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Coronavirus: Thompson School District cancels in-person classes for rest of school year

Sady Swanson
Fort Collins Coloradoan
Published 4:51 PM EDT Apr 2, 2020

Thompson School District announced all in-person instruction is canceled through the rest of the school year.

In an email to families Thursday, Superintendent Marc Shaffer said the decision came after guidance from the Larimer County health department indicated the virus will likely peak in Northern Colorado in late April. 

“Larimer County is recommending school districts consider closing for in-person learning through the end of the year,” Larimer County Public Health Director Tom Gonzales is quoted saying in the district-wide email. “All of us want our students to go back to school, including me, but we have to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and that means keeping students out of schools.”

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Schaffer also said they are working on plans for graduation ceremonies, including holding delayed ceremonies or holding a ceremony virtually. 

Thompson School District has already been doing online instruction at all schools, and Shaffer said in the email families can expect additional information from their schools.

“During these unique and complex times, we recognize that we will need to adjust our traditional way of educating and meeting the needs of our students,” Schaffer wrote. “This will mean that teaching and learning will look different.”

The district’s decision comes a day after Gov. Jared Polis ordered all K-12 instruction be remote or virtual through at least April 30. He had previously ordered the cancellation of in-person classes through April 17, but extended it after the federal government extended their social distancing guidelines through the end of the month.

Poudre School District sent an email to families Wednesday saying they will continue their online or remote instruction plans through the end of April, following Polis’s order. 

PSD did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday afternoon regarding their plans for continued remote instruction.

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