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BVSD is reopening schools for students who are ready to return, and giving space to those who aren’t

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Boulder Valley School District Education Center in Boulder, Colorado.

Many students in the Boulder Valley School District are due to return from winter break on Wednesday. That's less than a week after the start of the Marshall Fire, which became Colorado’s most destructive wildfire in the span of just a few days. The fire claimed around 1,000 homes and structures, largely in the communities of Superior and Louisville.

For some, schools can be a place to get support and to engage with peers, friends and teachers. But others feel a return to class on Wednesday is too soon, weighing the pressures of academic performance against the realities of dealing with a disastrous event like a wildfire.

We speak with Boulder Valley School District superintendent Dr. Rob Anderson to get a sense of how the district fits into the larger recovery picture, and what students can expect when returning to school this week.

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