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    By DON BABWIN, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Thousands of Chicago Public Schools students returned to school on Monday morning, the second — and largest — wave of students to go back to classrooms after almost a year of remote learning due to the coronavirus pandemic. CPS did not immediately provide any details on how many of the 37,000 students in kindergarten through fifth grade who signed up for in-person learning actually showed up. Roughly 5,000 pre-kindergarten students and special education students returned to the classroom when in-person learning became available for them last month. Next Monday, another 18,500 students — sixth, seventh and eighth grades — who opted in for in-person learning in the nation's third-largest school district will be allowed back into their schools. On Monday, Mayor Lori Lightfoot and CPS CEO Janice Jackson welcomed students back to Hawthorne Elementary School in the Lakeview neighborhood on the city's...
    California’s public schools could get $6.6 billion from the state Legislature if they return to in-person instruction by the end of March, according to a new agreement announced Monday between Gov. Gavin Newsom and the state’s legislative leaders.  California, the most populous U.S. state, has 1,037 public school districts, more than 6.1 million students and about 319,000 teachers.  Most public school classes have not been held in-person since March of last year because of the coronavirus. Many districts have struggled to reach agreements with teachers’ unions on the best way to return students and staff to the classroom.  Assistant Principal Janette Van Gelderen, left, welcomes students at Newhall Elementary in Santa Clarita, Calif., on Feb. 25. California's public schools could get $6.6 billion from the state Legislature if they return to in-person instruction by the end of March, according to a new agreement announced Monday, between Gov. Gavin Newsom and the state's legislative leaders....
    CHICAGO (AP) — Thousands of Chicago Public Schools students returned to school on Monday morning, the second — and largest — wave of students to go back to classrooms after almost a year of remote learning due to the coronavirus pandemic. CPS did not immediately provide any details on how many of the 37,000 students in the kindergarten through fifth grade who signed up for in-person learning actually showed up. Roughly 5,000 pre-kindergarten students and special education students returned to the classroom when in-person learning became available for them last month. Next Monday, another 18,500 students — sixth, seventh and eighth grades — who opted in for in-person learning in the nation’s third-largest school district will be allowed back into their schools. On Monday, Mayor Lori Lightfoot and CPS CEO Janice Jackson welcomed students back to Hawthorne Elementary School in the Lakeview neighborhood on the city’s North Side....
    The president of a California teacher's union has been branded a hypocrite after he was caught dropping his two-year-old daughter off at her private preschool - despite saying it was unsafe for kids to be in classrooms. Matt Meyer, president of the Berkeley Federation of Teachers, has fought for what he called the 'gold standard' for educators in his union - insisting public schools in the district should only reopen for in-person learning when the teachers are vaccinated, among other criteria, according to KQED. However, he has since come under fire from angry parents after a group known as Guerrilla Momz followed Meyer and his daughter to her pre-school, where they captured him dropping her off for in-person lessons on February 18. 'Meet Matt Meyer. White man with dreads and president of the local teachers’ union,' the group wrote on Twitter. 'He’s been saying it is unsafe for *your kid*...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- With Gov. Gavin Newsom pledging 10% of the COVID-19 vaccine supply for educators, Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Austin Beutner says the vaccination super site at So-Fi Stadium will get schools open."We can open certainly this school year. Let's look at the calendar," he said. "We offered to do this together with our friends in Hollywood Park, together with the Rams, with the support of Anthem, with the support of Cedars Sinai. It's not just making the vaccine available, it's doing it in a coordinated fashion."The state's $6 billion relief plan for COVID-impacted schools, plus setting aside a vaccine supply for education will open schools before the end of the school year, said Beutner. He says the plan is in place."We've got a comprehensive set of plans that all cost money, which will be invested in the classroom. Most importantly, the legislature has given us...
    RULES on children wearing masks in the classroom were in chaos today as a leading scientist said schools should just open windows instead. Professor Calum Semple, who sits on the Sage group that advises Government policy, revealed he's "not a fan" of asking young kids to don face coverings. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates... 5Kids are returning to schools in Wales and Scotland from today His remarks came as a senior Cabinet minister admitted it's up to teachers whether or not they want to enforce mask wearing. Some primary schools have already announced they are going to make pupils as young as five use face coverings at almost all times. But Prof Semple said that is unnecessary because young kids present the "lowest risk to both themselves and society". He told the BBC: "There is really good data coming out that shows that children are...
    Pataskala, Ohio (CNN)Throughout Watkins Memorial High School there is a hum -- of teachers teaching, of students learning. Between lessons, the noise increases as teenagers switch classrooms -- voices raised, laughter and hundreds of pairs of sneakers in hallways. For millions of families in the United States, this is a reminder of how things were a year ago before pandemic lockdowns or a hoped-for future was still too far away to see clearly. Everyone wears masks and desks are spaced at the high school, where full in-person teaching has been offered since the school year began.But in this suburb of Columbus, Ohio, the school district has made in-person education a reality for all who want it since the beginning of the 2020-21 school year. "It's been amazing," said Alisha Sleeper, a K-12 math instructional coach for the Southwest Licking Local School District and vice president of the local teachers'...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Nine-time NBA All-Star and Los Angeles native Russell Westbrook announced Wednesday he is founding a new charter school in his hometown. The 32-year-old said he is launching the Russell Westbrook Why Not? Academy in South L.A., a middle and high school, grades 6-12. “I plan on making sure that you guys, future kids, come in, have access to all the resources you need to be successful,” Westbrook said in a video posted to his Twitter account. I am excited to announce my @WhyNotFdn is partnering with @LAPromiseFund to launch the Russell Westbrook Why Not? Academy. Creating & supporting educational opportunities for underserved youth has always been my passion & now it is coming to life…this is just the beginning pic.twitter.com/w5ERsDqbSW — Russell Westbrook (@russwest44) February 24, 2021 The academy is being co-launched by Westbrook’s Why Not? Foundation and the education nonprofit group LA Promise Fund....
    Loading the player... Russell Westbrook has dedicated himself to excellence on the basketball court and in doing so, has reaped many blessings. Now he wants to follow in the footsteps of other current and former NBA stars like Alonzo Mourning, Jalen Rose, and LeBron James by extending those blessings to those coming after him. Read More: Keisha Lance Bottoms says she has concerns about NBA All-Star game As reported by People, Westbrook will follow in the footsteps of the legendary players by also establishing a school in his name. In conjunction with L.A. Promise Fund, the 32-year-old Washington Wizards player, a Los Angeles native, is planning to open the Russell Westbrook Why Not Academy in South L.A., which will be a middle and a high school. “The Russell Westbrook Why Not? Academy will deliver world-class education to South Los Angeles youth grades 6 through 12 to develop academic achievers,...
    While progress has been made on President Biden's goal to reopen most schools within 100 days after one month in office, nearly 60 percent of students are still not going to school full-time. Currently, 41.9 percent of children K-12 are learning in the classroom five days per week, up from 35.4 percent on Jan. 19, one day before Biden took office, according to data gathered by school reopening tracker Burbio. Virtual learning is being used in 31.7 percent of schools, down from 42.6 on Jan. 19, and a hybrid form of in-person and virtual is in place at 26.4 percent of schools, up from 22 percent. Hybrid learning differs in the amount of classroom time by district.  Burbio aggregates data from over 80,000 schools throughout the country, including those in the 200 largest districts, in every state of the U.S. to count the percentage of students back in the classroom. The total number of...
    SACRAMENTO —  Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Friday that state officials will set aside 10% of California’s weekly allotment of COVID-19 vaccine doses for educators starting next month, an effort to jump-start the process of reopening more public school campuses as virus conditions improve in communities across the state. The announcement, made during a visit to an Oakland vaccination clinic, marked a swift turn of events after school reopening negotiations between Newsom and state lawmakers stalled in part over the governor’s reluctance to promise vaccinations to teachers and school employees. “The reason we can do that more formally, even though we’ve allowed for it over the course of the last number of weeks, is the window of visibility into the future with more vaccinations that are now coming from the Biden administration,” Newsom said. California Gov. Gavin Newsom, legislators at odds over $6.6-billion plan to open California elementary...
    HARTFORD, Connecticut (WABC) -- Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont revealed new details about his proposal to expand the state's Open Choice school program to provide more options for parents and students.The program, which has been around for 25 years in Bridgeport, New Haven and Hartford, is expected to be expanded to Norwalk and Danbury, with the goal of making schools more diverse while easing overcrowding.Norwalk's enrollment is currently at 109% capacity, and if approved, starting next year, 50 students each from the two newly added districts would be allowed to attend schools in neighboring suburban communities that have seen a decline.ALSO READ | Young women dress as 'grannies' in apparent attempt to get COVID-19 vaccineEMBED More News Videos Young women in Florida arrived at a vaccination site "dressed up as grannies" in bonnets, glasses and gloves in an apparent attempt to qualify for COVID-19 vaccination but were turned away, a Florida...
    PRIMARY school children will be back in the classroom on Monday and non-essential shops could reopen within three weeks under plans to unlock Wales, the country's First Minister declared today. Mark Drakeford set out the "cautious" timetable for rolling back restrictions in a move that will further add to calls from Tory MPs for Boris Johnson to speed up the easing of curbs in England. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates... 3Welsh First Minister Mark DrakefordCredit: Getty Images - Getty He announced kids between three and seven will return to school from Monday, with all other primary years plus secondary students in exam years set to return on March 15. Schools in England aren't due to go back until March 8. Mr Drakeford revealed Cardiff is locked in talks with retailers and contact professions like hairdressers about a possible reopening of their businesses in...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- The Los Angeles County Department of Health has given the LA Unified School District the green light to resume in-person classes.But LAUSD, the largest school district in California, has no plans to resume on-0campus instruction in the immediate future."Scientists have said, experts have said, doctors have said, it's time to open schools. I read today Pasadena has opened schools, Calabasas has opened their schools, many cities are opening their schools. Why is LA County lagging?" said LAUSD parent Betty Gabbaie.The mother of three school-age children is part of the Facebook group United Parents Los Angeles which is calling for schools to reopen."I've had teachers message me saying they are ready, they want to go back," said Gabbaie.But the school district says it still needs its staff and teachers to be vaccinated before it can move forward with having students return to in-person lessons. LAUSD Superintendent Austin...
    On Thursday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) stated that “this whole country’s got to re-open our schools.” And more attention needs to be paid to the emotional pain children are suffering as a result of not being able to go to school. De Blasio said, “We looked at the very beginning of opening schools in September, we said let’s take the best approaches from around the world. So, our kids all wear masks, for example. Our kids are tested — a big sample of each school, tested every week. These are the things that have worked. Our schools are the safest places to be in New York City. So, first, middle school. And then, I look forward to high school. And I’ve got to tell you, Willie, this whole country’s got to re-open our schools. Enough is enough. Our kids need it...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- After weeks of tense negotiations, California legislators agreed Thursday on a $6.5 billion proposal aimed at getting students back in classrooms this spring following months of closures because of the pandemic.The proposed Safe and Open Schools'' plan would overhaul a $2 billion proposal from Gov. Gavin Newsom that was widely criticized by school superintendents, unions and lawmakers. The proposal unveiled by Newsom in December would have rewarded schools that reopened with additional funding for safety measures.RELATED: California school reopening map shows private schools opening in-person where public schools aren'tCritics said it set unrealistic timelines, didn't include enough money to pay for frequent COVID-19 testing of students and teachers, and failed to address the vaccination of teachers.The new proposal would triple the funding for schools and require county public health departments to offer vaccinations to school staff who return to in-person classes. It also pushes back the timeline...
    by JOCELYN GECKER and ADAM BEAM, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — After weeks of tense negotiations, California legislators agreed Thursday on a $6.5 billion proposal aimed at getting students back in classrooms this spring following months of closures because of the pandemic. The proposed “Safe and Open Schools” plan would overhaul a $2 billion proposal from Gov. Gavin Newsom that was widely criticized by school superintendents, unions and lawmakers. The proposal unveiled by Newsom in December would have rewarded schools that reopened with additional funding for safety measures. Critics said it set unrealistic timelines, didn’t include enough money to pay for frequent COVID-19 testing of students and teachers, and failed to address the vaccination of teachers. The new proposal would triple the funding for schools and require county public health departments to offer vaccinations to school staff who return to in-person classes. It also pushes back the timeline for...
    As a number of blue states and the Biden administration grapple with what they describe as a challenge to reopen schools, Florida has had its schools open for months -- and its governor is promising that there will be no backtracking. "Florida schools are open for in-person instruction," Gov. Ron DeSantis said Monday. "Every single parent in this state has a right to send their kid to in-person instruction. We have done it the right way. We are not going to turn back." KEEPING SCHOOLS CLOSED HURTS MINORITY, LOW-INCOME CHILDREN THE MOST, STUDY FINDS Florida was one of a number of states that kept schools open in the fall, even as some blue states and cities -- under heavy pressure from powerful teachers unions -- failed to give their public schoolchildren in-person education. Studies have shown schools to be of limited risk of COVID spread, particularly when precautions are followed, and countries...
    Reuters February 18, 2021 0 Comments A COVID-19 vaccination site specifically for educators will open soon in Los Angeles County, school officials said on Wednesday, as teachers in the area’s largest school district demand vaccine access before returning to in-person learning. The site at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, was announced a day after the county reached a threshold of fewer than 25 new cases per 100,000 people for five consecutive days. At that level, the state gives districts the discretion to resume in-person instruction for kindergarten through sixth grade if they have met other conditions. The site will have the capacity to vaccinate more than 10,000 public and private school teachers, administrators and staff across Los Angeles County. A final decision on reopening rests with each of the county’s 80 school districts, including Los Angeles Unified School District, with 600,000 students. “A dedicated vaccination site and comprehensive effort...
    By Brendan O'Brien and Sharon Bernstein (Reuters) - A COVID-19 vaccination site specifically for educators will open soon in Los Angeles County, school officials said on Wednesday, as teachers in the area's largest school district demand vaccine access before returning to in-person learning. The site at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, was announced a day after the county reached a threshold of fewer than 25 new cases per 100,000 people for five consecutive days. At that level, the state gives districts the discretion to resume in-person instruction for kindergarten through sixth grade if they have met other conditions. The site will have the capacity to vaccinate more than 10,000 public and private school teachers, administrators and staff across Los Angeles County. A final decision on reopening rests with each of the county's 80 school districts, including Los Angeles Unified School District, with 600,000 students. "A dedicated vaccination site and comprehensive...
    After keeping schools closed for 11 months, Los Angeles County health officials now say that dozens of elementary schools will be permitted to reopen for in-class instruction for students in grades TK-6 as early as this week. The decision comes after the state said elementary schools could reopen when the county’s total COVID-19 positive case rate reached 25 per 100,000, which was expected Tuesday. The health department informed Los Angeles County schools Monday night via an emailed letter. The decision also comes after parents have been emanding that schools reopen not only in Los Angeles County but statewide. Mari Barke, a Parent Union representative and Orange County Board of Education trustee, said parents “are angry and frustrated with their school district, superintendent and teachers’ union for their refusal to reopen the schools.” Larry Sand, a former classroom teacher and president of the non-profit California Teachers Empowerment...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nations top infectious disease official and President Joe Bidens medical adviser, said it is "not workable" to demand every school teacher be vaccinated before children are allowed back into schools for in-person learning. Dr. Fauci told "CBS This Morning" he supported giving teachers on the priority list for a coronavirus vaccine. The remarks start at the 4:20-minute mark. "I think if you are going to say that every single teacher needs to be vaccinated before you get back to school, I believe quite frankly . . . thats a non-workable situation," he said. "I think teachers should absolutely be priority among those who we consider essential personnel, and you should try and get as many teachers as you possibly can vaccinated as quickly as you possibly can," he said. "You want to put a good effort to get as many as you can as quickly as...
            by Catherine Smith  Dr. Anthony Fauci on Sunday said not all teachers need to be vaccinated in order for schools to reopen, The New York Post reports. “It’s not [the case] that you can’t open a school unless all the teachers are vaccinated. That would be optimal, if you could do that,” Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told ABC’s anchor George Stephanopoulos on “This Week”. Fauci said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s school-reopening guide involved a “lot of layering to the mitigations” to prevent COVID-19 outbreaks. “Part of that is to indicate and suggest strongly that a preference be given to teachers to get vaccinated so vaccinating teachers are part of it,” Fauci told Stephanopoulos, however he insisted that it’s not essential. “It’s not something that you can’t open a school unless all of the teachers are vaccinated.” Fauci suggested giving preference for...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- As an intense snow storm bore down on the Chicago area Monday night into Tuesday morning, some schools made the decision to cancel classes.Schools across the region either decided to go fully to e-learning or canceled classes altogether Tuesday, so some children had a rare snow day.Parts of the Chicago area saw up to 16 inches of snow, making travel treacherous, as plows could not keep up.RELATED: Chicago Weather: Areas near lake see as much as 16 inches of snow in latest winter stormMany schools and school districts made the decision to close their classrooms Monday night, including Chicago Public Schools, who announced students would be learning remotely Tuesday. CPS said they expect to reopen in-person learning Wednesday, but have not yet made a formal announcement based on the aftermath of yet another winter storm.CPS said grab-and-go meal distribution would continue, but some sites may be impacted...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Falling coronavirus rates are expected to allow elementary schools in Los Angeles County to reopen as early as this week, but that is not expected to immediately happen in the huge Los Angeles Unified School District. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health said in a statement Monday night that it expects to announce Tuesday that the county has reached the threshold set by the state for reopening — an adjusted case rate of 25 per 100,000. “This encouraging news means that dozens of elementary schools will be permitted to reopen for in-class instruction for students TK-6 as early as this week,” the statement said. “All schools wishing to reopen must submit plans to the County Department of Public Health and the California Department of Public Health certifying that they have implemented a full range of safety measures to permit a safe reopening.” Schools were...
              Citing school staffing shortages, Senators Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax) and Siobhan Dunnavant (R-Henrico) are proposing the creation of an Education Reserve Corps in Virginia. “As we’ve known, other than getting people vaccinated and keeping them alive, the most important issue, and we’ve been consistent about this, is reopening schools,” Petersen said on the Senate floor on Monday. He pointed to staffing parallels in the medical field. “It seems to me if we can have volunteers who have a skill set in healthcare and create a medical reserve corps and organize them and bring them back into the workplace bring them back to vaccinate kids, we can also organize people to come back and teach our children,” he said. Petersen said the Senate and Governor Ralph Northam have already committed to bringing kids back into class. “The bottom line is, the kids are going to...
    Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) criticized the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) for putting up obstacles to reopening schools for in-person learning, stating the union has “aspirations” that are “akin to a political party.” “When you have unions that have other aspirations beyond being a union, and maybe being something akin to a political party, then there’s always going to be conflict,” Lightfoot said during an interview published Sunday in the New York Times. Lightfoot responded to a question about how she would describe the union. “I think, ultimately, they’d like to take over not only Chicago Public Schools, but take over running the city government,” she stated. “That’ll play itself out over time. I don’t really spend time, and certainly not in the middle of a pandemic, worrying about the politics. But politics intrudes, always.” The mayor elaborated further: Let me put it in a context of labor across the city....
    The first COVID-19 vaccination site based at a Los Angeles school will open this week, L.A. schools Supt. Austin Beutner announced Monday. The location will be the Roybal Learning Center, just west of downtown Los Angeles, with a scheduled opening day of Wednesday. Those eligible for immunizations will be school district staff age 65 and older and district employees currently working at coronavirus testing and vaccination sites, “consistent with current public health rules,” Beutner said. The vaccination clinic is the first targeted specifically at L.A. Unified School District employees but is unlikely to lead to the swift reopening of K-12 campuses as both Beutner and leaders of the teachers union have said it is not yet safe to do so. Beutner has called vaccines for school staff a “critical piece” of reopening. Union leaders have demanded it as a prerequisite for reopening. Neither state nor federal guidelines specify vaccines...
    Dr Anthony Fauci has urged Congress to pass Joe Biden's Covid relief bill because US schools 'need more resources' to re-open safely after months of virus-enforced closures.  The nation's top infectious disease expert said re-opening schools 'can be done' but told ABC's George Stephanopoulos that school districts 'really do need more resources'.   'That's the reason why the national relief act that we're talking about getting passed - we need that,' Fauci said, as Democrats in Congress try to push through $130billion in funding to help schools upgrade buildings and buy protective gear.  'Obviously it's not a perfect situation, but it's really important to get the children back to school in as safe a way as possible,' Fauci said. 'Safe for the children, but also safe for the teachers and the other educators.'  Dr Anthony Fauci, pictured, has called on Congress to pass Joe Biden's Covid relief package which contains...
    National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week” that vaccinating all teachers was not a requirement for schools to reopen safely amid the coronavirus pandemic. Partial transcript as follows: STEPHANOPOULOS: Dr. Fauci, thanks for joining us again this morning. I want to get to the vaccines in a moment, but I know you heard that debate at the end of our roundtable right now about reopening schools. And I wonder if you can shed some light on that. The new CDC guidelines don’t require that teachers get vaccinated before reopening. What do you say to teachers who are concerned about going back into the classroom without being vaccinated? FAUCI: You know, there’s a lot of layering to the mitigations, George. And I think the point to make, it’s totally understandable, teachers’ concern. I mean, we appreciate that. The issue is that there...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci on Sunday said that it would be “optimal” for all teachers to be vaccinated before opening schools — but insisted that it was not necessary. Fauci said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s school-reopening guide involved a “lot of layering to the mitigations” to prevent COVID-19 outbreaks. “Part of that is to indicate and suggest strongly that a preference be given to teachers to get vaccinated so vaccinating teachers are part of it,” Fauci told ABC anchor George Stephanopoulos on “This Week,” adding that it’s not essential. “It’s not something that you can’t open a school unless all of the teachers are vaccinated.” The Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said that vaccines being available to teachers would be “optimal,” but it’s more important to prioritize students returning to class. “Practically speaking when you balance the benefit of getting the children...
    More On: Coronavirus CDC boss: ‘Absolutely’ too early for states to lift mask mandates One family tests positive for COVID-19, so New Zealand put largest city into lockdown ‘Vaccine passports’ could be used inside the United Kingdom CA woman, 78, gets COVID-19 vaccine, then suddenly dies of something else Dr. Anthony Fauci on Sunday said that it would be “optimal” for all teachers to be vaccinated before opening schools — but insisted that it was not necessary. Fauci said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s school-reopening guide involved a “lot of layering to the mitigations” to prevent COVID-19 outbreaks. “Part of that is to indicate and suggest strongly that a preference be given to teachers to get vaccinated so vaccinating teachers are part of it,” Fauci told ABC anchor George Stephanopoulos on “This Week,” adding that it’s not essential. “It’s not something that you can’t open a school...
    TRENTON, N.J. (CBS) — Officials in Trenton moved ahead with their plans to vaccinate teachers, inoculating more than 100 teachers on Saturday. “We’re ready,” Alfonso Llano, Trenton Public Schools interim superintendent, said. “We’re ready to open up tomorrow.” RELATED: Senate Acquits Donald Trump In Second Impeachment Trial, Sen. Pat Toomey Among 7 Republicans Who Voted Guilty The push to reopen Trenton’s schools comes with a shot in the arm. On Saturday, the city vaccinated over 100 teachers and school staff at the Henry Austin Health Center. “The anxiety that people feel right now about whether they’re going to be safe at work is incredible so whatever we can do as a city,” Llano said. Trenton is following state guidelines so only teachers and staff who are over the age of 65 or have underlying health conditions were eligible to get the vaccine. Teachers in @CityofTrentonNJ are being vaccinated. The mayor...
    The lawsuit filed against the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) by city officials gained steam Thursday when City Attorney Dennis Herrera filed an emergency order asking the court to take an immediate role in reopening the public school system. "SFUSD has kept public schools in San Francisco closed for more than 330 days, even though health officials have allowed schools in San Francisco to be open for in-person instruction since September," the City Attorney’s office said in a statement following the injunction. SAN FRANCISCO SCHOOL BOARD FINDS ITSELF IN THE HOT SEAT, AGAIN Herrera filed a lawsuit last week in a last-ditch effort to force the Board of Education and school district to devise a plan to get San Francisco’s 54,000 students back into classrooms for in-person teaching. "Distance learning is not the same thing as school, not even close," Herrera said. Adding that "almost a year of being isolated from...
    The CDC is expected to release its official guidelines for reopening schools on Friday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki announced in a Thursday briefing. Psaki made the announcement in response media confusion about the administration’s goals for reopening schools. Psaki said Tuesday that the administration’s goal was to have “most” schools reopen within the first 100 days of President Joe Biden’s administration and that “open” meant having in-person classes at least one day a week. Psaki now says parents “should not” be satisfied with their children attending school one day per week. (RELATED: 66 GOP Congressmen Accuse Biden Of Ignoring Science On Reopening Schools) .@PressSec that the official CDC guidelines on re-opening schools will be released tomorrow: “The president will not rest until every school is open five days a week… We are letting the science and medical experts lead.” pic.twitter.com/TyVdkBn7ZM — Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) February 11, 2021 ...
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is expected to unveil guidelines on Friday for reopening schools amid the coronavirus pandemic as White House officials have offered shifting answers on their goals for returning children to in-person learning. "There is no debate over whether to open schools here. there’s a debate over how. And if it were as simple as open all the schools, they would be open now," Andy Slavitt, a senior adviser to the White House on the pandemic response, said on MSNBC early Thursday. "Tomorrow, the CDC is going to roll out their operating plan to give school districts, local communities, the guidance they need to do that," Slavitt added. White House Senior Adviser for Covid-19 response, Andy Slavitt, tells @Morning_Joe that new CDC guidance on reopening schools will be released Friday. https://t.co/dUifxHYyIj— MSNBC (@MSNBC) February 11, 2021 White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiHillicon...
    Reuters February 11, 2021 0 Comments The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention plans to issue new guidelines for U.S. schools reopening on Friday, White House coronavirus adviser Andy Slavitt said. Reopening schools is a top priority for the administration of President Joe Biden, who has stressed he wants it done safely and has supported vaccinations for teachers. The top U.S. health safety agency has been working on a new set of guidelines to meet the challenges that school districts face across the country. “Tomorrow, the CDC is going to roll out their operating plan to give school districts, local communities, the guidance they need to know to begin to do that and to begin to do that aggressively,” Slavitt said on Thursday. Pressure to reopen or expand in-person learning for students has been building across the United States in recent weeks as the impact of remote learning...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden's pledge to reopen most American schools within his first 100 days in office is in danger of going off the rails as teachers' unions hold firm on their demands for new safety measures amid conflicting messages from the administration and public health leaders. The battle over schools reopening heats up. What are the facts? White House press secretary Jen Psaki was pressed again on Wednesday to give a clear definition of what the administration would consider a successful return, after suggesting 24 hours earlier that "teaching at least one day a week in the majority of schools by day 100" could be the bar. This time around, Psaki said it was Biden's "objective ... for all schools to reopen, to stay open, to be open five days a week, for kids to be learning," but did not commit to a clear benchmark.Nearly a year into the...
    CAMDEN, N.J. (CBS) – It was an emotional day at Wiggins Elementary on Wednesday. Parents are once again protesting the decision to close their school. About 1,200 kids from four Camden schools will leave their classrooms permanently this summer as part of the district’s restructuring plan. The four schools on the chopping block are Wiggins, Sharp, Cramer and Yorkship. RELATED: Officials Investigating After Upper Perk Police Officer Fatally Shoots 27-Year-Old Man Wielding Samurai-Type Sword School Superintendent Katrina McCombs also showed up to Wednesday’s protest. She’s expected to tour all four schools that are proposed to be shut down. Parents chanted “save our schools” and confronted the superintendent about the decision to close even more of their schools. Students were also there protesting. They decided on a virtual walkout, and in solidarity, with matching shirts and a number of homemade signs, rallied to keep their schools open. By the time McCombs...
    Public school students in San Francisco probably won’t see the inside of a campus classroom this year, even though vaccinations soon will include teachers and other education workers, and health care workers have deemed a return to be safe. San Francisco Mayor London Breed delivered that sobering message at a live-streamed press conference from City Hall on Tuesday, saying still has no idea when public school campuses will open despite an agreement being in place and a lawsuit filed by the city against its own school district last week. “Definitely not this school year,” Breed said. She later added that to get the kids back onto campus before the school year ends is “not realistic,” because teachers have expressed concern over their safety should they return before being vaccinated. According to Breed, San Francisco public health officials have deemed it safe to open public schools whether vaccinations do or do...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia will significantly increase vaccine distribution, including to teachers, and will also allow restaurants to expand indoor dining if they improve ventilation. The announcements from city officials come with vaccine supplies still limited and targeted to the most vulnerable. Philadelphia will open six mass COVID-19 vaccine clinics this month, and the city will partner with the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to vaccinate teachers and school staff. RELATED: Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf Urges Lawmakers To Raise Minimum Wage To $12 An Hour This Year And the health commissioner said he feels teachers can safely return to class even before they’re fully vaccinated. “I think people can prevent spread in schools if they follow safety precautions. I don’t think vaccination is necessary for schools to be open,” Dr. Thomas Farley said. While it might not be necessary for safety, the health department, in partnership with CHOP, will be offering the...
    SCHOOLS are meant to reopen on March 8. But for how many children? I imagine it will be exam groups only. 2Children are learning 20% of what they should be. There’s no solution but to open the schoolsCredit: Getty Images - Getty So for many ­thousands of our kids, the ­status quo will continue — the ongoing stress and difficulty of home-schooling. We need to be honest about what this lockdown is doing to our children. Sadly, at the moment, I think we are ­kidding ourselves. We think that online learning does the trick. It isn’t ideal, we say, but at least the kids are learning. Trouble is, they’re not. I would say children are ­learning on average about 20 per cent of what they would learn ­normally in school. Some children, who have a stay-at-home “tiger mum” are working well enough in their front rooms. Mum tests the...
    While teacher unions push to keep schools closed, a mother of a daughter with Down Syndrome spoke out against the coronavirus-related measure since it is not benefiting her child. "You know, I can't speak for the unions. I just know from my daughter being back in the classroom would be beneficial from a social point of view," Chaula Butterworth told "America’s Newsroom," discussing her daughter Debica facing the challenge of remote learning while schools are closed amid the coronavirus pandemic. RAND PAUL: KIDS MISSING SCHOOL IS 'DISASTER,' SAYS BIDEN 'BEHOLDEN' TO TEACHERS UNIONS Meanwhile, President Biden's hands-off approach to schools reopening amid the coronavirus pandemic is hurting America's children, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., told "Justice with Judge Jeanine" Saturday. "Being at home without any instruction ... for a lot of kids is a disaster," he said. Paul said many students kept at home are now behind almost an entire grade year. Studies show students who have returned to in-school learning...
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    HUNDREDS of schools that are still open for keyworkers have been forced to shut as Storm Darcy has "cut off towns". Thousands of key workers faced a second day of chaos as schools stayed shut and they were warned it could last all week. ⚡ Read our UK weather live blog for the very latest news and forecasts. 10Thousands of key workers faced a second day of chaos as schools stayed shutCredit: PA:Press Association 10A car snowed in Harwood, County Durham, as Brits were urged not to travel across swathes of the countryCredit: PA:Press Association 10One pedestrian using a snow pole in Saddleworth, LancashireCredit: AP:Associated Press 10Blizzard conditions in Kirkliston, West LothianCredit: SWNS:South West News Service A yellow weather warning is in place across most of the UK today Britain is set for another 10 inches of snow today as temperatures drop to -18C. Keyworker parents will be left to stay home...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- Starting Wednesday, Citi Field will be for Queens what Yankee Stadium is for the Bronx, with a few differences.The new mega vaccination site will operate for residents of Queens who qualify to get vaccinated, as well as TLC drivers and food delivery workers.Unlike Yankee Stadium, this is run by the city and so appointments are made on the city's website.On Friday, indoor dining returns to all five boroughs at 25% capacity.The industry pleaded with Governor Andrew Cuomo to increase that capacity even higher and let them stay open past the 10 p.m. curfew.Governor Cuomo would not agree to that, but he did compromise on the start date which initially was Sunday."They have made the point that they would like to open a couple of days earlier, so they can be ready for Valentine's Day, get the staff oriented, get the staff into the restaurants. And that's...
    BORIS Johnson could keep schools open for a further two weeks in the summer term to help kids catch up, it has been reported. The Prime Minister is said to be mulling a plan that would see schools have windows open in the warmer weather to reduce Covid risk. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 4This year's summer term could be extended by two weeksCredit: PA:Press Association 4The Prime Minister is said to be considering the planCredit: Reuters The missed holiday time would then be added onto holidays in autumn winter.   The move comes after MPs personally lobbied him to consider after-school classes run by volunteers. The Prime Minister has announced schools cannot reopen before March 8, but 18 Conservative MPs have backed UsforThem - a campaign calling for schools to reopen on February 22. The Conservative chairman of the Education Select Committee told The Sunday Times, a change to the...
    BORIS Johnson is under pressure to reopen schools early as some Tory MPs backed a call to get kids back in class after half term. The Prime Minister has announced schools cannot reopen before March 8, but 18 Conservative MPs have backed UsforThem - a campaign calling for schools to reopen on February 22. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 5Boris Johnson said reopening schools is a priority, but it must be done carefullyCredit: Getty - Pool 5Schools are only open to children of key workers currentlyCredit: PA:Press Association 5Former Cabinet minister Esther McVey is backing calls for children to return to school after half termCredit: PA:Press Association Among those backing the pledge are former Cabinet minister Esther McVey, ex-ministers Steve Baker, Tim Loughton and Harriet Baldwin, The Telegraph reports. Ms Mcvey said today: "With the vaccination rollout going so well on the one hand,...
    A recall election of Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom, which appears increasingly likely to take place, will lead to a "California comeback," Republican former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer told "Fox News Primetime" Friday.  "I think he is going to be recalled, and I am going to run," Faulconer told host Trey Gowdy. Supports of a recall election have until March 17 to collect the 1,495,709 signatures -- equivalent to 12% of California's population -- required to trigger a vote. Organizers say they have collected more than 1.4 million signatures so far.  "[There is] so much momentum right now in California because people want a change, and I just launched my campaign this week," Faulconer said. "We are talking about a California comeback." NEWSOM RECALL CAMPAIGN 'AT THE 10-YARD LINE', CLEARS 1.4 MILLION SIGNATURES Faulconer noted he launched his campaign this week in front of a closed public school. "Across the corner [from] where I was, was...
    More On: public schools Letters to the Editor — Feb. 5, 2021 Lessons inspired by a cop-killer: Another fail by the NYC Department of Education NYC teacher poll finds that 60 percent would exit DOE if they could San Francisco school official deems acronyms ‘racist’ in axing arts department moniker Science says schools should reopen, but teachers’ unions say otherwise — and all too many politicians heed their power, all the way up to President Biden. New York City can give thanks that it no longer has a so-called “independent” school board, which never ever crossed the teachers’ union. San Francisco still has one, and the city just took the extreme step of suing its own school district to force a reopening. In filing the suit against the San Francisco Board of Education and the San Francisco Unified School District, City Attorney Dennis Herrera (backed by Mayor...
    CBS San Francisco Staff Report SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — With the surge in new coronavirus cases beginning to ease and demand for vaccination growing, the information you need to know is coming fast and furious. Here’s a roundup of the COVID stories we’ve published over the last 24 hours. State, Federal Health Officials To Open Oakland-Alameda Coliseum COVID-19 Vaccination Site OAKLAND — Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled plans Wednesday for a massive COVID-19 vaccination site at the Oakland-Alameda Coliseum — a joint venture between state and federal health officials. Newsom said increasing vaccine availability will help hasten California’s return to some form of normalcy. “With these vaccines, with these case rates declining, we see light at the of the tunnel,” he said. “In order to get our businesses open, in order to get our schools open, which we are committed to getting our schools open for in-person instruction, to do...
    CBS San Francisco Staff Report SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — With the surge in new coronavirus cases beginning to ease and demand for vaccination growing, the information you need to know is coming fast and furious. Here’s a roundup of the COVID stories we’ve published over the last 24 hours. State, Federal Health Officials To Open Oakland-Alameda Coliseum COVID-19 Vaccination Site OAKLAND — Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled plans Wednesday for a massive COVID-19 vaccination site at the Oakland-Alameda Coliseum — a joint venture between state and federal health officials. Newsom said increasing vaccine availability will help hasten California’s return to some form of normalcy. “With these vaccines, with these case rates declining, we see light at the of the tunnel,” he said. “In order to get our businesses open, in order to get our schools open, which we are committed to getting our schools open for in-person instruction, to do...
    Vaccinating teachers is not a prerequisite for the safe reopening of U.S. schools, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky said Wednesday. "There is increasing data to suggest that schools can safely reopen," she said, adding "safe reopening does not suggest that teachers need to be vaccinated in order to reopen safely." Walenskys remarks at a briefing in Washington come as the Biden administration faces pressure to reopen schools, caught between its pledge to safely do so and demands from teachers unions about their working environments. Asked about Walenskys comments at another briefing later in the day, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the CDC has not yet issued official guidance on teacher vaccinations and measures needed for safe school reopenings. The White House would "certainly defer to that, which wed hope to see soon," Psaki said. "Certainly ensuring teachers are vaccinated, prioritizing teachers, is important to...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas ISD’s plan to launch a new International Baccalaureate school on the campus of Paul Quinn College was met with both excitement and enthusiasm. Now the work begins to recruit students looking to be challenged. “We are looking for a student who is inquiry based, driven, a critical thinker– a student who is a problem solver and also one who can collaborate with their peers,” explains the school’s founding principal Christopher Barksdale, Ed.D. “We always tell kids to go be productive citizens, go be leaders of the next generation, but this now really gives students the tools that they need to be our next generation leaders.” Principal Barksdale will meet prospective students and parents in a series of “virtual” open houses to explain more about the IB curriculum, and how students can benefit. The first gets underway at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday and another is scheduled for Friday...
    San Francisco plans to sue its own school district over its unclear reopening plan in an effort to force the district to return students to the classroom, numerous sources reported. City Attorney Dennis Herrera plans to sue the San Francisco Board of Education and San Francisco Unified School District for violating a state law requiring districts to establish a clear plan during the pandemic that details actions they will take to move toward “classroom-based instruction whenever possible,” the San Francisco Chronicle reported. ✏️SCOOP!✏️ It’s San Francisco vs. San Francisco. City Attorney @dennisherrera today will sue the San Francisco Unified School District and the Board of Education for failing to craft a plan to reopen its schools. “So far, they have earned an F,” he says.https://t.co/BoI95mR8eL — Heather Knight (@hknightsf) February 3, 2021 Herrera says the district’s plan has been full of “ambiguous, empty rhetoric.” Although the law compels the...
              Gubernatorial candidate Pete Snyder announced Tuesday his Open Our Schools tour, where he will visit local Open Our Schools activists across the Commonwealth. Snyder said opening schools in November would be too late and called for immediate action. “As Pete meets with local Open Our Schools groups across the Commonwealth, he will visit some of the empty school buildings that have been shuttered for nearly a year, with no opening in sight, thanks to the failed leadership of Governor Northam, Terry McAuliffe and the extremists standing in the way of reopening,” a Snyder press release states. He also announced support for the Open Fairfax Public Schools (FCPS) Coalition, which is seeking to recall members of the FCPS Board of Education. “In addition to the tour and to represent Pete’s commitment to opening Virginia’s schools, Pete, his wife, Burson, and fellow Virginians have committed...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- While there is still no deal between Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Teachers Union, the district and the mayor's office said Monday afternoon they have made "substantial progress" as negotiations continue."We have reached another important milestone today in our efforts to provide in-person learning for our students in the Chicago Public Schools system," Mayor Lori Lightfoot's office and CPS CEO Dr. Janice K. Jackson said in a joint statement issued Monday afternoon. "We have secured agreement on one other open issue and made substantial progress on a framework that we hope will address the remaining issues. We are calling for a 48-hour cooling off period that will hopefully lead to a final resolution on all open issues. As a result of the progress we have made, and as a gesture of good faith, for now, teachers will retain access to their Google Suite. Students will remain...
    With coronavirus outbreaks still widespread in Santa Clara County, Los Gatos elementary schools plan to open their doors to students Monday for the first time since the pandemic slammed them shut in March, a move that seemed remarkable to parents who had gathered to protest the ongoing classroom closures just three weeks ago. It is a sign at least some schools are taking advantage of the Safe Schools For All plan Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a month ago. That plan was designed to make it easier for schools to reopen classrooms by lowering allowable community infection rate thresholds for resuming in-person learning, and promising significant new funding and support. “Finally, we have a set of stable guidelines under which the schools can reopen,” said Stephen Parsons, president of the Los Gatos Union School District board of trustees. “So we wait with excitement.” In Menlo Park, the Las Lomitas Elementary School...
    The White House said Thursday that President Joe Biden wants schools to reopen and remain open, even as press secretary Jen Psaki downplayed a CDC study of relatively safe re-openings in Wisconsin by saying it might not apply elsewhere.  Biden wants to reopen a majority of K-8 schools during his first 100 days in office, and is pushing a $1.9 trillion relief bill that includes funds for testing, equipment and upgrades for schools.  The push comes amid a series of studies showing schools have not been spreading infections – providing ammunition for proponents of reopening, even as unions in Chicago and other public school systems balk at reopening decisions amid high infection rates.  White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki pointed out limitations in a CDC study that found rural Wisconsin schools that reopened had less COVID-19 than in the county at large, saying 'for areas there they are more populated,...
    More On: teachers union Hey, WHO! Do a real Wuhan probe: Devine A reckoning for teachers unions and other commentary Chicago schools abandon reopening plan after union’s COVID-19 pushback America’s urban schools are massively damaging children by refusing to reopen The Issue: City Hall’s lack of information on how many public-school teachers have been vaccinated. Countless teachers and their unions are screaming from the rooftops: “We are not essential” (“Blas Drops Another Ball,” Editorial, Jan. 27). The latest reason to keep the schools closed is the lack of vaccines to inoculate all teachers. The “party of science” ignores the statistics that show minimal transmission of COVID in schools in the United States and abroad. Chicago reportedly spent $100 million to make the schools safe, but of course this was not good enough for the teachers’ union there. Sadly, the White House seems to agree. In New York City, United...
    San Francisco's school board has voted to rename schools honoring George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln.  The former presidents were among the historical figures who are set to be struck off as namesakes of the area's public schools, It follows a vote among school board members on Tuesday to rename 44 schools in light of a wave of anti-racism protests that swept the country last summer.  The board voted 6-1 in favor of the changes.  Former presidents George Washington, left, and Abraham Lincoln, right, were among the historical figures set to be removed as namesakes of San Francisco's public schools  Washington and Jefferson's statuses as slave owners made them subjects of controversy.  Lincoln often expressed that slavery was morally wrong, although critics claim his administration was detrimental to Native Americans.  The school board voted in 2018 to establish a task force to study the names of district schools and...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Karon Cogdhill said she made a promise to herself years ago. “I swore, when I was in high school, I would never teach. Everyone in my family taught school,” she recounted while sitting outside of the Dallas high school she has called her work home for more than 40 years. Cogdhill has been director of the Theater Conservatory for Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts since the creation of the magnet school concept for the campus. Karon Cogdhill (credit: Dallas ISD) In the effort to desegregate Dallas Public Schools, Booker T., as its affectionately called, became a designated arts focused school. Students audition for coveted slots in dance, music, theater and visual arts. Cogdhill was recruited from the Dallas Theater Center in the 70s to guide students through the world of stage and screen, including writing, acting, directing and lighting. “The goal...
    JACKSON TWP., N.J. (CBS) — Six Flags Great Adventure is getting ready to open its newest roller coaster. The amusement park just put the last piece of track together for the new Jersey Devil Coaster. (credit: Six Flags Great Adventure) This will be the world’s tallest, longest and fastest single-rail coaster when it opens later this year. MORE FROM CBSPHILLY.COM Darby School Security Guard L’Toray Hill Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Student At Day Care, School Police: Teen Shot, Killed In Vacant Lot In West Philadelphia Philadelphia Working To Find Other Partners To Administer COVID-19 Vaccines After Cutting Ties With Philly Fighting COVID  
    CAMDEN, N.J. (CBS) — Parents in Camden are making heartfelt pleas to save several public schools. They’re wanting the district to really see what would be lost and the toll it would take if another school is closed. “Save our schools,” parents chanted. It was a rally that went well into the evening in an effort to save Camden’s public schools that are at risk of closing, specifically Sharp Elementary School. “They said that the conditions of our school is deplorable. What it is, is the leadership is deplorable. The decision making is deplorable,” said parent Felix Moulier. Monday afternoon, parents, teachers, and residents came out to fight for their public schools on the 900 block of North 32nd Street. Even the president of the Camden Education Association was there in support of keeping Camden public schools open. “It’s the second time within five years the schools been under attack...
    More On: education Success Academy to stay fully remote for rest of school year This proud United Federation of Teachers member says it’s time to reopen all schools full-time College Board scraps SAT optional essay and subject tests Florida college to fire professor accused of ‘racist’ tweets Kids in the nation’s big cities have been banned from public-school buildings for nearly a year now — and for many of them, that won’t change any time soon, thanks to two-faced, spineless pols and selfish but powerful teachers’ unions. In major cities across America, students have been relegated to educationally inferior (and sometimes near-worthless) online “instruction” since March. In New York City, elementary public schools have opened part-time, but middle and high schools have been closed since November with no word on when they’ll return. On Sunday, The Post reported that Mayor, er, teachers’ union boss Mike Mulgrew says don’t even...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The School District of Philadelphia will open six specialized service regional centers on Monday. The centers will operate out of six schools for students with special needs. The centers will determine student eligibility for special education support and services. “We remain focused on strengthening educational supports for our students with special needs while schools remain virtual,” Superintendent William R. Hite, Jr. said “Parents, teachers, administrators, and staff have continued to adjust and be creative to best support our students with diverse needs. Opening these centers is a crucial next step to help us evaluate and meet their needs during these challenging times.” The six centers are located at: West Philadelphia High School 4901 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19139 Arts Academy At Benjamin Rush 11081 Knights Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19154 Martin Luther King High School 6100 Stenton Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19138 Thomas A. Edison High School 151 West...
    The nations fifth largest school district – Las Vegas Clark County, Nevada – continues to suffer from high COVID-19 infection rates, but it is the pace of student suicides that is leading it to push for returning kids to school. "When we started to see the uptick in children taking their lives, we knew it wasnt just the COVID numbers we need to look at anymore," Clark County Superintendent Dr. Jesus Jara told The New York Times. "We have to find a way to put our hands on our kids, to see them, to look at them. Theyve got to start seeing some movement, some hope." Former President Donald Trump had long sought to get kids back to school shortly after the nations 30 days to slow the spread abated, but teachers unions have demanded schools remain closed as a matter of teacher and public safety. Now, the Biden administration...
    The city will not be able to open its middle- and high schools because it lacks sufficient ability to test students and staff for COVID-19, the leader of the teachers’ union says.  “The city is barely managing all the aspects of the current random testing program and tracing requirements,” Michael Mulgrew, president of the United Federation of Teachers, said in a statement to The Post. “They are not prepared to handle any additional schools.”  After closing all schools for three weeks, the city Department of Education in December reopened only elementary schools for grades K to 5 and District 75 schools for children with disabilities, offering in-person classes up to five days a week. In doing so, the DOE agreed to test 20 percent of students and staff in 850 schools and early childhood education centers once a week. Kids and employees testing positive for COVID-19 are sent home to quarantine, and...
    More On: department of education DOE diversity chief in charge of ‘implicit bias’ training leaves after 25 years Parent leaders question City Hall’s scrapping of Gifted and Talented admissions DOE internship program forced to go remote — but kids find silver lining NYC DOE throws parents into tailspin after posting wrong exam information The city will not be able to open its middle- and high schools because it lacks sufficient ability to test students and staff for COVID-19, the leader of the teachers’ union says.  “The city is barely managing all the aspects of the current random testing program and tracing requirements,” Michael Mulgrew, president of the United Federation of Teachers, said in a statement to The Post. “They are not prepared to handle any additional schools.”  After closing all schools for three weeks, the city Department of Education in December reopened only elementary schools for grades K to 5 and...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Pittsburgh Public Schools board is considering postponing in-person hybrid learning until after spring break, which would be April 6. The district says the resolution was prompted by COVID-19 data Allegheny County released last Friday. It’s been a waiting game to get them back into the classrooms. After news broke that the Pittsburgh Public Schools board will be voting to delay opening another two months, folks with the Pittsburgh Learning Collaborative say they want more transparency and understanding. “Opening during a pandemic is a risk, but it’s crucial to acknowledge that remote learning is a huge risk as well,” said Carlos Carter, Homeless Education Fund. Pittsburgh Public Schools are one of the last school districts in our area to not have in-person learning since the pandemic started. But the board has said that if COVID-19 positive rates hold at under 10% for two weeks, that could change. Now...
    City of Camden officials say they can no longer afford to teach less than 6,350 students at 19 different schools, in a district that used to educate nearly double that. When the state took over the Camden school system in 2013 after years of poor student performance and low graduation rates, the district enrolled more than 11,000 students in more than two dozen buildings. Thousands of students have since chosen to enroll in publicly-funded charter schools. The city’s eight charter schools enroll 4,188 students, while 12 Renaissance schools have 5,449 students. Now, state-appointed Superintendent Katrina McCombs wants to close several of the struggling public schools and reconfigure grades, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer. McCombs aims to close budget deficits that have ranged from $22 million to $44 million a year. On Tuesday, McCombs plans to announce the district's next courses of action. The district is likely to reconfigure grade ranges from the current...
    FEARS are growing that schools will be kept shut until Easter - piling massive pressure on Boris Johnson to open them sooner. Schools in Covid hotspots could also stay closed for longer than those in less afflicted parts of the country, The Sun understands. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 5Schools could be closed until Easter in some parts of the countryCredit: Getty Images - Getty The PM dramatically ordered all schools to shut until the February half term in a bid to get rocketing infection rates under control. But he has refused to rule out extending the shutdown, and ministers yesterday indicated restrictions will only be gradually eased from around March. School bosses said they reckon classes will stay shut to most kids until after the Easter holidays, which are at the beginning of April. But Tory MP Robert Halfon urged the...
    Maria Tula started 2021 with positive thoughts, but openly warns that beyond the economic difficulties that it imposed on him the COVID-19 pandemic, He is very concerned about the effects in his day to day caused by the rise in infections of the virus in New York, which is unleashed. The current panorama of COVID-19 has it between a rock and a hard place, as he says that on the one hand he is concerned that in a short time all schools will end up closing again and he will be unable to work, and on the other, that if the schools remain open with more cases overwhelmed in the city, children get sick and end up spreading it to adults in their families. With a gesture of anguish, the mother of the family, who makes her living in the informal sale, confesses that if the campus closes in The...
    New York : Maria Tula started 2021 with positive thoughts, but openly warns that beyond the economic difficulties that it imposed on him the COVID-19 pandemic, He is very concerned about the effects in his day to day caused by the rise in infections of the virus in New York, which is unleashed. The current panorama of COVID-19 has it between a rock and a hard place, as he says that on the one hand he is concerned that in a short time all schools will end up closing again and he will be unable to work, and on the other, that if the schools remain open with more cases overwhelmed in the city, children get sick and end up spreading it to adults in their families. With a gesture of anguish, the mother of the family, who makes her living in the informal sale, confesses that if the...
    Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) released new coronavirus guidance Thursday, as President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration approaches, insisting “schools need to be open.” State agencies are now prioritizing in-person instruction, reported Richmond.com, after months of the Trump administration urging states to reopen schools. “Instead of ‘schools should be closed,’ we’re going to approach it from the starting point of ‘schools need to be open,’” Northam said at a briefing. “Every school division will have to decide what works best for it,” the governor added. The guidance, which urges schools to expand in-person learning as much as possible, depending on virus outbreaks and staff shortages, replaces one delivered in July, which held to a phased-in approach to reopening schools. “As Virginia enters Phase 3 of Forward Virginia and we prepare for the start of the school year, it remains clear that schools, working together with local health departments, have an important role...
    Loading the player... Tech giant Apple has chosen Detroit as the site of its first U.S. Apple Developer Academy, designed to support coding and tech education as part of its racial equity initiatives.  The courses — which will be free to all, and no previous experience is required — are slated to be offered in collaboration with Michigan State University. The program is open to all Michigan residents and expects to serve at least 1,000 students per year.  Tim Cook, chief executive officer of Apple, is shown in July testifying remotely during the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law hearing on Online Platforms and Market Power. (Photo by Graeme Jennings-Pool/Getty Images) The academy will feature two programs. The first is a 30-day introduction to understanding what it means to be an app developer. The second, a full academy, will contain 10 to 12 months of intense study...
    (CBS DETROIT) – Apple CEO Tim Cook announced plans to open a tech development school in Detroit this year. Apple’s Developer Academy is in partnership with Michigan State University and HBCUs across the country. The program aims to train Black and brown business owners, coders and students. It is part of a $100 million racial equality initiative following the death of George Floyd last summer. MORE FROM CBS DETROIT: Police Seek Suspect, 3 Others After Deadly Shooting Inside Detroit Coney Island MORE FROM CBS DETROIT: Lansing Mayor Calls For National Guard Protection Ahead Of Capitol Protests MORE FROM CBS DETROIT: Unemployment Benefits: $300 Weekly Payments Begin For Unemployed Michigan Workers © 2021 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Related
    The new year brings a ray of hope for California parents like Kate Gude, who has watched with mounting worry as her four kids suffer social isolation and reduced instruction time from online learning. The first COVID-19 vaccines were given to health care workers a month ago, teachers whose safety fears have blunted reopening efforts are next in line, and the governor has a new $2 billion plan aimed at getting kids back into classrooms over the next three months. “I’m an eternal optimist,” said Gude, of Los Gatos, as she joined a demonstration outside her district’s shuttered high school. “In lots of other districts, kids are going back already. Other schools have proven it’s possible to do this.” Middle-school history teacher Emily Weisberg talks with students on Jan. 6 via Zoom from her home. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)  California’s schools have been among the slowest...
    TOWSON, Md. (WJZ) — A rally held Saturday welcomed parents, students and all those who wanted to see Baltimore County Public Schools students back in the classrooms. After months of virtual learning amid the COVID-19 pandemic, some of the students said they’ve had enough. CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE: TIMELINE: Coronavirus In Maryland, Tracking The Spread Latest coronavirus stories from WJZ Latest CDC Guidelines “Virtual learning is not working,” one parent said. “Kids need to be in school.” After nearly a year of virtual learning and empty classrooms, students are frustrated. Aileen Kammer has four kids in Baltimore County schools. “The experiences with online school has just been terrible,” Kammer said. She said virtual learning alone is not enough. “I hope the school board is listening and paying attention and knowing the needs of the students,” Kammer added. The grassroots organization “Reopen BCPS” is 2,500 strong and growing every day, adding...
    Evidence on how safe in-person schooling is and how it contributes to the spread of COVID-19 has been mixed—a lot more mixed than the headlines would tell you (read to the 11th paragraph in that piece, for instance), though not as dire as many of us feared over the summer. But the safety question may now be irrelevant, Elliot Haspel argues in The Atlantic. That’s because community spread of the virus is now so high that schools are having trouble staying fully staffed even if things within their walls are completely safe. And that points to one really important policy solution: Vaccinate teachers. Haspel offers a barrage of examples of schools closing because there just aren’t enough teachers to supervise the students. One Colorado school system went remote, for instance, in large part because “It is especially difficult, and impossible on some days, to have enough licensed teachers in classrooms delivering quality instruction.” So: The...
    U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) Dear Ms. Devos, Your resignation is much too late. There is no redemption, absent serious penance, for those who have stood by while Donald Trump wreaked what can only be described as havoc on this country, and in many cases, the world.  Read More: Education Secretary Betsy DeVos quits, cites Trump rhetoric Trump’s refusal to accept the very clear results of the November election is not an eye-opening event. Instead, that refusal is a part of a long history of denying facts and building campaigns based on delusions. Have you forgotten how he fervently led the Birther movement and refused to accept the presidency of Barack Obama? President Donald Trump and former President Barack Obama. (Photo: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images and Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Anyone, including you, associated with him has known for a...
    LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's government is under growing pressure to abandon plans to reopen most primary schools in England, with one teachers' union demanding evidence it is safe to open and another telling members they do not have to work in an unsafe environment.Earlier this week, the government announced that most primary schools will open as planned on Jan. 4, while the start of term for secondary school children will be Jan. 11 for pupils sitting exams, and Jan. 18 for the rest. The National Association of Headteachers, England's largest headteachers’ union, said on Saturday they had instructed lawyers to write to the government demanding that it reveals the data behind its decision to reopen schools. The National Education Union called on the government to move learning online in all primary schools in England for the first few weeks of the month. It has also issued advice to its members...
    MARION, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's only all-women’s college will remain open after meeting a fundraising goal. The Judson College Board of Trustees on Thursday approved moving forward with a residential spring semester for all returning students, the college announced in a news release. The college in Marion, Alabama had announced in December that it needed a cash infusion to remain open this spring. Judson College was aiming for $500,000 by the end of the year and and $1 million in unrestricted commitments of gifts between Jan. 1 and May 31. School officials said it met the $500,000 cash goal, and the combined giving and commitment total is at $1.3 million. “Judson is grateful for God’s great provision through the generosity of our alumnae and supporters, who have sacrificed much during these uncertain times to continue the extraordinary 182-year-old legacy of our Judson College. We remain thankful to our dedicated Board...
    AN EVEN tougher lockdown is needed if schools are to stay open - with Britain facing a "catastrophe" as the new strain of coronavirus spreads, a Nervtag professor has warned today. Government scientists have reportedly told Boris Johnson he needs to implement stricter measures to stop the virus from spiralling out of control as kids countdown the return to school after Christmas. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 4Brits could be forced into even stricter measures in the New YearCredit: London News Pictures There is no suggestion the tougher measures would be introduced under the term "Tier 5", but the restrictions that are being called for do go further than the current Tier 4 ones. They could include keeping secondary schools closed and shutting restaurants even for takeaway. And speaking this morning, Andrew Hayward, professor of infectious diseases epidemiology at University...
    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — As the coronavirus sidelines huge numbers of educators, school districts around the country are aggressively recruiting substitute teachers, offering bonuses and waiving certification requirements in order to keep classrooms open. Coming to the rescue in many cases are college students who are themselves learning online or home for extended winter breaks. In Indiana, the 4,400-student Greenfield-Central school district about 20 miles (32 kilometers) east of Indianapolis made a plea for help as its substitute pool shrank. “I said, ’If you’ve got a student who’s in college, maybe they’d like to work even a two-month thing for us – which would be a stopgap, no doubt – but it will help us a whole, whole bunch,” said Scott Kern, the Greenfield-Central Community School Corporation director of human resources. Over a dozen college students answered the call including his own daughter, 19-year-old Grace Kern, who is studying...
    President-elect Joe Biden is repeating his call for most schools to reopen by the end of the first 100 days of his presidency, but some Republican lawmakers question why it should take so long. During a recent call with 30 governors, of both parties, Biden said: "I'm going to ask, and I know it's going to be controversial with some of you, but I'm going to ask that we’re going to be able to open schools at the end of 100 days," adding, "That's going to take a lot of money, but we know how to do it. If we have the money and the funding, everything from ventilation to more teachers to smaller class sizes — a whole range of things." Biden in early December requested that Congress provide money for schools to obtain needed apparatus and other resources to establish their safety protocols in an effort to...
    Reuters December 17, 2020 0 Comments The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a religious school in Kentucky that is challenging the state’s decision to limit in-school instruction as part of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The action by the justices is a loss for Danville Christian Academy. The school said the order violated its religious rights under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees the free exercise of religion. The justices, in a brief order, said that the school closing order “effectively expires this week or shortly thereafter, and there is no indication that it will be renewed,” but indicated that the school could renew its legal challenge if another closure is announced in the new year. Two conservative justices, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch, dissented from the court’s decision. “I would not leave in place yet another potentially unconstitutional decree, even for the next...
    Stilson Elementary School will be open for learning this week despite a water outage; however, parents may choose to keep their child at home and engage in distance learning. The school, whose water is supplied by a well, experienced a busted reservoir tank over the weekend. While every effort is being made to make repairs, the school district cannot guarantee a date when repairs will be complete. This means the school could be without running water the entire week. All schools, including Stilson, have contingency plans in place to allow for schools to remain open during utility outages, but administrators want parents to be fully aware of the issue and make the best decision for their family. These health and safety protocols are already in place to minimize the effects of this disruption: • Bulloch County fire personnel have been...
    Many school districts in the United States have opted to only offer remote learning during the coronavirus pandemic, but some school districts are fighting to remain open. Data collected globally indicates that school openings did not cause a surge in coronavirus cases, but schools in major cities such as Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston and San Diego have not reopened — despite Dr. Anthony Fauci’s recommendations.  “We will find every excuse we can to stay open,” Queen Creek Unified School District board president Ken Brague said. “While others are finding excuses to close, let them. We will stay open.” Many school districts in the United States have opted to switch to virtual learning during the coronavirus pandemic, but some school districts are fighting to preserve in-person learning, with one district finding “every excuse” they can to “stay open.” Elected officials enacted executive orders in the spring requiring Americans to lockdown...
    A Westchester school district located inside one of the state’s precautionary COVID-19 micro-cluster “yellow zones” has completed its mandatory testing to remain open for in-person learning. Last month, parts of New Rochelle were designated as a “yellow zone” COVID-19 hotspot, which required four of the district’s schools to comply with COVID-19 testing for 20 percent of the in-person population to remain open. Earlier story - COVID-19: New Rochelle Designated As 'Yellow Zone' Due To Spike In Cases Schools located within a yellow or orange zone are required to randomly select 20 percent of the in-person students, faculty, and staff to be voluntarily tested for surveillance of the school community’s positivity rate.  A school in a red zone has to test 30 percent of students and staffers. The schools located in the “yellow zone” in New Rochelle are Isaac E. Young Middle School, Columbus, Trinity, and Webster elementary schools. On Friday, interim...
    The nation’s leading infectious disease expert said that the U.S. should try to keep children in schools “as best we possibly can” while the country sees a spike in coronavirus cases rivaling numbers that previously saw the nation shut down. Dr. Anthony Fauci, during a Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health forum, said the data does not show widespread transmission of the virus in schools. “Our default position – there will always be exceptions ... there is never one-size-fits-all – our default position should be to try to keep the schools open and get children who are not in school back in school as best as we possibly can,” Fauci told Dr. Sanjay Gupta, who moderated Wednesday’s discussion. Fauci added that the children do not appear to be transmitting the virus to adults in school settings either, such as teachers or other administrators. He said that the risk to...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) — The Crocker Amazon playground was one of the busiest and most visited in the Excelsior neighborhood before San Francisco’s latest shutdown. Now, the swings are tied up with caution tape. Playgrounds across the city are virtually deserted – off-limits under the new stay-at-home order. But in District 11, which includes the Outer Mission, Ingleside, and Excelsior neighborhoods, that decision comes with especially damaging consequences, according to Supervisor Ahsha Safai. “We have the second highest concentration of Latino population, which has been disproportionately impacted, we have a lot of renters, a lot of families in overcrowded housing that don’t have access to a backyard,” said Safai. That prompted Safai to send a letter to Governor Gavin Newsom and the California Department of Public Health, asking him to reconsider the closure of playgrounds under his regional stay-at-home order. District 11 also has the largest population of...
    New York City schoolchildren returned to in-person classes Monday after a two-week period of virtual learning, while the Los Angeles Unified School District will close down all in-person tutoring and special services on Wednesday amid a growing coronavirus surge. The Los Angeles school district’s move to remote-only classes will affect about 4,000 students from kindergarten through 12th grade in the nation’s second-largest school district. It also dims prospects that the district will fully reopen before 2021. On Sunday, Los Angeles County reported over 10,500 COVID-19 infections, a record high. The New York City school district, the largest in the United States, welcomed elementary school students to in-person classes Monday after a two-week closure amid rising test positivity rates in the city. Middle school and high school, though, will remain remote through the holiday break. At a press conference Monday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced he’d...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — It’s getting tougher to find a test; we’re not talking COVID-19, but standardized tests for high schoolers. The desperation has parents driving hours to find an ACT site. CBS 2’s Steven Graves has more on the growing frustrations. Joanne Porto has been getting the frustrating run around. Three ACT sites slated for her son to take the test, all closed. “The first location was a local high school, and that cancelled,” she said. “And now, he’s rescheduled for something in Iowa City.” That’s a 3-hour drive from their home in Kildeer, Illinois. Will they take a chance and drive? “No, probably not. Wisconsin was pushing the envelope,” Porto said. Sheryl Myre also has been scrambling to find an ACT testing site for her daughter. “The only locations I could find were in Wisconsin. So we just kept waiting,” she said. Waiting as the deadline is getting close. The...
    LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. -- The activism of Jennifer Dale began when she watched her third grade daughter struggle with distance learning, kicking and screaming through her online classes.The mother of three initially sent emails to her local school officials with videos of the disastrous school days for her middle daughter, Lizzie, who has Down syndrome. Over time, she connected with other parents and joined several protests calling for school buildings to reopen.Now she helps organize events and has become a voice for what has become a statewide movement of parents calling for children to return to school in Oregon, one of only a handful of states that has required at least a partial closure of schools as long as local coronavirus infections remain above certain levels."This just isn't plausible anymore. It's not fair to the kids, who I am afraid aren't getting an adequate education," Dale said during an interview...