Bringing Students in Grades K-5 Back to School

January 06, 2021

The Governor announced a return-to-school plan for elementary students on December 16, 2020. Centennial has followed the Governor’s guidance for schools since the impact of the pandemic in March. We have reviewed the State’s guidelines to develop the plan to bring students in grades kindergarten through 5th grade back.

Centennial administrators presented the District’s plan to open schools for in-person learning for students in kindergarten through 5th grade to the School Board this week. The Governor’s plan includes the return to schools for in-person learning must be conducted in a gradual roll-out.

Centennial will follow Governor Walz’s recommendation to have elementary students return in phases to full-time, in-person learning beginning January 26, 2021, the first day of the new semester.

  • Students in grades kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd will return to in-person learning beginning Tuesday, January 26, 2021.
  • Students in grades 3rd, 4th, and 5th will return to in-person learning beginning Monday, February 8, 2021. We are unable to bring back students in grades 3-5 any sooner due the mandate in the Governor’s Plan which requires a two-week wait period before our students in grades 3rd, 4th, and 5th can return. This is a mandate we must follow.
  • Changes for elementary students do not affect students in grades 6-12 who will remain in distance learning. The State has not changed the requirements for the 6-12 learning model. We are required to follow the same protocol and parameters already in place. We will continue to work with the Regional Support Team to determine when to bring students in grades 6-12 back.

Frequently asked questions and information are posted at the link below.

Families may choose to keep their student enrolled in distance learning. Sign up here by Monday, January 11 at 9:00pm.