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Colorado 2021 legislative preview: Testing and school funding will be key issues

Colorado 2021 legislative preview: Testing and school funding will be key issues

Lawmakers return to the Capitol on Wednesday to officially start the new session, but they will delay most of their work until at least mid-February, when they hope COVID rates will be lower and more people will have been vaccinated. They will take up issues including standardized testing, learning loss, funding for K-12 and higher education, and school discipline. 
Five questions with Joie Seigrist, St. Vrain Valley school board president

Five questions with Joie Seigrist, St. Vrain Valley school board president

Today marks the second installment of an eight-part series focused on what the St. Vrain Valley board does and getting to know its members. 
What does the school board do? A Q&A with SVVSD board President Joie Siegrist

What does the school board do? A Q&A with SVVSD board President Joie Siegrist

Today marks the first installment of an eight-part series focused on what the St. Vrain Valley board does and getting to know its members. 
Colorado to make rapid COVID tests available to schools

Colorado to make rapid COVID tests available to schools

The hope is that by identifying positive cases more quickly, those people can isolate before they expose many others. That would reduce the number of people who have to quarantine, as well as reduce the risk of transmission. 
St. Vrain elementary schools full on first day of return to in-person learning; wrestling season scratched

St. Vrain elementary schools full on first day of return to in-person learning; wrestling season scratched

“It really was an inspirational moment to see all those kids, it was great,” Superintendent Don Haddad said during county COVID briefing. Dr. Chris Urbina, Boulder County Public Health’s chief medical officer, apologized for making the controversial decision to shut down high school wrestling in the district. 
Teachers vaccination efforts will pause after Colorado emphasizes older adults should go first

Teachers vaccination efforts will pause after Colorado emphasizes older adults should go first

The updated direction will halt vaccination of school staff and other essential workers in Colorado after this week, said Karen Miller, the nurse vaccine manager for the TriCounty Health Department, which serves Adams, Arapahoe, and Douglas counties.
After a first semester of much change, some SVVSD parents gladly welcome in-person learning, others remain hesitant

After a first semester of much change, some SVVSD parents gladly welcome in-person learning, others remain hesitant

The district did not disclose how many students are returning to school and how many will continue learning remotely. It did, however, say the numbers it expects today are similar to what it saw at the start of the first semester before the switch back to fully remote learning in November.
Do schools spread COVID? It may depend on how bad things already are around them

Do schools spread COVID? It may depend on how bad things already are around them

Two new studies mark the most rigorous efforts yet to understand the link between schools and COVID spread in the U.S.
Colorado teachers move up on COVID-19 vaccine priority list

Colorado teachers move up on COVID-19 vaccine priority list

The new plan places teachers in Tier 1B, along with people 70 and older, health care workers who don’t work directly with COVID patients, and first responders like police, firefighters, and funeral workers. People with pre-existing conditions remain in Tier 2.
SVVSD digital innovation gets business recognition

SVVSD digital innovation gets business recognition

The staff at SVVSD have prepared students for more than online learning through their dedication to digital innovation.