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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

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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.

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

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.

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.

About a third of Jeffco students qualify for subsidized meals. There are fears many can’t access them during coronavirus.

The district of more than 79,000 students is taking steps to improve access, including creating a pilot program to bus meals to high poverty neighborhoods.

Rural Colorado communities vow to keep their schools open, even as coronavirus cases rise

Without evidence of the virus spreading in their schools, some districts will continue in-person learning. Their leaders worry what will happen to kids if they don’t.

Most of Colorado’s largest districts are now only offering remote instruction

A Chalkbeat analysis of the 30 largest districts in the state shows 22 are now fully remote.

Changing priorities shaped Susana Cordova’s relationship with the Denver school board

The relationship between Cordova and the board is more nuanced than the open hostility implied by her supporters.

Tens of thousands of Colorado kids still lack internet access. State stimulus dollars will only offer a short-term fix.

Lawmakers are devoting $20 million to help improve internet connectivity for students. Education leaders are grateful, but say the money won’t solve the root of the issue: inadequate infrastructure.

With plywood, glue and a lot of love, an Arvada couple is giving Colorado kids a place to study — one desk at a time

What began as a one-man hobby to help kids studying at home during the pandemic has turned into a volunteer operation to build 150 desks and counting.

Pueblo teachers are battling a district requirement that they go to school, even though students are at home

One elementary school has had a dozen coronavirus cases this fall, forcing remote learning. Teachers say they don't feel safe.

As coronavirus drives more Colorado school districts to stop in-person learning, some neighboring charter schools buck that trend

Two Roads Charter School’s Arvada and Littleton campuses are continuing in-person instruction. Sending students home would harm them, leaders say. “COVID would be the least of their concerns.”

Facing “seismic shift” this year, Colorado educators pioneer through permanent changes to schooling

Colorado schools are trying to embrace technology’s leading role during the pandemic while also trying to create a level playing field

Boulder Valley School District will end its school resource officer program. But that doesn’t mean cutting ties with police altogether.

The school board voted Tuesday night to develop a new plan for the district’s relationship with police by May and to fully end the SRO program by January 2022

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.

Colorado teachers are working twice — sometimes three times — as hard when their students learn both in person and online

A hybrid approach to school gives students the chance to see teachers and peers in person. But is it also burning out educators?

Coronavirus prepared schools for a second crisis — the East Troublesome fire. But students now have double the trauma.

Schools in Granby and Fraser recognize that students will likely need much more support

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