An American flag is in a classroom as students work on laptops in Newlon Elementary School early on Aug. 25, 2020. The school was one of 55 Discovery Link sites set up by Denver Public Schools where students participated in remote learning during the pandemic. (David Zalubowski, AP Photo)

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After a fall spent totally or partly online, Denver elementary students will return to the classroom Jan. 11, and secondary students will be back in the classroom by Feb. 1 if health conditions allow it, Superintendent Susana Cordova told families Tuesday.

Cordova said the district would continue to work with public health officials to monitor changing COVID-19 conditions and “will adjust our January return plans if needed.”

The schedule calls for students to continue learning at home from Jan. 5 to 8, with all elementary students returning to the classroom Jan. 11. Secondary schools will develop their own schedules and gradually bring students back to the classroom between Jan. 19 and 29.

All students whose parents want them in school will be in class by Feb. 1, the email said. The district will continue to offer fully virtual learning for families who prefer it.

“We believe this timeline prioritizes students who need in-person learning most, while also giving schools the opportunity to plan and prepare for a full-scale return to in-person learning,” Cordova wrote.


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