SCHOOL ACCESS An additional layer of security screening in Aurora schools has raised concerns about whether a system meant to keep kids safe may be keeping away parents and other family members who are not in the country legally. Chalkbeat

ESSA IN ACTION Schools across the country are about to be held accountable for student attendance — attaching stakes to a measure that previously had much less significance and increasing the risk that schools will try to manipulate that data. Chalkbeat

Chalkbeat asked the 10 state departments of education whose approved ESSA plans use chronic absenteeism how they plan to guard against cheating. Nine got back to us. Here’s what they said. Chalkbeat

A HELPING HAND A group of Lakewood High School students are collecting items such as shampoo, conditioner, sewing kits, razors, toothpaste and diapers to donate to a Texas nonprofit, Interfaith of The Woodlands, that is helping hurricane victims. Denver Post

NEW DIGS The resurgence of vocational-technical training for high school students has led to the creation of a unique partnership between two Pikes Peak region school districts and numerous industry partners. Gazette

REPORT CARD The Aspen School District’s preliminary quality rating dropped a notch, causing concern among the district’s accountability committee. Aspen Public Radio

LOBBYING The Sterling school board weighed its support of more than two dozen state policy positions — including whether to ask lawmakers to boost funding for schools — the Colorado Association of School Boards is considering. Journal-Advocate