Headlines July 16, 2020
Denver Public Schools announced Wednesday that they are considering delaying the start of school until August 24 to increase the amount of time teachers have to prepare for a highly unusual school year — and decrease the number of hot August days that students and staff will be in classrooms.
In a statement on the district’s website, Superintendent Susana Cordova said they are considering a staggered start schedule, which would allow all schools to begin in a virtual or remote format and gradually phase students back into classrooms.
Cordova says DPS has worked with health officials to develop plans for both fully in-person and hybrid education models as health data allows.
The school district said it expects to be able to share more details on Monday, July 20.
A draft of the school district’s plan was obtained by the Denver Post which reports it includes measures like a shortened school day and changing music lessons as singing and wind instruments will not be permitted.
The St. Vrain Valley School District told parents and teachers on Wednesday that it is continuing to revise, refine, and update plans for the start of the school year.
District Superintendent Don Haddad said that a detailed community letter will be emailed to all families, teachers, and staff at the end of next week regarding various schedules and models related to in-person learning, hybrid learning, and fully online/remote learning options for our families.
Next Wednesday, July 22, the St. Vrain Valley School District Board of Education will meet with public health experts from Boulder County to further discuss the status of the pandemic and to review current plans for the start of the upcoming school year. The meeting will be live-streamed through Longmont Public Media at 6:00 p.m.
Senator Cory Gardner was met by a group of protestors outside a high-donor fundraiser at a private home in an exclusive Longmont neighborhood on Thursday evening. The group, chanting “Cory do your job!” waved banners and flags on issues from health care to immigration and displayed a message of “Still No Waver,” a reference to Trump’s statement that Gardner has never wavered in support of this President.
When they asked for Sen Gardner to come out and meet, they were told by a partygoer, “Cory Gardner has a different agenda.”
Cory Gardner has managed to arrange private in-person and virtual meetings around Colorado over the past few months since the COVID-19 pandemic began. In addition to last night’s fundraiser in Longmont, a week ago he was in Mesa County at a GOP event.