As COVID-19 cases are slowly decreasing across Colorado, Poudre School District is hoping to make a full return to in-person education this spring.
Elementary schools moved to Phase 4 learning on Jan. 19, meaning they are completely in person. Middle and high schools are currently in Phase 3 — hybrid learning — with half of the students in person on Monday and Wednesday and the other half in person Tuesday and Thursday; students learn remotely on Fridays.
PSD expected middle and high schoolers to return to in-person learning on Feb. 1 and Feb. 8, but Interim Superintendent Todd Lambert announced on Jan. 21 that the target dates to move to Phase 4 were being left open to allow the district to monitor trends and evaluate the prevalence of new strains of the disease.
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On Jan. 29, Gov. Jared Polis announced educators would begin to be vaccinated on Feb. 8 with the goal of having all Colorado educators vaccinated by Feb. 28. PSD released a statement recognizing this development as “a positive move forward that supports PSD’s plans to keep schools open.”
To keep track of how PSD’s return to in-person learning goes, the Coloradoan has launched a COVID-19 tracker to be updated weekly. We will break down each school’s cases by infected students and staff and report outbreaks causing students return to remote learning.
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All data is reported by PSD. The below data includes cases from Oct. 5 — the first day elementary students were in session — to Feb. 3. For more data, visit Poudre School District’s COVID-19 dashboard.
COVID-19 in PSD schools
These case numbers were last updated on Feb. 3. As of then, PSD reported 771 cases.
Use the search bar below to identify a specific school or type of school within PSD. This data will be updated weekly.
COVID-19 outbreaks in PSD schools
When a school has two or more unrelated cases in a small amount of time, it is considered an outbreak by Larimer County. As of Feb. 3, there are five active outbreaks in PSD:
- Blevins Middle School
- Boltz Middle School
- Fort Collins High School
- Fossil Ridge High School
- Rocky Mountain High School
As of Feb. 3, there have been seven resolved outbreaks in PSD:
- Shepardson Elementary School, resolved Jan. 16, 2021
- Preston Middle School, resolved Jan. 3, 2021
- Cache La Poudre Middle School, resolved Jan. 2, 2021
- Lesher Middle School, resolved Dec. 31, 2020
- Fort Collins High School, resolved Dec. 27, 2020
- Poudre High School, resolved Dec. 27, 2020
- Rice Elementary School, resolved Dec. 7, 2020
Editor’s note: This story has a correction. Elementary students returned to full-time learning on Jan. 19. The date was incorrect in a previous version of the story.
Molly Bohannon covers education for the Coloradoan. Follow her on Twitter @molboha or contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Support her work and that of other Coloradoan journalists by purchasing a digital subscription today.