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JeffCo Public Schools moving to remote learning for most students

JeffCo is the latest Denver metro school district to make the move amid a recent rise in COVID-19 cases.

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. — Jefferson County Public Schools is moving most students to fully remote learning as COVID-19 cases in the district continue to spike.

Beginning Monday, Nov. 16 students in grades 6-12 will begin fully remote classes, according to an update from the district. Elementary school students will not transition to remote learning until Nov. 30. 

Both preschool students and students with significant disabilities will continue in-person learning, the district said. There will also be in-person district childcare available.

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The district currently has 14 schools in full remote learning because they had multiple cases and could not staff their buildings with sufficient in-person educators due to quarantines, according to a Wednesday letter to parents from the school district. 

"Simply put, we've now reached the point at which the benefits of in-person learning are outweighed by the disruption caused by abrupt transitions to quarantines and by the risk of COVID-19 exposures within our buildings," Jeffco Public Schools' interim superintendent Kristopher Schuh wrote in Thursday's update. 

The Jefferson County Board of Education on Wednesday participated in a dialog with district leadership about potential modifications to current learning models in light of the increasing number of COVID-19 cases. A formal decision on any changes is expected to be released by the end of the day Thursday. 

Last month, Jefferson County Schools launched a online dashboard where data surrounding cases of the novel coronavirus at schools across the district are posted. 

As of Thursday, there are 482 active cases of active COVID-19 cases for JeffCo Public Schools, according to the dashboard. 

> Click/tap here to view the dashboard.

"As we have stated from the beginning, our goal is to offer as much in-person learning as possible in alignment with public health guidance," Schuh continued in the letter. "We must also keep the health and wellness of our community as our collective priority." 

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