The Douglas County College District introduced Saturday that it’s going to now not open its lecture rooms to 100% in-person studying subsequent month, as an alternative choosing a hybrid mannequin with college students spending some days at school and others studying from residence every week.
The district’s Board of Schooling met Saturday and voted unanimously to approve Superintendent Thomas Tucker’s suggestion of a hybrid begin to the 2020-2021 college 12 months, based on a information launch.
The transfer comes after Colorado’s two largest college districts — Denver Public Faculties and Jeffco Public Faculties — every introduced their college students will begin the 12 months remotely and never return to their lecture rooms earlier than Sept. 8, because of the unfold of COVID-19 of their communities.
At a particular assembly on July 25, the Douglas County College District Board of Schooling unanimously authorized a suggestion from Superintendent Dr. Thomas Tucker and DCSD employees to start out the 2020-2021 college 12 months on a hybrid schedule.
— @dcsdk12 (@dcsdk12) July 25, 2020
The Douglas County plan requires the district’s 68,000 college students in preschool via 12th grade to be organized into “cohorts” that can have two days of in-person studying and three days of on-line studying from residence every week. Mother and father additionally will likely be allowed to decide on a 100% remote-learning possibility for his or her youngsters.
The district’s college 12 months begins Aug. 17 with 5 days of pupil orientation that can see simply 20% of every college’s college students on website every day that week.
Douglas County college officers say they’ll present additional particulars in regards to the hybrid plan “within the coming days.”
The district beforehand shared its draft plan for the 2020-2021 college 12 months, a 48-page doc that may be discovered on its web site.
Authorities response to COVID-19 has been controversial amongst Douglas County leaders, with county commissioners not too long ago saying their intention to separate from the Tri-County Well being Division — which additionally covers Adams and Arapahoe counties — after that company imposed a masks mandate throughout the whole three-county space in a bid to gradual the renewed unfold of the virus.
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Denver Public Faculties to start out college 12 months on-line, transition to lecture rooms in September on the earliest
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The county’s elected leaders argued the Tri-County Board of Well being went too far when it included Douglas County in its public well being order, saying their jurisdiction had a greater deal with on the coronavirus than the opposite counties.
Douglas County’s commissioners voted earlier this month to choose out of the Tri-County masks mandate, although Gov. Jared Polis has since ordered face coverings be worn in all public indoor areas throughout Colorado.
Douglas County is among the many 15 counties that the Colorado Division of Public Well being and Atmosphere not too long ago warned had been susceptible to shedding their variances — which permit native governments to ease restrictions past state ranges — due to rising COVID-19 circumstances.