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Colorado Charter Schools
COVID-19 Resources for Schools
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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.
News & Updates
CDE Start of the School Year Framework & Toolkit
As schools and districts look forward to the start of the school year under the extraordinary circumstances brought on by COVID-19, draft guidance has been developed, focused on the reopening of schools in the fall. Guidance in the document will be adjusted over the summer based on feedback and the evolving COVID-19 situation. View the framework and toolkit on the CDE website.
CARES Act: ESSER Applications Open
School districts can now apply for their share of the $121 million in CARES Act Elementary and Secondary Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds through an online application form that is now open. This application is to be completed by authorizers. Charter schools should reach out to their authorizers to understand how charters should work with their authorizer to understand how they are included in the plans for the award.
Additional Food Benefits for Eligible Colorado Families
Colorado has received federal approval to administer benefits to about 363,000 school-aged children who are not able to receive meals at school. The benefits are part of the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program. Children who are eligible for free or reduced-priced meals and enrolled in a school that participates in the National School Lunch Program can get extra food benefits in addition to the grab and go meals. P-EBT benefits are expected to be delivered in mid to late June. For more information and answers to frequently asked questions, see the Colorado Department of Human Service's website.