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Colorado Edition: Back To School

An empty classroom.
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An empty classroom.

Today on Colorado Edition: we’ll learn about how the start of the school year is going in our state. Plus, we’ll visit the Quitobaquito Springs, and hear about preparations for flu season.

Back To School Begins

School is now officially underway for a handful of districts around the state. And if classes haven’t yet started in your district, they will soon. That means there's a lot of news to work through in the world of education. Erica Meltzer, bureau chief at Chalkbeat Colorado, joined us with the headlines.

Greeley-Evans District 6 Opens For In-Person Learning

This week, the Greeley-Evans School district opened with a rolling start. The district, unlike other large districts in our state, is starting the school year with in-person learning.

Deirdre Pilch is superintendent of Greeley-Evans District 6. She joined us to discuss what precautions are in place to protect students, faculty and staff from COVID-19, and how the first few days are going.

Quitobaquito Springs

Fresh water is a rarity in the desert. Along the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona, Quitobaquito Springs are an ancient source that defy the odds. But the site is in peril and some worry that ongoing border wall construction may be to blame. From Arizona Public Media, Alisa Reznick has more for KUNC.

Preparing For The Flu Season

During any other year, the upcoming flu season would typically be top of mind for many as we head into the fall and winter. This year, however, experts might be looking at a much different flu season and there’s some interesting evidence from other countries that could help us understand how the flu season might look here in the states.

Emily Cheshire joined us to talk about how the upcoming flu season might be different this year. She is a clinical director and family nurse practitioner with the University of Colorado College of Nursing.

Colorado Edition is made possible with support from our KUNC members. Thank you!

Our theme music was composed by Colorado musicians Briana Harris and Johnny Burroughs.

Colorado Edition is hosted by Erin O'Toole (@ErinOtoole1) and Henry Zimmerman, and produced by Lily Tyson. The web was edited by digital editor Jackie Hai. Managing editor Brian Larson contributed to this episode. We get production help from Rae Solomon.

KUNC's Colorado Edition is a news magazine taking an in-depth look at the issues and culture of Northern Colorado. It's available on our website, as well as on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts. You can hear the show on KUNC's air, Monday through Thursday at 6:30 p.m., with a rebroadcast of the previous evening's show Tuesday through Friday at 8:30 a.m.

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