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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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The Salida school board approved several items Tuesday to help the district prepare for the 2020-2021 school year, with the possibility of further complications due to COVID-19 in mind.

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Colorado Mountain College President and CEO Dr. Carrie Besnette Hauser praised Thursday’s U.S. Supreme Court 5-4 decision that overturns the Trump administration’s attempt to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). 

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Three local students received degrees from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley at the end of the spring semester. 

Alicia Higgins of Howard graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in art and design.

John Lopez II of Buena Vista earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

Dione Morgan of Buena Vista earned a master’s degree in special education.

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The Colorado Mountain College board of trustees will vote today on final reading of leasing the Buena Vista CMC property to Mountain BOCES, budget adoption and appropriation of funds for the 2020-2021 financial year and second reading of the Fading West land lease at Buena Vista.

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Buena Vista High School graduate Rebecca Blitstein graduated from Adams State University in Alamosa in a June 6 virtual commencement ceremony.

She earned a bachelor of science degree in mathematics with a computer science emphasis. 

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Faith Marie Spino of Salida recently was named to the spring president’s list at Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina.

Spino is majoring in secondary education. 

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Caleb Richardson, a 2018 Salida High School graduate, recently was named to the spring dean’s list with distinction at Grove City College in Grove City, Pennsylvania.

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The Salida Board of Education will make decisions on several items related to reopening schools in fall during a special meeting at 6 p.m. today.

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Buena Vista – Buena Vista School District officials heard “promising data supporting a return to school in the fall,” Superintendent Lisa Yates said in her weekly update about the effort to ensure the district will return to classes in person next semester.

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It was an alternative graduation for the alternative high school.

Seniors at Horizons Exploratory Academy held their graduation ceremony Wednesday evening on the back lawn of the Kesner Building.

Parents and friends sat on the grass or in camp chairs, graduates sat 6 feet apart on bleachers, and most folks in the audience wore masks.

Students filed onto the “stage” to “Breaking of the Fellowship” by Howard Shore, and HEA counselor Juli Waters greeted family and friends.

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Horizons Exploratory Academy class of 2020 will hold an outdoor commencement ceremony at 7 p.m. today at the Kesner Building, 349 E. Ninth St., across from the school.

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Buena Vista – Buena Vista School District Superintendent Lisa Yates outlined the district’s plan so far for returning to in-person learning when school resumes in fall.

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