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    TEXAS – Back to school is just around the corner, but thousands of parents still have questions about whether or not to send their children to school to receive classes in person due to the COVID-19 pandemic. . That is why doctors with Children’s Health and UT Southwestern joined forces to publish a guide in which they answer parents’ questions in the health area. Although the guide is currently only in English, they explain that they identified three circumstances that families can take into account given the difficult situation experienced by COVID-19 and the return to school. Each color depends on current conditions in Dallas County: Code Yellow: The risk of COVID-19 infection is considered low for in-person classes...
    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...
    A 7-year-old Texas boy is on the mend after spending more than three weeks in the hospital battling COVID-19. Nykiera Petry-Shelton A 7-year-old in Port Arthur, Texas, spent 12 days on a ventilator in a medically induced coma as a result of complications from COVID-19.  His mom, Nykiera Petry-Shelton, told Insider she didn't know how her son contracted the virus but said she was "so scared" when doctors had to intubated him due to heart and lung failure. Petry-Shelton said she disagrees with the push to send kids back for in-person classes, arguing measures to keep kids safe aren't practical.   "I know it's going to be hard to keep kids inside, but I mean you have to —...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — The Chicago Teachers Union plans to hold an emergency House of Delegates meeting early next week to discuss a possible strike vote, in an effort to pressure the Chicago Public Schools into starting the school year with remote learning. An unnamed source confirmed to CBS 2 Political Investigator Dana Kozlov the union plans to convene its House of Delegates next week to discuss a process led by rank and file members to take a strike vote to demand remote learning at CPS in the fall. Last month, Mayor Lori Lightfoot and CPS leadership announced plans for a hybrid model of remote learning and in-class instruction for the fall, which would have most students in classes two days per...
    Schools in Mexico will not reopen for the new academic year later this month, and children will instead be homeschooled using television during the coronavirus pandemic, the country’s education secretary said Monday. Secretary Esteban Moctezuma Barragán said the government struck a deal with the country’s largest television networks to bring educational instruction to Mexico’s 30 million school children in the small screen. ALEX BERENSON EXPLAINS WHY US SCHOOLS 'SHOULD BE OPEN' WITH 'NO RESTRICTIONS' DESPITE PANDEMIC “We wanted to return to in-person classes, but it is not possible, nor prudent,” Moctezuma said, adding that students will return to classrooms when the government evaluates the spread of COVID-19 presents less of a risk. Mexico has reported 443,813 coronavirus infections and 48,012 deaths. Moctezuma said...
    First grade teacher Yolanda Vasquez (R) stands in protest along with other teachers and counselors in front of the Hillsborough County Schools District Office on July 16, 2020 in Tampa, Florida. Teachers and administrators from Hillsborough County Schools rallied against the reopening of schools due to health and safety concerns amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Octavio Jones/Getty Images At least 260 employees at Gwinnett County School District in Georgia have either tested positive for coronavirus or been exposed to the coronavirus, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.  It's the largest school district in the state, and the report comes a day after teachers began in-person pre-planning for the semester, according to WBS. The incident raised questions about the risks adults in...
    President Donald Trump tweeted on Monday morning that the nation should open up its schools amid the coronavirus pandemic—but his son Barron Trump won’t be attending in-person classes when school comes around this fall. Hide For months, the president has advocated for reopening the country despite the climbing numbers of coronavirus cases and deaths. Trump has said the U.S. is seeing an increased number of cases because of more routine testing. Hide “Cases up because of BIG Testing! Much of our Country is doing very well,” Trump tweeted. “Open the Schools!” His tweet prompted swift backlash with people pointing out that his own son won’t be attending in-person classes. Barron Trump’s private school announced on Friday that students...
    Donald Trump touted his handling of the coronavirus Monday morning and demanded that schools reopen in the fall, even though that majority of American parents do not want their children going back to in-person classes. 'Cases up because of BIG Testing! Much of our Country is doing very well. Open the Schools!' Trump urged in a series of tweets. The president has been pushing for schools to reopen, even amid a surge in confirmed cases over the last month. 'With the exception of New York & a few other locations, we've done MUCH better than most other Countries in dealing with the China Virus,' the president boasted in a tweet, adding, 'Many of these countries are now having a major...
    An open letter to state officials and school policymakers in my home state of New Jersey: The people of New Jersey are cooperating to fight the spread of the coronavirus pandemic by wearing masks and social distancing, often erring on the side of caution and being extremely prudent with measures such as quarantining when coming from a "hot spot."  It only stands to reason that New Jersey is now more than ready to move on and continue life despite the virus. A major part of this progress is the safe return back to in-person school attendance in September. DEVOS RESPONDS TO THREATENED TEACHER STRIKES, SAYS KIDS CAN'T BE 'CAPTIVE TO OTHER FEARS OR AGENDAS' Gov. Phil Murphy said July...
    (CNN)The majority of Defense Department schools that educate the children of the US military are moving ahead with plans to return with in-class instruction later this month amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. More than 110 intend to return children to the classroom but 43 on bases where the highest level of restrictions have been imposed due to the outbreak plan to start the new school year teaching virtually."We believe it's important to make sure that the kids are being educated. And so we're taking those steps to make the schools open and make it safe," chief Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman told reporters Thursday. "We have always believed that instruction in the classroom is the optimal learning environment for most of...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff WEXFORD (KDKA) – Blessed Francis Seelos Academy alerted families on Saturday evening that they are planning to hold in-person classes five days per week this fall. According to a letter from Principal Robert Reese, the school will begin the year on August 27 and plan to have “intensified cleaning and disinfection procedures” in place. The school also plans to adjust their class scheduling, implement social distancing practices, and said they will confirm transportation plans in the coming days. They are also offering remote learning for families that prefer to stay at home for health concerns. Blessed Francis Seelos Academy reminded families their plans will be updated as new information from local, state,...
    NATRONA HEIGHTS, Pa. (KDKA) — Students from Highlands School District will return to the classroom when school begins next month, but the district will use a hybrid approach that implements remote learning as well. The school board approved a plan that will divide students into two groups. One group will attend classes in person on Mondays and Tuesdays. The other group of students will attend classes in person on Wednesdays and Thursdays. All students will attend classes remotely on Fridays. Temperature checks and health screenings will be performed for students attending classes in person. Face coverings will be required for students. The district is offering a cyber program for families who may not feel comfortable having their children attend classes...
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    One thousand teenagers between the ages of 13 and 17 were surveyed earlier this month to see how they felt about attending school classes in-person for the incoming school year. The survey said 66% of students are concerned about attending school in-person this fall. The survey also revealed 26% of students said they prefer in-person learning five days a week, while 36% would like a blended schedule and 30% prefer online classes only. More than half of all respondents rated the quality of their online classes in the spring as “fair” or “poor” and 49% of students said the quality of their education will suffer due to the pandemic. Teens were also worried about getting sick from COVID-19, their family’s...
    In order to hold in-person classes at all public schools, communities must have their coronavirus outbreaks under control, registering fewer than 10 new cases per 10,000 residents on average over a two week period of time. Infections rates higher than that will require some type of hybrid learning model for some students. If new cases exceed 50 per 10,000 residents over a two week period than all classes should be held online. That’s the guidance Gov. Tim Walz provided to public school leaders Thursday as the 2020-21 school year rapidly approaches. Under those guidelines, no district would be forced to hold all classes online at current infection rates, but districts in several counties, including Blue Earth, Hennepin and a number...
    A recent survey found that many teenagers are feeling a significant amount of concern about the prospect of returning to in-person instruction in the school year ahead. At the same time, many said their online classes last spring did not offer the same quality of education they received while still in school. The survey, which was done by the research firm ENGINE Insights on behalf of Junior Achievement, asked 1,000 teenagers between the ages of 13 and 17 about a range of topics related to the coronavirus and its potential impact on their futures. Two-thirds of teens said they were concerned about going to classes in person in the fall, and 39% of those who said they were concerned reported...
    GREENSBURG (KDKA) – Schools in the Greensburg Catholic Diocese say all students will be allowed to attend class in-person this fall. They also have told families and students that those who have been exposed to COVID-19 or aren’t comfortable sending their kids to school will be permitted to use remote learning. Once the schools are opened, the diocese says the 12 schools in its district will have strict cleaning procedures and there will be barriers between students’ desks and tables. The full reopening plan can be found on the Diocese Of Greensburg’s website.
    More than 6,300 coronavirus cases have been linked to US colleges so far throughout the pandemic as the rise in COVID-19 deaths and infections continues to spur a debate over the reopening of schools in the coming weeks. A New York Times survey of colleges has revealed there have been 6,300 confirmed cases at 270 campuses since the first positive test was confirmed in the US six months ago.  Colleges with the most confirmed cases are in the states of Texas, Florida, Georgia and Washington.   According to the survey, the University of Texas at Austin has had the most cases with 449 positive tests.  University of Central Florida in Orlando followed with 438 infections. University of Georgia in Athens has had 390 cases, University of Washington in...
    With many U.S. schools weeks away from the planned start of a new academic year, Vice President Mike Pence is traveling Wednesday to the state of North Carolina to push the Trump administration’s preference for in-person classes, while leaders in that state and others advocate giving local districts more options due to the coronavirus pandemic. Pence’s office said he would be visiting a private school outside of Raleigh that resumed in-person classes last week with about 300 students, and that he would take part in a roundtable discussion about the school’s safety plan. "Opening up our schools again is the best thing for our kids,” Pence said last week during a visit to Indiana.  “It's also the best thing for...
    By RANDALL CHASE, Associated Press DOVER, Del. (AP) — Public schools in Delaware will likely reopen with a mix of remote and in-person classes, although each school district will make its own decision on how to begin the academic year, Gov. John Carney said Tuesday. State officials are offering guidance to school districts and charter schools based on trends in the number of new COVID-19 cases, average daily hospitalizations and the percentage of people testing positive. Those criteria are used to define “green light, yellow light, red light” scenarios based on minimal spread of the virus, minimal-to-moderate spread, and significant spread. A green scenario would allow for in-person instruction, while yellow would call for a hybrid model of remote learning...
    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Tuesday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was unreceptive to Republican-passed legislation that would require public schools to offer in-person instruction to students in kindergarten through fifth grade amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Democratic governor’s comments came after several districts recently announced they will start the academic year solely with distance learning regardless of whether Whitmer moves the rest of Michigan into phase five of her reopening plan. Under phase four, in-person classes are permitted. Schools are supposed to open for in-person instruction under phase five with fewer required safety protocols. The governor said parts of the House-approved plan now pending in the Senate have “merit,” but “other pieces are modeled after the DeVos plan to force schools to...
    By DAVID EGGERT, Associated Press LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was unreceptive Tuesday to Republican-passed legislation that would require public schools to offer in-person instruction to students in kindergarten through fifth grade amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Democratic governor's comments came after several districts recently announced they will start the academic year solely with distance learning regardless of whether Whitmer moves the rest of Michigan into phase five of her reopening plan. Under phase four, in-person classes are permitted. Schools are supposed to open for in-person instruction under phase five with fewer required safety protocols. The governor said parts of the House-approved plan now pending in the Senate have “merit,” but “other pieces are modeled after the DeVos...
    A school district in southwest Georgia is set to become one of the first in the country to resume in-person classes amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Jefferson school district is set to begin in-person classes Friday even as most districts across Georgia have either postponed their start dates or elected to reconvene completely online, The New York Times reported. For some families, however, most concerning is not that the district is reopening, but that administrators have “strongly encouraged” students to wear masks instead of explicitly mandating them. The decision has created a microcosm of the debate that the United States has witnessed over masks in recent months. In response to the absence of a mask mandate, two seniors at Jefferson...
    Public school teachers in the nation’s capital laid out fake body bags in protest against the possibility that schools could reopen in the coming weeks. As cities and states across the nation wrestle with the choice between returning children to classrooms or continuing the distance-learning protocols that were implemented last spring, a number of teachers have come down firmly on the side of keeping schools closed. (RELATED: POLL: 20% Of Teachers ‘Unlikely’ To Return To The Classroom If Schools Reopen In The Fall) D.C Public Schools teachers briefly lined up “body bags” outside school system offices, protesting plans that could send them back to classrooms in the fall Mayor Bowser is expected to announce if schools will partially open in...
    More than half of the Diocese of Arlington’s Catholic schools in Virginia are planning to welcome students back to school buildings for all of their fall classes. The rest are planing a mix of in-person and online classes. Almost all have announced their plans for the coming school year. Students should expect mask requirements to combat the coronavirus and new protocols for monitoring their health and reporting any symptoms to the schools. Since the diocese’s 40-some schools vary in size and are located in 12 different jurisdictions, each has its own plan. “A big thing I think you’re going to see is the creative use of space that might otherwise be typically dedicated to a more flexible purpose like gyms...
    First grade teacher Yolanda Vasquez stands in protest along with other teachers and counselors in front of the Hillsborough County Schools District Office on July 16, 2020 in Tampa, Florida. Octavio Jones/Getty Images Representatives for teacher unions in Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Texas told Insider they're concerned that schools could be opening too quickly.  In Arkansas, for example, 90% of educators said they were concerned about student health, and 98% concerned about social distancing in school buildings. Union leaders told Insider that they're calling for a delayed start for in-person classes. They also want federal and state governments to issue guidelines and offer funding that could help protect students and staff from COVID-19. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories....
    MALIBU, Calif. (KABC) -- Pepperdine University students are regrouping ahead of the fall semester, as the school prepares to hold all of its classes online. The decision is affecting students who already moved into nearby housing, expecting in-person classes.Incoming Pepperdine juniors Heather Chaffin and Rachel Stenz, like college students everywhere, are preparing for the upcoming fall semester. Pepperdine had been planning for on-campus learning to resume...until this week, when it was announced otherwise."Pepperdine said, oh just kidding never mind, we're not sure what's happening," said Chaffin.While the announcement to focus on online learning isn't unique, the girls' housing situation is a bit more complicated. They say the university had encouraged students, because of COVID-19, to find housing off-campus. Thinking they'd...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Most of the Catholic schools within the Archdiocese of Baltimore will hold in-person classes for the 2020-21 school year, the archdiocese said Friday. Under the reopening plan, students and staff will be required to follow social distancing and face-covering requirements. RELATED COVERAGE: Maryland Back To School 2020 | County-By-County Decisions On School Reopenings Amid COVID-19 New CDC Guidelines Come Down Hard In Favor Of Opening Schools “Under the plan, most Catholic schools will be able to safely accommodate all students for five-day, in-person instruction; however, due to the size and staffing of some school facilities, some schools will begin the school year under a blended or hybrid model incorporating both in-person and remote learning,” the...
    About half of Minnesota educators want to resume distance learning rather than return to the classroom this fall, according to a new teachers union survey. Education Minnesota says 49 percent of respondents would prefer to do their jobs remotely instead of teaching in-person. Among educators of color, that figure was nearly 60 percent. More than 20,000 members were surveyed, the union said. Gov. Tim Walz is expected to announce next Thursday whether Minnesota schools can reopen and under what restrictions. He closed the schools in mid-March because of the coronavirus pandemic. Teachers unions across the country have demanded more school funding at the state and federal levels in order to allow schools to reopen safely. “What is safe must be...
    NEWARK, Del. (AP) — The University of Delaware will hold most of its courses online in the fall because of rising coronavirus cases among young people, officials said. The school originally wanted to have a hybrid learning plan in the fall with in-person and online classes but on Tuesday, a letter to students and faculty detailed a different plan, news outlets reported. University president Dennis Assanis said most undergraduate and graduate courses will be taught virtually, including all courses in the Associate of Arts program. Assanis said the change comes amid the asymptomatic spread of the new coronavirus and a spike in cases among 18 to 34 year olds. Only courses that require in-person instruction will meet on campus, such...
    NEWARK, Del. (AP) — The University of Delaware will hold most of its courses online in the fall because of rising coronavirus cases among young people, officials said. The school originally wanted to have a hybrid learning plan in the fall with in-person and online classes but on Tuesday, a letter to students and faculty detailed a different plan, news outlets reported. University president Dennis Assanis said most undergraduate and graduate courses will be taught virtually, including all courses in the Associate of Arts program. Assanis said the change comes amid the asymptomatic spread of the new coronavirus and a spike in cases among 18 to 34 year olds. Only courses that require in-person instruction will meet on campus, such...
    More states and school districts have decided that they cannot have in-person classes for the fall semester, a sign of the country’s struggles with the pandemic and a setback for President Trump’s agenda. Trump and officials at the White House have been pushing to reopen schools fully and send students to in-person classes because children have a lower risk of getting seriously ill due to COVID-19. States and school districts, however, worry that older staff and teachers are at higher risk of getting sick from students. Alabama, Florida, Texas, Utah, and Vermont are the only states so far to have announced that all schooling will take place in person. Five state education departments — Hawaii, New Jersey, New...
    The White House and Senate Republicans have agreed to provide $105 billion for schools, part of which will be tied to the schools holding in-person classes, as part of a forthcoming GOP coronavirus relief package.  The proposal, which is expected to be released on Thursday, will divide the money up by providing $70 billion for K-12 schools, $30 billion for colleges and $5 billion for governors to give to either, largely lining up with what Senate GOP negotiators pitched earlier this week.   The bill will tie half of the K-12 money to schools that re-open for in-person classes, while all schools will have access to the other half and the $30 billion for colleges will not be tied to in-person classes, Sen. Roy...
    Getty Kids wearing masks, play at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza on July 21, 2020, in Dallas, Texas. Thousands of teachers in Texas have grave concerns about reopening schools in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. A number of teachers shared their worries with Heavy. One teacher informally surveyed more than 7,000 teachers in the state, learning that many had high-risk conditions and most preferred virtual teaching over in-person classes. Exactly what’s happening in Texas schools varies from district to district and from city to city. In Tarrant County, for example, public and non-religious schools will host the first six weeks of classes online, until September 28, CBS DFW reported. In Travis County, in-person classes are barred...
    By JOHN HANNA, AP Political Writer TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Local school boards in Kansas will be allowed to reopen elementary, middle and high schools in mid-August as they normally would, despite a surge in coronavirus cases in the state. The Republican-controlled State Board of Education on Wednesday rejected Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly’s plan to postpone the start of fall classes for three weeks, until after Labor Day. The 10-member elected board’s action leaves decisions about when to reopen to the state’s 286 local school boards, something Republican legislators and conservatives outside of state government had pressured it to do. The board’s 5-5 vote prevents Kelly from issuing an executive order setting Sept. 9 as the start of classes for...
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    Vice President Mike Pence said he would send his children back to school without hesitation if they were still young enough to be attending classes during the pandemic. Pence said on Tuesday that all evidence shows that it is rare for children and young adults to have serious health complications if they contract COVID-19. He acknowledged that his children are all adults, but he said that he and his wife Karen Pence, who is an elementary school teacher, would not be afraid of their children attending classes. "I'm your vice president, but the most important title I'll ever hold is D.A.D. And I'm a proud father of three kids, two are married. But I can tell you with...
    Scott Braband, superintendent for Fairfax Public Schools, has recommended that Virginia's largest school district start the school year with virtual classes, as school districts around the country feel mounting pressure from the Trump administration to return to in-person instruction in the fall. Braband's recommendations came Tuesday afternoon as district's school board convened to discuss how to approach the new school year amid the coronavirus pandemic. “The COVID-19 pandemic looks much different than it did even three weeks ago,” Brabrand said, according to The Washington Post. “Now we are experiencing a surge of COVID-19 across the country, and it will impact us here in Fairfax County. The numbers do not lie.” BREAKING: Fairfax County Schools superintendent will recommend beginning the school year with...
    Senate Republicans are proposing tying half of K-12 funds in the next coronavirus package to schools holding in-person classes. Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntWhite House, Senate GOP clash over testing funds GOP eyes more than billion for schools in coronavirus package Making vulnerable children a priority in the pandemic response MORE (R-Mo.), who has been among a group of key negotiators on the education provisions in the forthcoming GOP bill, said Republicans are proposing $70 billion for K-12 schools. "I think on K-12 we're moving forward with half of the money available to all schools, and the other half available to schools that are having more of an in-person effort because they're going to have more expenses," Blunt said. Asked...
    The Tarrant County Health Department will direct county schools to hold online-only classes until at least Sept. 28, according to an email obtained by NBC 5. The announcement is scheduled for noon this Tuesday, according to an email from Kent P. Scribner, Superintendent of the Fort Worth Independent School District (FWISD). FWISD will hold the first six weeks of classes online, Scribner said. But the order also affects other schools in Tarrant County. In the email, Scribner said he has been in close contact with health department officials. “After close consultation, these doctors and health professionals will issue a statement at noon today saying that in-person instruction will not begin before September 28,” Scribner wrote. It happened in...
    Republicans are proposing to help schools with more than $70 billion in the next round of coronavirus spending. The news comes on the same day the American Federation of Teachers warned 1.4 million education professionals could lose their jobs if Congress does not include significant funding in the next stimulus package to cover budget shortfalls. "There is going to be over $70 billion that this president has already authorized to work with Congress to try to make sure we not only keep the classrooms safe, but the students safe," White House chief of staff Mark Meadows told Fox News on Sunday. President Donald Trump has called for defunding schools that do not hold in-person classes this fall, despite the climbing coronavirus cases around...
    Republicans are eyeing more than $70 billion in help for schools as part of a fifth coronavirus aid package currently being negotiated.  White House chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsTrump says he might not sign coronavirus bill without payroll tax cut Trump turns White House into backdrop for political events Sunday shows preview: Trump, lawmakers weigh in on COVID-19, masks and school reopenings amid virus surge MORE told Fox News that there would be more than $70 billion in the forthcoming GOP proposal for schools. "There is going to be over $70 billion that this president has already authorized to work with Congress to try to make sure we not only keep the classrooms safe, but the students safe," Meadows...
    TEXAS – State officials have given public schools the opportunity to keep schools closed. It is estimated that more than 5 million students would attend classes in the fall. However, the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) has changed everything. Some plan to start their classes online while others have chosen to add the option of also having classes in person. The table below shows more than 100 school districts in North Texas and how they plan to start their school year. It is important to mention that many of them start on the same date, but the difference is that some of them will do it strictly online before opening classes in person. Some of these dates may also...
    BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore’s public school system announced Monday that it will delay the start of in-person classes for students this fall. “While many families are interested in an in-person option, there is also discomfort among students and families with moving directly to reopening in August,” Sonja Santelises, the CEO of Baltimore City Public Schools, said in a letter announcing the delay. The decision from the school system comes about a week after Maryland's leading teachers union called for online learning for the fall semester because of safety concerns about the coronavirus. Some public schools in the state have also announced plans to hold virtual classes for students until January 2021. Santelises has asked the Baltimore school system's board to...
    By JIM SALTER, Associated Press O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — Students who attend the more than 100 Catholic schools in the St. Louis area will be returning to the classroom starting next month under a reopening plan announced Monday by the Archdiocese of St. Louis. The announcement comes as several public school districts in the region also are weighing whether to return to class as new confirmed cases of the coronavirus rise around Missouri. Many districts are expected to offer parents the option of distance learning if they are uncomfortable sending their children back to school. The Archdiocese of St. Louis said the plan to return to in-person learning could change if the pandemic worsens. Missouri reported 846 new cases Sunday,...
    TEXAS – Due to concerns about the coronavirus (COVID-19), multiple school districts in the northern state announced in a statement that they plan to delay the start of the school year. These are Cedar Hill ISD, DeSoto ISD, Duncanville ISD, and Lancaster ISD, who indicated that they will present a proposal to the board of directors to start school after the holiday weekend (Labor Day). That is, the start date would be Tuesday, September 8, 2020. The Dallas School District Classes begin on August 17 virtually, and face-to-face classes the first week of September. The date is not yet defined because community information meetings for parents will be held first. Join the representative of the DISD school board, Karla...
    Arizona teachers are calling for in-person classes to be postponed until at least October, saying, "Remote learning won't kill us but COVID can." "We don't want any children to get this from us, because as a teacher, I don't want to go to any of their funerals," third-grade teacher Stacy Brosius, 47, told Reuters, adding that she is also not ready to send her own three children back to school. Brosius, among other educators in Arizona, are petitioning for Gov. Doug Ducey (R) to push the start of in-person classes to October following the death of a colleague who died from COVID-19 after teaching summer school. Teachers are planning a significant automobile strike on July 22. They will circle the capitol and...
    The Republican governor of Iowa issued a mandate overriding policies set forth by local school districts limiting in-person classes this fall to just one day a week. ”One of the most important milestones in our recovery effort is getting Iowa students back to school,“ Gov. Kim Reynolds said at a news conference on Friday. “And while we all know this school year will be different than ever before, it's critical that we prioritize bringing Iowa’s children back to the classroom safely and responsibly.” Reynolds's mandate would require students to spend at least 50% of the school week in the school building. "The plan is not perfect," Tom Ahart, the superintendent of Des Moines public schools (the largest...
    BRENTWOOD, Calif. (KGO) -- Even before Gov. Gavin Newsom released his guidelines on schools reopening, the Liberty Union High School District in Brentwood, which planned to have at least some in-person learning, abruptly changed course, citing risk and complexity.This morning Superintendent of Schools Eric Volta sent a letter to parents. It said the plan for a hybrid mixture of some in-person classes and some online learning was being dropped."We said given the events of this week that we will start Aug. 10 in full distance learning mode," Volta said.RELATED: Gov. Newsom announces which California school districts can reopen in the fall amid coronavirus crisisThe change was announced just over a week after the school board settled on the hybrid plan.The...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Chicago Public Schools officials have released their plan for most students to return to classrooms two days a week this fall on rotating schedules, if public health officials determine it’s safe for in-person classes to resume. A final decision on whether schools will reopen for in-person classes will not be made until late August, depending on how Chicago is handling the COVID-19 outbreak at the time. “The reality is we have to be ready for any possibility. COVID-19 has been upredictable from the start, and we have a responsibility to be prepared for what the public health indicators dictate, whether that means remote learning, in-person learning, or something in between,” Lightfoot said. “Any...
    By DAVID PITT, Associated Press VAN METER, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Friday she would override local school districts and require students to spend at least half of their education time in classrooms despite concerns the move could endanger children and teachers as the number of coronavirus cases increase in the state. Reynolds’ decision will invalidate plans implemented by some districts including Des Moines, the state’s largest school system, to limit in-person classes to one day a week for most students with online learning on other days. The governor’s actions are in line with the fervent recommendations of President Donald Trump, who has said it’s essential students return to classrooms despite surging numbers of virus cases in much...
    CHICAGO (AP) — Most Chicago children would return to the classroom two days a week and spend the other three days learning remotely once the school year begins under a tentative plan outlined Friday by officials from the nation’s third-largest school district. Chicago Public Schools officials called the proposed hybrid approach a preliminary framework, though, and asked parents, students and staff to weigh in. A final decision about in-person instruction for fall classes won’t come until late August, with classes set to begin Sept. 8. “We have to be ready for any possibility,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said. “COVID-19 has been unpredictable from the start and we have a responsibility to be prepared for what the public health indicators dictate, whether...
    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — A teachers group in Virginia said it cannot support holding in-person classes this fall amid the coronavirus pandemic. The statements by the Virginia Beach Education Association Thursday comes two weeks before the Virginia Beach School Board will decide on how to resume classes for students this fall, The Virginian-Pilot reported. The three options for the board include: virtual learning, reopening schools for in-person classes or a hybrid formula that uses both in-person and online instructions. Kelly Walker, the president of the teachers group, told the newspaper she has received a barrage of messages from teachers anxious about the possibility of reopening schools for in-person classes. “Many people are very scared,” she said. “They’re frustrated. They...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Schools in Dallas County will not reopen for in-person classes before Labor Day, according to an order by Judge Clay Jenkins. In an order issued Thursday, Jenkins said districts may start the 2020-2021 school year before Tuesday, Sept. 8 but only through virtual means. However, teachers may conduct online classes from inside the school buildings as long as social distancing and sanitation guidelines are in place, according to the order. Jenkins said all school-sponsored events and activities such as sports, clubs and competition will not take place until after in-person instruction begins. Several school districts in Dallas County such as Duncanville, Cedar Hill and DeSoto announced earlier Thursday that they would delay the start of the school...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Gov. Tim Walz is expected to announce a decision about what’s going to happen about the 2020-2021 school year before the end of the month. Walz has said there are three scenarios being considered here in Minnesota: students returning to in person learning, distance-only learning, or a hybrid model. As they wait, educators are speaking out about how they’re feeling about the prospect of going back to the classroom. Nicole Mittelstaedt, a Spanish teacher in Hopkins, says she misses seeing her students but feels there are too many risks to return to school five days a week. “We’re all just nervous of what it’s going to loo like the Fall is going to look like,” she...
    South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster (R) is urging schools to reopen after Labor Day as coronavirus cases continue to increase across the state.  McMaster said Wednesday that each district will be required to submit a reopening plan that gives families an option to send children to school for five days a week.  “We must give parents the choice. This is the only thing that we’re asking these districts to do today, is to give the parents the choice,” McMaster said at a briefing. “If the parent wants to send their child back to school they should be able to do so, and to do so with confidence," he added. "If the parents want to keep the child at home, they should...
    DENVER (CBS4) – Schools across the state of Colorado are working to finalize plans for the start of the 2020/2021 school year in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. We asked CBS4 Medical Editor Dr. Dave Hnida about students attending class in person. In turn, Hnida asked five Colorado pediatricians who are colleagues of his if returning to physical buildings is the best move. “The answers pretty much down the line were, ‘Yeah, I think so. I feel comfortable with the way things are developing, but what I would really you to do is ask me in a month. Right now, things are stable but we don’t know what things are going to be like a month from now,'” Hnida...
    College students are ready to return to campus this fall — and most promise to put academics and public safety over partying in the midst of the pandemic. In fact, 76% of students in a new College Reaction/Axios poll said they plan to return to campus if their schools give them the option, and 66% said they would attend in-person classes if those were on the table. Most said they were willing to wear face masks and download an app to conduct contact tracing, and 67% would leave campus again if there was a major outbreak in their community. What’s more, a whopping 79% of surveyed students said that they wouldn’t attend parties the way they did before...
    Some school teachers in Connecticut won’t be returning to the classroom in the fall, even if in-person learning is cleared to resume amid the COVID-19 crisis. Currently, Connecticut is considering three levels for reopening: a full reopening with all students in school five days a week, a hybrid plan where some students attend in-person and some do distance learning, and full distance learning, with guidance expected from the state in the coming weeks. Earlier story - COVID-19: CT Public Schools Will Be Allowed To Cut Days From Academic Calendar However, some teachers are showing reluctance to return to the classroom and have joined the “Refuse to Return” movement, which is nearing 50,000 signatures on a change.org petition. “We...
    Richmond, Va. will make K-12 classes fully virtual in the fall due to the coronavirus pandemic, despite a pressure campaign from the White House to resume in-person learning. The Richmond School Board voted 8-1 against in-person classes for the fall 2020 semester at its meeting on Tuesday, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch. The vote reportedly came after Superintendent Jason Kamras offered several plans, including a hybrid of three virtual instruction and two in-person instruction days per week and a plan in which middle and high school students would attend classes virtually while elementary school students attend classes in-person. The plan the board approved had the backing of the Richmond Education Association (REA), which had cited conditions it said made schools...
    (CBS Miami)– On Tuesday, the University of Miami announced its plans to move forward with re-opening campus for in-person classes this fall. Fall 2020 classes will begin on August 17 and on campus instruction will conclude on Friday, November 20. Final exams will be conducted online from November 30-December 4. The University of Miami made the following statement on its website on Tuesday. “To the University of Miami Community: As we prepare for the start of classes next month, your well-being remains our top priority. We continue to closely monitor the rise in COVID-19 cases in South Florida, working with our local, state, and federal officials to ensure we follow, and in many cases exceed, the latest guidelines to reduce the...
    July 14 (UPI) — The Trump administration on Tuesday dropped its rule denying visas to international students attending classes entirely online, a federal judge in Boston announced. The decision means foreign students won’t have to choose between returning to their home countries or transferring to a school holding in-person classes during the coronavirus pandemic. U.S. District Judge Allison Burroughs made the surprise announcement ahead of a hearing on a lawsuit brought by Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology challenging the rule. “I have been informed by the parties that they have come to a resolution,” she said at the start of proceedings. “They will return to the status quo.” Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced the new policy July 6 and...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Parents are already getting questionnaires from their school districts asking if they’d like to do e-learning full time or part time in the fall. Some parents are being told full-time, in-person classes won’t happen, and they told CBS 2 Morning Insider Tim McNicholas that will be a challenge. Parenting is full of tough decisions. Angela Hornof is an Alsip mom, with a son at Stony Creek Elementary School, who faces a tough one right now. “They did try to do their best, but the solution doesn’t seem very feasible,” she said. The school district is giving parents at Stony Creek and other schools a choice: send kids to school a couple days a week, and do remote e-learning...
    Dozens of protesters blocked a Detroit school bus yard on the first morning of in-person summer classes. About 100 protesters from different advocacy groups held up signs and blocked the exit of the facility, seeking to derail the first day of in-person summer school, WJBK reported. Dozens of protesters are blocking the entrances to the Detroit Public Schools west side bus terminal. They’ve been out here protesting the start of in person summer school classes. Bus drivers have been unable to start their routes for the day. @FOX2News pic.twitter.com/Mh9mOxp9ZI — Veronica Meadows (@VeronicaM_TV) July 13, 2020 “We just know that it’s barely safe to open up partially the economy, why is it safe for young kids to go to school and...
    DETROIT, Mich. (CBS DETROIT) – Protesters blocked a Detroit Public Schools Community District bus garage on the first day of summer classes. Protesters are concerned about student safety amid the coronavirus pandemic. It happened Monday morning at the garage site on Greenfield Road near Joy Road. Protesters concerned about student safety blocked a Detroit school bus garage this morning, the first day of in-person summer school. The students who were going to be bussed will not be anymore. pic.twitter.com/RrjrkSMGaf — philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) July 13, 2020 DPSCD is offering in-person or online morning classes in 26 schools through Aug. 6. Masks are required for students and staff, and the district says classrooms would be limited to 10 to...
    DETROIT, Mich. (CBS DETROIT) – Protesters blocked a Detroit Public Schools Community District bus garage on the first day of summer classes. Protesters are concerned about student safety amid the coronavirus pandemic. It happened Monday morning at the garage site on Greenfield Road near Joy Road. Protesters concerned about student safety blocked a Detroit school bus garage this morning, the first day of in-person summer school. The students who were going to be bussed will not be anymore. pic.twitter.com/RrjrkSMGaf — philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) July 13, 2020 DPSCD is offering in-person or online morning classes in 26 schools through Aug. 6. Masks are required for students and staff, and the district says classrooms would be limited to 10 to...
    SANTA ANA (CBSLA) — International students studying in Orange and Los Angeles counties sued the Trump administration on Friday, alleging that the recent restrictions on foreign student visas makes them “pawns in a political drama.” The federal civil complaint was filed by attorneys for seven international students in Orange County. They are seeking a court order preventing the government from enforcing the policy that would retract student visas from any international students taking solely online classes in the fall. The plaintiffs — identified only by their initials — Chinese nationals studying at UC Irvine School of Law and UCLA, and a German national studying at USC Gould School of Law. On Monday, the Trump administration announced the policy that would...
    PLEASANT HILL, Calif. (KGO) -- Many arts organizations are having trouble surviving the novel coronavirus pandemic with performance venues shut down and funding limited. But one East Bay dance company is getting creative to survive all of this.At Diablo Ballet's in-person summer intensive, 12 masked girls in leotards in a room, each standing inside a seven-foot-box with no air-conditioning - practicing their plies and jetés. They say the county and four doctors weighed in to come up with safety protocol.They are practicing in Pleasant Hill after months of the dance world being shut out of theaters and stages to reach their audiences. Diablo Ballet says patrons, corporate grants and a PPP loan are keeping them afloat after their gala and...
    An exclusive Eyewitness News poll asked parents in California about the possibility students returning to school this fall, to which one in five said campuses should not reopen at all this year.Among the respondents, 21% said schools should remain closed -- while 25% said there should be remote learning only.Hybrid learning is supported by 34% of those polled, and only 10% said they support strictly in person classes.Ten percent said they were not sure.President Donald Trump threatened on Wednesday to hold back federal money if school districts don't bring their students back in the fall. Determined to reopen America's schools despite coronavirus worries, Trump complained that his own public health officials' safety guidelines are impractical and too expensive.In the Survey...
    Many universities including NYU, which is home to over 17,000 international students, plan to operate under a hybrid model in the fall. Facebook/NYU New guidelines from ICE prevent international students on certain visas from attending schools that are fully online, but may allow them to remain if they're taking a mixture of online and in-person classes. Many universities have announced they will use a "hybrid model," combining both in-person and online courses for the upcoming academic year. With "very little information" included in the announcement, however, the new policy lacks clarity in what may be required for a hybrid model, a Senior Legislative and Advocacy Counsel at ACLU told Business Insider. A number of faculty have spoken out...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The University of California system announced Wednesday that it planned to file suit against the federal government for “violating the rights of the university and its students.” The lawsuit comes days after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security directed Immigration and Customs Enforcement to bar international students from staying in the county if they attend universities that offer online-only instruction as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The lawsuit will seek a temporary restraining order and preliminary and permanent injunctive relief to stop ICE from enforcing an order that UC President Janet Napolitano called, “mean-spirited, arbitrary and damaging to America.” According to 2019 fall enrollment data, 27,205 of UC’s 226,125 undergraduate students were non-resident international while...
    Most of New York City’s 1.1 million public school children will return to classrooms only two or three days a week in September under a preliminary plan Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled on Wednesday.  “We know that we cannot maintain proper physical distancing and have 100% of our students in school buildings five days a week. It’s just geographically, physically not possible,” de Blasio said, as he and city schools Commissioner Richard Carranza outlined a proposal for so-called “blended learning,” where students learn remotely at home for part of the week. The plan still needs state approval, a decision expected early next month.  New York City is the largest school district in the country, where roughly three-fourths of students are...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — International students attending schools in America may have to leave the country for the upcoming fall semester amid the coronavirus pandemic. ICE announced Monday if universities switch to all online learning this fall, international students will be forced to leave the country or risk deportation. Johns Hopkins University Officials ‘Deeply Concerned’ About New Student And Exchange Visitor Program Guidance The decision has left universities and international students scrambling to figure out what to do next. “I think we’re absolutely being targeted,” said Johns Hopkins University student Jo Giardini. “I moved here from Vancouver I now face having to say goodbye.” CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE: TIMELINE: Coronavirus In Maryland, Tracking The Spread Latest coronavirus stories from WJZ Latest CDC Guidelines...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Most college students head back to campus next month. And there are many questions are still swirling about what will life be like this fall? CBS 2’s Vince Gerasole has more from Northwestern University. College junior Allan Sokol is earning credit, attending a seminar in his Evanston backyard. “I kept up my grades during the pandemic,” Sokol said. Allan attends the University Of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where they are welcoming students back to campus in the fall with in-person masked and socially distanced instruction proceeding “as much as restrictions allow.” “In terms of classes, some online some in-person, they will announce at the beginning of August,” Sokol said. All first year students are “encouraged to live on...
    The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has announced that only seniors will return to campus in the fall and it will allow in-person classes for students living on campus. While most classes will be taught online amid the COVID-19 pandemic, MIT, like many other universities, will not reduce its tuition cost. Instead, it will hold off on a planned 3.8 percent tuition increase for the academic year, the university said Tuesday. CORNELL IS PLOWING AHEAD WITH IN-PERSON CLASSES, TUITION INCREASE, CONTRARY TO OTHER IVY LEAGUE SCHOOLS Those living on campus will mostly learn online for the semester, the university said, with supplemental in-person teaching in small groups. All undergraduates not living on campus will learn online. Students who have no...
    President Donald Trump voiced his displeasure Wednesday with guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control for schools to reopen safely in the fall. “I disagree with @CDCgov on their very tough & expensive guidelines for opening schools,” he tweeted. “While they want them open, they are asking schools to do very impractical things. I will be meeting with them!!!” (RELATED: White House Open To Increased Funding For Schools In Next Coronavirus Stimulus Package) I disagree with @CDCgov on their very tough & expensive guidelines for opening schools. While they want them open, they are asking schools to do very impractical things. I will be meeting with them!!! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 8, 2020 The president also...
    DOVER, Del. (AP) — A university in Delaware has announced it will hold a hybrid of in-person and online classes for the fall semester due to the coronavirus pandemic. Delaware State University unveiled its reopening plan for the fall semester Tuesday. The hybrid formula will limit those on the school's campus to 3,000 people, The Delaware News Journal reported. Face coverings will be required, and students and staff will have to complete a daily questionnaire before coming to the school or leaving their residence halls when classes resume on August 25, the university said. Coronavirus testing kits will also be mailed to students and staff prior to the beginning of the semester, and on-campus testing will be conducted on a...
    COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — The University of Maryland has announced it will hold some in-person classes during the fall semester amid the coronavirus pandemic. Nearly 20% of undergraduate classes will be held partially in-person when the school’s fall semester kicks off on August 31, school officials announced in an email to students Tuesday. Priority for in-person classes will be given to some courses, including labs and senior capstone projects, according to the email obtained by The Baltimore Sun. Courses with more than 50 students will be held online, and all courses are also expected to be moved online if there is a possible spike in coronavirus cases, Mary Ann Rankin, the university’s senior vice president and provost, said in...
    When University of Texas at Austin senior Stephanie Flores-Reyes checked her fall course schedule earlier this week, she was shocked to see all five of her classes were slated to only be online. But as an international student from Mexico who spends the school year here on an F-1 student visa, it could suddenly be problematic for Flores-Reyes to be enrolled only in classes that meet online because of the coronavirus pandemic. On Monday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced that nonimmigrant F-1 and M-1 visa holders in the United States under the Student Exchange Visitor Program will not be allowed to enter or stay in the country if they are attending American schools that will offer only online classes...
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced Monday that international students, or nonimmigrant students within the United States, are prohibited from taking a full course of study through online classes. If they do, they risk losing their visa and being deported. ICE’s decision argues that visa requirements for students have always been strict and taking online-only courses has been prohibited. Additionally, even if international students elect to take in-person classes, there is no guarantee universities will be able to continue to offer them throughout the semester or year in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. ICE says that if students find themselves in this situation, “they must leave the country or take alternative steps to maintain their nonimmigrant...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- It's been months since college campuses nationwide went quiet, but while they remain mostly empty, there are those still living on them: international students with nowhere else to go."There's disempowerment that's happened. They have no control. They are in no-man's land truly," said Lisa Dietrich.Dietrich, heads the Network of Nations an NIU-based non-profit that aids the the nearly 1,000 international students on campus there.Because of the pandemic, all classes this past Spring and Summer went online. They're now reeling, after getting the news yesterday that unless they're able to take at least some of their courses in person come fall their student visas will be revoked."In our program, mechanical engineering, all of the courses were supposed to...
    ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Many college campuses will look a lot different this fall. Some universities will welcome students back. But for others, remote learning will remain. Crews at Molloy College in Rockville Centre on Long Island are busy deep cleaning and making sure the school is safe for students this fall. For the first time, senior Jack Ryan is living on campus as a resident assistant. “It’s gonna be my responsibility to make sure that my residents are safe and ultimately healthy,” said Ryan in an interview with CBS2’s Hazel Sanchez. “It kind of gets me a little paranoid here and there about whether or not I should be concerned who is coming on campus and where have...
    Texas officials are reportedly ordering schools to offer in-person classes in order to receive state funding.  Education Commissioner Mike Morath announced the requirement Tuesday, according to the San Antonio Express-News, the same day the Texas Education Agency released its guidelines for reopening on-campus instruction for the upcoming school year.  “On-campus instruction in Texas public schools is where it’s at,” Morath said during a conference call with superintendents, according to the newspaper. “We know that a lot of families are going to be nervous, and if they are nervous, we’re going to support them 100 percent.” The rules laid out by the education agency calls for daily on-campus learning to be available for all parents who would like their students to...
    The University of Southern California is continuing with a plan to raise tuition fees to around $59,000 despite an announcement last week that the majority of undergraduate classes are to remain online in the Fall.  Tuition costs are being raised by 3.5 percent for the upcoming 2020/21 academic year, costing $59,260 for two semesters.  Yet last week USC announced that undergraduate students will be taking most, if not all, of their classes online come September due to the 'alarming spike in coronavirus cases' in the Los Angeles area.  Just a month earlier, the school had announced it would invite students back for in- person classes in the Fall semester but was forced to reverse its decision and cancel in-person classes...
    Cornell University will reopen its campus in Ithaca, N.Y., for in-person classes in the fall semester, while other Ivy League schools have decided to stick with mostly online learning amid the coronavirus pandemic. Cornell has rolled out a series of precautions to ensure the safety of about 15,000 undergraduate students ahead of Sept. 2, when classes will resume. HARVARD TO BRING AS MANY AS 40 PERCENT OF UNDERGRADS TO CAMPUS IN FALL, BUT MOST WILL STAY HOME The measures include mandatory masks for students and faculty, reduced classroom capacity, social distancing in classrooms, and frequent screenings for COVID-19, Cornell University President Martha Pollack said in a letter posted online. While it plans for an in-person semester, the university said it will also...
    One South Florida school district announced it will not require students to return to the classroom one day after the state mandated schools to reopen and offer on-campus learning five days a week, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports. Broward County schools Superintendent Robert Runcie said Tuesday he will not require students to return to physical classrooms in August. “We do not see a realistic path” for every school in the county to open five days a week, he told the newspaper. On Monday, State Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran issued an emergency order requiring public schools to provide students in-classroom learning next month. But in the state of Florida, school boards have control over public schools, not the state education...
    The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced Monday that foreign students in the country are required to take some in-person instruction or they will not be allowed to legally remain in the country, reports on Monday said. The ICE’s Student and Exchange Visitor Program released a statement that said students in the U.S. who are enrolled in schools that plan to operate solely online this fall “must depart the country or take other measures, such as transferring to a school with in-person instruction to remain lawful status. If not, they may face immigration consequences including, but not limited to, the initiation of removal proceedings.” MARYLAND JAIL DEFIES ICE, RELEASES ACCUSED RAPIST Fiona McEntee, an immigration lawyer, told NPR that the move “makes...
    Natalia Marques was supposed to be touring apartments with her friend this week, in preparation for her final year at Sonoma State University. Instead—thanks to a new order from Immigration and Customs Enforcement—the 25-year-old economics major spent most of Monday contemplating how to pack up four years of her life and move back to Brazil in the middle of a global pandemic. “I am so close to graduating and they are just like, ‘Eh, maybe not,’” she said. ICE announced in a Monday press release that all international students whose colleges and universities were operating primarily online next semester would be forced to leave the United States. The order set off a panic among the thousands of international students the...
    The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement has announced that in order to remain in the country for the fall 2020 semester, international students must take in-person classes at their schools. Students who remain in the US but take entirely online courses may face “immigration consequences including, but not limited to, the initiation of removal proceedings.” “There will still be accommodations to provide flexibility to schools and nonimmigrant students, but as many institutions across the country reopen, there is a concordant need to resume the carefully balanced protections implemented by federal regulations,” states ICE’s announcement. New students matriculating at schools offering fully online programs will not receive visas, per ICE. Students who are already enrolled at such schools will...
    The federal government plans to inform foreign nationals living in the United States while they attend universities that their visas will only be eligible for schools that hold in-person classes. "Nonimmigrant F-1 and M-1 students attending schools operating entirely online may not take a full online course load and remain in the United States," the Student and Exchange Visitor Program, a Department of Homeland Security program, said in a statement Monday. "The U.S. Department of State will not issue visas to students enrolled in schools and/or programs that are fully online for the fall semester nor will U.S. Customs and Border Protection permit these students to enter the United States." Active students currently in the U.S. enrolled in...
    WASHINGTON (CBS SF) — Officials with the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) on Monday announced modifications to temporary exemptions that will require nonimmigrant students to take some in-person classes due to the pandemic for the fall 2020 semester. The temporary exemptions issued  by the SEVP for the fall 2020 semester state that nonimmigrant F-1 and M-1 students taking classes entirely online at schools attending may not remain in the United States. Those students enrolled in entirely online schools and/or programs will not receive student visas from the U.S. Department of State. Additionally, U.S. Customs and Border Protection will not permit these students to enter the United States. Active students currently in the United States enrolled in the above described...
    VIDEO4:2004:20Cornell University president makes the case for reopening in the fallSquawk Box Cornell University President Martha Pollack told CNBC on Thursday that holding in-person classes this fall during the coronavirus pandemic is safer for her school's students than opting for all virtual instruction. Pollack said the university conducted student surveys and spoke with off-campus landlords in Ithaca, New York — where Cornell is located — and found that up to 50% of Cornell's students planned to be in the city in the fall no matter what. "If we are having residential instruction, we can mandate testing, and tracing and isolation, on a very aggressive regular basis," Pollack said in a "Squawk Box" interview. "We will be much less able to...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- The University of Southern California will resume its fall schedule with almost all undergraduate classes held online, school officials announced Wednesday.The school had previously planned to have in-person classes resume in August. But with coronavirus cases surging once again in California, school officials say they are seeking to keep students safe."Given the continuing safety restrictions and limited densities permissible on campus, our undergraduate students primarily or exclusively will be taking their courses online in the fall term, and on-campushousing andactivities will be limited," school officials wrote in a letter to students and staff."While not what we hoped, we are nowrecommending all undergraduates take their courses online, and reconsider living on or close to campus this semester.We...
    LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The University of Kansas is providing faculty more flexibility if they don't feel comfortable teaching in-person classes in the fall amid the coronavirus pandemic. Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Barbara Bichelmeyer said Monday that decisions on courses, how they would be taught and teaching assignments “should be the purview of the department or program," KCUR reports. The move came after faculty had pushed back last week after they were told to return to campus beginning Aug. 24, unless they could invoke an exemption under the Americans with Disabilities Act. More than 50 department leaders signed a letter to Bichelmeyer raising concerns. Instead of filing for an accommodation under the ADA, instructors will simply be asked to...
    VALLEJO, Calif. (KGO) -- After getting special approval by the state, Cal Maritime has officially resumed in-person classes at its Vallejo campus. Exactly 73 students are now back living in dorms as they finish up their senior year courses that could not be done over Zoom.But like so much during the COVID-19 pandemic, students are not returning to normal university life."It's not quite prisoners, but it is the whole, it is that kind of vibe," Mason Wittels, a senior at the maritime university, told ABC7 News when we drove by the entrance of the campus on Wednesday. "I mean, we're stuck here."All students, faculty and staff were tested for coronavirus before returning to campus. They all must go through daily...
    Students will be back in class in the fall, but school won't be quite the same. The director of the Illinois Department of Public Health expects Illinois to be in Phase 4 of Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s, which begins Friday and allows for in-person classes, for some time. It’s unclear when there would be a widely-available and effective treatment for COVID-19. A treatment or vaccine would allow the state to advance to Phase 5 of the governor's reopening plan. State public health and school officials announced Tuesday the return of in-person instruction guidelines for the fall semester. The guidelines include flexible K-12 schedules that include the possibility of returning to remote learning if needed. The new guidelines: ...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Gov. JB Pritzker on Tuesday said the entire state is on track to move to Phase 4 of the plan to reopen the economy on Friday, and announced guidelines for schools and colleges to resume in-person classes in the fall. “Classroom learning provides necessary opportunities for our students to learn, socialize, and grow. The benefits of in-person instruction can’t be overstated,” Pritzker said in a statement. The governor said the state is providing guidance for preschools, K-12 schools, and colleges and universities to resume in-person learning in the fall. For K-12 schools, that includes a cap of 50 people in one space, requiring students, teachers and staff to wear face coverings in school buildings, increasing cleaning and...
            by Scott McClallen   The University of Michigan will start the fall semester on Aug. 31 at its Ann Arbor campus with a mix of in-person and online classes, President Mark Schlissel said in a video Monday. “Thanks to the thoughtful and deliberate efforts of hundreds of members of the U-M community, our cautious optimism about the fall has coalesced into a path forward,” Schlissel wrote. “Their work has given me confidence that we can do this safely, and we will continue to plan and prepare in the months ahead. We now have the opportunity to begin a new journey together, equipped with the very best guidance and ideas from our leading scholars, innovative students and expert staff.”...