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The Greater Arkansas River Nature Association (GARNA) is hosting programs to supplement homeschooling in Salida in December. 

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Salida Middle School eighth-graders enjoy a sweet treat as a reward for not missing any classes, either in-person or remote, and turning in all assignments for the first quarter.

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Salida School Superintendent David Blackburn announced the suspension of district programming for Monday and Tuesday at all Salida Schools.

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Salida Sunrise Rotary will accept applications Nov. 9 through Dec. 1 for winter/spring semester 2021 scholarships. 

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Fifteen people spoke in the public comment period during the Buena Vista school board meeting on the subject of adding Career Technical Education courses to the curriculum.

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Salida School District Transportation manager Evalyn Parks announced Tuesday the addition of a new bus route for district students effective Monday morning.

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Buena Vista High School Principal Jon Ail announced Thursday that homecoming events scheduled to take place this weekend would be rescheduled to mid-November in light of a number of students being quarantined due to potential contact with a presumed positive COVID-19 case.

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Horizons Exploratory Academy students headed out to Mission: Wolf, a wolf sanctuary in Westcliffe, recently for volunteer work and to learn about wolves and the sustainable environment they live in.

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Students from from Keri Weis’s second grade class listen as tour guide Steve Chapman of Salida Walking Tours tells tales about Salida’s past. Longfellow Elementary School second-graders study Salida’s history as part of their social studies curriculum.

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Salida School Board unanimously elected Joel McBride as board president to fill the spot left by resigning school board member Jennifer Visitacion.

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Salida School District moved to remote learning Tuesday after two positive COVID-19 cases prompted the action. One student and one staff member have tested positive in the school district.  

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Amy Dennis was recently promoted to the position of assistant dean of student affairs at Colorado Mountain College Salida.

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The Heart of the Rockies Chamber of Commerce welcomed the Schoolhouse in Poncha Springs to its membership with a remote ribbon cutting ceremony Friday. 

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Salida School Board will formally reaffirm all action taken since the March 20 school board meeting, which was the last that was held in person before “Safe at Home” COVID-19 procedures went into place.

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The plans and protocols that staff at the Buena Vista School District, as well as partners in the local medical field, left the realm of theory and entered the world of practical application when the fall school semester commenced Aug. 27.

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For the first time in Colorado Mountain College’s history, it will be offering a screen writing class for people interested in writing a film this fall. 

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With schools starting back for the fall semester this week, the Buena Vista school board received an update from local healthcare providers about the protocols the medical community would be observing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Schools that have sat largely empty since March, welcomed students back to a different kind of school year Wednesday as Salida School District began in-person learning.

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Since March local drivers have not had to keep an eye out for kids headed to or from school, but that is about to change.

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Kids heading back to school may have a new addition to their daily routine to think about, especially those in fifth grade and older – masks.

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Salida School District teachers went back to school Wednesday to begin preparations for a different kind of school year.

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Changes in Salida School District transportation for the 2020-2021 school year include a widening of the “walking circle” for students and new procedures on the buses

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Facilities manager Brandon Hawkins updated the board on building preparations including thermal scanners that will be placed at the entrances to each building as a first level of precaution to monitor body temperatures as students and staff enter.

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 Salida School District nutrition department plans to continue offering meals made from scratch rather than pre-packaged food nutrition, manager Terry Clark told Salida School Board Tuesday.

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Salida School Board heard from district department managers and superintendent David Blackburn about the preparations being made for the opening of school at their regular school board meeting.

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Rob Simpson is the new associate dean of academic and student services for Colorado Mountain College, Salida.

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As the Salida School District prepares to open for in-person instruction this fall, an online option is also being rolled out for families who, for health or other reasons, are not comfortable with students returning to school.

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Because of relatively stable community COVID-19 numbers in Chaffee County, both Salida and Buena Vista School Districts announced they will be opening for in-person instruction with high mitigation procedures in place.

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During a weekly Zoom meeting with parents Monday, Buena Vista school district superintendent Lisa Yates went further into the district’s plan to reopen schools to in-person learning when the new semester begins Aug. 27.

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Decisions regarding the opening of Salida School District schools for the 2020-2021 school year will be made at a special school board meeting.

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Shelby Martin of Poncha Springs and Anna Schehrer of Salida both graduated May 29, from Fort Lewis College in Durango in a virtual ceremony.

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School in Salida may look a little or a lot different in the coming school year, depending on different COVID-19 precaution levels deemed necessary.

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Plans for Salida High School prom, after-prom and graduation ceremonies are taking shape.

The administration at Salida High School announced Friday the events cancelled in April and May will take place July 17 and 18 with some modifications to accommodate COVID-19 precautions. 

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