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Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Return to Learn

Derby Public Schools is providing updates and a variety of resources for our families and staff during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We will continue to communicate with families and staff via Skylert, our mass notification tool, and post on www.derbyschools.com. Read previous updates HERE.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2020 • Message to Families

Good morning Derby Public Schools families,

Tonight was another lengthy Board of Education meeting and we appreciate all those who tuned into to learn more details regarding the upcoming school year. Tonight we had well over 600 viewers eager to learn more. A number of items were discussed and approved at the July 27 Board of Education Meeting. Items to note:

School Year Calendar (click HERE to view; the start date is now September 8). Please know this change is to give staff additional time to collaborate on new learning models and plan for the scenarios they may face during the year due to COVID-19. It will also allow for training on health and safety protocols to be implemented in district facilities. The board made a motion to ensure that classified staff would not lose any pay. Thank you to our district calendar committee for working quickly on calendar options for this school year.
Return to Learn Plan (click HERE to view). This plan was approved in its entirety during the meeting.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Flyer (click HERE to view). This flyer provides an overview of PPE plans for the district.
Safety/Logistics Plan (click HERE to view). This flyer provides an overview of different levels of precaution Derby Public Schools will utilize throughout the year when applicable, based on mandates or other health guidance. These best practices are based on currently available mandates, guidelines, and recommendations from state and local government and public health officials and are subject to change.

If any information shared impacts an enrollment decision you have made regarding in-person or remote (online only) instruction, you have 48 hours from the time of this email to complete an enrollment learning model change request form. If you wish to change the learning model you selected during enrollment, this can be accessed HERE and must be done by 9AM on July 30, 2020.

Please know we are committed to answering questions. We have started a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) at www.derbyschools.com/returntolearn. This resource will continue to be updated as we receive more common questions and more information. To use the FAQ, simply click on a question and the answer will expand below it. Questions about Return to Learn can be submitted to information@usd260.com and we will provide answers or connect you with the appropriate building principal to further assist. We value your patience, interest and commitment as we continue to outline a plan to support every student, every day, preparing for the future.


Students will receive in-person instruction daily according to the school year calendar. If traditional instruction is not able to occur, we will convert to hybrid or remote schedules. Find more information about the In-Person learning model HERE.


Remote (online only) instruction will be offered by Derby Public Schools instructors to families who elect to learn from home. This instruction will also be offered to all students at times when school is not able to be in session due to COVID-19. Coursework will consist of graded lessons and assignments delivered in an electronic format. Learn more HERE.

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