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Colo. schools that require masks have lower COVID rates

Colorado’s school-aged children are experiencing the highest rates of coronavirus infection among any age group in the state right now. But state health officials on Sept. 23 presented new data … 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

‘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

Douglas County commissioners vote to form their own public health department

Douglas County commissioners have unanimously voted to form their own health department and board of health, formally splitting from the Tri-County Health Department after 55 years.  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by Douglas and Adams counties to opt out of a requirement for masks in schools, the Tri-County Health Department repealed the ability of counties to opt out of its public health … more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

27J changes mask policy after contentious board meeting

The 27J Schools board of education was one of the first school boards in Adams County’s districts to meet after county commissioners voted to opt out the Tri-County Health Department’s mask order … more

Arapahoe, Douglas, Adams counties see school COVID-19 outbreaks

School settings in Douglas, Arapahoe and Adams counties saw 15 confirmed coronavirus outbreaks starting in August, according to the local public health agency that serves those counties. “What we … more

Tri-County Health to 'reconsider' opt-out policy, mask mandate in another meeting

In yet another twist for school mask policy in Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas counties, the local public health agency will hold another meeting about its mask order. 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

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

Adams County school districts & parents respond to mask guidance

More Adams County school districts are responding to new mask guidance for younger students, leading some parents to respond angrily. Adams 12 Five Star Schools decided to require masks for … 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 issues COVID-19 school mask order for kids 2 through 11

In a much-anticipated decision, the local public health agency for Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas counties decided it will require masks for all children aged 2 to 11 years old. 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

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

Cherry Creek School District 'strongly encourages' but doesn't require masks

After concerns about the Delta coronavirus variant drove new federal guidelines for mask-wearing indoors for all people in certain areas — regardless of vaccination status — the Cherry Creek … more
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