• Number Of Initial Unemployment Claims In Colorado Dropped Last Week

    Number Of Initial Unemployment Claims In Colorado Dropped Last Week
    DENVER (CBS4)– The number of people filing initial unemployment claims in Colorado continues to drop each week. More than 20,000 people filed last week. (credit: CBS)
    Nearly 589,000 people have filed unemployment claims since March.Nationally, nearly 47 million Americans have filed in the past 14 weeks.
  • Johnson & Wales To Close Denver Campus

    Johnson & Wales To Close Denver Campus
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Johnson & Wales University will close its Colorado campus at the end of the next academic year as it pivots away from its image as a hospitality and culinary school to expand its academic offerings. Mim Runey, chancellor of the Rhode Island-based school, said Thursday that the university’s trustees decided that the Denver campus was not financially sustainable and will close it along with the North Miami campus.
    She says the coronavirus pandemic may have a
  • Colorado Shambhala Member Given 20 Years For Child Sex Abuse

    Colorado Shambhala Member Given 20 Years For Child Sex Abuse
    BOULDER, Colo. (AP) – A former member of a Colorado Shambhala Buddhist center who pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a child has been sentenced to 20 years in prison. The Daily Camera reported 55-year-old Michael Smith pleaded guilty to first-degree assault and attempted sexual assault on a child in March.
    Michael Smith (credit: Boulder Police)
    A Boulder district judge also handed down a three-year prison sentence for attempted sex assault. Smith’s prison sentence will be followed by
  • Elijah McClain Death: Gov. Polis Appoints Special Prosecutor To Review Case

    Elijah McClain Death: Gov. Polis Appoints Special Prosecutor To Review Case
    DENVER (CBS4) — The State’s top prosecutor has been assigned to investigate and, if the facts support it, criminally prosecute any individuals whose actions caused the death of Elijah McClain. Gov. Jared Polis signed an Executive Order designating Phil Weiser, Attorney General of Colorado, to review the case.
    Elijah McClain (credit: CBS)
    “Elijah McClain should be alive today, and we owe it to his family to take this step and elevate the pursuit of justice in his name to a state
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  • Pueblo Police Shoot, Kill Armed Man During Confrontation

    Pueblo Police Shoot, Kill Armed Man During Confrontation
    PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) – Authorities have identified a man who was shot and killed by police during a confrontation in southern Colorado. The Pueblo Chieftain reports 43-year-old Kevin Pulido was shot by three officers in the city’s South Side on Tuesday.Residents reported that a man believed to be Pulido approached them and asked if they had seen any police officers. Witnesses said the man told them police were looking for him so he was going to look for them. He then pulled a handgun,
  • Does Heat, Sun Kill Coronavirus? Frequently Asked Summertime Questions About COVID-19 Answered By Dr. Mallika Marshall

    Does Heat, Sun Kill Coronavirus? Frequently Asked Summertime Questions About COVID-19 Answered By Dr. Mallika Marshall
    (CBS Boston) — Summer is a time to enjoy the water and the sun… at the pool, at the beach, or wherever families and friends traditionally gather. But coronavirus has added a layer of risk to otherwise fun summer activities. It’s hard to relax and enjoy a sunny day when concerned about contracting a potentially deadly virus.
    But staying home doesn’t seem like a viable option. It is possible to limit the risk of our favorite summer activities with a little extra vigilance.
  • Man Found Dead In Southwestern Colorado River Identified

    Man Found Dead In Southwestern Colorado River Identified
    DURANGO, Colo. (AP) – Authorities have identified a man whose body was found in the Animas River in southwestern Colorado. The Durango Herald reports rafters on a commercial float spotted 31-year-old Michael Flanagan in the water in the southern part of the city Tuesday, and the guide pulled the body to shore.(credit: iStock/Getty Images)Flanagan, who had been living in Durango, was wearing jeans and a shirt. The La Plata County coroner says the man drowned, but it’s not yet clear ho
  • Johnson & Wales To Close Its Campus In Denver

    Johnson & Wales To Close Its Campus In Denver
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Johnson & Wales University will close its Colorado campus at the end of the next academic year as it pivots away from its image as a hospitality and culinary school to expand its academic offerings. Mim Runey, chancellor of the Rhode Island-based school, said Thursday that the university’s trustees decided that the Denver campus was not financially sustainable and will close it along with the North Miami campus.
    She says the coronavirus pandemic may have a
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  • Elijah McClain’s Mom Says Officers ‘Murdered’ Her Son, As Pressure Mounts For New Probe

    Elijah McClain’s Mom Says Officers ‘Murdered’ Her Son, As Pressure Mounts For New Probe
    (CBS NEWS) – The mother of Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old black man who died last summer after an altercation with police in Aurora, says her son was murdered. McClain’s death has recently gained renewed attention, and nearly 3 million people have signed a petition calling for a reexamination of his case.
    “They murdered him. They are bullies with badges,” Sheneen McClain told CBS News correspondent David Begnaud.
    Sheneen McClain (credit: CBS)
    McClain said her son was a mas
  • Woman Arrested After ‘Road Rage’ Crash Right Outside Englewood Police Department

    Woman Arrested After ‘Road Rage’ Crash Right Outside Englewood Police Department
    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (CBS4) – A woman accused in a “road rage incident” was arrested after a crash right in front of the Englewood Police Department. Police say a 28-year-old woman rammed a man’s vehicle, pushing his vehicle through a landscaped area and into a security wall. When he got out of the vehicle, police say she drove at him, but was stopped by a light pole.
    (credit: Ellis Arnold | Colorado Community Media)
    Police say it happened just before 7 a.m. Wednesday. The po
  • Beyoncé Knowles-Carter To Receive Humanitarian Award At ‘BET Awards 2020’

    Beyoncé Knowles-Carter To Receive Humanitarian Award At ‘BET Awards 2020’
    Today BET Networks announced new additions to the line-up of the 20th Annual BET Awards, honoring prolific activists in the Black community and recognizing those who unfortunately left us in 2020. The world endured incredible losses this year including NBA Legend Kobe Bryant and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Little Richard. In memoriam of those great losses, Grammy Award-winning global icon and superstar Lil Wayne will give tribute to Kobe Bryant, and the mu
  • Missing And At Risk: Gashen Akel Functions At 7-Year-Old Level, Doesn’t Speak English

    Missing And At Risk: Gashen Akel Functions At 7-Year-Old Level, Doesn’t Speak English
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) — Aurora police are looking for a missing at-risk adult. Police say Gashen Akel functions at a 7-year-old level, only speaks Somalian, and may run from law enforcement.
    Gashen Akel (credit: Aurora Police)
    Akel, 36, left his house near Chambers Road and East Colfax Avenue Wednesday morning. He was wearing a white shirt, black pants and white shoes. He is 5-foot-8 and weighs about 150 pounds.
    Police say Gashen has an impaired medical condition and cannot care for himself
  • Hospitals Preparing For Potential Of More Fireworks-Related ER Visits

    Hospitals Preparing For Potential Of More Fireworks-Related ER Visits
    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (CBS4) – Fireworks are being set off across Denver metro, and though it is generally illegal in cities, some in the medical community are worried this year could see an uptick in related injuries.
    Just over the weekend, Denver Police fielded a high volume of calls.  105 on Friday, 167 on Saturday, then 317 on Sunday.  Compared to this time last year, DPD estimated it received approximately 7 calls.
    Medical staff at the Swedish Medical Center in Englewood are conc
  • 99-Year-Old Walker Ray Burns Reaches 100 Kilometer Goal In Quest To Raise Money For Health Care Workers

    99-Year-Old Walker Ray Burns Reaches 100 Kilometer Goal In Quest To Raise Money For Health Care Workers
    (CBS4) – A Colorado World War II veteran who has been walking to raise money for health care workers has reached his goal ahead of schedule. Ray Burns, 99, planned to walk 100 kilometers by his 100th birthday, Aug. 5. On Wednesday, 6 weeks ahead of schedule, Burns finished his last half mile with his family and neighbors by his side.
    (credit: CBS)
    “I feel so good I can’t believe it! Particularly, I think the walks have helped me,” said Burns.
    Burns was inspired to raise m
  • Elijah McClain Death: District Attorney Says Evidence Does Not Support Homicide Ruling

    Elijah McClain Death: District Attorney Says Evidence Does Not Support Homicide Ruling
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) — District Attorney Dave Young, who is handling the Elijah McClain case, issued a new statement Thursday, reiterating the finding that “the evidence does not support the filing of homicide.”
    Young’s full statement:
    “The tragic death of Elijah McClain has focused attention on the role of the district attorney, particularly in the 17th Judicial District. Media outlets have published widespread communication that I have “cleared the officers
  • Drought Plan Enacted For 40 Colorado Counties By Gov. Jared Polis

    Drought Plan Enacted For 40 Colorado Counties By Gov. Jared Polis
    DENVER (AP/CBS4) — Gov. Jared Polis has ordered a task force to assess initial damage and recommend mitigation measures for severe drought conditions affecting 40 of Colorado’s 64 counties, or roughly a third of the state. Polis’ order follows dwindling mountain snowpack, a warmer-than-average spring and far less precipitation than normal, Colorado Politics reported Wednesday. It also comes as the U.S. Drought Monitor reported this week that extreme drought expanded in northern
  • Macy’s Announces Management And Other Staff Layoffs

    Macy’s Announces Management And Other Staff Layoffs
    (CBSNewYork) — Retailing giant Macy’s, headquartered in New York, announced staff reductions today that will affect management and workers across various levels of its organization. The layoffs include 3,900 people in corporate and management roles. The company has also cut staff in its stores and throughout its supply chain and customer support network.
    “COVID-19 has significantly impacted our business,” according to Jeff Gennette, chairman and chief executive officer of
  • ‘As I Was Doing It, I Realized How Iconic That World Is’: Morena Baccarin On CBS All Access’s ‘The Twilight Zone’

    ‘As I Was Doing It, I Realized How Iconic That World Is’: Morena Baccarin On CBS All Access’s ‘The Twilight Zone’
    (CBS Local)– You are traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind.
    These famous words defined a generation during the run of Rod Serling’s show “The Twilight Zone” in the late 1950s and early 1960s and they are relevant once again as season two of executive producer Jordan Peele’s iteration of the series drops on CBS All Access Thursday.
    Morena Baccarin is one of the many talented actors joining the fold this year and
  • Civil War Statue In Front Of Colorado State Capitol Pulled Down

    Civil War Statue In Front Of Colorado State Capitol Pulled Down
    DENVER (CBS) – Denver police are investigating after a Civil War statue in front of the Colorado State Capitol was toppled. The statue and its base have been repeatedly vandalized since the George Floyd death protests began in Denver.
    (credit: CBS)
    According to the State of Colorado website, “This statue of a Civil War cavalryman, dismounted with rifle in hand, honors the Colorado soldiers who fought and died in the Civil War. The statue was designed by Captain Jack Howland, a member
  • Where Are The Colorado Tornadoes? Where Is The Hail?

    Where Are The Colorado Tornadoes? Where Is The Hail?
    DENVER (CBS4) – Hail is virtually guaranteed in Colorado in May and June. But something has been different this year. There have been no large, costly hailstorms like in previous years and tornadoes have also been infrequent. Why?
    While severe weather is possible in any month, Colorado’s severe weather season usually ramps up in May, peaks in the third week in June, and then quickly decreases in July.
    Small hail in the Colorado Springs area on June 19 (source: Twitter @LindseySquints
  • ‘We Could See Someone Break 60 This Week,’ Says Ian Baker-Finch On The Travelers Championship

    ‘We Could See Someone Break 60 This Week,’ Says Ian Baker-Finch On The Travelers Championship
    (CBSNewYork/CBS Local Sports) — The PGA Tour travels north to Connecticut this week for the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands. This will be the third tournament since golf returned from its coronavirus-forced layoff. However, the Travelers will be the first of the three events to occur on its originally scheduled date. The Charles Schwab Challenge had been slated for May, and the RBC Heritage for April, before both were moved to June.
    Golf has proved somewhat adaptable to a soc
  • Sanctioned Camping Areas For Denver Homeless Is An Idea Being Considered

    Sanctioned Camping Areas For Denver Homeless Is An Idea Being Considered
    DENVER (CBS4) – Tensions are escalating between the City of Denver and homeless advocates who want Mayor Michael Hancock’s administration to do more than clean up or sweep through a growing number of camps popping up in the city. A large group opposing the approach to the homeless problem marched through City Hall and chanted outside the mayor’s scheduled update on the city’s response to COVID-19 on Wednesday.
    (credit: CBS)
    Despite that clash, Hancock said during the even
  • Denver: Sanctioned Camping Areas For Homeless Is An Idea Being Considered

    Denver: Sanctioned Camping Areas For Homeless Is An Idea Being Considered
    DENVER (CBS4) – Tensions are escalating between the city of Denver and homeless advocates who want Mayor Michael Hancock’s administration to do more than clean up or sweep through a growing number of camps popping up in the city.
    (credit: CBS)
    A large group opposing the approach to the homeless problem marched through City Hall and chanted outside the mayor’s scheduled update on the city’s response to COVID-19 on Wednesday.
    Despite that clash, Mayor Hancock said during th
  • Colorado Company Unveils New Airplane Vent To Circulate Air

    Colorado Company Unveils New Airplane Vent To Circulate Air
    DENVER (CBS4) – A Colorado company trying to shake up the airline industry has unveiled its latest attempt to improve passenger’s in-seat experience. Molon Labe Designs has released a recessed middle seat that gives that passenger more room, and an option to slide seats over to make commercial flights more accessible for people in wheelchairs.
    (credit: Molon Labe Designs)
    Now a new design is bringing air circulation to the headrest.
    “We just want to change the way travel is don
  • Denver DA Answers Public’s Questions About William DeBose Shooting

    Denver DA Answers Public’s Questions About William DeBose Shooting
    DENVER (CBS4) – Denver District Attorney Beth McCann hosted a virtual community meeting on Wednesday evening in the William DeBose case. McCann will explained why she is not charging the police officers involved in the deadly shooting of DeBose, 21, on May 1.
    (credit: GoFundMe)
    McCann’s office released the police body cam video of the shooting last week. The Denver District Attorney’s Office said the video shows DeBose turning and pointing a firearm at officers.
    “He&rsquo
  • El Paso County Boy Fighting For His Life After Being Shot By Father

    El Paso County Boy Fighting For His Life After Being Shot By Father
    (CBS4) — Nikolay Krutitskiy was arrested following a shooting incident at his family’s home in Yoder on Tuesday that has left his son in the hospital with life-threatening injuries.
    Krutitskiy, 34, is being held in the El Paso County Jail on charges of assault, reckless endangerment, a weapons violation, a restraining order violation, and two counts of child abuse.
    (credit: El Paso County Sheriff’s Office)
    His son has not been identified.
    First responders were flagged down by t
  • WWII Veteran Accomplishes Pledge To Walk 62 Miles Before 100th Birthday

    WWII Veteran Accomplishes Pledge To Walk 62 Miles Before 100th Birthday
    Ray Burns, who now resides in Denver, served not only in WWII but the Korean War, the Vietnam War and during the Cold War era.
  • Most Significant Conservation Bill In 50 Years, Sponsored by Colorado Senator, Moves Through Congress

    Most Significant Conservation Bill In 50 Years, Sponsored by Colorado Senator, Moves Through Congress
    (CBS4) – A landmark public land and conservation bill, sponsored by Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner, could be on President Trump’s desk by August. The Great American Outdoors Act passed the Senate last week and the House is expected to take it up before its summer recess.
    “I’m proud to have worked closely with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to pass this historic conservation bill,” Gardner said.
    The Gunnison River (credit: Paul Chenault)
    The bipartisan bill is
  • Most Significant Conservation Bill In 50 Years, Sponsored by Colo. Senator, Moves Through Congress

    Most Significant Conservation Bill In 50 Years, Sponsored by Colo. Senator, Moves Through Congress
    (CBS4) – A landmark public land and conservation bill, sponsored by Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner, could be on President Trump’s desk by August. The Great American Outdoors Act passed the Senate last week and the House is expected to take it up before its summer recess.
    “I’m proud to have worked closely with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to pass this historic conservation bill,” Sen. Cory Gardner (R) said.
    Photo of Gunnison river taken by Paul Chenault of Ho
  • Man Stabbed & Killed, Aurora Police Looking For Suspect

    Man Stabbed & Killed, Aurora Police Looking For Suspect
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – Aurora police say a man was stabbed and killed near Parker Road and Peoria Street on Wednesday night. They are now looking for a suspect.
    Details about what preceded the stabbing were not released.
    Police are looking for a man who they describe as a white man in his 20s, who is 6-feet-3 and weighs 185 lbs. He has brown hair and blue eyes and has a mustache.
    It is not clear what he was wearing.
    Anyone with more information is asked to call Crime Stoppers.
  • RTD To Resume Collecting Fares in July

    RTD To Resume Collecting Fares in July
    DENVER (CBS4) – The Regional Transportation District will start collecting fares starting on July 1 after suspending the requirement to pay for months. The ride service will also allow passengers to board buses using the front doors starting in July.
    RTD stopped taking fares and started requiring boarding through the backdoor in place back in April in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in order to provide safer conditions for riders and operators.
    (credit: CBS)
    Riders boarding the RTD
  • Elijah McClain’s Death Gaining International Attention

    Elijah McClain’s Death Gaining International Attention
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – Nearly a year after Elijah McClain was killed following an altercation with Aurora Police, national and international calls for an investigation have made their way to lawmakers and law enforcement in Colorado.
    The 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office has received more than 10,000 phone calls and 2,000 emails asking for the three officers linked to McClain’s death to be charged. TV host and comedian Ellen DeGeneres also tweeted about the case, calling
  • ‘It’s All Smashed’: Specialized Wheelchairs Damaged After Woman Drives Into Garages

    ‘It’s All Smashed’: Specialized Wheelchairs Damaged After Woman Drives Into Garages
    CASTLE PINES, Colo. (CBS4) – Neighbors in Castle Pines have a lot of cleaning up to do after someone drove into and through five garages on Tuesday morning. It happened around 1:30 a.m. at two multi-family buildings on Kendall Court.
    (credit: Douglas County Sheriff)
    According to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Carissa Mulstay, 46, was arrested on scene and charged with driving under the influence. Neither she nor anyone else was injured in the incident.
    Carissa Mulstay (credit:
  • 2 Men Killed In Shooting At Aurora Pawn Shop

    2 Men Killed In Shooting At Aurora Pawn Shop
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) — Two men were killed in a shooting at a pawn shop in Aurora. It happened Wednesday afternoon at the EZ Pawn in the 700 block of North Peoria.
    (credit: CBS)
    It’s not clear what led up to the shooting but police are expected to release more information shortly.
    “We are not looking for any suspects at this time,” police tweeted.
     
  • Sports Betting In Colorado Hopes For Big Restart Amid Coronavirus

    Sports Betting In Colorado Hopes For Big Restart Amid Coronavirus
    BLACK HAWK, Colo. (CBS4) – Major League Baseball has announced it is coming back, but without fans in the stands. That’s good news though for sports betting in Colorado which started up while casinos and major sports were shut down due to the coronavirus.
    (credit: CBS)
    When voters approved sports betting it was estimated to bring some $30 million in annual tax revenue to the state. But with casinos and sports events not operating the revenue stream hasn’t been able to
  • Coronavirus Contact Tracing ‘Best Way To Stop This Pandemic’: Colorado Health Experts

    Coronavirus Contact Tracing ‘Best Way To Stop This Pandemic’: Colorado Health Experts
    DENVER (CBS4)– If you have been exposed to COVID-19 or tested positive for the disease, it’s easy to feel like a pariah, but in order to stop the spread it’s important to share your experience and communicate with health experts. Contact tracing is the effort to track down the people who have been around anyone who has tested positive for coronavirus.
    (credit: CBS)
    Katie Lazar is a case investigator with Jefferson County Public Health. Her job is to call people who have tested
  • Mounds Of Fireworks, Several Firearms Seized From Denver Home

    Mounds Of Fireworks, Several Firearms Seized From Denver Home
    DENVER (CBS4) – Denver police seized mounds of fireworks from a home in southwest Denver on Wednesday. They say the unidentified suspect was arrested for investigation of multiple felonies.
    (credit: CBS)
    Police say the firearms seized were related to those felony charges, not the fireworks.
    Officers responded to the home on Wolcott Court, near Florida Avenue and Tennyson Street.
    (credit: CBS)
    The police department and several others along the Front Range have reported an increase in calls
  • Coronavirus In Colorado: Gov. Jared Polis Urges Visitors To Be Responsible

    Coronavirus In Colorado: Gov. Jared Polis Urges Visitors To Be Responsible
    DENVER (CBS4)– Gov. Jared Polis addressed concerns about states surrounding Colorado that have increased cases of coronavirus. He unveiled a new advertising campaign to encourage visitors to abide by the rules in our state. (credit: CBS)
    Polis said he wants visitors who are coming from other areas that may not have strict rules regarding coronavirus practices, and to always wear a face mask and abide by social distancing guidelines while in Colorado.He said anyone working in Colorado&rsquo
  • ‘MS Doesn’t Stop And Neither Will We’: Bike MS Goes Virtual Amid COVID-19

    ‘MS Doesn’t Stop And Neither Will We’: Bike MS Goes Virtual Amid COVID-19
    DENVER (CBS4) –  The National MS Society is encouraging all biking enthusiasts to join Bike MS, the virtual format makes the ride completely customizable.
    (credit: CBS)
    Traditionally, Bike MS is a 150-mile ride over two-days. Cyclists start in Westminster, go to Fort Collins, spend the night, and then ride back the next day. Nearly 3,000 riders participate.
    “While we can’t come together in person this year for Bike MS Colorado, we can still come together virtually, and mak
  • Reality Check: Hickenlooper Ethics Fallout The Topic Of Senate Primary Ads

    Reality Check: Hickenlooper Ethics Fallout The Topic Of Senate Primary Ads
    DENVER (CBS4)– Colorado’s Democratic Senate primary is June 30 when voters will decide whether former Gov. John Hickenlooper or former Speaker of the state House Andrew Romanoff will take on Republican incumbent Sen. Cory Gardner in November.
    The race is one of a few in the country that could determine which party controls the U.S. Senate.
    Hickenlooper seemed to have the nomination locked up until last month when he got into hot water with an ethics commission. The fallout is no
  • Elijah McClain Death: Rally & March Planned As City Pushes For Investigation Report

    Elijah McClain Death: Rally & March Planned As City Pushes For Investigation Report
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – A Colorado group is organizing a rally and march for Aurora’s Elijah McClain. The 23-year-old man died after a confrontation with Aurora police in August of 2019.
    (credit: CBS)
    Rally organizers say they plan to demand all three officers involved and two paramedics be fired; the case be reopened and criminal charges be filed against the officers and paramedics; restitution for the McClain family.
    The rally is scheduled for Saturday, June 27 at 1 p.m. at APD head
  • Denver Police Seize Truck Filled With Over 2,000 Pounds Of Illegal Fireworks

    Denver Police Seize Truck Filled With Over 2,000 Pounds Of Illegal Fireworks
    DENVER (CBS4)  — Denver police found thousands of pounds of illegal commercial-grade fireworks inside a truck.
    (credit: Denver Police)
    On Tuesday, police pulled over 31-year-old Louis Maestas in the area of West Alameda Avenue and South Eliot Street. He consented to a search and police found 2,000 to 3,000 pounds of illegal fireworks inside.
    That amount, when not stored properly, is designated as hazardous waste. The fireworks were seized and the truck was impounded.
    (credit: Denver P
  • Boulder Students Could Head Back To Classrooms This Fall

    Boulder Students Could Head Back To Classrooms This Fall
    BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4) – The Boulder Valley School District is planning to bring elementary students back full time in the fall. That’s according to the Daily Camera.
    When school begins in August, students will learn in-person as long as health departments give the green light.
    The superintendent will make an official announcement by July 20.
    If restrictions remain in place, classrooms will have a maximum of 10 students, and they will spend two days learning from home each week.

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