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Colorado schools close because of staffing shortages

Some Denver area schools are switching to remote learning or canceling classes this week because of staffing shortages. Schools in the Adams 14, Boulder Valley, and Adams 12 Five Star districts will be closed Thursday for Veterans Day and will remain closed Friday because they cannot find enough substitute teachers and other staff, The Denver Post reported.

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Schools, pediatricians look to make up lost ground on …

(Just Now) Schools, pediatricians look to make up lost ground on non-COVID vaccinations. Only 41% of Black children who were 18 months old were up to date on vaccinations in fall of 2020, compared with 57% of all children of that age.

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Opinion: The air inside Colorado schools needs to be

(4 days ago) The latest episode on asthma-friendly schools is now available as an on-demand webinar. Likewise, we are partnering with the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Education on an Efficient and Healthy Schools campaign to engage K-12 schools, especially those serving low-income student populations, on ways to reduce energy costs

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Aurora shootings: Students and school staff grapple with …

(6 days ago) Melanie Asmar, Chalkbeat. 6:02 AM MST on Nov 27, 2021. Three students were shot in the parking lot of Hinkley High School, 1250 Chambers Road, Aurora, CO on Friday November 19, 2021. This image depicts students, a parent, and school staff outside the north entrance after the lockdown was lifted. (Jeremy Sparig, Special to The Colorado Sun)

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Nearly all Denver Public School's teachers, staff have

(7 days ago) Nearly all Denver Public Schools employees are now vaccinated following a mandate from the city. Superintendent Alex Marrero said Thursday that 99.1% of the district’s more than 13,700 employees had complied with the city health order to get the COVID-19 shots or an exemption. But 108 employees are set to lose their jobs on Jan. 2 if they don’t get vaccinated or obtain an exemption …

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Colorado's school COVID testing program isn't working as

(6 days ago) Schools that enroll are responsible for distributing parental permission forms, determining what days of the week they will be testing and establishing protocols for responding to positive tests. Because students are minors, they need their parents’ permission to enroll. “We realize it takes some work for the schools,” Polis said.

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Local school boards -- from Colorado to Ohio -- emerge …

(2 days ago) While there is little evidence it is taught in schools, the concept has become a flashpoint in the culture wars since the killing of George Floyd prompted a national reckoning on race. Julie Feasel, who had been on that Olentangy school board since 2006, opted to retire this year because all the ugliness made the job exhausting.

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3 people shot in Hinkley High School's parking lot in Aurora

(4 days ago) The two schools are only a few miles apart. TODAY’S UNDERWRITER. The victims in Monday’s shooting, boys and girls ranging in age from 14 to 18, were all expected to survive but Wilson said Tuesday that two of them had “significant” injuries and faced long recoveries.

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Colorado boarding school, where government sought to

(6 days ago) Such schools across the country sought to assimilate Native American students and erase their culture. (Courtesy of Colorado Preservation Inc.) “Now we know these government-sanctioned schools created physical, emotional and mental abuse, and due to these a lot of students never returned home, they were buried on campus,” he said.

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3 teens arrested in shooting at Aurora high school

(2 days ago) The two schools are 3 miles (4.8 kilometers) apart. Edgar James, front center, battles with tears as he hugs his daughter, Mia, front right, and his wife, Olga Aguirre, front left, as they are reunited outside Hinkley High School in Aurora, Colo., on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021. Three people were shot Friday in the parking lot of the school, police said.

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Two districts account for nearly 90% of Colorado’s COVID

(5 days ago) Combined with Mapleton Public Schools in Adams County, the two made up 88% of the program’s September tests. And as of last week, nearly two months into the program, only about 6,000 students are getting swabbed weekly, still less than 1% of the state’s K-12 population, but the highest number of tests the state has performed so far.

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Colorado school board contests, fueled by COVID turmoil

(Just Now) Aurora’s contests drew at least $148,000 in outside spending from both union and charter school backers. Baca-Oehlert, of the state teachers union, is encouraged by the success among board candidates endorsed by unions, who she said broadly support the state’s public schools.

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Lawmakers can allow school districts to raise property

(5 days ago) “Fully funded schools are essential, and the value of education cannot be overstated,” he wrote. “The plain language of our state constitution, nevertheless, requires that the state or any local government entity obtain advance voter approval for ‘any new tax, tax rate increase, [or] mill levy above that for the prior year.'”

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Thousands of kids in Colorado’s largest school districts

(6 days ago) Schools tried every way they could to contact families of students who weren’t involved in remote learning, with counselors, social workers, deans and cultural liaisons stepping in to help. This fall, attendance for those students taking part in online schooling — about 10,500 — will be taken every day.

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Colorado’s vaccine schedule won’t salvage a school year

(7 days ago) Because schools and teachers don’t know when their turn for the vaccine will come, it’s hard to plan out far in advance, Sass said. He hopes that students can resume in-person instruction by spring break, but schools and educators need clear plans and a …

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Colorado school outbreaks nearly doubled in November as

(7 days ago) Colorado school outbreaks nearly doubled in November as coronavirus cases surged. A Chalkbeat analysis found that K-12 schools account for 14% of outbreaks but only 5% of cases from outbreaks. Colleges and universities represent only 2% of outbreaks but 16% of cases. Harrison School District 2 students, left to right, Kyla Randle, Parker Layman

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Only two school districts have ordered the opioid overdose

(Just Now) As the number of fentanyl overdoses began to climb, Colorado policymakers created a program to put the life-saving opioid antidote naloxone inside police departments, universities, workplaces and schools. But two years later, when annual deaths from fentanyl have surpassed 500 and fake painkillers

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Colorado students sue to block law making schools shed

(5 days ago) Yuma schools use an Indian mascot, and Lamar’s mascot is Savages, and both districts are reluctant to change mascots. Lamar alumni have sold yard signs and banners to raise money for NAGA’s lawsuit, although the district’s Board of Education declined in July to financially back legal efforts to overturn the state law.

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Aurora students will have to stay on campus during lunch

(8 days ago) All high schools in Aurora will have closed campuses beginning Monday and continuing at least through winter break, an Aurora Public Schools spokesperson told KCNC-TV in Denver. The announcement was made Saturday at a vigil held at Nome Park, where six students from Aurora Central High School were shot and injured on Nov. 15.Two arrests have been made.

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Colorado is still struggling to attract kids to its school

(2 days ago) A federally funded statewide program to test students, faculty and staff across Colorado for COVID-19 is still struggling to expand, with less than 1% of public school students being tested weekly. Meanwhile, COVID-19 continues to spread in schools. As of last week, there were 199 active coronavirus outbreaks in K-12 schools linked to 3,453

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New Colorado coronavirus guidelines could mean fewer

(1 days ago) If schools are taking certain precautions, such as following seating charts, screening for symptoms, and requiring masks, they can practice targeted quarantining. Under targeted quarantine, only people who were within 6 feet of a sick person for 15 minutes or more while wearing masks, or within 12 feet unmasked, must quarantine at home.

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aurora public schools — News

(Just Now) Schools are adding filters to catch smaller particles of the coronavirus, and retrofitting heating and air conditioning systems. And some are trying newer methods to treat indoor air — although experts caution against unproven technologies.

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School districts across the state -- including Denver

(8 days ago) Denver schools will be open on Friday as a transition day to the extended break while the district will hold “drop-in days” on Monday and Tuesday at schools so that students can retrieve their backpacks, school supplies, medication and other belongings. “I know that this can be a time of anxiety and uncertainty,” Cordova said.

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Opinion: Students should see themselves in Denver’s school

(2 days ago) We are proud graduates of Denver’s Kennedy and East high schools. Our families have attended Denver Public Schools as well and we have younger kin still in the system. Our time as students in DPS was valuable, in both positive and negative ways. We thought we’d received a great education, until we went to college.

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Opinion: We need to reopen schools. Our kids face greater

(4 days ago) Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has said that “keeping schools closed poses a greater health threat to our children than reopening.”. The American Academy of Pediatrics — yes, the doctors who specialize in health for children — have also indicated they believe we need to open schools for our

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Why reopening middle and high schools now seems more

(6 days ago) Larger schools could operate on a hybrid schedule, with half of the students attending in person two days per week and the other half attending another two days. At larger high schools, in-person classes would be capped at 17 students. Teachers could teach up to eight classes, potentially exposing them to 136 students each.

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For Colorado students, becoming “anti-racist” starts with

(5 days ago) The Poudre Schools superintendent, through a spokeswoman, declined an interview request from The Colorado Sun and the district said no one was available to talk about the district’s role in monitoring or taking action against students because of their social media accounts.

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Conflict between Salida HS principal and cops may have big

(2 days ago) A situation in Salida may have national implications. The response to a student’s suicidal threat in September has opened a rift between police and Salida Public Schools, highlighting broader questions about the role of law enforcement in K-12 education. Salida High School in October 2021.

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School board candidates backed by teachers union lead in

(5 days ago) To read more about the DPS board race go to co.chalkbeat.org. Aurora charter educator Anne Keke leads along with union candidates. Union-backed candidates appear likely to hold the majority on the Aurora school board, but a charter educator with support from education reform interests was the top vote-getter in Tuesday’s returns.

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At least six Colorado school districts have reported

(7 days ago) One of the larger outbreaks affected employees at a bus terminal for Jeffco Public Schools. The coronavirus sickened 12 employees, according to state records, although local public health officials put the number at seven. Jeffco is the state’s second-largest school district and continues to offer in-person learning even as many neighboring

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Colorado teacher salaries rank well below the national

(5 days ago) Center Schools girls’ basketball coach and history teacher Jan Vigil passionately gives a pep talk to the team inside the weight room before they go out on the gym floor to practice. (John McEvoy, Special to The Colorado Sun) It could also create broader economic hurdles for Colorado, which competes against other states for people to add to

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Colorado governor pleads with parents to sign their kids

(5 days ago) MORE: “At a breaking point”: Colorado schools plead for help as stress of pandemic teaching piles up “That’s an incredibly life-changing impact for our youngest kids,” Munn said. It’s part of a broader trend across the state and country, Munn said, with “a sharp decline in enrollment.”

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Opinion: Public schools aren't failing. They're what makes

(8 days ago) Schools convene, shelter and support communities in crisis. They are a key source of community pride and social engagement. Today, an estimated 50.7 million children, approximately 90% of America’s K-12 students, are enrolled in public schools across our nation.

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Some Colorado parents see school as "Russian Roulette

(1 days ago) Schools were bigger virus hubs than correctional facilities. Susan Hassig, an infectious disease epidemiologist at Tulane University in New Orleans, views the report on Mesa County as a warning shot of what’s to come, showing high spread of the variant among schoolchildren.

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Colorado school board election spending skyrockets in 2021

(6 days ago) 2021 outside spenders in Colorado school board contests. Ten groups spent nearly $1.5 million supporting or opposing candidates in 10 different school district contests based on reports filed through noon Tuesday. Most of the independent spending — nearly $818,000 — is in the four Denver Public Schools contests.

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Teachers living in campers: How rural Colorado districts

(7 days ago) Colorado schools must fill about 5,000 vacancies annually, the Colorado Department of Education estimates. Despite that need, the number of students graduating from education preparation programs at Colorado’s colleges and universities plunged …

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What’s at stake in the Denver school board election two

(1 days ago) That distinction may indeed be getting blurrier. Reform-backed candidates in the Nov. 2 election aren’t talking about closing struggling schools, while union-backed candidates have toned down their criticisms of charter schools. Some send their own children to them. Read more at chalkbeat.org.

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As Colorado schools start plotting fall classes they have

(7 days ago) As Colorado schools start plotting fall classes they have more questions than answers. Schools will look drastically different to Colorado teachers and their students. The state has offered guidance on how to carry out the changes and keep everyone safe. Shelby Gallegos cleans a classroom at Bruce Randolph School on Thursday, March 19, 2020.

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Littwin: As schools prepare to reopen, anyone who isn’t

(Just Now) Littwin: As schools prepare to reopen, anyone who isn’t nervous isn’t paying attention. In Denver, five-day, in-school plans were first being made when it looked as if the coronavirus were in hand. Now Gov. Polis is telling us cases are resurgent in Colorado, which is why systems have also built in alternatives. Share on twitter.

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Fraught Douglas County School Board meeting follows

(7 days ago) The meeting came hours after a federal judge temporarily blocked an order from Douglas County’s new board of health that allowed people to opt out of the school district’s rule that everyone wear masks in its schools as a pandemic-safety measure. U.S. District Judge John Kane had granted a temporary restraining order requested by the

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Colorado releases coronavirus reopening guidance for

(3 days ago) The state’s guidance for schools under the protect-our-neighbors phase gives schools more leeway on class sizes. The new guidance comes just days after Denver Public Schools, Colorado’s largest district, announced it would start the academic year with remote learning, veering from its previous plan of returning to in-person classes.

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Gov. Jared Polis expects many Colorado schools open this

(3 days ago) The Democratic governor says schools also may close periodically when “there’s an inevitable outbreak.” President Donald Trump has urged K-12 schools to reopen, but Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, told Congress last week it may be reckless to rush kids back before doctors have a better sense of the dangers.

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Mill levy equalization: Three words that could

(7 days ago) Custer County Schools Superintendent and Assistant Principal Mike McFalls at the school’s entrance Feb. 13, 2020. (Mike Sweeney, Special to The Colorado Sun) A uniform mill levy would likely be embraced by residents supporting Cañon City Schools, where the mill levy rate is already at 27.

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Opinion: Despite COVID-19 challenges, educators are doing

(9 days ago) Opinion: Despite COVID-19 challenges, educators are doing their best to serve students. We will continue to work with our school districts to prioritize the health and safety of students and educators while creating the best learning and teaching conditions. Parents and students pick up backpacks filled with school supplies at the central

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Jeffco Public Schools' security chief was already losing

(4 days ago) Jeffco Public Schools’ security chief was already losing sleep over the Columbine anniversary. And then this week happened. John McDonald often spends the night at the school in the days before the painful anniversary, but got little sleep when a …

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Colorado school districts start announcing plans to return

(2 days ago) Colorado school districts start announcing plans to return to in-person in January. Adams 14, Aurora and Cherry Creek are building in some remote learning days to the spring semester as they respond to the state's push to get kids back in the classroom. Gov. Jared Polis visits a …

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