Manitou Springs schools shifts to online learning; District 20 had COVID-19 cases at four schools | Colorado Springs News

Manitou Springs schools will move to online learning Thursday after three people associated with the high school were diagnosed with COVID-19.

Superintendent Elizabeth Domangue announced the new infections in a letter sent to families, a district representative said Wednesday.

The district also has “multiple” others with coronavirus symptoms, Domangue stated, adding that the plan is for students to return to in-person learning on Oct. 19.

“The Manitou Springs School District community is interconnected both in and out of school, so this decision is rooted in a community public health approach,” Domangue wrote. “I know that this information comes to you with concern and other emotions, especially as families have made plans for students to be fully in-person and now we are having to make this shift for six school days.

“This decision was not easy, but we believe that is necessary to return to in-person learning together.”

Elementary students will

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Manitou Springs schools to shift to online learning through Oct. 19 due to positive COVID-19 cases | Colorado Springs News

Manitou Springs schools will move to online learning Thursday after three people associated with the high school were diagnosed with COVID-19.

Superintendent Elizabeth Domangue announced the new infections in a letter sent to families, a district representative said Wednesday.

The district also has “multiple” others with coronavirus symptoms, Domangue stated, adding that the plan is for students to return to in-person learning on Oct. 19.

“The Manitou Springs School District community is interconnected both in and out of school, so this decision is rooted in a community public health approach,” Domangue wrote. “I know that this information comes to you with concern and other emotions, especially as families have made plans for students to be fully in-person and now we are having to make this shift for six school days.

“This decision was not easy, but we believe that is necessary to return to in-person learning together.”

Elementary students will

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Garden of the Gods receives donation for park advancement | Colorado Springs News

Improvements to the Garden of the Gods are on the horizon after the park received a hefty donation earlier in September, a city news release announced Wednesday.

The Garden of the Gods Foundation, a local nonprofit that oversees the betterment of the park by collecting money and distributing it to support the park’s needs, gave $367,826 to enhance public safety, visitor experience and restroom construction.

“This is such a great example of community organizations working together toward a common goal, which in this case, is enhancing and protecting Garden of the Gods Park for the enjoyment of generations to come,” Karen Palus, Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services director, said in the release.

A chunk of the donation, $102,000, will go toward the park ranger program such as staff salaries, John Stark, the parks manager said.

Park rangers are key to protecting the park and its environmental philosophy, Stark said, as

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Colorado Free Application Day aims to improve access to higher education, training | Colorado Springs News

All 32 public higher education institutions in Colorado will waive their application fees for in-state residents Tuesday, saving incoming freshmen and transfer students some hard-earned cash.

The Colorado Department of Higher Education’s third Colorado Free Application Day aims to improve access to higher education and training, the department said in a news release Thursday.

Students can fill out one or more admissions applications to institutions across the state, including public technical schools, community colleges and universities. The CDHE has posted on its website admissions application and fee waiver information for each college and university that will allow students to apply for free on Tuesday only.

The day caps off Colorado Applies Month, a five-week statewide program that encourages high school juniors and seniors, and adults, to select an education or training option best for them, and apply to that program, according to the release.

“Earning a certificate or degree gives

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Colorado coronavirus:JeffCo schools has COVID-19 dashboard

The dashboard aims to alert parents and staff about all positive cases throughout the district.

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colorado — Jefferson County Schools has launched a new online dashboard where data surrounding cases of the novel coronavirus at schools across the district will be posted.

The dashboard does not include data for students who are learning remotely or those who attend charter schools within the district. Anyone who is seeking information about cases at those charter schools would need to reach out to them directly.

Click/tap here to view the dashboard

Available data includes the number of confirmed cases, active cases, and when students who have shifted to remote learning will be able to return to in-person learning. Users can search by school or an area within the district.

>The video above is about a shortage of sanitizing wipes in the district.

Current data as of Sept. 23 shows there are

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Colorado Springs schools work to fill special education void

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) — With special education happening mostly online this year, some parents and educators reached out to KRDO concerned that students with special needs are falling through the cracks. 

Academy District 20 began the year with two special education staff members for all of the district’s K-8 grade online learning programs. 

“The Journey K-8 program has about 180 special ed students and therefore needs about nine staff members to carry that caseload,” said Allison Cortez, the spokesperson for ASD20. “We are now fully staffed, but the first few weeks of school we were still having to staff some of those positions.”

The Colorado Department of Education acknowledges a special education staffing shortage is an issue across the state. The special education void in District 20 was filled pretty quickly. But it’s likely a problem other districts are dealing with too. COVID-19 could be widening the gap as

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