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    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Gov. Larry Hogan required all Maryland school districts to return to some form of in-person and/or hybrid learning by March 1. Here’s a county-by-county breakdown of the school districts’ decisions: READ MORE: Grey Seal Pup Eloise Rescued, Rehabilitating At National Aquarium In Baltimore Allegany County Public Schools: ACPS brought some students back on Feb. 8. However like many other districts around Maryland, they will bring back their youngest learners on March 1. Here’s the latest plan: March 1, 2021: Students in grades Pre-K, kindergarten, and Grade 1, those students failing or failing to engage in virtual learning, and identified students with special needs will return to buildings March 8, 2021: Students in Grades 2-5, 6, 9, and 12 will return to buildings March 15, 2021: Students in Grades 7, 8, 10, 11 will return to buildings Anne Arundel County Public Schools: Anne Arundel County Public...
    A Los Angeles teachers union warns California's school reopening plan is "a recipe for propagating structural racism." United Teachers of Los Angeles lashed out on Monday at the effort by Gov. Gavin Newsom's administration to incentivize schools to reopen their doors with studies showing a low COVID-19 transmission risk in reopening schools, particularly for lower grades, and others showing the adverse consequences students face via virtual learning. "If you condition funding on the reopening of schools, that money will only go to white and wealthier and healthier school communities that do not have the transmission rates that low-income Black and Brown communities do," UTLA president Cecily Myart-Cruz said. "This is a recipe for propagating structural racism and it is deeply unfair to the students we serve." RIVAL GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE CLAIMS GAVIN NEWSOM 'CRAFTED AN EDUCATION EQUALITY GAP' Newsom's administration revealed its plan to restart in-person instruction on Monday, offering...
    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. READ MORE: Royals Week: Recent San Francisco Bay Area Visits – A Combination Of Pomp And Protest Newsom Hammers Out Back To School Deal With State Lawmakers SACRAMENTO — As high school students in Marin County return to classrooms on Monday, Gov. Gavin Newsom has hammered out a deal with state lawmakers to get most public school children statewide back in classrooms by the end of March. Marin County, which moved into the Red Tier last week, has become among the fastest moving school systems in the state in getting students back into the classroom. Newsom wants other districts across...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Leadership for the union representing teachers of the Los Angeles Unified School District are opposing the latest plan for reopening schools announced by Gov. Gavin Newsom Monday.United Teachers Los Angeles says for teachers to return to the classroom, they're demands remain the same: L.A. County must move out of the state's purple tier, returning staff must be vaccinated or have access to vaccines and proper coronavirus safety measures must be in place on campus.UTLA President Cecily Myart-Cruz said in a written statement that unless those demands are met, they will "not accept an arbitrary return to school date."California Gov. Gavin Newsom and state legislative leaders have reached an agreement aimed at getting most public school children back in classrooms by the end of March. Under the deal announced Monday, school districts could tap into $2 billion in new funding if they reopen classrooms by March 31.RELATED:...
    The Senate confirmed Miguel Cardona to serve as the secretary of education Monday. President Joe Biden nominated Cardona amid a nationwide dilemma facing schools, many of which are in limbo between virtual learning and in-person instruction after the COVID-19 pandemic pushed classrooms into closing last year.  The Senate voted 64-33 to confirm Cardona. The Senate has voted 64-33 to CONFIRM Dr. Miguel Cardona as President Biden’s Secretary of Education. — Geoff Bennett (@GeoffRBennett) March 1, 2021 Cardona was previously Connecticut’s education commissioner and garnered bipartisan support during his confirmation hearing largely due to his efforts in reopening most of Connecticut’s schools, The New York Times reported. (RELATED: Biden Education Secretary Pick Says Schools Have Responsibility To Let Biological Males In Girls Sports If They Are Trans) Cardona has been a strong advocate of reopening schools and has argued that virtual learning causes children to fall behind on classwork. He...
    Reuters March 1, 2021 0 Comments California’s governor said on Monday he and Democratic lawmakers had reached a deal to fund the reopening of schools for the state’s youngest students, up to second grade, as the number of new COVID-19 cases drop to their lowest this year. A Reuters tally shows that COVID-19 infections are decreasing in the United States, with 68,240 new infections reported on average each day, or 27 percent of the peak daily average reported on Jan. 7. The United States has recorded 28,681,793 infections and 513,721 coronavirus-related deaths since the pandemic began. California’s $6.6 billion budget package marks the latest effort by a U.S. state to get schoolchildren back in class after nearly a year confined to home learning by political leaders in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. “You can’t reopen your economy unless you get your schools reopened for in-person instruction,” Governor Gavin...
    By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California's governor said on Monday he and Democratic lawmakers had reached a deal to fund the reopening of schools for the state's youngest students, up to second grade, as the number of new COVID-19 cases drop to their lowest this year. A Reuters tally shows that COVID-19 infections are decreasing in the United States, with 68,240 new infections reported on average each day, or 27 percent of the peak daily average reported on Jan. 7. The United States has recorded 28,681,793 infections and 513,721 coronavirus-related deaths since the pandemic began. California's $6.6 billion budget package marks the latest effort by a U.S. state to get schoolchildren back in class after nearly a year confined to home learning by political leaders in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. "You can't reopen your economy unless you get your schools reopened for in-person instruction," Governor Gavin...
    Republican legislation that requires North Carolina public schools to offer in-person learning was vetoed Friday by Gov. Roy Cooper. Senate Bill 37 mandates all public K-12 schools to resume in-person learning for students with special needs without social distancing and all other K-12 classrooms to operate based on school districts' discretion. Cooper, however, said putting middle-school and high-school students back in the classrooms without social distancing goes against public health guidance. The governor had told lawmakers he was willing to sign a bill that reopened schools but one that followed public health guidance. "As written, the bill threatens public health just as North Carolina strives to emerge from the pandemic," Cooper said in a statement Friday. "Therefore, I veto the bill." The North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE), the state's largest education advocacy organization for public school employees, also opposed the measure, calling it "the opposite of a safe...
    SACRAMENTO —  Gov. Gavin Newsom and Democratic legislative leaders will announce an agreement Monday to give school districts $2 billion to open schools for students in transitional kindergarten through second grade by April 1, focusing on California’s youngest children after almost a year of distance learning. The negotiations wrapped up over the weekend, according to sources close to both the governor and the Legislature who confirmed its basic components. The plan, sources said, provides financial incentives to school districts that offer in-person instruction in counties with less than 25 new daily confirmed cases of COVID-19 per 100,00 residents, a threshold almost all California counties currently meet as the winter’s rapid spread of the virus had slowed. School districts seeking funds from counties in the state’s red tier, with seven or fewer cases per 100,000 residents, would be required to extend classroom learning to all elementary school students and...
    Nearly a year after Bay Area schools shuttered in response to the escalating COVID-19 pandemic, San Jose’s largest school district has set a target date of April 21 to reopen its schools for all grade levels. The target date is contingent on the county moving into the orange tier of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s reopening framework and on school staff getting fully vaccinated, according to a district newsletter released Friday evening. Starting Sunday, educators across Santa Clara County are eligible to begin booking appointments to recieve their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine. “We made a commitment to our community that we would offer in-person learning when the county was in the orange tier or when our teachers had the opportunity to complete the vaccine process,” Superintendent Nancy Albarrán said in a statement late Friday. “We also committed to provide as much advance notice as possible so our families and employees...
    REDONDO BEACH, Calif. (KABC) -- A 9-year-old Redondo Beach girl cried for joy when her mother told her she would finally be returning to school, in heartwarming video captured by her family.Most schools throughout Southern California have been closed for nearly a year now because of the coronavirus pandemic. Many of them are finally beginning to reopen as the region's new daily case counts and hospitalizations decline enough to meet state thresholds for reopening schools.Last week, 9-year-old Clara's mother and father asked her to sit down for a surprise.The fourth grader sat and read the signs her mother held up one-by-one, reminding her she's been out of school for 358 days after in-person classes were canceled on March 13, 2020.Her mom, Tarine, holds up the final sign: "You are going back to school."RELATED: LA County prepared to offer vaccine to teachersEMBED More News Videos Los Angeles County is ready to...
    Crescenciano Mendoza has watched with growing anxiety as his 6th grade daughter Angeles struggles to understand her teacher through a computer video at their San Jose home — the mode of teaching for most students in the state’s biggest cities since the pandemic closed classrooms almost a year ago. While other public schools — mostly in the suburbs — have at least partly reopened, his daughter’s campus in San Jose’s Franklin-McKinley School District remains in remote “distance learning,” widely acknowledged as inferior to in-person instruction. On Thursday, Crescenciano joined another San Jose public school parents, doctors from a community health clinic and Mayor Sam Liccardo in urging schools to find a way to reopen more quickly. While many parents in urban districts where infection rates have been high remain leery about sending their kids back to school, as distance learning drags on and they watch their kids fall behind, more...
    JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel aims to reopen its economy by April 5 after having vaccinated all its eligible population and is in talks with vaccine makers Pfizer and Moderna to open facilities in the country, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday. Israel has been importing Pfizer-BioNTech PFE.N, BNTX.O and Moderna Inc MRNA.O vaccines. It has administered at least one Pfizer dose to almost 50% of its 9 million population so far in one of the world's swiftest campaigns. (Graphic: https://tmsnrt.rs/34pvUyi) On Sunday, Israel reopened many businesses, including street shops and malls though with some leisure facilities being open only to people immunised by vaccine or by having recovered from COVID-19. Many school children have returned to class but middle-school pupils are still home-learning, while restaurants are allowed to provide take-out and deliveries only. Speaking to reporters in Tel Aviv, Netanyahu said all eligible Israelis, 16 years of age and...
    CHILDREN will face an “incredibly low risk” from Covid when they return to school on March 8, Gavin Williams reassured parents tonight. The Education Secretary confirmed rules including mask wearing in classrooms and staggered starts and finishes to the day will be put in place. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates... 3Education Secretary Gavin WilliamsonCredit: PA:Press Association Speaking at a No 10 press conference he insisted "everything is strongly in favour of children going to school". He said: "The scientific advice does support a full return for schools on the 8th of March. "The risk to children is incredibly low from going to school and from catching Covid. "We are supporting this return with a robust testing regime that will be critical in breaking the chains of Covid infection. "We’re now advising face coverings should be worn in secondary school classrooms as well as in further...
    Los Angeles schools Supt. Austin Beutner on Tuesday presented a plan to the school board for reopening campuses that includes the full period needed for employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19, delaying the return of elementary students to early April at best. School officials repeatedly targeted April 9 for a campus reopening date, but Beutner described the date as an estimate, saying that the crucial issue is access to vaccines for the 25,000 employees needed for the operation of elementary schools serving 250,000 students in the nation’s second-largest school system. He discussed no timetable for the return of students in middle and high schools. Beutner said that with sufficient doses, the district and its partners could provide inoculations for 10,000 people a day starting next week. “In one week we can vaccinate everybody we need to open elementary schools, and we can meet April 9,” the schools chief told...
    Los Angeles schools will resume some services next week for a small percentage of students with special needs, Supt. Austin Beutner announced Monday. The state’s largest school system had been among the last in the region to maintain a hard shutdown that halted all in-person services in early December. The district’s move will partially address a growing outcry among many families to reopen campuses as much as possible. “In anticipation of a more complete reopening of schools in April, we will begin next week to offer child care, one-on-one and small group instruction, services for students with special needs and a return to athletic conditioning,” Beutner said in remarks broadcast Monday morning. “Your school principal will have more information on this during the course of the week.” For about two months in the fall, L.A. Unified had offered many of these services, but shut them down when a devastating COVID-19...
    Some students in Los Angeles County, including the Newhall School District, are returning to the classroom Monday for the first time in months.Transitional kindergarten and kindergarten students are returning to Newhall Elementary School in the Santa Clarita Valley, with first and second graders heading back to campus on Wednesday. On March 3, third through sixth graders will be allowed back at school.L.A. County reached the state's COVID-19 case threshold last Monday, freeing schools to reopen if they follow safety rules.In the Newhall School District, desks are physically distanced; parents must pre-screen their students for COVID-19 symptoms using the Square app; students and staff are required to wear masks; students are asked to bring refillable water bottles; the district created different entrance and exit plans; only two students are allowed in restrooms at one time; rooms will be cleaned between sessionsNot all school districts have embraced that option, including the Los...
    Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday said the state will begin setting aside 10% of its vaccines for teachers and school staff starting next month in a bid to speed reopening of schools closed since last March by the coronavirus pandemic. Newsom said 35 counties — many of them in the Bay Area — already have begun vaccinating teachers, and “we want to operationalize that for all 58 counties in the state.” “We are setting aside 10% all doses — 7,500 doses every week — that will be set aside for those educators and child care workers,” Newsom said at a news conference at a new mobile vaccine clinic in Hayward. “There’s momentum on reopening schools, and I want to continue that momentum. That’s why we’re setting aside 10% of the vaccines to do precisely that. That is a significant set aside. We think that will substantially address concerns.” The announcement...
    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...
    Republicans have attacked the White House over its school reopening policy, claiming the administration is listening more to the teachers unions than science. 'It's clear the Biden Administration's policy is "follow the teachers unions"—not "follow the science,"' wrote Republican Rep. Steve Scalise, a member of House GOP leadership, on twitter. Teacher unions want vaccinations for educators before classes resume in person while the administration said that is a 'priority' and not a requirement. Scalise was one of the Republican House members who introduced the Reopen Schools Act last month. Florida's Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis also attacked Democrats for 'putting politics and special interests ahead of what the evidence and observed experience says.' He also claimed the administration was listening to the teachers' unions instead of the science, saying the White House is 'putting politics ahead of what’s right for kids.'  White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain took to Twitter to...
    The San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) Wednesday, showed off one of the city’s elementary schools that is now ready to reopen, but the Board of Education has yet to say when kids will actually be back in the classroom. "The challenges and complexities of reopening our public schools during the pandemic, cannot be overstated and definitely are not unique to San Francisco Unified," Superintendent Vincent Matthews said during a Wednesday press conference. San Francisco school officials announced earlier this week that they had reached a tentative agreement with the city’s teacher unions on how to safely reopen schools, which the board is expected to ratify next week. But no reopening date has been mentioned. "We have every expectation that this agreement will be ratified by the Board, and district staff are preparing accordingly," SFUSD spokesperson, Laura Dudnick told Fox News. "The district continues to meet with unions over other impacts of in-person learning." ...
    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...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — There are calls to reopen schools and resume classroom instruction from the president on down. But some local school districts have been reluctant during the coronavirus pandemic. Pittsburgh Public Schools has delayed reopening until April, and now KDKA investigator Andy Sheehan has learned that may be delayed even longer. RELATED: Allegiant To Add Nonstop Flights Between Pittsburgh And Key West President Joe Biden wants schools to reopen, especially elementary schools. Dr. Anthony Fauci told the CBS This Morning it can be done safely even if the teachers aren’t fully vaccinated. But the Pittsburgh Public Schools board, which has already delayed reopening the classrooms until April, will now consider keeping buildings closed for the rest of the school year. The Pittsburgh Public School Board President tells me the board will discuss keep buildings closed to students for the rest of the school year. Story at 6. @KDKA pic.twitter.com/87gpkTcHpM...
    The Montgomery County teachers union has expressed concern over the reopening plan approved by board of education officials in Maryland’s largest school district, calling it “inadequate.” During an emergency meeting Wednesday, the Montgomery County Education Association overwhelmingly passed a lack of confidence vote and detailed concerns for the safety of teachers and students amid the ongoing pandemic. Concerns raised include a lack of people and a need for more space in order to make the school system’s reopening plan possible without negatively impacting students in low income or predominantly Black and brown communities. “MCEA cannot support the current plan, which will only increase inequity in Montgomery County schools,” union officials said. The union’s demands include a plan that aligns with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines when it comes to the physical reopening of school buildings, a contact tracing and testing program, and an opportunity for employees to be...
    BERKELEY — Berkeley will vaccinate all of the city’s public school educators starting next week, with a plan to have students return to the classroom late next month, the school district announced Wednesday. Berkeley teachers and classified staff that work in grades preschool to second grade will be able to sign up for vaccines beginning next Monday, Feb. 22. The rest of elementary school staff will be able to register beginning March 1, and secondary school educators can start making appointments March 8. This means that students could return to school for a hybrid in-person learning model as soon as March 29 for preschool, transitional kindergarten and kindergarten through second grades, the district said in its Wednesday announcement. On April 12, grades three through eight will be able to return, as well as the U9 program at Berkeley High; the Berkeley Technology Academy/ Berkeley Independent Study. High school grades 10-12 would return...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, said during a Wednesday interview with CBS that vaccinating every teacher before reopening schools is a “nonworkable situation.” Fauci, the Biden administration’s chief medical advisor on COVID-19, told CBS This Morning that while teachers should be a priority for vaccinations, he did not recommend that schools make teacher vaccinations a prerequisite for a return to in-person instruction, and referred to recently released Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. Tony Dokoupil, co-host of the show, asked Fauci to explain the White House’s plan about returning younger children to classrooms by the spring. Fauci said that while the final decision is up to Biden, he believes the plan is to adhere to the CDC’s guidelines on school reopenings. Dokoupil then asked how he would respond to teachers who are worried about returning to classrooms without having been vaccinated. “I think if...
    At the Santa Clara County Office of Education Board meeting on Feb. 3, Superintendent of Schools Mary Ann Dewan told the board and community: “Under the California Department of Health’s new guidelines issued Jan. 14, 2021, elementary schools serving grades K-6 could begin reopening once the adjusted case rate of COVID-19 falls below 25 per 100,000. Last week SCC met that threshold and schools that serve K-6 students may open if they meet the public health requirements and submitted a COVID safety plan.” There is no doubt that a huge casualty in the war against COVID has been the relegation of children to a year or longer of distance learning. Our children and their parents deserve better. Distance teaching for elementary students must stop now, and elementary schools must be the first to re-open their doors no later than March 15. CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky told White House reporters...
    For MPR, Elizabeth Shockman and Mark Zdechlik write: “Gov. Tim Walz will announce new guidance on reopening Minnesota’s secondary schools for in-person learning on Wednesday. The updated rules come days after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released COVID-19 protocols for schools, and nearly two months after Walz put out an amended road map to get the state’s youngest learners back to in-person classes. … Under current state guidance, middle and high school leaders must consult with local public health officials on county case rates of COVID-19 before choosing an in-person, distance or hybrid learning scenario for their students.” In the Pioneer Press, Bill Salisbury writes: “Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz last month called for the state to spend $150 million to rebuild areas of St. Paul and Minneapolis that were damaged or destroyed in the civil unrest sparked by the death of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custody in May. A...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- As COVID-19 cases decline and hospitals improve their available capacity, Los Angeles County has hit a state milestone for allowing elementary schools to reopen, county Supervisor Janice Hahn said Monday.However, that doesn't necessarily mean schools will immediately open their doors, after shifting to remote learning for nearly a year.Some districts, such as Los Angeles Unified, have said they don't think they should reopen until teachers and staff are vaccinated."Making schools a priority also means vaccinations for all who work in schools," said LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner. "California's providing vaccinations for cannabis delivery drivers, but not school bus drivers and teachers. How does that make sense?"It's not clear when certain schools will reopen, but in Los Angeles County, teachers under age 65 aren't yet eligible to receive the vaccine. Some teachers unions have also urged caution and more safety measures.RELATED: Beutner says handling of COVID is example...
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    Republicans on Monday continued to press President Biden to use his influence to help reopen schools, pointing out that government scientists say virtually all schools can reopen safety — even in hard-hit areas if COVID-19 tests are used. “The CDC says it’s safe to open schools. So why does the ‘party of science’ want to keep schools closed?” tweeted Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio). “The science is unequivocally clear: Schools are safe to reopen. But instead of following the science, the Biden administration is caving to teachers’ unions. This is irresponsible & unacceptable,” wrote Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC). Mace added: “Nearly a million working moms quit their jobs due to school closures, dialing the clock back by decades on women’s workplace progress.” She is pushing for new tax credits. In a President’s Day jab at Biden, the Republican National Committee said, “The growing scientific consensus says that children should return...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Some parents are voicing opposition to the Philadelphia School District’s COVID-19 reopening plans. The group Parents United for Public Education held a virtual meeting on Monday. They called for an independently vetted plan to make sure the school buildings are safe. Young students are scheduled to begin returning to in-person learning next Monday. Earlier this month, the National Teachers’ Union officials expressed their belief that the Philadelphia School District has not done enough to implement proper safety measures in school buildings.
    More On: Coronavirus COVID-19 study revives heavily disputed vitamin-D theory Families of nursing home victims demand probe of ‘killer’ Cuomo Outrage after NJ school official shames parent for sledding without masks Symptomatic cases drop 94% with Pfizer vaccine, study shows Republicans on Monday continued to press President Biden to use his influence to help reopen schools, pointing out that government scientists say virtually all schools can reopen safety — even in hard-hit areas if COVID-19 tests are used. “The CDC says it’s safe to open schools. So why does the ‘party of science’ want to keep schools closed?” tweeted Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio). “The science is unequivocally clear: Schools are safe to reopen. But instead of following the science, the Biden administration is caving to teachers’ unions. This is irresponsible & unacceptable,” wrote Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC). Mace added: “Nearly a million working moms quit their jobs due to...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- The union representing more than 35,000 Los Angeles teachers is pushing back against the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's long-awaited roadmap for getting students back to classrooms in the middle of a pandemic.The nation's top public health agency said Friday that in-person schooling can resume safely with masks, social distancing and other strategies, and vaccination of teachers, while important, is not a prerequisite for reopening. But the agency's guidance is just that - it cannot force schools to reopen, and CDC officials were careful to say they are not calling for a mandate that all U.S. schools be reopened.The new guidance includes many of the same measures previously backed by the CDC, but it suggests them more forcefully. It emphasizes that all of the recommendations must be implemented strictly and consistently to keep school safe. It also provides more detailed suggestions about what type of...
            by Mary Margaret Olohan  President Joe Biden’s new target for reopening schools is behind where United States schools already are in returning to in-person learning, data shows. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Tuesday that Biden’s school reopening plan calls for “most” schools to have in-person learning “at least” one day a week by the new president’s 100th day in office. Psaki also told reporters that Biden’s plan “is for all schools to reopen, to stay open, to be open five days a week, for kids to be learning.” “That’s what our focus is on,” Psaki said. “This is simply a goal for 100 days.” The digital school data collecting platform Burbio found that 66% of K-12 students are already attending in-person classes five days a week or attending classes one day a week or more, Fox News reported. According to Burbio, 40.6% of K-12 students are attending in...
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new and lengthy guidance Friday for how to safely reopen schools for in-person learning – the first issued under the Biden administration and one school leaders across the country have been long awaiting as they grapple over what's become the most contentious political debate of the coronavirus pandemic.[ MORE: Measuring the Impact of the Coronavirus on Teachers, Students and Schools ]"I recognize that the decision on when and how to begin in person learning is one that must be based on a thorough review of what the science tells us works and an understanding of the lived experiences, challenges and perspectives of teachers, school staff, parents and students," CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said in unveiling the new, non-binding guidance. "I know that teachers, parents and state and local leaders have been stretched thin trying to navigate this pandemic. Instead of asking them to piece...
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released guidelines for reopening schools on Friday. “The decision to go back to in-person instruction is not one that any of us take lightly,” said CDC Director Rochelle Walensky in a press conference announcing the recommendation. The guidelines separate schools into four color-coded zones: blue, yellow, orange, and red. Schools in blue zones are in areas of low community transmission of the coronavirus, while schools in yellow zones are ones in areas of moderate transmission of the coronavirus. The CDC recommends that schools in those zones reopen for full in-person learning and should practice social distancing as much as possible. Schools are in the orange zone if they are in areas of substantial transmission. The CDC recommends those schools to adopt a hybrid of in-person and online learning, and they also must enforce social distancing. Red zones are areas with high community transmission....
    WASHINGTON -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week is set to release highly anticipated new guidance for getting children physically back to school during the coronavirus pandemic.The Biden administration is pushing to reopen schools, an issue some view as being tied to the reopening of the economy and a return to normal life in America.An administration official told CNN the CDC's five key strategies to reopening schools include hand washing, masking, social distancing, cleaning and ventilation, as well as contact tracing, isolation and quarantine.The guidance will not suggest requiring staffers to be vaccinated, instead describing vaccination as another strategy to "layer," since many schools were able to safely reopen before vaccines were available, the official noted.The guidelines will also note that screening -- testing people to catch asymptomatic cases or people who are infected but have not yet become ill -- can improve detection of cases.But some...
    President Joe Biden’s new target for reopening schools is behind where United States schools already are in returning to in-person learning, data shows. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Tuesday that Biden’s school reopening plan calls for “most” schools to have in-person learning “at least” one day a week by the new president’s 100th day in office. Psaki also told reporters that Biden’s plan “is for all schools to reopen, to stay open, to be open five days a week, for kids to be learning.” “That’s what our focus is on,” Psaki said. “This is simply a goal for 100 days.” (RELATED: San Francisco To Sue Its Own School District Over Lack Of Clear Reopening Plan To Force It To Open Classrooms The digital school data collecting platform Burbio found that 66% of K-12 students are already attending in-person classes five days a week or attending classes one day...
    (CNN) — The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week is set to release highly anticipated new guidance for getting children physically back to school during the coronavirus pandemic. The Biden administration is pushing to reopen schools, an issue some view as being tied to the reopening of the economy and a return to normal life in America. RELATED: Miami Proud: Turning Tragedy Into Action, Monica Burguera Foundation Promotes Boating Safety An administration official told CNN the CDC’s five key strategies to reopening schools include hand washing, masking, social distancing, cleaning and ventilation, as well as contact tracing, isolation and quarantine. The guidance will not suggest requiring staffers to be vaccinated, instead describing vaccination as another strategy to “layer,” since many schools were able to safely reopen before vaccines were available, the official noted. The guidelines will also note that screening — testing people to catch asymptomatic cases...
    (CNN)The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week is set to release highly anticipated new guidance for getting children physically back to school during the coronavirus pandemic.The Biden administration is pushing to reopen schools, an issue some view as being tied to the reopening of the economy and a return to normal life in America. An administration official told CNN the CDC's five key strategies to reopening schools include hand washing, masking, social distancing, cleaning and ventilation, as well as contact tracing, isolation and quarantine. The guidance will not suggest requiring staffers to be vaccinated, instead describing vaccination as another strategy to "layer," since many schools were able to safely reopen before vaccines were available, the official noted. Bidens 100-day plan to reopen schools meets with a messy realityThe guidelines will also note that screening -- testing people to catch asymptomatic cases or people who are infected but...
    President Biden's new target for reopening schools -- having more than 50% of public schools offering at least one day of in-person classes a week -- is behind where the nation's public schools already are.  According to data from Burbio, a digital platform that tracks school data from across the country, 66 percent of students in kindergarten through 12th grade are already attending traditional in-person classes five days a week, or are on a hybrid schedule -- meaning they attend at least one day a week or more. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki surprised reporters earlier this week in saying that schools will be considered "open" as long as they teach in-person at least one day a week – a goal that the U.S. is already largely achieving. Psaki attempted to soften the landing of the White House's announcement Wednesday, telling reporters that the president’s ideal objective "is for all schools to...
    President Joe Biden’s administration is backtracking on its school reopening goals, but the scientific consensus on the subject continues to mount on the side of getting kids back in the classroom. Officials at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently published a report affirming that the risk of COVID-19 spread in reopened schools is minimal, but several of the nation’s top teachers’ unions are still resisting a return to in-person instruction. “There has been little evidence that schools have contributed meaningfully to increased community transmission,” the CDC experts wrote. Despite that fact, the Biden administration clarified this week that its goal of reopening most schools within 100 days simply meant having at least 50% of schools open “at least one day per week.” American schools are currently already exceeding both of these thresholds. New: Even before White House debuts school reopening guidance, ~64% of K-8 students nationwide are already back...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- As the distribution of vaccines starts to ramp up, several counties across Southern California are inching closer to the possibility of being able to reopen more schools for in-person learning.Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties all have different challenges and factors to consider, but they all have a similar goal: get kids back in the classroom.Los Angeles CountyL.A. County could be weeks away from being allowed to reopen schools for in-person learning, though the process could be slowed down by an effort to vaccinate teachers before that happens.City Councilman Joe Buscaino on Tuesday introduced a motion that would ask the city's lawyers to explore legal options that would compel the Los Angeles Unified School District to reopen, but LAUSD officials say it's not the district that's keeping campuses closed.They pointed to guidelines that have forced them to stay shuttered because of the county's coronavirus...
    Sen. Marco Rubio criticized President Biden for his administration's "low bar" on its effort to reopen schools, accusing the president in a statement Tuesday of following demands from teachers unions more than the science on school reopenings.  Rubio's comments came after White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Tuesday said the criteria for Biden's promise from December to reopen "the majority of our schools ... by the end of my first 100 days" is that more than half of K-8 classrooms having in-person instruction at least one day per week.  "His goal that he set is to have the majority of schools -- so more than 50% -- open by day 100 of his presidency. And that means some teaching in classrooms, so at least one day a week, hopefully it's more," Psaki said. "And obviously it is as much as is safe in each school and local district." White House coronavirus...
    The fight over reopening Chicago’s schools is primed for a make-or-break moment Tuesday as its teachers' union is voting on a proposal from the district that would bring students back to classrooms as early as this week.  The 13-page proposal, described by Mayor Lori Lightfoot as a "tentative agreement", addresses Chicago Public Schools’ (CPS) intended health and safety protocols, coronavirus testing and vaccination efforts, among other areas of contention in the dispute that has blocked students in the nation’s third-largest district from seeing their teachers in-person again.   But if the proposal is not approved by more than half of the Chicago Teachers Unions’ (CTU's) some 25,000 members in an electronic vote, labor officials are signaling that the fallout may lead to a strike, possibly starting Thursday.  Chicago parent on schools reaching tentative reopening deal: ‘I’m extremely doubtful’Ammie Kessem tells ‘America’s Newsroom’ her students are on ‘an emotional rollercoaster’ waiting for schools to reopen. She is joined by Liberty Justice Center CEO Patrick Hughes. "We work remotely until we have ratified an agreement or until the mayor’s...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia public school teachers are pushing back against the district’s COVID-19 reopening plan. They say it’s too soon to go back into a classroom, full of students. Philadelphia educators, community leaders and city and state officials are coming together Monday in a show of solidarity demanding the safe reopening of city schools. RELATED: Philadelphia Teachers Protest Schools Reopening Over COVID-19 Fears, Unsafe Conditions At Buildings As many as 2,000 teachers were to report to classrooms Monday morning to begin planning for the return of students to hybrid learning. Instead, many teachers and parents turned out at Gompers Elementary saying it’s still too unsafe to return to schools in the midst of a pandemic. They don’t believe the school district has done enough to implement proper safety measures in school buildings. RELATED: Deadline For Murphy To Act On Marijuana Bill Pushed Back “Teachers and kids deserve safety and...
    A proposed deal between Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) to reopen schools for in-person learning would begin phasing in students into classrooms this week and require all teachers be eligible for “full” vaccination against the coronavirus before returning into school buildings. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) and CPS CEO Janice Jackson said Sunday during a news conference they were hopeful the union would agree to the proposal and abandon their threats of another strike, reported the Chicago Sun Times. The union, however, said an “agreement” has not been formalized and the proposal is merely a “framework that all of our members must first review and assess.” According to the Sun Times, the proposal states in-classroom learning for Pre-K and special education programs would begin Thursday. K-5 teachers would return February 22 and students on March 1. Sixth through eighth grade teachers would resume March 1,...
            by Catherine Smith  The White House walked back comments from CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky, suggesting that schools might be able to reopen before all teachers have received a vaccine to prevent Covid-19. White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Thursday claimed that Walensky was speaking in her “personal capacity.” Psaki explained, “obviously she’s the head of the CDC, but we’re going to wait for final guidance to come out.” “[Biden] believes that even with vaccinations for teachers or for any American, that there are a number of other mitigation steps that are important to take … the wearing of masks, social distancing, ventilation, these are all factors that are important for… the reopening of schools,” Psaki said. Walensky suggested at a briefing the previous day that she was receptive to the idea of reopening schools and that vaccinating teachers “is not a prerequisite” for returning to...
    (CNN)Unions representing San Francisco Unified School District employees on Sunday announced they have reached a tentative agreement with the district to reopen schools for in-person learning amid the Covid-19 pandemic.The tentative agreement "outlines the baseline health and safety standards and vaccine access to physically reopen public schools," the unions said Sunday in a statement.The school district said it will schedule the agreement for ratification by the Board of Education on Tuesday in an effort to get students back to in-person learning.California has a four-tier reopening system in place, which includes yellow, orange, red and purple tiers. Red represents substantial Covid-19 spread, while orange indicates a moderate spread of the virus.School districts and teachers are at odds over when kids should go back to class during pandemicThe agreement would allow teachers and workers to return to school in the red tier if Covid-19 vaccines are made available. Return to in-person instruction...
              Shelby County Schools (SCS) unveiled a detailed plan for in-person learning – but they haven’t offered any reopening dates or criteria. These updates were shared on Thursday by SCS Superintendent Dr. Joris Ray. SCS also created several simulation videos for what their in-person schooling and transportation would look like. Masked students engaged in all their school activities socially-distanced, including meals. And, students who opt for in-person schooling would still have to learn through virtual instruction. In response to the many community and parental concerns about reopening, the school system compiled a list of frequently asked questions. SCS also noted that student vaccinations wouldn’t be mandatory, and that students with teachers who opt to continue virtual instruction would be assisted by other staff members. SCS is the only district that doesn’t offer any in-learning options whatsoever. Ray announced on January 29 that they would be...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden's team is promising new guidance on school reopenings next week. But even as more Covid-19 vaccine shots go into arms two and half weeks into his administration, there is growing impatience and frustration among parents about the biggest question looming over their lives: when their children can get back in the classroom.The issue of school reopenings emerged as a central flashpoint this week as the anger that many parents and teachers are feeling is spilling into courtroom battles and potentially headed toward the picket line in Chicago, home to the third-largest school district in the country. Biden has said he wants to open the majority of K-8 schools within his first 100 days, and Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said the CDC will provide more advice on how they can safely do so next week. But reopening policies...
    Chicago's mayor and public school leader announced Friday that their "last, best, and final offer" is currently on the table as they work to come to an agreement with the teachers union over the safe reopening of schools during the coronavirus pandemic.  The development was revealed in a joint statement issued by Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Chicago Public Schools (CPS) CEO Janice Jackson one day after the mayor made an impassioned plea to the union to strike a deal immediately as students suffering from "failing grades, depression [and] isolation... cannot afford to wait any longer."  "Yesterday afternoon, we received a counter proposal from CTU [Chicago Teachers Union] leadership and responded with our last, best, and final offer," the statement said. "We expect a response from CTU leadership today. We will be making further statements later today about school on Monday."  Chicago mayor needs to 'follow the science' on school re-openings, parents are fed up: DuffyChicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot shifts to siding with parents over the teachers...
    During a press conference on Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki responded to CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky’s comments earlier in the day that teachers do not need to be vaccinated in order for schools to safely reopen by stating that the CDC hasn’t “released their official guidance” on “what would be needed to ensure the safe reopening of schools.” Psaki said, “I saw the comments of Dr. Walensky, but I will say that even she would say, if she were standing here — she’s welcome to come anytime, but she’s in Atlanta — that they have not released their official guidance yet from the CDC on the vaccination of teachers and what would be needed to ensure the safe reopening of schools. And so, we’d certainly defer to that, which we hope to see soon.” Walensky reiterated her comments during an interview after Psaki’s press briefing. (h/t Daily Caller)...
    After spending millions to support President Biden and other Democrats in the 2020 election cycle, teachers unions are finding Biden to be a reliable ally as they fight back against school districts and parents who want them to return to classrooms amid the coronavirus pandemic. Teachers unions have ramped up their political spending, increasing from $4.3 million in 2004 to $43.7 million in 2020, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. PARENTS ACROSS US RALLY FOR IN-PERSON LEARNING AFTER CDC STUDY REVEALS LOWER RISK The teachers unions also lean heavily Democratic in their donations, including the Federation of American Teachers, which gave $2 million to pro-Biden super PAC Priorities USA Action. The Federation of American Teachers gave more than $14 million to liberal groups between 2019 and 2020. The National Education Association, another teachers union, gave more than $23 million to liberal groups during the same time period, according to the Center for...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Southern California pediatricians are calling for the immediate reopening of Los Angeles County schools.That's according to a regional affiliate of the American Academy of Pediatrics.The group, made up of 1,500 primary care doctors, says the harm of keeping children out of school outweighs the risks of safely reopening carefully managed classrooms.Gov. Gavin Newsom also echoed that statement.Teachers unions are pushing back on this timeline and are asking to be vaccinated first.Gov. Newsom, unions clash over school reopening plan as deadline arrivesEMBED More News Videos An effort to reopen schools in California is floundering, stoking the frustration of parents and Gov. Gavin Newsom.
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle WalenskyRochelle WalenskyThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden, GOP senators begin talks; Dems push ahead Overnight Health Care: White House awards 0M to ramp up at-home test | Schumer vows Senate will take up 'bold' coronavirus bill | Biden officials defend two-dose strategy amid fears of variants Biden officials defend two-dose strategy amid fears of variants MORE emphasized Wednesday that vaccinating teachers is not required for safely reopening schools, citing data from her agency to say it is possible to return to in-person classes as long as other precautions are taken. “Vaccination of teachers is not a prerequisite for safe reopening of schools,” Walensky said during a press briefing. She added that while a CDC advisory committee has put teachers in the “1B” category for getting vaccines — the second priority group for vaccination — “I also want to...
    Los Angeles County campuses that closed amid the COVID-19 pandemic should immediately reopen, according to a regional affiliate of the American Academy of Pediatrics, because the harms of keeping children out of school outweigh the risks of safely and carefully managed classrooms. “A large majority of the 1.5 million students in L.A. County has not been physically in a classroom in nearly a year,” said the statement from Southern California Chapter 2 of the academy. “This sad consequence of the pandemic should be addressed immediately with the reopening of schools.” The statement by the affiliate is at odds with California guidelines that allow for fully reopening schools only after coronavirus infection rates are lower than they are now in every Southern California county. The superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified school district said campuses will remain closed until community infection rates drop. He’s also calling for teachers to be vaccinated,...
    Washington D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine filed a complaint seeking a temporary restraining order against the Washington Teachers’ Union (WTU) in court Tuesday over a threatened strike. “WTU is threatening an illegal work stoppage that would prevent the District from a partial reopening of its schools after a nearly year-long closure due to COVID-19,” Racine’s complaint said. A strike authorization vote could come this week over safety and health concerns related to Washington D.C.’s school reopening plan, WTU President Elizabeth Davis said in a statement Tuesday. Washington D.C. is seeking a temporary restraining order as the district’s teachers union mulls holding a strike authorization vote later this week. Washington D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine filed a complaint seeking a temporary restraining order against the Washington Teachers’ Union (WTU) Tuesday in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. The WTU has threatened to strike over D.C. Public...
    The Federalist senior editor Mollie Hemingway weighed in on the standoff between Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) on Tuesday, arguing that the union is trying to meet an "impossible" standard before resuming in-person learning. Hemingway, a Fox News contributor, noted on "America’s Newsroom" that the science never said school closures were necessary amid the coronavirus pandemic. "The standard of saying that you will not go and teach in person unless there is no risk at all, no community spread is a standard that is impossible to meet," Hemingway said. "So not only are people in Chicago worried about this week, I think they’re worried about teachers ever getting back into the classroom because of … what their standards are for what will get them back in." On Monday, CPS backed down on its threat to lock K-8 teachers out of their remote learning tools if they failed to show up at its facilities this week to prepare for the return of in-person classes.  The withdrawal was announced in a joint statement issued Monday night...
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An effort to reopen California schools is foundering, stoking frustrations across America’s most populous state from parents eager to get their children back in classrooms and a governor who wants them there. Parents and behavioral experts say many schoolchildren are feeling helpless or depressed and need a classroom setting to improve their mental health. An exasperated Gov. Gavin Newsom told school officials last week to “pack it up” if they fail to resume in-person classes soon. Teacher unions say they won’t send their members into an unsafe environment. They want all teachers vaccinated before returning to the classroom. While Texas, Florida and New York are among states that have resumed some classroom instruction, California’s 10,000 public schools have for the most part been closed since March. As most of the state’s 6 million public school students approach a one-year anniversary of distance learning, parents are grappling...
    Before snowfall prompted D.C. schools to temporarily return to virtual learning Monday, an arbitrator ruled that most schools could resume in-person learning this week. An arbitrator had been brought in to hear the Washington Teacher’s Union’s arguments that the school system failed to meet some of the union’s requests to safely reopen schools. After listening to hours of testimony on both sides, the arbitrator decided that most D.C. schools are cleared to open. The conflict stemmed from a union complaint alleging the school system failed to provide adequate information about the safety and statuses of school buildings before reopening. In a response to the finding, school system Chancellor Lewis D. Ferebee said D.C. looks forward to reopening schools. “The arbitrator found no evidence of any health or safety violations across any DC Public Schools facilities, which affirms DCPS has followed local and national school reopening guidance and has been transparent...
    The Biden administration is turning up the heat on Republicans to stay true to their advocacy for reopening schools, which to the White House means voting for the president’s $1.9T coronavirus relief package.  "This COVID package, that is the top priority for him right now -- things that Democrats and Republicans across the country support, 70% of the public supports them," said White House press secretary Jen Psaki told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Thursday. "Are Republicans now against reopening schools?"  As of Friday, 38% of K-12 public schools are still offering "virtual only" classes. About 38% are attending fully in-person sessions, and the rest are on a hybrid schedule, according to Burbio, which scrapes school websites for data. "But I will say on the COVID package, you know, the challenge facing right now, Rachel, as you know and you talked about this on your show, is there's urgency here. ... If we aren't...
    Elementary school campuses in Los Angeles County could be eligible to reopen in two to three weeks if countywide infection rates continue to drop, county Public Health Department Director Barbara Ferrer told the L.A. City Council on Wednesday. Ferrer’s comment, made during a council briefing, referenced the coronavirus case rates that the state recently began using as the threshold to determine if schools would be eligible to reopen for in-person instruction. “I think if we continue to decrease, you might hit that number in like two to three weeks,” Ferrer said. “We dropped pretty significantly just in one week. I think we were at 75 cases per 100,000 like a week ago. And I think now we’re 45 — these are adjusted rates that the state uses.” Even if case rates continue to decline, however, campuses may not all be able to immediately reopen. In the Los Angeles Unified School...
    In a piece published at education site The 74 on the day of Biden’s inauguration, Mike Antonucci observed while teachers’ unions were continuing the narrative that “no one wants to reopen schools more than educators,” they “keep moving the goalposts.” No one wants to reopen schools more than educators.  We love our students, our schools, our communities, and that is why the health and safety of our students, families and educators must be the primary driver of when it is safe for in-person instruction. https://t.co/iQVsACaYR2 — NEA (@NEAToday) July 7, 2020 “[F]or something that they say they want more than anyone, unions seem very committed to stalling for as long as possible,” he wrote. “’Not until it’s safe’ makes a good hashtag, but what do the unions consider to be safe? That’s where things get complicated and vague.” Standard safety precautions include masks, social distancing, air purifiers, and regular handwashing. But,...
              Tuesday’s school board meeting made it clear that Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) doesn’t have an exact date for getting kids back in the classroom. As in past weeks, Metro Nashville Board of Public Education reiterated that reopening would be contingent on the level of community spread charted by the city. In a director’s report presented by District 6 representative Fran Bush, it was revealed that the current level of community spread sits at 8. Bush repeated the same information found on the MNPS website regarding reopening: in order to gradually reopen, the measurement needs to be at 7 or below. “Once we get to that point, we will release some anticipated dates for returning students to the classroom, starting with our students with the most exceptional needs and pre-K-4 students,” explained Bush. “Assuming continued and sustained progress in the metrics for the...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Los Angeles Unified School District officials say inconsistent guidance from the state is making it difficult to decide when students will be able to return to campus.The state previously said schools could reopen if the community's daily coronavirus rate was less than seven out of every 100,000 people.Then Governor Newsom issued a proposal that raised it to 28 out of 100,000 before changing it again to fewer than 25.LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner released a statement Tuesday, saying in part:"On December 30th, Gov. Newsom proposed a set of actions to support the reopening of schools. Unfortunately, it falls well short of what's needed to help our schools. The state requires school districts to submit an application as part of this process and that application must include school safety plans and ratified labor agreements with all who work in schools.""We intend to send a draft application to Sacramento...
    CHICAGO (CBS)– Monday morning, Chicago parents, teachers and city leaders will march for more safety and equity in the re-opening plan of Chicago Public Schools. The group plans to gather at 9 a.m. at Pilsen’s Jungman STEM Elementary at 18th and Miller streets. They are asking CPS to release the number of COVID-19 infections reported since the first wave of students and teachers returned to the classroom earlier this month. They also want teachers to have the option to go back to remote teaching. Also From CBS Chicago: Struggles Exacerbated On Magnificent Mile With Gap, Macy’s Leaving, But Advocates Say Reinvention Will Come Mayor Lori Lightfoot Wants To Reopen Restaurants And Bars ‘As Quickly As Possible’ To Reduce Risk Of Underground Parties Schererville, Indiana Family Is Poised To Be Evicted For Having Too Many Children
    Governor Gavin Newsom has made changes to his plan to reopen schools, including a small decrease in the case rate that would allow elementary students to campus for in-person classes. Under the new guidance, K-6 schools in counties with a seven-day average of 25 or fewer cases per 100,000 residents would be eligible to begin reopening, down from the 28 cases per 100,000 that the governor had announced in December. But even that reduced number is significantly lower than the current rates in many California counties, offering diminished hope that schools — particularly in Southern California — can reopen soon. In L.A. County, for example, the adjusted COVID-19 case rate is 77 per 100,000 residents; Orange County, 79; Riverside County, 107; San Bernardino County 103 and San Diego County, 70. In December, Newsom announced a $2-billion package of incentives to encourage a return to in-person classes. It prioritized returning...
    UPTOWN — McCutcheon Elementary School’s first day of in-person learning Monday was marked by the absence of a teacher who has contracted coronavirus and with other staff — including school administrators — now in quarantine, according to school sources. The elementary school at 4865 N. Sheridan Road welcomed pre-kindergarten and special education students back to classrooms Monday as part of Chicago Public Schools’ phased reopening. But a teacher’s confirmed coronavirus case, along with staff in quarantine and some out sick, have complicated the reopening, sources said. Five staff members, including McCutcheon’s principal and assistant principal, are in quarantine following the teacher’s confirmed coronavirus case, a McCutcheon teacher and a local school council member said. Principal Mary Theodosopoulos sent a note to school families Monday alerting them of the confirmed case of coronavirus among the school’s staff. The teacher who contracted COVID-19 was working in the building...
    Oregon schools are now free to set their own guidelines for reopening classrooms, but many school districts in the state are still debating next steps before making any bold plans. In December, Gov. Kate Brown announced the state would lift health restrictions by New Year's Day letting districts decide how and when they return students to in-person learning. According to Oregon Department of Education data from before New Year's Day, some 22,000 K-12 students were being taught in-person, or less than 4% of the state's 587,000 student body. Most were from small counties where in-person learning is permitted. Oregon lawmakers also passed legal liability protections in December for schools in the state in December as a means of encouraging districts to reopen. Brown set an optimistic date of February 15 for when Oregon schools could begin reopening as usual. According to the governor, the state also...
    NORCO, Calif. (KABC) -- The Corona-Norco Unified School District in Riverside County is delaying plans to continue in-person learning.Year-round elementary schools were set to welcome students back Tuesday, while traditional schools would have returned on Jan. 12.But now the school district says students will continue remote learning until further notice.The district said it is waiting for new guidance from the state about reopening protocols after Gov. Gavin Newsom recently announced a statewide school reopening plan.
    By ALGERNON D'AMMASSA, Las Cruces Sun-News LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Visitors to public schools are familiar with routine procedures like signing in and getting a visitor’s badge. These days, the rare visitor or staff member allowed at Hermosa Heights Elementary School has a few additional steps to follow. At the school’s main entrance is a kiosk with a video screen that takes a person’s temperature without physical contact and scans their face to make sure they are wearing a mask. Staff members can record their temperature on a mobile phone app and answer daily wellness questions, including a checklist of symptoms associated with COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. Other visitors complete their wellness check on a paper form. The new technology could soon be in use throughout the Las Cruces Public Schools, adding a layer of precaution in preparation for students returning to New Mexico...
    PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Gov. Gavin Newsom revealed a new plan Wednesday to reopen California schools for in-person instruction as early as February.While some are praising the news, others say this will make it harder for some districts to open.RELATED: Gov. Newsom announces new plan to reopen schools for in-person learning as early as FebruaryThe plan includes $2 billion in funding. Young elementary students and students with special needs would come back first.The plan calls for increased COVID-19 testing and school staff and students would be required to wear masks."It's 15 times more likely for you to get COVID outside of the school setting than in a school setting," says Marin County Superintendent of Schools Mary Jane Burke.She says the numbers show that schools are safer than the community and she's proud that 95 schools in her county are currently open for in person learning."We have the data to show...
    PALO ALTO, Calif. (KGO) -- Governor Gavin Newsom revealed a new plan Wednesday to reopen California schools for in-person instruction as early as February.While some are praising the news, others say this will make it harder for some districts to open.RELATED: Gov. Newsom announces new plan to reopen schools for in-person learning as early as FebruaryThe plan includes $2 billion in funding. Young elementary students and students with special needs would come back first.The plan calls for increased COVID-19 testing and school staff and students would be required to wear masks."It's 15 times more likely for you to get COVID outside of the school setting than in a school setting," says Marin County Superintendent of Schools Mary Jane Burke.She says the numbers show that schools are safer than the community and she's proud that 95 schools in her county are currently open for in person learning."We have the data to...
    President-elect Biden chose Connecticut's education commissioner and longtime public school teacher, Miguel Cardona, to serve as his education secretary on Tuesday. Cardona, 45, worked as a public educator for two decades in Connecticut, before becoming the state’s top education official in 2019.  As education commissioner, Cardona has been a vociferous advocate of sending children back to school for in-person learning amid the coronavirus pandemic, noting the low transmission rate among children and the devastating setbacks of remote learning.  If confirmed, Cardona would be able to push for reopenings nationwide, as Biden has pledged to have most schools reopened by his 100th day in office.  DEVOS PLEADS WITH EDUCATION DEPARTMENT STAFF TO 'BE THE RESISTANCE'  Under the leadership of Cardona and Gov. Ned Lamont, Connecticut was a rare blue state to express a strict preference for in-person learning amid the rise and fall of coronavirus cases in the state.  Ultimately, the decision...
    (CNN)President-elect Joe Biden promised to nominate a teacher for education secretary -- and could quickly put his choice into a political pressure cooker, as teachers' unions balk at school reopening plans and Biden seeks to reopen most schools within 100 days of taking office.Biden's goal is to have his remaining Cabinet selections announced by Christmas, a transition official told CNN -- a timeline that means he would need to choose a nominee for education secretary within days. The handful of candidates sources said were under serious consideration demonstrates the political pressures Biden is facing. Some would give his Cabinet more diversity, advancing an often-stated aim. Some would be welcomed by teachers' unions, but could face fiercer Republican opposition in the confirmation process.Two of the contenders, according to a source familiar with the matter, are union leaders and former teachers: Lily Eskelsen García, who was president of the National Education Association...
    Education Secretary Betsy DeVos urged schools across the country to reopen on Wednesday, calling the consequences of closings "tragic" in an interview on "America's Newsroom." "It is tragic to see what's happening after months and months of schools being closed down, of not reopening again this fall like they had been urged and encouraged to do," she said. "It's not a surprise that we're seeing tragic results among children today ... The conclusion is schools have got to reopen, particularly for the kids who are most vulnerable." Schools doing online learning because off the coronavirus pandemic are reporting an alarming amount of failing grades. A study from northern Virginia's Fairfax County found an 83% rise in the number of students with two or more "F's," and an Oregon high school reported 38% of grades in late October were failing, compared to 8% in normal times, according to the Associated Press. CHICAGO TEACHERS UNION DELETES TWEET CLAIMING SCHOOL REOPENING PUSH 'ROOTED' IN SEXISM, RACISM, MISOGYNY Leading health...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Deadlines and demands were issued Monday with regard to the return to in-person classes for Chicago Public Schools students. As CBS 2 Political Investigator Dana Kozlov reported, parents have until midnight Monday night to decide if they want their children to return to the classroom this winter. And it is a big decision. Parents who opt their children to return to school can always return to all-remote learning at a later date, but those who opt out must remain remote for the rest of the school year. And the Chicago Teachers Union on Monday took a legal step to keep anyone from returning to class until some demands are met. In an injunction, the union asked the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board to halt the return to in-person learning until terms can be “determined by good-faith collective bargaining instead of by executive fiat.” It is the latest...
    President-Elect Joe Biden is in favor of reopening schools “as rapidly as we can” with the implementation of protective measures to account for the coronavirus. Biden spoke to NBC’s Lester Holt about the process for rolling out a coronavirus vaccine,  switching gears to add “I think we should also be focusing on being able to open schools as rapidly as we can. I think it can be done safely.” Holt honed in on what will Biden do to get kids back in school, noting that several areas around the country have gone back to at-home learning due to Covid spikes. Biden responded that it would take billions of dollars to get kids back in school while implementing new ventilation systems and safety measures to keep people protected. “You’ve got schools closed right now in places where restaurants are open,” Holt said. “Are our priorities correct?” “I think we should...
    Plan? Who needs a plan? That’s essentially what Mayor Bill de Blasio admitted Thursday when he confessed that there was no reopening plan in place for the city’s public schools, which closed indefinitely Thursday to in-person learning due to rising COVID-19 rates. “What I have learned sometimes, is sometimes it is hard to imagine the next phase until you get there. You do your damnedest to plan ahead, but you can’t always do that. We have a really ever-changing situation here,” de Blasio said during a City Hall press briefing when pressed by a Post reporter as to why a reopening plan had not been prepared. Over the summer, the de Blasio administration established that in-person learning at Big Apple public schools would cease if the citywide COVID-19 infection rate hit 3 percent on a rolling seven-day average. The city hit that metric Wednesday, causing public schools to switch to...
    CHICAGO — Chicago Public Schools will reopen school buildings for pre-kindergarten students and some children with disabilities starting Jan. 11, with a return date a week earlier for teachers, Chalkbeat has learned.  Principals were briefed by webinar Tuesday afternoon.  Officials have not said how a climbing COVID-19 positivity rate — Chicago’s rolling seven-day rate neared 16% on Tuesday — or a spate of labor court challenges filed by the city’s teachers’ union could affect its plans. According to sources familiar with the plans, the district will again survey parents of pre-kindergarten students and special education students to gauge whether they will choose the in-person learning option. Virtual learning will extend through the rest of the calendar year.  The Sun-Times reported that elementary students will be phased in beginning in February.  Parents also will have the option of continuing to learn remotely.    Chicago had originally intended to phase-in learning for students...
    By The Associated Press COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Authorities in Sri Lanka have extended the school holidays for two more weeks, postponing the opening of classes amid a surge of COVID-19 patients from two clusters in Colombo and the capital’s suburbs. Schools had been scheduled to reopen Nov. 9, but the government announced Tuesday that classes would not resume until Nov. 23. Schools were suddenly closed last month as a precautionary measure after a new cluster of coronavirus infections centered on a garment factory erupted in the densely populated Western province, where the capital is. Another cluster centered on the country’s main fish market arose later. The two clusters have now grown to 7,856 confirmed cases, with 275 in the previous 24 hours. The total caseload for the pandemic stands at 11,335 with 21 deaths from COVID-19. ___ HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: — Huge...
    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Authorities in Sri Lanka have extended the school holidays for two more weeks, postponing the opening of classes amid a surge of COVID-19 patients from two clusters in Colombo and the capital’s suburbs. Schools had been scheduled to reopen Nov. 9, but the government announced Tuesday that classes would not resume until Nov. 23. Schools were suddenly closed last month as a precautionary measure after a new cluster of coronavirus infections centered on a garment factory erupted in the densely populated Western province, where the capital is. Another cluster centered on the country’s main fish market arose later. The two clusters have now grown to 7,856 confirmed cases, with 275 in the previous 24 hours. The total caseload for the pandemic stands at 11,335 with 21 deaths from COVID-19. ___ HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: — Huge voter turnout expected in...
    By SARA CLINE, Associated Press/Report for America SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon officials on Friday announced new COVID-19 metrics to determine when students can return to K-12 schools for in-person learning, with the aim of getting more children back into the classroom. However even under the new, relaxed metric requirements, about 80% of Oregon students will still not be eligible for in-person learning, state officials said. “We want our kids at in-person instruction. We believe that most of our teachers want to be in person with their students,” said Colt Gill, the direction of the Oregon Department of Education. “But, everybody wants to do that with stability and with as little risk as possible.” Previously in order for a school district to commence any form of in-person learning, the county must have 10 or fewer new cases per 100,000 residents over seven days for three weeks. In addition, the countywide...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Some Chicago Public Schools parents organized rallies Wednesday morning, calling for school buildings to reopen.The rallies were being held just hours before the monthly CPS Board of Education meeting.Two rallies were planned Wednesday morning. Dozens of CPS parents marched outside Mount Greenwood Elementary School, holding signs showing their support for teachers inside the classroom."I am asking CTU to please work something out with CPS," one protester said.Those present said they want their kids back in school, with working parents home their children are falling behind.RELATED: Chicago Teachers Union disagrees with some students' possible return to classroom next quarter"It's just super stressful to even be a working parent at this point because in reality the kids come first, but we still have to put food on the table," CPS parent Jorie Wood said.The Mount Greenwood principal and some teachers inside supported those rallying outside."I wish I can open...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Some Chicago Public Schools parents organized rallies Wednesday morning, calling for school buildings to reopen.The rallies were being held just hours before the monthly CPS Board of Education meeting.Two rallies were planned Wednesday morning. Dozens of CPS parents marched outside Mount Greenwood Elementary School, holding signs showing their support for teachers inside the classroom."I am asking CTU to please work something out with CPS," one protester said.Those present said they want their kids back in school, with working parents home their children are falling behind."It's just super stressful to even be a working parent at this point because in reality the kids come first, but we still have to put food on the table," CPS parent Jorie Wood said.The Mount Greenwood principal and some teachers inside supported those rallying outside."I wish I can open up now for you all," the principal said.CPS has announced it intends to...
    (CNN)The New York City public school system, the largest school district in the country, has so far been able to reopen for in-person instruction without a massive outbreak of coronavirus cases. Aside from New York City, the remaining nine of the nation's top 10 school districts started their school years online. New York's preliminary success could potentially serve as a resource for other districts embarking on a return to in-person learning.The city launched a new testing program on October 9, where 10 percent to 20 percent of student and staff populations at each school will randomly be tested once a month. The first week of testing yielded "remarkable" results, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday.Out of 16,348 random Covid-19 tests, the city reported only 28 cases, which amounts to a 0.17 percent positivity rate, the mayor said.Daily coronavirus case numbers in the US are at levels not...
    San Francisco Mayor London Breed on Friday hit out at the city’s school district for beginning a process of renaming schools under its control, rather than reopening them. “Conversations around school names can be had once the critical work of educating our young people in person is underway,” Breed said in a statement. “Once that is happening, then we can talk about everything else. Until those doors are open, the School Board and the District should be focused on getting out kids back in the classroom.” SAN FRANCISCO MAYOR SLAMS 'RECKLESS AND SELFISH' CROWD OF 1,000 CELEBRATING BURNING MAN ON BEACH Breed was reacting to a move by the San Francisco School Names Advisory Committee, which has reportedly researched school names and identified certain ones for renaming.  According to the San Francisco Chronicle, some of the schools listed under the proposed name changes included Abraham Lincoln High School, George Washington High...
    Loading the player... President Donald Trump is arguing that his son’s symptom-free COVID-19 experience is reason enough to reopen U.S. schools.  “Barron Trump, he had the corona-19,” Trump said at a campaign rally in Des Moines, Iowa. “He had the China virus, right? And he had it for such a short period of time. I don’t even think he knew he had it because they’re young, and their immune systems are strong, and they fight it off 99.9 percent. And Barron is beautiful, and he’s free, free.”  Barron Trump, President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump photographed in August on the South Lawn of the White House. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images) The youngest of the five Trump children is the only one among them to report a positive test after their father contracted the coronavirus.  “It happens. People have it, and it goes. Get the kids back...
    LAFAYETTE (KPIX 5) – As some Bay Area counties move towards the less restrictive Orange Tier in the state’s reopening plan, some families are pushing for in-person learning to resume. Parents within the Lafayette, Moraga and Orinda school districts rallied Tuesday, saying no more classes over Zoom. “To our teachers, we miss you, our students miss you and can’t wait to get back in the classroom,” a parent told the crowd. Lamorinda parents hold protest calling for a resumption of in-person learning, October 13, 2020. (CBS) Another Lamorinda parent told KPIX 5 about the virus, “It’s still deadly, it’s still unknown and we get that. But I think a lot of families are saying we want to decide for ourselves what our comfort level is.” But school district officials in the East Bay and the Bay Area say reopening involves a plan and following safety protocols. “And right now, there...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The COVID-19 pandemic is having a major impact across the world and also in cities across Northern California. The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.)Join anchor Kristen Sze for ABC7's daily interactive newscast about the novel coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area and other hot topics. You can check here to stream the show Monday-Friday at 3 p.m. GET HELP: Resources and information about COVID-19 CA WATCH LIST: California counties where COVID-19 is getting worse COVID-19 RISK CALCULATOR: Quiz yourself on the safest, most dangerous things you can do as CA reopens LIFE AFTER COVID-19: Here's what restaurants, gyms, schools, sports will look like when they reopen LATEST LOCAL CASES: Updated number of COVID-19 cases, deaths in San Francisco Bay...
    Associated Press MIAMI (AP) — More than 22,000 students are returning to classrooms in Miami-Dade County on Monday for the first time since schools shut down in March because of the coronavirus pandemic. Pre-K, kindergarten and first grade students are the first to return to the Miami-Dade Public School district under a staggered reopening plan. Another 40,000 students are expected to return to classrooms on Wednesday, with yet another group starting on Friday. Another group of students will continue distance learning from their homes. Miami-Dade is the nation’s fourth largest district, with 345,000 students. The school board originally wanted to push the reopening back to mid-October but settled on Monday's start date after Florida's education secretary threatened to withhold state funding. Miami-Dade County’s daily positive test result rate on Sunday was over 5% during four of the previous seven days. School officials prepared campuses for social distancing, installed air filters...
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    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Broward School Board will have an emergency meeting Thursday to discuss their options for reopening schools. The meeting is in response to a letter from state Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran sent September 25 which informed the district that they needed to come up with a plan to get students, who want to go back to class, back in schools by Oct. 5. The district responded to Corcoran saying they chose to follow a plan that was consistent with one the state had already approved. It calls for Pre-K, kindergarten, first grade, sixth grade, ninth-grade students, and some with special to return to classrooms on October 14th. The rest would return Tuesday, October 20th. The district also asked parents to choose either virtual or in-person schooling for the rest of the semester. Download The New CBS4 News App Here In the letter, Corcoran gave the...