As COVID-19 cases continue to rise all around Northern Colorado, schools face the possibility of shifting back to all-remote learning.

In a COVID-19 update written to the Poudre School District community on Tuesday (Nov. 3), district officials said that if things continue the way they are, a plan will be released to transition to remote learning.

"This is not the direction we want to go because students do better – socially and emotionally – when they are in school."

On Saturday (Oct. 31), Larimer County Department of Health reported 192 new COVID-19 cases, an increase from Larimer County's previous highest-day total of 90 cases two weekends prior.

Between Oct. 5 and Nov. 2, the Poudre School District had recorded 61 COVID-19 cases among approximately 3,000 employees and 27,000 students.

Like other districts, PSD has been shifting dozens of students and staff with possible exposure to remote education during Initial Assessment Periods, which are four-day periods that cover the time it takes the Larimer County Department of Health and PSD response teams to identify close contacts.

Although critical, the school district realizes that shifting to remote for assessments disrupts teaching and learning.

Poudre School District has asked the community to do their part in helping the district stay open by following the "three W's":

  • Wear a mask
  • Watch your distance 
  • Wash your hands 

For more information about PSD’s COVID-19 response, including protocols, meal distribution, mental health resources and more, visit psdschools.org.

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