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    On Thursday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Hannity,” Attorney General William Barr said that if you want an example of racism in the United States, “look no further than our public education system. That’s a racist system, maintained by the Democratic Party and the teachers union,” and that the American public education system keeps children in the inner-city in failing schools, rather than empowering students by giving resources to the parents to choose which schools their children attend. Barr discussed the consequences of the demonization of police for residents of the inner city, [relevant remarks begin around 6:00], which Barr said will lead to lives being destroyed, opportunity being decreased, and schools being “overrun by gangs. That’s not caring...
    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says teachers need to show up for school because it’s “their job,” despite calls from educators to delay in-person learning over coronavirus concerns. “Unless folks have a medical accommodation, their job is to come in and serve our kids,” de Blasio told reporters according to a report in the New York Post. “And I’m convinced that’s what they’re going to do because that’s what they’ve done their whole lives.” De Blasio, who wants school buildings open on Sept. 10, also said public schools will have nurses on hand when students return. “Every single New York City public school building will have a certified nurse,” he announced. “We’re taking every precaution, but there’s tremendous...
    FREDERICK, Md. (WJZ) — A number of food service workers and bus drivers within the Frederick County Public Schools system will be out of work while learning is shifted online due to the coronavirus pandemic, the school system said Wednesday. The move, which the system described as a temporary “reduction in force,” will impact an unspecified number of employees. The final number will depend on how many students are allowed to take part in small group learning in schools and the rules surrounding meal service. CORONAVIRUS RESOURCES:  Coronavirus Resources: How To Get Help In Maryland TIMELINE: Coronavirus In Maryland, Tracking The Spread Latest coronavirus stories from WJZ Latest CDC Guidelines ...
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia teachers’ union is urging public schools to avoid face-to-face instruction when students return next month due to the coronavirus. The West Virginia Education Association suggested the online-only start Thursday based on a survey of the union’s membership. WVEA President Dale Lee said most of the respondents felt uncomfortable returning to classrooms under their individual county’s reopening plans. In addition, nearly all members were skeptical that students could effectively maintain social distancing and wear masks. “Full distance learning will give time for counties to get a handle on the situation and to further iron out the details on how the next steps of the school re-entry will be handled in each location,” Lee said....
    By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia teachers’ union is urging public schools to avoid face-to-face instruction when students return next month due to the coronavirus. The West Virginia Education Association suggested the online-only start Thursday based on a survey of the union’s membership. WVEA President Dale Lee said most of the respondents felt uncomfortable returning to classrooms under their individual county’s reopening plans. In addition, nearly all members were skeptical that students could effectively maintain social distancing and wear masks. “Full distance learning will give time for counties to get a handle on the situation and to further iron out the details on how the next steps of the school re-entry will be handled...
    Meaghan Ellis August 13, 2020 0 Comments Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is warning the United States could face heightened difficulty turning the corner on the pandemic if coronavirus safety measures are not followed. On Wednesday, Redfield expressed concern about the coming months as he noted that the country could face “the worst fall, from a public health perspective, we’ve ever had.” Redfield reiterated the basics of mitigating the virus as he stressed the importance of the four safety measures top infectious diseases experts have championed over the last several months. “For your country right now and for the war that we’re in against COVID, I’m asking you to do four...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- In response to teachers and principals across New York City asking the education department to delay the start of in-person learning, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Thursday that every school building would have a certified nurse.The union representing public school principals and other administrators on Wednesday wrote a letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza asking for the delay past Sept. 10 for 1.1 million public school students.In the letter, the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators said they still do not have sufficient answers to many concerns and teachers having less than 15 working days to prepare is not enough."The task before them is simply not possible to complete...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio wants parents to know public schools will have nurses on hand when students return to campus this fall. “Every single New York City public school building will have a certified nurse,” he said Thursday. “We’re taking every precaution, but there’s tremendous value to having a health professional present.” The mayor said NYC Health + Hospitals is working to make that a reality by Sept. 10. WATCH: Mayor De Blasio Discusses Fall School Reopening  On Wednesday, the principals union said schools are nowhere near ready to safely reopen in September. “While the city’s messaging suggests that reopening plans have been developed collaboratively with our union, the city has failed to...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- In response to teachers and principals across New York City asking the education department to delay the start of in-person learning, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Thursday that every school building would have a certified nurse.The union representing public school principals and other administrators on Wednesday wrote a letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza asking for the delay past Sept. 10 for 1.1 million public school students.In the letter, the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators said they still do not have sufficient answers to many concerns and teachers having less than 15 working days to prepare is not enough."The task before them is simply not possible to complete...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City On Thursday, Mayor Bill de Blasio promised to place a nurse in all 1,800 New York City public schools this fall.  De Blasio sees it as another layer of caution to keep the schools safe for children and teachers to return to when classes are scheduled to resume on Sept. 10. The school buildings have not been open since March 16, when de Blasio closed them due to the COVID-19 pandemic and all instruction was shifted to remote learning. “We’re taking every precaution but there is tremendous value to having a health professional present,” de Blasio said during a morning press...
    Sign up here to get our daily updates on coronavirus in Minnesota delivered straight to your inbox each afternoon. And go here to see all of MinnPost’s COVID-19 coverage. As we in Minnesota get ready to send our kids back to school — either in-person, virtually, or through some combination of the two — we should try not to let our hopes get the best of us. If history is any guide, we will eventually be forced to acknowledge what we already know: that pathogens do not respect school calendars. The experience of the Minneapolis public school system during the height of the 1918 “Spanish flu” provides a sobering reminder of how reality tends to stomp on our best intentions....
    The Calvert County, Maryland, sheriff’s office identified and charged five teenagers with vandalizing the football field and clubhouse at Calvert High School with racist graffiti. The young adults, all 18, spray-painted a racial slur and graphic drawings on the football field and damaged other buildings in an incident reported to the sheriff’s office Aug. 9. Kyle Edward Hill, Andrew Matthew Edge, Cade Allen Meredith, Augustine Robert Aufderheide and Anthony Joseph Sellers are all charged with two counts of malicious destruction of property (less than $1000) and one count of fourth-degree burglary. After the graffiti was cleaned up, the school posted a message of unity in response on the field, spelling out, “No hate here,” in football jerseys and helmets. “We...
    As school systems across the country reckon with the innumerable challenges of re-opening amid the pressures of a resurgent coronavirus pandemic, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has reportedly isolated herself within her expansive Michigan estate. At the same time, public attitudes about reopening have soured as schools experimenting with in-person learning report nearly immediate outbreaks of COVID-19. In a recent Politico/Morning Consult poll, almost 60% of Americans rejected fully in-person learning. That figure rose from 53% in July, when DeVos compared the risk of returning to schools with riding a rocket ship into space in a phone call with governors. As DeVos has apparently distanced herself from population centers while the pandemic’s effects impact new parts of the country, she has simultaneously pushed for the nation’s public schools to put teachers and students back in the classroom full-time. DeVos’ hardline advocacy, which flouts...
    (CNN)A top federal health official is issuing a stark message: Follow recommended coronavirus measures or risk the worst fall in US public health history.Coronavirus has infected more than 5 million people and killed over 166,000 nationwide, according to Johns Hopkins University. On Wednesday alone, there were 55,910 reported new cases and 1,499 deaths. Dr. Robert R. Redfield. "For your country right now and for the war that we're in against Covid, I'm asking you to do four simple things: wear a mask, social distance, wash your hands and be smart about crowds," said Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "I'm not asking some of America to do it," he told WebMD. "We all gotta...
              Many public schools in Virginia won’t start until the end of August, but Thales Academy in Glen Allen is already off to a strong start for the 2020-2021 school year. Thales, which is a private school with campuses in Virginia, North Carolina, and Tennessee, started their school year on July 20. The Virginia campus, located in Glen Allen, currently enrolls students in kindergarten through second grade. The institution is named after Thales of Miletus, who is widely regarded as the Father of the Sciences and Western Philosophy. The schools are structured to offer students an affordable and high-quality education through the use of “Direct Instruction and a Classical Curriculum that embodies traditional American...
    Betsy DeVos The debate over how to educate kids safely during the coronavirus pandemic has been in the headlines and in the minds of parents, teachers, and state and local officials. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, though, has been holed up in Michigan, where her homes include a 22,000 square foot lake house, with occasional forays out to hold small events at charter schools and private schools, especially religious schools. Noelle Ellerson Ng, an official at an organization representing public school superintendents, told NBC News her group hasn’t heard from DeVos, though “We would stand ready to answer that call. That's my job, to be a direct liaison to the federal government.” Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont doesn’t know “what, if anything,...
    SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle school board on Wednesday unanimously voted to begin the academic year remotely. The plan for the state’s largest school district passed with a wide-ranging amendment that directs the superintendent to explore creating outdoor classes, and also reinforces teaching of Black studies and curricula developed by tribes, The Seattle Times reported. Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Denise Juneau had previously recommended a fully remote learning model for the start of the school year, which was endorsed by the principals labor union and teachers union. However, the district’s specific plans are far from set because Seattle Public Schools is still bargaining with the teachers union, the Seattle Education Association. Those discussions will set the parameters for how teachers...
    Roger Sollenberger August 12, 2020 11:38PM (UTC) As school systems across the country reckon with the innumerable challenges of re-opening amid the pressures of a resurgent coronavirus pandemic, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has reportedly isolated herself within her expansive Michigan estate. At the same time, public attitudes about reopening have soured as schools experimenting with in-person learning report nearly immediate outbreaks of COVID-19. In a recent Politico/Morning Consult poll, almost 60% of Americans rejected fully in-person learning. That figure rose from 53% in July, when DeVos compared the risk of returning to schools with riding a rocket ship into space in a phone call with governors. : As DeVos has apparently distanced herself from population centers while the pandemic's effects impact new parts of the country, she has simultaneously pushed for the...
    New York City’s public schools will not be ready to reopen for in-person learning by the first day of school on Sept. 10, a union representing principals and administrators told Mayor Bill de Blasio in a letter on Wednesday. The letter, sent from Mark F. Cannizzaro, president of the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators, urged the mayor and schools Chancellor Richard Carranza to begin the school year fully remote and delay in-person instruction until the end of September to allow for more time to train teachers on new safety measures, hire more school nurses and procure enough personal protection equipment (PPE).  “The slow rollout of guidance has forced us to once again address an unfortunate truth: Schools will not...
    Trump education secretary Betsy DeVos is heading the administration’s effort to force schools to reopen in the fall for in-person instruction. What’s her plan to reopen safely? She doesn’t have one. Rather than seeking additional federal funds, she’s using this pandemic to further her ploy to privatize education — threatening to withhold federal funds from public schools that don’t reopen. Repeatedly pressed by journalists during TV appearances, DeVos can’t come up with a single mechanism or guideline for reopening schools safely. She can’t even articulate what authority the federal government has to unilaterally withhold funds from school districts — a decision that’s made at the state and local level, or by Congress. But when has the Constitution stopped the Trump...
    Rhode Island will delay the opening of public schools two weeks until Sept. 14, Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo announced Wednesday despite the seven-day average of new novel coronavirus infections dropping 17% over the past two weeks. “Hospitalizations are creeping up,” Raimondo said Wednesday during her weekly news briefing on the coronavirus. “We still have days with more than 100 cases per day. “Come on. We’ve got to get kids back to school.” Despite the seven-day average of daily new cases falling from 114 on July 31 to 95 on Tuesday, according to worldometers.info,  state Health Director Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott said there were “way too many new cases” and hospitalizations are “higher than we want to be.” The number of coronavirus-related...
    Reuters August 12, 2020 0 Comments New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said on Wednesday he signed an executive order clearing both public and private schools, pre-K through 12th grade, and colleges and universities to reopen for in-person instruction in the upcoming academic year. “We have held ongoing discussions with the leaders throughout our higher education system and we believe they are ready for this step,” Murphy told a news conference. The governor said the decision on whether to implement in-person or remote learning, or a mixed approach, rested with the state’s nearly 600 public school districts as well as charter, parochial and other institutions. School districts that can’t meet all the health and safety standards put in place by...
    JERSEY CITY, New Jersey (WABC) -- New Jersey public and nonpublic pre-K through 12 schools and colleges and universities have been cleared to reopen for the upcoming academic year, Governor Murphy has announced.Murphy said each of the 600 school districts, public and non-public schools, must certify that they can meet the New Jersey Department of Education's health and safety standards of students and staff in order for in-person instruction to resume.School districts that cannot meet all health and safety standards for safe in-person instruction will begin their school year with ALL-REMOTE LEARNING.Public school districts must show:Plans for satisfying these standardsAnticipated date to resume in-person instructionColleges and universities can resume in-person instruction as long as social distancing and other protections are...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City -BY RACHEL HOLLIDAY SMITH, THE CITY. This article was originally published on Aug. 11 at 9:18 pm EDT by THE CITY   On the Upper East Side, two private schools hoped to use part of a dead-end block for less than six hours each weekday to help students keep a safe distance. In Brooklyn Heights, the Saint Ann’s School eyed using local parks and streets for its kids. And on the Lower East Side, public school officials submitted plans to the city Department of Transportation to utilize adjacent streets to help keep students spread out. But with less than a month...
    BROWARD (CBSMiami) – Broward County Public Schools has shifted its position a bit, vowing to reconsider a return to school buildings weeks ahead of originally scheduled. The school board is hearing parents, who want their kids back in school buildings as soon as possible. “We will continue to watch the spread and will revisit on October 1st,” said Superintendent Robert Runcie. With the start of the virtual school year closing in quickly, the focus of Tuesday’s Broward School Board meeting was yet again on distance learning. “All of us desperately want our schools to reopen, and meeting the critical need of our students,” said Runcie. But this meeting didn’t just focus on the push for federal aid, rapid testing, contact...
    ELIZABETH, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Local school districts in New Jersey vary widely in terms of their reopening plans. As CBS2’s Nick Caloway reported Tuesday, one won’t open at all for in-person learning this fall. School buildings in Elizabeth will remain empty this fall. “Frankly, we don’t have enough teachers,” Mayor Chris Bollwage said. CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC Tri-State Coronavirus Travel Advisory Quarantine List Resources, Hotlines, Unemployment & Covering Bills Remote Learning Tools For Parents Teaching At Home CBS2’s Dr. Max Answers Your Health Questions What To Do If Someone Isn’t Social Distancing Or Wearing A Mask? Expert: Parents Be Mindful Of Children’s Stress After Months Of Isolation Chopper 2 Over Empty NYC Streets, Landmarks Complete Coronavirus Coverage Bollwage said it...
    By MATTHEW BARAKAT, Associated Press FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — Virginia's Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology regularly finds itself at the very top of national rankings, an elite public school in the suburbs of the nation's capital for which families start preparing their children as early as kindergarten. For decades, though, Black and Hispanic students have made up just a tiny fraction of the school’s student body. That may be changing soon, as Virginia officials prepare plans to dramatically alter the admissions policy at TJ and 18 other gifted high schools across the state. The lack of diversity in gifted education is a nationwide problem, one that officials in many states are now seeking to change at...
    FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — Virginia’s Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology regularly finds itself at the very top of national rankings, an elite public school in the suburbs of the nation’s capital for which families start preparing their children as early as kindergarten. For decades, though, Black and Hispanic students have made up just a tiny fraction of the school’s student body. That may be changing soon, as Virginia officials prepare plans to dramatically alter the admissions policy at TJ and 18 other gifted high schools across the state. The lack of diversity in gifted education is a nationwide problem, one that officials in many states are now seeking to change at a time of...
    SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio’s Metropolitan Health District issued an amended directive Friday for public and private school officials who are gauging the safety of reopening amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the amended order, Bexar County school districts are encouraged to “tie their pandemic operational level to public health department metrics for community infection,” according to the order. The school safety indicator, unveiled earlier this week by Metro Health, should be used to help school officials assess the spread of COVID-19 as they consider when and how to reopen, the city press release said. The indicator includes three risk levels - red, yellow, and green - based on three factors: Positivity rate - which is defined as the percentage...
    BELMONT CRAGIN — Prosser Career Academy’s local school council voted 5-2 on Tuesday in favor of keeping in-school police officers on the Northwest Side campus. The Belmont Cragin high school at 2148 N. Long Ave. is the latest Chicago public school to retain its school resource officers: The vast majority of Chicago’s public high schools also have chosen to keep officers in place. “We have to focus on what we think is best for our students right now,” said council member Clemmie Ellis, who voted to keep officers. “I think right now, it’s not so much politics that’s best for them.” The role of police in Chicago Public Schools has become a hotly debated issue in the wake of...
    An Idaho lawmaker denounced the public health officials who are making policy decisions in his community regarding the coronavirus and suggested that listening to them is an "elitist approach" to the pandemic. Republican state Sen. Steven Thayn, a member of the state legislature's Education Working Group, supports a bill that would strip the public health districts of their power when it comes to determining restrictions in schools meant to stop the spread of the virus, according to the local NPR affiliate. Instead, they want local school boards to take up this responsibility. “We’re letting a few fearful people control the lives of those of us who are not fearful,” Thayn said. “Listening to experts to set policy is an elitist...
    Public school systems throughout the D.C. region are grappling with how to handle the new school year during the coronavirus pandemic. Many are urging caution, start dates are being pushed back and some form of virtual learning is being included in plans by multiple regional school systems. Below are the plans for school systems by state and county in the WTOP listening area. This story will be updated as more information becomes available. More Coronavirus News Sign up for WTOP alerts Latest coronavirus test results in DC, Maryland and Virginia Coronavirus FAQ: What you need to know Coronavirus resources: Get and give help in DC, Maryland and Virginia Looking for more information? D.C., Maryland and Virginia are each...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The upcoming school year is going to look a lot different due to the Coronavirus pandemic, and one aspect of that includes busing. On a Zoom call Monday night, Pittsburgh Public Schools leaders laid out a list of things that describe what the ride for students will be like, and what families and students must do as the school year nears. This list goes into detail of what’s expected of students while riding in a school bus ride and the consequences if the rules are not followed, including denying a student of busing privileges. These new changes show it’s going to be different for Pittsburgh Public students when riding a bus. But the district says all of...
    Three-fourths of all public school students in New York City, roughly 700,000 children, are expected to return to classrooms come September, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Monday.  “We’re the only major school district in America — the only major urban school district planning for in-person classes this fall,” he said at a daily briefing, citing the city’s low viral spread as reasoning for the decision.  Parents had to decide by Friday if they planned to send their children back to school or keep them in 100% remote learning. So far, 26% of the district, or more than a quarter-of-million students, have opted to learn from home. The rest will start a so-called “blended learning” model, in which they will...
    CHICAGO — Chicago’s $8.4 billion budget plan for its public schools includes $125 million in new classroom investments and another $75 million for the district’s pandemic response — new spending that gambles on Congress coming through with additional emergency funding for schools despite recently stalled talks in Washington.  The school district is also planning to cut its controversial tab for school police at least in half to reflect that officers don’t work in schools 12 months of the year, a new detail that has emerged in response to questioning about the existing $33 million contract between the school district and the city’s police department. Chicago’s budget plan unveiled Monday includes $758 million in capital spending, specifically $653 million for facility projects across...
            by Bethany Blankley  Some school districts are having a difficult time accounting for thousands of devices that were sent home with students this spring to participate in distance learning programs during COVID-19 shutdowns. Federal CARES Act funding allocated money to states to purchase millions of students laptops, tablets and Chromebooks. Now some districts are having difficulty finding them. In Atlanta, Fulton County Public Schools officials say they’re having difficulty trying to retrieve hundreds of mobile devices that have not been returned by students who graduated this year. Emily Bell, the district’s acting chief information officer, said the district runs into this kind of problem every year, but not this late into the summer. “These devices will be...
    America's 30,000 private schools have used their political might to divert billions of dollars in federal COVID relief from public schools starved of local and state assistance, using the pandemic to substantially expand their decades-long push for public funding far beyond their valuable basic privileges of tax-exemption and deductible donations.  Billions of dollars have been effectively transferred to private schools, most of them Christian, in an unprincipled effort with devastating consequences for low-income students.  The accelerated pace of aid has been a “heads we win, tails you lose” proposition, saddling the school districts most in need of state and federal assistance with under-funding and over-regulation while the private school sector literally profits from outsized government aid and deregulation. 
    Advocates for freedom of speech are calling on American schools not to punish kids who share unflattering photographs of crowded hallways or masklesss peers, CNN reported. The move comes in the wake of a Georgia teenager being suspended for doing that very thing. As previously reported by The Inquisitr, Hannah Watters, a sophomore at North Paulding High School, was alarmed at what she saw during her first week back at school, including hundreds of her peers crammed into a narrow hallway, and few of them wearing masks. She took a photo of the situation and posted it on Twitter. Day two at North Paulding High School. It is just as bad. We were stopped because it was jammed. We are...
    JERSEY CITY, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — There will be no in-person classes in September for students in Jersey City Public Schools. The board of education voted Thursday night to start the school year with 100% remote learning. RELATED STORY: New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy Says Parents Can Choose Full-Time Remote Learning For Students This Fall The decision goes against state guidelines requiring that some form of in-person instruction be offered. The board says it based its decision on increased COVID cases in schools in other states that have already reopened.
    Young elementary school students and their parents attempt to get the attention of passing motorists on Church Street in Winchester, MA on July 30, 2020. A group of Winchester parents hold an event on the town common, voicing their concerns about younger students being able to learn remotely and advocating for the full return of them to classrooms.Jim Davis | Boston Globe | Getty Images When classes begin on Wednesday, half of freshman at the Adelson Educational Campus will be new to the Jewish values school. With more families looking for face-to-face instruction for fall, the Las Vegas school has seen an uptick in interest, according to Upper School Principal Camille McCue. Despite putting limits on class size to maintain...
    (CNN)As scores of American children return to classrooms under the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic, free speech experts have bristled at the sight of a public school punishing a student for practicing her right to free speech by sharing a photo of classmates not wearing masks and not social distancing on campus.This issue became a flashpoint this week after sophomore Hannah Watters was disciplined for posting a photo on Twitter showing many of her fellow North Paulding High School classmates in Dallas, Georgia not wearing masks while walking down a crowded hallway. The photo was posted on Twitter at the end of dismissal, Hannah said."I took it mostly out of concern and nervousness after seeing the first days of school,"...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- After Chicago Public Schools announced they would be starting the year fully remote, some parents, looking to Catholic schools, private tutors and even pandemic pods.Chicago Catholic Schools are planning for all in-person learning this fall. They say they have a safe plan in place.RELATED: What could learning be like during COVID-19 pandemic?Virgie Berry is a pre-school teacher in the city. She has been gathering small groups of children outdoors over the summer."It's kind of funny how fast word spreads," Berry said. "When you're doing tutoring. I have had random people each out to me via Facebook via neighborhood groups just asking like what are your plans for the school year?"RELATED: Chicago Public Schools to start school year...
    Chicago public school officials announced Wednesday that children will not be returning to the classroom in the fall and will instead begin remote learning in early September. “After carefully considering advice from public health experts and feedback from our families, we are announcing a full remote start to the 2020-21 school year,” the school system tweeted. “We will begin the school year as scheduled on Tues, 9/8 with all students learning from home through the end of the 1st quarter (Mon, 11/9). We will then reassess switching to a hybrid in-person learning model similar to what was proposed in our preliminary reopening framework.” They claimed the decision was the result of intense feedback from over 87,000 teachers, students and families...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Starting today, the push to get the necessary technology to Pittsburgh Public School students will begin. Seniors at Pittsburgh Public Schools will be the first to start this computer exchange distribution program. With the school decided to make the first nine weeks of the school year online, these devices will be essential for learning. School is scheduled to begin on August 31 and it’s been a challenge for the district to get enough laptops and Chromebooks ready for the beginning of the year. Pittsburgh Public Schools has 23,000 students and because of the enormous demand, there is a backlog. Another issue is that last year’s technology has become outdated so laptops need...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The push to get devices to students in Pittsburgh Public Schools is in full swing before the start of the school year. Pittsburgh Public Schools will begin the first nine weeks of the year fully online, and the district has pledged to be a one-to-one device district by the start. When schools closed in March, the district only had a fraction of the devices needed to distribute out to its 23,000 students. With a little over three weeks to go before the start of school on Aug. 31, the demand for laptops, Chromebooks and iPads is at an all-time high, causing a backlog. “Our techs rose to the challenge and they pulled in thousands of devices,...
    Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot visits with children affected by the teachers’ strike at the McCormick YMCA on October 17, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) This week, Chicago Public Schools, the nation’s third-largest school system, has announced that the coming school year will be conducted entirely via remote learning for all students. Read More: Nurse brawls with Chicago subway passenger who blames health care workers for coronavirus According to a local NBC affiliate, Wednesday morning CPS CEO Janice Jackson and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot made the announcement at a news conference, stating the district had made the decision in efforts to mitigate risk to both students and faculty in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. ...
    Whitehall farce WHAT a dismal, shameful example Whitehall civil servants set for the rest of Britain. How can they inspire confidence that our schools and workplaces are safe if just two dozen out of 2,000 Department for Education staff show up to theirs? 3Workers must mask-up, socially-distance and go back, use public transport, buy a sarnie for lunch and help mend the economy as our competitors areCredit: AFP or licensors We would expect depleted numbers, given social distancing requirements. That is still a staggeringly poor effort. And it reflects a uniquely British problem. Between 70 and 83 per cent of workers surveyed in France, Italy, Spain and Germany are back at their offices. In the UK it’s just 34...
    Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has announced that classes in Chicago Public Schools will be fully remote next year, according to The New York Times. The decision will avoid a possible strike from the Chicago teachers union, which serves 361,000 students in more than 600 schools. Lightfoot has called the decision was based on "public health data and the invaluable feedback weve received from parents and families." The move comes as school districts around the country struggle with how to move forward with K through 12 learning during the coronavirus pandemic. Only five of the largest school districts in the United States will open their doors for some form of in-person learning. That includes the New York City public school system....
    Chicago public school officials announced Wednesday that children will not be returning to the classroom in the fall and will instead begin remote learning in early September. "After carefully considering advice from public health experts and feedback from our families, we are announcing a full remote start to the 2020-21 school year," the school system tweeted. "We will begin the school year as scheduled on Tues, 9/8 with all students learning from home through the end of the 1st quarter (Mon, 11/9). We will then reassess switching to a hybrid in-person learning model similar to what was proposed in our preliminary reopening framework." NUMBER OF CHICAGO SHOOTING VICTIMS UNDER 10 YEARS OLD TRIPLES FROM LAST YEAR VideoThey claimed the decision was...
    Chicago Public Schools on Wednesday ditched plans to have some students in classrooms to start the school year and announced a fully remote learning plan for the fall, CBS Chicago reports. This comes as the state faces a slow but steady rise in new COVID-19 cases and the possibility of a strike vote by the Chicago Teachers Union next week. CPS Chief Executive Officer Janice K. Jackson and Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced Tuesday that all students would be learning remotely for at least the first part of the 2020-21 school year. "In a perfect world, students would be in classrooms more not less, but unfortunately that is not where we find ourselves today," Jackson said. Georgia 2nd grader tests positive...
    “There is a contradiction between budget cuts and reopening schools amid the coronavirus pandemic," New York City public school teacher Karla Reyes told "America's Newsroom" Wednesday. “School budgets have been cut for a really, really long time and teachers have been organizing around that,” Reyes went on, adding that "the role of teachers is to expose the real enemies who, I believe, are politicians and the corporations and the shortcomings of the government in responding to this health and economic crisis, where right now the entire burden of the crisis is being put on the teachers." WEIGHING THE RISKS OF REOPENING SCHOOLS AMID COVID PANDEMIC The debate surrounding whether, when and how to reopen schools for in-person instruction this fall has grown...
    Officials announced Wednesday that Chicago Public Schools will start its school year with full remote instruction through at least the first quarter, as the nationwide debate continues over whether to reopen schools to in-person learning amid the coronavirus pandemic.[ READ: Teachers Union Considers Strikes Over School Reopenings ]The public school system – one of the largest in the country, serving more than 350,000 students across more than 600 schools – last month announced a hybrid model in which most students would have returned to classrooms two days a week, according to WGN-TV. Now, the school year will start virtually on Sept. 8, as officials consult with public health experts and consider whether to welcome students back in a hybrid fashion starting Nov....
    (CNN)Mississippi for weeks has been punching above its weight in the wrong coronavirus statistics. After a summer surge, the state with a relatively low population now has the fifth-highest recorded case count per 100,000 people, behind only Louisiana, Arizona, Florida and New York.It also has the nation's highest test positivity rate, at a weekly average of 25.8% as of Wednesday, according to Johns Hopkins University and the Covid Tracking Project. Coronavirus positivity rate: What the term meansWith the state encouraging schools to reopen for in-person learning with caveats, the governor -- until now mandating masks only in counties with the worst numbers -- says now is the time for the state to hit back harder.Gov. Tate Reeves announced new measures...
    California health officials released guidelines Monday for elementary schools to seek waivers that would allow them to offer classroom instruction but recommended that local health officials not even consider that option in counties with the highest rates of coronavirus infection.The state Department of Public Health released the guidelines for public, private and charter schools seeking permission from local health officers to resume in-person instruction if they are located in one of 38 counties that remain on a state watch list because of troubling COVID-19 increases.Those counties contain most of the state's population.The waivers only apply for kindergarten to sixth grade because health officials say those students are less likely than older children to become infected or transmit coronavirus.However, the state...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Chicago Public Schools and Mayor Lori Lightfoot have announced Wednesday that CPS will start the school year with all-remote learning.The decision comes weeks after CPS proposed a hybrid model for most students featuring two days a week in class and three days at home. The district had been gathering online feedback from parents."The decision to begin the 2020-2021 CPS school year remotely during the first quarter is rooted in public health data and the invaluable feedback we've received from parents and families," said Mayor Lightfoot. "As we build out this remote learning model and seek to establish a hybrid learning model in the second quarter, we will continue to support and collaborate with parents and school leaders...
    (CNN)Chicago Public Schools, the nation's third-largest school system, will start the coming school year with fully remote learning for all students due to the coronavirus pandemic, the district announced Wednesday.The decision could avoid a possible strike from the Chicago Teachers Union. The district will implement remote learning through the first quarter, which ends November 9, and then will evaluate if it is safe to open in a hybrid learning model."As a district, we value parent feedback and we cannot overlook that a large percentage of parents have indicated they do not feel comfortable sending their students to school under a hybrid model for the start of the school year," said CPS CEO Janice K. Jackson in a statement. Schools find...
    (Reuters) - The 350,000 students who attend Chicago Public Schools, the third largest district in the U.S., will start the school year by taking all of their classes remotely amid the COVID-19 pandemic, school officials said on Wednesday. The decision to go to all-remote learning came after the city saw an uptick in virus cases in recent weeks that made public health officials concerned about the implications of in-person learning, Chicago Public Schools said in a statement. (Reporting by Brendan O'Brien in Chicago; Editing by Chris Reese) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    CHICAGO — The city’s public schools will start the year on Sept. 8 with all kids taking online, remote classes, officials announced Wednesday. The move comes after weeks of pushback from teachers, parents and community members, who worried the district’s plan — to have a hybrid model where most kids would spend at least a few days in school — would expose children, families and faculty to coronavirus. CPS said an uptick in cases and feedback from parents factored into the decision. “The decision to begin the 2020-2021 CPS school year remotely during the first quarter is rooted in public health data and the invaluable feedback we’ve received from parents and families,” said Mayor Lightfoot. “As we build out this...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Mayor Lori Lightfoot is expected to make a major announcement about Chicago Public Schools Wednesday morning, with sources telling ABC7 that CPS will start the school year with all-remote learning.The decision comes weeks after CPS proposed a hybrid model for most students featuring two days a week in class and three days at home. The district had been gathering online feedback from parents.EMBED More News Videos Mayor Lori Lightfoot is expected to make a major announcement about Chicago Public Schools Wednesday morning, with sources telling ABC7 that CPS will start the school year with all Word of the CPS decision came hours after talk of a teachers strike grew louder if CPS went ahead with in-person learning.RELATED:...
    Need to stay updated on coronavirus news in Texas? Our evening roundup will help you stay on top of the day’s latest updates. Sign up here. While debate about how to safely reopen public schools in Texas raged through the summer, Kim Olstrup was preparing to bring students back to her Midcities Montessori private school in Bedford. She bought an electrostatic disinfection device similar to one used on airplanes and halved enrollment from about 130 students to about 60 to accommodate social distancing in her classrooms. In two weeks, her school for children in preschool to 12th grade will be open to students. Olstrup is optimistic enough about her precautions that she didn’t even consider turning to virtual learning as...
    (Reuters) - The World Health Organization has warned the coronavirus pandemic could overwhelm strained public health systems in Africa. On Wednesday, the continent was approaching a million infections and around 21,000 deaths, according to a Reuters tally. Here are measures some countries are taking to curb the virus. SOUTH AFRICA With more cases than any other country on the continent, South Africa imposed a strict lockdown on March 27, closing borders and requiring most people to stay at home except for essential trips. The government also banned the sale of alcohol and cigarettes.     The government in May allowed the re-opening of many sectors to try to revive the economy. The move was followed by a sharp increase in confirmed...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – For the first nine weeks of the school year, students in Pittsburgh Public Schools will be completing assignments online but teachers might return to the classroom sooner. During a Tuesday night board meeting, administrators said all staff is expected to be back in the building by October 5. The district also announced that classes will begin on August 31 except for kindergarten. Kindergarten will begin on September 3.
    President Donald Trump and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos have called for the nation’s public schools to re-open this fall, but a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that children of all ages are susceptible to coronavirus infection — and can efficiently transmit the virus to others. The study analyzes a coronavirus super spreader event at a Georgia sleepaway camp in June. Several hundred campers (with a median age of 12) and staffers (with a median age of 17) were tested for COVID-19. Of the 344 individuals for whom test results were available, 260 came back positive for COVID-19, or more than 75%. Of note: The highest percentage of children who tested positive were the youngest. The attack rate was 51% among those...
    As COVID-19 grows to consume every element of our society, the focus has now landed on the subject of education. When should schools re-open? What protections should be put in place for teachers? What should “the new normal” be for children and their education? While these are all important questions during these unprecedented times, another stunning question is also being discussed: “Should schools re-open at all?” While portions of the American Left engage in an absurd battle over demands from teachers unions who see this crisis as an opportunity for political gain, some on the Right are in danger of failing to fight in favor of reopening schools. The reason for this is the widespread view that alternative educational solutions,...
    By KIMBERLEE KRUESI, Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Lee reversed course Tuesday by announcing that Tennessee will release data on COVID-19 in schools despite initially declaring such information would not be collected by the state. The move marks yet another concession from the Republican's administration to be more transparent only after Lee faced loud pleas from the public to release more information during the pandemic. “This a health crisis. Privacy around personal information around someone’s health is incredibly important," Lee told reporters during a COVID-19 briefing. “It’s a real balance to determine how to protect that privacy and at the same time to give transparency to folks who need to know.” Lee's state health agency had stated...
    Teachers unions across the country see the coronavirus pandemic as "an opportunity" to "squeeze more money from taxpayers and put their private and public charter school competition out of business," the Wall Street Journal editorial board charged in an op-ed published late Monday. As evidence, the board pointed in part to a list of demands made by a group of teachers unions and progressive organizations Monday as part of a political-tinged "National Day of Resistance." The demands include cancellation of rents and mortagages, handouts to unemployed Americans, a tax on stock market speculation to be used to fund school reopenings and a moratorium on new charter programs. The WSJ board also cited American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten's calls for "safety strikes" if local union chapters deem...
    The governors of states that were early coronavirus hot spots are making aggressive moves to prevent a second wave of the virus. Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey added Rhode Island to the list of states under a travel advisory Tuesday that mandates visitors from high-infection states to self-isolate for two weeks upon arriving to any of the three states. Other states under the advisory include Florida, California, Texas, North Carolina, and Washington. The move is just one of several by the three states to tighten virus-related restrictions in recent days. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has ramped up his efforts to crack down on large gatherings of people across the state, especially in New York City....
    Students who attend in-person classes at New Jersey’s schools will be required to wear masks unless they have medical exemption, Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his Monday news conference. The requirement is a change in policy for the state Board of Education which previously said masks were required on school buses but only recommended at schools. Other exemptions to the policy are if the students are in extreme heat, are in water, are eating or drinking and in some cases if they are participating in gym or music class and can socially distance. Students have the option of remote learning, but three Democratic members of the Assembly introduced a bill last week calling for all New Jersey...
    Matthew Rozsa August 4, 2020 11:00PM (UTC) President Donald Trump and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos have called for the nation's public schools to re-open this fall, but a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that children of all ages are susceptible to coronavirus infection — and can efficiently transmit the virus to others. The study analyzes a coronavirus super spreader event at a Georgia sleepaway camp in June. Several hundred campers (with a median age of 12) and staffers (with a median age of 17) were tested for COVID-19. Of the 344 individuals for whom test results were available, 260 came back positive for COVID-19, or more than 75%. : Of note: The highest percentage of children who tested...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- The Chicago Teachers Union plans to hold an emergency meeting next week to discuss a possible strike.Union members are not happy with Chicago Public Schools' hybrid-learning school year plan, citing safety issues because of COVID-19.Any walkout would ultimately require a yes vote from 75% of the full CTU membership.CTU members rallied and made their voices, and horns heard Monday.CPS responded in a statement Tuesday, saying "Nothing is more important than the health and safety of our students and staff, and Chicago Public Schools won't open its doors on September 8 if public health officials don't deem it safe to do so. We continue to gather community feedback and closely monitor the public health data before making any...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS SF) — State epidemiologist Dr. Erica Pan on Tuesday outlined the state’s waiver process for K-6 schools that seek to hold classes in person, even if they are in a county on California’s COVID-19 coronavirus watchlist. Pan, the former health officer for Alameda County, said K-6 schools can apply for a waiver to begin in-person instruction if they are located in a county that meets several criteria in spite of being on the state’s watchlist. READ MORE: COVID-19 and Reopening In-Person Learning Elementary Education Waiver Process Individual schools must submit a site-specific plan to keep students and staff safe, taking into account input from interest groups like labor unions and parent organizations. Those schools must then publicly post...
    DENVER (CBS4)– Denver Public Schools announced some big changes to its busing system when school resumes in-person learning this fall. DPS will begin with remote learning on Aug. 24 through Oct. 16 due to the coronavirus pandemic. (credit: ThinkStock) DPS said that under the health and social-distancing guidelines for transportation, buses will only be able to operate at 33% capacity. That means many students, including most middle school and high school general education students, will no longer be eligible to ride the bus to school. DPS said it will prioritize transportation for the youngest and highest-needs learners as well as students legally entitled to transportation, such as those in special education or those experiencing homelessness.
    FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) — Broward County Public Schools will restart the new school year on August 19, and it will be online only due to the coronavirus pandemic. But on Tuesday, during remarks to a special meeting of the county’s School Board on Tuesday, Superintendent Robert Runcie announced they are looking at the possibility of special needs students having some face-to-face learning, instead of 100 percent eLearning. “I have directed staff to look at a pilot program if we can find students and teachers who are willing. It would start August 31,” said Runcie in response to some parents of special needs students who have complained that distance learning doesn’t work for their children. “This pilot effort will allow us to...
    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4) – Members of the Pikes Peak Education Association protested the return of in-person learning by signing their last will and testament in front of the El Paso County Board of Health this week. Colorado Education Association posted pictures on social media on Monday that show teachers signing their wills as fears surrounding the coronavirus pandemic remain high. Earlier in the day the CEA shared a statement on Facebook that fewer than 1 in 5 “educators and support professionals believe their district will be ready to keep them safe from COVID-19 when school starts.” They also shared a comment from a teacher that explains their stance: “Educators understand the importance of data to inform our instructional...
    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4) – Members of the Pikes Peak Education Association protested the return of in-person learning by signing their last will and testament in front of the El Paso County Board of Health this week. Colorado Education Association posted pictures on social media on Monday that show teachers signing their wills as fears surrounding the coronavirus pandemic remain high. Earlier in the day the CEA shared a statement on Facebook that fewer than 1 in 5 “educators and support professionals believe their district will be ready to keep them safe from COVID-19 when school starts.” They also shared a comment from a teacher that explains their stance: “Educators understand the importance of data to inform our instructional...
    Atlanta Public Schools announced it would postpone the first day of school to Aug. 24, two weeks later than scheduled, and would require students to wear face masks when they are in school buildings amid the coronavirus pandemic. Public schools in Atlanta were initially expected to begin in early August, but the school board this week voted to push back that date in order to give teachers and families enough time to prepare for remote and virtual learning. NEW JERSEY TO REQUIRE STUDENTS TO WEAR MASKS IN SCHOOL  The district announced last month that students would begin the 2020-2021 school year with virtual instruction only for at least the first nine weeks of the school year, but noted that some students are...
    MIAMI — On the 4-acre farm at the edge of the Everglades where Timea Hunter runs a horse academy, she has hosted plenty of parties, picnics and workshops. So with her children’s school building closed, she figured why not use it also a classroom? While her son and daughter will participate in distance learning at their school, she plans to hire a teacher together with the families of four to six other children who could provide supplemental, in-person instruction on the farm shaded by royal poinciana trees. “We have a very nice picnic area, a mini playground and big tables where the kids can seat under the shade and they can study there,” Hunter said. “We are not educated...
    An Oklahoma man set to become a teacher sent explicit photos to someone he thought was a 14-year-old girl and tried to meet up with the teen for sex, deputies said. Aaron James Hernandez, 26, was busted Monday by the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office during a sting operation set up by an undercover investigator, department officials said. “It was actually a detective,” deputies tweeted of the minor whom Hernandez allegedly solicited on social media. “This morning he attempted to meet the girl for sex and was arrested.” Hernandez, who was identified by deputies as a local teacher, was in the process of being hired by Tulsa Public Schools, but not had not yet been “officially employed” with the district, Tulsa...
    An Oklahoma man set to become a teacher sent explicit photos to someone he thought was a 14-year-old girl and tried to meet up with the teen for sex, deputies said. Aaron James Hernandez, 26, was busted Monday by the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office during a sting operation set up by an undercover investigator, department officials said. “It was actually a detective,” deputies tweeted of the minor whom Hernandez allegedly solicited on social media. “This morning he attempted to meet the girl for sex and was arrested.” Hernandez, who was identified by deputies as a local teacher, was in the process of being hired by Tulsa Public Schools, but not had not yet been “officially employed” with the district, Tulsa World...
    Eager to both save her business and better serve her customers during the pandemic, Anne Hendrickson hopes to convert much of her Work It co-working center on St. Paul’s Fairview Avenue into a student hub. Instead of start-ups, she’s courting kids as young as 13. Instead of social distancing, she calls it “distance-socializing” — a place where online education can happen away from home, with scholarships for families that can’t afford the cost of a monthly membership. Reaction from existing members has been positive, she said. “There’s huge excitement and energy for it,” Hendrickson said. “They’d love to help the students in a situation where there are no good answers. It’s been an interesting journey for us, but I felt...
    Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan issued an order Monday that prevents the states most populous county from forcing private schools to close this fall because of the coronavirus pandemic. Hogan, a Republican, overrode a Montgomery County directive that said all non-public schools in the county must close until Oct. 1 as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect Americans lives. Hogan said in a statement, "Private and parochial schools deserve the same opportunity and flexibility to make reopening decisions based on public health guidelines. The blanket closure mandate imposed by Montgomery County was overly broad and inconsistent with the powers intended to be delegated to the county health officer." Directly affected by Hogans order is Barron Trump, the 14-year-old son of President...
    If you live in or around the nation's capital, you're probably aware that a fight has been brewing in Montgomery County, Maryland over whether private schools in the county will be allowed to reopen this fall. Montgomery County is one of the most populous and wealthy counties in America, and because of its proximity to Washington, D.C., local government fights there tend to get more attention than what might be happening in your county in flyover country. Thus it is that even Fox News and other national outlets have been covering a fight that seems local, but is in reality national. Montgomery County, you see, had issued a blanket order that private and religious schools could not offer...
    By CAROLYN THOMPSON and ADRIANA GOMEZ LICON, Associated Press MIAMI (AP) — On the 4-acre farm at the edge of the Everglades where Timea Hunter runs a horse academy, she has hosted plenty of parties, picnics and workshops. So with her children's school building closed, she figured why not use it also a classroom? While her son and daughter will participate in distance learning at their school, she plans to hire a teacher together with the families of four to six other children who could provide supplemental, in-person instruction on the farm shaded by royal poinciana trees. “We have a very nice picnic area, a mini playground and big tables where the kids can seat under the shade and they...
    By ROBERT JABLON, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — California health officials released guidelines Monday for elementary schools to seek waivers that would allow them to offer classroom instruction but recommended that local health officials not even consider that option in counties with the highest rates of coronavirus infection. The state Department of Public Health released the guidelines for public, private and charter schools seeking permission from local health officers to resume in-person instruction if they are located in one of 38 counties that remain on a state watch list because of troubling COVID-19 increases. Those counties contain most of the state’s population. The waivers only apply for kindergarten to sixth grade because health officials say those students are less...
    DENVER (CBS4) – Dozens of teachers protested school reopening plans at a car parade Monday afternoon. Many teachers who attended the protests had different opinions on when school should return, but collectively, they agreed there’s not enough scientific data to support a safe reopening plan right now. (credit: CBS) “We must fight back and demand that the safety of our teachers, employees, students, and our community outweigh the political pressure to reopen schools,” said Denver Classroom Teachers Association President Tiffany Choi, who is also a French teacher in the Denver Public Schools System. Choi said her union appreciates Denver Public Schools’ recent change to hold off on in-person learning until October, but wants to ensure that when the district does...
    ILLINIOS representative LaShawn K Ford has called for history books to be scrapped and classes to be suspended in schools because current materials and history lesson plans "lead to white privilege and a racist society". Ford joined a group of community leaders in Evanston on Sunday to ask the state that current curriculums be put on hold as they "unfairly communicate our history". 2 Representative LaShawn K Ford has called for history books to be scrappedCredit: Getty Images - Getty "[They] overlook the contributions by Women and members of the Black, Jewish, LGBTQ communities and other groups," Ford added in a statement to CNN. "Until a suitable alternative is developed, we should instead devote greater attention toward civics and ensuring...
    (WJZ)- Queen Anne’s County Public Schools’ Board of Education announced Monday that the district will not be delivering student meals on Tuesday, August 4 due to the expected inclement weather resulting from Tropical Storm Isaias. “Due to the anticipated wind speeds of 50 to 70 mph and the significant amount of rainfall expected on Tuesday from Tropical Storm Isaias, meal distribution at Grasonville Elementary School, Sudlersville Middle School, and Queen Anne’s High School has been canceled,” said QACPS Public Information Officer Jeff Straight in a statement. TRACKING ISAIAS: MEMA Activates Pre-Landfall Planning Team To Prepare As Tropical Storm Makes Its Way Up East Coast Tropical Storm Warnings In Effect For Parts Of Maryland As Tropical Storm Isaias Lashes Florida...
    Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said Monday that the closure of all schools, including private and parochial schools, in Montgomery County was “overly broad,” and he has issued an order to stop it. The move comes after Montgomery County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles announced last Friday an order for such schools to remain closed to in-person instruction through Oct. 1, citing increased COVID-19 transmission rates in the D.C. area. “The recovery plan for Maryland public schools stresses local flexibility within the parameters set by state officials,” Hogan said in a statement. Public school boards and superintendents had made decisions regarding the start of class “after consultation with state and local health officials. Private and parochial schools deserve the same opportunity...
    Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Monday revoked the authority of county officials to mandate schools close amid a clash with local health officials. Local health officials in Maryland's Montgomery County last week made the decision to keep private and parochial schools closed through October for in-person learning, arguing that having students in the classroom would present a danger to pupils and teachers as the state grapples with COVID-19. But Hogan amended an emergency executive order, which he issued April 5, that allowed local health departments to have the authority to close any individual facility deemed to be unsafe. He called the Montgomery County mandate "overly broad." "The recovery plan for Maryland public schools stresses local flexibility within the parameters set by...
    ANNAPOLIS (WJZ) — The Maryland Department of Health and the Public School Superintendent Association of Maryland has decided to postpone the 2020 high school fall and winter competition season during the first semester. “This decision comes in light of the recent announcements of local school systems to begin education virtually and provides each school system with options for the gradual increase of student engagement for the physical and social-emotional health of students,” the MPSSAA said in a statement Sunday. Local school systems will be able to use MPSSAA waiver regulations as approved by the State Board of Education on June 23, 2020 for student engagement during the first semester. They are also working on finalizing a hybrid two-semester plan focused...
    LOS ANGELES (CBLA) – After weeks of negotiation, the second largest school district in the nation and its teachers union reached a tentative deal late Sunday night on how to proceed with distance learning amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Los Angeles Unified School District and the United Teachers Los Angeles bargaining team reached the agreement after a marathon weekend negotiation session, UTLA reported on social media. The deal is pending a vote from both the UTLA teachers and the LAUSD School Board. The details are still unknown. Last week, UTLA said it rejected a proposal from LAUSD to have its teachers instruct students virtually from empty classrooms when the school year resumes Aug. 18. It’s unclear how that played into...