcome students back remotely. The start date of remote learning for charter and innovation schools may be different. Families are asked to connect with their schools directly.

District officials are considering a gradual return to in-person learning on Tuesday, Sept. 8, just after Labor Day. This is when they will re-evaluate the current COVID-19 rates to determine if DPS can begin the process of in-person learning.

“We are monitoring and adjusting our plans to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our students, educators and entire Denver community,” Superintendent Susana Cordova said. “The option to provide 100% remote learning is one of the scenarios we have prepared for. And, we are committed to providing the best remote learning program possible for our students during these unusual times.”

Because there is no remote learning option for district-run early childhood education (ECE) students, there will not be any ECE classes until at least Sept. 8. The district will share more resources for at-home learning with these families soon. ECE program offerings from charter schools may be different. Families are asked to connect with their schools directly.

As with all of our plans, families will have the opportunity to choose a 100% virtual program for the fall semester. Families can make this selection during the Annual Family Update, which opens July 27. More details about this virtual program will be shared next week.