January 11, 2020

WPSD Families,

As we end the first semester of this school year, the district would like to share our plan to bring students back for in-person learning daily during the second semester. It has always been our desire to have students back in our classrooms and schools, but we want to do so in the safest way possible. Our leadership team continues to engage in ongoing dialogue with other Pikes Peak area school district superintendents and Teller County Public Health and Environment officials. Additionally, our health team continues to monitor student and staff health within our buildings, as well as case numbers throughout the community and region. Given our strong health protocols and recent trends, we plan to return to our Phase 3, Medium Control phase starting January 25th. This phase provides the option for all in-person learners to attend class daily. Until that date, schools will remain in the Phase 3, High Control hybrid model. Specific details regarding the week of January 18th will be shared by schools and will look similar to the current week.

This timeline will remain flexible and dependent on changes to our county’s color dial and recommendation from Teller County Public Health and Environment. However, we have a plan and protocols that we believe are sustainable so that students may return and stay in school. Achieving this aim relies heavily on our staff, students, and families adhering to health guidelines, completing daily symptoms checks, staying home if any symptoms arise, and following guidance from Teller County Public Health and Environment when out in the community.

We want to express our deepest gratitude for our staff, students, and families for adapting to the hardships the pandemic has created. Thank you for your continued patience as we navigate the remainder of the school year together.

We ask that families set-aside some time to review the documents below outlining safety protocols and exclusion criteria.