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Douglas County Health Board approves opting out of school mask mandates

The Douglas County Health Department will allow people to opt out of any local masking requirements under a new health order aimed at curbing masking mandates in schools. more

Free community college proposal excites Colorado students, educators

After graduating from high school, Jake Smith didn't think he'd make it in college. He struggled academically and he didn't have the money to afford more education until he joined the Army.  For … more

Robots meet the mainstream

The Angelbotics — Denver East High School’s robotics club — hosted about 40 middle-and-high school robotics teams for Colorado’s Energy Day Festival on Sept. 25. The robotics teams came from … more

27J district in need of staff

The nationwide hiring shortage hit 27J Schools. "We are in a terrible staff shortage situation all over the district," said district spokewoman Janelle Asmius. "Our regular operations have already … more

Mask rules drive parents’ demand for doctor notes

Colorado parents are seeking an end-run around mask requirements at their children’s schools: Doctor’s notes exempting them for dubious medical reasons. And in mask-averse Douglas County, where … more

TikTok challenge damages Prairie View High School

The latest TikTok challenge that involves theft and property destruction made its way to Prairie View High School.             In a two-week … more

Douglas County principal decries conduct at high school mask protests; students report harassment, slurs

Demonstrations over mask-wearing mandates continued at Douglas County schools on Friday, following a week filled with protests, and reports from students about hateful behavior. more

‘The engine that powers Colorado’

As they walk through the halls of Emily Griffith Technical College, students are reminded that their future awaits them with one catchphrase: “Our mission is to prepare our students for today’s … more

Tri-County Health mandates masks for all students, removes ability for counties to opt out

Undoing decisions by Douglas and Adams counties to opt out of a requirement for masks in schools, the Tri-County Health Department repealed the ability of counties to opt out of its public health … more

PHOTOS: Crowd protests Tri-County Health school mask order in Arapahoe County

A crowd of several dozen protesters cheered in response to honks from passing vehicles while holding up signs that read, “Choice not mandate!" and "I don't co-parent with the government" during … more

2nd Valor Christian coach says she was forced out for being gay

A second former coach at Valor Christian High School in Highlands Ranch has come forward to say she was forced out after acknowledging she was gay. more

Douglas County seeks to invalidate Tri-County Health school mask rules

Douglas County commissioners are seeking to overturn the Tri-County Health Department’s recently-approved school mask rules by having their attorney raise objections … more

Mask debate dominates Douglas County Schools board meeting

A line formed at the door. People waited for more than an hour to get inside the meeting. There was not enough capacity for everyone congregating, so security let people in incrementally. That was … more

Valor Christian students hold protest in support of gay former coach

A student-organized walkout was held at Valor Christian High School in Highlands Ranch voicing support for former volleyball coach Inoke Tonga, who said he was forced to quit because he is gay. more

1st, 6th-grade classes switch to remote at STEM School Highlands Ranch amid COVID outbreak

First and sixth grades at STEM School Highlands Ranch have been moved to remote learning after a confirmed COVID outbreak. Nicole Bostel, the charter school’s director of communications, … more

Coach claims Valor Christian forced him out for being gay

Inoke Tonga, until recently the volleyball coach at Valor Christian High School in Highlands Ranch, claimed through social media that he was forced to leave his job because he is gay. more

Tri-County Health to consider school mask requirement

Two weeks after the local public health agency for Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas counties stopped short of requiring masks in schools, the agency announced that it plans to consider issuing some type … more

Unvaccinated Littleton Public Schools employees told to wear masks inside

Littleton Schools announced Aug. 10 that unvaccinated employees will be required to wear a mask when they are inside schools. Vaccinated employees are strongly encouraged to wear a mask when they are … more

Anxiety over the new school year grows during pandemic

When starting a new school year in a new grade with a new teacher, it is common to face first-day jitters. However, experts say back-to-school anxiety in 2021 is elevated due to continuously changing … more

How metro Denver school districts differ on COVID-19 mask rules

Colorado's public-health department released new K-12 school COVID-19 guidelines in late July, but the new guidance “does not constitute statewide requirements,” a state news release … more
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