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Students walk out of Douglas County Schools protesting mask mandate

The walkout started when three students emerged from Legend High School in Parker and meandered toward a nearby park. Two more followed shortly after, and for a moment the small group was the only … more

Douglas County commissioners vote to form their own public health department

Douglas County commissioners have unanimously voted to form their own health department and board of health, formally splitting from the Tri-County Health Department after 55 years.  more

Tri-County Health mandates masks for all students, removes ability for counties to opt out

Undoing decisions by Douglas and Adams counties to opt out of a requirement for masks in schools, the Tri-County Health Department repealed the ability of counties to opt out of its public health … more

PHOTOS: Crowd protests Tri-County Health school mask order in Arapahoe County

A crowd of several dozen protesters cheered in response to honks from passing vehicles while holding up signs that read, “Choice not mandate!" and "I don't co-parent with the government" during … more

Littleton Schools mask mandate spurs objections

No signs. No lines. No outbursts. Yet more than half the people who gave public comment at the Aug. 26 Littleton Public Schools board meeting spoke against the new mask-wearing requirement that the … more

Election 2021: 5 seek posts on Littleton school board

Littleton Public Schools district residents will vote to fill three of the five seats on the Board of Education in the November election. Angela Christensen, current assistant secretary, is the only … more

Arapahoe, Douglas, Adams counties see school COVID-19 outbreaks

School settings in Douglas, Arapahoe and Adams counties saw 15 confirmed coronavirus outbreaks starting in August, according to the local public health agency that serves those counties. “What we … more

Tri-County Health to 'reconsider' opt-out policy, mask mandate in another meeting

In yet another twist for school mask policy in Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas counties, the local public health agency will hold another meeting about its mask order. more

Cherry Creek district expands mask requirement for students through 8th grade

Cherry Creek School District has extended its mask requirement to slightly older students after clarifying its understanding of the local public health agency’s order requiring masks in schools. more

2nd Valor Christian coach says she was forced out for being gay

A second former coach at Valor Christian High School in Highlands Ranch has come forward to say she was forced out after acknowledging she was gay. more

Douglas County seeks to invalidate Tri-County Health school mask rules

Douglas County commissioners are seeking to overturn the Tri-County Health Department’s recently-approved school mask rules by having their attorney raise objections … more

Mask debate dominates Douglas County Schools board meeting

A line formed at the door. People waited for more than an hour to get inside the meeting. There was not enough capacity for everyone congregating, so security let people in incrementally. That was … more

Back to school in Cherry Creek district: ‘Going with the flow’ as masks mark another year

A cheerful crowd gathered at Rolling Hills Elementary School on the first day of kindergarten in Cherry Creek School District, with parents sending their kids off wearing masks in keeping with the … more

Valor Christian students hold protest in support of gay former coach

A student-organized walkout was held at Valor Christian High School in Highlands Ranch voicing support for former volleyball coach Inoke Tonga, who said he was forced to quit because he is gay. more

Coach claims Valor Christian forced him out for being gay

Inoke Tonga, until recently the volleyball coach at Valor Christian High School in Highlands Ranch, claimed through social media that he was forced to leave his job because he is gay. more

STEM School Highlands Ranch fills all but 2 positions for start of school

After having nearly 30 staff vacancies at the start of summer, STEM School Highlands Ranch filled all but two positions before the start of the 2020-21 school year. In May, STEM parents expressed … more

Littleton district opens two new school buildings in Centennial

Two new school buildings welcomed students Aug. 12 in Littleton Public Schools — the first in 40 years. A new Newton Middle School building and a brand new school, Dr. Justina Ford Elementary … more

Tri-County Health issues COVID-19 school mask order for kids 2 through 11

In a much-anticipated decision, the local public health agency for Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas counties decided it will require masks for all children aged 2 to 11 years old. more

Speakers urge mask mandate in Littleton Schools

Littleton Public Schools launched the new school year without a face mask requirement, though that didn't sit well with some parents who spoke at a school board meeting Aug. 12. The district's … more

Masks are a must at Arapahoe Community College

Masks will once again be required indoors on Arapahoe Community College campuses. The change was announced Aug. 11 on Twitter and in a letter from Stephanie Fujii, ACC's newly installed president. … more
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