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    (CNN)For many US schools welcoming students back, a return to in-person learning was abruptly halted after new Covid-19 cases.More than 2,000 students, teachers and staff members across five states have been quarantined after at least 230 positive coronavirus cases were reported.It's a grim start to the school year many hoped could mark the beginning of a return to normalcy, but one experts have long warned would come at a cost. More studies have shown how easily children can get and spread coronavirus. But some pediatricians caution that distance-learning has negative consequences for primary-age students and for working families.The dilemma has forced school districts to navigate whether to re-open, and what to do if in-person learning proves dangerous.Covid-19 in the classroom...
            by Neil Shah  A Georgia school district has ordered the quarantine of 925 students and staff following a local outbreak of the coronavirus in their school system, The New York Times reported. The Cherokee County School District, located north of Atlanta, Georgia, opened for in-person learning on August 3 for over 30,000 students, but is now shuttering one high school in the school district and ordering the quarantine of hundreds of students and school officials. Cherokee County School District Superintendent Dr. Brian Hightower explained that “there have been 59 positive COVID-19 tests confirmed among our students and staff, which have led us to mandate two-week quarantines for 925 students and staff,” in a statement released to the public....
    President Donald Trump on Wednesday said that remote learning for students 'is not the answer' for when schools begin to reopen in the coming weeks.  Trump was speaking at the White House when he touted schools reopening, despite schools across the country seeing alarming rates of coronavirus surges amongst students, faculty and other staff.   'It is interesting because one thing we've learned during this horror show of the China plague is that virtual is not as good as being there — virtual is just not the same thing,' Trump said, the New York Post reports.  Trump was speaking at the White House on Wednesday when he touted schools reopening, asserting remote learning 'is not the answer' Last month, the...
    BOSTON (CBS) – Massachusetts school districts have until Friday, Aug. 14, to submit plans for in-person, hybrid and remote learning for the fall. As that deadline approaches, protests are emerging across the state — with parents and teachers demanding their voices be heard. On the steps of the State House on Wednesday afternoon, a small group of parents and students, many from Westwood, demanded kids be sent back to full in-person learning in a few weeks in communities with low COVID-19 infection rates. Tuesday, the governor’s office released a color-coded map identifying low- to high-risk communities for COVID-19 spread. Governor Charlie Baker said he encourages communities in the white or green zone to send kids back to school this fall...
    Parents and students in Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania, held a protest Wednesday demanding their school district "show up" and allow in-person classes to resume at the start of the school year as the school board mulls a plan to hold classes entirely online for months. But the district has voiced concerns over COVID-19, saying a number of teachers have reservations about returning to school right now. What are the details? KDKA-TV reported the crowd of families rallied ahead of the district's Thursday vote on whether or not to move forward with the board's proposal to begin the first nine weeks of school with only the option to attend remotely. The protestors want a choice on whether to...
    More than 65 years after a landmark Supreme Court ruling integrated schools in the United States, students of color are still facing many of the same issues when it comes to their education. Though the 1954 Brown v. The Board of Education decision marked a special moment for students and educators, it still failed to address how racism harms education for students of color beyond striking down school segregation. After the ruling, many white parents didn’t want their children being taught by a Black educator, resulting in Black teachers and principals being dismissed in large numbers. Schools lost approximately 38,000 Black educators during the transition to integrate schools, and the education system has had a difficult time getting those numbers...
    SOUTHLAKE, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Carroll ISD is preparing for both in-person, and virtual classes, with the district working overtime to install over 600 cameras in their classrooms. “We really have to be prepared for whatever curveballs thrown at us at any time,” said Randy Stuart, the executive director of technology for Carroll ISD. “It can be nerve racking for sure. I mean you saw a couple teachers just come up to us and say ‘Hey I need help’ and bottom line is, we have thousands…of pieces that could break at any given time.” Stuart and his staff have spent the whole summer working so teachers can lead classes in person and online simultaneously. Teachers have a Zoom camera, a document...
    US coronavirus: Average deaths are over 1,000 a day for 16th straight day Theres a Reason Why You Haven’t Been Able to Find Dr. Pepper on Grocery Store Shelves College football updates: Focus shifts to SEC, ACC and Big 12 after Big Ten, Pac-12 moves The college football season remains in a state of flux, with the NCAA’s member institutions and conferences not exactly presenting a united front with regard to how to proceed amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Whats next for the SEC, ACC and Big 12? USA TODAY SPORTS See more videos SHARE SHARE TWEET SHARE EMAIL What to watch next Williamstown schools heading back to class; Parents are given a choice WLEX Lexington, KY ...
    MT. LEBANON, Pa. (KDKA) — A group of parents and students are protesting Mt. Lebanon School District’s back-to-school plan for the fall. The district has advocated for beginning the first nine weeks of the school year online. District leaders are citing health concerns and a potential lack of teachers due to coronavirus fears. Mt. Lebanon School District has already said Aug. 31 is the new start date for students. (Photo Credit: KDKA) On Wednesday at the Mt. Lebanon Safety Center, the protesters gathered to send a message to the school district. Parents and students were there to demand the reopening of schools. They want to return to full-time in-person learning or a hybrid model, but what they are mostly asking...
    U.S. college admissions scam tipster gets year in prison for stock fraud Theres a Reason Why You Haven’t Been Able to Find Dr. Pepper on Grocery Store Shelves Georgia School District Quarantines Over 900 Students and Teachers CANTON, Ga. — The first letter went out on Aug. 4, one day after students in the Cherokee County School District returned to their classrooms for the first time since the eruption of the coronavirus pandemic. © Dustin Chambers for The New York Times Students at a number of schools in the Cherokee County School District in Georgia, including Hasty Elementary, have tested positive for the coronavirus during the first week of school. “Dear Parents,” wrote Dr. Ashley Kennerly, the principal of...
    Two former tantra students have opened up about the abuse they faced while seeking spirituality and enlightenment at a Thai yoga retreat that has been accused of being a 'sex cult.'  Saskia Mahler and ‎VijayaSree Feres detailed their experiences at Agama Yoga in Netflix's new docu-series (Un)Well, which explores the dark underbelly of the global wellness industry.   'There's a massive element of danger when it comes to tantra,' explained Mahler, who is a tantra student and teacher. '[There is] so much potential for abuse and pushing yourself over your boundaries. This was my own experience.'  Scroll down for video   Accusation: Saskia Mahler opened up about being sexually abused as a tantric student at Agama Yoga in Thailand while appearing in Netflix's new...
    New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut have cleared schools for reopening, but what that means is different for every district around the Tri-State. Here you will find links to state guidance and CDC guidelines for reopening schools.NEW YORK CITYNew York City's reopening schools plan calls for a mix of in-person and remote learning with students taking turns in classrooms when they return in the fall, but more than a quarter of students have decided to go with the all-remote option instead. Mayor Bill de Blasio said that 74%, more than 700,000 students, will be taking part in the city's blended learning plan. 26% of students will be taking part in remote-only digital learning. He said that is consistent with the...
    Traditional college fairs are getting a virtual twist to help students during the pandemic.The California College Fair is a virtual fair happening Wednesday, August 12. Hundreds of students and several dozen colleges are already signed up to take part in the event. It's organized by ca - are ready to make connections with Bay Area students.The California College Fair is free for students. Sign up by going to tallo.com/ping, answer a few questions, then wait to be matched with schools. It all happens Wednesday from 10 am to 5 pm.RELATED STORIES & VIDEOS: MAINTAINING LEARNING: Free educational resources for kids stuck at home Here's which CA counties can reopen schools and salons amid COVID-19 pandemic COVID-19 learning pods: Here's...
    A Georgia school district has ordered the quarantine of 925 students and staff following a local outbreak of the coronavirus in their school system, The New York Times reported. The Cherokee County School District, located north of Atlanta, Georgia, opened for in-person learning on August 3 for over 30,000 students, but is now shuttering one high school in the school district and ordering the quarantine of hundreds of students and school officials. Cherokee County School District Superintendent Dr. Brian Hightower explained that “there have been 59 positive COVID-19 tests confirmed among our students and staff, which have led us to mandate two-week quarantines for 925 students and staff,” in a statement released to the public. The school district is shutting...
    RichLegg | E+ | Getty Images Racial and economic inequities have long existed in America's school systems, and it's about to get worse, experts warn. With coronavirus cases still high around the country, half of U.S. elementary and high school students will attend school only virtually this fall, according to a study by Burbio, which aggregates school and community information nationwide. That will have grave implications for minority and disadvantaged students, said Madeline Hafner, executive director of the Minority Student Achievement Network Consortium at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research. The past five or six months have "really brought to light these racial disparities that have persisted for generations," she said. More from Invest in You:Desperate parents turn to 'learning...
    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...
    One of St Andrews University's most prestigious student societies has become embroiled in the sex scandal sweeping the ancient university.  Members of the Kate Kennedy Club have been accused by students of sexual assaults including groping, sexual violence and misogynistic drunken behaviour. The allegations against the club, which include 'drunk and aggressive' behaviour, follow sex assault claims levelled against members of a US-style fraternity.  A spokesman for the Kate Kennedy Club confirmed it has launched an investigation and is taking the 'appalling allegations extremely seriously'.  They told The Times: 'The Kate Kennedy Club takes these appalling allegations extremely seriously and we have launched an immediate investigation.  'We will work closely with the university and any other relevant authorities on...
    Officials at the University of Georgia are urging students to cover up their faces during sex to tamp down the spread of COVID-19. Mask-wearing is just one directive the school's health officials suggested for its incoming student population for the fall semester. Students took the university to task on social media, mocking it for the advice. What are the details? According to a Tuesday report from Campus Reform, the school suggests students wear masks, avoid face-to-face contact during sexual encounters, or avoid partnered sex at all during the coronavirus pandemic. The school's health center, in a since-deleted page on its website titled, "COVID-19 Considerations," pointed incoming students to advice directing them away from "heaving breathing and...
    More than 900 students and staff members have now been told to quarantine after a school district in northern Georgia reopened last week, school officials announced Tuesday. Dozens of positive COVID-19 tests have been confirmed and one high school has been temporarily shut down, Cherokee County School District Superintendent Dr. Brian V. Hightower said in a message posted online.  Since last week, there have been 59 positive tests among students and staff in the district, Hightower said. The spike in infections prompted the district to mandate a two-week quarantine for 925 students and staff members who may have been exposed.  Hightower said the district will close Etowah High School, with the aim of restarting in-person classes on August 31. That school...
    One Georgia school district has asked over 800 of its students and staff to go into quarantine due to possible coronavirus exposure inside the district’s schools, WXIA-TV reported. The Cherokee County School District, north of Atlanta, has about 40,000 students enrolled across its elementary, junior, and high schools. And as of late Monday, according to a list sent home to parents, 800 of those kids are being asked to quarantine for the next two weeks due to possible exposure to SARS-CoV-2, the pathogen that causes COVID-19. Further, dozens of staff members are also being asked to quarantine. It is not known how many of the students and adults being asked to quarantine are actually ill with COVID-19 or indeed have...
    It’s back-to-school season, and because of the coronavirus pandemic, many students will be hitting the books virtually this year. Consequently, Google for Education has announced a robust set of updates that will enhance Google Meet, Google Classroom and other aspects of the service. The updates were unveiled at Google’s The Anywhere School event — but if you missed the product keynote, here’s what you need to know about Google’s new tools to facilitate learning in 2020. Google Meet has already seen several updates in the recent months, and updates that will make the app more accessible to teachers and students are still to come. Soon, meetings will not be able to start without a teacher present. Features like larger, tiled...
    With trepidation and unresolved lawsuits as a backdrop, about a dozen mostly rural Florida public school districts and several college campuses began in-person classes for students Monday. “I feel the buzz. People are excited,” Gov. Ron DeSantis said Monday during a roundtable discussion at Winthrop College Prep Academy in Riverview, a Tampa-area charter school that opened Monday with face-to-face instruction. “They really want to be back.” Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran issued an order in July that mandated K-12 schools open this month and offer the “full panoply” of brick-and-mortar services. DeSantis and Corcoran repeatedly have since clarified the order does not mandate parents send children into schools if they prefer “distance learning,” which is among options...
    Young Americans in Miami, Florida, were interviewed this week about President Donald Trump’s plan to ban the TikTok in the United States. Many of the young people suggested that they trust the Chinese government more than Donald Trump. Breitbart News has reported extensively on President Trump’s efforts to ban TikTok in the United States. Some experts have argued that the China-based company behind TikTok is stealing American user data and handing it over to China’s communist government. In early July, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the United States was considering a restriction on the TikTok platform due to concerns that private user data was being shared with the Chinese government. In early August, President Trump announced that TikTok...
    More than 860 students and teachers from a single school district in Georgia are currently quarantining after dozens of COVID-19 infections were reported when in-person classes resumed a week ago.  Schools in the Cherokee County district have asked 826 students and 42 teachers to quarantine for 14 days due to possible coronavirus exposure just six days into the new school year.  The 42,000-student district, which is just outside Atlanta, said on Monday that 38 students and 12 teachers had tested positive for the virus in the week that in-person classes resumed.   Those who have been asked to quarantine were identified as part of the district's contact tracing efforts as people who may have come into close contact with an infected student or...
    (CNN)Schools should record student temperatures when children arrive every morning, advised a group of experts from Stanford University School of Medicine, as part of a multilevel screening program for students and staff.As schools reopen across the United States and children attending school test positive for the coronavirus, getting students back to school safely continues to be at the forefront of many people's minds.A 90% increase in Covid-19 cases in US children in the last four weeksWhile there are options when it comes to reopening schools, including guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics, it's not feasible for every school district. "However, as many school districts face budgetary constraints, schools must evaluate their options and identify measures that are particularly important...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Parents know all too well how it can be a challenge to get kids out of bed and dressed for school in the morning. And, for e-learners in Downstate Springfield, that is no exception. According to the District 186 handbook, students opting for e-learning cannot wear pajamas and should be out of bed, preferably at a desk, when they log into their classes.  The no pajama rule is part of the school’s in-person dress code. That PJ rule didn’t sit well with Elizabeth Ballinger, who told WCIA-TV: “I made the decision for my kids to be at home, and I don’t really see how any district can come in and say what my kid can’t wear in...
    Liberty University has appointed a retired Alaska pastor who is opposed to LGBT rights to be interim president just days after Jerry Falwell Jr. began an indefinite leave of absence after an Instagram photo of himself with unzipped pants caused outrage.  Jerry Prevo, who has served as chairman of the Virginia school's board of trustees since 2003 and recently retired as the senior pastor of a Baptist church in Alaska, started as acting president on Monday.  Prevo, who spent 47 years as the pastor of Anchorage Baptist Temple before stepping down last year, was known for his opposition to LGBT rights and his influence in Alaska politics.  He also partnered with Samaritan's Purse, the Christian relief charity run by the Rev....
    PHOTO VIA ADOBE IMAGESAs Florida schools reopen this month, district superintendents are calling on state officials to address two major challenges: the need for rapid testing for COVID-19 and a statewide plan to handle students and staff members who test positive. Florida Association of District School Superintendents President Michael A. Grego told Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran on Friday that “state direction is imperative” to ensure school districts have access to rapid test results and school officials know what to do when people show symptoms or test positive for the deadly respiratory illness. “Clear and articulate processes for the role of the Department of Health as the lead in case investigation, contact tracing and quarantine direction, length and implementation are essential...
    ABCVALENCIA Updated: 08/10/2020 19:49 Save The XI Campus International Dance of Valencia, organized by the Association of Dance and Art of the Mediterranean (ADAM), in collaboration with the Foundation Hortensia Herrero, started this Monday with 70 enrolled and strict sanitary measures due to the Covid-19 crisis. This year the number of students per class has been affected (to guarantee the interpersonal distance in each of the classes) and in the offer itself, since the 4th edition of the International Contemporary Dance Workshop, which had been so successful in previous years, has been suppressed. This dance meeting has this year with a total of 70 students from all over Spain and will last until August 21. The venue, as usual,...
    Zoom In IconArrows pointing outwards A little more than half of U.S. elementary and high school students will attend school only virtually this fall, according to a new study, as education officials struggle with an unprecedented and wrenching decision amid the coronavirus pandemic. The study by Burbio, which aggregates school and community calendars nationwide, found that 52% of students will go to school virtually only and just 25% will attend every day. The remaining 19% will have some form of hybrid schooling, combining online and in-person learning. Four percent of districts remain undecided. The situation is fluid, with new decisions announced daily and school districts often changing their minds as the virus spreads or comes under control, and as parents,...
    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...
    University of Georgia staff and students staged a 'die-in' demonstration last week in protest of the school's re-opening plans. Fifty students, plus faculty members, played dead six feet apart from one another outside the office of the university's president, Jere W. Morehead, to send a message that they were dissatisfied with the rules and structure set up for the beginning of the university's fall semester on August 20.  Holding up signs and tombstones made out of cardboard, the protesters demanded mask requirements, remote learning, and free COVID-19 pandemic — while warning that people will die if the school re-opens as planned.   Symbolism: University of Georgia staff and students staged a 'die-in' demonstration last week in protest of the school's re-opening...
    America's college towns saw their populations plummet this spring when students fled the coronavirus. As the new academic year nears, many communities around the U.S. now face another economic shock — a dearth of young people and others connected with schools, whose annual influx of spending is counted on to sustain small businesses and replenish local government coffers.  "It's bordering on the worst-case scenario," Steve Patterson, the mayor of Athens, Ohio, told CBS News. Athens, which sits on a bend in the Hocking River in southeast Ohio, is home to Ohio University, and nearly all of the city's 24,000 residents are linked to the school in some way. But many locals were disappointed to learn last week that fewer than 500...
    The Mansfiel Independent School District (MISD) today begins the distribution of electronic devices for its students who start classes virtually. Today Monday, August 10, from 1 to 7 pm exclusively for high school students. From Tuesday 11 to Friday 14 August, from 9 am to 7 pm for all levels. And on Saturday, August 15, from 9 am to 4 pm for all levels. Follow this list link to find out which schools should go to which sites.
    College students and graduates have looked back on the craziest things they have ever seen in their dorms, with stories ranging from hilarious to downright bizarre.  Residence halls will look much different this fall due to the coronavirus pandemic, which is undoubtedly making people nostalgic for the good ole days when students freely, and sometimes stupidly, went about their business. In the resurfaced Reddit thread, people happily looked back on the unbelievable things they have witnessed in their dorms, and interesting enough, a lot of the stories involved animals.   Looking back: College students and graduates shared the wild and downright bizarre things they have witnessed in their residence halls in a resurfaced Reddit thread (stock image) Super story: One...
    A Georgia high school that was featured in a viral photo showing students packed tightly in a hallway has closed temporarily after nine students and staff members tested positive for the coronavirus, CBS Atlanta affiliate WGCL-TV reports. North Paulding High School in Dallas, Georgia, reopened for in-person learning August 3. The school will be closed to in-person learning Monday and Tuesday, according to a letter sent to students' parents and guardians on Sunday. Extracurricular activities have also been canceled for those days. Students will be informed if they can return for in-person learning on Tuesday night, the letter stated. The letter also noted the building will be "thoroughly cleaned and disinfected" while the school is shuttered. Get Breaking News Delivered...
    The situation has generated controversy amid discussions throughout the country on the return to face-to-face training A high school in Georgia (USA), whose image with the crowded hallways of students went viral last week, has reversed its decision to resume face-to-face classes and has announced that will return to teaching online for at least the next two days, after 9 cases of COVID-19. This was reported by the school district authorities in a letter sent to parents of the students this Sunday, which was echoed by the media. “As a result of nine COVID-19 cases being reported at North Paulding High School after the first week of face-to-face instruction, aside from the possibility that the number could increase if...
    A photo showing a packed hallway at North Paulding High School in Dallas, Georgia, on August 3, 2020. @ihateiceman/Twitter The Dallas, Georgia high school that punished students for posting pictures of a packed hallway says it will close for two days after nine people got COVID-19. Six students and three staff members tested positive for the virus since the school reopened on August 3, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. North Paulding High School superintendent Brian Otott told parents Sunday that the classes will be conducted online until Wednesday, WSB-TV reported. Photos of a crowded hallway at the school, with many not wearing masks, spread widely across social media on August 4, stoking concerns that schools could be...
    A SCHOOL district says it will prioritize “Black and Brown students” when classrooms reopen because racism “was a pandemic” before Covid-19. Officials in District 65 in Illinois outlined their plans to keep kids safe when schools emerge from lockdown including wearing face mask indoors and spacing desks six feet apart. 3A school district near Chicago says it will prioritize 'Black and Brown students' when classrooms reopen However, they revealed that if too many pupils applied for the limited number of slots available for “on-site learning”, then “Black and Brown” kids would be catered for first along with poorer students and those who have struggled academically. Superintendent Devon Horton explained the move, saying: “We are in a pandemic. And we also...
    OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Just hours to go before the new school year launches for Oakland students, the teachers’ union and district officials still haven’t finalized a deal on what distance learning will look like this fall. As of Sunday night, negotiations lasting more than 4 weeks were still ongoing with teachers saying they need more help and flexibility with live online instruction. The major points of contention include the number of required teaching hours and the need for smaller group settings online. When Zoom school uploads Monday morning, more than 50,000 students and teachers in Oakland will venture into what school officials say is an ‘improved’ digital classroom setting, but in reality, still very far from...
    By Dakin Andone and Chuck Johnston, CNN A Georgia high school that came under scrutiny last week when a student shared a photo of a crowded hallway will temporarily move to virtual learning after it reported nine cases of Covid-19, according to a letter the school district sent to parents Sunday.   “As a result of our being informed of nine cases of Covid-19 at North Paulding High School following the first week of in-person instruction, along with the possibility that number could increase if there are currently pending tests that prove positive, we have consulted with the Department of Public Health and are temporarily switching the instructional method to Digital Learning at NPHS,” the letter from Paulding County...
    By Dakin Andone and Chuck Johnston, CNN A Georgia high school that came under scrutiny last week when a student shared a photo of a crowded hallway will temporarily move to virtual learning after it reported nine cases of Covid-19, according to a letter the school district sent to parents Sunday. “As a result of our being informed of nine cases of Covid-19 at North Paulding High School following the first week of in-person instruction, along with the possibility that number could increase if there are currently pending tests that prove positive, we have consulted with the Department of Public Health and are temporarily switching the instructional method to Digital Learning at NPHS,” the letter from Paulding County Schools...
    The high school in Georgia that found itself at the center of an uproar after students tweeted photographs showing crowded hallways has now decided to switch to virtual learning, at least temporarily, according to a report by CNN. As Mediaite reported earlier this month, two students at North Paulding High School were suspended for posting the tweets and photos, showing hallways crowded with students changing classes and a low percentage of students wearing masks. The school originally stood by their decision to suspend the students, but later reconsidered after major online backlash and revoked the suspensions. Sunday afternoon, CNN’s Jim Acosta introduced reporter Natasha Chen to explain the announcement about the school’s new policy, calling it “startling news.” Chen said that...
    Nearly 100,000 children tested positive for COVID-19 in the last two weeks of July, just weeks ahead of schools reopening in some states amid the pandemic. In total 97,000 children tested positive for the novel coronavirus from July 16 to July 30, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Today there are more than five million cases of COVID-19 in the country and over 162,000 deaths. Out of those infections more than 338,000 were children. Dr. Tina Hartert of Vanderbilt University says increased testing of children will be the key to determining their role in transmitting the virus – data more important than ever as some school districts return to in-person class this month. She’s leading a government-funded study where...
    Nine cases of coronavirus were reported Saturday in a Georgia high school that hit national headlines over viral pictures of its maskless students packed into hallways.  North Paulding High School confirmed six new cases among students and three infections of staff members less than a week after school resumed in a letter to parents.  The school did not provide details on whether the new cases were in quarantine, how many others may have been exposed, or whether it would be changing its safety measures which does not require students to wear masks.  It also didn't give any notice of whether classrooms could be shut down.   As a result, a whistleblower hotline has been created by a local representative to allow...
    As the new dean of the Mitchell Hamline School of Law in St. Paul, Anthony Niedwiecki is taking the reins of a 120-year-old law school at an unusual time. Even as concerns over COVID-19 have steered a move toward complete remote learning in the fall, he’s seen growing interest in the school’s blended online/on-campus learning program and in the practice of law in general. In July 2020, legal educator and LGBTQ rights activist Anthony S. Niedwiecki took over as president and dean at Mitchell Hamline School of Law. (Courtesy of Mitchell Hamline School of Law) Niedwiecki, a native of Michigan and the first in his family to attend college, began his career as a high school and community college math...
    Students, faculty and staff in the University of California system will be required to get a flu vaccination before Nov. 1, part of a system-wide executive order signed on Friday.In consultation with the UC Health leadership, UC officials say the mandate is an "important proactive measure to help protect members of the UC community and the public at large."The newly signed order is also to help relieve the health care system during the upcoming fall and winter flu season amid the novel coronavirus pandemic."In addition to protecting those on campuses and the surrounding communities, this requirement is designed to avoid a surge of flu cases at health care facilities across the state during the unprecedented public health crisis caused by...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Students, faculty and staff in the University of California system will be required to get a flu vaccination before Nov. 1, part of a system-wide executive order signed on Friday.In consultation with the UC Health leadership, UC officials say the mandate is an "important proactive measure to help protect members of the UC community and the public at large."VIDEO: Experts discuss if college is worth it this year, what it will look likeEMBED More News Videos Watch as experts discuss if it's worth it to go to college during COVID-19 and what to expect if you do. The newly signed order is also to help relieve the health care system during the upcoming fall and winter...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff OAKLAND (KDKA) — The University of Pittsburgh is reporting eight new Coronavirus cases among students, faculty and staff within the last week. There have been four new cases in students as well as four new cases in staff and faculty since July 31. According to the provided data, there are no active cases among students as of August 7, while there are 11 active cases among staff and faculty. Since June 26, 31 students and 20 faculty or staff have tested positive for coronavirus. Pitt says that this latest update does not include those who tested positive but have not been on campus in over 14 days. The University says that contact tracing is being...
    This story was originally published on June 25 by THE CITY. Sign up here to get the latest stories from THE CITY delivered to you each morning. Claudine Brummel hoped to transfer to Brooklyn College this fall semester after two years at Kingsborough Community College, where the classroom became her “happy place.” But the spring and summer semesters of online-only classes proved difficult. She couldn’t focus and wasn’t learning, she said. School suddenly became her “biggest nightmare.”
    More than 250 students and teachers from one Georgia school district are now quarantined, just one week into the new school year. Multiple teachers and students across the district's schools have tested positive for COVID-19 after classes resumed Monday. Cherokee County School District is sharing ongoing updates on coronavirus cases in its schools on its website. As of Friday, over a dozen students and teachers have tested positive, sending home hundreds of people after just five days of school. Since the beginning of the week, at least 11 students and two staff members across elementary, middle and high schools have tested positive for coronavirus. The students' ages span from first grade to twelfth grade.  Get Breaking News Delivered to Your...
    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. The University of Texas at Austin, one of Texas’ largest universities, will provide all students with tests at no charge and plans to proactively test 5,000 asymptomatic campus individuals a week in an effort to deter outbreaks. This comes after the university earned the distinction from The New York Times as the leading U.S. college in the number of COVID-19 cases, which could be due to a lack of reporting from other schools. The University of Texas reported a total of 472 COVID-19 cases among students, faculty and staff as of Thursday. The university...
    @ihateiceman/Twitter Students at North Paulding High School in Dallas Georgia say they've been suspended or threatened with "consequences" for posting pictures of crowded hallways with few students wearing masks.  The images circulated widely on social media August 4, prompting concerns about the health and safety of students. The district said wearing a mask is a "personal choice." Coronavirus cases had already been reported at the school, according to an email sent to parents.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. At least one student has been suspended for posting pictures of her crowded high school hallways amid intense debate about how to safely reopen schools, according to current students. Photos showing a crowded hallway on the first day back...
    Liberty University President and prominent Trump supporter Jerry Falwell Jr. apologized Wednesday for posting a picture online which showed him with his pants unzipped and his arm around a woman.   The picture, posted and deleted from Instagram Tuesday, sparked controversy because of the strict code of conduct for Liberty University students which requires them to dress with 'appropriateness' and 'modesty'.  Falwell tried to explain the post in an unusual interview with Morninline on WLNI 1059, in Lynchburg, Virginia, on Wednesday morning, claiming the woman was his wife's assistant and that he's 'gonna try to be a good boy from here on out'.   Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. has claimed in an interview that the controversial Instagram picture was 'just in good...
    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. Last Thursday, Gov. Tim Walz announced that the big back-to-school format decision will largely be decided at the local level. Apart from a blanket directive to all public districts and charter schools — to offer all interested families the option to partake in distance learning only — the biggest takeaway from that announcement came in the form of a table spelling out how infection rates correspond to various tiers of in-person learning. Using biweekly county-level data, state Department of Health experts recommend that in-person learning for all students occur only when...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Back To School looks a lot different this year. Most students aren’t going back to classrooms for a while. Instead, parents are getting their kids ready to start school from home. Here’s Part 4 of our KPIX 5 Guide To Surviving Home Learning. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Advanced Technology. “We know experts have been warning against heavy use of technology, especially in the early years, but now we see technology as the main mechanism to access learning, especially in the K-12 learning environments,” said Dr. Emily Slusser, Child and Adolescent Development Dept. Chair at San Jose State University. “We are relying on our tablets, our laptops, our internet resources more heavily...
    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...
    A second grade classroom in Georgia has been shut down after a student tested positive to COVID-19 on the first day of the new school year.  The student - who attends Sixes Elementary School in Cherokee County - fell ill following the first day of classes on Monday, and was subsequently confirmed to have the coronavirus.  The diagnosis has forced the student's teacher and 20 classmates into quarantine for the next two weeks.  The teacher - who is symptom-free - will now conduct classes online, according to Cherokee County School District spokesperson Barbara Jacoby.  She further told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the infected student was not displaying any symptoms whilst they were on school grounds.  11alive Privacy Policy The...
    2nd-grade student tests positive for the coronavirus after 1st day of school DoorDash launches new digital convenience store channel as delivery wars heat up All These Schools Reopened and Then Had COVID-19 Outbreaks Schools across the country are beginning to reopen for in-person classes, which means students and teachers are starting to get sick with COVID-19 — and it’s only August. No one knows how badly opening schools’ doors will propel the pandemic, or how many kids and teachers will be infected, hospitalized, and die. But looking at these early openers can give us a sense of what’s to come. © Provided by Fatherly Districts are taking different precautions to prevent outbreaks, and some are more effective than others....
    The Georgia Department of Education will receive an $18.5 million federal grant to expand virtual and personalized learning in the state. Georgia was one of 11 states to be awarded a Rethink K-12 Education Models (REM) grant, the U.S. Department of Education announced recently, and will receive $18,594,304 in total. Georgia will use its funding to improve the professional learning available to leaders and educators on personalized learning, expand student connectivity, and improve the infrastructure of – and expand access to – the Georgia Virtual School (GaVS). GaVS is a virtual learning program directly run by the Georgia Department of Education. “In Georgia, we are committed to building a...
    By MARK SCOLFORO, Associated Press HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — School districts nationwide puzzling over how to safely educate children during a pandemic have a more immediate challenge — getting 26 million bus-riding students there in the first place. Few challenges are proving to be more daunting than figuring out how to maintain social distance on school buses. A wide array of strategies have emerged to reduce the health risks but nobody has found a silver bullet. Should students with COVID-19 symptoms be isolated at the front of the school bus? Should bus seats be assigned? Should buses be loaded from the back? Should buses only carry a few students at a time? “The transportation professionals are left with the issue...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — School districts nationwide puzzling over how to safely educate children during a pandemic have a more immediate challenge — getting 26 million bus-riding students there in the first place. Few challenges are proving to be more daunting than figuring out how to maintain social distance on school buses. A wide array of strategies have emerged to reduce the health risks but nobody has found a silver bullet. Should students with COVID-19 symptoms be isolated at the front of the school bus? Should bus seats be assigned? Should buses be loaded from the back? Should buses only carry a few students at a time? “The transportation professionals are left with the issue of, OK, you’ve got little...
    Broward County is working on a pilot plan for the return to school of students with special educational needs. For that they work in the search of school employees and families of students with disabilities who are willing to participate in this project of classes in schools but not before August 31. Robert Runcie, Superintendent of Broward Public Schools says, “That pilot effort will allow us to better learn and understand the situations and challenges that might arise and how we could mitigate them if we increase the number of students with disabilities for face-to-face classes in schools.” . Although Miami Dade Public Schools would start the course with online classes and assess the situation after September 30,...
    NATOMAS (CBS13) — Mental health impacts remain a symptom of the COVID-19 pandemic, months after it began. This crisis mixed with distance learning has its own effects on students when they’re not in the classroom. “Staying at home, it’s too much for him,” said Sumiti Mehta, a mother of two enrolled in the Natomas Unified district. She’s noticed a change in her son’s attitude at home since distance learning began, “I could see the kind of things that would make him angry, just stuck in the home with just four people around.” She attributes it to more time in the house rather than the classroom, and it’s a feeling felt by students and families across the greater-Sacramento area. The Natomas...
    WINNETKA, Ill. (CBS) — As we make our ways closer to the first day of school, some teachers’ groups are making their way closer to a possible strike – with concerns over safety creating a line in the sand. An unnamed source confirmed to CBS 2 Political Investigator Dana Kozlov that the Chicago Teachers Union plans to convene its House of Delegates early next week to discuss a rank-and-file-led process to take a strike vote to demand remote learning for Chicago Public Schools. As CBS 2’s Chris Tye reported Tuesday, the bottom line is that teachers do not want to go back to the classroom – and the situation could get heated before school even begins. And the CTU is...
    Footage of students not social distancing inside corridors and gyms has emerged as tens of thousands of students returned to school for the first time this week amid the coronavirus pandemic. Students across the country resumed in-person classes on Monday for the first time since March with schools reopening in parts of Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. One image of a crowded corridor at a school believed to be in Paulding County, Georgia, sparked concern given the lack of social distancing among students.  Only a handful of students in that photo could be seen wearing masks.    There is no statewide mandate in Georgia requiring people to wear masks.  The Georgia Department of Education's guidelines for reopening states that while masks...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City This fall semester students opting out of in-person classes will receive daily live instruction in short intervals with some lessons being as brief as 15 to 20-minute for the city’s youngest learners. Students participating in the city’s blended learning model, meaning that they sit in physical classrooms for half of the week, will also receive live instruction during their remote learning days.  Schools will post class schedules for live instruction online for families and students with enough time for parents to plan their work and family commitments accordingly, according to a Department of Education spokesperson. Most remote students will be assigned...
    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...
    BRONZEVILLE — As the fall semester draws closer, students and faculty at the Illinois Institute of Technology are worried about just what the next few months will look like — and how the school will keep them and the community around the school safe. Dheeksha Ranginani, a rising senior at IIT and a member of the Student Health Initiative — a student-led group formed to disseminate information and resources about IIT’s fall semester plans — said there is a “general anxiety” surrounding the fall semester for everyone. “As we get closer and closer to semester — since it’s only a couple of weeks away — people are just getting more stressed about wanting to know exactly what their day to...
    (CNN)As Covid-19 case counts continue to climb, schools starting up the new academic year are faced with the task of creating a safe environment for students and teachers -- even as students test positive and safety guidance shifts."I believe strongly that if we brought the kids all in, it would endanger not only the teachers but also their family and, of course, the students themselves," Jeff Gregorich, superintendent of Hayden Winkelman Unified School District in Arizona, told CNN on Monday.K-12 schools and colleges can reopen, but safety should come first, Fauci says Concerns over students' educational, psychological and nutritional needs have pushed many school districts to make plans that include in-person learning. But cases have resurged across the country, and...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- Teachers, parents, and students marched through the streets of Manhattan Monday protesting Mayor Bill de Blasio's plan to reopen New York City's schools from restrictions in place due to the coronavirus pandemic.The group marched from the United Federation of Teachers Headquarters to the New York City Department of Education offices in Lower Manhattan.They say they simply don't feel safe."I can reach the maximum amount of students if I'm doing it from home. I know it's super inconvenient, but that would be the safest thing for everybody right now," teacher Gladys Paspera said.The protesters pushed back against de Blasio's plan for a hybrid schedule, where some days students are in class while other days they are...
    By: John Shumway PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — So your school district, or you, have made your choice to start your child’s school year online. So what’s next? Have you decided where your child’s classroom will be in your home? Many students got a little taste of learning at home when COVID-19 closed the schools in March. It was a learning experience for students, parents and teachers that is far from over. Matt Herdman is an Algebra II and Calculus teacher in the Penn Hills School District and a representative for the Penn Hills Education Association. He says the first thing to establish is a routine and consistency. “Kids need a routine. they need some sort of semblance of school, so if...
    TEXAS – Officials with the Keller and Burleson School Districts confirmed that the board of directors defined the dates for the return to school. In the case of Keller, students will begin on August 26, 2020, where the first three days (26,27,28) will be short periods and therefore they will leave early. This will be done as a way for students and staff to adjust to back to school. The governing board approved the changes to the school calendar, where the election for online or in-person classes will take effect on August 26. According to the district, 11,912 students have chosen to start classes in person and 7,339 will start online. The Burleson School District announced a change stating...
    When the number of coronavirus cases began to rise in the San Francisco area in early July, mother of one Lian Chikako Chang started a Facebook group to support local families and teachers who were suddenly facing the prospect of schools not opening in person as planned in mid-August. The "Pandemic Pods" group, which aims to help with childcare and schooling needs, grew to more than 30,000 members within three weeks, as areas across the US were hit by Covid-19 spikes and more schools decided to stay shut. "Families were left scrabbling for solutions," says Ms Chang. "Most parents have to work, and most jobs are not compatible with homeschooling". And it's not just Facebook parents are turning...
    The San Antonio Alliance of Teachers and Support Personnel rallied on Monday, asking district leaders to use their flexibility by keeping campuses closed until it’s safe. Gov. Greg Abbott announced on Monday that school districts should decide when and how to reopen. “These teachers, as well as parents, students, other staff, school workers -- they’re all here to let students and our colleagues and our families know that we’re gonna stand up for their for their health and safety,” said Adrian Reyna, vice president of the San Antonio Alliance of Teachers and Support Personnel and a Longfellow Middle School teacher. “We’re going to do what’s right.” The San Antonio Alliance of Teachers and Support Personnel is asking administrators to...
    (CNN)Ashley Newman had her dream job in Georgia's largest school district. She taught gifted fifth graders in the same school district where she grew up and wanted to give back. Last week, she resigned after being denied the option to work from home, while all students will begin learning virtually later this month.Newman and at least 2,000 other teachers, parents and community stakeholders, have signed a petition asking Gwinnett County Public Schools, the largest school system in Georgia, to allow teachers the option to work from home. As of last Thursday, around 260 district employees had either tested positive for Covid-19 or been in contact with someone who was positive, according to Sloan Roach, the executive director of communication for...
    Nearly 300 employees with Georgia’s largest school district have tested positive for COVID-19 or been exposed to the virus. The Gwinnett County School District will not return to in-person classes and will instead reopen with online learning for the school year starting August 12. However, while students can stay at home teachers are still required to come to school for their remote teaching.  Teachers began to return to their schools for in-person planning on Wednesday and on Thursday the school district reported 260 employees tested positive for the virus or had contact with a positive case, removing a major chunk of the school force just days before the start of the semester.  'As of last Thursday, we had approximately 260...
    The teachers union and the Los Angeles school district have reached a tentative agreement over rules for instruction in the fall, according to a source close to the negotiations. Under the pact, students engaged in distance learning in Los Angeles would have a more predictable learning schedule — more like a regular school day — even though their campuses will remain closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Details of the agreement are expected to be announced later Monday. A pact would resolve a major hurdle that was creating uncertainty among parents and teachers alike as the Aug. 18 start of the school year quickly approaches. The union has said it will put any agreement to a vote of...
    Like many states across the South and Midwest, Mississippi set new records for COVID-19 cases this week. On Thursday, the state Department of Health confirmed 1,775 new cases, along with 48 deaths. Deaths were up again on Friday, breaking the record for the third time in a week. Across the state, hospitalizations are also way, way up. Covid Exit Strategy shows the state at 96% of capacity, earning it a “severely constrained” rating. Mississippi also rates as one of the worst states for testing, with a current daily testing level that’s only 14% of its target—and the results of those tests are coming in at a staggering 21% positive rate. Mississippi is in serious trouble. Naturally, in the middle of this week, the first...
    Just days after public schools around the state reopened their doors for the first time since March, at least one student and one school staff member have tested positive for the coronavirus. In the Greenfield-Central Community School Corporation, 20 miles east of Indianapolis, a student tested positive for the virus on the first day back to class.  Superintendent Harold Olin sent an email to parents of students at Greenfield-Central Junior High School Thursday afternoon notifying them that a student at the school had tested positive. Olin told The Associated Press the district was notified of the positive test by the Hancock County Health Department and that the student attended school only for part of the day Thursday. The student was...
    A Black Lives Matter-led coalition has launched a drive to address “anti-blackness” within California State University, the nation’s largest four-year system, which consists of 23 campuses with about 430,000 undergraduates. The alliance recently issued a set of 15 demands intended to transform CSU’s Los Angeles location, commonly known as Cal State LA, into a “Freedom Campus” to “make Black Lives Matter.” The list is directed to campus President William Covino. It starts by instructing him to appoint a prominent Black Lives Matter organizer as a Dean. Followed by calls to defund the campus police department, hire more non-white counselors, and establish “a student-driven process for the removal of administrators.” Seven of the demands are related to the newly established College of...
    President Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos are endangering the health and lives of millions of children and their families by demanding schools around the country reopen for in-person classes as the coronavirus pandemic continues. In addition, Trump and DeVos are using the pandemic as an excuse to intensify their war on public schools, public school teachers and teacher unions. They want the American people to believe that public schools do a lousy job and that teacher unions are only interested in fattening teachers’ paychecks and protecting incompetents. The president and education secretary seem to believe the only way students can get a good education is to abandon public schools and enroll in charters or private schools. TRUMP WANTS $105B...
    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...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The Loyola Clinical Centers have offered summer programs at Govans Elementary School and St. Mark School for many years now. “Before the coronavirus, we were offering face-to-face services and then over the summer we would run enrichment programs or ready set programs,” said Marissa Kleinman, clinical supervisor at Loyola Clinical Center. “We were able to do a lot of movement activities, we were able to do some outside activities, so it was a very multisensory, very active learning experience,” said Mary Lee Walls, clinical faculty at Loyola Clinical Center. Like many summer school programs, Loyola Clinical Centers moved online in order to continue providing services for students in Baltimore. In order to do so, they made sure...
    (CNN)Streaming giant Twitch is partnering with Cxmmunity -- an Atlanta-based non-profit focused on increasing minority participation in esports and the gaming industry -- to offer the first-ever esports leagues geared specifically for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU).The league will aim to provide competitive opportunities for HBCU students to compete within an organized electronic sports league, Cxmmunity said in a news release. The partnership will allow HBCU students to gain access to educational and scholarship support that is being offered through Twitch Student.What is eSports? A look at an explosive billion-dollar industryTwitch has already partnered with Oakwood University, North Carolina Central University, Hampton University, Morehouse College, Clark Atlanta University, Johnson C. Smith University and Florida A&M University, said Samantha Faught,...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The University of Pittsburgh is reporting 2 more cases of Coronavirus among faculty and stuff as well as 2 more cases among students. The university updated its coronavirus numbers Friday, adding two cases in students and two cases in faculty or staff since last week’s update. Since June 26, 27 students and 16 faculty or staff have tested positive for coronavirus. Pitt says that this latest update does not include those who tested positive but have not been on campus in over 14 days. The University says that contact tracing is being performed and those facing possible exposure will be notified. All contacts deemed at risk of exposure will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days. Click here...
    Stevenson High School in the wealthy Chicago suburb of Lincolnshire, Illinois, announced this week that it is adopting a variety of initiatives that are designed to promote racial justice. In the memo, school administrators praised the activism of students that had recently come together to promote the Black Lives Matter movement. In a memo that was sent to members of the community, Stevenson High School announced that it is introducing several initiatives to enhance “diversity and inclusion” in the community. The memo, which was penned by superintendent Eric Twadell and principal Troy Gobble, praises students that have worked together to promote the Black Lives Matter movement. The memo suggests that the Black Lives Matter movement is compatible with the values...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New York City’s mayor and schools chancellor say their plan to isolate cases of the coronavirus in the classroom is focused on the safety of their students and staff. Mayor Bill de Blasio said Friday schools will only reopen in the fall if the citywide infection rate stays below 3% on a seven-day average. “The essence of this plan is safety for everyone,” he said. “I need people to hear that, because I know there’s tremendous concern out there. But whether you’re a student, parent, educator, staff member, your safety is the essence of this plan.” Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza added “we are focusing on the science, not science fiction.” “We are thoughtfully opening schools with...
    A promotional video created by a Florida school district to illustrate what reopened classrooms will look like has been blasted by parents who say it feels like their children are being sent to 'prison'.  Last week, the School District of Manatee County - located on the state's west coast - posted the two minute-long clip to Facebook.  The clip, titled 'Reopening Plan 2020-2021', showed teachers in protective lab coats and face shields, and featured a montage of students walking sadly down hallways while spaced six feet apart.  Another poignant moment from the video showed kids sitting alone at lunch tables in order to adhere to social distancing guidelines.  The actors hired for the 'informative video' also look morose in scenes where...
    No state wears its multicultural veneer more ostentatiously than California. The Golden State’s leaders believe that they lead a progressive paradise. Others see California as deserving of nationhood; it reflects, as a New York Times columnist put it, “the shared values of our increasingly tolerant and pluralistic society.” In response to the brutal killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced plans to defund the police — despite the city’s steep rise in homicides. San Francisco Mayor London Breed wants to do the same in her increasingly crime-ridden, disordered city. The state has also become a sanctuary for illegal immigrants — complete with driver’s licenses for some 1 million and free health care. Despite these progressive...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota Governor Tim Walz announced his long-awaited plan for the school year Thursday. The decision impacts thousands of students, teachers and families. WCCO’s Marielle Mohs spoke to parents and superintendents to get their reactions to the governor’s plan. “It’s just time to get back to school,” parent Ernie Freidrichs said. Ernie Freidrichs has twins going into 6th grade at Eden Prairie Public schools. He says distant learning is not an option for his family. “I still gotta work when I am at home and I don’t have time to teach him or my daughter,” Freidrichs said. Alyssa Golob has two special needs kids going to Bloomington schools. She says in-person learning is vital for her children. “They need...
    MALDEN (CBS) – Massachusetts teachers rallied outside the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education building in Malden demanding a safe return to schools Wednesday. In the midst of a pandemic, it’s become a challenge for districts to figure out just what that model is. Massachusetts teachers rallied outside the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education building in Malden demanding a safe return to schools Wednesday. (WBZ-TV) “I want schools to be kept clean and safe for us. I want all of us to have materials we need; we can’t share anything. There’s so many moving parts,” said Malden science teacher Leslie Morrison. The protest comes a day after the state’s largest teachers union passed a motion pushing for all-remote learning...
    (CNN)I'm watching my third grader ride her bike out the living room window while I work. I'm equal parts enchanted by her imagination and saddened by it. It didn't used to be that way. Back when school and friends took up a majority of her days, this independent, imaginative play was a balanced cacophony -- social butterfly during weekdays, solo enchantress on weeknights and weekends. Kathi ValeiiNow, I see her isolated childhood sliding by in slow motion; the days endless, the pandemic a long tunnel we can't yet see out of. You'd think I'd be part of the rallying cry to open up the schools, but I'm not.In an ideal world, opening schools is what everyone wants, sure. But this...
    Happy Thursday MarketWatchers. Don’t miss these top stories: Social distancing ‘substantially varies’ by income: study The extent that people stay home depends on how much money they make The numbers don’t lie: Diverse workforces make businesses more money Investors and company leaders should pay attention to this key profitability measure, writes Jack Myers. Why are ‘Karens’ so angry? Videos of white women confronting Black people have taken social media by storm Some people say these memes provide a handle on behaviors born of entitlement and privilege, while others point to economic disenfranchisement. What’s behind their rage? Woman who destroyed mask display in Target: ‘Mental illness has been really something that has not been addressed as a result of this...