Preparing for a Safe Return to In-Person Learning

Posted January 8, 2021

Based on the current COVID information we have today we are proceeding with a return to school in January. If conditions change this plan is subject to change at any time.

January 7, 2021

Dear NCAS Community, 

Welcome to the new year of 2021. We are looking forward to the new semester and we are sending best wishes to our NCAS community. We wanted to provide a couple of updates for the new semester. First, we are extending the first semester until January 12, 2021, and will begin the second semester on January 13th. The extension provides students with an opportunity to catch up on work and bring grades up if needed. Second, we will transition to the hybrid in-person model beginning with orientation days on January 21st & 22nd for those students who have selected the in-person option, and maintain virtual learning for students who selected that option. Orientation days will be based on your student’s scheduled cohort. Students will receive this information in their 1st period SEAL class and it is available below as well.

If my student is returning, does my student need to attend Orientation days? YES. Below is the schedule.

In-Person Orientation


  • Cohort A: Thursday, January 21, 2021
  • Cohort B: Friday, January 22, 2021


  • Arrival 7:30 AM. & Dismissal 1:00 PM.

What does my students’ schedule look like on a weekly basis and what is the first date they need to return? 

We will begin Hybrid in-person learning the following week beginning on January 24, 2021 and will be using the following schedule: 

Hybrid In-Person Model: 

Monday & Tuesday: Cohort A

  • Monday & Tuesday: Cohort A
  • Wednesday: All remote classes
  • Thursday & Friday: Cohort B

How do I find out if my student is Cohort A or B? 

  1. Look at my students’ semester 2 schedule in the student/parent portal and find my students’ advisory/homeroom teacher. 
  2. Look at the chart below to see which advisory/homeroom group comes what day.

Reminders & Resources

In addition, we wanted to send some expectation reminders for In-person learning to ensure a safe and healthy return. 

  • All students and staff are required to wear a mask 
  • Social distancing is required 
  • Students will have temperature checks at arrival
  • Students should bring a water bottle
  • Students will need to bring their computer charged daily
  • If your student has any COVID symptoms we ask that you keep them home. 

In addition, we recommend students get tested before coming back to school and regular testing every other week for all students attending in-person, even if they do not have any symptoms, as we know that COVID can be spread by people with no symptoms. Free COVID testing through COVID Check Colorado continues to be available. 

Please use this link to register your DPS student: COVID Check Colorado

COVID Testing locations include: Montbello campus, Abraham Lincoln, North, All City Stadium and a new site at George Washington. Tests will be completed via nasal PCR test or SalivaDirect™, and results will be returned within 36-72 hours. Link to testing locations: COVID Testing Locations

We appreciate your continued support and look forward to a healthy and safe second semester. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.