Outside the classroom

A five-year federal grant aims to improve Colorado schools’ family engagement, with training for parents and a real voice in school decisions.
Eddie Taylor commemorated the climb in an Instagram post: “We did it yall! The Expedition was a success.”
School lunch programs grew during the pandemic. With federal waivers set to expire, lawmakers are asking voters to maintain that progress.
Community schools provide extensive wraparound services for students and families. A Colorado bill would make them an option for low-performing schools.
Mientras planifican el próximo año, en el que se anticipa que continúen los problemas de la cadena de suministro, quieren que el gobierno federal continúe las exenciones por la pandemia que han permitido una mayor flexibilidad y un aumento de los fondos para sus programas de comida escolar.
Jeffco schools’ director of food and nutrition services and other lunch directors describe challenges and the need for extended waivers.
Routine childhood vaccinations, like measles and Tdap, dropped during the pandemic. Doctors and schools want kids up to date on their vaccinations.
While children are less likely to suffer the most serious health consequences from the coronavirus, they are hit harder by nearly every secondary effect of the pandemic and the efforts to contain it, the advocates wrote. Those include poverty, hunger, homelessness, and lost learning.
In southwest Colorado, nontraditional approaches to education and conservation connect students to each other, and to the land.
Under the new state guidance, outdoor camps can have a maximum group size of 25 and indoor camps can have a maximum of 10 per room.
With the school year almost over, state officials haven’t decided yet whether summer camps will be allowed to open in June and if so, under what conditions.
Despite high need and great effort, many Colorado school districts are reaching just a fraction of the students they fed when school was in session. The reasons are complicated.
Cooking hot meals allows some food service directors to avoid widespread shortages of prepackaged food.
Colorado’s “I Love U Guys” Foundation developed a food distribution method that aims to minimize the risk of transmission for workers and families.
Senior Amelia Federico: I am worried that, in the fall, students will be expected to go back to school just like normal.
Facing alarming teen suicide rates, Colorado could put another $1 million a year into training teachers in what’s known as mental health first aid.
Right now, about 32% of Jeffco students eat school lunch. Increasing that number would help the district’s food services department, which relies on revenue to operate.
Colorado voters could decide next November whether to fund free preschool for 4-year-olds statewide by taxing tobacco and vaping products.
Colorado won a $34 million federal grant intended to give more young children and their families access to quality early childhood services.
From the Denver teachers strike to the launch of free full-day kindergarten statewide, Colorado education news made headlines this year.
A multimillion federal grant, combined with an $11 million state match, could pump nearly $50 million into Colorado early childhood efforts over the next three years.
Text message programs that target parents of young children are a popular strategy for boosting early learning and health. Here’s a look at how and when it’s effective.
Denver’s after-school programs have been a major beneficiary of the city’s special retail marijuana sales tax.
Teens in Colorado’s Chaffee County spearheaded a program that provides local students with free, confidential counseling sessions.
A Boulder County program uses storytelling in schools to raise awareness about racism and discrimination, and encourage students to do something about it.
With rising youth suicide rates, a traveling play aims to help Colorado high school students talk about mental health
Districtwide, Aurora has used new local tax money to hire more than 70 mental health staff members, including social workers, psychologists, and counselors.
Community activists are pointing to the Denver school bus fight as another example of racial bias in Denver Public Schools.
Amid a record number of measles cases nationwide, about 24,000 Colorado kids went back to school this fall with personal or religious exemptions from the vaccination that protects against the highly contagious disease.
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