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

As many Colorado school districts switched to remote learning around Thanksgiving because of surging community COVID spread, the 5,300-student Roaring Fork district stayed the course on in-person instruction. This week, although three of its four high schools closed for four days starting Tuesday because of COVID infections and associated quarantines, the rest of Roaring Fork’s […]

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Colorado school outbreaks nearly doubled in November as coronavirus cases surged

COVID outbreaks at Colorado K-12 schools nearly doubled in November, reflecting the challenge of keeping the virus at bay in classrooms when cases are surging in the community. Colorado also saw an increase in school-based outbreaks that affected 10 or more people, logging 17 such cases in November, including one with 48 positive cases at […]

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CU Boulder struggles to enroll low-income students. That has consequences for Coloradans’ social mobility.

Jason Gonzales, Chalkbeat Colorado Despite modest gains over the last decade, the University of Colorado Boulder still ranks near the bottom of the list of flagship public universities in enrollment of low-income students.   The percentage of Pell Grant recipients at the university moved from 12% in 2008 to 16% a decade later, ranking Boulder as […]

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Colorado finally got full-day kindergarten, but parents are wary in the COVID era

By Chandra Thomas Whitfield, Chalkbeat Colorado Mattye Crowley spent most of her summer agonizing over whether to enroll her 5-year-old son in kindergarten at their neighborhood school this fall. The west Denver single mother, who also has an 8-year-old son in the third grade, said she feared for her children’s safety as the number of […]

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Denver enacts stricter rules for universities as coronavirus outbreaks spread at campuses

By Jason Gonzales, Chalkbeat Colorado Denver public health officials enacted stricter rules for area colleges and their students on Thursday after a series of outbreaks at three of the city’s universities. The health department will require colleges to conduct daily health screenings, increase efforts to ensure mask compliance, limit campus visitors, and submit a compliance […]

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Denver survey shows Black and Hispanic families more likely to prefer virtual learning

In late June and early July, the Denver school district asked families to make a choice: Would they want their children to stay home this fall and learn online, or would they want to send their children in person to school buildings, with safety protocols to protect against the coronavirus? The district got answers for […]