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NSBA, AASA Issue Joint Statement Calling for End to Threats and Violence Around Safe School Opening Decisions

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CASB Serving You, 24Sep21

CASB Serving You!

September 24, 2021
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:

PROFESSIONAL LEARNING

  • CASB members can access recorded webinars on our website. The most current ones are:"What You Need to Know About the Mill Levy Correction," “Policy Governance New School Year Checklist,” and “COVID-19 in Children: Colorado Situation Update.” The newest podcast is "Onboarding New Board Members Part I".
  • CASB Regional Meetings are now underway! Don’t miss this great opportunity to connect with your peers in person this fall. In addition, any member can register for the Virtual Regional Meeting on September 29.

Region 1 - 9/13 in Brush — passed


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CASB Serving You, 17Sep21

CASB Serving You!

September 17, 2021
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:

PROFESSIONAL LEARNING

Region 1 - 9/13 in Brush — passed


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The Scoop, 15Sep21

 
 
 

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

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Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights Opens Investigations in Five States Regarding Prohibitions of Universal Indoor Masking

Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights Opens Investigations in Five States Regarding Prohibitions of Universal Indoor Masking

The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) opened directed investigations in five states exploring whether statewide prohibitions on universal indoor masking discriminate against students with disabilities who are at a heightened risk for severe illness from COVID-19 by preventing them from safely accessing in-person education. OCR sent letters today to the chief state school officers of IowaOklahomaSouth CarolinaTennessee, and Utah, outlining how prohibitions of universal indoor masking prevent school districts from implementing health and safety policies that they determine are necessary to protect students from exposure to COVID-19, including those with underlying medical conditions related to their disability.

U.S. Department of Education Approves Five More State ARP Plans

U.S. Department of Education Approves Five More State ARP Plans

The American Rescue Plan (ARP) authorized $122 billion in additional pandemic aid funding to K-12 schools this past spring. Since then, the U.S. Department of Education distributed two-thirds of this funding to states via a formula detailed in the legislation. However, the department held back the remaining third of these funds until states and territories submitted plans detailing how they would make use of these resources to support students as they recover from the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The department approved five more of these plans and disbursed the additional funds to those states. States receiving recent approval include Alaska, Connecticut, Illinois, Louisiana, and Minnesota.

New Resource from NSBA’s Center for Safe Schools

New Resource from NSBA’s Center for Safe Schools

As we emerge from a global pandemic, teachers, administrators, parents, and students are reeling from a year of virtual school, public health emergencies, civil unrest, increasing violence, social isolation, and family trauma. As schools return to in-person instruction, we must not lose sight of the foundational elements of school safety while also preparing for the new challenges this past year has presented. The initiatives and strategies discussed in "Returning to School Safely: School Safety Considerations for the 2021-2022 School Year" will assist schools in recovering from the trauma of the past and planning for a more successful future.

Using ARP Funds to Address Lost Instructional Time for Students

Using ARP Funds to Address Lost Instructional Time for Students

The U.S. Department of Education has published a new resource titled “Strategies for Using American Rescue Plan Funding to Address the Impact of Lost Instructional Time.” This guide to help school districts meet the needs of students who have been impacted by learning loss includes information about staffing solutions, social-emotional learning, parental engagement, home visits, assessments, and related areas. The guide also includes resources to help students with disabilities. Through ARP ESSER funding, districts are to utilize a portion of funds to (1) address the academic impact of lost instructional time through the implementation of evidence-based interventions; (2) ensure that the interventions implemented respond to students’ social-emotional, mental health, and academic needs; and (3) address the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on students from low-income backgrounds, students of color, students with disabilities, multilingual learners, migratory students, students experiencing homelessness, and children and youth in foster care.

COVID-19 in Children: Colorado Situation Update

COVID-19 in Children: Colorado Situation Update

If you were not able to join the webinar, we have the following resources available:

COVID-19 in Children Update
CDPHE Update
Literature Review on Masking in Schools
Additional COVID-19 Vaccine and Mask Resources

We are seeing patients with respiratory illnesses – including COVID – as well as behavioral health needs that are resulting in significant increase in volumes at our hospitals much earlier in the year than usual. We anticipate those numbers will increase with the start of school as more respiratory viruses circulate.

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CASB Serving You, 3Sep21

CASB Serving You!

September 3, 2021
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:

PROFESSIONAL LEARNING

Region 1 - 9/13 in Brush (register)


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COVID-19 Vaccine and Mask Resources

COVID-19 Vaccine and Mask Resources


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HealthyChildren.org:


Children's Hospital Colorado:


More:

  • IHMECOVID-19 Results Briefing Colorado
  • JAMAAssessment of Respiratory Function in Infants and Young Children Wearing Face Masks During the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • JAMA: Notice of Retraction. Experimental Assessment of Carbon Dioxide Content in Inhaled Air With or Without Face Masks in Healthy Children: A Randomized Clinical Trial
  • CDPHEVaccine Information for Clinicians and Public Health Professionals
  • CDPHE: Colorado Vaccination Data

Mental Health America: Back to School Toolkit

Student mental health must be a priority this school year.

Mental Health America recognizes the profound impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on youth mental health. Therefore, as students across the country return to their classrooms, we know we must prioritize their mental health and emotional well-being so that they can thrive in and out of the school setting. 

Today, MHA launches our annual Back to School Toolkit to give parents, teachers, and school personnel the tools and resources they need to support their children’s mental health.

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Host a COVID-19 Vaccination site

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2021 Young Mental Health Leaders Council Application

In addition to attending monthly 90-minute meetings over the six-month term, YMHLC members will: 

  • Receive one-on-one mentoring for their programmatic and professional growth 
  • Gain leadership opportunities at MHA and with MHA partners 
  • Highlight their work and ideas via MHA’s social media and young adult mental health resources 
  • Present at MHA local and national events and with MHA partners 
  • Join a network of young mental health leaders and MHA affiliates 
  • Receive a $1,000 stipend

Please complete and submit the form below to submit your application for the 2021-2022 Young Mental Health Leaders Council.

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The Scoop

 
 
 

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

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Early Childhood Learning Commision

Department of Early Childhood Transition Planning Update

This month's Newsletter At-A-Glance
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A message from the ECLC

Thank you to the nearly 600 stakeholders who expressed interest in being involved in the planning of Colorado’s new Department of Early Childhood and the implementation of universal preschool! We are happy that so many of you could join the kick-off webinar hosted by the Early Childhood Leadership Commission (ECLC), Governor’s Office, Colorado Department of Education, and Colorado Department of Human Services last week. In case you missed it, WATCH the recording.

With such an overwhelming response and the incredible excitement about the process, we have:


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State of School Safety Report

Safe and Sound Schools Delivers the
2021 State of School Safety Report
We are proud to share the results of the annual State of School Safety Report in partnership with Raptor Technologies and the Jeffco/DeAngelis Foundation. The goal of this year’s report was to assess perceptions, issues, and gaps in safety as students head back to school this Fall. 
The study seeks to better understand how different members of the school community - students and their families, teachers, administrators, and other safety officials - perceive the COVID-19 pandemic, mental health, gun violence, and other top safety concerns. It is Safe and Sound Schools’ mission to share this data to help identify and implement solutions for crisis prevention, response, and recovery.  
Fall 2021’s return to in-person learning will be an unprecedented one, and our findings show that attitudes regarding safety need to unify before campuses reopen. Here are a few responses that stand out:
  • More than 25% of administrators are either not sure or feel schools are unprepared for an active shooter attack.
  • Students and parents overwhelmingly indicate that they have experienced both anxiety and depression as a result of the pandemic.  
  • However, close to 90% of students believe there are mental health resources available at schools, while parents are slightly less confident at 71%.  
  • Only 65% of parents believe schools are proactive on safety awareness, compared to 94% of school administrators.
Click here to download and read the full 2021 State of School Safety Report.
We hope you will share this report with community leaders and address your school’s preparedness this Fall. For more ways to make your school safer, head to safeandsoundschools.org.
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CASB Serving You, 9Jul21

CASB Serving You!

July 9, 2021
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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:

PROFESSIONAL LEARNING


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The Scoop

 
 
 

Wednesday, July 07, 2021

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Members needed for Committee of Practitioners

Members needed for Committee of Practitioners 

The Committee of Practitioners  is a critical stakeholder group for CDE's Federal Programs with a primary purpose of advising CDE regarding its implementation of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, reauthorized as the Every Student Succeeds Act. The CoP operates to identify issues across regions of the state and facilitate two-way communication between CDE and the preK-12 education community throughout Colorado.

The membership of the committee includes representatives from local education agencies, non-public schools, and charter schools. Members include school and district administrators, teachers, parents, and members of local school boards. Committee members serve for an initial three-year term with the opportunity to extend membership beyond the initial term. A minimum of four meetings will be held per year. To apply for a position, fill out the 2021-22 application and submit to Emily Owen: [email protected]

For additional information, please reach out to Tammy Giessinger: [email protected] or Jeremy Meredith: [email protected]

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