COLORADO SPRINGS — School District 11 in Colorado Springs has released an updated Return to Learn Plan on Friday.
The plan has a tentative return date of August 17 for students, but the district says that date could change depending on the rate of positive COVID-19 cases in El Paso County.
D11 Superintendent Dr. Michael J. Thomas acknowledged the need to "offer comprehensive online options for those who are not yet ready to return to physical instruction."
He also said while the district hopes to return to in-person learning this fall, they recognize the possibility of starting with virtual learning to ensure it is as safe as possible to return to schools.
D11 students in K-8 will have the option of in-person classes five days a week or may choose to attend Inspire Online, the district's online learning school, while remaining enrolled at their original school.
High school students can choose between a hybrid schedule or can opt into several online learning systems.
Schools will follow safety, health, and hygiene protocols according to state and local guidance for in-person learning, which will mean a different in-school experience.
Those who choose to attend in-person learning will be required to follow all safety, health, and hygiene practices.
The full plan is available on the School District 11 website.