Two Learning Options for Return to School

Two Learning Options for Return to School

This pandemic-based global experiment in remote learning affirmed much of what we know about education already: it occurs best in person, where relationships are built, needs are identified and met, social and emotional skills are developed, and academic achievement and growth are fostered. 

We also understand that due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated health concerns, some families may wish to pursue a fully online schooling option. For these reasons, we have two learning options. 

School-Based Blended Learning: This option combines intentionally coordinated online and offline experiences for all students PK-12. Blended Learning empowers students to be actively engaged in learning through collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity. More details about our Blended Learning model are included in the Academic Achievement and Growth section in this Handbook below. 

By attending School-Based Blended Learning, students, families, and staff agree to follow GWSD COVID-19 Protocols.

Pathways 100% Online Learning: This program is free for students in grades K-12 and creates the opportunity for students to complete coursework independently from home or any location that has an adequate internet connection. Students are supported through this process by district teachers and staff. Enrollment commitment is for one semester at a time. If you are interested in this option, contact your child’s school or Pathways Director Chad Terry at

 The chart below provides more detailed information about the two learning options.

GWSD: Two Learning Options


School-Based Blended Learning

100% Online Learning

Learning Locations

Depending on Public Health Orders:

  • 100% Brick & Mortar

  • Hybrid

  • 100% Remote

All online


Classroom Teachers

Case Managers who are licensed teachers


Scheduled in regular classes with peers

Independent learning online 


GWSD curriculum based on Colorado Academic Standards

K-5: Colorado Digital Learning Solutions
6-12: Apex Learning


Socially constructed learning blending face-to-face and digital interactions

Independent learning using primarily digital interactions

Teacher Time

  • 100% Brick & Mortar = 5 full days with Classroom Teachers

  • Hybrid = 2 full days with Classroom Teachers, 3 days guided by Classroom Teachers 

  • 100% Remote = 5 days remote instruction with Classroom Teachers

  • 1 to 5 sessions per week (length of sessions TBD) with Case Managers for organizational and tutoring support

  • Meet at Pathways, CBCS Library, or by Google Meet

1:1 Devices

Preschoolers: iPad

K-12: Chromebook or laptop

K-12: Chromebook or laptop




Recommended for

All students

Students in families with COVID-19 related health concerns

Students unwilling to follow GWSD COVID-19 Protocols 


School Principal or Counselor 

See Contact Information

Pathways Director Chad Terry

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