Coronavirus Colorado

In many districts, more families opted for kindergarten this year even if their children were eligible for first grade.
Two bills in the Colorado legislature would make it easier for more retired school employees to go back to work without losing their pension benefits.
With a steep decline in cases, Colorado school districts are making masks optional. Some medical experts say it’s too soon.
After Denver health officials said they would no longer require masks in schools, Colorado’s largest school district said it would stop mandating face coverings too.
The test-to-stay program allows close contacts of people who tested positive for COVID to remain in school if they test negative and feel well.
Most Colorado districts flagged by the state for using unacceptable reading curriculum have pledged to adopt state-approved programs.
Even with record-high COVID cases, most schools have avoided prolonged remote learning. But it hasn’t been easy.
Colorado student enrollment is slightly up, but still not recovered to pre-pandemic levels.
Students in Adams 14 faced delay and confusion as officials couldn’t agree on when it was safe to return and teachers called in sick.
Federal COVID money along with help from the local school district helped a tiny Colorado charter school launch a lunch program.
If Denver Public Schools won’t switch to remote learning, the Denver teachers union proposes other ways to keep teachers and students safe.
Colorado schools are welcoming students back amid a record COVID surge. They hope better masks and shorter quarantines will keep doors open.
State officials hope more children get vaccinated, more adults get boosted, and everyone gets tested before returning to the classroom in January.
Colorado child care providers continue to face grave financial challenges as the pandemic drags on, with some taking out loans or selling possessions to make ends meet.
Denver Public Schools will start Thanksgiving break a day early as districts around the metro area struggle with staffing challenges.
Colorado is mobilizing to vaccinate kids ages 5 to 11 against COVID at schools, museums, and zoos. The campaign could change mask policy.
Colorado is launching a program to offer children and teens free therapy sessions in response to rising mental health struggles.
Nearly 89% of Aurora school employees are vaccinated in the first Colorado district with a vaccine mandate. It’s even higher in Westminster Public Schools.
Gov. Jared Polis has ordered the state education department to share certain information, including where students go to school, with public health officials to reduce the spread of COVID
With chronic staff shortages, many Colorado child care programs have had to close classrooms or reduce class sizes
The latest round of federal COVID relief money will begin making its way to Colorado’s 4,700 licensed child care providers this fall, with a sizable chunk earmarked to reduce parent tuition costs.
County and district decisions to put mask mandates in place followed a rapid rise in COVID cases among school-aged children.
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