What A Return to School Looks Like
In-Person vs Virtual Learning Selection
A form is available now in Skyward Family Access that families MUST complete if they want students to participate in in-person learning once it becomes available. Families must select from the following options for each of their students:
Selecting in-person learning will inform your school that you intend to send your student to school in person for the days they are assigned, with virtual learning continuing for the other days of the week.
Selecting to remain in virtual learning only will inform your school that you intend to have your student remain at home, with a focus on independent assignments with limited face-to-face interaction.
Students for whom a selection is not made will automatically be placed in virtual learning only. Students MAY NOT participate in in-person learning at school until a selection is made for that student in Skyward. If you think you would like your student to participate in in-person learning, please make that selection on the form. You can always change your preference back to virtual learning only, but it will be much more difficult to plan for your student’s in-person attendance if you do not make that selection.
This form has been available for several weeks — parents who have already made their selection and do not wish to change it don’t need to do anything. For parents who have not entered the form to make their selection, or those who wish to change their selection, that MUST be done by Friday, November 13, 2020, so that we can better plan for a possible return to in-person learning. Families who need assistance completing the form should call their student’s school as soon as possible.
DPS continues to plan for a return to in-person instruction. The TENTATIVE plan is that students who select to return in person will be divided into two groups, A and B. To get students and staff acclimated to in-person learning, which will look very different in our schools than it did at this time last year, each group will begin with attending school in-person one day per week. The following is an example of what a week on this abbreviated hybrid schedule would look like:
Monday | All students Virtual Learning
Tuesday | A Group attends in person, all other students Virtual Learning
Wednesday | All students Virtual Learning
Thursday | B group attends in person, all other students Virtual Learning
Friday | All students Virtual Learning
This abbreviated hybrid schedule would continue until it is determined safe to return to a more robust in-person schedule, at which time all students who select in-person learning would return to school four days each week.
Support for Students
PreK-12th grade Students Will Continue with 100% Virtual Learning thru December 18, 2020
DPS administration continues to work with principals, teachers, and staff to plan for a return to in-person learning, which could happen as early as the beginning of the third quarter on January 4, 2021. However, we will also continue to monitor our community’s health factors to make that determination. An announcement will be made on Friday, December 4, 2020, about third quarter learning.