PSD to close week after spring break to help slow spread of COVID-19

This is a follow-up to PSD’s initial March 13 announcement about the closure.

I want to start by acknowledging that things will not be normal. School and work are going to look different for all of us. I know that school closures will cause challenges for families, and I sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this decision might have caused you. Thank you for your patience as we work through this rapidly changing situation.  


While we did our best to prepare for this, there are many questions to which we do not yet have answers. Here’s what we know now:  

  • To restate, March 16-20 is our regularly scheduled spring break for students. March 23-27 marks the start of remote learning opportunities. Lessons will not necessarily replace new learning that would occur if schools were open; rather, the lessons and activities will provide students opportunities to practice and reinforce concepts students have recently learned; engage in projects that may extend and enrich student learning; and introduce new concepts or skills, when appropriate. If you have questions about your school or teacher’s plans, please contact them directly.  

  • Students should be ready to engage in remote learning opportunities beginning Monday, March 23. 

  • Students in all grade levels will use a mix of books, printed materials and/or technology. 

  • All middle and high school students should have PSD devices. They will likely need internet to access their learning materials. 

  • An option for internet access includes Comcast, which announced that it will provide Internet access to low-income families in its service areas starting March 16. For more information, including how to sign up, visit: If more resources become available, we will link to them on the PSD COVID-19 response web page.  

  • BASE Camp will be canceled March 16-27. BASE Camp will also contact families directly with updates. 

  • Students should take everything home they need. Students who left items behind will NOT be able to go into their schools.  

  • During the closure, the Food Bank for Larimer County is partnering with PSD to distribute food to families from: 1301 Blue Spruce Drive, Fort Collins; and 2600 N. Lincoln Ave., Loveland.  

  • Those who want to help should contact the Food Bank to volunteer time or donate money. For more info:  

This is an unprecedented situation, and I know that many of you are worried about your loved ones. In times like these, we must come together as a community and support one another. Please do what you need to in order to take care of yourselves and your family members.  


Sandra Smyser, Ph.D.