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    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Chicago Public Schools officials said Thursday plans are in the works to get high schoolers back in classrooms before the end of the school year.CPS CEO Janice Jackson told the Board of Education that meetings with the Chicago Teachers Union over those plans starting soon. Jackson said the district and the union are establishing a joint High School Task Force, in a process that formally began last week.READ MORE | CPS reopening: Pre-K, cluster students return to classroom ThursdayThe task force will work to create a plan to bring older students back to in-person learning with student, staff and teacher safety in mind.Jackson said she hopes to have high schoolers back in classroom this spring.RELATED: Chicago teachers approve tentative deal to reopen CPS classrooms, CTU saysCPS and CTU were locked in negotiations for months over plans from kindergarten through eighth grade students to return to classrooms. The...
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — As positive coronavirus cases continue to drop in West Virginia, the state Board of Education said Tuesday that counties should return elementary and middle school students to in-class instruction five days per week. The board’s vote will eliminate blended schedules in which students have alternated between the classroom and home-based online learning in response to the pandemic. READ MORE: Teachers In Pittsburgh Public Schools Feel Blindsided After District Releases Plan For Return To In-Person Learning The move is effective March 3. Counties can apply for a waiver to conduct in-person learning four days per week and virtual instruction on the fifth day. In-person instruction at high schools will continue to be determined by a state color-coded map. Many counties have returned to in-person instruction. Families who previously chose online-only learning for their students regardless of grade are unaffected. The West Virginia Education Association asked the board...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pittsburgh Public Schools has announced new “student-support categories” ahead of April 6’s reopening. READ MORE: Prosecutors: 14-Year-Old Girl In Pa. Charged In Stabbing Death Of 19-Year-Old Sister The four categories were announced Monday, based on students’ needs when returning to in-person learning. Support Category 1 features students demonstrating positive progress in eLearning, Support Category 2 is students demonstrating progress in eLearning, Support Category 3 is students demonstrating some progress in eLearning, and Support Category 4 is students not demonstrating progress and/or in kindergarten or PreK. The district says approximately 4,786 K-12 students in Support Category 4 will be prioritized for in-person learning when schools reopen on April 6. All PreK and kindergarten students are prioritized for return to in-person instruction first. READ MORE: Arkansas Police Officer Expected To Recover After Shooting Involving Pa. Man Suspected Of Kidnapping 14-Year-Old N.C. Girl Pittsburgh Public Schools...
    BROCKTON (CBS) – Brockton Public Schools students haven’t returned to their physical school buildings since March 12, 2020. “It’s been tough on our families,” Superintendent Mike Thomas told WBZ. “Their kids have been home for a year, so childcare issues, and having their young ones home for an entire year. It’s been so tough on our families.” That will change starting Tuesday, when the district will welcome back 700 high-needs students for in person learning in a hybrid model, with plans to bring even more students back next week. READ MORE: Massachusetts Reports 1,150 New COVID Cases, 26 Additional Deaths “We’re thrilled to have our students back,” Thomas said. Similar situations are true in Fitchburg and Fall River, which welcomed students to the classrooms Monday for the first time in months — socially-distanced and masked, of course. In Saugus, high-needs students have been learning in person for a while,...
    The British government declared Sunday that every adult in the country should get a first coronavirus vaccine shot by July 31, at least a month earlier than its previous target, as it prepared to set out a "cautious" plan to ease the U.K.'s lockdown. The previous aim was for all adults to get a jab by September. The new target also calls for everyone 50 and over and those with an underlying health condition to get their first of two vaccine shots by April 15, rather than the previous date of May 1. The makers of the two vaccines that Britain is using, Pfizer and AstraZeneca, have both experienced supply problems in Europe. But U.K. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said Sunday that "we now think that we have the supplies" to speed up the vaccination campaign. The early success of Britain's vaccination effort is welcome good news for a...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Many Chicago Public School teachers will return to classrooms Monday following the deal made by the district the Chicago Teachers Union to reopen schools.RELATED: CPS reopening: Pre-K, cluster students return to classroom ThursdayCPS teachers for kindergarten through fifth grade are expected in classrooms to begin preparing for students to return on Mar. 1. Pre-K and cluster programs returned to in-person learning already.RELATED: Chicago teachers approve tentative deal to reopen CPS classrooms, CTU saysThe return is part of the new phased timeline for in-person learning agreed by CTU. Teachers for grades 6 through 8 will also return Mar. 1 to begin preparing for their students to return to class on Mar. 8.
    The California Department of Public Health announced its youth sports update on Friday, which provides a path forward for a resumption of high school sports beyond the purple tier sports of cross-country, golf, tennis and track and field. Restrictions for high-contact outdoor sports have been relaxed, although most Southern California counties need cases to continue to decline to meet the requirement to restart sports such as football, field hockey, rugby and water polo. Here are answers to questions you might have. When will football season begin? The Southern Section says football teams must complete their seasons by April 17. Teams are required to have a minimum 14 days of practice before playing their first game. The first practice day can be Tuesday if a county reaches a COVID-19 case rate of 14 per 100,000. Weekly testing of players and coaches will be required. Those that have been conditioning for weeks...
    FOLSOM (CBS13) – Students at Folsom High School held a rally Thursday to demand a return to in-person instruction – and they may not be that far away. Standup for students–a sign of the times at Folsom High School as students rally to return to the classroom. “It’s been horrible since day 1,” said Senior Cy Watson. Senior Cy Watson, chief of staff for his class, spoke out about what has been nearly a year of distance learning. “I’m one of the leads of planning events at Folsom High School. Not being able to plan any that bring joy to high school students and just watch them being o has been horrific,” he said. Watson said he sees other school districts open and it’s frustrating. “It takes students like me and other students around me that have pushed me to be that voice for other students,” he said. Students enjoyed...
    BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4) – On Monday morning the University of Colorado Boulder is welcoming students back into classrooms. It’s something many CU Buffs have been anticipating for months as they transition into a more normal college experience.   That means courses designated as in-person or hybrid in-person for the spring semester will begin an in-person format. Courses designated as remote or online will continue in those formats for the entire semester.    It’s been a gradual process to return to standard learning, as students were also able to move back into residence halls on Feb. 7. (credit: CBS) University officials say the spring semester will be a time when the campus is wholly COVID-19 aware. In a letter, the university announced it is increasing testing capacity and requirements, with daily check-ins via Buff Pass. CU Boulder will also partner with Boulder County Public Health and the Colorado Department of Public...
    BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4) – On Monday morning the University of Colorado Boulder is welcoming students back into classrooms. It’s something many CU Buffs have been anticipating for months as they transition into a more normal college experience.   That means courses designated as in-person or hybrid in-person for the spring semester will begin an in-person format. Courses designated as remote or online will continue in those formats for the entire semester.    It’s been a gradual process to return to standard learning, as students were also able to move back into residence halls on Feb. 7. University officials say the spring semester will be a time when the campus is wholly COVID-19 aware. In a letter, the university announced it is increasing testing capacity and requirements, with daily check-ins via Buff Pass. CU Boulder will also partner with Boulder County Public Health and the Colorado Department of Public Health and...
    On Wednesday, Foothill Elementary School in Saratoga and Greenbrook Elementary School in Danville were among Bay Area public schools that began in-person teaching for some of their students. At Foothill Elementary, as students arrived in the morning, they stood still for a temperature check outside. First graders were taught in the multipurpose room while each student in a fourth-grade class studied behind a clear protector in their classroom. Here are two related stories: Rich Bay Area kids head back to class, others stay home Has your local public school resumed in-class teaching? Saratoga: Foothill Elementary School SARATOGA, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 10: Foothill Elementary School 4th grade teacher Sandy Waite-Lopez teaches her students on Feb. 10, 2021, in Saratoga, Calif. On Wednesday, some students returned to classrooms in the Saratoga Union Elementary District, which includes Foothill Elementary School, for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic forced their closure in March...
    BERKELEY — More than half a century ago, thousands of protesters marched to a large vacant lot on Haste Street near Telegraph Avenue and ripped down the fences surrounding it, swarming onto the property owned by nearby UC Berkeley. Reaction to the open act of defiance was swift and bloody. Officers clad in riot gear charged into the crowd. The protesters resisted. Shots were fired. One bullet struck and killed a student. Hundreds were injured, including police officers. Helicopters sprayed tear gas over the battlefield and a state of emergency was declared in Berkeley. The National Guard came. In the end, the university retreated from its plan to build student housing on the site, which by then had become known as People’s Park. Fast forward to 2021 and the fences were back. So was a university plan to build student housing at People’s Park. So was the resistance. On Jan....
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The union representing Philadelphia school teachers is telling its members not to report to school on Monday. The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers are in a standoff with the Philadelphia School District over the safety of school buildings. Teachers were due back in classrooms on Monday to begin preparations for students to return on Feb. 22. The union says the city has appointed a neutral arbitrator to hear both sides, but they have yet to hear a date of when that hearing will happen. The notice affects teachers in grades kindergarten through second that were preparing for hybrid learning. Other classes and grades are unaffected. Philadelphia School District Superintendent Dr. William Hite says several steps have been taken so students and staff can return to school safely. Stay with CBSPhilly.com for this developing story. MORE FROM CBSPHILLY.COM EXCLUSIVE: Woman Brutally Attacked By Another Woman In North Philadelphia Shares...
    For nearly a year most schools in the area have been virtual only, but now as districts resume in-person learning they would like to remind drivers of school bus safety. At the end of January Chippewa Valley Schools in Macomb County returned to a hybrid learning system, and upon the first day of in-person, Thomas Korth says, bus drivers immediately noticed motorists repeating a dangerous trend. “It’s irritating you know when you’re behind the wheel and you see somebody that just disregards your stop signal and passes the bus while students are loading, it puts the students in an unsafe situation.” Korth is the Transportation Director for Chippewa Valley Schools and says due to a driver shortage he finds himself behind the wheel of school buses, and he’s fed up with people ignoring the stop signals. He says they transport over 5000 students per day, and every day someone blows...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Philadelphia School District is defending its use of window ventilation fans in school buildings as part of its COVID safety plan. The district released a video of the installation process over the weekend. Pre-K through second-grade students will begin to return to in-person learning on Feb. 22. Some parents and teachers complain the ventilation strategy is insufficient, but the school district disagrees. “This is an additional layer of safety. So on top of all the other measures that are taking upon the recommendation of the CDC, the Philadelphia Department of Public Health and other public health experts, this is just another way to ensure that the rooms are safe for students and staff to return,” said Philadelphia School District spokesperson Monica Lewis. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website states that window fans are recommended as part of their mitigation guidelines. MORE FROM CBSPHILLY.COM Pennsylvania...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Philadelphia School District is defending its use of window ventilation fans in school buildings as part of its COVID safety plan. The district released a video of the installation process over the weekend. Pre-K through second-grade students will begin to return to in-person learning on Feb. 22. Some parents and teachers complain the ventilation strategy is insufficient, but the school district disagrees. “This is an additional layer of safety. So on top of all the other measures that are taking upon the recommendation of the CDC, the Philadelphia Department of Public Health and other public health experts, this is just another way to ensure that the rooms are safe for students and staff to return,” said Philadelphia School District spokesperson Monica Lewis. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website states that window fans are recommended as part of their mitigation guidelines. MORE FROM CBSPHILLY.COM Pennsylvania...
    “There’s a little bit of fear and apprehension coming back in a very different way,” said Noel Emilius, an English teacher at Columbia Heights Education Campus who has been vaccinated against COVID-19. “For me personally, I volunteered, I’m very excited.” WTOP/Melissa Howell A staffer clad in personal protective gear greets students returning to Columbia Heights Education Campus in Northwest D.C. Temperatures are being taken when kids arrive, before they go to their classrooms. WTOP/Melissa Howell Schools Chancellor Lewis Ferebee looks out a classroom window before the school opens Tuesday, during a tour of the school’s safety protocols. WTOP/Melissa Howell (1/3) Share This Gallery: Share on Facebook. Share on Twitter. Share via email. Print. Tuesday marked D.C. Public Schools’ most significant return to in-person learning since the COVID-19 pandemic first disrupted learning nearly a year ago, with about 9,000 of the District’s 52,000 students back...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Thousands of students and educators around the Twin Cities will head back into a classroom Monday morning. For many, it will be for the first time in months. St. Paul Public Schools will be bringing back its youngest students, prekindergarten through 2nd-graders. The state’s largest school district, Anoka-Hennepin, will be welcoming back 3rd to 5th graders. Their youngest students returned to the classroom two weeks ago. Minneapolis educators will head back to the classroom to prep for students’ return next week. While Gov. Tim Walz has called for younger students to return to in-person learning with safety measures in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19, not everyone is on board. Some educators say they wish staff were vaccinated before being required to return to the classroom. Parents can still opt to have their children remain in full-time distance learning. Additionally, a Hennepin...
    (CNN)After nearly a year in the Covid-19 pandemic, some officials are pushing for a return to in-person instruction for K-12 students.In Chicago, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said late Friday night that Chicago Public Schools are reopening for in-person learning, even though an agreement has not been reached with the Chicago Teachers Union. "We still plan to welcome our pre-K and special needs students back to safe in-person learning on Monday," Lightfoot said. "We also plan ... to reopen in-person learning for our kindergarten through eighth-grade students on Monday as well. So, we expect those teachers to be there for their students.""However, given the current status of negotiations, we owe it to our students and families to prepare for a scenario in which the CTU leadership continues to direct their members not to go back in schools for in-person instruction."CDC says travelers must wear masks on all forms of public transportation It's...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — The Chicago Teachers Union wants Mayor Lori Lightfoot to back off her push to reopen schools for in-person learning. One issue is the difficulty of getting a vaccine. Teachers are now eligible for shots, but CTU members say it’s not easy to get one. Alyssa Rodriguez, a social worker at Lozano Bilingual & International Center Elementary School, said some of her colleagues are taking drastic steps to to protect their families while they struggle to get the vaccine. “People are staying up until midnight. They are looking to find vaccination sites that they’re driving to, at least 45 minutes away, in order to get a vaccine to make themselves feel safer to be around themselves and their students. People are moving out of their houses. I have staff that have moved out, and they are looking for alternative housing during this time,” she said. Kindergarten through eighth...
    Christy Hudson, a Fairfax County, Va. mother of three, told "America’s Newsroom" on Monday that the county’s postponement of in-person learning amid the coronavirus pandemic is "heartbreaking" and "devastating." "We are watching our kids suffer tremendous academic regressions as well as social, emotional and behavioral problems," Hudson said, acknowledging that her two children who are in the public school system and who have not returned to the classroom in more than ten months are "struggling." Her daughter attends private school and has been able to learn in the classroom, she explained. A Washington Examiner editorial published last week titled, "The vaccine has exposed teachers unions' true priorities," argued that Fairfax County is "dragging its feet, even though its vaccination process is in full swing and even though students in the area have had to put up with distance learning since the pandemic broke out in March of last year."...
    Thousands of Chicago’s educators are refusing to head back into schools Monday as originally planned, following a weekend vote from its teachers union to defy a district order asking them to return to the classroom in preparation for resuming in-person learning.  Chicago Public Schools, which is the nation's third-largest district, wanted roughly 10,000 kindergarten through eighth-grade teachers and other staffers to return to school this morning to get ready to welcome back roughly 70,000 students for part-time in-school classes starting Feb. 1. But now, following the vote, the district has pushed back the expected return date for their staff to Wednesday in hopes of securing an agreement with the Chicago Teachers Union over their concerns about the spread of the coronavirus.  "The scheduled return date for students in grades K-8 remains Monday, Feb. 1, and it is our goal to reach an agreement with CTU as soon as possible to ensure tens of thousands of additional students have the opportunity safely return to our classrooms," Chicago Public Schools said Sunday in a message to families.   Pre-kindergarten students listen...
    BOSTON (CBS) – Some students at Boston University return to in-person classes this week, despite pushback from some. More than 150 teachers, staff and students at the School of Public Health are demanding their graduate courses be held online. Boston University says they’ve put all necessary safety measures in place. But some students are still hesitant to head back. “Yes, I’d love to be in classroom, I love the face to face time, but safety is my priority right now,” said student Dani Brooks. The Boston Herald reported the school has already denied the group’s petition for online-only classes to start the semester.
    President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday that students should be able to return to face-to-face classes at the university one day a week. Emmanuel Macron addressed the students of Paris-Saclay (Essonne) this Thursday at midday. While acknowledging that “the next few weeks are going to be quite hard”, he wants French students to be able to return to face-to-face classes at the university one day a week. Living with constraints The Head of State recalled that “a student must have the same rights as an employee (…) If he needs it, he must be able to return to the university one day a week” in lecture halls with a 20% maximum gauge. According to the president, “A student has the right to have 20% of his or her time in person – that is to say, one day out of five”. He nevertheless recalls: “obviously there will...
    Some students in Montgomery County, Maryland, will have to wait longer to return to the classroom, with the school board pushing the start date for in-person learning to March. Some students were slated to go back to the classroom on Feb. 1, but on Tuesday the school board voted to delay the start of returning small groups of students to March 15 — and that is if health metrics are met or health guidance is adjusted because of coronavirus vaccine distribution. “The COVID-19 new case rate and test positivity in the county remain significantly above the thresholds adopted by the county and state,” Montgomery County Public Schools said in a statement. Montgomery County schools shared what they will do to improve the learning experience of all students in the meantime, particularly secondary school students, which include: Focused outreach services for struggling students. Greater use of the Wednesday virtual check-in...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – The University of California is planning to return to in-person instruction in fall 2021. A statement Monday from the UC president’s office said that, while COVID vaccines will soon become available to faculty, staff, and students, UC was remaining vigilant in critical prevention efforts. “As the University continues to monitor the evolution of the pandemic, we are also carefully planning a safe return to in-person classes,” said President Michael V. Drake, M.D. “Current forecasts give us hope that in the fall our students can enjoy a more normal on-campus experience.” More from CBS Sacramento: California Couple Wanted For Oregon Hotel Murder Arrested In Stanislaus County Suspect Shot By Deputies In Gunfight After Hostage Escapes In Tuolumne County ‘It Was Amazing’: Neighbors Drawn Out Of Homes As Emergency Crews Take Over Nuisance House For Training President Drake said he arrived at the decision to return...
    Stanford University’s freshmen and sophomores will not be allowed on campus for the winter quarter, school officials announced a day after they said 43 students on campus had tested positive for COVID-19. In a message to the Stanford community, President Marc Tessier-Lavigne and Provost Persis Drell announced the changes for the quarter that runs Monday to March 19. “We had hoped to be able to allow half of all undergraduates — that is, the frosh and sophomore classes — to be in person on campus for the winter quarter,” Stanford spokesman E.J. Miranda said Sunday in an email. The campuswide communique sent Saturday attributed the change to the uptick in state and local COVID-19 cases and Santa Clara County’s extension of stay-at-home restrictions to help slow the recent surge of the novel coronavirus. Stanford had announced last month it planned to have freshmen and sophomores attending in-person classes this quarter...
    CHICAGO — Hours after Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson forged forward with their plans to reopen city schools Monday, members of the Chicago Teachers Unions blasted city leaders, saying teachers are being forced to compromise their health in order to teach. About one-third of the pre-kindergarten and various cluster group students eligible to return to CPS schools for in-person learning on Monday will do so, district leaders say. Kindergarten through eight grade students are set to follow suit February 1. That’s about 6,000 students expected to return Monday and another 70,000 starting next month.   Lightfoot and Jackson have battled with the teachers union for weeks over how, if and when to relaunch in-person learning, following a fall term of all remote learning. City leaders have insisted schools are safe for in-person learning despite the pandemic, and that it is critical for that...
              Henrico County Public Schools (HCPS) announced on Tuesday that the division is delaying the return to in-person learning for pre-kindergarten and elementary school students until the end of January because of the area’s current COVID-19 numbers. HCPS Superintendent Amy Cashwell made the announcement and discussed the subsequent changes to the timeline for returning to the classroom in an online message to families. Cashwell said the HCPS Health Committee, after meeting over the holidays and most recently on Monday, came to her and the division’s leadership team recommending to move forward with in-person learning, but after a small delay. “Evolving guidance from health experts plus our own experience and increased implementation of safety measures give us improved confidence that schools can be safe with the right risk-mitigation in place,” Cashwell wrote in the letter. “From the start, we have maintained not only our commitment...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff HARRISBURG (KDKA) — The Pennsylvania Department of Education is updating its guidance to schools for the spring semester. The Department of Education’s Acting Secretary Noe Ortega made the announcement that they are recommending that especially elementary-age students return to the classroom in 2021. “Beginning in the second semester, which typically begins around January 25, and as local conditions permit, schools are going to be encouraged to allow for elementary school students to return back to campus along with other targeted populations,” Ortega said. “We know that schools leaders continue to be the ones in the best position to make decisions about in-person instruction. So I want to emphasize that while these are not mandatory, it is up to school leaders to make a decision on whether or not local factors permit them to return elementary students to in-person instruction.” Ortega noted that the guidance...
    Half of Chicago public school teachers required to attend class preparation did not show up in defiance of city orders, the city said Tuesday. Just 49.7% of all Chicago public school teachers who were required by the city reported to work Monday, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) head Janice Jackson said Tuesday, NBC Chicago reported. Including paraprofessionals, 60.2% of all staff attended work Monday in preparation for the city’s school reopening plan. “We have sent notices to staff who did not return to ensure that our expectations are clear. And we are optimistic that more staff will report to work in the coming days,” Jackson said, according to NBC Chicago. “If staff choose not to attend and support the students who are relying on them, we will handle those on a school-by-school and case-by-case basis.” Jackson added that the city might institute a discipline policy that could potentially result in termination...
    CHICAGO — About half of the Chicago Public Schools teachers who were supposed to return to classrooms Monday instead continued to work from home, the district said. CPS expected 5,800 teachers to return. The move was part of the district’s plan to gradually reopen schools and bring back students, who have been learning remotely since March, when the coronavirus pandemic closed schools. But just 49.7 percent of teachers reported in Monday, CPS CEO Janice Jackson said Tuesday. More are now vowing to keep working from home, according to the Chicago Teachers union. “The resolve of educators continues to grow in the face of bullying, in the face of threats, because they understand the seriousness of this pandemic,” union Vice President Stacy Davis Gates said during a Tuesday morning news conference. “They look at their timelines every day and they see the number of people who are dying. “Again, the number...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Chicago Public School teachers bundled up from head to toe to teach their students remotely Monday morning.The teachers reported to school, but refused to step inside- opting instead to teach from outside as many said they still did not feel that it was safe to enter the building.Teachers at Brentano Math & Science Academy dressed in layers and taught their students remotely outside their Logan Square school building in below freezing temperatures."I don't want to be forced to choose between my job and my health," said Kristin Roberts, a pre-school teacher at Brentano Math & Science Academy.The Chicago Teacher's Union said some of it's members chose not to return to school buildings Monday morning in defiance of the district's reopening plans.The CTU said the district hasn't taken enough precautions, to keep students and educators safe."You also deal with ventilation, you also need to deal with cleaning and...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — It was supposed to be back to the classroom today for thousands of Chicago Public Schools teachers and staff, but some of them are refusing to do so because they don’t feel safe returning to school buildings, and the Chicago Teachers Union says they shouldn’t have to. The union held an online press conference this morning, on the day teachers and staff who serve preschoolers and some special education students were slated to return to school buildings. During that meeting, some teachers said they already signed letters to their principals letting them know they won’t be in the classroom today. “They need to see my mouth,” teacher Linda Perales said. “If I put a face mask on, and I’m teaching from the building, … how are my students going to learn their letters and their sounds?” That’s one of the reasons why some teachers say going back...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Chicago Public School teachers bundled up from head to toe to teach their students remotely Monday morning.The teachers reported to school, but refused to step inside- opting instead to teach from outside as many said they still did not feel that it was safe to enter the building.Teachers at Brentano Math & Science Academy dressed in layers and taught their students remotely outside their Logan Square school building in below freezing temperatures."I don't want to be forced to choose between my job and my health," said Kristin Roberts, a pre-school teacher at Brentano Math & Science Academy.The Chicago Teacher's Union said some of it's members chose not to return to school buildings Monday morning in defiance of the district's reopening plans.The CTU said the district hasn't taken enough precautions, to keep students and educators safe."You also deal with ventilation, you also need to deal with cleaning and...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Chicago Public Schools planned to welcome back the first phase of educators Monday morning, but will likely be doing so without the support of the Chicago Teachers Union.Some CPS staff will be back in classrooms Monday as part of the district's plan to ease back into in-person learning amid the pandemic.Educators from half a dozen pre-K, special education cluster and elementary schools are slated to hold a virtual press conference at 6:30 a.m. to "lay out why they and their fellow educators are rejecting returning to in-person work on Monday," according to a CTU statement."Our 'ask' and our demands have fallen on deaf ears," said CTU member and CPS parent, Lori Torres.RELATED: Chicago Public Schools reopening in-person learning starting in January, school district announcesEMBED More News Videos Chicago Public Schools announced Tuesday that it will return to in-person instruction beginning in January after winter break. CPS released...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Pittsburgh Public School leaders are pushing back the date when students will return to the classroom. According to our news partners at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, due to concerns over COVID-19, Superintendent Dr. Anthony Hamlet has said the district plans to reopen the schools to students on Monday, January 18. This is two weeks later than the originally scheduled date of January 4. Dr. Hamlet also said that students could possibly return to a hybrid model by the end of the month.
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Two of the largest school districts in Minnesota — Anoka-Hennpin and St. Paul — have unveiled their plans to families for the return to full-time, five-days-a-week in-person learning. Officials with Minneapolis Public Schools announced Sunday that they will make an announcement on their re-opening plans sometime during the week of Jan. 4. The Anoka-Hennepin Schools District, the largest in the state, will restart classes for kindergarten through second grade on Tuesday, Jan. 19. Grades three through five will restart on Monday, Feb. 1. Middle school and high school students will continue with distance learning, but can return to in-person learning as conditions allow. Special education students in settings three and four are also expected to return in January on a date that has yet to be set. St. Paul Public Schools Superintendent Joe Gothard sent out a letter Thursday announcing pre-K, kindergarten, first-grade and second-grade student will...
    CHICAGO -- Roughly 37% of eligible Chicago Public Schools students plan to return to in-person classes when the nation's third-largest school district begins reopening next month, officials said Wednesday.CPS announced last month the district would resume in-person learning in phases in early 2021 because remote learning wasn't serving many students in the largely Black and Latino district where most students are low income. CPS began remote learning in March due to COVID-19.However, CPS data show a disproportionate number of students expected to return are white. About 23% are white, 30% are Black, nearly 39% are Latino and about 4% are Asian. Overall student enrollment in the district is nearly 11% white, about 36% Black, nearly 47% Latino and about 4% Asian, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.RELATED: CPS, CTU continue to clash over return to classroom planSchools CEO Janice Jackson said about 77,000 of the roughly 208,000 eligible students in pre-kindergarten...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — A majority of Chicago parents say they are keeping their children at home as Chicago Public Schools plans to head back to the classroom in a matter of weeks. New number from the district show only 77,000 — just one-third — of about 210,000 students will be returning. Elementary and pre-kindergarten programs and special needs children plan to return to in-person learning. Doors open for pre-kindergarten and special needs student on Jan. 11. Elementary school children go back three weeks later. Also From CBS Chicago: ‘You Have the Wrong Place:’ Body Camera Video Shows Moments Police Handcuff Innocent, Naked Woman During Wrong Raid Lightfoot Sidesteps Questions About Why City Lawyers Tried to Keep Disturbing Body Camera Video Secret 3 High-Ranking Fire Department Officials Ask For Demotion, Including One Who Sources Say Was Twice Denied Boarding On A Plane Because He Was Drunk
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- The Chicago Board of Education is meeting to discuss the plan to get CPS students back in the classroom, while the Chicago Teachers Union feels the district's plan may not be safe.CPS plans to reopen next month- bringing back some special education students as well as elementary and high school students.But teachers and staff say they still believe it's not safe to come back to the classroom:Students, parents, CTU teachers and staff plan to hold a virtual meeting calling on Mayor Lori Lightfoot to enforce more safety standards inside schools.CTU officials say hundreds of school workers in school buildings on skeleton crews have tested positive for COVID19. They plan to have HVAC experts on the call to lay out safety concerns. They believe ventilation issues inside school buildings are not able to help reduce the spread of the virus.In a statement, CTU president Jesse Sharkey said in...
    COVID-19 was a curveball for schools across the world who scrambled to create a plan for students, often shifting learning online. Many U.S. schools have continued remote learning since the spring, in many cases with limited in-person learning time, citing a lack of precautions put in place that would enable a return. The Diocese of Arlington Catholic Schools in Virginia, however, was able to return most of its more than 16,700 students back to the classroom since July and its superintendent explained to the Daily Caller how coordination between school leaders, teachers, nurses, local health departments and students made in-person learning a possibility throughout the fall.  Dr. Joseph Vorbach, the superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Arlington, told the Caller that two-thirds of parish schools were able to fully open with all students back in the building everyday, or in some cases, 4 out of 5 school days. The...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- A planned suspension of all in-person instruction and child care in the Los Angeles Unified School District took effect on Thursday as the number of COVID-19 cases in the region continued to shatter daily records.The LAUSD had been providing one-on-one and small group tutoring which will now be transitioned to virtual platforms.Superintendent Austin Beutner said the decision to temporarily suspend on-site instruction was made to protect the health and safety of the school community.Employees who had been working at LAUSD campuses are now being asked to work from home for the remainder of the current semester.The district said it will continue to provide meals at its school sites, along with free COVID-19 testing.Beutner acknowledged that the return to online-only teaching will not help students that are already struggling with distance learning, especially those in high-need communities."Now, we make a decision like this - again, we don't...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- A planned suspension of all in-person instruction and child care in the Los Angeles Unified School District took effect on Thursday as the number of COVID-19 cases in the region continued to shatter daily records.The LAUSD had been providing one-on-one and small group tutoring which will now be transitioned to virtual platforms.Superintendent Austin Beutner said the decision to temporarily suspend on-site instruction was made to protect the health and safety of the school community.Employees who had been working at LAUSD campuses are now being asked to work from home for the remainder of the current semester.The district said it will continue to provide meals at its school sites, along with free COVID-19 testing.Beutner acknowledged that the return to online-only teaching will not help students that are already struggling with distance learning, especially those in high-need communities."Now, we make a decision like this - again, we don't...
    CHICAGO — Chicago plans to reopen schools in January and February even if the majority of its students choose to continue learning virtually, the city’s school chief said Wednesday. Teachers also will be asked to return unless they request formal leave for family or medical reasons. “The way I look at it, we’re crafting a plan for 100% of wishes,” Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson told Chalkbeat in a wide-ranging interview about the city’s reopening plans. “Parents who want to continue with remote learning because their children are thriving will continue to have that option. But families who feel that in-person instruction is best, or families who don’t have a choice — parents who are essential workers deserve an option too — we will provide that.” Chicago will soon get an updated barometer of its families’ wishes, with families of elementary and middle school students supposed to inform the district next week of...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Mayor Bill de Blasio is saying use it or lose it to parents of public school students registered for in-person learning. “These seats are precious kids need these seats, a seat should not go unutilized,” de Blasio said. “If your child doesn’t show up next week, we’re saying to you we’re about to move your child into remote, unless you have a specific excuse or you make clear to us what’s going on.” Watch: Mayor Bill de Blasio Discusses School Reopenings Starting Monday, school buildings reopen for 3-K through fifth grade students. More: Mayor De Blasio Announces Phased Reopening Plan For NYC Public Schools; Elementary, Pre-K To Reopen Dec. 7 District 75 students return next Thursday. Mayor de Blasio says education officials need an accurate count as schools prepare for students to return to classrooms five days a week where possible. Before kids can return, parents...
              Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is delaying the return to in-person instruction for thousands of younger students, Superintendent Scott Braband announced in a letter to parents and staff on Monday. The largest school system in Virginia had planned to send 6,800 pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and special education students (Group 5) back to school on Tuesday, but decided to put the move on pause because the current community health metrics for coronavirus cases are exceeding the threshold to expand in-person education, according to Braband. “We made this decision as soon as new health metrics were released and are communicating it to you immediately as promised,” Braband wrote in the letter. “We always anticipated the need to potentially adjust our return to school plans as necessary during this ongoing pandemic. “We are monitoring health metrics daily, but Group 5 will remain virtual until at least November...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- The Chicago Board of Education is scheduled to meet virtually Wednesday morning, the day after an announcement was made about a return to in-person learning.Chicago Public Schools announced Tuesday that it will return to in-person instruction beginning in January after winter break.Wednesday's meeting starts at 10:30 a.m.CPS said pre-K and students enrolled in intensive and moderate cluster classrooms will return to in-person learning on Jan. 11, while K-8 grade students will return on Feb. 1. High school instruction will remain remote.The district said they chose the date because it provides minimal disruptions for the transition back into the classroom, and because it will allow students to quarantine after the holidays."While remote learning has allowed many of our students to continue their studies over the past eight months, the reality is that our Black and Latinx students, our youngest students and highest-need learners have not been equitably served,"...
    SAN ANTONIO – With a positivity rate over 9% and the seven-day rolling average for cases a little under 300, the pandemic appears to be taking another turn for the worse in Bexar County. However, two of the largest school districts -- Northside ISD and Northeast ISD -- do not have any plans to roll back their in-person instruction, which has already been largely re-opened for any students who want to return. “At this point, for those kids who are in person, who are in our buildings, we really have made a commitment to those students and to their families to provide them the best learning environment,” said Barry Perez, NISD spokesman. Since late last week, the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District has set the risk level for schools set at “moderate,” which includes recommendations like stopping sports competitions and prioritizing in-person instruction to “special needs students, at-risk students and...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Philadelphia School District announced Tuesday that they are delaying in-person learning and will remain virtual as the number of coronavirus cases rise in the city and state. The district initially planned to bring pre-kindergarten through second-grade students back into the classroom on Nov. 30, but that has been put on hold indefinitely. “We have decided to remain 100% virtual at this time,” Philadelphia School District Superintendent Dr. William Hite said at a Tuesday afternoon press conference. “This means that our plan to begin transitioning to a hybrid learning model on Nov. 30 is on hold and all students will continue to engage in digital learning until further notice.” The school district, in collaboration with the advice from city and state health officials, will continue an all-digital learning setting for all students as the pandemic remains at dangerous levels of transmission. Of the 30,000 students who would...
    The State University of New York outlined a sweeping, system-wide plan for the second semester which includes delaying the start of classes, canceling spring break, and implementing a plan to test all students for COVID-19. SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras made the announcement on Sunday morning, Nov. 8.  Developed in consultation with public health experts within the university system, as well as campus, faculty, student, and union leadership, the plan combines a series of new protocols with proven strategies already being employed across SUNY's colleges and universities. Main components of the comprehensive plan include: Pushing the start date of the spring semester for in-person instruction until Monday, Feb. 1, 2021. All students to be tested for COVID-19 upon return. The cancellation of spring break in 2021. All returning students must complete a seven-day precautionary quarantine prior to their arrival on campus. Mandatory mask-wearing at all times, even with social distancing....
    Parents and officials shared their thoughts and questions during a town hall Wednesday following the announcement that D.C. will not reopen elementary schools next week as originally planned. “The primary barrier now for in-person learning is having the supply of teachers to teach in those classrooms,” D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Lewis Ferebee said Wednesday. Ferebee’s statement was in response to a parent who wanted to know why all students are not being considered to return to the classrooms. The plan would have allowed for up to 75% of elementary school students to eventually return to classrooms starting Nov. 9. It involved students in pre-K through fifth grade being in both traditional classroom environments, as well as what the school system called “CARE” classrooms. The CARE classrooms — in which students would take virtual classes but from a DCPS classroom attended by a monitor or other school employee — were set...
              After months of uncertainty in light of the coronavirus pandemic, Virginia high school sports will finally return in December. On Thursday, Governor Ralph Northam cleared the way for high school sports to resume and for the Virginia High School League (VHSL) to proceed with its Championship +1 schedule when he signed the fourth amendment of Executive Order 67, adjusting statewide restrictions on recreational sports. In a press release published Friday, VHSL executive director Dr. John Haun said: “This amendment by the Governor clears the way for all of our sports to play. We appreciate the time, effort, and input staff received while preparing this document. Adherence to these guidelines will offer a safe reopening for our students, coaches, staff, officials, and communities once we start playing in December. “Additionally, we appreciate the close collaboration and guidance from the Governor’s office, the Virginia Department...
    The remainder of Hackettstown High School's football season has been cancelled after an additional student tested positive for COVID-19. The school had been closed with students participating in all-virtual classes until Nov. 2. Hackettstown Middle Schoolers will return to class Nov. 9. Meanwhile, the Warren County Health Department is reviewing whether or not it’s safe to continue other fall sports, according to the announcement posted Wednesday to the town’s website. The department will initiate contact tracing to identify and those who may have been in close proximity to the individual who tested positive. Close contacts will be notified by Principal Kyle Sosnovik. Positive cases were also identified at the Hatchery Hill School; however, students will return to class Thursday. “My office realizes today has been difficult to process but rest assure we will continue to act in the best interest of health and safety for our students, staff and school community,”...
    This story was originally published by Chalkbeat, a nonprofit news organization covering public education. Sign up for their newsletters here. Low-income families and parents of color are more skeptical than their white and affluent peers about their schools’ safety plans, even as positivity rates remain low. Lilah Mejia’s 12-year-old daughter is eager to return to school in person after having learned from home since March. But even as Mejia juggles a job and helping her five school-age children with remote learning, the Lower East Side parent won’t entertain the idea.
    In recent weeks, the coronavirus pandemic has spread to rural America, particularly the Midwest. Nearly 70% of rural counties have infection rates of 100 per 100,000 population, a rate that the White House coronavirus task force considers to mean that the virus is spreading out of control. Counties that with "rural" population densities overlap with counties where the coronavirus positivity rate exceeds 9%. In Montana, for example, 29 of the 46 least-populated counties have positivity rates over 15%, according to data from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia PolicyLab. Two factors stand out as likely spreaders of the virus to rural areas: harvest time and the start of the school year at universities and colleges. One reason the virus didn't spread until fall is that some of the most prevalent crops in the Midwest, such as corn, are harvested in September and October. This brings in a lot of migrant workers...
    STOCKTON (CBS13) — The Stockton Unified School District says students could start returning to campus next month. Pending negotiations with the teachers union, the district says small groups of students will start coming back on November 16. Then, more students will return, staggered by grade, beginning on January 4. These dates are subject to change, according to the district, but they plan to bring teachers back to work in-person on November 9. In a statement posted to Facebook, Interim Superintendent Brian Biedermann said, “We completely understand the frustration many of our parents and students have with how challenging distance learning is, and that for many students this type of learning does not work well. I am hopeful we will have more definitive information soon and hope everyone understands the need to return to school when conditions are as safe as possible.” READ ALSO: Some Sacramento County Districts Choosing To Start In-Person...
    VIDEO2:1402:14National University of Singapore to continue hybrid learning for 'quite a while'Squawk Box Asia Tan Eng Chye, president of the National University of Singapore, told CNBC that he does not foresee any return to pre-coronavirus learning.  "No I do not see things going to (a) pre-Covid-19 period," Tan told CNBC's "Squawk Box Asia" Monday, as he explained the university's three-pronged approach to prevent outbreaks of the coronavirus on its campuses.  "Containment" was the first of these strategies, dividing the university's three campuses into five self-contained zones. Staff and students must stay within their designated zone.  "Decongestion" is the second of the NUS's strategies — using a hybrid of physical in-person and virtual learning to minimize the density of people on its campuses, along with a "business continuity plan" for working at the university. Tan said this had reduced the number of people on site to no more than three-fifths of...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — The Washtenaw County Health Department in Michicagn has issued a stay-in-place order for students at the University of Michigan until Election Day due to the surge of coronavirus cases. The stay-in-place order lasts until 7:00 a.m. on November 3. At the University of Michigan, the cases are so high there, students were told they can only leave their dorms or apartments to attend class or get food. “It is recommended that all students remain at their current address. Students who live in U-M housing may only return to their permanent address if they follow U-M testing and checkout procedures. If students living in off-campus housing return to their permanent address, it is strongly recommended they undergo COVID19 testing prior to leaving their current residence and stay in place at their permanent address for the duration of this order,” the health department stated in a press release Tuesday....
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Some students in the Philadelphia School District will begin in-person learning as part of a hybrid learning plan at the end of November. The school district says students will return to the classrooms in phases. As part of Phase 1, students in Pre-K through second grade will return to the classroom beginning Nov. 30. Students with complex needs in grades three to 12 will begin in-person learning during Phase 2 — which will start in January. Students in grade 9 and CTE will return later in January during Phase 3. The school district will continue to monitor health and safety conditions surrounding COVID-19. Families will have the choice to enroll in hybrid learning or continue virtual learning. In order to accommodate the students who will continue virtual learning, the school district has invested $6 million in new classroom technology that will allow teachers to livestream their lessons...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Sources tell Eyewitness News that the School District of Philadelphia will begin a phased return to in-person learning at the end of November. Students in kindergarten through second grade will be the first to return to the classroom. The first day for this in-person instruction will begin Monday, Nov. 30, according to sources. Philadelphia Superintendent Dr. William Hite is expected to release a full return-to-in-person instruction in a formal announcement on Wednesday. Stay with CBSPhilly.com for updates on this developing story.
    TOWSON, Md. (WJZ) — The Teachers Association of Baltimore County held a car caravan rally Tuesday, expressing concern that it’s not safe for anyone to return to the classroom amid the coronavirus pandemic. They were met by a group of parents and students who say the virtual instruction isn’t working and they at least want the option to come back to school. Kelly Garrison, a first-grade teacher at Villa Cresta Elementary says until it’s safe to go back into the building, she wants to continue teaching her students from a safe distance. CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE: TIMELINE: Coronavirus In Maryland, Tracking The Spread Latest coronavirus stories from WJZ Latest CDC Guidelines “School has not been closed. We have been fully operating and educating our students. While that looks different because we are online, students are learning,” she said. Teachers were met by a group of equally concerned parents and students....
    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. Upon resigning from his job as college preparatory coordinator at Pflugerville High School last month, Daniel Dawer wrote two letters. The first explained to his employer that he would have gladly continued teaching remotely from his home but did not feel safe returning to the classroom as he had been ordered. The second was to his students, begging them to stick with virtual learning for their families’ safety and expressing his lack of faith in Pflugerville Independent School District’s plan for bringing students and teachers back into classrooms. “I cannot risk bringing the virus home to my own family, and I would not be able to live with myself if I unknowingly passed the virus on to you or your families,” he wrote in...
    SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio ISD notified teachers who have been teaching remotely that they must return to campuses next week. However, a return to the classroom could have dire consequences. Catherine Brendel is a teacher at Highland Hills Elementary School and she has taught there for five years. She has been teaching from her home since March. Brendel said she has been placed in a difficult situation. “Never thought I would have to make a decision on teaching or my life," Brendel said. She filed a request with the district over the summer to continue to teach remotely. This week, the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District announced more students can return to classroom as long as CDC guidelines are followed. RELATED: Texas updates coronavirus case totals in schools, but the data remains limited and murky Metro Health said schools can welcome back 10 to 20 students with the risk...
    The next phase of the Boston Public Schools reopening plan has been delayed because the city's coronavirus positivity rate has climbed higher than 4 percent. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh made the announcement on Wednesday, saying: 'We believe it is prudent at this time to pause the school reopening plan.'    Preschoolers and kindergartners who were scheduled to report to school the week of October 15 instead will now start October 22.   Walsh said the date is dependent on how the virus data develops between now and then. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh announced on Wednesday that the next phase of the Boston Public Schools reopening plan would be delayed due to surging virus rates He called it a difficult decision given the benefits of in-person instruction. 'I understand the importance of having school for our young people,' he said.  Remote learning began on September 21 and families were allowed to opt...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – On Wednesday, students in Miami-Dade County Public Schools in 2nd through 6th grades, 9th, and 10th returned to the classrooms. Superintendent Alberto Carvalho said this was the largest group in the district’s staggered re-opening and now every school in the district has some students in the classroom. Compared to the roughly 22,000 students who returned Monday, this group had more than 70,000 students. About 50% of the students in the district are still distance learning at home. Carvalho toured about a dozen schools on Wednesday, including Coral Reef Senior High School in southwest Miami-Dade. “I can say from what I observed, [class has gone] smoothly,” said Carvalho. “Always a couple of glitches.” Carvalho said other than some kids having issues with portal access at a couple of schools there weren’t issues with the systems. He did say scheduling has been a challenge. “A lot of schedule changes...
    LINCOLN (CBS13) – It was the first day of class for thousands of students in the Western Placer Unified School District in Lincoln on Tuesday, with some making a return to campus. Students filled the halls at Scott M. Leaman Elementary, which opened its doors for the first time ever. The new state-of-the-art school is built for the COVID-19 crisis. “So there’s filters throughout the campus,” contractor Bill Arcara said. “There’s acrylic shielding throughout classrooms to separate kids from the teachers and students from students.” Families like the Grosses said they are looking toward the future. “This is a big step for our community and we love it. This is awesome,” said mother of three, Paula Gross. READ: Vacaville Teacher Using TikTok To Connect With Students Anxious parents arrived with a safety message at sendoff. “We’ve been in masks for so long, but the kids have never been in masks for...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – About 22-thousand Miami-Dade public school students are returning to their classrooms on Monday, October 5th. “There is nothing like the reopening of schools to bring normalcy and stability to communities and we are doing this in a reasonable, protective, and cautious way under the guidance of medical authorities,” said Miami-Dade Superintendent Alberto Carvalho on Sunday. Students will see security checkpoints, socially distanced desks, and even an isolation room for health reasons if needed. It will be the first physical day for prekindergarten, kindergarten, first-graders, and students with disabilities. On Wednesday, October 7th all other elementary school students plus those in grades 6, 9, and 10 will return. All other students will return on October 9th. The district was set to re-open their schools at a later date, but the decision to reopen sooner came last week after the state’s education commissioner...
    Associated Press MIAMI (AP) — As Florida's largest school district prepares for a first wave of students to return to physical classrooms on Monday, several teachers and parents say schools are struggling to be ready. Parents and teachers told the Miami Herald that the ventilation and air quality at some schools are concerning because of the way the schools are designed. A teacher told the newspaper that staff hadn't received face masks, wipes or hand sanitizer at one school. Teachers were spacing out desks without a measuring stick, according to that teacher. A district spokeswoman said the school had given out cloth masks and the teacher was asking for a different type of mask. Superintendent Alberto Carvalho on Saturday posted photos on social media showing schools with signage promoting social distancing and hygiene, air filters, socially distant desks and buses with hand sanitizer. “Spent the day conducting school visits and...
    AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – Hundreds of teachers in the Austin Independent School District have pledged not to return to classrooms Monday when schools reopen for in-person learning for up to 25% of its students. About 850 teachers said they will remain away out of concern for the threat of coronavirus infection to their students and themselves, said Education Austin, the district’s largest teachers union. The teachers will remain on the job to teach remotely, as they have since mid-September, said union President Ken Zarifis. Education Austin continues to negotiate with the district on school reopening plans, he said. Teachers’ fears of returning to their classrooms in the face of the coronavirus threat have spawned a number of social media groups. One is Texas Teachers United Against Reopening Schools, founded by Austin-area high school art teacher Lauren Senibaldi. She initially invited 20 colleagues to join the group. The group now has...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Broward County School Board has voted to start letting students back in the classroom starting Oct. 9. The vote came during an emergency meeting is in response to a letter from state Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran sent September 25 which informed the district that they needed to come up with a plan to get students, who want to go back to class, back in schools by Oct. 5. The district responded to Corcoran saying they chose to follow a plan that was consistent with the one the state had already approved. It called for Pre-K, kindergarten, first grade, sixth grade, ninth-grade students, and some with special to return to classrooms on October 14th. The rest would return Tuesday, October 20th. The district also asked parents to choose either virtual or in-person schooling for the rest of the semester. The state originally said returning students to the...
    ROXBURY (CBS) – Thousands of children returned to school in Boston Thursday, despite a rise in coronavirus cases that moved the city into one of the state’s high-risk zones. Thirty of those students were welcomed back to Ellis Elementary School in Roxbury, where excitement and nerves were at an all-time high. “It’s been a lot of months since I’ve been here in person,” said fifth-grader Edward Velazquez. “I thought school was boring, but then when I got home and I had nothing else to do, I kind of missed school.” Velazquez is one of the more than 3,700 high-need students to come back to school for hybrid learning. But the first day of school jitters were felt across all ages and titles on Thursday morning. “For me, I’ve been nervous the entire six, seven months, making sure our young people are safe,” said Boston Mayor Marty Walsh. “If these numbers...
    Thousands of public school students in Virginia’s Loudoun County will be headed back to the classroom on a part-time basis by the end of October. The Loudoun County School Board approved a plan to allow for part-time in-person learning for children in kindergarten through 2nd grade on Oct. 27. “Our goal continues to be to bring students back to schools for in-person learning as soon as possible, so long as we can do so safely,” said Loudoun County Superintendent Eric Williams in a letter to the community. On Tuesday, the school board directed the school system LCPS to work to return children in kindergarten through 2nd grade for in-person learning two days per week. “Those students will continue to receive instruction in the distance-learning mode three days per week,” Williams said of the “Stage 2” model. Approximately 6,900 students, whose families selected the hybrid model of instruction, are scheduled to participate...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – After a day and a half long meeting, the Miami-Dade School Board has voted to push back the proposed date for the return of students to the classroom. On Tuesday, the board voted to push the proposed return date for the first group of students to, at least, Oct. 14. Everyone else would go back by Oct. 21. The vote came after the board listened to 18 and a half hours of recorded public comment on whether schools should reopen so students can return to their classrooms. Following the meeting, three teachers held signs outside district headquarters. They believe more time is needed. “I’m really thankful for the school board listening to us. I don’t feel like it was enough. I feel like we needed more time.” Jennifer Maer said. School districts are required by the state to offer in-person learning as an option. Some parents told...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – While public schools in Miami-Dade and Broward are still finalizing plans to return to classrooms, Archdiocese of Miami schools will begin their phased reopening Wednesday. The 49 elementary and eight high schools in the archdiocese will welcome some students based on grade levels. At Monsignor Edward Pace High School in Miami Gardens, freshmen will return first. “We’re very excited about having them back on campus. We’ve installed Plexiglas in our cafeteria, computer labs, art room, dance studio, band studio. We’ve attached automatic flushometers and touchless faucets. We’ve converted our water fountains in to water bottle filling stations because the kids can’t drink water from the water fountain,” said Principal Ana Garcia. At Immaculate Conception School in Hialeah, students will get their temperatures checked at drop-off, desks are separated and facing the same direction, and restrooms will be cleaned three times a day, mmong other health and safety...
    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...
    Capistrano Unified School District grabbed a plethora of supplies and guidance in constructing its $25 million strategy for the worrisome enemy. Orange County’s schools are expected to be cleared en mass to reopen for in-person instruction as of Sept. 22, as local progress in curbing the spread of the coronavirus shows the required improvement. Capistrano Unified’s plans, approved by its school board on Sept. 2, provide a glimpse at what students and families throughout the county might experience as they prepare to make their own transition back to the classroom. From facial coverings to pop-up tents to the work of two reopening committees, Orange County’s largest public school district has devised a wide-ranging blueprint for resuming in-person instruction amid this challenging coronavirus pandemic. “COVID is the villain,” Trustee Gila Jones said during a recent board meeting where the community heard how staff would limit transmission while providing education. “We are...
    ROCKLIN (CBS13) — Students in the Rocklin Unified School District were back on campus Monday as schools reopened with new health and safety protocols and a “distance learning” option.  Nearly 1,000 students filed into Rocklin High School Monday morning after months away due to the coronavirus pandemic. Freshman Ashlyn Peard said she was ready. “It will be nice to have one-on-one learning,” Peard said.  A lot has changed since classes were dismissed in March. There are, of course, mandatory masks, social distancing, and no lockers. Students are also required to wipe down their desks at the beginning and ending of each class. School leaders tell CBS13 every room has the appropriate filtration systems in place, and the way students move about school will be different. READ: Rocklin Teens Launch Nonprofit Website to Promote Local Businesses Parents and students say they’re ready for face-to-face instruction. “I hope it’s a little easier. Because...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Student athletes pushing for the return of fall sports will rally at Soldier Field Sunday before the Bears home opener. They have been pushing Gov. JB Pritzker for weeks now to let them play this fall despite the governor saying he does not think it’s safe to play. Dozens of student athletes, coaches and parents gathered at the Thompson Center Saturday for a rally to demand the return of fall sports, including football, volleyball, soccer and cheerleading. Student athletes spoke passionately about the physical and mental impact of not being able to play, the possibility of missing out on scholarships, and how playing provides a safe haven for them. Organizers say right now Illinois is one of only 11 states not playing this fall. “Illinois politicians, how would you feel if that was you? Would you be depressed or have anxiety or you think have that mentality is...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Hundreds of students are expected to gather outside the Thompson Center in Chicago's Loop Saturday, asking Gov. JB Pritzker to work with the Illinois High School Association to bring back fall sports.Student-athletes from around the state are demanding the return of athletic activities.Contact sports have been pushed back to the spring over fears of COVID-19.On Friday, the IHSA Sports Medicine Committee spoke with the Illinois Department of Public Health about the return of fall sports.RELATED: Orland Park rallies to demand return of fall sports, in-person learningEMBED More News Videos Orland Park is the latest suburb to hold a rally demanding the return of fall sports and in-person classes, despite the governor's insistence it's not safe. IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike spoke with the IHSA Board about its safety plan for those sports, including football, soccer and volleyball, sources have said.The IDPH is looking over the IHSA's return-to-play...
    "Great News: BIG TEN FOOTBALL IS BACK," Donald Trump tweeted Wednesday, immediately after university officials voted unanimously to start in-conference play next month. Earlier this month, Trump had plugged making a phone call to Big 10 commissioner Kevin Warren on twitter. Now he was keen to take credit for the turnaround of beloved football programs that run through several critical battleground states, including Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. "Have a FANTASTIC SEASON! It is my great honor to have helped!!!" Big Ten football officials may have made a winning argument for how to protect players in their programs from widespread coronavirus outbreaks, but that's cold comfort to local officials in the cities that serve as home to their massive college campuses. After word dropped that the league's chancellors and presidents had reneged on their August decision prohibiting play, local health officials and politicians openly worried about what the reversal would mean for community spread beyond the teams...
    ORLAND PARK, Ill. (WLS) -- 091720-wls-more-sports-rally-postOrland Park rallies to demand return of fall sports, in-person learningOrland Park is the latest suburb to hold a rally demanding the return of fall sports and in-person classes, despite the governor's insistence it's not safe.ORLAND PARK, Ill.Orland Park is the latest suburb to hold a rally demanding the return of fall sports and in-person classes, despite the governor's insistence it's not safe.There have been rallies like that all over the area over the past couple weeks and rumors have been flying that the state could be making a change to its sports policies."No homecoming, no prom, no Friday night lights," student Luke DeVito said to the booing crowd.RELATED: Hinsdale Central students say remote learning is a threat to their healthEMBED More News Videos students and parents gathered on the steps of Hinsdale Central High School Thursday to call on the district to reinstitute in-person...
    University of California regents banned the use of quotas based on race and gender in admissions, hiring and contracting Thursday — underscoring their intent to limit how they would restore affirmative action if state voters approve its use again. In June, regents unanimously backed an effort to eliminate the longtime ban on affirmative action in public education and employment, which California voters approved in 1996 with passage of Proposition 209. That ban would be repealed by a proposed constitutional amendment, Proposition 16, on the Nov. 3 ballot. But to make clear the UC system would not use quotas even if Proposition 16 passes, regents adopted an official policy against them. The action aligns the 10-campus system with federal law and court decisions that ban quotas, although they allow the consideration of race in limited circumstances. UC officials have said they would use race and gender in admissions decisions...
    The University of Michigan announced it is seeking a temporary restraining order against a graduate student teachers union after the group announced it would continue to strike against the school’s coronavirus policies. University president Mark Schlissel made the announcement in a video message to the student body Monday. The Graduate Employees’ Organization (GEO), which is made up of graduate students who are employed by the school, has been striking against the school’s pandemic reopening plans since Sept. 8, The Michigan Daily reported. “We want our great classes to continue, our students to learn without interference and we don’t want anyone to feel threatened simply for wanting to go to class,” Schlissel said in a Sept. 14 video to the campus community. He continued: “We’d much rather our classes be in session while we work out our differences.” Our core mission is to educate, that is why we’re here. The issues...
    MCCOOK, Ill. (WLS) -- Dozens of Illinois high school student athletes, coaches and parents held a rally Sunday demanding the expanded return of fall sports for Illinois schools.At the McCook rally, Wheaton Warrenville South Student Jaylen Brown said he's worried about his senior football and basketball seasons."This decision will determine if I get a scholarship or not," high school athlete Jaylen Brown said.High school sports advocate and rally organizer Joe Trost says these issues can weigh particularly heavy on some CPS students."Imagine being a 17-year-old kid, last year you went through the CTU strike and you lost the end of your season which for a lot of these kids is a huge exposure opportunity, and then again here your senior year, realizing you could lose it again," Trost said. "Right now, everybody wants health and safety, and if the health and safety data shows that the outdoor activities can go,...
    DENVER (CBS4)– Denver Public Schools is planning for what they call a “safe, gradual return of kindergarten, 1st grade” for in-person learning beginning at the end of the month. That phase also includes students in primary special education centers. DPS said in a news release issued on Friday night that “Based on the latest health data and feedback from our teachers, leaders and families, we plan to bring elementary students back to our classrooms for in-person learning using a phased-in approach over the coming weeks.” (credit: CBS) The timeline is Sept. 28 through Oct. 2: Kindergarten students, some first-grade students and primary special-education center students start to phase in followed by Oct. 5-9 when all first-grade students will start to phase in. DPS said that principals will be working with teams over the next week to put their specific plans together for a safe and gradual return of...
    GREELEY, Colo. (CBS4) – Hundreds of students in Greeley are resorting to remote learning amid concerns of coronavirus spreading within the school. A spokesperson for Greeley-Evans School District confirmed students at Billie Martinez and Madison Elementary Schools were sent home for at least two weeks after dozens of students called in sick on the same day. (credit: CBS) A total of 20% of students at Billie Martinez, and 30% at Madison, called out sick in one day. The district requires all students to stay home if at least 20% of students call out in one day. “Sometimes we are quarantining without a positive test because parents are refusing to have their students tested,” said Theresa Myers, Chief of Communications for the district. “Ironically we don’t have any positive tests at that school. But, we had a large amount of students out with symptoms that could be COVID.” Myers said those...
    HINSDALE, Ill. (WLS) -- For the second time in three days, west suburban students and their parents staged a rally for in-person learning and fall sports, saying remote instruction is itself a threat to their health."Social interaction is necessary not only to help students collaborate in learning but also to keep us mentally stable," said Cayden Torsberg, a student at Hinsdale Central High School. "Over the past eight months, I know more kids suffering from depression than I do COVID-19."Those students and parents gathered on the steps of Hinsdale Central High School Thursday to call on the district to reinstitute in-person learning. It comes on the heels of a similar demonstration Tuesday night in Wheaton.RELATED: Students rally in Wheaton demanding in-person classes, fall sports EMBED More News Videos "Remote learning is not an alternative to in-person instruction," one student said. "It is a completely different experience that fails to achieve...
    At least four teachers in three states have died after bouts with the coronavirus since the dawn of the new school year, including a 28-year-old third-grade teacher in South Carolina.   It has left a teachers' union leader worried that the return to in-person classes will have a deadly impact across the U.S. if proper precautions aren't taken. In some districts, the return to classrooms has already seen schools forced to switch back to online learning and send students and staff into quarantine after potential exposure to the virus.  In Brooklyn, two staffers tested positive for coronavirus Tuesday just a day after teachers and staff returned to the building.  Among the teacher casualties since the start of the academic year was elementary school teacher Demetria 'Demi' Bannister, who died Monday just three days after she was diagnosed with the virus. Three other teachers in Mississippi and Missouri have died since the start...
    Bradley University is calling for all of its students to quarantine in their homes in and around campus for two full weeks as it seeks to assess and control the spread of COVID-19 on campus, according to The Hill. Bradley president Steve Standifird announced the quarantine in a video to students, setting an end date for 7 a.m. Sept. 23. Below is an excerpt from the statement:"Although it may seem extreme, this move to temporary remote learning and a two-week, all-student quarantine allows us to focus on the continuity of the educational experience for all of our students while giving us time to gather data on the full extent of the spread of the virus and assess the best way to proceed as a community.""This two-week quarantine creates an opportunity for us to reset our behaviors so we can have a successful semester. I still think it's possible for...
    WHEATON, Ill. (WLS) -- Just days into the school year, fed-up families chanted "Open up!" as they demanded students get back into the classroom at a rally in Wheaton Tuesday night.The Memorial Park demonstration was organized by seniors at Wheaton Warrenvillle South High School. But it drew hundreds of west suburban students and their parents from various districts that have started the year with all-virtual instruction."We can do it," said Jaylen Brown, a student Wheaton Warrenville South. "We as a community can do things right and go back to school effectively."The students at the rally had a simple and clear message: remote learning simply isn't school."Remote learning is not an alternative to in-person instruction," said Becca Haunstein, another student at Wheaton Warrenville South. "It is a completely different experience that fails to achieve the same results.""I think it's very doable to open in-person safely," said Heather Beck, the parent of...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Rob Shearer’s three daughters, in 3rd and 1st grades, and pre-K, spent their first day of school — at home. He said, “They were they were excited to see their friends virtually and start learning.” They’re a few of the 157,000 Dallas ISD students starting the year off virtually. When one couldn’t get onto Zoom, they called the district only to hear a recording telling parents the district was experiencing technical difficulties. Shearer said, “So we ended up contacting them via the apps that the teachers use to communicate with and that provided a great workaround.” During a news conference late Tuesday afternoon, Superintendent Michael Hinojosa said one of the technology-related issues centered around the district changing Zoom passwords to protect teachers and students. “The mistake we made was pushing out the how to change your password too late, so we had a flood of phone calls....
    Today was supposed to be the start of the new school year for many Hartford students. But a ransomware attack has delayed the beginning of the academic year. In a letter home to parents, Hartford Public School District administrators said that there would be no in-person or online learning today, Tuesday, Sept. 8. The ransomware “caused an outage of critical system and restoration of those systems are not complete,” the letter said. It is unclear when classes will resume.
    Today was supposed to be the start of the new school year for many Hartford students. But a ransomware attack has delayed the beginning of the academic year. In a letter home to parents, Hartford Public School District administrators said that there would be no in-person or online learning today, Tuesday, Sept. 8. The ransomware “caused an outage of critical system and restoration of those systems are not complete,” the letter said. It is unclear when classes will resume.
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