Letter to the Community about 2020-21 D60 Return to School Plan

posted Jul 23, 2020, 9:03 PM by Anthony Sandstrom   [ updated Aug 19, 2020, 12:06 PM ]



D60 students and families:

The Pueblo School District 60 Return to School Plan (in Spanish) is the product of extensive planning and collaboration with the D60 community, involving task force stakeholders including parents, principals, teachers, students, support staff, as well as the Colorado Department of Education (CDE), Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), and our local health partners at the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment (PDPHE).


The first day of school for K-12 students has been changed to Monday, August 31, 2020. This delayed start ensures sufficient time for our buildings to implement health and safety guidelines, prepare technology devices, and for teachers to prepare for a socially distanced, full in-person or blended learning instructional model.


The D60 Return to School Plan consists of several options for families:

  • The first day of school for K-12 students will be Monday, Aug. 31.

  • K-5 students: Full in-person learning four days a week, with health and safety measures in place, OR 100% on-line learning. 

  • 6-12 students: 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).  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.


To request participation in 100% virtual instruction:

To request that one or more of your children participate in a 100% online instructional option, parents must complete the request for full online instruction" form located on Parent Portal. We are asking that parents complete one request per child whom you want to attend fully online by Friday, August 7, 2020. If you do not have a Parent Portal or have difficulties using it, please call the Parent Help Line at 719-549-7111. Families who do not complete the survey will be automatically enrolled in the fully in person (K-5) or hybrid in person (6-12) model. 


  1. log onto your district Parent Portal and select the "Survey" tab,

  2. click the “Request for Full-Online Instruction” link and click “Start,” and

  3. answer the five questions and click “Complete Survey.” 


Please note: All families are asked to commit to a minimum of one semester for their instructional delivery model of choice before being allowed to make changes to a different model. Changes in the middle of the semester may be requested for hardship situations.


As students return to the classroom, we will ensure to the greatest extent possible, the safety of our students and staff. This is a community-wide priority and we all have to do our part to make this happen. Included in the D60 Return to School Plan are numerous health and safety protocols that D60 is taking to minimize the exposure and spread of COVID-19.


Masks must be worn by all students and adults. D60 will provide one cloth mask to every student and employee of the district. Social distancing measures and hand washing expectations will be put in place in all buildings.  Temperature checks and health screenings will occur daily for all students and adults upon arrival.


We will minimize interactions among groups of students using a cohort model. We will institute a cleaning regimen that is frequent, targeted, and of a scope sufficient to reduce transmission. Parents and guardians will need to screen, monitor and self-report their child’s health when concerns arise.


This Return to School Plan is intended to strike a balance between the health concerns posed by COVID-19, quality educational programming, and the needs of our community. D60 will continue to focus on the guiding principles offered in our Strategic Plan, including our core value that the social and emotional well-being of our students is as important as their academic needs. We will remain prepared to adjust and adapt instructional delivery as the local Pueblo County health or D60 specific health context changes. Our plan is intended to support schools in planning for the start of the school year and will be updated as necessary to align with current health practices.


In D60 we understand that the 2020-21 school year is unlike any previous year in our Nation’s or District’s history. We know that each family has a personal choice to make when it comes to the educational options for their children. We are striving to adapt to the continually changing conditions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, while also providing equitable access to a high-quality PreK-12 education in a safe environment. We’re confident that the D60 Return to School Plan will accomplish this. 


We appreciate your support, understanding, and patience as D60 reopens its schools in the safest and most effective way possible. 


Sincerely,

Charlotte Macaluso

Superintendent of Schools


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Anthony Sandstrom,
Jul 23, 2020, 9:45 PM
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Renee Hahn,
Aug 28, 2020, 2:23 PM
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Radford Sprouse,
Jul 30, 2020, 7:26 AM