BVSD welcomes K-2 students for in-person learning

Many Boulder Valley kindergartners experienced a traditional first-day of school milestone Tuesday, getting last minute hugs and encouragement from parents before they walked into classrooms that sat empty for the first five weeks of school.

“It feels so good to have students here,” said Cameo Rainaldo-DeDominces, principal at Lafayette’s Ryan Elementary School. “Our K-2 teachers were so excited. We tried to make our school and classrooms feel as homey and welcoming as possible.”

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Amber Paterno kisses her son Logan as he enters his first-grade classroom at Ryan Elementary in Lafayette on Tuesday. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

After starting the school year online, K-2 students now can attend in person four days a week. Students in intensive special education programs also started in person Tuesday — K-2 special education students for four days a week, and 3-12 special education students in person two days.

At the high school level, students enrolled at

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Caldara files state complaint over son’s BVSD special education services

Jon Caldara, president of the Independence Institute, filed a complaint with the state this week alleging the Boulder Valley School District is violating federal special education law by not allowing his son to attend school in person.

The Boulder resident’s 16-year-old son, Chance, has Down syndrome and attends Boulder High. Boulder Valley students have been attending school remotely since March, when school buildings were closed in response to increasing coronavirus cases.

Caldara said his son, who can’t read or write and who has speech issues, can’t access content online and isn’t receiving the in-person speech, occupational and physical therapies he needs.

“This is a violation of his opportunity for an equal education,” Caldara said. “At most, this online experiment is a bit of a distraction for him. It might keep him entertained for a little bit. The teachers love him. They do their best. But they don’t have the opportunity

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