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January 21, 2022

CASB believes that quality public education is the foundation for our nation’s economic prosperity, community’s quality of life,

and every child’s opportunity to live their best life. The following are current events and opportunities for our members:

 
 
  • CASB Congressional Meetings registration is now open to any CASB member. There will be several different meeting times to choose from on January 25 and February 1.
  • Governor Polis proclaims January as School Board Recognition Month! Given the challenges of governing school districts over the past couple of years, we are thrilled to honor these special individuals who consistently exemplify being Resilient, Ready, and Relentless for all Colorado schools and their students.
  • One week into this legislative session, we already have 26 education-related bills to track. This public interactive bills graphic will help you follow along on the most important education bills this session. Use CASB’s interactive graphics on its website to find your key legislators, education committee members, and all general assembly members.
 
  • Colorado Minimum Wage: $12.56/hour (eff. January 1, 2022).
  • A public health emergency (PHE) is still in effect. As such, employers must continue to provide the supplemental COVID-related leave to employees under the Healthy Families and Workplaces Act (HFWA). The COVID-related 80-hour leave supplement does not renew (on the first of the year or any other time). If an employer has already provided all COVID-related PHE leave an employee is entitled to, it need not provide that employee additional COVID-related PHE leave for the duration of the PHE. But employees continue to have access to any unused, supplemental PHE leave they were provided on or after January 1, 2021. See CASB’s Healthy Families and Workplaces Act (Paid Sick Leave) Overview and FAQ for more information.
  • Special Policy Updates are released on a regular basis and are available on our website. Our next SPU will be released in February and may include updates to our sample bullying policy documents to align with CDE’s Model Bullying Prevention and Education Policy, in accordance with HB21-1221.
 
  • Upcoming NSBA Events
  • The Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE) is now accepting applications for its Educator Loan Forgiveness Program, which will grant up to $5,000 annually to educators currently serving rural districts or teaching in hard-to-fill positions.
  • Apply for the grant from the University of Colorado Boulder that, as part of a research study, covers all costs to implement the Botvin LifeSkills Training (LST) High School program, an evidence-informed social-emotional learning and substance abuse prevention curriculum. Applications are due by January 31, 2022.
  • The 2022 Teaching and Learning Conditions Colorado (TLCC) survey launched this week and will now include Educational Support Professionals.
  • CDE is creating a Learning and Transparency Technical Assistance Program to provide support to ensure that local education agencies (LEA) have the capacity to meet this need for transparency regarding the use of COVID relief funding with their families and communities. The deadline for applications is January 28, 2022. The program website has additional details and links to the intent to apply, application, budget template, and other resources.
  • CDPHE's isolation and quarantining guidance for schools updated – The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment updated its Practical Guide for Operationalizing CDC's School Guidance, incorporating the latest recommendations by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on isolation and quarantining in schools. The guidance aligns with CDC’s new recommendations for five-day isolation and quarantine.
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Colorado Association of School Boards

2253 S. Oneida St., Suite 300

Denver, CO 80224

303-832-1000

 


 

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January 14, 2022

CASB believes that quality public education is the foundation for our nation’s economic prosperity, community’s quality of life,

and every child’s opportunity to live their best life. The following are current events and opportunities for our members:

 
 
  • Governor Polis proclaims January as School Board Recognition Month! Given the challenges of governing school districts over the past couple of years, we are thrilled to honor these special individuals who consistently exemplify being Resilient, Ready, and Relentless for all Colorado schools and their students.
  • CASB Congressional Meetings registration is now open to any CASB member. There will be several different meeting times to choose from on January 25, 2022.
  • Use CASB’s interactive graphics on its website to find your key legislators, education committee members, and all general assembly members.
 
  • Colorado Minimum Wage: $12.56/hour (eff. 1/1/22).
  • A public health emergency (PHE) is still in effect. As such, employers must continue to provide the supplemental COVID-related leave to employees under the Healthy Families and Workplaces Act (HFWA). The COVID-related 80-hour leave supplement does not renew (on the first of the year or any other time). If an employer has already provided all COVID-related PHE leave an employee is entitled to, it need not provide that employee additional COVID-related PHE leave for the duration of the PHE. But employees continue to have access to any unused, supplemental PHE leave they were provided on or after January 1, 2021. See CASB’s Healthy Families and Workplaces Act (Paid Sick Leave) Overview and FAQ for more information.
  • Special Policy Updates are released on a regular basis and are available on our website. Our next SPU will be released in February and may include updates to our sample bullying policy documents to align with CDE’s Model Bullying Prevention and Education Policy, in accordance with HB21-1221.
 
  • Upcoming NSBA Events
  • The Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE) is now accepting applications for its Educator Loan Forgiveness Program, which will grant up to $5,000 annually to educators currently serving rural districts or teaching in hard-to-fill positions. Learn more.
  • Apply for the grant from the University of Colorado Boulder that, as part of a research study, covers all costs to implement the Botvin LifeSkills Training (LST) High School program, an evidence-informed social-emotional learning and substance abuse prevention curriculum. Applications are due by January 31, 2022.
  • The 2022 Teaching and Learning Conditions Colorado (TLCC) survey launches Wednesday, Jan. 19 and will now include Educational Support Professionals. 
  • Colorado Department of Human Services launches program to promote youth mental health. Young people can take a confidential survey to be matched up with a mental health professional who can best support them. Every youth is then eligible for three free counseling sessions.
  • CDE is creating a Learning and Transparency Technical Assistance Program to provide support to ensure that local education agencies (LEA) have the capacity to meet this need for transparency regarding the use of COVID relief funding with their families and communities. The deadline for applications is January 28, 2022. The program website has additional details and links to the intent to apply, application, budget template, and other resources.
  • CDPHE's isolation and quarantining guidance for schools updated – The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment updated its Practical Guide for Operationalizing CDC's School Guidance, incorporating the latest recommendations by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on isolation and quarantining in schools. The guidance aligns with CDC’s new recommendations for five-day isolation and quarantine.
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Colorado Association of School Boards

2253 S. Oneida St., Suite 300

Denver, CO 80224

303-832-1000