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Guidance for Safer at Home


Classroom Guidance 2

Grades K-5

  • Continue remote instruction if best for your community.
  • Up to four adults per classroom per day. So, only 4 teachers should rotate into one specific classroom per day.
  • Students in grades K-5 do not need to meet the 6-foot distance in classrooms or other locations.
  • Normal class sizes may occur.

Grades 6-8

  • Continue remote instruction if best for your community.
  • Up to three adults per classroom per day. So, only 3 teachers should rotate into one specific classroom per day.
  • A firm student gathering number is not given because school classroom sizes differ between and among districts. Local schools should determine the appropriate gathering size while working towards 6-foot distance in a classroom. It is understood some adjustments for each school will need to occur.

Grades 9-12

  • Continue remote instruction if best for your community.
  • A firm student gathering number is not given because school classroom sizes differ between and among districts. Schools should determine the appropriate gathering size while working towards 6-foot distance in a classroom. It is understood some adjustments for each school will need to occur.

Staff-Only Activities

  • Remote or outdoors if possible; groups of 10 or fewer and outdoor groups of 25 with 6-foot distancing and wearing face coverings over the nose and mouth.

Cohorting Guidance 4

  • Students should remain in their primary classroom with the same cohort of students throughout the week to prevent full school closure if a case is identified.
  • Cohorts should have staggered recess periods, and movement to specialized classrooms (e.g. science lab) should be coordinated to avoid mixing of cohorts.
  • To increase cohort feasibility, consider staggered or alternating in-person schedules (e.g. M-T/W-F, AM/PM, or alternate weeks), block scheduling, or hybrid of in-person and proctored remote learning.
  • The same staff may alternate during the day between two "partner cohorts."
  • Cohorts may be realigned during the school year to support student educational needs. Longer durations of stable cohorting and changes that coincide with school breaks or dismissals enhance the effect of cohorting.

Footnotes

2 Classroom size guidance is contingent on the availability of learning spaces appropriate to accommodate students and teachers with appropriate physical distancing. Schools may consider using alternative learning spaces (e.g. outdoors, gymnasiums, multipurpose rooms, etc) to maximize social distancing.

4 Cohorts describe stable groups with fixed membership. For a classroom setting, cohorting is achieved by maintaining the same group of students together throughout the day across many weeks. While students may be members of more than one cohort, each additional cohort greatly increases the number of individuals who may be exposed to a case of COVID-19. Cohorting facilitates disease control by minimizing the number of contacts each individual is exposed to. This, in tun, limits the scope of dismissal and closure activities in the event of a detected case of COVID-19 or other disease.

Athletic, extracurricular and cocurricular activities will vary by phase, and will be addressed in separate guidance from CDPHE.

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