A plan for the coming school year in St. Vrain Valley School District was sent to parents via email Tuesday, with a pledge to return all students to full time, in-person learning as soon as possible.
The schedule calls for a “hybrid” model for most of the upper classes to reduce unhealthy crowding in hallways and classrooms.
However, every class — no matter the age — must wear masks, wash or sanitize their hands, and be prepared for social-distancing restrictions.
As of now, students in grades preschool through fifth, sixth and ninth grades will return to full time, in-person instruction. Seventh- and eighth-grade students and 10th- through 12th-grade students will return to a combination of in-person and real-time online learning, according to the 2020-2021 reopening plan.
A return to a pre-COVID-19 school schedule depends on Boulder County Public Health authorities and Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, Haddad told parents.
“Again, while we may have to begin with a hybrid model for some grade levels, we intend to move to full-time (100%) in-person learning for all grade levels as soon as our county health department and the governor’s office allows us to do so,” Haddad stated in the email to parents.
A final plan for fall classes will not be decided until mid-July, Haddad said.
Haddad also sent parents sample schedules for grade levels, as well as information about health and safety protocols, transportation and athletics and other back-to-school information.
For every grade level, those protocols include: students washing their hands or using hand sanitizer upon arrival; students bringing cloth masks to school with the expectation they will be worn daily, but their use will be minimized whenever possible; desks being spaced farther apart and aligned so students all face the same direction; and students being dismissed in a way that keeps grade levels separated as much as possible, which could require staggered schedules.
Students also will attend special classes and electives, but there will be limited sharing of equipment and materials.
At the high school level, freshmen will not be allowed to leave campuses for lunch.
For most students on Individualized Education Programs, or IEPs, the current plan is for all special education services to be delivered while students are on-site during the rotation schedule, according to district officials. All families with students with IEPs will receive communication from their child’s case manager prior to the first days of school to discuss the schedule for services for the upcoming school year, according to the district.
English language learners who receive English language development services will continue to do so through in-person and remote instruction, according to the district.See the sample schedules and a full list of safety protocols at coronavirus.svvsd.org.