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Jeffco Public Schools

Jeffco Public Schools
Jeffco Public Schools

Union-backed candidates in Jeffco are outspending school board competitors

Jeffco Public Schools is the second largest school district in Colorado, serving about 80,000 students. Three of its five school board seats are up for grabs in the Nov. 2 election.

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Colorado parents are trying to get around school mask mandates with dubious doctor’s notes

Pediatricians across the state are being bombarded with requests for doctor’s notes as parents try to get their kids exempt from wearing a mask at school despite few medical-based reasons to do so.

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Jefferson County health officials order masks for all in schools regardless of vaccination status

The Jefferson County Public Health Department issued an order Monday that requires masks for anyone age 2 or older when in childcare and K-12 schools

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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

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is behind schedule to sign contracts for a weekly COVID-19 rapid testing program available to schools statewide

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Jeffco Public Schools shelved a $170,000 report on school closures. Four years later, the district faces the same challenges.

The report wasn’t presented to the school board or the community, and no policies changed

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Jeffco Public Schools, Colorado’s second-largest district, will require masks for children under 12

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends masks for everyone in a school setting

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

More than 700 Jeffco Public Schools students are enrolled in the district’s new online program for next year, while some rural schools are prioritizing in-person learning.

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Colorado’s school custodians clean through staff shortages and uncertainty to keep buildings safe

Tony Arnold, Jeffco’s director of custodial services, said he wouldn’t describe the past year as changing the job, but just some of the focus

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Jeffco to adopt new reading curriculum, push more uniform approach

The switch will consume as much as 2% of Jeffco Schools' $806 million budget. And it's not the only large metro district out of compliance with state curriculum quality laws.

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Some Colorado school districts are exploring new ways to reduce risk of COVID through air

Schools are adding filters to catch smaller particles of the coronavirus, and retrofitting heating and air conditioning systems. And some are trying newer methods to treat indoor air — although experts caution against unproven technologies.

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Some school staff are eligible for coronavirus vaccine in Colorado right now, but not teachers

Only about 1,600 employees of Denver Public Schools, the state’s largest school district, are now eligible for the coronavirus vaccine. The district employs 15,000 people.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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?

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Many Jeffco schools use discredited curriculum to teach students how to read

The list of reading curriculums illustrates not only the stark differences between Jeffco schools, but also the large number of district schools that are out of compliance with a 2019 state law

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