Poudre School District planning for multiple scenarios for fall 2020

A message from the superintendent.

As this school year comes to a close, we know our staff, students and families are already thinking ahead to the 2020-21 year with questions about what the future may hold. We are not ready to make a district-wide decision about how education will look in PSD this fall, as we do not know what our community’s COVID-19 public health climate and response will look like in August, September or beyond. It is impossible to know how many cases of COVID-19 we’ll have in Larimer County, or which public health orders we may face.


We want to set the expectation that things will likely look different from this year – both when we were in school and during the past several weeks of remote education.

On or before June 30, the district will communicate to staff and families about the scenarios we are considering, as well as any decisions that have been made up to that date. Further communication will follow when we make a district-wide decision about how education will look in fall 2020, as well as other things we are anticipating for the 2020-21 school year.

We are planning for various scenarios that ultimately will be influenced by public health conditions and local and state orders. As we've done throughout the COVID-19 response, PSD leadership will 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 based on the most current information at the time.

We know many of you may be anxiously awaiting this news, as you plan for your future work schedules and childcare and consider other critical family decisions. As we continue to focus on the safety of our students, staff and communities, we thank you for your patience as we work through a variety of scenarios to be prepared for foreseeable realities we may face.

This time of year, your school typically starts to give you information that might include class lists, back-to-school nights, supply drop-off dates and more. Due to our current circumstances, we want to make it clear that you will not receive this information by the end of the school year. District leadership are working in phases, and our current focus with our schools is to effectively close out this school year. Please use the approved 2020-2021 school calendar, posted on the PSD website, as your guide for dates for when school will resume in August. The state is actively working on how school will look in the fall, and we are determining what that will mean for PSD. We will be prepared to provide instruction in a manner that meets the safety protocols and health regulations while providing enriching learning opportunities for all students.

We miss our students and hope that your families are healthy. Thank you for your partnership during these truly exceptional times.



Sandra Smyser, Ph.D.