DENVER (CBS4) – Denver Public Schools announced on Tuesday that the return to in-person learning is postponed for middle and high school students. The district says elementary schools will open as planned to all grades next week.

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Students in 6th-12th grade were set to return to a mix of in-person and online learning on Oct. 21. Instead, they will now continue with remote learning for at least three weeks into the second quarter, through Nov. 6.

Secondary special-education center programs, newcomer centers, and remote learning centers will open for in-person at the start of the second quarter.

On Monday, DPS Superintendent Susana Cordova spoke with Denver Mayor Michael Hancock about the growing number of COVID-19 cases and its impact on education.

“I share the concerns, the anxieties, and the frustrations that I hear from our community and our educators,” stated Superintendent Cordova in a letter to parents. “As has been the case since March, conditions and guidance change so frequently. Comfort and anxiety rise and fall so much; there’s very little certainty and stability in our day-to-day lives. What I do know for certain is that all of Team DPS just really wants to teach and care for our kids, in our school buildings.”

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DPS said they were notified by Mayor Hancock’s office on Tuesday that new public health orders are expected soon to combat the spread of COVID-19. CBS4 has reached out to the mayor’s office for more information about the planned health orders.

“When these types of measures were implemented in the summer, we saw a dramatic reduction in COVID cases,” stated Cordova.

The district is communicating daily with their partners at Denver Health who say elementary-aged students are at a significantly lower risk of contracting COVID-19. DPS officials added that remote learning presents special challenges for elementary students and their families.

DPS plans to reevaluate the situation at the end of October.