School bells will ring this week as local students begin returning to classes for the new school year.
Cesar Chavez Academy, a Pueblo City Schools (D60) charter school, will be the first to start classes as the students in kindergarten through eighth-grade report on Monday.
Dolores Huerta Preparatory High School freshmen students also report on Monday, but the sophomores, juniors and seniors don’t begin until Tuesday.
CCA and DHPH, which had operated under separate contracts, are beginning their first year under a single contract as the Chavez/Huerta K-12 Preparatory Academy and with a new leader.
Joe Aldaz, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel, has been serving as the executive director of the schools since April.
Pueblo County District 70 students are down to their last week of summer break as they are scheduled to begin classes on Aug. 13.
District 70 will continue to operate on a four-day school week.