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5 Things You Need To Know - July 21, 2020

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State guidance on getting back to school
Posted at 6:19 AM, Jul 21, 2020

Good morning southern Colorado and here's what you need to know on your Tuesday morning.

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Pueblo D70 Board of Education to vote on return-to-school plan

Pueblo District 70 students are scheduled to begin school in August, but whether they start with in-person classes, remote learning or a hybrid model is up to a vote by the Board of Education today. Leading up to this vote, the district reviewed a 15-page re-entry plan Friday that detailed what the fall would look like in each type of format once students begin Aug. 24.
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Who does the 'medical exemption' in Colorado's mask mandate cover?

Medical experts say a medical exemption to Colorado’s statewide mask mandate applies to only a small number of people, and those people should avoid public places if they aren’t wearing a mask. The state's website detailing the mask mandate specifies people who "cannot medically tolerate a face covering" do not have to wear a mask. But it doesn't explain how to know if you fall into that category.
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High impact weather possible; severe storms with hail and flooding

Today is a potentially high impact weather day with strong to severe thunderstorms likely in the afternoon and evening hours. Some of the strongest storms are forecast to move through El Paso and northern Pueblo county late from 2 to 6 p.m. As storms move south and east away from El Paso County late today and tonight, they should lose some of their strength and likely not be quite as strong or severe.
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State releases guidance on getting back to school

The Colorado Department of Education released new guidance Monday for schools to reopen next semester amidst coronavirus concerns. However, local districts still have a large say in what exactly their schooling will look like in the fall. The guidance is organized by the three different phases (Stay at Home, Safer at Home, and Protect Our Neighbors), representing the current state of coronavirus in varying communities.
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Groceries cost more during COVID-19, but you can still save money

The price of keeping your pantry stocked and food in the refrigerator continues to increase throughout the coronavirus pandemic. Experts who spoke with News5 told us why groceries are costing more and said we shouldn't expect relief anytime soon. But, there are some strategies we can use to improve our food security and save a few extra dollars.
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