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2020-2021 "Return to Learn" Plan Now Available

Return to Learn

We are pleased to announce Thompson School District's "Return to Learn" plan, which provides detailed information on what students, families and staff members can expect to see and experience as they return for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year. This plan would not be possible without the partnership of families, staff members and our community, all of whom provided valuable feedback and guidance throughout the process. We are grateful for your support.

In particular, please note the following key aspects of the plan:

-For grades Preschool through 5th grade, families will have the option to select from a full in-person or a full online instructional model for students. If the online model is selected, students in grades Pre-K-8 will remain in that option for at least one semester.  Due to the high school in-person schedule, students in grades 9-12 will remain in online learning for the full year to ensure attainment of credits toward graduation requirements. Please note: Due to new guidance from the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment, Thompson School District will no longer be providing a 100% in-person option for students in grades 6-12.  Instead, students in those grades who choose an in-person model for the school year will be enrolled in a hybrid model that establishes two groups of students and mixes in-person instruction with virtual education.  Students in preschool and in grades K-5 will not be impacted by this adjustment and a full in-person return or online model will continue to be available for them.  This decision is based on data and guidance from county health officials that indicates that children under the age of 10 do not transmit the COVID-19 virus in the same manner as older individuals. District staff will revise the "Return to Learn" booklet once plans are finalized.

-The health and safety of our students and staff is a driving factor in all of the plans that have been developed.  Several systems will be in place at district campuses to help ensure safety for all, including one-way halls to manage building traffic, classroom furniture arrangements to help ensure proper physical distancing, and daily disinfection of high-use areas throughout the buildings.

-Masks or face coverings will be required for all staff and students while on campuses.

-Due to safety precautions, the use of playground equipment will not be accessible at the beginning of the school year.

-Contact tracing is a required element of the “Return to Learn” plan.  Larimer County health officials have provided reasons why it is an essential part of preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the community.  To learn more, please visit

-Breakfast and lunch meals will be available for in-person and online students. Although cafeterias will be closed, items will be available to eat outside or in the classrooms.

-Due to health guidelines, TSD will not be able to accommodate transportation for all eligible students for the 2020-2021 school year. Please note in particular that services will not be available for high school students.


Details for the opening of the school year continue to evolve and as a result, this document will be revised as necessary. The latest version of the "Return to Learn" plan will always be available at the Thompson School District website.

To view the plan, please CLICK HERE.