Hybrid In-Person Learning Target Dates Begin Feb. 2 at Elementary Level

Elementary schools will begin in-person instruction on Feb. 2, beginning with kindergarten and first grade, following our hybrid learning schedule. In alignment with DOH guidance, students will be in classes of 15 or fewer. 

  • Tuesday, Feb. 2           Grades Kindergarten and 1
  • Thursday, Feb. 4         Grades 2 and 3
  • Friday, Feb. 5              Grades 4 and 5

Elementary families were surveyed in November for their preference for their student to participate in virtual or hybrid learning. If families chose virtual learning for their student, their student will continue in virtual learning. If families chose hybrid learning for their student, their student will begin hybrid learning on Feb. 2, beginning with kindergarten and first grade.

DOH rationale for beginning in-person learning at the elementary level reflects data that shows younger students are less susceptible to the virus and schools will be bringing students back to school in small groups of 15 students or fewer with safety measures and mitigations.

We enlisted the help of some of our school mascots in creating a fun safety video to help support our elementary students in being safety heroes and following safety measures when they return to schools:

After reviewing county COVID-19 data and DOH guidance for secondary schools (which differs by levels), we have adjusted the tentative timeframe for beginning in-person learning for middle and high school:  

  • Monday, March 1:      Grade 6
  • Thursday, March 4:     Grade 8
  • Monday, March 8:      Grades 7 and 9
  • Thursday, March 11:   Grade 12
  • Monday, March 15:    Grades 10 and 11

We will review data on Feb. 19 to determine if the tentative schedule is a safe and viable start date to begin in-person learning at secondary schools.

New DOH guidance states that middle school students should not begin in-person learning for until case rates are below 350 cases per 100,000 residents with a test positivity rate of below 10% (and trending downward). DOH guidance further states that high school students should not begin in person learning until case rates are below 200 cases per 100,000 residents with a test positivity rate of 10% (and trending downward).

We will continue serving our vulnerable students at all levels in small groups with in-person learning.

As you know, our ultimate goal is to safely return our students to in-person learning as soon as it is safe to do so in alignment with DOH guidance. Important health and safety information is available on our district website.