PUEBLO, Colo. — School districts in Pueblo County and the city of Pueblo have scrambled to put together guidelines for children preparing to return to school this fall, adjusting and readjusting plans as fluctuating data surrounding coronavirus cases in the area is collected and analyzed.
The Colorado Department of Public Health, the Colorado Department of Education, and the Governor’s Office have released “guidance,” which they expect Local Public Health agencies and individual districts to reference as they develop future plans.
The state identified its goals for reopening school include ensuring a “reasonable level of safety for students and staff for in-person learning,” minimizing “disruptions to education,” and ensuring “equity in educational opportunity.”
In the event of a confirmed COVID-19 case in a school, the state guidelines say schools should be prepared to shift to remote learning for a time period between two and 14 days. CDPHE is expected to provide statewide standards regarding “exposure definitions” and “outbreak investigation requirements” later in July.
Current plans for Pueblo County and Pueblo City School districts are listed below:
Pueblo County School District 70
Most schools will return to full in-person classes the week of September 21, with a hybrid model for the two largest high schools in the district. Tap here for the latest information as of September 16.
Pueblo School District 60
The first day of school for K-12 students is Monday, August 31.
The original D60 Return to School Plan consisted of several options for families:
- K-5 students: Full in-person learning four days a week, with health and safety measures in place, OR 100% online learning.
- 6-12 students: A hybrid model with two days in-person learning, and two days of distance learning each week, OR 100% online learning.
- Pre-K students will attend in-person four days a week (½ day or full-day program). The first day of school for preschool students will be Tuesday, September 8.
- All K-12 students will be issued a technology device. K-1 students will receive an iPad; grades 2-12 will receive a Chromebook. In-class instruction, as well as distance learning, will incorporate students’ technology devices.
This article will be updated as schools release new information.