Feb 23, 2021
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Even when lives are at stake, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza won’t set aside their vendetta against charter schools.A state judge just ordered the Department of Education to include public charter schools in the same weekly COVID-19 testing program used in the regular system — which ought to be a no-brainer. But the city plans to appeal the ruling.
Never mind that charter students are mainly the low-income, black and Hispanics kids that de Blasio and Carranza claim they want to receive fair treatment: Fairness is out the door when it comes to these alternative public schools, because the teachers union hates them.
Some public officials stood up for the kids: Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and Brooklyn Councilman Robert Cornegy Jr. joined nearly 300 school leaders last month in calling a foul on the de Blasio administration.
In his six-page ruling, State Supreme Court Justice Frank Nervo wrote, “The contention that testing for a virus, which has caused a global pandemic and claimed hundreds of thousands of American lives, is merely a surveillance tool is beyond incredulous.”
“Surveillance tool”? Yep: Blas & Co. argue that they can deprive thousands of charter-school students and staff of access to the mandatory testing because it’s not a health service but a “surveillance” activity.
In December, the city required weekly in-school testing of 20 percent of all students and staff in all reopened school buildings — but refused to let charters into the testing program. It was an obvious ploy to make it harder for those students to get back to the classroom, even though many live in neighborhoods hit hardest by the coronavirus.
Not to mention rank discrimination against an entire class of public-school students and staff. Yet Team Blas won’t back down: “We do not believe our obligation to perform free, random-sample surveillance testing extends beyond DOE schools,” said DOE spokeswoman Danielle Filson.
Low as our opinion is of this mayor and chancellor, we’re still shocked that they would weaponize the pandemic to attack charters — which routinely deliver better results than the schools they run.
Next time de Blasio or Carranza natter on about “equity,” someone should slap them for being vile hypocrites.Filed under bill de blasio , charter schools , Coronavirus , Coronavirus in NY , courts , COVID vaccine , editorial , public schools , Richard Carranza , 2/23/21
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Jeffco Public Schools Announces Plan For Phased Return To 100% In-Person Learning
Phase 1 begins March 15th. Priority will be based on each student’s needs. That determination will be made by each school, individual education plans, and needs for special services. Each school will reach out to students and parents based on individual needs.READ MORE: Judge Refuses To Lower Bond For Lawyer Jennifer Emmi, Accused In Murder-For-Hire Case
All schools will maintain social distancing as best as possible. Mask wearing, seating charts, targeted contract tracing, and health screenings will also be strictly enforced.
Phase 2 starts on April 5th. On that date, the hybrid option will end and all students will fully return to classrooms. Alternative requests can be made to each individual school. Those students who have chosen a 100% remote model will stay fully remote, unless a request is made to the school. Schedules, class sizes, and resources will all be weighed when those requests are made. At that time, Jeffco Public Schools says they are anticipating a change in the statewide social distancing requirement made by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
Students will return to the classroom four days a week, Monday through Thursday. Fridays will remain an asynchronous learning day. The district says they have found that students benefit from having Fridays to learn from home and to meet individually with their teachers.READ MORE: Work On Pikes Peak Summit Complex Nears Completion, Opening To Take Place In May Or June
Students who attend charter schools in Jefferson County should check with their individual schools for their plans to return to the classroom.
A JeffCo Public Schools bus (credit: CBS)
The announcement of the learning model shift comes on the day that CDPHE raised Jefferson County to Level Blue: Caution on the State COVID Dial 2.0.
In a statement released by the district, Interim Superintendent Kristopher Schuh said that vaccination opportunities, among other things, has significantly helped the district reach this point.MORE NEWS: Erie Police Send Warning After 2 Vehicle Trespass Arrests Made
“Our efforts to vaccinate our teachers and staff are ahead of schedule,” Schuh said. “Nearly all of our employees have now been invited to receive their first shot – and we anticipate that most, especially our student-facing teachers and staff, will have the opportunity to be fully vaccinated before the end of March.”