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COVID-19 Resources for Schools

The Schools of Choice Unit has shared communications to all charter school emergency contacts to ensure information that is sent to school districts is also reaching the charter community.

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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.

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News & Updates 

2021 Equity Convening RFP Published on 9/3

A Request for Proposals has been published this week on the public facing ColoradoVSS website looking for bids for our 2021 Equity Convenings. Individuals and organizations that have expertise and interest in hosting our 2021 Equity Convenings focused on gathering charter schools, authorizers and other stakeholders to collaborate, discuss and pursue solutions that address equity issues contributing to the educational gaps we see in the State of Colorado are encouraged to apply. Details can be found in the RFP on the ColoradoVSS website

2020-21 CCSP Grant RFA & Supporting Documents Now Published  

All new, expanding and replication schools seeking to apply for the Colorado Charter Schools Program (CCSP) Grant now have access to the full Request for Application (RFA) as well as other supporting documents. All documents are published on the CCSP Grant Program & Application Process webpage. Reach out to Tanesha Bell ( with any questions. 

Planning for the 2020-21 School Year: New Guidance Released 

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment in collaboration with CDE released new guidance for the reopening of schools this fall. The guidance is organized by the level of COVID-19 incidence in the community: Stay at Home (high level of COVID-19), Safer at Home (mid-level of COVID-19), and Protect Our Neighbors (lower level of COVID-19). This guidance, CDE's toolkit for the 2020-21 school year, and guidance from local public health agencies will provide districts with information they need to start the school year safely.