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Drool for school: Colorado schools add saliva testing to slow spread of coronavirus in the classroom

Regular testing of elementary school kids aims to ID asymptomatic cases and keep disease from shutting down in-person learning this spring

Jeffco Public Schools will bring middle and high school students back to classrooms in late January

Around the state, districts that have been remote since November are bringing students back in phases

Colorado had a record graduation rate in 2020 despite coronavirus. But the pandemic may hamper future classes.

The state reached a record 81.9% graduation rate while its dropout rate fell. But with a chaotic end to the school year, critics question if the improvements are valid.

“You literally just did history”: Colorado’s teacher of the year wants students to understand the power of bearing witness

Gerald Muñoz’s AP World History class doesn’t call for discussing coups until Unit 9. They skipped ahead after a mob stormed the U.S. Capitol Wednesday in an effort to stop the certification of the presidential election.

Colorado’s coronavirus vaccine rollout is confusing and frustrating — but also working, state leaders say

Regional disparities have emerged, as counties, schools and hospitals all chart their own paths

Colorado to make up to 1 million rapid coronavirus tests available to schools

The BINAXNow tests from Abbott Laboratories can be used at home or at school and provide results within 15 minutes

Students disappeared from classes when they lost internet. A rural Colorado school district’s creativity got them back online.

Alamosa School District saw no end to the growing digital divide, as parents lost jobs. Then the community came together for a temporary solution.

Opinion: Former Agriculture Commissioner Peter Decker fought for equity for rural Colorado

Peter Decker, who ranched in Ridgway, understood education was essential to the vitality of farm and ranch communities, has died at age 86.

He survived the Columbine massacre. Now Frank DeAngelis is applying the coping lessons he learned to coronavirus.

DeAngelis was the principal of Columbine High School during the 1999 mass shooting there. It prepared him for the trauma of COVID-19.

Thousands of families redshirted their preschoolers and kindergarteners. Will they swell Colorado schools next fall?

Districts could face larger classes of young learners come 2021, which may result in bigger class sizes or hiring challenges amid strapped budgets.

Colorado’s vaccine schedule won’t salvage a school year upended by coronavirus

By the time teachers are vaccinated, schools will be headed to summer break. Districts are calling for teachers to move to the top of Phase 2 inoculations.

7 Colorado education stories to watch in 2021

The pandemic’s effects will continue to be felt through much of 2021. Will school districts reopen and stay open? How will we address learning loss?

Eight months into coronavirus, an immigrant community in Colorado finds hardship and hope

The coronavirus has killed people in immigrant communities and communities of color at much higher rates than the general public, and left many out of work

A new Denver high school modeled after historically Black colleges opens next fall

Test scores and graduation rates show Denver Public Schools has not served students of color as well as it has the 25% of students who are white. Robert F. Smith STEAM Academy aims to repair that.

Colorado lawmakers promise enrollment drop won’t hurt school funding

Colorado school districts reported a 3.3% overall enrollment decline this year, as well as decreases in the number of students eligible for subsidized lunches, a measure of poverty. Both numbers influence school funding.

When even books are “quarantined,” reading progress in Colorado’s early grades is challenging

Colorado districts battle coronavirus hurdles in the critical effort to have kids reading up to par by the end of third grade. Some also counsel patience.

Yes, in-person learning is still possible with “red” COVID numbers. Here’s how it looks in one Colorado district

One bright spot this year? Discipline referrals are down 90% because kids who are in the classroom really want to be there, one principal says.

Roadmap to return Colorado students to school calls for more testing, contact tracing

Administrators think they can keep students, teachers and staff safe. The question, they say, is whether people outside of schools can control coronavirus' spread.

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

Colorado’s public school enrollment has dropped by 30,000 students. That could spell financial disaster for districts.

Public schools reported a decrease in the number of students for the first time in 30 years, many of them in early grades.

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