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    CONTRA COSTA COUNTY (BCN) – Mount Diablo Unified School District is asking for all families to fill out a survey by next Monday to help the district in its planning for how to reopen schools for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year. The survey asks families to choose between having their student continue with 100 percent distance learning or participating in a hybrid model where they would to come to the school two days a week in the afternoon for “in person” support. READ MORE: Tiger Woods Seriously Injured In Southern California Car Crash In both options, students would keep their currently assigned teachers for morning instruction via distance learning, but may see a different teacher in the afternoon, according to the district. Families should have received an individualized survey on Saturday, but if not, can access a general survey at https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/6198155/MDUSD-Final-Parent-Return-to-School-Survey. Families are asked to fill it out...
    The city of San Francisco is preparing to sue the school district and the school board over reopening plans.Mayor London Breed tells the Chronicle that distance learning isn't working for anyone.RELATED: East Bay school district organizes mass COVID-19 testing in bid to reopen"It's a shame it has come to this. The Board of Education and the school district have had more than 10 months to roll out a concrete plan to get these kids back in school. So far they have earned an F. Having a plan to make a plan doesn't cut it," said City Attorney Dennis Herrera.The lawsuit claims the school district is violating a state law that says districts must adopt a clear plan during the COVID pandemic to offer classroom-based instruction whenever possible - especially for those students suffering serious learning loss.Herrera told the Chronicle the district's plan is full of ambiguous, empty rhetoric. The Chronicle...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Frustrated as other Bay Area counties are unveiling plans aimed at restarting in-person instruction, San Francisco officials plan to announce plans Wednesday to sue the city’s school district administrators to force them to accelerate the reopening plans for San Francisco schools. City Attorney Dennis Herrera and Mayor London Breed have scheduled a 10 a.m. news conference to announce the lawsuit. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Herrera plans to sue the San Francisco Board of Education and the San Francisco Unified School District for violating a state law compelling districts to adopt a clear classroom reopening plan. California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly said Tuesday during his briefing on the pandemic that schools in Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties can now reopen. With the average daily case rate per 100,000 residents for all four counties now under 25...
    CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Public Schools should allow students back into classrooms in no more than 100 facilities and then gradually reopen others, an organization of school principals proposed Wednesday, saying most of them doubt the nation’s third-largest school district can safely handle a mass reopening. Troy LaRaviere, the president of the Chicago Principals and Administrators Association, said during a news conference that a survey revealed its members don’t believe there will be enough staff at schools to safely reopen, or enough safety supplies to guard against the spread of COVID-19. And, he said, the members haven’t received adequate guidance from the district on how to reopen the schools that have been closed since March. “We salute the district’s goals,” LaRaviere said in a statement. “However, their plans are not realistic or safe for most of our schools.” On Tuesday, the city scrapped plans for thousands of teachers to...
    The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) voted to defy Chicago Public Schools’ (CPS) reopening plans for teachers and staff due to coronavirus concerns, the union announced on Sunday.  The teachers union for the nation’s third-largest school district decided to allow all educators to conduct work remotely starting on Monday, the day that kindergarten through eighth grade staff was expected to return in person.  The CTU reported that 86 percent of its 25,000 members participated in the electronic vote on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Seventy-one percent of voting members decided to deny the district’s current plan to come back to in-person learning. “So what does this mean?” a CTU release read. “It means the overwhelming majority of you have chosen safety. CPS did everything possible to divide us by instilling fear through threats of retaliation, but you still chose unity, solidarity and to collectively act as one.” The Chicago Sun-Times labeled the...
    Chicago Teachers Union members voted to defy Chicago Public Schools’ reopening plans, refusing to return to classrooms until teachers are vaccinated, numerous sources reported. The school district, which is the nation’s third largest, was planning to welcome back roughly 70,000 students for part-time, in-person instruction on Feb. 1. However, the union opposed the plan, calling on its members to continue teaching from home despite the district’s reopening plan, the Associated Press reported. Breaking: Chicago Teachers Union members vote to defy Chicago Public Schools’ reopening plans and continue working from home tomorrow because of health and safety concerns, a source says. About 86% of CTU members voted, and 71% of those members approved the collective action — Nader Issa (@NaderDIssa) January 24, 2021 Roughly 10,000 K-8 teachers and other staffers would have returned to classrooms Monday to prepare for the school’s reopening for students, after nearly a year of online...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Illinois state lawmakers have approved legislation that could throw a wrench in Chicago Public Schools’ reopening plans, lifting limits on the Chicago Teachers Union’s bargaining rights, which could force the district to negotiate with the union over the phased return to in-person classes. On the same day in-person classes resumed for pre-kindergarten and some special education students at CPS, the Illinois Senate approved legislation to repeal a section of the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Act, which had restricted CTU’s bargaining rights. That part of the law allowed the district to avoid mandatory negotiations with CTU over issues such as layoffs, class sizes, staff assignments, class schedules, the length of the school day and year, outsourcing services, and use of technology to deliver educational programs. That provision of state law left it entirely up to the district whether or not to bargain with the union over those issues....
    CHICAGO — With a tentative reopening date in place, Chicago has given parents two weeks to respond to a survey on whether they’d consider sending their children back to school buildings.   This isn’t the first time parents have been asked to weigh in on in-person schooling, but in recent weeks, Chicago school officials have released more concrete plans and argued with increasing seriousness for a return to school.   To help families make a decision by Dec. 7, the district released a reopening guide that they say will continue to be updated, with information about scheduling and key dates in the phased reopening plan. You can find it here. Here’s what the district’s latest reopening plan can – and can’t – tell parents about the district’s plans for a return to school buildings this year:  The district is laying out several different plans and time frames for an eventual return, but...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore City Schools announced Tuesday they’re scaling back reopening plans amid a surge in coronavirus cases statewide. The district will now reopen 27 schools instead of the original 44 in light of the rising number of cases. CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE: TIMELINE: Coronavirus In Maryland, Tracking The Spread Latest coronavirus stories from WJZ Latest CDC Guidelines Those will reopen beginning November 16. The district said families may choose the in-person learning option or remain virtual. For the latest information on coronavirus go to the Maryland Health Department’s website or call 211. You can find all of WJZ’s coverage on coronavirus in Maryland here.
    SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — Officials with the San Jose Unified School District on Monday announced that students will have the option to return to schools for in-person learning starting in early January. A press release issued by the district said that district officials notified San Jose Unified parents and employees last week of its plan to offer in-person instruction beginning on January 5, 2021. The announcement noted that the return to in-person schooling would depend on Santa Clara County remaining in the orange or yellow tier on the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. The announcement comes after Santa Clara County’s move into the orange tier of the state’s COVID risk assessment system in mid-October. The county has started allowing indoor dining and indoor gatherings at reduced capacity in accordance with the county’s revised health order. “We are actively planning and preparing to welcome students back for in-person instruction...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore City is preparing to reopen about 25 of its schools next month. On November 9, they plan to open separate public day schools and specific pre-K and kindergarten programs. On November 16, they plan to open additional traditional and charter schools. During a virtual meeting Thursday, Baltimore City Schools officials walked parents, teachers and staff through its new safety measures and plans in case someone were to contract COVID-19. At the same time, an overwhelming number of teachers and advocates said they’re worried the district is moving too fast. “Our responsibility is to all students in the school district, and all families, and that includes those for whom virtual learning is not working,” Baltimore City Schools CEO Dr. Sonja Santelises said. CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE: TIMELINE: Coronavirus In Maryland, Tracking The Spread Latest coronavirus stories from WJZ Latest CDC Guidelines Dr. Santelises said the district will...
    CHICAGO — Two of Chicago’s largest charter school networks announced they are sticking with virtual learning for the second quarter based on family input, while Chicago Public Schools also remains in remote learning but has not announced its plans nor broadly consulted parents as a possible reopening deadline draws near. Chicago International Charter Schools and Acero, which each oversee more than a dozen campuses, said they surveyed parents and found a majority preferred to continue learning remotely. Meanwhile, Chicago Public Schools says a decision is coming soon but has not said when.  A month from the start of the second quarter on Nov. 9, district leaders have disclosed little about the ins and outs of their decision-making, the timing, or how they are engaging with the city’s powerful teachers union. Mayor Lori Lightfoot and schools chief Janice Jackson have said they are prioritizing the needs of children, not adults, and that...
    A Puget Sound area school district is planning on reopening its classrooms for onsite instruction before Halloween, according to a plan released Tuesday evening. First and second graders at Bellevue School District return to classes for in-person instruction starting on October 26, five days a week, the district announced. Kindergartners return to regular classes full-time at Bellevue on November 2. Bellevue fifth graders will attend in-person classes for a maximum of three days a week beginning on November 9. Under the plan, Bellevue students from the sixth through the 12th grades will be taught in-person once a week. Parents may still opt their children out of in-person classes for online learning courses, but the district stresses that upticks on COVID-19 infections could put its plans on hold at any time. The Bellevue School District is the largest in the region to be moving forward...
    PALO ALTO — In spite of a large group of unified parents and teachers who deeply oppose the Palo Alto school district’s coronavirus reopening plan, the school board unanimously decided late Tuesday night to begin a phased reopening process that would start Oct. 12. The swift board action comes just days after nearly 400 parents and teachers signed a letter urging the school board not to approve the district’s plan over significant concerns about safety and quality of education. Many dozens of district critics tuned into Tuesday’s deliberations and gave public comments condemning what they say is a plan that ignored teacher and parent input. But despite the mounting backlash among some parents and teachers, the district is now set to bring elementary school students back to campuses starting Oct 12, with two grade levels phased in every week through Nov. 9 and middle and high school students set to...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Broward School Board met Tuesday to discuss their reopening schedule. The meeting came after state Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran called on the district to reopen on October 5th. In a letter to the district, Corcoran said if they couldn’t reopen by October 5th, they would have to prove exemptions on a school by school basis by this Friday. A similar letter was sent to the Miami-Dade School district. Broward’s School Board has previously passed a plan to have a staggered return of students to classrooms. Pre-K, kindergarten, first grade, sixth grade, ninth grade students, and some with special needs would return October 14th. The rest would return Tuesday, October 20th. All other Florida school districts have already opened for face-to-face learning.
    After months of uncertainty, plans for reopening some schools in Los Angeles and Orange County are becoming more solidified.At 8 a.m. Monday, Los Angeles Unified Superintendent Austin Beutner is expected to provide an update to the school community about efforts to reopen campuses.LAUSD is working with some schools that want to reopen and help students with special needs. The district has received 59 applications for schools to reopen for those services, and the county has agreed to allow in-person learning for special needs students.RELATED: Elementary schools in watch list counties can seek waivers to reopen, California health officials sayEMBED More News Videos California public health leaders on Monday outlined guidelines for how some elementary schools across the state may return to in-person instruction. Beutner is also slated to discuss LAUSD's COVID-19 testing program and announce a new effort to provide free vaccinations for the seasonal flu.In Orange County, state guidelines...
    A school district in Westchester County has announcing reopening plans after a large number of students attended parties. Pelham Public School District Superintendent Dr. Cheryl H. Champ said in a letter to families and communities that she was made aware on Wednesday, Sept. 9 of the "parties in the woods for the last two evenings." She said "the number of students reported to have been at these gatherings potentially totals over 100 teens and video from these parties shows students engaging in risky behavior, failing to practice physical distancing, and not wearing masks or face coverings.  "Needless to say, this is extremely disappointing at any time, but for students to do so just days before our schools were set to reopen potentially puts our whole school community at risk. "These parties have the distinct potential of spreading COVID-19 among the students who attended, their siblings who may attend other schools in the...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City Teachers union officials demanded on Thursday that masks be worn at all times in schools.  New York State United Teachers (NYSUT), which represents over 600,000 educators, along with American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten are calling on the state to change the Department of Health’s reopening guidelines to make mask-wearing mandatory while indoors during the school day as some districts prepare to send their students back to buildings for in-person classes.  Exceptions to the rule would include during appropriate breaks or a medical condition.  “The governor has said — and we agree — that parents and educators must be confident in their school district’s reopening plan in order for this to work,” said NYSUT President Andy Pallotta in a statement.“As we hear of disparate mask procedures and other issues in reopening plans...
    Chicago Public Schools unveiled its “final reopening plan” Tuesday that provides details on the remote learning model the district announced earlier this month. The final plan provides details on expectations for remote teaching, instructional time by grade, emotional and social support for students, and plans to distribute computers to students in need. “As we prepare to start the unprecedented next school year, we have set clear expectations for students and staff to improve remote teaching and to ensure that our students are supported and that we are responsive to their needs,” said Dr. Janice K. Jackson, CPS President. According to the plan, the instructional time will vary by grade: Preschool to Kindergarten: 60 minutes of instruction and 90 minutes of “learning activities”. 3 – 5: 205 minutes of instruction, 155 minutes of “learning activities.” 6 – 8: 203 minutes of instruction, 130 minutes of “learning activities.”...
    K-12 school districts have begun announcing their fall 2020 reopening plans.RELATED: Colleges and universities have begun announcing fall 2020 reopening plansCHICAGOChicago Public SchoolsSee the district's Fall 2020 school reopening planVisit the district's websiteArchdiocese of ChicagoSee the district's Fall 2020 school reopening planVisit the district's websiteCOOK COUNTYAlsip-Hazelgreen-Oak Lawn School District 126See the district's Fall 2020 school reopening planVisit the district's websiteArbor Park School District 145See the district's Fall 2020 school reopening planVisit the district's websiteArgo Evergreen Park Reavis Oak Lawn Special Education CooperativeSee the district's Fall 2020 school reopening planVisit the district's websiteAtwood Heights School District 125See the district's Fall 2020 school reopening planVisit the district's websiteAvoca School District 37See the district's Fall 2020 school reopening planVisit the district's websiteBarrington Community Unit School District 220See the district's Fall 2020 school reopening planVisit the district's websiteBellwood School District 88See the district's Fall 2020 school reopening planVisit the district's websiteBerkeley School District 87See...
    Teachers who oppose schools reopening protest at the Hillsborough County Public Schools district office on August 6, 2020 in Tampa, Florida. This district is not mentioned in this story. Octavio Jones/Getty Images The J.O. Combs Unified School District in Arizona canceled plans to reopen on Monday, August 17, after widespread backlash from teaching staff. "Due to these insufficient staffing levels, schools will not be able to reopen on Monday as planned," Superintendent Gregory A. Wyman said in a Friday statement. Virtual classes will also be suspended until further notice, Wyman said. The district had voted to resume in-person classes last Monday. Following the vote, 109 out of 250 teachers had reported that they would be absent, the Arizona Republic reported. Many parents had called on the district to reopen for in-person classes, according to the Arizona Republic. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. An Arizona school district...
    BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts school districts must submit their plans for reopening schools amid the coronavirus pandemic to state education officials Friday. Districts are required to prepare plans for three different scenarios: in-person classes, remote learning, or a hybrid of the two options. A number of districts have already said they'd focus on online classes, or a mix of in-person and remote work, at least for the start of the academic year. Boston, the state's largest public school system, has ruled out in-person classes, at least for the fall. The district released its hybrid and fully remote learning plans last week, and said it will make a final decision on which plan will be implemented later. Worcester, the state's second largest city, announced it will start the year with online classes, at least through mid-November. Springfield, the state's third largest city, has confirmed it will take a similar approach and...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- As schools gear up to start another school year, many students, parents and community members are wondering what each school district has planned to keep children and teachers safe from the coronavirus.RELATED: Building a Better Bay Area: Back to SchoolABC7 reached out to school districts across the Bay Area through a survey to see what their plans are for the upcoming school year. Our interactive map shows which districts responded to the survey and what their answers are to each question.If you are a Bay Area education employee and your school did not receive this survey, it can be accessed by clicking here. We will update this page as we get more responses from school officials.App users: For a better experience, click here to view the graph in a new window.14 out of the 17 districts that took the survey responded saying masks will be mandatory...
    SOUTH SALT LAKE, Utah (AP) — Hundreds of teachers and parents have gathered in northern Utah to argue whether school district reopening plans intended to limit the spread of COVID-19 are too restrictive or not. There were two demonstrations Tuesday in Farmington and South Salt Lake. They held opposing views of each other in response to their respective school district's reopening plans, The Daily News reported. About 250 people gathered outside of the Davis School District building in Farmington to demand a return to normalcy. The district announced plans to implement a hybrid learning model where students will alternate between in-person and online classes. “They already are disadvantaged from learning like their peers and they need every opportunity that they can to meet with a teacher to have that individualized attention,” said Mary Ehrhard, mother of a special needs child. “And they certainly won’t get it with an online, three...
    Gov. Andrew Cuomo stressed Monday that New York parents need to feel “comfortable” with schools’ reopening plans as he deemed them the “ultimate decision makers” on the matter. New York’s 700 districts had to submit their back-to-school plans to Cuomo’s office last Friday, and the governor said he will “make a determination later this week” on the reopening from their coronavirus-induced shutdowns based on the state’s COVID-19 infection rate. But, Cuomo said during a Manhattan press briefing, “Just because a district puts out a plan doesn’t mean that if we reopen the school, parents are going to come or teachers are going to come … it’s not going to happen that way.” “They are not going to trust the school district,” Cuomo said, adding, “Just because the school district says, ‘You shouldn’t worry about your child’s public health,’ that’s not enough.” Cuomo explained that he’s been talking to parents who...
    Gov. Andrew Cuomo stressed Monday that New York parents need to feel “comfortable” with schools’ reopening plans as he deemed them the “ultimate decision makers” on the matter. New York’s 700 districts had to submit their back-to-school plans to Cuomo’s office last Friday, and the governor said he will “make a determination later this week” on the reopening from their coronavirus-induced shutdowns based on the state’s COVID-19 infection rate. But, Cuomo said during a Manhattan press briefing, “Just because a district puts out a plan doesn’t mean that if we reopen the school, parents are going to come or teachers are going to come … it’s not going to happen that way.” “They are not going to trust the school district,” Cuomo said, adding, “Just because the school district says, ‘You shouldn’t worry about your child’s public health,’ that’s not enough.” Cuomo explained that he’s been talking to parents who...
    CHICAGO — Chicago Public Schools parents have one week to decide how they want their kids to attend school this fall, but some parents and teachers say they don’t have enough information to make a choice. On Friday, CPS sent parents a survey asking if they intend to keep their kids at home for remote learning or enroll their kids in a hybrid program, which would have most students in classrooms for two days a week. The hybrid program also would have most students doing remote learning for two days, and three hours of real-time virtual instruction once a week. Under CPS’ plan, kindergarten through sophomore students will learn under the hybrid model; juniors and seniors would learn completely at home; preschoolers and those with special needs would be in class fulltime. Parents have until Friday to decide whether they want to keep their kids at home for...
    With the Aug. 18 start of the school year fast approaching, parents and students face uncertainty over how online instruction will be conducted as the Los Angeles teachers union and district officials haggle over distance learning rules and schedules. The union, United Teachers Los Angeles, has announced that it opposes a proposal under which teachers would have to instruct students remotely from their empty classrooms while working an 8:30 a.m.-to-3 p.m. schedule that would closely mirror a traditional school day. Union leaders say forcing teachers to return to campus — even without students — would pose unnecessary health risks and would not provide the best approach to helping students learn. “The district’s attempt to force staff back to school sites is out of step with the raging pandemic around us,” UTLA bargaining team co-chair Arlene Inouye said in a statement. “We urge the district to turn away from...
    Beacon proposal calls for ‘hybrid’ schedule Public school students in Beacon could have the option in September to begin the school year in person, rather than in front of a screen, under a plan the district has prepared to submit to the state. Every district in New York must submit a reopening plan to Gov. Andrew Cuomo by Friday (July 31). During the first week of August, Cuomo said the state will determine on a region-by-region basis if schools can proceed with their plans.  The governor on July 13 said that each region’s schools can reopen if it has reached the fourth and final phase of the state’s reopening plan — as of July 20, all nine regions had reached that milestone — and if its daily COVID-19 infection rate remains at 5 percent or lower using a 14-day average. Schools will be forced to close if the regional infection...
    The Houston Independent School District (HISD), the largest in the state of Texas, plans to start the fall semester virtually on September 8. The district plans to phase in in-person schooling after six weeks, though that goal may change. Parents can also disregard in-person start dates and keep their children home all semester or all year.  One student group worried about school safety wants to weigh in. The Houston Independent School District Student Congress (HISD StuCo), a 70-member group of students from across the district, believes HISD ought to make the entire fall semester virtual and concentrate on building out a substantial online education experience for students.  "We took kids out of school in March when in Houston there were 30 cases. But now we're thinking about taking kids back to school in October when who knows how many cases there could be. So, what changed between now and then?...
    GLENSHAW, Pa. (KDKA) — Shaler Area School District has released a tentative reopening plan for the upcoming fall semester. The district’s superintendent, Sean C. Aiken, addressed the plan in a letter to parents and students on the district’s website. He says the district’s Back-to-School Task Force has developed three possible models in the last five weeks. The Traditional Model would allow for students to attend school Monday through Friday with normal hours unless otherwise directed by government officials. The Hybrid Model would split the student body into two groups, Cohort A and Cohort B, with Cohort A attending class in-person Monday and Tuesday and Cohort B attending class in-person Thursday and Friday. When those students are not learning in-person during the week, they would be learning remotely. The Virtual Model would focus on remote learning, offered in the case that schools are forced to shut down in-person...
    BOSTON (CBS) – Boston school bus drivers are demanding answers as the district starts planning a potential return to class in the fall. So far, they say their voices are not being heard. “The first meeting we had with them was a Zoom meeting on Tuesday,” said the president of the Boston School Bus Drivers Union, Andre Francois. “Everybody’s uncertain, nobody’s telling us anything.” USW Local 8751 represents more than 1,000 drivers and bus monitors. Their contractor is transport operator Transdev, an agent of Boston Public Schools. Francois says both the company and the district are ignoring their concerns. Four of its drivers have died after contracting COVID-19 and many of its drivers worked during the height of the emergency, delivering food to students. Andre Francois, president of the Boston School Bus Drivers Union (WBZ-TV) “Hand-washing, the wearing of gloves, the masks, social distancing, we were the...
    COSTA MESA (CBSLA) — The Orange County Board of Education stirred up controversy after they recommended schools reopen with students returning to campus without safety precautions. In response, the county’s individual districts have begun to announce their own plans for the upcoming school year. “It really doesn’t affect us at all. The Orange County Board does not dictate what we do as a district,” said Newport Mesa Unified School District’s Karen Yelsey. Newport Mesa Unified is announcing its plan for classroom learning for Kindergarten through sixth grade, but students do have other options when school starts in 40 days. “One is going back 100 percent. Number two is going back everyday but for a shorter period within the classroom with the teacher, the other would be outside with other people. And the third option would be if we had to go with distanced learning 100%,” Yelsey said. NMUSD families that...
    As school districts across the country decide how and when they can bring students back to campus safely, a major sticking point is emerging: the money to make it happen. Keeping public schools for 50 million students and more than 7 million staff safe from the coronavirus could require more teachers and substitutes, nurses and custodians. School districts will need to find more buses to allow for more space between children and buy more computers for distance learning. They’ll need to buy sanitizer, masks and other protective equipment. Some are putting up plastic dividers in offices and classrooms. While public health concerns are getting most of the attention, especially with the nation’s infections and hospitalizations rising, costs have become a major consideration. Many districts are hoping Congress will step in.More on the Pandemic: – Virus cases rise in U.S. states amid new world restrictions – The Latest: Rose Parade...
    LOGAN, Utah (AP) — An elementary school principal in Utah is recovering from COVID-19 as the school's district is preparing to reopen for fall classes, officials said. Nibley Elementary Principal Kelly Rindlisbacher is doing well and that the district does not believe he was exposed at the school, Cache County School District spokesperson Tim Smith told The Herald Journal. The district did not release further information. Rindlisbacher did not respond to the Herald Journal's request for comment Monday. The Cache County School District's reopening plan came after Republican Gov. Gary Herbert ordered all students and teachers to wear masks. The district is preparing its plans for reopening and a school-board vote is planned for July 21. “We are hopeful, as the governor is, that as a state that we can get those numbers to go the other direction into a more manageable realm,” Smith said. For most people, the coronavirus...
    By GEOFF MULVIHILL, Associated Press As school districts across the country decide how and when they can bring students back to campus safely, a major sticking point is emerging: the money to make it happen. Keeping public schools for 50 million students and more than 7 million staff safe from the coronavirus could require more teachers and substitutes, nurses and custodians. School districts will need to find more buses to allow for more space between children and buy more computers for distance learning. They’ll need to buy sanitizer, masks and other protective equipment. Some are putting up plastic dividers in offices and classrooms. While public health concerns are getting most of the attention, especially with the nation’s infections and hospitalizations rising, costs have become a major consideration. Many districts are hoping Congress will step in. The Council of Chief State School Officers says safely reopening public schools could cost between...
    PHOTO VIA ADOBE IMAGESPinellas County Schools released its proposed reopening plan for the upcoming school year, requiring masks and offering parents the option to decide just how virtual their child’s school year will be. The reopening plan, posted as a 37-page document to the district website Thursday, details several changes made and protocols to be used by the district going forward, including a mask requirement for all students and staff.  However, parents can opt out of traditional classroom learning for one of the two alternatives: MyPCS Online or Pinellas Virtual School.  The reopening plan came after 43,000 Pinellas County families, students and staff completed a return-to-school survey, which helped inform the district in making the plan.  “After taking all the medical data and stakeholder input into account, the district has put a plan in place that provides learning options to all students’ and families’ needs, while keeping the health and...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The School District of Philadelphia hopes to get children back to class in the fall as President Donald Trump has called for, but the superintendent says he’ll rely on advice from health experts. The school district is expected to release more on its plans next week. The Philadelphia School District is still strategizing ways of getting hundreds of thousands of students back to school safely in the fall. “We’re working with the health commissioner of the city,” Superintendent Dr. William Hite said, “and also we have a medical doctor on staff that is directing that effort as well. Families want children back in school, but we have a responsibility to ensure that children, staff members, and all else who work in their schools are safe. So, safety and science will guide our decisions.” Hite says the district will be unveiling final reopening plans next week following CDC...
    Photo via ADOBE As the new school year slowly approaches, Hillsborough County Public Schools released plans for welcoming students in the upcoming 2020-2021 academic year—including not requiring masks for students. Tuesday morning, District Superintendent Addison Davis presented three different potential reopening models for schools, each model being based on potential risk of further coronavirus spreading. Model A represents a low risk and a traditional reopening, Model B represents a moderate risk and a hybrid-rotation of virtual and in-person classes and Model C represents a full virtual learning plan. Each model makes Hillsborough Virtual School available to all students and e-Learning accessible from the school. School gatherings like assemblies and pep rallies, however, will be limited across all proposed plans.  Although masks will be strongly encouraged, students will not be required to wear them unless a state or local order goes into effect. Face coverings will be provided to students riding...
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