Phases of Learning

Educational phases for 2020-21 school year

Poudre School District has a variety of educational phases to implement to best educate students while keeping safety as a top priority for students, staff and the community during the 2020-21 school year.

District and school leaders, following guidance and orders from Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, the Colorado Department of Education, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment and other public health and government officials, have developed four educational phases that allow the district to continue educating students while also adapting to the ever-changing COVID-19 pandemic. Student learning could be remote, remote with limited in-person interactions, a blend of in-person and remote learning, or fully in-person.

PSD is prepared to shift among phases throughout the year, as required or permitted by health officials and conditions. 

PSD Virtual, a 100% online education option, will not shift among the district’s educational phases.

PSD shifting to hybrid learning 

PSD requires people to wear face coverings on PSD grounds. Learn more about this requirement and the protocols for student face coverings on the Health and Safety web page. 

Because of recent positive trends in data reported by the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment and improvements in COVID-19 test results turnaround times (as of mid-September), PSD is moving to hybrid education with both in-person and remote learning.

Secondary schools

PSD middle schools and the four comprehensive high schools will return to in-person learning in a Phase 3 hybrid model Oct. 19.

  • Oct. 19 and 20 will be in-person transition days for sixth- and ninth-grade students
  • All other grades will be in remote education Oct. 19-20, and start in-person learning in Phase 3 Oct. 21. 

In a Phase 3 model, the weekly schedule will look like this for secondary students at all grade levels (6-12):  

  • "A group" attends school Mondays and Wednesdays (full days) with remote learning Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. 
  • "B group" attends school Tuesdays and Thursdays (full days) with remote learning Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
  • Fridays are Teacher Collaboration Days - all students in remote learning

More info: 

Phases to implement, depending on conditions and as permitted or required by health officials

We acknowledge imperfections exist within each phase due to many factors outside of the district's control. We believe nothing compares to a student’s experience of learning in school with their teachers and peers. We are committed to maintaining PSD’s high standards in all phases of education. 

Decisions to implement phases are made with guidance from public health officials. 


Phase 1
Remote Learning at Home

Schools are closed. Remote learning for all students. 

Learn more about Phase 1


Phase 2
Mostly Remote Learning with Limited In-Person Check-Ins
Schools partially open with enhanced social distancing. Group sizes are limited.

Learn more about Phase 2


Phase 3
Hybrid In-School/Remote Learning

Schools open with students attending school two days a week, remote learning three days a week.

Learn more about Phase 3


Phase 4
Schools Open with Safety Protocols
Schools open for students with heightened safety awareness and protocols. Group sizes may be limited.

Learn more about Phase 4


Contact Information

2020-21 school year questions: 

Please contact WMS first @ 970-488-6600. If you still have questions, email

PSD facility rental  in 2020-21 questions: 

PSD Facility Rental 

COVID-19 questions:

Larimer County Department of Health and Environment

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention