Denver Public Schools are likely going to do both in-person and remote learning in fall

Also, high school sports officials say they don’t know when they’ll OK practices or after-school sports.
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Erika Estrada drives up to Joe Shoemaker School to get a laptop for her kids, students here who need to study at home while COVID-19 “social distancing” orders are in place. March 25, 2020. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Next school year for Denver Public Schools students will be a mix of in-person and remote classes to maintain social distancing, officials announced Thursday.

The district's superintendent wrote in a letter to parents that school operations won't go back to normal until they get clearance from health officials. School schedules and policies may continue to change depending on the state of the pandemic, Susana Cordova said.

"Schools will continue to operate differently when we reopen," she said. "Exactly what that will look like is the work we need to do together, in concert with health officials, over the next two months. We will need to continue to be agile and make adjustments in how students and teachers are connecting."

Faculty and unions are working to plan exactly what that will look like, officials said. DPS plans to send surveys to families to get their input.

DPS canceled all in-person summer programming earlier this week citing safety of families and staff. They also closed DPS buildings to all community use through July.

"We looked at a variety of options before reaching this difficult decision, but it was clear in talking with health officials that we are not yet ready to bring students and educators together on our campuses and facilities in June and July," Cordova said in the letter.

The Colorado High School Activities Association has not made any decisions about after school sports and activities.

"As much as we want to resume and come back to some level of normalcy, we always have to prioritize that the safety and wellbeing of those that we're supposed to oversee," said CHSAA Commissioner Rhonda Blanford-Green.

Blanford-Green said the association will wait until later in the summer to make any decisions about sports next school year.

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