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 Virtual will continue to follow the district’s school transfer process. PSDV transfers are being accepted by grade level, depending on space availability. Access the School Transfer Request (also available in Spanish - School Transfer Request).    

PSD's return to in-person learning

PSD Interim Superintendent Todd Lambert announced updates to the start of the second half of the school year with adjustments to the January/February schedule for secondary students (see the updated schedule below). Read the entire Jan. 6 update in this news item. 



Jan. 5-8:

  • PreK in Phase 3 (B group attends school Tuesday/Thursday; A group attends Wednesday; no school Friday)
  • K-12 in Phase 1

Jan. 11-15

  • PreK in Phase 3 (A group attends school Monday/Wednesday; B group attends Tuesday/Thursday; no school Friday)
  • K-12 in Phase 1

Jan. 19-22 (MLK Holiday is Jan. 18):

  • **Preschool through grade 5 in Phase 4
  • 6-8 in Phase 3 (B group attends Tuesday/Thursday; A group attends Wednesday/Friday)
  • 9-12 in Phase 1

Jan. 25-29:

  • **Preschool through grade 5 in Phase 4
  • 6-12 in Phase 3 (A group attends Monday/Wednesday; B group attends Tuesday/Thursday; remote learning for students on Friday)  

Feb. 1-5:

  • **Preschool through grade 8 in Phase 4
  • *9-12 in Phase 3 (A group attends school Monday/Wednesday; B group attends Tuesday/Thursday; remote learning for students on Friday)

Feb. 8-12: **Preschool through grade 12 in Phase 4

*Fort Collins, Fossil Ridge, Poudre and Rocky Mountain High Schools
**Preschool Phase 4 is Monday through Thursday with no school on Fridays

  • Poudre Global Academy, Centennial and Poudre Community Academy will communicate schedules to their families and students.


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