AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – Aurora Public Schools will start the school year with at least 8 weeks of remote learning. On Friday, the APS Board of Education provided guidance to begin the school year remotely given the recent increase of COVID-19 cases in Adams and Arapahoe counties.

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The district will provide online learning for the first quarter of the school year, through at least Oct. 8. Grades 1-12 will start school on Aug. 18 and preschool and kindergarten will start on Aug. 24.

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APS will not be releasing second quarter plans until they see a drop in COVID-19 cases.

The district also made changes to the school calendar. Students will not have a fall break in Oct. Instead, students will have off a full week for Thanksgiving.

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APS released the following statement to CBS4:

“We will continue our planning for rigorous remote learning for APS students in the fall and continue to plan for a transition to in-person learning when there is no longer a concerning increase in COVID-19 cases. The health and safety of our students, staff and community is our top priority. We remain grounded in science and public health guidance.”

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You can watch Friday’s school board meeting here. APS plans to update their back to school plan on their website.