PSD 2020-21 School Year

Educational phases for 2020-21 school year

Poudre School District has a variety of educational phases to implement to best educate students while keeping safety as a top priority for students, staff and the community during the 2020-21 school year.

District and school leaders, following guidance and orders from Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, the Colorado Department of Education, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment and other public health and government officials, have developed four educational phases that allow the district to continue educating students while also adapting to the ever-changing COVID-19 pandemic. Student learning could be remote, remote with limited in-person interactions, a blend of in-person and remote learning, or fully in-person.

PSD is prepared to shift among phases throughout the year, as required or permitted by health officials and conditions. 

PSD Virtual, a 100% online education option, will not shift among the district’s educational phases.

PSD in remote learning Nov. 23 through winter break

With COVID-19 cases increasing in Larimer County at an alarming rate, PSD will shift to Phase 1 Remote Learning starting Monday, Nov. 23 through winter break. PSD Virtual students will continue 100 percent online learning without change. 

  • Although PSD is shifting to remote education, some staff and some identified at-risk students will still be in buildings. COVID-19 Response Teams will continue contact tracing assessments during this time, in accordance with the county and state health departments.

  • We will update the PSD community about our plans for Jan. 5 and beyond as we monitor the situation through December. Complete news item: PSD shifting to Phase 1 remote learning on Nov. 23


Nov. 12 PSD COVID-19 update: Fossil shifts to Phase 1 remote learning

Phases to implement, depending on conditions and as permitted or required by health officials

We acknowledge imperfections exist within each phase due to many factors outside of the district's control. We believe nothing compares to a student’s experience of learning in school with their teachers and peers. We are committed to maintaining PSD’s high standards in all phases of education. 

Decisions to implement phases are made with guidance from public health officials. 


Phase 1
Remote Learning at Home

Schools are closed.
Remote learning for all students. 

Learn more about Phase 1


Phase 2
Mostly Remote Learning with Limited In-Person Check-Ins
Schools partially open with enhanced social distancing. Group sizes are limited.

Learn more about Phase 2



Phase 3
Hybrid In-School/Remote Learning

Schools open with students attending school two days a week, remote learning three days a week.

Learn more about Phase 3


Phase 4
Schools Open with Safety Protocols
Schools open for students with heightened safety awareness and protocols. Group sizes may be limited.

Learn more about Phase 4

    Contact Information

    2020-21 school year questions: 
    Please contact your school first. If you still have questions, email

    PSD facility rental in 2020-21 questions: 
    PSD Facility Rental 

    COVID-19 questions:
    Larimer County Department of Health and Environment

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention