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All DPS students start second semester in remote learning, phase to in-person classes by February

According to the Denver Public Schools website, the district hopes that elementary students can return to in-person classes by mid-January.

DENVER, Colorado — All students in the Denver Public School District (DPS) will begin the second semester in remote learning before starting to phase back into in-person classes by February, according to a timeline posted on the district's website.

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If health conditions allow, DPS said this is their plan:

Jan. 5-8:

  • All K-12 students begin the semester in remote learning.
  • Discovery Link will provide Remote Learning Support Centers at 30 sites.
    Families can learn more and register here.
  • Schools may choose to run Remote Learning Support Centers.

Jan. 11:

  • All ECE-5th grade students, including SPED Centers and Newcomer Center students, return to in-person classes.
  • All secondary SPED Centers and Newcomer Centers return to in-person.
  • Other secondary students continue in remote learning.

Jan. 19 – 29:

  • Other secondary students begin gradual phase-in to in-person learning.
  • Schools bring secondary students back at their own pace, including health and safety orientation days to help students acclimate to the required health protocols for in-person learning. 
  • Some smaller high schools may be able to return to in-person five days a week, while some larger schools may return on a hybrid schedule. This is based on the latest guidelines from health partners on how many students can be in the same group, or cohort.

Feb. 1:

  • All students whose families selected in-person learning are back in schools.

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The district is continuing to monitor health conditions and said the January plan may still be adjusted as needed based on current COVID-19 conditions. 

"We believe this timeline prioritizes students who need in-person learning most, while also giving schools the opportunity to plan and prepare for a full-scale return to in-person learning," DPS said.

Remote learning will also continue to be offered for families that choose that option, according to DPS. 

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