Our best stories for the week of July 27-Aug. 2

With the start of school just weeks away and COVID-19 still spreading in Colorado, parents across the state are grappling with the question of how to continue their children’s education.

Send them back into the classroom where they may be at greater risk of contracting or helping spread the virus? Or keep them home and opt for remote learning?

Faced with constantly shifting school reopening plans and public health guidance, It’s a decision about safety and education. But for many, it’s also financial. Can parents even afford to stay home to help their kids through online schooling?

As Elizabeth Hernandez, one of The Denver Post’s education reporters, found, it’s an agonizing dilemma for many parents as they try to decide what’s best — and maybe most realistic — for their children and families.

Read more in today’s Post.

— Matt Sebastian, The Denver Post 

Andy Cross, The Denver Post

Ruth Barnett-Alvarez, center, holds her 18-month-old son Damien at the dinner table with her husband Matthew, left, and their kids at their home in Colorado Springs on July 29, 2020. Ruth is a paralegal and Matthew is a truck driver. Both are struggling with whether to send their kids back to school or to attempt to balance working while supervising remote learning.

David Zalubowski, The Associated Press

Colorado Governor Jared Polis holds up his face mask to make a point during a news conference on the state’s efforts against the new coronavirus, Tuesday, July 21, 2020, in Denver.

Gov. Jared Polis on Thursday said it’s “reasonably safe” to reopen Colorado’s schools in the coming weeks, as the state health agency released specific steps local educators should take to address any COVID-19 outbreaks within their facilities. Read more here…

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Rachel Ellis, The Denver Post

Praire Young, 4, center, takes part in a rally in support of Stapleton neighborhood’s name change in Central Park in Aurora on June 20, 2020.

After weeks of voting and decades of activism, a neighborhood named after a former Denver mayor and Ku Klux Klan member finally will be rebranded.

Central Park soon will become the new neighborhood name, an ode to the green space that runs through town, Amanda Allshouse, the president of the board of Stapleton United Neighbors, announced Saturday. Read more here…

Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post

STRIDE nurse Stephanie Campell holds Colorado Gov. Jared Polis’ COVID-19 test after he was tested following a press conference outside of STRIDE Community Health Center in Wheat Ridge on Monday, May 18, 2020.

Cases of COVID-19 in Colorado hit a new high last week, but it’s not yet clear if that partly reflects the fallout of an early July blip.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reported 3,799 cases of the new coronavirus in the week ending Sunday, marking the sixth week of increasing cases. The total likely will rise, though, because the state on Monday said newly reported cases “may be artificially low” due to a computer issue. Read more here…

David Zalubowski, The Associated Press

Colorado Governor Jared Polis makes a point during a news conference on the state’s efforts against the new coronavirus Tuesday, July 21, 2020, in Denver.

Coloradans who attend large events, don’t wear masks and don’t follow social-distancing guidelines are not only putting themselves but others at risk, Gov. Jared Polis said Tuesday in response to concerns about a large event in Weld County over the weekend. Read more here…


Meteorologist Marty Coniglio, a staple of Denver TV weather for three decades, left 9News Friday, a day after he compared, on social media, federal troops in U.S. cities to Nazis. Read more here…

+ Construction starts on Denver’s second tiny-home village, aided by company tied to bid-rigging scandal

+ Legal motions for and against new rules, the prospect of future initiatives: Are the oil and gas wars really over?

+ Science points to in-person learning as safe amid COVID-19 pandemic — but is it safe enough for Colorado’s school districts?

+ Man suspected of firing shots on I-225 during Aurora protest is arrested

+ “Frightening.” “Terrifying.” Coloradans brace for fiscal fallout as federal $600 weekly unemployment aid ends

+ CU community feared Mark Kennedy was unqualified to be president. How has he done leading during a pandemic?

+ Do Colorado hospitals get extra money for coronavirus cases and deaths? Yes and no.

+ Castle Rock restaurant that defied public health order in May closes permanently two months later

+ Westminster Public Schools moves to fire teacher over “appalling” comments about students with special needs

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Andy Cross, The Denver Post

Colorado Rockies home opener against the San Diego Padres at Coors Field July 31, 2020.

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