EL PASO COUNTY — School District 49 announced changes to its back to school plan Monday.
The district will start school on Monday, Aug. 17 but it will be entirely remote.
The district said this decision was made after a meeting with El Paso County Public Health. During this meeting, it was determined that multiple critical population health measures remain higher than state and county maximum levels. The district said it also conducted two conversations with more than 2,000 members of its workforce and parent community to identify priorities and concerns about its back to school plan.
These three data sources (county health, workforce, and parents) all indicate the same thing: for our community and our district, August 17 is too early to safely return to in-person learning, the district said.
The district also said that the current state guidelines about quarantines and closures at school would almost certainly require multiple schools to close shortly after opening them.
You can find more detailed information about D49's back to school plan on the district's website here: https://www.d49.org/domain/2177