Denver Public Schools to bring kindergarten students, first-graders back later this month

Citing decreases in COVID-19 cases and the challenges of remote learning for young children, Denver Public Schools said Friday that schools could start opening classrooms to kindergarten and first grade students as early as Sept. 28.

The district started the school year virtually on Aug. 24. It planned for learning to remain virtual until Oct. 16, though Superintendent Susana Cordova has long said the district could bring some students back to school in person before then if virus conditions improved.

The district began that process this week by reopening its four stand-alone early childhood education centers to 3- and 4-year olds. Preschool students who attend classes at Denver elementary schools are set to return to classrooms on Monday.

“We know that remote learning can be particularly challenging for elementary students,” Cordova wrote in a letter to elementary educators Friday. “We are ready to safely and gradually welcome back kindergarten and first grade students, based on ongoing feedback we’ve received from our teachers, leaders, families, and larger community.”

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