Fall 2021 update: Planning to open the school year with in-person learning

Dear PSD community,  

With the end of the 2020-21 school year in sight, we know many of you may be wondering about Poudre School District’s plans for the fall. We are looking forward to opening the school year with in-person learning for all K-12 students five days a week and four days a week for preschoolers. We have seen firsthand the benefits of students, teachers and staff being back together in school and still believe that is what’s best for kids. Although some aspects of school are different because of health protocols, much has remained the same: the smiles and laughter, the deep connections, conversations and learning, and the staff support of students and families.  

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Larimer County Department of Health and Environment (LCDHE) Director Tom Gonzales continues to support in-person learning, saying that students are safest in school where there are consistent health protocols to minimize the spread of COVID-19. This sentiment is bolstered by the increasing numbers of adults and eligible teenagers who are being vaccinated, a step that health officials predict will reduce cases in Larimer County. 

This update likely prompts numerous questions, some of which we cannot answer before further planning efforts this spring and summer. The following is what we know now about a few key topics: 

First day of school/2021-22 calendar: Aug. 13 is a transition day for sixth- and ninth-grade students, and all students start school on Aug. 16. See current calendars >>

Health protocols: PSD will continue existing health and safety protocols, including required masks, through at least the summer. We anticipate that protocols may change in the coming months, based on COVID-19 conditions in Larimer County. The hope is that protocols become less restrictive in time. It is possible that PSD and LCDHE will continue contact tracing COVID-19 cases during the 2021-22 school year, prompting shifts to remote education. 

Meals: May 25 is the last day this school year that meals will be provided. We will share more information soon about meals in the 2021-22 school year. We also encourage families to apply for free or reduced-price meals; being approved means additional benefits for you and your school. More info on the school meals page >> 

Busing: PSD is anticipating an increase in ridership in 2021-22, compared with the current year, with some possible limitations because of a reduction in routes due to the ongoing bus driver shortage. The district will likely require that all riders apply and will share more information when it is available. More info on the Transportation web page >> 

Extracurriculars/activities/athletics: We are eager to make these opportunities available, and you can expect schools to share more details in the future about what will be offered at each site. Providing places for students to connect and engage with one another are critical, and we think they’ll have more opportunities to do next year, particularly at recess and through other outside activities. 

Option for 100% virtual learning for 2021-22: Poudre Global Academy Virtual will replace Poudre School District Virtual (PSDV), the district’s current 100% online option that ends this school year. PGA Virtual is part of PSD’s existing Poudre Global Academy, which has an existing hybrid option and a new 100% online option. Read more on PGA’s website >> Families may apply until the first day of school, during the School of Choice second-consideration application period. For more information, visit PGAV's website >> 

Registration and options for the 2021-22 school year: If you still need to register for the next school year, here are some helpful links with more information about registration, School of Choice and some secondary options: 

We will continue to communicate with our PSD community in the months to come. Thank you for your continued support. 

Sincerely,  

 

Poudre School District