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News Release CDE offers graduation ceremony guidance during COVID-19

Colorado Department of Education News Release
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May 4, 2020
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CDE offers graduation ceremony guidance during COVID-19 

Many schools offering safe alternatives to commemorate Class of 2020

DENVER – The Colorado Department of Education, working with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, today released guidance for communities considering how to honor their graduating high school seniors during the coronavirus pandemic.

“I understand how incredibly disappointing it is to students, teachers and families to miss out on milestones like graduation ceremonies,” said Colorado Education Commissioner Katy Anthes. “Unfortunately, traditional graduation ceremonies will not be safe for some time, but thanks to the creativity and ingenuity of our teachers, parents and school leaders, we are seeing some really thoughtful and meaningful alternative celebrations around the state.” 

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Celebrate Colorado Teacher Appreciation Week

Celebrate Colorado Teacher Appreciation Week
 

Colorado Teacher Appreciation Week is next week May 4-8 during National Teacher Appreciation Week. CDE invites you to share the love of our Colorado teachers virtually this year!

During this week, everyone is invited to share a post, image or video with a sign thanking a teacher on any social media site using the hashtag #ThankATeacherCO.

To help districts and schools celebrate, CDE has created a number of resources to spread the word. Access social media graphics, sample posts, and more on the Teacher Appreciation Week webpage.
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For More Information, Contact:
Erica Grasmick
Communications Division
Phone: 303-866-4247
Email: [email protected]

Call for nominations for the Colorado School Counselor Corps Grant Program Advisory Board

Call for nominations for the Colorado School Counselor Corps Grant Program Advisory Board
 

CDE seeks nominations for the School Counselor Corps Grant Advisory Board. Representatives are needed from school districts or individuals with expertise in middle school counseling; labor and employment; pre-collegiate programs; school counselor educator. The SCCGP Advisory Board provides recommendations to the Department for the Colorado School Counselor Corps Grant Program. Each member of the board shall serve at the pleasure of the CDE for three years with the possibility of extending to a second term based upon the member’s eligibility.

Nomination Process: Send a letter of interest and resume to Eva Pugh by June 30.

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For More Information, Contact:
Eva Pugh
Student Pathways
Phone: 3038812885
Email: [email protected]

Message from Governor's Office

Community Leaders,

Analysse here with the Governor’s Community Engagement team! In an effort to continue to provide you with an official update from the Governor’s office, below includes some updates and information that the Governor provided yesterday. We appreciate your support in helping to spread these updates to your network.

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PEBC’s Annual Superintendent Forum Goes Digital

CDE / CEI News Release: Statewide survey results

 
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CDE Communications Division
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Landon Mascareñaz
Vice President, Community Partnership, CEI
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April 20, 2020

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Results of statewide survey reveal technology and other needs of students during pandemic

 









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Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Authorizes New Funding Flexibilities to Support Continued Learning During COVID-19 National Emergency

 

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Date: April 6, 2020
Contact: Press Office
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Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Authorizes New Funding Flexibilities to Support Continued Learning During COVID-19 National Emergency

WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today a new streamlined process for providing states funding flexibilities to best meet the needs of students and educators during the COVID-19 national emergency. The new flexibilities, authorized under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, allow schools to repurpose existing K-12 education funds for technology infrastructure and teacher training on distance learning, among other flexibilities to move resources to areas of highest need during the national emergency. 


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U.S. DOE issues new fact sheet on special education

 





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Message from Colorado Teachers of the Year

March 19, 2020

Dear Colleagues, District Leaders, and Board Members,

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CDE announces pause on 2019-20 state assessments, accountability

March 17, 2020
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CDE Communications Division, 303-866-4247

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CDE announces pause on 2019-20 state assessments, accountability

State working on possible solution for PSAT, SAT

DENVER – The administration of end-of-the-year assessments, including the Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS), will be paused for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year due to extensive school closures throughout Colorado to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Colorado Education Commissioner Katy Anthes announced today. 

“With the extraordinary actions we are taking to prevent the spread of COVID-19, it’s clear that we need to press pause on our CMAS tests this year,” Commissioner Anthes said. “Students and educators need to feel a sense of stability and normalcy before state tests can be administered and produce valid results. This also means we plan to pause our school and district state accountability system as it relates to state assessments for a year.” 


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Joint Statement from CASB, CASE, and CEA on COVID-19

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March 13, 2020

JOINT STATEMENT ON COVID-19 FROM CASB, CASE, CEA, AND COLORADO RURAL SCHOOLS ALLIANCE

DENVER — As Colorado addresses the public health issues related to COVID-19 ("Coronavirus"), CASB, CASE, and CEA members have many questions. Rightly, your communities are looking to local leaders for answers and direction as we move forward.

We know that the primary concern for all of us is the safety and well-being of students, families and staff. For some Colorado students, schools are the one place where they can count on receiving a healthy meal. We commend the districts who have already made arrangements for students to have access to food during school closures, and encourage other districts to do the same should they decide to close.

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CDE News Release: Healthy Meals this Summer

CDE News Release 

Help ensure all children in Colorado have access to healthy meals this summer


DENVER –The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), administered by the Colorado Department of Education’s Office of School Nutrition, seeks sponsors, sites or state partners to ensure children can continue to receive healthy meals during the summer when many children don't have access to school lunch, breakfast or after-school meals.

The SFSP fills this gap by providing free meals to millions of children across the country who otherwise might go hungry. Over the last three years, program data show that youth participation in the Summer Meals Program has held steady. However, according to the Food Research and Action Center’s Hunger Doesn’t Take a Vacation report, Colorado still ranks as the 40th lowest state for participation in the Summer Meals Program.

“Summer break can be a struggle for families who suddenly must deal with things like child care and meal preparation during the workday,” said Erin Ulric, implementation director of Colorado Blueprint to End Hunger. “We are excited to collaborate with partners across the state to raise awareness of the importance of the Summer Meals Program in reducing child hunger year-round.” 

CDE’s School Nutrition Unit has partnered with Colorado Blueprint to End Hunger and Hunger Free Colorado to increase access to the Summer Meals Program through increasing awareness of the program and providing resources and training to existing or new program sponsors.

“At Hunger Free Colorado, we are always looking for ways to encourage all kids to participate, thinking creatively on how to get the information out to those who need it, especially as we try to expand the program across the state," said Paola Babb community engagement and child nutrition manager at Hunger Free Colorado.

Sponsors at the local level can include public and private non-profit school districts, local government agencies, camps and other nonprofit community organizations that can manage a food service program. Participating sponsors then identify eligible sites in their communities that provide free meals to all children 18 years and younger.

Many summer meal sites offer fun learning and recreational activities so kids and teens can eat a healthy meal while staying active and hanging out with friends. Here are some details about the SFSP program:

  • Meals are free to youth 18 years and younger who come to a summer meal site.
  • Summer meal sites are at schools, churches, community centers and other places that are safe for youth.
  • Meals served follow U.S. Department of Agriculture nutrition guidelines.
  • Parents do not need to apply to the program for their children to get free summer meals. They can just bring their child to a summer meal site in their community.

To find sites nearby, parents and kids can text FOOD or COMIDA to 877-877 or visit www.kidsfoodfinder.org.
 
To help ensure summer meals are available in your community, become a program sponsor, meal site or state partner for the Summer Meals Program. To learn more, visit the SFSP webpage or contact Carrie Thielen at [email protected] or call 303-866-6759.
 

SACPIE Announces Several Openings for Parent and Organization Representatives

SACPIE Announces Several Openings for Parent and Organization Representatives

The State Advisory Council for Parent Involvement in Education (SACPIE) has three openings for parent representatives and four organization members. The parent representatives need to currently be serving on a school accountability committee (SAC) or a district accountability committee (DAC) and live in congressional districts 5, 6, or 7. Organization representative openings include:

  • A representative from a state-based nonprofit organization specializing in promoting the involvement of families of traditionally underserved populations.
  • An individual with expertise in early childhood education.
  • A representative from a statewide organization that represents teachers.
  • A representative from a statewide organization that represents school boards.

All applications are due to Darcy Hutchins ([email protected]) by 5:00pm on January 31st. The parent application (in English and Spanish) and organization applications are listed below. After that point, a member of SACPIE will reach out about scheduling a phone interview.

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Students recognized with the 2019 CASB Art Awards


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Craig Middle School recognized with the 2019 CASB Student Achievement Program Award


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Jeffco Innovation Acceleration Fund recognized with the 2019 CASB Student Achievement Program Award


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Representatives Barbara McLachlan and Jim Wilson honored with the 2019 CASB Legislative Excellence Award


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Ensure compliance of Colorado Immunization Law

Ensure compliance of Colorado Immunization Law

Colorado’s Immunization Law (C.R.S. 25-4-902) requires schools and child care providers to review and collect up-to-date immunization records for all children and adolescents.

Immunization records should be provided to the school at the time of school entry, and parents have 14 days to bring their child into compliance. To be compliant, a student must be up-to-date with their immunizations, be in the process with a plan to become up-to-date or have an exemption on file at the school.

For more information, read the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's FAQs 2019-20 Colorado School Required Vaccines for Child Care and K-12 Grades.

For More Information, Contact:
Sarah Blumenthal
Health and Wellness
Phone: 303-866-6779
Email: [email protected]

Loan forgiveness available for public employees

Loan forgiveness available for public employees

All public employees, including teachers, may be able to receive loan forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program.

The PSLF Program forgives the remaining balance on your direct loans after you have made 120 qualifying monthly payments under a repayment plan while working full-time for a qualified employer.

Visit the Colorado Department of Personnel & Administration's (DPA) website to find out if you are eligible for PSLF, discover how to become a certified public employee and apply for certification.

Learn more on the Federal Student Aid Office at the U.S. Department of Education's website.

For More Information, Contact:
FedLoan Servicing
U.S. Department of Education
Phone: 1-855-265-4038