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    ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY, Md. (WJZ) — Anne Arundel County teachers returned to their classrooms Wednesday to prepare for a hybrid learning model that is set to begin March 1. Teachers were welcomed back with cheer squads and thank you bags. CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE: TIMELINE: Coronavirus In Maryland, Tracking The Spread Latest coronavirus stories from WJZ Latest CDC Guidelines In Prince George’s County, the school district announced schools will reopen for in-person learning in April. Families will have the option of selecting distance learning or in-person hybrid learning through the end of the school year. They have until the end of the month to decide. For the latest information on coronavirus go to the Maryland Health Department’s website or call 211. You can find all of WJZ’s coverage on coronavirus in Maryland here.
    It has been nearly 11 months since schools closed, and now new plans have been announced to get Arlington, Virginia, students back in the classroom. In a statement released Tuesday, Arlington Public Schools Superintendent Francisco Duran said students who opted for hybrid learning will resume in-person studies beginning in early March. The announcement comes after Gov. Ralph Northam pushed for Virginia school systems to begin offering options for in-person learning by March 15 during a news conference last week. In a letter sent to families, Duran said he was “encouraged by recent improvements in the health metrics, with case positivity rates and other indicators currently decreasing in Arlington and neighboring communities.” According to the letter, staff have returned to school buildings over the past two weeks to prepare for the transition back to in-person learning. Pre-K through second-grade students and all elementary special education students will return to in-person classes...
    Public schools in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, will incrementally welcome students back to school buildings on a hybrid learning model from early to mid-March. Anne Arundel County Public Schools said Tuesday that elementary school students whose parents previously opted in to a hybrid learning model would return to classrooms for two days per week starting March 1. Grades six, nine and 12 will have their first day back on March 8; students in grades seven, eight, 10 and 11 will follow on March 22. According to Deputy Superintendent Maureen McMahon, 39% of elementary students, 36% of middle school students and 34% of high school students chose to participate in the voluntary return to school buildings. The remainder will continue with all-virtual learning. Students whose parents or guardians opted-in for hybrid learning will spend two consecutive days per week in the classroom and the rest learning from home. Teachers will conduct...
    Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is going all in on a push to reopen schools in the state for hybrid learning by the beginning of March.  BIDEN PLAN TO REOPEN SCHOOLS SUBJECT TO POTENTIAL CHANGES IN CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC, OFFICIAL SAYS Hogan said during a news conference at St. John’s College in Annapolis on Thursday that there is a growing consensus in the state and in the country that there is "no public health reason for county school boards to keep students out of schools" due to COVID-19. He argued that continuing down a path of virtual learning could lead to significant setbacks for students, especially among students of color and those from low-income families. "I understand that in earlier stages of the pandemic, that this was a very difficult decision for county school boards to make," Hogan added. "But we know so much more now than we did back then. There can no longer...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Parents, students and teachers are expressing mixed reactions about the risk of in-person learning amid the coronavirus pandemic. This comes as Gov. Larry Hogan “urgently” called on local school systems to return to hybrid in-person learning by no later than March 1. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan Calls On Schools To Move To Hybrid In-Person Learning By March 1 During a news conference Thursday in Annapolis, the governor said there was “no public health reason” to keep kids out of schools due to COVID-19, adding virtual learning could lead to significant learning losses, especially among students of color and those from low-income families. CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE: TIMELINE: Coronavirus In Maryland, Tracking The Spread Latest coronavirus stories from WJZ Latest CDC Guidelines “If the school systems do not immediately begin a good faith effort to return to classrooms, we will explore every legal avenue at our disposal,” the governor...
    GLEN BURNIE, Md. (WJZ) — In just a matter of weeks, some students in Anne Arundel County will have the option to go back into a classroom. Thursday night, the school board approved a hybrid learning plan for “as many students as possible.” With teachers being moved toward the front of the line to get vaccinated, the union president says he’s optimistic, but there are still concerns. CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE: TIMELINE: Coronavirus In Maryland, Tracking The Spread Latest coronavirus stories from WJZ Latest CDC Guidelines “Safety is our top priority and when school buildings are able to reopen, we want it to be in a safe way that is able to sustain that reopening,” Russell Leone, the President of the Teachers’ Association in Anne Arundel County, said. “We don’t want a situation where we re-open, but then numbers skyrocket again, and then we have to close back up.” Baltimore...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Department of Education announced Thursday new recommendations for schools. It is encouraging districts to bring elementary school students back to in-person instruction this month based on local COVID-19 conditions. Until now, the county designations aligned to three recommended instructional models: fully in-person, blended/hybrid, and fully remote. Starting Jan. 25, the departments are providing a second recommendation for elementary schools in substantial level counties. In addition to remote learning, now there is an option for blended/hybrid learning for elementary students. Meanwhile, fully remote learning remains recommended for middle and high school students. MORE ON CBSPHILLY.COM Pennsylvania Rep. Susan Wild In U.S. Capitol Lockdown: Some Republican Lawmakers ‘Refused To Wear Masks’ Philadelphia Police Beefing Up Patrols Around City In Anticipation Of Possible Protests Following Violent U.S. Capitol Breach $1 Million-Winning Scratch-Off Lottery Ticket Sold At Commissary Food Market In Roxborough
    NEW JERSEY (WABC) -- A top teacher official in New Jersey is demanding all teachers and at least the students from middle school and up, be tested for COVID-19 before any in-school instruction happens.President of the Newark Teachers Union John Abeigon says nobody wants to get back more than teachers, but only in a safe situation.Testing is widely available in Essex County at places like Lincoln Park and Branch Brook Park, and several others in the city.The district has been all-virtual since the start of school back in September, though during last summer, they tried to plan for hybrid learning last fall. That never happened as coronavirus numbers climbed in the city.RELATED: University Hospital workers in Newark get 2nd dose of Pfizer vaccineEMBED More News Videos Anthony Johnson reports on coronavirus vaccinations in New Jersey. Murphy welcomed students back to school after the holiday break, noting that 77 districts have...
    DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4)– The Douglas County School District has released its plan when students begin the spring semester next month. The plan calls for a return to in-person learning for some students. (credit: CBS) On Jan. 5, 2021, preschool, elementary and alternate education students will return to in-person learning five days a week. Middle and high school students will be fully remote, also starting on Jan. 5. RELATED: ‘COVID Slide’ Prompts Grade Scale Change Among Douglas County Students, To The Dismay Of Some Teachers On Jan. 19, the Douglas County Board of Education will meet to plan for possible hybrid learning for middle school students with a possible return to hybrid on Jan. 25 and the board will meet again on Feb. 16 to discuss a possible hybrid learning for high school students with a possible return to hybrid Feb. 22 – March 1. (credit: Colorado Department of Public...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — The State Board of Education says schools are not a super-spreader of COVID-19. Now, they’re calling for students to return to the classrooms. “The student infection rate is less than the community rate and schools have not been super-spreader sites,” Maryland Schools Superintendent Dr. Karen Salmon said. It’s the latest update from the Maryland Board of Education. CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE: TIMELINE: Coronavirus In Maryland, Tracking The Spread Latest coronavirus stories from WJZ Latest CDC Guidelines On Tuesday, Salmon shared new data and research about schools nationwide reopening during the pandemic. She says recent studies show mask-wearing and physical distance of one-meter have a significant risk reduction of transmitting COVID-19. In a presentation with local school and state health department leaders, Salmon says available information shows the pandemic has had a large and uneven impact on student learning. She says some students in Montgomery County are struggling...
    More On: public schools Battle brewing over COVID-19 testing requirements in NYC schools Here’s when Fauci thinks the bright lights of Broadway can return De Blasio’s school-reopening rules make some sense — but took painfully long time School chaos is why you should teach your kids the truth about politicians A group of Big Apple parents rallied outside City Hall on Sunday to demand the return to hybrid learning for all grades — the day before only K-5 students were set to head back into classrooms. Joining a recent wave of protests across the country calling for more in-class instruction, about 70 parents and kids waved signs that said things such as, “Safest place for children is in school” and “Home detention is not education.” “Spring was really tough,’’ said mom Suzanne Nossel, who has a 16-year-old son and 13-year-old daughter in New York City’s public-school system, which switched...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff GLANSHAW, Pa. (KDKA) – Beginning on Monday, Shaler Area School District will be moving to a virtual learning model for three weeks. The district says that over the past several days they have worked with the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Allegheny County Health Department and decided the best course of action for students was to switch to virtual learning. Beginning on Monday, all students will follow the daily schedule as they did during the hybrid learning model with live lessons, asynchronous learning, and parental communication. Shaler Area School District will continue the grab-and-go breakfast and lunch programs at three locations; Shaler Area High School, Christ Lutheran Church in Millvale, and Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Etna, all beginning at 11:00 a.m. each day. Students are tentatively scheduled to return to hybrid learning on Monday, December 14. Full details on the...
    Sign up here to get our daily updates on coronavirus in Minnesota delivered straight to your inbox each afternoon. And go here to see all of MinnPost’s COVID-19 coverage. As COVID-19 counts continue to climb across the state, a growing number of school districts are announcing plans to shift to distance learning. Many had made the decision to begin the school year with some degree of in-person instruction, often with more in-person instruction for elementary students, and secondary students following some type of hybrid schedule. But as more and more students and staff get sidelined, either because they test positive, or need to quarantine, school leaders are dialing back in-person instruction ahead of the holidays. And while some are publicizing tentative return dates for in-person learning, many are leaving this next phase of the school year open-ended. In the transition to distance learning, teachers will continue to prepare lessons and...
    WESTMINSTER, Md. (AP) — A Maryland county's Board of Education has voted to allow hybrid learning at local high schools starting Thursday, although coronavirus cases in the area have increased steadily since October. Carroll County’s Board of Education unanimously voted on Wednesday to allow high schools students to participate in a hybrid learning model starting Thursday, news outlets reported. Students in the “B” cohort will attend class on Thursday and Friday. The “A” cohort will go Monday and Tuesday. Elementary and middle school students entered a hybrid learning model on Oct. 19. Since then, the weekly average for cases per day per 100,000 went from 5.5 to 12.7 as of the week of Nov. 2, Maggie Kunz of Carroll County's health department said. At Wednesday's meeting, County health officer Ed Singer said he wouldn't recommended bringing high schoolers back Thursday. Singer said the department would have a difficult time keeping...
    TOWSON, Md. (WJZ) — Baltimore County Public Schools has released its health and safety guidelines for a phased-in transition to hybrid, in-person learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. The plan addresses multiple topics including monitoring community transmission, social and emotional well-being, health services, transportation, building maintenance and ventilation, transportation and food services and mitigation efforts. CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE: TIMELINE: Coronavirus In Maryland, Tracking The Spread Latest coronavirus stories from WJZ Latest CDC Guidelines In the plan’s opening letter, BCPS Superintendent Dr. Darryl L. Williams and Chief of School Climate and Safety Dr. Michael J. Zarchin said: “We share the community’s goal of getting back to ‘normal’ in every way possible, including bringing our students back to school buildings. We understand how important this is for the academic and social-emotional well-being of our children and our communities. We have worked with the Baltimore County Department of Health to establish mitigation plans and will...
    Schools in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, are preparing to offer students the option of hybrid learning next month, with some students able to return to the classroom part-time. But depending on their teacher’s preference, some kids could get a different teacher than they started the year with. After getting the results of a survey finding nearly 70% of school staff respondents plan to return in person Nov. 2, Anne Arundel County Schools communications Director Bob Mosier said the school system now has the information it needs to prepare for students’ return in mid-November. “Now it is the in-the-weeds work of going through each school and each grade, and matching up the number of students coming back hybrid, and looking at teachers who are coming back hybrid and making those assignments,” he told WTOP. Of the three learning options presented to families in an earlier survey, each option received about one-third...
    MARSHFIELD (CBS) – Daniel Webster Elementary School in Marshfield will shift from hybrid learning to full remote learning for at least two weeks. It was announced by Marshfield Public School administrators on Saturday that there have been six new positive coronavirus cases within the Daniel Webster Elementary School’s community over the last five days. “With six positive cases of COVID 19 at the DWS within the past five days, and the subsequent quarantine requirements of close contacts, we do not have the necessary staffing to safely keep the building open and adequately educate our students in the hybrid model,” said Marshfield Public Schools Superintendent Jeffrey W. Granatino and District Nurse Director Jane Landry in a joint statement.  Granatino and Landry also say, “it appears the positive cases have not originated within the [Daniel Webster School].” The school will closed for in-person learning from Tuesday, October 13 through Friday, October 23....
    WILMINGTON, Del. (CBS) — Families in Delaware’s Red Clay School District now have until Oct. 16 to decide whether their children will learn in school or from home. Eyewitness News first told you about the story on Wednesday after parents complained that remote learning did not come with enough instruction from teachers. They were facing a deadline of today on whether to return their students to a hybrid of in-class and at-home learning or remain fully remote. District officials say they’re reaching out to parents to help them make the right decision for their families.
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Some Twin Cities teachers are demanding changes to keep everyone safe in school. Teachers from Minneapolis and St. Paul rallied Wednesday for better internet access for their students, lower staffing ratios, and resuming hazard pay before moving to the hybrid-learning model. The Minneapolis Public School district says it will continue to work with union leaders. Here is the district’s statement: The global pandemic has created very challenging circumstances for our students, families and employees. MPS is doing its best to keep students and staff safe, while also ensuring we are doing the best we can to meet academic needs of our students. While MPS does not see the need for formal bargaining at this time, we are committed to continue and deepen our ongoing collaboration and problem solving around issues related to the COVID 19 pandemic with our union partners. To that end, MPS has multiple regular...
    LOWER MERION, Pa. (CBS) — One of the biggest school districts in the Delaware Valley has made plans to bring students back into the classroom. It’s a slow process which is designed to keep kids safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Lower Merion School District has finalized plans to allow for a hybrid learning environment for its nearly 8,700 students. Beginning on Sept. 29, all kindergarten students will return to in-person classes. “So we have a.m. and p.m. kindergarten in Lower Merion half-day kindergarten. Our kindergarteners will be returning to school five days a week, either in their a.m. or p.m. cohort,” school district spokesperson Amy Buckman said. In the weeks to follow, beginning Oct. 5, special education students and grades first through third will return in hybrid groups, ultimately integrating grades fourth and fifth and sixth through 12th by Oct. 19. Additional safety measures have been added to ensure...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The collaboration between a Minnesota teacher and a parent helped an entire school go back to learning in person this fall. When Prairie Creek Community School teacher Michelle Martin took a look at her classroom, she was concerned about fitting 20 kids inside for their hybrid model. “We spent the entire summer just doing all the plans for the three different scenarios and making sure that we were ready to step and go,” Martin said. “How do we get 6-feet apart? And we don’t have big classrooms. I had room for five kids in my classroom with the current furniture because I had tables.” Martin envisioned a smaller, more portable option for her students at the Northfield school. “We needed a place for kids to be anchored and for kids to be learning in,” Martin said. She reached out to a parent at the school, Matt Eastvold,...
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    CHICAGO (CBS) — It’s back to school time for kids all across Chicago, as Tuesday marks the first day of classes for Chicago Public Schools and several charter schools – though not in the way any of us are used to. CBS 2’s Tim McNicholas on showed us ahead of the logon that will in many cases replace the morning bell how schools are preparing. It will be a school year and especially a first quarter unlike any other before. Teachers at Edgar Allan Poe Elementary Classical School, 10358 S. Langley Ave., would typically be setting up their classrooms right as they were preparing to welcome students back. And in a way, they are. But of course, this year, the classroom is at home. Philicia Wheatley’s classroom at Poe has been her home away from home for four years. But she has now picked up the tools she needs to...
    St. Paul, Minn. (WCCO) — It’s move in week at the University of St Thomas, where most students will go back to class for the first time since March. Students have the option to learn in-person, a hybrid, or fully online. About 20% opted for online-only. Before doing anything in-person, students sign a common good agreement, promising they’ll stick to health guidelines. They’re reminded on signs throughout campus. Students moving into dorms will do so in set time blocks this week. Students will be spread out to not make any one residence hall especially busy. Furniture in common areas is spread out, too. Additionally, St. Thomas has ordered outdoor furniture so students can still hang out, at least while it’s still warm enough. But what if someone tests positive for COVID-19? Because most of St. Thomas’ student population is from Minnesota, they’re asking students go home to quarantine, if possible....
    HAVERHILL (CBS) – Students in Haverhill are going to have a different experience this fall. With the nation still in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the School Committee in Haverhill decided on the hybrid-model of learning for public schools, where most children will attend classes in school two days per week and learn remotely from home the other three days. Students also have the option to do all their learning remotely. Haverhill Mayor Jim Fiorentini feels they have taken the right measures. “We’re doing what we need to do to make sure our kids are safe and our teachers are safe,” said Fiorentini. “They’re going through every single school, making certain that every window works, that there’s screens on every window, every HVAC system is updated, that the filters have been changed, that the coils have been cleaned, and that every single one of them works.” A socially-distanced classroom...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The upcoming school year will look a lot different, as many schools adopt a hybrid plan with a mix of in-school and remote learning. Blessed Trinity Regional Catholic School in Mayfair is one of them. “I think it’s going to be fun,” said Maureen Pfeiffer, a kindergarten teacher. “I’ll have the microphone, webcam. It’s going to be a learning process, but it’ll be a positive one.” Families at the Pre-K through eighth grade school were able to choose all virtual live-instruction or a hybrid of in-person and remote.  Pfeiffer spent her summer coming up with ideas to keep her in-classroom students safe. She will be wearing a special mask with a window so the children can see her mouth during lessons. “Each of the tables is now six feet apart,” she said. “They are boxed in so I know they stay there, and each table will...
    BUCKS COUNTY, Pa. (CBS) — When school starts, some districts are all remote while others are a mix of in-person instruction and remote learning. There’s no one-size-fits-all options, but some just want to have options. With just days until the 2020-21 school year begins, some students are making it known they want to learn in person. “Today, we held a rally at the Central Bucks offices,” Dakota Giacomelli said. Dakota is a rising sophomore at East High School in the Central Bucks School District, one of about a dozen students and parents who called for a hybrid model of teaching on Friday afternoon. The rally came less than a week after a similar one after it was announced, like most districts in the region, Central Bucks will only offer virtual classes through at least the beginning of the school year. “They decided to make it all online until November,” Dakota...
    It’s been a suspenseful summer, to say the least. Gov. Tim Walz waited until July 30 to announce that back-to-school format decisions would largely rest in the hands of local school boards. Then district leaders began scrambling to gather parent and educator feedback on the various models they’d created — in-person, hybrid, and distance learning — so they could narrow it down and bring a plan A to their school board for approval.  Right away, two of the state’s largest public school districts, Minneapolis and St. Paul, announced plans to start the year in a full-time distance learning format, with the intent to transition toward some degree of in-person learning later on, so long as infection rates allow for a safe return. The St. Louis Park and Robbinsdale school districts have opted to do the same.  The majority of metro-area districts, however, have announced hybrid plans that will rotate students...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — As the start of the school year inches closer and closer, more districts are unveiling their plans for how they plan to kick things off. On Thursday, St. Cloud’s school board announced plans to start the 2020-2021 year with a hybrid learning model. They said they based their decision on the state’s Stay Safe Minnesota matrix and from the latest local health data. The plan will see students in grades 6 through 12 learning in school two days a week (alternating either Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday) and three days of distance learning. The same will go for elementary students in grades 3 through 5. Kindergartners and students in grades 1 and 2 will learn in school from Monday through Thursday, at 50% capacity guidelines with social distancing, and learn from home on Fridays. Preschoolers will be learning in school two days per week, alternating...
    This story is part of “Parenting in a Pandemic,” WTOP’s continuing coverage of how parents are dealing with child care, schooling and more through the coronavirus pandemic. As Loudoun County Public Schools gears up for a virtual start to the school year Sept. 8, certain groups of students in the Virginia school system will have a hybrid option. On Wednesday night, the Loudoun County School Board directed LCPS to add two days of in-person learning for students with disabilities who receive instruction through the Aligned Standards of Learning as well as in Early Childhood Special Education. Classes for students in that plan start Oct. 13. Students in English Learners of Proficiency Level 1.0 – 1.9 and for preschool and pre-kindergarten students who choose to participate in hybrid learning will be able to receive in-person instruction. Recommendations for that plan will be presented Sept. 8, with a start date no later...
    BOSTON (CBS) – Mayor Marty Walsh said he expects to release a fall plan for Boston Public Schools within one or two weeks. Walsh said the city is preparing right now for both hybrid and remote options and are putting coronavirus precautions in place. “I know that many people are anxious about the decision,” Walsh said. “Parents are concerned and also need time to make plans. Teachers have concerns and they’re also worried, and they need time to make plans. And everyone is rightly concerned about their safety and the safety of our young people.” Walsh said schools are working to install protective separators, with nearly 5,000 pieces ordered already. Nurses will be provided with ventilated isolation spaces, and HVAC systems are also being inspected with new filters installed. The city will also make sure at least one window in every classroom opens, and each school will be provided with...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff  PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Seneca Valley School District will push back the start of its school year. Students will now begin classes on September 8. For the first four weeks, it will be a mix of in-person and online instruction. Students will report to school two days per week with the other three days being online.
    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 like it was meant to be.” PANDEMIC PIVOT Hendrickson isn’t the only entrepreneur or public provider pivoting during the pandemic. After six months of offering virtual services, public-facing nonprofits, businesses,...
    Anoka-Hennepin, the state’s largest school district, announced Friday that students will head back to school part-time in September. Their hybrid model calls for in-person instruction two days a week for all grades, with students learning from home the rest of the week. Other districts to announce their intentions Friday include: Roseville Area, whose hybrid model has grades K-1 learning in-person four days a week and grades 2-12 two days a week. Special education students also could be in school more often. Preschool plans will be announced next week. White Bear Lake Area said Friday it hopes to use a hybrid model but won’t announce till Aug. 20, after the state releases its latest county-level coronavirus case data. South Washington County will announce its intentions on Monday. North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale will announce Aug. 10. St. Paul and Minneapolis said earlier this week they’re starting with full-time distance learning. Related Articles ...
    Gov. Tim Walz on Thursday announced Minnesota’s Safe Learning Plan, which details when school districts and charter schools can begin school in-person, in distance learning, or in a hybrid model depending on local data. The Minnesota Department of Education and the Minnesota Department of Health will advise local schools which model the school should start in depending on COVID-19 activity in that county. “As a classroom teacher for more than 20 years and a parent of a child in public schools, I am committed to providing a world-class education to our students while keeping them and their teachers safe,” Walz said in a statement. “With this approach, we are pairing the knowledge and data from our Departments of Health and Education with the expertise of our local school districts to make the best decisions for our students across the state.” Each local school district will then...
    BOSTON (CBS) — Boston Schools will not be reopening will all students in the classroom this fall. Instead, schools are focused on their remote and hybrid learning plans, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said Friday. “Keeping our kids safe is the number one priority. We’re taking all of their needs into account. We’re exploring every single option for what that looks like. We’re not rushing to make decisions, because we don’t know what the data is going to be a month from now. We quite honestly don’t know what the data is going to be next week. We’re planning for every scenario. So no matter what happens, all of our students can learn in a safe environment for the upcoming school year,” said Walsh. Parents will have an option to keep their children home for fully remote learning if they choose. “Safety is our number one priority, we are not walking...
    St. Paul Public Schools has permission from the state to reopen its schools in September, but Superintendent Joe Gothard is calling for continued distance learning at all grade levels. “The reason we’re here tonight is we do not feel we’re ready to ensure safety for our students and staff coming back,” Gothard told reporters Thursday. The decision aligns St. Paul with the Minneapolis school district, which announced earlier this week it was starting with full-time distance learning. Meanwhile, three large school districts said Thursday that they’ll start with a hybrid schedule, while several others said they need more time to decide. The St. Paul school board has a series of special meetings scheduled Saturday through Monday where they’ll discuss plans for the upcoming school year. Gothard said he hopes to establish centers across the city where students can get in-person help with distance learning. And he promised remote instruction will...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The School District of Philadelphia is explaining why it scrapped plans for a hybrid school year. After fierce opposition, the school district announced Tuesday it was revising its reopening plan, proposing students continue virtual learning through at least November. The start of the school year on Sept. 2 will begin with all virtual learning, which makes it critical that the district’s more than 125,000 students have access to learning. In the midst of a city still in the grips of rising COVID-19 cases and growing concerns among teachers and parents, the Philadelphia School District reversed course on its initial reopening plan. “After careful consideration, we have made some changes to our proposed health and safety plan, and we are proposing that we start the school year with all students engaging in digital learning for the first marking period, which goes through Nov. 17,” Superintendent Dr. William Hite...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago Public Schools asked for input about its goal of hybrid learning in the fall. More than half aren’t at all pleased with the plan. CBS 2’s Jim Williams listened in on the first of several virtual meetings. He reports parents are concerned their children will not be safe in the classroom. School officials outlined their safety plan during Monday’s online forum. For those parents still afraid, there’s an alternative. “Welcome to the first engagement webinar related to school opening for the fall of 2020,” said CPS CEO Janice Jackson. The online meeting drew 1500 participants, school officials said. Most of them parents, who could post questions. One topic dominated the discussion: How will CPS keep students and teachers safe from COVID-19. Right now, school is set to start on September 8. A hybrid of online and classroom instruction, but that could change depending on the latest coronavirus...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — The Chicago Teachers Union takes its fight to continue remote learning  to the streets of the Loop. Teachers used a car caravan to drive home their point that the classroom is no place for anyone during the pandemic. The teachers union is protesting the city’s plan to combine classroom and remote learning when schools reopen in the fall. Teachers believe, even with the best of intentions and precautions, that returning to the classroom is just too risky given the gravity of COVID-19. A top union official said with the new rollbacks of coronavirus safety rules it doesn’t even make sense. The plan from Chicago Public Schools calls for a hybrid system, with most  students in groups of 15 in class two days a week. And studying independently at home  for two days with virtual instruction on Wednesdays. But that’s only if public health officials determine schools are safe....
    St. Paul Public Schools students will attend in-person classes twice a week but will have the option of full-time distance learning if state education leaders call for a hybrid approach to education this fall. School district leaders detailed their tentative plans for the school board on Tuesday night. State leaders are expected to announce sometime next week whether schools will be allowed to reopen in the fall, and whether they can do so at full capacity or with students learning from home some of the time. Whatever the state decides, St. Paul schools will be less than half full if they do reopen in September. A recent district survey found 26 percent of families would choose full-time distance learning, even if schools reopen for in-person classes. An additional 43 percent of families would consider that option, which the Department of Education says schools must make available during the coronavirus pandemic....
    Governors and state education departments across the country are grappling with whether to hold in-person classes this fall as coronavirus cases spike. The decision-making process quickly became politicized after President TrumpDonald John TrumpKanye West says Harriet Tubman 'never actually freed the slaves' at rally Trump-Afghan deal passes key deadline, but peace elusive GOP governors in hardest hit states split over COVID-19 response MORE and Education Secretary Betsy DeVosElizabeth (Betsy) Dee DeVosFormer CDC director says without additional resources children of color will be 'disproportionately affected' as schools reopen It's up to local leaders: An Iowa perspective on reopening schools Sunday shows preview: Trump, lawmakers weigh in on COVID-19, masks and school reopenings amid virus surge MORE demanded schools reopen for in-person learning, prompting backlash from most teachers and administrators. Dozens of states have released guidelines or requirements for fall classes. While some governors are pushing ahead with making decisions for their...
    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 model chosen must meet all necessary health and safety guidelines outlined by public health officials.” Any parent would be allowed to opt out of in-person classes, regardless of whether their...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Chicago Public Schools officials and Mayor Lori Lightfoot are expected Friday to outline what school will look like in the fall amid the COVID-19 pandemic.The tentative plan involves most students using a hybrid-learning model, through both in-school and at-home classes.However the Chicago Teacher's Union doesn't believe it's safe enough to do that, saying that until a clear plan is worked out and in place, there simply would not be enough time to prepare.RELATED: Chicago Teachers Union calls for remote learning in fall amid rising youth COVID-19 casesWhile Lightfoot has resisted rushing into a decision, the teacher's union wants the school district to make a decision now."This preliminary framework represents the next step in our community-wide discussion on how we ensure our children stay safe, engaged, and resume learning when our school year begins in September," Lightfoot said Friday.The plan released Friday will not be the district's final...
    (Reuters) - Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said on Friday that her city's public school district, the third largest in the U.S., was planning to host some classes remotely and some in-person this fall in an effort to prevent outbreaks of the novel coronavirus. The mayor said parents would have a choice whether to send their children to school and encouraged their feedback on the reopening plan ahead of students' return to school. "We believe that a hybrid model will be the best model to meet the needs of all of our students throughout the city," Chicago Public Schools Chief Executive Janice Jackson said on Friday. (Reporting by Gabriella Borter; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    School systems throughout the D.C. region are grappling with how to handle the new school year during the coronavirus pandemic. Many are urging caution, start dates are being pushed back and some form of virtual learning is being included in plans by multiple regional school systems. Below are the plans for school systems by state and county in the WTOP listening area. This story will be updated as more information becomes available. More Coronavirus News Sign up for WTOP alerts Latest coronavirus test results in DC, Maryland and Virginia Coronavirus FAQ: What you need to know Coronavirus resources: Get and give help in DC, Maryland and Virginia Looking for more information? D.C., Maryland and Virginia are each releasing more data every day. Visit their official sites here: Virginia | Maryland | D.C. DC DC Public Schools D.C. hasn’t announced a plan yet. The school year is set to start Aug. 31. D.C. Mayor...
    SAN RAMON (KPIX) – Schools across the Bay Area are facing tough decisions about how to offer classes during the pandemic and one of the most contested was in the San Ramon area. Tuesday was decision day for the San Ramon Valley Unified School District. School officials had to decide what going back to school was going to look like. “This is one of the toughest decisions we will ever have to deal with,” said board member Rachel Hurd at the virtual public meeting. The board was grappling with whether to continue remote learning, send kids back to campus 5 days a week, or create a hybrid system split between in-class and at-home learning. “Kara” is an emergency room nurse and mother of young twin girls living in the district. She doesn’t see how at-home schooling could possibly work. “I don’t think being at home with parents...
    JOLIET, Ill. (CBS) — Schools in Joliet have released their plans for the new school year. Joliet District 86, the elementary and middle school district for that city, will not reopen fully. It will instead employ a blend of in-person and remote learning. The hybrid plan for the district would have students attend class in-person one to two days a week. The rest of the week would be remote learning. All students would work remotely on Wednesdays so schools can be cleaned. In-person class sizes will be cut in half and students must wear masks. Students will receive standard grades and no field trips allowed. The district also laid out a second option for full remote learning if needed. The first day of school in Joliet District 86 is Aug. 24.
    SAN ANTONIO – The uncertainty of what the upcoming school year will look like for students across Texas is looming over parents as the 2020-2021 academic year inches closer while the coronavirus pandemic continues. Judson Independent School District released instruction plans Tuesday detailing basic teaching models for elementary and secondary students. According to the district website, parents will receive a survey where they will be instructed to choose which learning model option they are most comfortable with. The district has not made clear how parents will receive the survey. Do you plan to send your child to school in August? A press release sent to KSAT breaks the learning models down as follows: The Elementary Model - 2 options 1. Face To Face Instruction: That provides students with in-person instruction on campus. 2. Virtual Instruction: Students will receive virtual instruction online with opportunities to learn in real-time live settings and...
    ELK GROVE (CBS13) — Families and teachers in Elk Grove are anxiously waiting to see how education will look when the new school year begins come fall. On Tuesday, the Elk Grove Unified School District will be presenting a plan that should give people a better idea. The district is working on a plan to present for the Department of Education for reopening. Some of the options include doing distance learning for the year, a hybrid of in-person and distance learning, or a full return to classes. In a survey, the district says 42 percent of parents favored the hybrid learning plan for the upcoming school year. There are a total of 67 schools in Elk Grove Unified’s boundaries, making it the fifth-largest school district in California. It was one of the first school districts to close and eventually switch to distance learning at the outset of the coronavirus pandemic...
    By KATHY McCORMACK, Associated Press CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Many parents, teachers and education officials are anxious for students to get back to school this fall, but there’s a lot of concern about achieving social distancing and workable hybrid learning plans, a New Hampshire education task force acknowledged Tuesday. The School Transition Reopening and Redesign Taskforce plans to issue 10 preliminary recommendations by June 30 to the state. The group got through questions and suggestions on the first half, which deal with establishing district and school management communications plans; determining public health protocols; preparing the school environment; supporting student, family and educator wellness; and establishing hybrid learning capacity. Task force members recognized that it’s very difficult for students to social distance and that guidelines may work for one district, but not another. “We could write all the recommendations in the world, but kids are going to do what kids are...
    Some colleges and schools are making plans to adopt a hybrid education model that involves a combination of in-class and distance learning methods amid the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. When the outbreak arrived in mid-March, most schools at all levels were forced to concentrate their focus on remotely educating students for the remainder of the academic year. As students, parents, and educators begin planning for the fall semester, many will be using lessons learned during the pandemic to form the hybrid model. Under hybrid learning plans, students will have the option to take any course, or portions of courses, online or in-person, with the exception of courses that have been pre-designated as distance learning classes. According to a survey from the Chronicle of Higher Education, 73 percent of those polled are planning in-person instruction this fall. Fifteen percent are waiting to decide what to do, while 5 percent are considering...
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