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October 7, 2016
How healthy are Colorado schools? New survey provides some answers.
The results, along with other pieces of evidence, can help schools win cash awards in the annual Healthy School Champions competition.
By the numbers
June 29, 2016
Six charts that explain who’s getting vaccinated in Colorado — and who’s not
These six charts use data from Chalkbeat's 2016 immunization database to flesh out trends and trouble spots in 30 Colorado school districts.
June 29, 2016
Colorado, find your school’s 2015-16 immunization and exemption rates
Use Chalkbeat’s 2016 immunization database to see which schools are well protected in case of an infectious disease outbreak — and which ones aren't.
December 10, 2015
New Colorado child care rules take aim at obesity
New state rules for child care centers will ban sugary drinks, establish limits on screen time and mandate 60 minutes of daily physical activity for in full-day students.
October 29, 2015
How PE classes are working to get kids with disabilities off the sidelines
More teacher training and modified equipment have helped teachers in Denver and other Colorado districts better include students with disabilities in P.E. classes.
October 13, 2015
More Colorado kindergarteners are fully immunized
State health officials believe a 2014 immunization law and last winter’s high-profile measles outbreak have contributed to increases in Colorado’s kindergarten immunization rates.
The doctor is in
October 5, 2015
Big year for school-based health in Colorado
The new clinic at Denver's Florence Crittenton High School is one of five new school-based health centers in the state and the first to offer obstetric services.
Healthy School yardstick
September 30, 2015
New school health data system ramps up
This year, 350 Colorado schools will pilot a new state survey tool measuring school health policy and practice.
September 2, 2015
Governor and lawmakers applaud release of state’s early childhood roadmap
A revised version of the state's early childhood roadmap puts more emphasis on the preschool-to-kindergarten transition and the two ends of the early childhood spectrum.
August 28, 2015
Most districts still opt to participate in health survey that sparked state board uproar
Six months after a protracted controversy about a state health survey given to middle and high school students, most districts asked to participate will do so, and most of those will continue using "passive consent," which means students are asked to take the survey unless parents sign a form opting them out.
August 19, 2015
More kids to get free school breakfast under law, but some districts feel financial squeeze
As the second phase of Colorado’s “Breakfast After the Bell” law takes effect this fall, thousands more low-income students will have access to free breakfast served during school hours. It’s a development lauded by many advocates, but not always by administrators in the districts mandated to provide the universal free meals.
August 14, 2015
Call for later high school start times falls flat in Denver Public Schools
A top administrator asked Denver high schools and sixth-12th grade campuses to institute a start time of 8 a.m. or later this year, but most students won't see any changes.
More free lunch
July 31, 2015
After hesitation, more Colorado districts join federal program to give out universal free meals
A one-year-old federal program that allows school districts to offer universal free meals at some or all schools is growing in Colorado.
Past becomes present
June 25, 2015
Camp for Native American youth draws on centuries of healthy tradition
A free summer camp especially for Native American youth in metro Denver teaches healthy habits and cultural heritage by incorporating traditional crafts, sports and agricultural practices.
miles to go
June 15, 2015
Colorado makes gains in summer meal participation but still low-ranked nationally
When it comes to feeding low-income children during the summer months, New Mexico is at the front of the pack and Colorado brings up the rear.
June 1, 2015
Outspoken student, burned sandwich and frozen fruit spur meal changes in southwest Denver
A burned sandwich bun and frozen strawberries helped spur meal changes at Kepner Middle School last month after a visit by a school board member, a district administrator and representatives from Padres y Jóvenes Unidos.
Learning to lead
May 19, 2015
It’s not high school civics, but parents (and teens) learn the ropes of public policy
A 20-week training called the Family Leadership Training Institute aims to give Colorado parents, grandparents and teens a greater voice in public policy with the goal of improving health, education and other outcomes.
handle with care
May 18, 2015
Criminal records more likely than diplomas for Colorado foster youth
Analysis finds that only 28.7 percent of foster youth will graduate from high school on time, but at least 38 percent will have been incarcerated between ages 16 and 19.
all for nothing
May 13, 2015
State Board maintains status quo for health survey
The controversy about the survey bubbled up last winter amid parent complaints that some questions are inappropriate and invasive and whether it was voluntary.
May 1, 2015
Coalition questions DPS commitment to physical education after cut (Updated)
A statewide coalition of physical education advocates expressed disappointment with Denver Public Schools' decision to eliminate its longtime physical education director as part of a major restructuring effort.
conviction over convenience
April 15, 2015
Health board votes to toughen rules for opting kids out of immunizations
The State Board of Health unanimously voted to approve rule changes that will require parents to submit immunization exemption forms more frequently.
April 10, 2015
How Colorado parents opt kids out of immunizations could soon change
The Colorado Board of Health will consider a policy change Wednesday that would make it a little tougher for parents to opt their children out of required shots.
Not much accomplished
April 8, 2015
A big day of delays for State Board of Education
The State Board of Education had four big issues on its agenda Wednesday, and it delayed further discussion and decisions on all of them until May.
April 6, 2015
Report: Colorado kids aren’t getting enough exercise
A new report, an offshoot of the annual Colorado Health Report Card, examines physical activity levels around the state, including among children and teens.
March 24, 2015
In some districts, cash prizes for staff weight loss
Several Colorado school districts offer a program that rewards overweight participants—whether staff members or community members--with cash prizes for losing weight.
March 23, 2015
Childhood poverty finally on the decline, according to KIDS COUNT report
A decline in Colorado's child poverty rate is just one of the many data highlights in the latest KIDS COUNT report published annually by the Colorado Children's Campaign.
March 13, 2015
Binding legal opinion from AG sought on student health survey
The ongoing debate about the controversial Healthy Kids Colorado Survey is becoming a story about a legal opinion pile-up. After both the State Board of Education and the state health department recently sought separate informal opinions on the topic from the state’s assistant attorney generals, the health department is now seeking a formal opinion from the attorney general’s office.
A fight for another day
March 12, 2015
State board tables student health survey decision again
The State Board of Education on Thursday tabled the issue of the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey until its April meeting. The biennial survey has caused consternation among some parents and board members recently because of the explicit nature of some questions and the fact that parents in most districts aren't asked to provide prior written consent before their children participate.
March 11, 2015
State board may weigh in on health survey
The State Board of Education on Thursday will again tackle the controversial Healthy Kids Colorado Survey, including the question of how parents give permission for children to take the survey.
March 3, 2015
State health department seeks separate AG opinion on student health survey
After the State Board of Education was presented with an opinion Friday stating that parents must give prior written consent for students to take the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey, the state health department is seeking a second opinion.
Health survey flap
February 27, 2015
State Board told prior parent consent required for health survey
Parents have to approve their children’s participation in the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey, and schools can’t merely offer the opportunity to opt out, an assistant attorney general says.
this is your brain
February 17, 2015
Drug incidents in schools rise, but uneven state data doesn’t reflect legal marijuana factor
The hike in drug violations came as overall suspensions, expulsions and referrals to police for other transgressions decreased between the year of legalization and the previous academic year, 2012-’13.
voices of 'change'
February 12, 2015
Colorado LGBT high school students: validate us
Three LGBT Colorado high school students share their experiences.
February 12, 2015
Use this map to identify schools with high immunization opt-outs
More than 140 schools in the Colorado's 20 largest districts have immunization exemption rates of 10 percent or more. The Boulder Valley School has the most schools with such rates, but five other mostly suburban districts also have a dozen or more schools in that category.
February 11, 2015
Immunization rates a shock to some parents, predictable to public health experts
A Denver father was appalled when he discovered the dismal immunization compliance rate at his daughter's Wheat Ridge charter school on Tuesday. It's not surprising to some public health experts, who anticipated that the public disclosure of immunization rates would factor into some parents' school choice decisions.
February 9, 2015
Colorado, find your school’s immunization compliance and exemption rates
Use Chalkbeat’s database—the first of its kind in Colorado--to look up immunization compliance and exemption rates for individual schools in the 20 largest districts in the state. These districts enroll around three-quarters of the state’s students.
February 5, 2015
CO Health Institute CEO: Political will lacking to tighten immunization law
"It doesn't seem like it's going to have the political will in Colorado to go very far."
February 5, 2015
Report card: Low immunization rates ding state’s health grade
Colorado's low childhood immunization rates pulled down its grade on part of an annual health report card published by the Colorado Health Foundation and Colorado Health Institute.
B is for Bokwa
February 1, 2015
Bok-what? Aurora schools try a new form of fitness
Aurora Public Schools officials say they're the first district in the state to offer Bokwa, a dance workout where participants draw letters and numbers with their feet.
January 13, 2015
How teachers are like opera singers: everything depends on a clear voice
Teacher voice problems not only contribute to teacher absenteeism but can affect student learning. However, a little awareness and training goes a long way toward a healthy voice.
January 12, 2015
Overheated districts trying later start dates
The Poudre School District may push its school start dates back next year to mitigate the problem of hot August days in mostly non-air…
January 5, 2015
“School Psychologist of the Year” on the changing role of mental health services
A longtime school psychologist in the Boulder Valley School District talks about changes in the field, the importance of universal mental health screenings and how Louisville Middle School staff make sure every student feels a sense of belonging at school.
December 22, 2014
Why taking care of teachers’ (literal) voices matters for student learning
Research shows voice problems can make it hard for students to understand teachers and can lead teachers to miss school. But awareness and preparation can help teachers take care of their vocal health.
December 19, 2014
Goodbye desks, hello pedal tables!
A Denver physical education teacher wants to create Colorado's first "kinesthetic classroom" by replacing traditional classroom furniture with pedal desks and and other furnishings that encourage movement.
Wake up sleepy head!
December 15, 2014
Later school start times slowly gain traction in Colorado
With a growing body of research demonstrating academic and health benefits for teens who start school after 8:30 a.m., some Colorado schools are delaying middle and high school start times.
December 4, 2014
Teachers aren’t the only only ones facing new evaluation system
The same landmark law that ushered in a new system for teacher evaluations this year extends to thousands of school employees who work outside the classroom. This group includes counselors, psychologists, social workers, nurses and other licensed staff.
Taking on toxic stress
November 18, 2014
Q&A: The doctor who’s taking on the impact of childhood trauma
An expert on the link between adverse childhood experiences and lifelong disadvantages, including poor school performance and health problems, talks about her pioneering work on the issue.
Protect the head
November 17, 2014
Falling soccer goal raises questions about how schools handle concussions
Last spring, a soccer goal fell on DPS eighth-grader, leaving her with a bad concussion. The girl's family is pleased that the district is replacing scores of old goals, but believes educators need more information about concussion management in school settings.
Shot in the arm
November 3, 2014
Missing shots means missing school in some districts
Students without up-to-date immunization records in Weld County District 6 aren't allowed to attend school until they turn in the required paperwork. The use of such "exclusion dates" is perfectly legal, but raises questions about lost instructional time.
learning on the move
October 21, 2014
Fresh air, exercise and a dose of learning
A growing program called The Walking Classroom allows Colorado students to listen to podcasts on standards-aligned academic content while taking a walk outside.
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