PSD 2020-21 School Year

Educational phases for 2020-21 school year

As Poudre School District prepares for the new school year in August, a variety of educational phases are being developed to best educate students while keeping safety as a top priority for students, staff and the community.

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 for the possibility of shifting among phases throughout the year, as required or permitted by health officials and conditions. 

For students and families who are not ready or able to go back to school (if health conditions allow for it), an online education option will be available.

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. 

Please know decisions to implement phases are made with guidance from public health officials. We hope and prefer to open in Phase 4 but, again, this depends on public health guidance. We hope we won't have to implement Phases 1 or 2 but are prepared to do so, if necessary. 


Phase 1
Remote Learning at Home

Schools are closed.
Remote learning for all students. 

Learn more about Phase 1


Phase 3
Hybrid At-School and At-Home Learning

Schools open with students attending school two days a week, at-home learning three days a week.

Learn more about Phase 3


Phase 2
Mostly Remote Learning; In-Person Interactions with Small Groups
Schools partially open with enhanced social distancing. Group sizes are limited.

Learn more about Phase 2


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