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Friday in Denver: DIA braces for Thanksgiving travel rush, Denver school board to pay members up to $750 a month & more

Steven Bonifazi

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Passengers move through a main security checkpoint at the Denver International Airport on November 22, 2010 in Denver, Colorado.(John Moore/Getty Images)

By Steven Bonifazi

(DENVER, Colo.) Top of the morning and a happy Friday Denverites.

Welcome back once more to another Friday edition of the Denver Daily Round-Up.

The skies are scattered with gray this morning, with partly cold conditions expected around 9:00 a.m. The weather will heat up a bit around the afternoon and later drop significantly in the evening, with a forecast high of 64°F and a forecast low of 34°F.

Today, the Denver school board approved to pay members up to $750 per month, Denver schools unvaccinated staff have until early January to comply with vaccine order or face termination, Denver International Airport is prepping for more than two million travelers over the next four days for Thanksgiving and Gov. Jared Polis is teaming up with the Colorado Rockies to host a vaccine clinic.

The following are just a few of the most important and local stories in and around the Mile High City for this Friday that you need to know:

1. Denver school board approves paying members up to $750 per month

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The Denver school board voted 5-2 Thursday approving to pay members of the board per a new state law passed six months ago.

DPS will pay board members up to $150 each day for up to five days per month, or $750 per month for attending regular or special board meetings, committee meetings, training sessions and additional approved future activities, according to CPR News. Board members will be required to request the payment and can forgo the pay as they are currently volunteers.

2. 99.1% of Denver schools staff vaccinated, termination deadline looms for unvaccinated staff

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A teacher wearing a face mask helps a child during a lesson at Bryn Hafod Primary School on March 2, 2021.(Matthew Horwood/Getty Images)

The Denver Public Schools Board of Education unanimously approved a Personnel Transaction Report Thursday evening which involves dismissals for employees that have not complied with Denver’s public health order.

9News reports that DPS employees that do not receive a vaccine or an approved exemption by early January will lose their job on January 2, 2022. DPS stated on Thursday that 99.1% of staff have complied with the public health order.

3. Denver International Airport braces for pre-pandemic Thanksgiving travel rush

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Passengers make their way through the line as they approach the security screening area at the Denver International Airport.(Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Denver International Airport is expecting over two million travelers to pass through the airport between Friday and Nov. 30 as Thanksgiving approaches.

DIA is expecting the next four days to be the busiest of the week, with over 200,000 travelers passing through each day. The 2 million expected travelers would be a 2.7% increase for the same time before the pandemic in 2019, as per Fox 21 News.

4. Governor Polis partners to host vaccine clinic with Colorado Rockies Saturday

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Gov. Jared Polis and the Colorado Rockies will join forces Saturday to host a COVID-19 vaccine clinic at Coors Field from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Anyone ages five and older will be able to receive a first, second or booster shot of the COVID-19 vaccine at the clinic, KKTV reports. Anyone who receives a vaccination at the clinic will get the opportunity to have their picture taken with Rockies mascot, Dinger, in addition to receiving added giveaways from Rockies promotional jerseys, hats and baseball cards while supplies last.

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