DENVER (CBS4)– Denver Public Schools has announced some of their plans for a safe return to school this fall. It includes temperature screenings for adults and students along with symptom checks.
Face masks will be required as well as frequent hand washing and sanitizing. Buildings and buses will also be disinfected on a routine basis.
Classroom sizes will vary from 10 to 16 people in one place and will require six foot distancing from each other.
Movement will be minimized within buildings, so students will learn within one classroom and also eat lunch in that room.
Those extra steps will cost extra money at a time when schools are facing budget cuts across the board.
“The CARES Act from the federal government is going to help with some of the one-time expenses. So, we’re really hopeful that we can use that to offset some of the things like disinfectant, like PPE, making sure we’ve got masks for students and staff members,” said DPS Superintendent Susana Cordova.
She said shortfalls in funding still pose a problem and will need to be addressed.
DPS developed these plans after talking to the Denver Department of Health and getting feedback from students, families, teachers and school leadership.