The Aspen School District is planning for a hybrid learning model for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year. At a virtual town hall Thursday, district officials said they expect elementary students to return to the classroom on August 26, while middle and high school students learn virtually from home.
As the plan stands, masks will be required, social distance will be practiced and outdoor classrooms are possible for elementary students returning to school. For older students learning online, there will be as much real-time instruction as possible compared to last spring's distance-learning model.
Aspen School District superintendent David Baugh said that the district will change the plan if public health conditions change. He said all of the district's decisions will be made based on guidance from Pitkin County Public Health and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
Information on cleaning and safety procedures will be released before August 17. As of Thursday, Baugh said the district had purchased 12,000 surgical masks for teachers, which offers staff members a new mask each day for the first two months of the school year.
Baugh said additional information on the district's fall learning plan will be announced weekly on the Aspen School District's website. Another virtual town hall will be held next week.