Last days of new instruction, picking up belongings, returning items - what to expect as the school year ends

We couldn't have imagined the school year ending this way and, like you, are missing many of our springtime traditions. Most of all, we miss you. 

As we wrap up the school year, many things need to happen. Here's what you can expect: 

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Last day of instruction of new material

The last day of remote learning for elementary and secondary students is Friday, May 22. Schools will work from May 18 to May 28 to close out the school year.  

Ending earlier allows for time to safely get student belongings out of schools, return laptops, and take care of other end-of-year activities.

Elementary schools will continue with new instruction through Thursday, May 14. Friday, May 15, is an elementary teacher workday for teachers to complete paperwork and grades. Elementary students do not have classes on May 15. Elementary schools will use the following week to handle the return of materials and personal belongings to students and to collect laptops. 

Secondary teachers will introduce new content through Friday, May 15.

Last few days of school:

  • May 18-22, elementary and middle schools will continue to connect with students and support their needs.
  • High schools will continue to be in contact with students May 18-28. During this period, knowing some families have experienced challenges throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, students will have opportunities to make up work. As a reminder, middle and high school students can continue to improve their fourth-quarter grade; students cannot earn a final grade lower than their third-quarter grade.  


Locker/desk clean-out and laptop return 

Elementary schools: desk clean-out and laptop return dates

  • Monday, May 18 -  Elementary teachers return to schools to clean out their rooms and prepare for the materials return and laptop return (on May 19). Teachers will place student belongings from desks in clear, labeled bags.
  • Tuesday, May 19 - Students/families pick up student belongings at school and return laptops. Schools will send information to families with assigned times and about how the process will work at their site. 


Middle and high schools:  locker clean out and laptop return

  • Starting May 18, middle and high school students will return laptops, textbooks and pick up belongings, including locker items and yearbooks. Schools will send information to students/families about specific dates, times and process for picking up belongings and returning laptops. Teachers will have access to their school the week before May 18 (look for a schedule from your site). 


PSD laptop and textbook/media book return 
PSD collects student laptops at the end of the school year so devices may be prepped over the summer for the next school year. Families should return student laptops on the same day as their school’s scheduled locker/desk clean-out day. Textbooks and media books should be returned at this time too. Schools will communicate to parents and guardians, before the week of May 18, about when this will happen at their site and the process for collecting laptops and textbooks.
 

Health and safety precautions will be followed at schools
Staff, students, and family members must wear cloth masks and practice physical distancing while at schools. Unfortunately this is not a time to give hugs.  Consequently, we ask that students and families be prepared for a brief and efficient experience.

 

Deep cleaning schools and facilities

Following locker and desk clean-out and laptop collection days, PSD’s Custodial Services team will deep clean PSD schools and facilities, following Larimer County Department of Health and Environment and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 cleaning requirements, as well as best practices for cleaning and sanitization. A checklist of PSD’s COVID-19 cleaning procedures is found in the PSD COVID-19 plan, exhibit C.

 

End-of-year celebrations for fifth, eighth graders

Elementary and middle schools will decide if virtual celebrations will occur for their students and communicate their school's plan out to families. No in-person celebrations will be held.


High school graduation 

We hope to celebrate the class of 2020 at in-person graduation ceremonies later this summer. What graduation looks like depends on public health guidelines and orders in place at the time. We are currently planning simultaneously for two options to ensure seniors are honored. 

We hope to host in-person ceremonies Friday, July 24, and Saturday, July 25, at French Field, located at Rocky Mountain High School, 1300 W. Swallow Road in Fort Collins. Health-safety recommendations will be followed at these events. 

PSD schools with smaller graduating classes may determine other ways to celebrate and recognize their graduates, depending on available resources for the size of their graduating class.

If in-person ceremonies can't be held, celebration videos for each high school will be made available for students and families to watch online. Learn more about the graduation celebration options in this news item. 

 

CHSAA cancellation of spring athletics and activities; summer athletic decisions

The Colorado High School Activities Association cancelled all spring activities and athletics for the remainder of the 2020 spring season through June 1 (this stands even if federal and state guidelines are relaxed). After June 1, school districts can make their own decisions regarding student and coach contact, virtual workout, virtual tryouts and eighth-grade contact. PSD will communicate with student athletes and their families as soon as information is available. 


PSD athletic facilities availability during the summer

PSD indoor and outdoor athletic venues will not be available for practices or to the public during June, as district campuses and facilities will be closed. Information about availability in July and the rest of the summer will be released when available.


PSD summer school and programs

PSD summer programs, such as Camp Sol, STEM-X Institute, Enrichment in the Fort and others have been cancelled. PSD will continue to monitor health recommendations. If programs typically offered in late summer are feasible, the district will let families know about these opportunities. Summer programming possibilities are currently being explored with community organizations.

PSD summer school and extended school year program will be available online only. 


Summer meal distributions 

PSD will offer meals to students through Friday, May 29, at the current four meal sites. After that, families may continue to get food through other organizations like the Food Bank for Larimer County. 


Plans for the 2020-21 school year

Various scenarios are being considered for the start of the 2020-2021 school year, not knowing what the public health situation will be in August. PSD leadership will continue to work closely with and follow recommendations from public health officials and the governor's office, as they consider options and make decisions about the next school year. More information about plans for the next school year will be shared this summer. 


Questions?

You can find the latest PSD information and support resources on the PSD Remote Learning and COVID-19 Response web pages.

Please know we miss you and look forward to reconnecting with you in person. If you have questions about end-of-the-year tasks or processes, please reach out to your school first. If you still have questions, please email the district at info@psdschools.org.