The laptops will help Fort Collins area students in their remote learning. The district’s schools will be closed to students until at least April 17. Fort Collins Coloradoan
Poudre School District is stopping new instruction nearly two weeks before the end of the school year and ending all remote learning by May 22.
The last day teachers will introduce new content is May 14 for elementary schools and May 15 for middle and high schools, according to a newsletter sent to the PSD community Thursday afternoon.
“Ending earlier allows for time to safely get student belongings out of schools, return laptops and take care of other end-of-year activities,” the newsletter stated.
So what will happen the week of May 18?
While specifics weren’t given about what type of learning might occur, PSD said elementary and middle schools will “continue to connect with students and support their needs.”
Elementary schools will use the week to handle the return of students materials and personal belongings and to collect laptops being used by students.
In high schools, students will have a chance to make up work, and schools will be in contact with students through May 28.
PSD previously stated that in middle and high schools, students can improve their grades from the third quarter but cannot earn anything lower than their third-quarter grade.
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When can students collect their belongings?
In elementary schools, belongings will be available for pickup on May 19, and that’s when students will return laptops. Teachers will return to school on May 18 to clean out rooms and place student belongings from desks in clear, labeled bags.
In middle and high schools, students will begin returning laptops and textbooks and picking up their belongings, including yearbooks, on May 18. Schools will send information about specific dates, times and processes.
During these exchanges, students, staff and family members must wear masks and practice physical distancing.
“Unfortunately this is not a time to give hugs,” the newsletter stated. “Consequently, we ask that students and families be prepared for a brief and efficient experience.”
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What about next year?
PSD says plans for instruction in the 2020-21 school year will be shared this summer.
“Various scenarios are being considered for the start of the 2020-2021 school year, no knowing what the public health situation will be in August.”
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