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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’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

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?

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.

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.

How Colorado’s special legislative session could help child care providers and remote learners

Lawmakers are expected to provide relief for at least two education topics

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

After flood of concerns, Colorado Board of Education poised to relax deadline for teacher training on reading

The situation encompasses the larger debate about whether state leaders and educators are doing enough to help the more-than-50% of Colorado students who struggle to read well

Short on staff, Denver assigns campus safety officers to work as classroom aides

Most Denver students are learning online due to rising COVID-19 cases in the city. But Denver Public Schools has kept elementary schools open to serve students in preschool through second grade.

Boulder Valley School District may scrap its school resource officer program. What replaces it is a question mark.

The BVSD Equity Council, which includes students, is urging the board to redefine police presence in schools.

At least six Colorado school districts have reported coronavirus outbreaks among transportation employees

One of the larger outbreaks affected employees at a bus terminal for Jeffco Public Schools

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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