Headlines April 29, 2021
Colorado Universities Announce COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement
COVID-19 vaccinations will be required for all students, faculty and staff at Colorado’s major universities this fall. Wednesday’s announcement of the vaccine mandate includes all University of Colorado campuses, all well as the entire Colorado State University system, Metro State University in Denver and the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. The Denver Post reports that the combined enrollment is more than 170,000 students.
A growing number of colleges and universities across the US are requiring COVID inoculations for the fall semester. Ft Lewis College, the University of Denver and Colorado College had all previously announced vaccine requirements.
The new rule is designed to help restore in-person learning and on-campus activities. Colorado already mandates that college students be vaccinated against measles, mumps and rubell but exemptions can be made for medical or religious reasons. A CU spokesperson said exemptions will also be possible for the COVID vaccine requirement.
Denver-area Superintendents Request End to Some Student Quarantine Requirements
With about a month left in the spring semester, 12 Denver-area school superintendents sent a letter asking the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to discontinue the seven day quarantines for the remainder of the spring semester.
The Denver Post reports that the letter asks to end the quarantines because disruptions to in-person learning increase stress among students who have to switch between the classroom and at-home learning models.
According to the self-reported data, more than 3,000 students have been quarantined during the last two weeks and their infection rate has been less than two-tenths of 1%. It’s unclear if the districts required students in quarantine to be tested. Adams 12 did order the testing of 45 student athletes in order to compete in regional and state competitions; all 45 tested negative.
On Tuesday, health officials said the largest amount of transmission is between to 11 to 18 year olds. Anyone 16 years old and up is now eligible to receive the vaccine.
Denver Public Schools and Boulder Valley Schools did not sign on to the letter saying they wanted more time to discuss the idea with educators.
Major Property Value Increase Reported in Boulder Area
Property values increased by as much as 20 % over the past two years, according to a new report from the Boulder County Assessor’s office.
The county re-appraises over 130,000 properties every two years. The Daily Camera reports that values went up in every part of the county but homes in the foothills west of Boulder saw the largest jump with an average 20% increase. Gunbarrel property values increased 16% while Boulder and Longmont increases were at 10 and 11 %.
The amount of property taxes owners will pay for the next two years is based on this latest round of appraisals. Property owners have until June 1st to appeal their valuations.
$400 Million Infrastructure Bill Headed to the Dever Ballot
A $400 million infrastructure package will be on the ballot this fall in Denver. Mayor Michael Hancock announced the proposal Wednesday.
If approved by voters in November, Denver would sell $400 million in bonds to pay for a wide range of projects detailed in the city’s Six Year Capital Improvement Plan. Hancock says the plan will create thousands of jobs.