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Douglas County health board, faced with lawsuit, is no longer allowing schools to opt out of mask mandates

The new Douglas County Board of Health on Friday amended its first public health order, which had allowed parents to opt their children out of COVID-19 masking mandates, so it would no longer apply to the Douglas County School District, which had sued over the order. The revised order is written so it still applies […]

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Douglas County’s conservative challengers likely to win school board race

Four candidates calling for a new direction on the Douglas County school board appeared to be victorious in the election that ended Tuesday, with three of their four opponents conceding defeat in interviews with Colorado Community Media. The hard-fought Douglas County School Board election — a star political attraction of 2021’s off-off-year election season in […]

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Federal judge temporarily blocks Douglas County mask-rule exemption

A federal judge Tuesday issued a ruling temporarily halting a public health order issued by Douglas County’s new board of health that allowed people to opt out of mask mandates and restricted quarantines. The ruling came after the Douglas County School District filed a lawsuit challenging the public health order. U.S. District Judge John Kane directed the […]

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Douglas County School District sues its new county health department over masks

The Douglas County School District and families of students at high risk of becoming seriously ill with COVID-19 are suing the county’s new health department in federal court, alleging a public health order allowing people to opt out of masking rules in the county violates the civil rights of students with disabilities. The lawsuit asks […]

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Douglas County commissioners vote to opt out of Tri-County student mask order

Following a nearly four-hour meeting that featured dozens of public speakers, Douglas County voted to opt out of the latest public health order from Tri-County Health Department requiring that students wear masks at schools as a COVID-19 safety measure. The move came two days after Douglas County School District leaders said they will require all students in preschool through […]

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“Surrounded by toxicity”: As Colorado schools reopen, pandemic-fueled politics overwhelm classrooms

The faces of parents riled up by mask mandates in schools feels all too familiar to Mark Sass. It reminds him of the fury outside of schools during desegregation. And at schools like Legacy High School in Broomfield, he says, all the rancor over the coronavirus is keeping teachers from what counts: figuring out how […]

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Many Colorado students are back in class, but the state’s expanded school COVID testing program won’t start for weeks

Colorado’s new school COVID-19 testing program isn’t yet up and running as hundreds of thousands of students — many of them unvaccinated — return to class amid a surge in cases and hospitalizations caused by the delta variant. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is running weeks behind schedule when it comes to […]

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Douglas County School District town hall on COVID-19 plans turns raucous

A back-to-school town hall meeting put on by the Douglas County School District Wednesday evening quickly turned raucous as district leaders attempted to outline the district’s plans for mitigating COVID-19 this school year. The crowd first erupted with boos when Superintendent Corey Wise displayed a slide saying the district is recommending universal masking when school begins next week. […]

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Backlash stalled Douglas County School District’s plans to conduct diversity and equity training, records show

Plans between Douglas County School District and a consulting firm hired to conduct diversity and equity training crumbled last school year after backlash toward the group’s work mounted, records show. Now the district is preparing to continue equity work in 2021-22, but district leadership said DCSD is not ready to release details. “We heard and […]