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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.

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. 

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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.

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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.

Every ten years, people all over the country take part in the census, a national headcount that decides how government resources are distributed that's responsible for bringing 13 billion dollars of federal funding to Colorado. 

School districts in Pitkin, Eagle and Garfield County received 25 million dollars from the last census, which took place in 2010.  Aspen School District receieved $1.4 million from the previous census. $11.7 million went to the Roaring Fork School District.

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More and more schools are using something called restorative practices in an effort to reduce harmful verbal behavior and encourage positive behavior through building healthy relationships between students, educators and administrative staff.

The Roaring Fork School District is working to move towards more of these restorative practices. To educate parents and community members how these practices would benefit its students, they are holding a three day event series throughout the Valley. 

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More than 17 million children are nearly hit every school year after getting off a school bus. Most of those incidents are because a car ignored the arm-stop sign from the bus. That is according to a survey by the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services.

To help make sure communities nationwide are aware of the rules when driving near a school bus, this week is designated National School Bus Safety Week. 

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Carbondale Middle School’s Grace De La Sala was named the 2019 English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher of the Year by the Colorado Association for Bilingual Education (CABE). 

De La Sala has been with the middle school for 14 years and is a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education teacher. 

The award recognizes teachers who play active roles in their communities and schools and inspire bilingual students to excel. 

“Grace is an amazing teacher and well-deserving of this honor,” Roaring Fork School District superintendent Rob Stein said. 

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A study published in August by the Colorado Education Association, or CEA, and Padres and Jovenes Unidos recommends best practices to improve school safety and decrease the number of school-based violent incidents.

The Roaring Fork School District said they have been implementing those suggestions for years. 

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Faced with problems like cyber-bullying, fake news and social media addiction, schools are dedicating class time to teaching students how to use digital tools responsibly.

While the approaches of schools in the Roaring Fork Valley may differ, they share the same goal of teaching kids to be good digital citizens.

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Eagle County Commissioners visited the site of a potential elementary or middle school in El Jebel earlier this week.

It’s the first step in a years-long process.

 


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Eagle County has budgeted money for mental health counselors in its school districts. The commissioners are finalizing these contracts Tuesday.

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Roaring Fork School District wants the community to help sketch a path forward, as it revisits its recent goals — and asks for input.  

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Local school districts say it’s tough to attract and keep qualified teachers because of the high cost of living and low school funding, but a state ballot initiative this fall could help.

Governor Hickenlooper signed a bill last week in Glenwood Springs, creating paid teaching fellowships in rural schools that most need teachers.

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Four Navy crew members from the nuclear submarine the USS Colorado will talk to students at Glenwood Springs High School about the value of STEM courses in their work.

Thousands of Colorado teachers rallied at the capitol last week, protesting what they see as inadequate school funding. Several districts canceled class for the day because they couldn’t find enough substitutes. The Roaring Fork School District remained open, but some of its teachers went to Denver.

According to the Colorado Education Association, around 10,000 teachers are expected to rally at the capitol Thursday and Friday. They want more funding and better retirement benefits. Most teachers in the Roaring Fork Valley aren’t leaving their classes to attend, but a handful will, and many others still plan to show solidarity.

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Hundreds of teachers demonstrated at the state capitol Monday, urging lawmakers to adequately fund public education.

Roaring Fork Pre Collegiate's mission is to provide academic and extracurricular support to motivated middle and high school students who would be the first generation in their families to graduate from college. David Smith, Executive Director of Pre Collegiate explains who they serve and why their non-profit is essential in the Roaring Fork School District. 

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Colorado's new minimum wage, $10.20 per hour, went into effect Jan. 1. That's $0.90 higher than last year.

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With roughly $220,000 from the state in grant money, the Roaring Fork School District hired three, full-time “prevention specialists” who will teach mostly at middle schools in Carbondale, Basalt and Glenwood Springs.

Bridges High School celebrates its 20th birthday

Nov 2, 2017
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Bridges High School in Carbondale is one of the valley’s only alternative high schools. It’s celebrating its 20th anniversary on Friday and is showing off some new digs.

RFSD's test results mostly below state averages

Oct 15, 2017
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The Roaring Fork School District got students' PSAT and SAT test results back from last spring. Math scores are keeping up with the state average. Reading and writing, however, are not, which concerns the district's superintendent, Rob Stein.

RFSD begins school year Tuesday

Sep 5, 2017
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Schools in the Roaring Fork School District begin Tuesday, Sept. 5. The district said 133 more kids are enrolled this year compared to last.

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The Roaring Fork School District has three open seats on their board. Applicants can submit their materials until 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 1.

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Gov. John Hickenlooper launched a new initiative this year. It’s called Take Note Colorado, and its aim is to give every kindergarten through 12th grade student in the state access to musical instruments and education.

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Adam Volek is the principal of Riverview School, the new K-8 school outside of Glenwood Springs that opens in September.

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