KRAI News for Friday, July 31, 2020

School starts in Moffat County on Aug. 31. That’s a week later than originally scheduled. Teachers and staff report Aug. 17. The Moffat County School Board met last night to discuss the plan for re-opening the schools. There are a lot of logistics and details of which the district will be telling parents and students.

Elementary School students will go to school Monday through Friday. No masks.

Craig Middle School students will wear masks all day. And like the high school, one group will go Monday and Wednesday, and the other group will go Tuesday and Thursday. Then they’ll alternate on Fridays. High School Principal Sarah Hepworth says the students will still have school on their days off. They’ll just be at home.

Another option is for students to take all of their classes online. It will be called MoCo Virtual. Zach Allen is the Director of Curriculum for the district. He says to do the online program, each student will need a learning coach.

Allen says the Learning Coach would have to plan on helping three to five hours a day. The online program could easily transition to in-person learning at any time. All seniors who choose to go online will graduate with a diploma from Moffat County High School. Registration starts Monday for those who plan to go 100 percent online.

School Board President JoAnn Baxter says staff, parents, and the community will need to be adaptable this school year.

The vote on the new plan and new date for the first day of school was unanimous.

CNCC in Craig. Photo courtesy Shannon Lukens.

Colorado Northwestern Community College has been named one of the top community colleges in the United States. The study was done by SmartAsset, of over 800 community colleges in the country. CNCC ranked at number 11. One good score was its graduation and transfer rate of 72 percent. CNCC also had a top score on the student-faculty ratio.

Routt County Commissioners have expressed concern about getting results back from testing for COVID-19 sooner. Routt County Public Health Medical Officer Dr. Brian Harrington says he’s surprised we’re still dealing with this issue since testing is key.

Dr. Harrington spoke of the need for a better organized national distribution and testing system. Commissioners spoke of the issue of each individual county being tasked to figure out what to do. Here’s Commissioner Tim Corrigan.

You can get into all 41 Colorado state parks for free on Monday, Aug. 3. It’s Colorado Day, and the 144th birthday of the state. Taking it one step further, all active duty military, veterans and National Guard have free admission to all state parks for the month of August. Here in Northwest Colorado, those would be Stagecoach Reservoir, Pearl Lake, and Steamboat Lake in North Routt, Yampa River State Park outside of Hayden, and Elkhead Reservoir outside of Craig.

For the weather, don’t forget to call the KRAI Time, Temp, and Weather Hotline at 970-824-1918.

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