Rise & Shine: Charter schools in some cities enroll few students mid-year

Good morning,

Last week, I interviewed a medical epidemiologist at the Tri-County Health Department, which serves Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas counties. I asked her about the possibility of a measles outbreak in Colorado given the record number of cases around the country this year. "Should parents be worried?" I asked.

"It's coming," she said. "I would say be worried."

In our lead story today, we have answers to common questions about Colorado's immunization rules and a school-by-school database showing what percentage of students are fully vaccinated against measles. (To achieve herd immunity, immunization rates need to be about 95%.)

Also in our roundup today is a story on which schools are more likely to accept students in the middle of the school year and an excerpt from a new book — "The Knowledge Gap" — about the role background knowledge plays in helping kids learn to read.

— Ann Schimke, senior reporter

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VAX PRIMER Here’s what Colorado parents need to know about state immunization rules and how school officials will respond if there’s an vaccine-preventable disease outbreak. Also, check school-by-school vaccination rates for the MMR vaccine, which protects against measles, mumps and rubella. Chalkbeat

BACKFILLING When students arrive to enroll mid-year, how many end up in charter schools and how many end up in district schools? Here’s a look at the issue, including in Denver. Chalkbeat

MUMMIES NOT MAIN IDEAS Background knowledge plays a huge role in helping kids learn to read. Check out an excerpt from a new book on the subject. Chalkbeat

DESIGN DETAILS A new project-based learning middle school in Colorado Springs includes a coffee-shop feel in the library, three levels of seating in “learning pods,” and courtyards and plazas outside. The Gazette

TAX ASK The Greeley-Evans School District 6 school board will hear a recommendation Aug. 12 for a bond issue to go on the Nov. ballot. Greeley Tribune

CHANGING HABITS Some teenagers in Colorado, where marijuana is legal for adults, are shifting away from smoking in favor of edible cannabis products, a study released Monday shows. AP via Colorado Sun

CALENDAR QUESTIONS School district officials explain the rhyme and reason behind August start dates and May end dates for Colorado schools. Denver Channel

HAT IN THE RING A longtime Berthoud resident and former high school teacher is running for a seat on the Thompson school board. Loveland Reporter-Herald

“INSPIRE EVERY MIND” Gov. Jared Polis will be one of the guests at an event Thursday to launch the Colorado Spring District 11’s new brand identify and strategic direction. The Gazette

YIKES Colorado has some of the most expensive infant care in the country, with the price for a year’s worth of care costing thousands more than in-state college tuition. Westword