Dear DPS Families,
Last week families with students in kindergarten through fifth grade had the opportunity to change to their learning option selection (either in-person or virtual) for next semester. The window for middle and high school families to request a change is now open through Sunday, Dec. 13. Families that don’t take action will remain enrolled in their current learning option through the end of the school year.
We are hoping to be able to offer in-person learning for all students next semester, along with a 100% virtual option, but it will depend on current health conditions at the time. Therefore, families enrolled in the in-person option are choosing that they want their student to attend school in-person as much as possible as soon as the health conditions allow through the end of the school year.
We continue working with our health partners and school teams to confirm plans for middle and high school students to return to in-person learning next semester and we hope to share an update on those plans later this week. In the meantime, we’d like to share some details about what we know so far:
- When we return, all middle and high school students who choose the in-person option will have scheduled in-person classes with their teachers on a weekly basis.
- Middle and high school students who choose to attend in person will participate in hybrid or full in-person instruction, depending on their school. Hybrid instruction will include a mix of in-person and remote instruction (though this may look different across schools).
- Families that don’t feel comfortable having their student participate in in-person learning for the spring (through May 2021) should be enrolled in the 100% virtual option.
Families with students in grades 6-12 who would like to request a change to their current learning option should complete the Learning Option Update form on the Parent Portal by Dec. 13. They can also call their school’s front office to complete a paper form or make a request for changes over the phone. Please note, families whose students attend a charter school should check with their school for details on how and when they can change learning selections.
Schools will make every effort to accommodate change requests for families who need it. Families who put in a request for a change to their student’s learning option can expect to receive confirmation from their school prior to students returning in person.