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Opinion: Lessons from the pandemic — for teachers
Online instruction forced us to stretch ourselves. Now that we’re back in the classroom, we need to keep stretching
Many Colorado students are back in class, but the state’s expanded school COVID testing program won’t start for weeks
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is behind schedule to sign contracts for a weekly COVID-19 rapid testing program available to schools statewide
“Not waiting until summer”: Adams 14 leaders try to get ninth graders back on track after more than half fail two or more classes
Administrators blame a long period of online instruction because of coronavirus. Adams 12, Aurora also logged big increases in kids failing classes in pandemic conditions.
Colorado districts prepare for CMAS testing amid uncertainty about federal waiver
At least one Colorado district would have to reorganize cohorts into grade-level groups to take the federal assessment. Thousands of students opting for online learning in other districts would have to enter school buildings again.
Colorado’s rules on reading curriculum apply to Aurora, but that was news to district officials
One-third of Aurora’s district-run elementary and K-8 schools, enrolling more than 5,000 students, use unacceptable reading curriculum and are out of compliance with the law.
Some Colorado school districts are exploring new ways to reduce risk of COVID through air
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.
Some school staff are eligible for coronavirus vaccine in Colorado right now, but not teachers
Only about 1,600 employees of Denver Public Schools, the state’s largest school district, are now eligible for the coronavirus vaccine. The district employs 15,000 people.
Aurora Public Schools board approves closing two elementary schools as enrollment changes
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
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
In Aurora, a bigger conversation about police in schools
In an open letter to the community in June, Aurora Superintendent Rico Munn argued that the phrase “defund the police” should not be seen as radical or scary
Colorado’s older teachers face a crossroads: Risk coronavirus or retire?
Without statewide data on teacher retirees available, it’s hard to know whether Colorado is seeing more older teachers exit amid the pandemic.
Aurora working group presents draft plan to recruit and retain more teachers of color
This year, about 20% of Aurora's licensed staff members are employees of color — while 85% of the district's students are of color
Aurora delays in-person learning for high school students until November, following Denver Public Schools
With COVID-19 cases on the rise, high school students will continue remote learning through Nov. 13. Younger students may also have to return to classes at home
“They silenced us”: Colorado parents-turned-teachers want schools, lawmakers to give them a voice
Even as many parents have become their child’s lead educator during the coronavirus, they feel muted in conversations about schooling.
Aurora school board struggling with who will decide when it’s safe to start in-person learning, and how
Aurora board members said they worry that public health guidance is being influenced by political and economic pressures
Aurora students will learn virtually for their first quarter this fall
Board member Nichelle Ortiz said board members have heard from principals who feel they aren’t ready, as well as from a number of other school staff
Aurora will offer its 4,000 teachers two coronavirus tests a month come fall. Will other school districts follow?
A tool developed with help from Harvard and MIT epidemiologists aims to help Aurora Public Schools staff better access coronavirus tests and track symptoms and cases
Colorado drops school-day minimums, won’t make districts recoup time lost to coronavirus shutdown
Districts across the state are grappling with how to handle online instruction. Colorado Department of Education says keeping kids learning is more important than worrying about meeting traditional metrics, like hitting 160 days of instruction.
How Colorado lined up child care for 1,000 essential workers in one week
As frontline workers step up to care for coronavirus patients, child care providers are stepping up to care for their children.