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Colorado Charter Schools

Annual Charter School Boot Camp 2021


In the state of Colorado charter schools are public schools that operate via a contract with an authorizer such as the local school district or, in some cases, the Colorado Charter School Institute.

Our office administers the Colorado Charter School Startup and Implementation grant, which provides technical assistance to charter schools and authorizers, processes waiver requests for the State Board of Education, collects data on charter schools, produces special topic studies and the state evaluation of charter schools, and responds to questions from the general public. See more information on the CCSP Grant.

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Communication Resources Available for Districts about State Tests this Spring

The U.S. Department of Education last week conditionally approved Colorado's plan for state assessments that students in grades three through 11 will take this spring. CDE has developed communication resources that districts, and schools can use to communicate the changes to families. All materials may be tailored to meet your local needs. More materials will be added as they are updated.

State Mask Mandate Extended for 30 Days  

Governor Polis announced that he will extend the statewide mask ordinance beginning on Saturday, April 3, for another 30 days with some modifications. The updated executive order will continue to require mask-wearing in all counties in all schools (including extracurricular activities), childcare centers and indoor children’s camps, among other congregant areas. Read the mask mandate extension fact sheet (PDF) and the full executive order (PDF).

CDPHE Graduation Guidance Available

The Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) has posted guidelines for safely planning graduation ceremonies. The guidance offered allows for discretion based on “best practice” and provides the “how to” in areas that are not in policy or law and can be applied to both PK-12 and higher education.