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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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Jeffco Public Schools will bring middle and high school students back to classrooms in late January

Around the state, districts that have been remote since November are bringing students back in phases

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

On Edge: In the wake of furloughs, closings, suicides, a Breckenridge businessman searches for balance

You don’t return to normal, or what passes for it, when kids in your town kill themselves, Dick Carleton says.

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.

7 Colorado education stories to watch in 2021

The pandemic’s effects will continue to be felt through much of 2021. Will school districts reopen and stay open? How will we address learning loss?

Opinion: To avoid lasting harm to our kids, let’s reopen classrooms and offer more educational choice

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.

Nicolais: A life’s lesson for us all from a treasured mentor — get to it

As 2020 ends, a recently passed mentor had one more lesson

Why reopening middle and high schools now seems more doable in Denver

Health advisers say COVID-prevention basics "work very well,“ as DPS board gets data showing students are showing up to their virtual classes but fewer are completing their assignments.

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.

To test or not to test? Colorado educators and advocates divided on CMAS in a pandemic

Federal and state law require standardized tests — in Colorado, that’s CMAS for students in third through eighth grade

“Stretched thin”: Colorado superintendent survey highlights concerns with teacher burnout, learning loss

The findings highlight the problems school districts need to solve this year — and the potentially long-lasting consequences of a year or more of disrupted learning

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.

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