Option 3: In-Person Learning PreK-12

  • Developed based on public health requirements, Colorado Department of Education requirements and with input from members of the Cherry Creek School District and our community. 

    With this model, students in grades PreK-12 would return to in-person learning five days a week. The plan focuses on cohort methodology (where possible) with physical distancing implementing to the greatest extent possible. 

    The decision of in-person learning is for the entire 2020-2021 school year as we will need to reassign staff as needed based on parent decisions.

    First Day of School: August 17, 2020 (View the full 2020-2021 calendar here.)

    Elementary In-Person Learning - Cohorts (Grades K-5):

    • Five days per week of in-person learning.
    • All K-5 students will be “cohorted,” meaning they will be placed in a class and will remain in that same group for the full day.
    • Potential remains for periods of full remote learning based on closure orders from the State or Health Department (days, weeks, months).

    Operational Conditions

    • Individual classes will be kept together (cohorted) for a signficant part of the day.
    • Students will be grouped (cohorted) by grade level for lunch, recess and special services.
    • Public health safety measures in place at the time and that are shown to limit spread of the virus will be implemented.
      • Masks
      • Temperature checks
      • Frequent hand washing
    • Physical distancing will be implemented to the greatest extent possible.
    • Handwashing and regular cleaning of student spaces practiced throughout the day.
    • Classrooms will be cleared of non-essential furniture and items to maximize space for student seating arrangements.
    • School supplies and instructional materials will be assigned to individual students and kept separate from the other cohorts.
    • Before and after-school care will operate as normal when in-person learning is happening.
    • No field trips.
    • No large group face-to-face assemblies.
    • No classroom/school volunteers or visitors.
    • No large-scale face-to-face community events.
    • PTCO, SAC, PASS, Coffee with the Principal, etc. will be primarily held virtually.
    • Efforts will be made to redistribute students to manage class size.

    Middle School In-Person Learning - (Grades 6-8):

    With this model, students in grades 6-8 would return to in-person learning while following a block schedule. Block scheduling will reduce the number of classes and transitions within a given school day.

    • Each grade level will be considered its own cohort and students would stay with their cohorts throughout the day.
    • Potential remains for periods of full remote learning based on closure orders from the State or Health Department (days, weeks, months)

    Middle school block schedule

    Operational Conditions

    • Public health safety measures in place at the time and that are shown to limit spread of virus will be implemented.
      • Masks
      • Temperature checks
      • Frequent hand washing
    • Cohorting by grade level.
    • Limit transitions by reducing the number of classes a student has a day.
    • Cohorting primarily by grade level and secondarily by class.
    • Highway system for hallways.
    • Physical distancing when possible.
    • Staggered arrival/dismissal.
    • Students attend lunch/recess with grade level cohort.
    • Classrooms cleared of non-essential furniture and items to maximize space for student.
    • Students use backpacks.
    • No lockers.
    • Staggered arrival/dismissal.
    • No field trips.
    • No large group face- to face assemblies and/or community events.
    • No classroom/school volunteers or visitors.
    • PTCO, SAC, PASS Coffee with the Principal, etc.. primarily held virtually.

    High School In-Person Learning - (Grades 9-12):  

    High school students will attend school five days a week based on the published 2020–2021 school year calendar. In the event that COVID-related restrictions are lifted, this plan allows for a seamless transition to a typical schedule for students, families, and staff.

    With this model, students in grades 9-12 will return to in-person learning while following an extended block schedule. The extended block schedule will significantly reduce the number of classes and transitions within a given school day but ensure access and opportunity to regularly scheduled learning experiences (i.e. core and elective classes, CTE classes, CCIC, etc.).

    • Each class of the day will occur in the morning or afternoon.  A lunch break will take place for all students and staff between the A.M. and P.M. classes.
    • Potential remains for periods of full remote learning based on closure orders from the State and/or Health Department (days, weeks, months).

    Sample high school block schedule:

    Sample high school block schedule

    Operational Conditions

    • Public health safety measures that are shown to limit spread of virus will be implemented.
      • Masks
      • Temperature checks
      • Frequent hand-washing
    • Limit student transitions by reducing the number of classes a student has in a day.
    • Reduced passing periods and student intermingling.
    • Cohort by class.
    • Reduce number of students on campus by providing mid-day transportation to account for off/study hour arrival and departure.
    • Highway system for hallways.
    • Physical distancing when possible.
    • Staggered arrival/dismissal.
    • Students attend lunch aligned with the current class cohort.
    • Classrooms cleared of non-essential furniture and items to maximize space for student.
    • Students use backpacks.
    • No lockers.
    • Staggered arrival/dismissal.
    • Open campus for lunches.
    • No field trips.
    • No large group, face-to-face assemblies and/or community events.
    • No classroom/school volunteers; essential visitors only.
    • PTCO, SAC, PASS, etc. will primarily be held virtually.