Posted inColoradans, COVID, Education, News

Is remote learning here to stay? Many, but not all, Colorado schools will offer online classes this fall.

When Madi Smith starts her sophomore year at Cañon City High School in the fall, her school days will resemble many of those during her freshman year, with classes beginning with the power button of a Chromebook rather than the ding of a bell. Madi, 15, clocked many of her school hours during the pandemic-riddled […]

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

After evacuating in the smoky dusk on Wednesday, with the glow of nearby flames lighting their way, Scott Hicks and Courtney Lincoln were settling into a friend’s home when an email from a former student landed in both their inboxes. The message, spelled out in all capital letters, signaled a cry for help, with fire […]

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First coronavirus, then an inferno: How schools in the East Troublesome fire’s path are scrambling to keep their students learning

Most of East Grand School District’s 1,300 students have been back in school full time since the end of August, but now, with Colorado’s second-largest wildfire threatening Granby, their classes are in limbo as many teachers and students evacuate. Superintendent Frank Reeves, who was fleeing to Greeley with his wife on Thursday afternoon, anticipates that […]

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Colorado made kindergarten a priority. But when it comes to four-day school weeks, lawmakers don’t see a problem.

Back when he was a school teacher on the Eastern Plains, Frank Reeves was no fan of four-day school weeks. “I fought it and fought it,” Reeves said. But now that he’s the superintendent of the East Grand School District in Granby, Reeves said, “I just don’t see a difference” academically. There’s no question something […]