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Littleton Public Schools began the school year on Monday, August 24, with in-person learning for Pre-K–5 and a hybrid/blended model for Grades 6–12. Another review of Arapahoe County COVID data showed that it was appropriate for students and staff to return to school, with overlapping and extensive health and safety protocols in place. (More information about the start of school year plan)
We will continue to monitor Arapahoe County COVID-19 data and use it to guide our decisions. The learning model we implement will be directly tied to how well our community responds to the pandemic and is likely to change throughout the fall.
This fall’s remote learning model will be one that is consistent, robust and engaging for our students. Teachers receive training through the new online LPS Educator Academies, which will help them implement best practices and provide consistency for students within schools and across the district. Training is provided for families through the new online LPS Family Academy, which will help family members support their children as they learn at home.
The Temporary Online Program for Students (TOPS) began as scheduled on Monday, August 31, 2020. The schedule will not be affected by COVID-19 data.
The decision-making process uses Arapahoe County’s COVID-19 data as reported by Tri-County Health and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. This process helps us ensure that, to the greatest extent possible, decisions about school learning models are based on science and facts, not popularity, pressure, perception or politics. This approach to decision-making is endorsed by Dr. John Douglas, executive director of the Tri-County Health Department.
There are four sets of data evaluated when making decisions about school:
Several metro area school districts recently announced their plans to delay their first day of school. Based on the information available to us at this time, and with the safety of our students, employees and their families as our top priority, Littleton Public Schools has made the decision to delay its first day of school until Monday, August 24, 2020.
As promised in previous communications, we want to give you an update on details related to the return to in-person school in August. The return to in-person learning is good for our children academically, socially and emotionally. The decision was not taken lightly and was based on research, recommendations of health officials, the findings and work of the LPS Restart Task Force and the plans of other school districts locally and across the nation.
Reasoning Behind the Delayed Start
We exhausted all possibilities of keeping our originally scheduled start date in an effort to provide consistency for our staff and families. However, we feel it is in everyone’s best interests to delay the start of school until August 24 for several reasons:
We understand that changing the start date may cause confusion and frustration in our community. However, at this time we believe starting school August 24 will help us better prepare to begin in-person learning more successfully.
In that case that a virus outbreak requires the closure of the district, individual schools or affects specific groups of students, LPS is ready to serve students in an improved distance learning environment.
LPS is also providing a fully online school program for K-12 and Transition Services students during the 2020-21 school year as an alternative to attending school in-person.