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As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the valley, local schools are having to rethink their plans for the winter months. As of last week, nearly 250 students were quarantined in the Roaring Fork School District and the entire Roaring Fork High School moved to online learning for the week after several staff were exposed to the virus. 

“It’s very disruptive, the pivoting back and forth between distance learning and in-person learning,” said the district’s superintendent Rob Stein.



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The Aspen School District is planning for a hybrid learning model for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year. At a virtual town hall Thursday, district officials said they expect elementary students to return to the classroom on August 26, while middle and high school students learn virtually from home.

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The Roaring Fork School District announced Friday the 2020-2021 school year will begin virtually on August 17 since COVID-19 risks in the Roaring Fork Valley remain high. District officials said they worked with public health officials and used evidence-based information to make the decision for school to begin online with some improvements from the spring. 

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The City of Aspen and Colorado Mountain College's Aspen campus are working together on a new program that could possibly expand infant child care services in town. 

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Cuando el gobernador Jared Polis dispuso el cierre de las escuelas de Colorado a mediados de marzo debido a la pandemia, el distrito escolar Roaring Fork, al igual que otros distritos del estado, tuvo que esforzarse para poner en marcha un plan de enseñanza a distancia. Ahora se está pidiendo información sobre el funcionamiento de la educación virtual durante la primavera y la manera en que debería modificarse si la pandemia forzara un nuevo cierre de escuelas. A tal fin, el distrito realizó una encuesta entre más de mil estudiantes, padres y personal del distrito.

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When Gov. Jared Polis ordered Colorado schools to close in mid-March due to the pandemic, the Roaring Fork School District, like others across the state, had to scramble to put distance learning in place. Now, they're asking for feedback on how virtual learning went in the spring and how it should change if the pandemic should close down its classrooms again. To do that, the district surveyed over 1,000 district students, parents and staff.

Gov. Jared Polis on Monday signed what he is calling is the most difficult budget in state history because of the impacts of COVID-19.

There were no large banners celebrating legislative accomplishments like there were last year.

And when the lean budget goes into effect July 1, Colorado's public schools will take one of the biggest hits, with more than $500 million missing from their budgets.

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Monday, the Roaring Fork School District begins a three-phase plan to welcome back student athletes for practice over the summer. The first phase will require any workout to be outdoors, athletes to work out in groups of ten and participants to keep six feet of distance at all times.

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Mountain Family Health Centers and the Roaring Fork School District announced a new partnership Thursday to expand school-based healthcare. 

The district currently offers five school-based clinics. The partnership with Mountain Family Health Centers will allow the center's physicians to provide students with medical, dental and behavoiral health care at those five clinics, as well as open a sixth one at Glenwood Springs High School. 

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Mountain Family Health Centers y el distrito escolar Roaring Fork anunciaron el jueves una nueva asociación para expandir la atención médica de base escolar.

Actualmente, el distrito ofrece cinco clínicas en las escuelas. La asociación con Mountain Family Health Centers permitirá que los médicos del centro presten atención médica, odontológica y conductual en esas cinco clínicas, y también que se abra una sexta clínica en Glenwood Springs High School.

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More than 500 high school seniors in the Roaring Fork Valley graduated Saturday from parked cars and outdoor celebrations rather than traditional gymnasium and football field ceremonies because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Car horns replaced rounds of applause, and graduates wore face coverings. Now that these graduates have their diplomas, some worry their college plans may not go according to plan. 

Kendall Reiley / Glenwood Springs Elementary School

As the school year comes to an end for Roaring Fork School District and Aspen School District students, the districts are already preparing for what learning may look like in the fall. 

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As schools everywhere are faced with the dilemma of cancelling summer programs amid the pandemic, ‘High School, High Scholar,’  known as '(HS)2' at Colorado Rocky Mountain School, or CRMS, in Carbondale is going virtual. 

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Honks, sirens and cheers filled the streets of Aspen Friday afternoon as Aspen School District teachers drove through town to wave to students and their families. Educators decorated their cars with posters and cheered as they passed students lining sidewalks. 

Kendall Reiley / Glenwood Springs Elementary School

For Kendall Reiley, a fifth grade teacher at Glenwood Springs Elementary School, the first week of working virtually with students had her feeling, well, hopeful. 

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Alexa Vorhees, 20, graduates in May from Colorado Mountain College’s Glenwood Springs campus with an associates of arts degree after working hard for several years to maintain all A’s. 

Vorhees looked forward to having her grandmother fly in from out-of-state to watch her walk across the graduation stage, but all in-person Colorado Mountain College graduation ceremonies were canceled

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Last week, Aspen School District announced David Baugh as the new superintendent. He will transition to the Roaring Fork Valley from Pennsylvania this summer; he currently serves as the superintendent for the Centennial School District. 

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Students in the Roaring Fork School District will begin online learning April 20. District officials said they are working with students, their families and teachers to assess their needs until then.

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The Aspen School District's Board of Education announced Tuesday its next superintendent will be David Baugh. He will move to the Roaring Fork Valley in the coming months from Conshohocken, PA where he was Centennial School District's superintendent.

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Census day comes every ten years on April 1. When Coloradans fill out the census, it determines how federal funds are allocated to each state. After the 2010 census, Colorado received over $13 billion throughout the decade for schools, transportation services and other state-funded projects and programs. 

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Colorado public schools are closed until at least April 17, so Aspen School District is rolling out virtual learning for its students beginning April 1. 

Students will access content on their own time and work at their own pace, instead of teachers and students meeting online in real-time each day. 

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While the Garfield RE-2 School District is closed until April 17, at the earliest, due to COVID-19, the district has been working to still provide free breakfast and lunch to its students.

Thursday, March 18 is the last day for students in Rifle, Silt and New Castle to get those meals since spring break technically begins Friday. Local organizations LIFT-UP and the River Center will provide mobile lunch services during the break.

Governor Jared Polis said Tuesday that all public schools will be closed until April 17. The executive order directs Colorado school districts and the Charter School Institute to work to provide alternative learning opportunities during this time.

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The Roaring Fork School District announced Friday all district schools will be closed until March 29 as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19.

The two week closure, one week including spring break, will allow custodial teams to deep clean schools, and district officials to monitor the coronavirus outbreak with local public health officials. 

Aspen School District Closed Next Week...At Least

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Aspen School District will be closed Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20, in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Interim superintendent Tom Heald said in a letter to parents and community members that school principals will meet Friday with staff to go over plans and expectations going forward.

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Colorado Mountain College announced Thursday all campuses will extend spring break until March 20 and hold classes online for three weeks starting March 23 as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19. 

Molly Dove / Aspen Public Radio

The Roaring Fork and Aspen school districts are putting plans into place as coronavirus spreads. Sporting events are canceled, schools are preparing for conducting classes online and penalties for absences are being waived if they are related to COVID-19. 

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Four eighth-grade students at Riverview School are hosting Empowerfest Friday. The event highlights female leaders as well as local organizations working to promote equality for all genders, races and abilities.

Students Sage Kaufman, Kate Hardaker, Taia Nykerk and Lily Stelzriede worked since the beginning of the school year to recruit speakers and local organizations for Friday's event.

Allison Johnson / Basalt Middle School

Actors from the Colorado Shakespeare Festival’s Violence Prevention Program performed at Basalt Middle School last week. The program uses live performances and roleplay to teach students Shakespeare literacy and ways to intervene when they see violence in school.

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