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Colorado parents are trying to get around school mask mandates with dubious doctor’s notes

Colorado parents are seeking an end-run around mask requirements at their children’s schools: doctor’s notes exempting them for dubious medical reasons.  And in mask-averse Douglas County, where elected leaders already opted to create their own health department to sidestep unpopular COVID-19 public health orders, some parents aren’t taking “no” for an answer. Hundreds of parents […]

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A rural Colorado school district is spending $3 million to connect kids’ homes to the internet. Will it be enough?

SAN LUIS — Tucked in a canyon deep in Colorado’s Sangre de Cristo mountains, Kimba Rael’s home doesn’t always get cell service or a stable connection to the internet. “It’s a ‘dead zone,’” said Rael, principal of Centennial School District R-1 in San Luis near Colorado’s southern border. One of the few live spots where […]

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Coronavirus has spoiled Colorado schools’ decade of planning to improve nutrition, get kids exercising

In Colorado Springs, gym teachers are shooting videos of their own kids making jump ropes out of plastic grocery bags.  All across the state, kids are growing weary of pancakes on a stick and calorie-packed Uncrustables PB&Js.  In Denver, high schoolers are wondering how to get their PE graduation requirements in a pandemic year when […]

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Colorado students may shuffle school districts during coronavirus, leaving a financial mess in their wake

When Centennial School District R-1 resumes classes on Wednesday, the student population will have plummeted from where it was a year ago. The number of children enrolled in the San Luis Valley district was 122 as of Monday, down from 191 at the start of the last academic year.  The 36% decrease is preliminary, Superintendent […]

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How do you study online without a computer or internet access? It’s a reality for many Colorado kids.

Once Centennial School District R-1 attaches an antenna to its K-12 school building, students in the tiny San Luis Valley district will have a new place to access the internet for their classes: the parking lot. At a minimum, Superintendent Toby Melster said, students will be able to come to the school, sit in the […]