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WPS Students Head Back to Classroom

After a summer of safety planning and preparations, the majority of Westminster Public School students returned to the classroom on Thursday, August 20th while about 2,000 other students began online classes through the Westminster K-12 Virtual Academy.

In June, the Board of Education unanimously voted to open the district as “close to normal” as possible with enhanced safety measures designed to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Among them:

  • Students and staff who feel ill are required to STAY HOME.
  • In-person temperature checks and health questionnaires will be utilized.
  • All students and staff will be required to wear masks or other facial coverings.
  • No family members will be allowed past entry.
  • Students will be placed in smaller groups with teachers going to the student when possible and/or practicable.
  • Social distancing will be observed and practiced to the fullest level possible.  For instance, class size will vary depending on the situation and bell schedules will be staggered to minimize traffic in the hallway.
  • Regular hand washing will be required.
  • The number of shared items will be reduced.
  • Enhanced cleaning and decontamination.
  • Expanded communication at the district and school levels.  

Westminster Public Schools was one of the first districts to commit to five days a week in-person learning with an option for students to choose online learning.

At Tuesday night's Board of Education meeting,  Board President Ryan McCoy reminded everyone in the community to be vigilant in watching for symptoms and to take the necessary steps.

"We are all in this together," he said.

On Sunday, the Denver Post profiled the efforts of WPS to manage the “delicate dance” of bringing children back to the classroom while managing the COVID-19 pandemic. You can read the story here

On Friday, the district announced that a teacher at Josephine Hodgkins Leadership Academy had tested positive for the coronavirus forcing 109 level six and seven students to move to remote learning.

You can read the message to the community here.

What’s Up WPS cameras were out across the district as students returned to the classroom on Friday. See the video above and the photo gallery below.