As announced last week, Poudre School District added two new workdays, Friday, March 12 and Monday, April 19, to the 2020-21 calendar.
To clarify the information shared in last week’s announcement, both dates are elementary workdays, meaning students in grades PK-5 will not have school. Middle and high school students will participate in asynchronous learning online.
This semester, many of our teachers have needed additional time in their contracted schedules to manage significantly increased workloads due to COVID-19. Of all the options considered, the district and PSD Board of Education felt this change was the most optimal way to balance all needs.
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Frequently Asked Questions
- Will there be childcare options for parents/guardians who have to work either or both days? PSD’s contracted childcare provider AlphaBEST is planning to offer services those days. For more information, please visit https://www.alphabest.org/poudreco/.
- How will teachers utilize the time on those workdays? Teachers may choose how they use their time these days. Many teachers have increased workloads due to COVID-19, and their work on these days may include but isn’t limited to cleaning, developing lesson plans, preparing individual student learning materials (the sharing of materials is discouraged) and more.
- Can’t PSD just utilize substitute teachers? PSD has designated site substitute teachers at each school this year, and the district is now opening its regular substitute call-out system to provide backup for teachers who may be out for a number of reasons, including if they are shifted to remote education for a COVID-19 case. At this point, the district is unsure how many substitutes will be available for support through the remainder of the school year and encourage community members to consider working as a PSD substitute to help Keep Schools Open. More information: PSD Careers web page
- Other districts in Colorado have not added workdays. Why is PSD doing things differently? We understand the workdays may pose challenges for some of our families and students. As we shared in the district update, many of our teachers have needed additional time in their contracted schedules to manage significantly increased workloads due to COVID-19. Of all the options considered, the district and PSD Board of Education felt this change was the most optimal way to balance all needs. We are aware that some regional school districts have opted for students to be in school four days a week and learn asynchronously online one day a week during the second semester. In PSD, the district and school board decided that it was important to have students in school as much as possible and chose to add the two workdays, instead.