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    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...
    VIDEO1:5201:52Teachers should be prioritized for coronavirus vaccine: VP Kamala HarrisThe News with Shepard Smith It's been nearly a year since the coronavirus crisis first brought the nation to a standstill, and some schools have yet to reopen — despite a growing number of examples that it is possible to do so safely. Crowded classrooms, a shortage of available teachers and aging buildings with poor ventilation systems or windows that won't open are just some of the challenges these institutions face, along with sudden spikes in Covid-19 cases in pockets across the country.  "Every day, our kids are missing essential, critical days in their educational development," Vice President Kamala Harris recently said. More from Personal Finance:Biden rolls out his plan to reopen schoolsTeachers are next in line for the Covid vaccineIn-person learning is a luxury months into the pandemic President Joe Biden said his administration will aim to help a majority...
    As a number of blue states and the Biden administration grapple with what they describe as a challenge to reopen schools, Florida has had its schools open for months -- and its governor is promising that there will be no backtracking. "Florida schools are open for in-person instruction," Gov. Ron DeSantis said Monday. "Every single parent in this state has a right to send their kid to in-person instruction. We have done it the right way. We are not going to turn back." KEEPING SCHOOLS CLOSED HURTS MINORITY, LOW-INCOME CHILDREN THE MOST, STUDY FINDS Florida was one of a number of states that kept schools open in the fall, even as some blue states and cities -- under heavy pressure from powerful teachers unions -- failed to give their public schoolchildren in-person education. Studies have shown schools to be of limited risk of COVID spread, particularly when precautions are followed, and countries...
    More from: John Podhoretz Bidens smartest play: Go bipartisan and watch GOP destroy itself James report exposes Andrew Cuomos despicable, cynical dishonesty Why Joe Biden may truly mean it when he vows to end our divisions Impeachment the right answer to Trumps wrongs — but wont end his demagoguery America and the GOP reap the bitter fruits of Trumps obscene sore-loserism Remember the good old days, when the issue of reopening schools to full-time, in-class instruction was about COVID? It’s not about helping people avoid contracting the novel coronavirus any longer. Now it’s about saving them from . . . mold. And asthma. And other conditions that have nothing whatever to do with COVID and everything to do with coming up with reasons why schools should remain closed until teachers unions decide it’s all right for their members to go back to doing what teachers have done since the...
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis took aim at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in a fiery speech where he highlighted his state’s commitment to keeping schools open. “What the CDC put out, 5:00 p.m. on a Friday afternoon, I wonder why they would do it then, was quite frankly a disgrace. It would require, if you actually follow that, closing 90% of schools in the United States,” DeSantis said. “We are open, we remain open, and we are not turning back.” The updated CDC guidance features a color-coded system that recommends basing school opening decisions on the extent of community spread in the area. Districts in the red zone would face the most restrictions, with only elementary schools remaining open while middle and high schools would be forced to close to in-person instruction. But DeSantis said the updated guidelines go against the available science, instead highlighting Florida’s success with...
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday issued guidance saying that vaccinations are not required for in-person learning. The CDC is not demanding schools reopen, but its guidance states that "screening testing and vaccinations are not prerequisites for safe reopening if students and staff consistently implement the mitigation strategies" the agency recommends. Those measures include analyzing health data, making masks mandatory and ensuring six-foot social distancing. CDC DIRECTOR SAYS NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF DISTANCE LEARNING OUTSTRIP TRANSMISSION RISK FROM IN-SCHOOL LEARNING Teachers are among the second priority group for the COVID-19 vaccine in line with CDC guidelines, along with other essential workers, after frontline health care workers and long-term care facility residents. The CDC and Duke Health each released studies in January showing that in-person learning is generally safe if schools take proper safety precautions, but some teachers unions argue that schools will not be prepared to reopen fully until all school staff members are vaccinated.  TEACHERS UNIONS ACROSS US DEMAND STOP...
    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...
            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...
    President Biden said his administration will issue a guidance this week on how schools can safely reopen as frustrations boil over between teachers, their unions, parents, as well as state and local governments on how to educate children amid the coronavirus pandemic. “Our CDC commissioner is going to be coming out with science-based judgment, within I think as early as Wednesday as to lay out what the minimum requirements are,” Biden told CBS News in an interview airing Sunday before the Super Bowl. The promise of guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention comes after the White House pledged last week that its COVID-19 response sent mixed messages on whether teachers needed to be vaccinated in order to return to the classroom. The jabs issue has become a prickly topic for states, such as California, and cities, including Chicago, negotiating with teachers unions on how they can reopen...
    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)...
    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...
    The Virginia Department of Health, along with the Department of Education, has released an updated interim guidance for schools navigating when to bring students back to in-person classes. The new guide incorporates and replaces the phased guidance for schools released in July. The guidance and a letter addressing how it should be used was sent to school districts Thursday. It asks Virginia school districts to consider community needs, COVID-19 data, and understand socioeconomic factors, literacy barriers and other educational needs when making plans to bring students back in person. The guide encourages prioritizing younger learners, students with disabilities and English-language learners. It also urges prioritizing learning over activities. When it comes to adding extracurricular activities, including sports, the guide states that school districts should only move forward once all students have been given an opportunity for in-person instruction. “Establish reasonably safe in-person educational environments and then think through including extracurriculars...
    Some hospitals in New York are doing a better job than others in maximizing their allocations of COVID-19 vaccinations, and as a result, the state is launching new rules and possible fines. During a COVID-19 briefing on Monday, Jan. 4 in Albany, Cuomo said that while some New York have utilized nearly all of their allocated vaccinations, others, including several systems in downstate New York, have only used between 20 percent or 30 percent of their designated doses. 
Statewide, just 46 percent of the doses allocated to hospitals have been administered in the first few weeks of the vaccination rollout. Cuomo also said that despite the state guidance that communities with an infection rate topping 9 percent should close their schools, it is ultimately up to local school districts on whether or not they close. "If the school's infection rate is lower than the community average, then they can stay...
              Columbus, Ohio – During a COVID briefing on Wednesday Ohio Governor Mike DeWine rescinded the State of Ohio guidance suggesting students quarantine after being in close contact with other COVID-positive students in school and the classroom. “Today we are changing our guidance,” said DeWine. “I know that there’s been a great deal of pain – students not being able to do things because they are in quarantine. I fully understand that and I’m sorry that happened, but we had to follow the CDC guidance.” The Governor said the decision was based on an evaluation of Ohio students, a CDC report involving students in Mississippi, and priority the Governor has given to teachers and staff to receive the COVID vaccine. The evaluation of Ohio students was conducted by the Ohio Schools COVID-19 Evaluation Team – a conglomerate of researchers from Ohio Colleges of Medicine...
    BOSTON (CBS) — In a normal year, Thursday’s nor’easter would almost certainly mean a day off for most K-12 students across Massachusetts. But this year has been anything but normal due to the coronavirus pandemic, and the longstanding tradition of missing a day of school due to a snowstorm may be over for some. All schools in the state are required to have a remote learning plan in place this year, and many have had to use it because of the recent surge in coronavirus cases. TIMELINE: When Will Snow Arrive In Massachusetts? But will schools require students to work from home instead of sledding and building snowmen on Thursday? According to guidance released by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in October, that decision will be made at the local level. “The Commissioner has determined that for this school year only (2020-2021), if there are days when schools...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff NEW EAGLE, Pa. (KDKA) – Ringgold School District has announced that they will be moving to fully remote learning for two weeks beginning on Monday, November 23. “We have received information that Washington County’s ‘incident rate per thousand’ and ‘PCR percentage’ has placed our District in the state’s definition of ‘substantial,'” the letter sent to families read. “Since the onset of the pandemic, we have been committed to continuing to follow the state guidance and we are continuing to do so. That guidance for schools who are in counties where the level of the transmission rate is deemed to be ‘substantial’ is that students will transition to a full remote model of learning for a two week period of time.” Students will be participating in a “virtual/live” teaching environment, meaning teachers will still be in the buildings, live-streaming their classes from the school. “The...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota State High School League says that the football and volleyball seasons must end Friday in accordance with Gov. Tim Walz’s order to dial back of the state’s COVID-19 restrictions. In a statement late Wednesday, the league said it’ll offer guidance for schools to complete their football and volleyball seasons. The league also noted that dance practices and competitions will need to stop Friday, even though the dance season is only in its second week. As for winter sports, the league says it’ll provide specific guidance for schools by the end of the week. Meanwhile, league officials say they are working to sort out options for the winter and spring sports seasons. RELATED: Gov. Walz Unveils Restrictions On Social Gatherings, Restaurants, Gyms, Youth Sports The governor’s order requires youth sports to be put on pause for the next four weeks. College sports are...
    As California high school student-athletes and coaches await official guidance from the state on how and when they can begin practicing, Gov. Gavin Newsom remains reluctant to provide any specifics. With less than a month until most high schools around the state are expecting to hold practices for a fall sports season that has been pushed back due to the coronavirus pandemic, Newsom indicated that a spike in COVID-19 cases could force another delay. “I’ve signed off on (guidance) and we’ve looked to potentially pause it,” Newsom said during a Monday press conference. California health secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly said he’s worked closely with the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) to develop guidelines and parameters for a safe return to athletic competition, but isn’t certain when the state will release updated regulations to the public. “I’ve said a couple of weeks in a row it’s close, but...
    DENVER (CBS4) – The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment released a report on Wednesday to help school districts evaluate the costs and benefits of in-person or remote learning. A number of schools districts announced the switch to remote learning this week as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the state. (credit: Getty Images) The CDPHE report finds schools have generally been able to mitigate the spread of the virus. Successful strategies included in the report include cohorting, mask wearing and disease investigation. Health officials say students in grades K-8 are at a lower risk for in-school transmission than high school students. CDPHE released the following recommendations for Colorado school districts: Prioritize in-person learning for specific populations based on need and risk Eliminate or greatly restrict extracurricular activities Implement additional protective measures in school Officials at CDPHE say it is important for schools to evaluate their ability...
    By LISA RATHKE, Associated Press Vermont officials released guidance Tuesday on the operation of ski resorts and on school-based winter sports amid the coronavirus pandemic. Skiers and riders must attest when they arrive at a ski area that they have read, understood and complied with Vermont's existing guidance on travel and quarantining, and ski resorts must collect and maintain contract tracing information from every guest, as well as reduce their lodge and lift capacity, Ted Brady, deputy commerce secretary, said Tuesday during the state's twice-weekly virus briefing. “The guidance we’re issuing today aims to provide skiers and riders with the safest skiing and riding experience in the country," he said. Lift capacity must be reduced by half except for a party that is traveling together, and an enclosed lift, such as a gondola, may serve only one party unless it's large enough to allow for 6 feet of distance between...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff AMBRIDGE (KDKA) — A staff member from Ambridge Area School District’s Highland Elementary School has tested positive for Coronavirus. The school district announced the news on Sunday. In a statement sent to the community, Dr. Joseph W. Pasquerilla said that confirmation of the positive test was received and the district has contacted the Rapid Response Team for their guidance. The district announced it was taking its own safety measures while waiting for further guidance. Beginning on Monday, all classes at the Highland Elementary School will be held virtually and all staff members from the school will work from home until further notice. All other buildings in the district will remain open for students and staff and hybrid schedules will still be used for those buildings.
    Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said Thursday that the changes to public health guidelines that give more leeway before recommending shutting down in-person learning at K-12 schools are still just guidance. While announcing additional aid for food assistance at St. Mary’s Food Bank in Phoenix, Ducey addressed the changes that state public health officials made earlier this week. “Where it is possible and safe, we want our schools open, and we want our kids inside a classroom with a teacher in front of a classroom and them getting the best, safest education possible,” Ducey said. The changes made this week address when the state says schools should make the switch back to all-online learning. According to the guidelines released in August, the state would tell schools that they should close their classrooms to in-person learning when either the number of new cases or percentage of positive tests or...
    This week is a real free-for-all, with virtual events bringing the world to you. Take a serious or silly look at the upcoming election, meet artists and learn the latest on COVID-19. Then on Saturday, get out of the house for World Archaeology Day. Here are the ten best free things to do this week. COVID-19 Webinar: Colorado Six Months in Monday, October 12, 8:30 a.m. What has Colorado learned about the coronavirus since March? How has the state's response evolved since that first wave of cases in the spring, and what insights have we gained about communication, testing, tradeoffs and the efficacy of public-health guidance? During this free public webinar presented by the Colorado School of Public Health, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and the Institute for Science & Policy, Jill Hunsaker Ryan, executive director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and Kacey...
    Athletic activities at Sparta High School have been put on hold for two weeks after several COVID-19 cases were reported. The cases are among members of the football and girls’ soccer teams, the school’s acting superintendent said. Sports practices are scheduled to resume on Monday, Oct. 5. “Our intent is to take this action as a proactive measure to protect the health and safety of our student athletes and our coaches,” said Acting Superintendent Patrick McQueeney in a letter on the district website Sunday night. “We are hoping to avoid a potential scenario that could result in a future cancellation of the fall season.” McQueeney said the individuals who tested positive are being given guidance from the NJSIAA and the New Jersey Department of Health regarding proper quarantine procedures and other precautions. “The District is coordinating closely with public health officials and following CDC, state, and local health department guidance...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- A lack of guidance and resources are top concerns for school districts in New York and New Jersey scrambling to finalize plans for the 2020-2021 school year amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to a survey by Eyewitness News."I don't think it escapes anyone's recognition that this is not typical and it is not ideal," said Kevin Casey, executive director of the School Administrators Association of New York. "They are trying to do all of this, looking at cuts in New York, at least. It puts them in a very difficult position. More and more districts, as we get closer to the date of an actual opening, are opting to go full remote for a semester or for a shortened period to buy some time to greater prepare for the return of students."Eyewitness News surveyed roughly 650 school districts throughout New York and New Jersey regarding...
    The YMCA is offering school-day supervision for students whose schools will be in distance learning this fall. Nineteen locations will have staff available to help students stay on track with their school work, between one and five days a week. Children are to use computers or tablets provided by their school. The YMCA will supplement learning time with arts and STEM activities, physical activity and outdoor education. YMCA membership is not required. Most sites charge $40 a day but financial assistance is available. Visit ymcanorth.org for more information.Related Articles Back to class: Despite virus surge, Europe reopens schools Some St. Paul Public Library branches reopening for quick trips, printer access University of St. Thomas to replace Cass Gilbert residence hall with $100 million STEAM building off Summit Ave Coronavirus cases drop in Hennepin, Ramsey, Dakota counties, changing state guidance for schools ...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — California public health officials released guidelines for the so-called pandemic pods some families are using to help kids learn at home. The state says the groups, or cohorts, should have no more than 14 kids and two adults. Face masks must also be worn at all times, physical distancing is encouraged, and officials say the groups should not interact with one another at any point. This guidance is for groups of children in “in controlled, supervised, and indoor environments operated by local educational agencies, non-profits, public and private schools, child care providers, recreation programs, before- and after-school programs, youth groups, and day camps,” California Department of Public Health said. Some school districts have resumed in-person learning already, including the Rescue Union School District in El Dorado Hills. A student at Lakeview Elementary school tested positive for the virus on Sunday, but due to the strict protocols in...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania state government agencies are providing school leaders with advice about how to respond when students or employees with confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been on school property, from cleaning and tracing their contacts to shutting down buildings for two weeks or longer. The Education and Health departments late Thursday notified school administrators of the recommended procedures, which depend on how many people are infected and how widespread the disease has been growing in their county. School leaders had sought the advice as they plan for restarting instruction this fall, said Education Department spokesman Rick Levis. “It’s additional guidance that we’re providing to the school districts because we recognize that they’re not medical professionals,” Levis said Friday. RELATED STORY: Wolf Administration Gives Schools Reopening Recommendations Based On Local Coronavirus Transmission Rate In areas with low spread and just one case inside a...
    PORTSMOUTH — Unfortunately, the waiting game involving “full contact” high school sports in Ohio goes on after all — and now as a result — drags into another week. But, and in being specific about a particular date, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine —during his “daily” coronavirus press briefing on Thursday —repeatedly insisted that his long-awaited announcement is indeed coming on Tuesday (Aug. 18). The month of August has featured fall sports season practices for Ohio High School Athletic Association-sanctioned sports, but as of now, the “full contact” sports of football and soccer cannot conduct inter-squad scrimmages or games —thanks to an Ohio Department of Health order which was initially signed on July 4, and currently has no new expiration date. However, when DeWine was asked during the media’s question-and-answer session on Thursday, he hinted that “full contact” sports will in fact take place despite the continued coronavirus threat—provided that he...
    TEXAS – As schools in Upstate prepare to begin classes in person, officials from the Dallas County Department of Health and Human Services (DCHHS) issued guidance for school districts. It is a document that details the precautions that can be taken for COVID-19 or better yet on how school officials could proceed in case a student tests positive for the virus. DCHHS created a committee to develop the guidance, but it is important to note that districts are not required to follow these suggestions because Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton previously said that local health officials do not have the authority to issue orders to shut down schools for the sole purpose of preventing future COVID-19 infections. The first step in the guide indicates that preventive measures should be taken, including the use of masks, keeping the number of groups of students and staff as small as possible, practicing...
    Legislative leaders and school superintendents from urban, rural and suburban school districts in Maryland say more standardized guidance is needed to help schools as they move from virtual to in-person learning as conditions regarding the spread of COVID-19 allow. Maryland State Senate President Bill Ferguson and state Sen. Paul Pinsky spoke with school leaders from Baltimore City, Montgomery County and Talbot County. “To me, it feels like this is a classic example of there is no right answer here,” Ferguson said, regarding how to reopen schools in the 23 counties and Baltimore City. Ferguson, who is a teacher and has three children, said: “As a parent of a first- and a third-grader, I would love to see those kids back in school, but I understand that there are rightfully very serious health concerns from staff members.” More Coronavirus News Sign up for WTOP alerts Latest coronavirus test results in...
    The Illinois State Board of Education and the State Department of Public Health released a new guide for schools on Wednesday as they prepare for the start of the new school year during the coronavirus pandemic. The new guide offers a more detailed look at how schools should handle various situations, such as when a student becomes ill or when to close a building. Below are some of the most frequently asked questions and the latest answers, which officials say are “subject to change based on new information and updates to existing CDC guidance.” What actions should students and staff sent home with COVID-like symptoms take? All students and staff sent home with COVID-like symptoms must undergo a diagnostic test. Students and staff must remain home and not attend school until they receive test results. Students and staff who are confirmed or probable COVID-19 cases must complete 10 calendar...
    SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio’s Metropolitan Health District issued an amended directive Friday for public and private school officials who are gauging the safety of reopening amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the amended order, Bexar County school districts are encouraged to “tie their pandemic operational level to public health department metrics for community infection,” according to the order. The school safety indicator, unveiled earlier this week by Metro Health, should be used to help school officials assess the spread of COVID-19 as they consider when and how to reopen, the city press release said. The indicator includes three risk levels - red, yellow, and green - based on three factors: Positivity rate - which is defined as the percentage of lab tests performed in the past week that ended up being positive for COVID-19. The rate is currently at 14.9% The goal is to get it down to 5%...
    MCKEESPORT, Pa. (KDKA) — Will students go back to school in a few weeks or not? It’s the big question that school administrations across the state and country are trying to figure out while the coronavirus pandemic rages on. “I have a doctorate, but it’s in education. It’s not a medical degree. I’m having to make medical decisions I’m just not comfortable with,” said Dr. Mark Holtzman. Holtzman is the superintendent of McKeesport Area School District. He said he’s just one of many school leaders in Allegheny County looking to the Health Department for specific guidelines. “It’s been very challenging. It would be very helpful if there were more standards or expectations that are clearer,” Holtzman said. Holtzman told KDKA that schools in Bucks and Chester counties received step-by-step instructions that each district can follow. “That was created by a request from his superintendents in Bucks County,” Holtzman said. He...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Gov. Tim Walz announced Thursday that each local school district will have the authority to make decision on which school-learning model to implement for the 2020-21 school year, with guidance from health officials. School districts and charter schools have the option to operate in one of three models: in-person, distance learning, or a hybrid of the two. Department of Health and Education experts will partner with local districts and charter schools to help determine the model which suits them best. “With this approach, we are pairing the knowledge and data from our Departments of Health and Education with the expertise of our local school districts to make the best decisions for our students across the state,” said Walz, who was a teacher for 20 years. RELATED: Read Minnesota’s Safe Learning Plan As the school year continues, the state departments will help districts decide if they need to dial...
    The CDC on Thursday added new information to its website on opening schools, but it did not appear to remove any of its earlier suggestions. Much of the new material emphasized the importance of reopening schools, echoing many of President Donald Trump's arguments.The updated guidance urged school leaders to work with local officials to make decisions about the fall, taking into account the virus's rate of transmission in the area. It laid out a range of measures depending on the level of spread. If there's minimal or moderate spread, it recommends social distancing, masks and increased sanitation. But in areas with substantive and uncontrolled spread, it says, school closure is an "important consideration." "Plans for virtual learning should be in place in the event of a school closure," the CDC said.Antibody tests show coronavirus rates 10x higher, CDC study findsSome of the nation's largest districts have already rejected the idea...
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday night released long-awaited guidance on reopening schools during the coronavirus pandemic, urging masks, diligent cleaning and the strategic limiting of social interactions. The guidance comes as President Trump pushes for schools to open in the fall after they closed in March, warning students are falling behind educationally and that needy children are missing meals and important social services. “One important strategy that administrators can consider is cohorting (or ‘pods’), where a group of students (and sometimes teachers) stay together throughout the school day to minimize exposure for students, teachers, and staff across the school environment,” the guidance says. “Cohorting” would be a particularly useful strategy in regions where there is significant presence of COVID-19, the guidance says. If one member of a cohort gets sick, everyone can stay home and get tested without closing the school. Staggering of schedules also can...
    (CNN)President Donald Trump said Thursday the White House has asked Congress to provide $105 billion to facilitate school reopenings and that the long-awaited additional US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance on those reopenings should be released Thursday."We're asking Congress to provide $105 billion to schools" in the next stimulus bill, Trump announced at his coronavirus briefing at the White House. He said the funds would help schools that reopen with things like masks and modifications to help with social distancing among students.Republicans in the Senate, who delayed the release of their stimulus plan Thursday, have dismissed Trump's call to withhold more federal aid from schools that remain shuttered during the coronavirus pandemic.But the White House is requesting that schools that don't reopen don't have access to the new funds, Trump said Thursday. Instead, in districts that remain closed, the White House has asked that the money "go to...
    BOSTON (CBS) — Riding the school bus will likely look very different for Massachusetts students this fall. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has released new guidance on school transportation that calls for keeping students masked and socially distant from one another as the state targets a safe return to the classroom amid the coronavirus pandemic. All students and staff on the bus must wear face masks “regardless of age,” the guidance states. Exemptions will only be made for students with medical or behavioral excuses. Read: Fall Reopening Transportation Guidance Only one student is allowed per “bench” on the bus, unless those students are from the same household. The guidance says students should be assigned to a particular seat. Capacity will be capped at 32% for a bus that typically seats 77. A model for limiting capacity on a 77-seat school bus (Image credit: DESE) Windows on the bus...
            by Scott McFetridge  DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — School districts that plan to reopen classrooms in the fall are wrestling with whether to require teachers and students to wear face masks — an issue that has divided urban and rural schools and yielded widely varying guidance. The divide has also taken on political dimensions in Iowa, among other places, where Democratic-leaning cities like Des Moines and Iowa City have required masks to curb the spread of the coronavirus, while smaller, more conservative communities have left the decision to parents. “It’s a volatile issue,” said Mike McGrory, superintendent in Ottumwa, a district in the state’s southeast corner with 4,700 students. “You have to be very sensitive and realize there are lots of perspectives.” McGrory said it would have been easier if state health officials had issued specific rules, but since that did not happen, the district...
    By THOMAS PEIPERT, Associated Press DENVER (AP) — Staggered schedules, face coverings, limited contact among students and the option of remote learning are just a few of the changes Colorado health and education officials recommended Monday as public school districts across the state prepare for the fall semester amid the coronavirus pandemic. Katy Anthes, Colorado's commissioner of education, said during a virtual news conference that the State Board of Education had met with health officials to create the guidelines, many of which are backed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “We’re entering this very new territory. We've never had to start school in an environment like this,” she said. “And so what we’re trying to do is build guidance. ... I know that we won’t be able to eliminate all risk, and we’re honest about that.” Anthes and health officials recommended many practices that have become familiar during...
    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — School districts that plan to reopen classrooms in the fall are wrestling with whether to require teachers and students to wear face masks — an issue that has divided urban and rural schools and yielded widely varying guidance. The divide has also taken on political dimensions in Iowa, among other places, where Democratic-leaning cities like Des Moines and Iowa City have required masks to curb the spread of the coronavirus, while smaller, more conservative communities have left the decision to parents. “It’s a volatile issue,” said Mike McGrory, superintendent in Ottumwa, a district in the state’s southeast corner with 4,700 students. “You have to be very sensitive and realize there are lots of perspectives.” McGrory said it would have been easier if state health officials had issued specific rules, but since that did not happen, the district gave weight to the state Education Department’s recommendation...
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom laid out strict criteria Friday for school reopenings that makes it unlikely the vast majority of districts will have classroom instruction in the fall as the coronavirus pandemic surges. The rules include a mandate that students above 2nd grade and all staff wear masks in school. Newsom’s new guidance mandates that public schools in California counties that are on a monitoring list for rising coronavirus infections cannot hold in-person classes and will have to meet strict criteria for reopening. The guidance says all school staff and all students in grades 3 to 12 will be required to wear face coverings. Younger students will be encouraged but not required to wear masks. Younger students will be encouraged but not required to wear masks. The governor’s strict new regulations marked a dramatic shift from his earlier position that it was up to local school...
    HARRISBURG (KDKA) – The Wolf Administration has released updated guidance for reopening schools. “Our goal is to ensure a safe return to school for students, educators and staff by following best practices to mitigate the spread of the virus, including wearing face coverings and maintaining social distancing,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said in a press release. “In those instances when someone tests positive, public health staff from the department will immediately assist the school with risk assessment, isolation and quarantine recommendations, and other infection control recommendations.” Best practice from the state’s health and education departments include wearing masks, except for some exceptions and doing a daily symptom screening before leaving for school. Social distancing is strongly encouraged and student seating should face the same direction. There’s also guidance on what to do about hallways, outdoor playground spaces, field trips and cafeterias. You can read...
    DeVos' reopen-at-all-cost demand is part of Trump's administration-wide effort to push for schools to fully reopen again in the fall, even if schools cannot meet the guidelines set forth by public health experts. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's school reopening guidance calls for strict cleaning protocols, social distancing in classrooms and throughout school buildings, and even closures when coronavirus cases have been confirmed in a school building or where cases are spiking in the community at large. Donald Trump criticized those guidelines as too "tough" and "expensive," and demanded they be amended. Following Trump's statement, Vice President Mike Pence said at a news conference that the CDC would be amending the guidelines in order to make them less restrictive. Yet the CDC declined to bow to the political pressure from top Trump administration officials and stuck to their guidelines that suggest strict measures to ensure school safety. Without...
    The Orange County Board of Education will hold a special meeting Monday night where they will discuss and take public comment on a proposal by the Orange County Department of Education to reopen schools in the fall without a mask requirement or physical distancing.The reopening guidance came out of a meeting last month with health and policy experts. Some of their guidance recommends physical distancing can be considered but is not mandatory for school-age children. Also, requiring children to wear masks may be too difficult and even harmful. They also say that participation and schools reopening should be voluntary.Districts are currently in the process of crafting their reopening plans, with the board offering recommendations based on federal and state guidance.The Orange County Department of Education said in a statement, "The five-member OC Board of Education, which has separate responsibilities, is hosting today's meeting to discuss a white paper with alternative...
    New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoNew York City reports zero COVID-19 deaths for first time since pandemic hit Florida health officials agreed to receive remdesivir from New York before DeSantis dismissed offer Cuomo says Northeast will likely see rise in COVID-19 cases due to surge in other parts of country MORE (D) released a plan Monday regarding schools reopening based on the regional level of coronavirus infection rates.  “Everyone wants to reopen the schools. I want to reopen the schools, everybody wants to reopen the schools,” Cuomo said during a briefing. “It's not, do we reopen or not. You reopen if it's safe to reopen. How do you know it's safe? You look at the data.” Schools will reopen if a region is in the state’s phase four of reopening and if the daily infection rate remains below 5 percent over a 14-day average by the first week of August,...
    (CNN)Internal documents from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned that fully reopening K-12 schools and universities would be the "highest risk" for the spread of coronavirus, according to a New York Times report, as President Donald Trump and his administration push for students and teachers to return in-person to classrooms.The 69-page document obtained by the Times marked "For Internal Use Only" was among materials for federal public health response teams deployed to coronavirus hotspots to help local public health officials handle the outbreak, the newspaper reported.The document was circulated this week, the Times reported, as Trump slammed the CDC guidelines around reopening schools and he, Vice President Mike Pence and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos increased their pressure on schools to fully reopen by the fall.It is unclear whether the President viewed the CDC document, according to the Times.CNN has reached out to the CDC and the White...
    The Joe Biden-Bernie Sanders Unity Task Force recommendations released Wednesday state that, if Biden wins the presidency, public schools will likely return to the Obama-era policy of leniency for unacceptable behavior by “children of color.” The Juvenile Justice Reform section of the document (page 61) recommends schools be instructed to end the “school-to-prison pipeline” by stopping “the practice of arresting children for behavior that ought to be handled in the principal’s office.” Offenses such as “truancy and alcohol use” would be decriminalized in public schools under a Biden administration, and schools would lose their federal funding if they did not agree to automatically expunge and seal juvenile records that detail offenses. Under a Biden presidency, schools would be required to once again follow joint directives from the Departments of Education and Justice “to reduce the disparate disciplinary treatment of children of color in school and educational settings.” Instead of referrals...
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield clarified Thursday that the agency would not be revising their guidelines, but instead offering “different reference documents” for local governments and school districts to review as they begin to determine whether they can safely reopen schools this fall amid the coronavirus pandemic. Redfield, on ABC’s “Good Morning America” Thursday, said he wanted to “clarify” the CDC’s guidelines. CDC IS 'PREPARED TO WORK WITH EVERY SCHOOL DISTRICT' FOR SAFE REOPENINGS “Our guidelines are our guidelines, but we are going to provide additional reference documents to aid communities that are trying to open K-12 schools, reference documents for parents, reference documents for schools to monitor symptoms, reference documents for face masks, and for how to evaluate and monitor,” Redfield said. He added: “Its not a revision of the guidelines, but it is to provide additional information to help schools.” Redfield’s comments came after...
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Wednesday presented a set of guidelines for returning to school this fall. Guidelines that were almost immediately trashed by President Donald Trump. “We hope that most schools are going to be open,” Trump said at a White House event Wednesday. “They think it’s going to be good for them politically, so they keep the schools closed…no way. We’re very much going to put pressure on governors and everybody else to open the schools, to get them open.” I disagree with @CDCgov on their very tough & expensive guidelines for opening schools. While they want them open, they are asking schools to do very impractical things. I will be meeting with them!!! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 8, 2020 Vice President Mike Pence responded to the rebuke during a news conference addressing the issue. Pence said the CDC will...
    Members of the Trump administration tasked with responding to the coronavirus pandemic are working aggressively to reopen schools in the fall. President Trump began the day focusing on reopening schools, saying that he disagreed with current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance and threatened to cut off funding to schools. In Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and many other countries, SCHOOLS ARE OPEN WITH NO PROBLEMS. The Dems think it would be bad for them politically if U.S. schools open before the November Election, but is important for the children & families. May cut off funding if not open!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 8, 2020 “I disagree with @CDCgov on their very tough & expensive guidelines for opening schools,” he said. “While they want them open, they are asking schools to do very impractical things. I will be meeting with them!!!” Dr. Robert Redfield,...
    President Donald Trump voiced his displeasure Wednesday with guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control for schools to reopen safely in the fall. “I disagree with @CDCgov on their very tough & expensive guidelines for opening schools,” he tweeted. “While they want them open, they are asking schools to do very impractical things. I will be meeting with them!!!” (RELATED: White House Open To Increased Funding For Schools In Next Coronavirus Stimulus Package) I disagree with @CDCgov on their very tough & expensive guidelines for opening schools. While they want them open, they are asking schools to do very impractical things. I will be meeting with them!!! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 8, 2020 The president also lauded “Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and many other countries” for reopening schools “with no problems” and threatened to “cut off funding” for any schools that don’t comply. WASHINGTON, DC –...
    SANTA CLARA COUNTY (CBS SF) — Health officials in Santa Clara County on Tuesday released detailed COVID-19 guidance for school administrators to help them prepare to welcome students back to school campuses for the 2020-2021 school year. The plan outlines the protocols and policies in place to protect students and staff from coronavirus. Developed in partnership between Santa Clara County public health officials and the Office of Education, the guidance provides detailed direction for schools on issues including safe practices for in-class instruction, school arrival and departure, bus transportation, use of face coverings, hand washing, campus cleaning, food service for students, extracurricular activities and other subjects. The document explains specific actions schools need to take to prevent COVID-19 transmission and how to respond to possible cases in the school setting. “We need everyone in the community to strictly follow social distancing now so that children and teachers can safely return to...
    The New Jersey Department of Education has released new guidelines on how schools should handle reopening in the fall for in-person classes amid the coronavirus pandemic — including measures such as social distancing, temperature checks and mask-wearing. The 104-page guidance issued Friday lays out a framework on how the state’s 580 school districts can safely reopen for their 1.4 million students, NorthJersey.com reported. In order to ensure that schools adhere to social distancing, the guidance will allow the schools to come up with schedules for cohorts of students to alternate remote and on-premises classes, the outlet reported. Schools must also implement 6-feet social distancing on buses and in classrooms where possible. In cases where desks can’t be placed that far apart, barriers must be erected between them and they should all face in the same direction. Lunches and recesses should also be staggered to allow for social distancing and cleaning in...
    NEW JERSEY (WABC) -- On Friday, New Jersey unveiled its guidance for school reopening in the fall. Governor Phil Murphy said, that schools will be "open in some capacity," but that there was no one-size-fits-all approach."Today's guidance comes with one overarching requirement: that our public schools will open in some capacity with the health of students, their families, and educators being the TOP PRIORITY," Murphy said.The governor said that the state is using Four Principals in its guidance to schools:- Ensuring a conducive and learning atmosphere- Supporting educational leaders with planning- Providing policy guidance and necessary funding to schools- Security continuity of learningEach district will be expected to develop, in collaboration with community stakeholders, a plan to reopen schools in the fall that best fits the district's local needs. The guidance provides anticipated minimum standards regarding health and safety that districts should use as they plan for reopening. The guidance...
    Students will be back in class in the fall, but school won't be quite the same. The director of the Illinois Department of Public Health expects Illinois to be in Phase 4 of Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s, which begins Friday and allows for in-person classes, for some time. It’s unclear when there would be a widely-available and effective treatment for COVID-19. A treatment or vaccine would allow the state to advance to Phase 5 of the governor's reopening plan. State public health and school officials announced Tuesday the return of in-person instruction guidelines for the fall semester. The guidelines include flexible K-12 schedules that include the possibility of returning to remote learning if needed. The new guidelines: Require use of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), including face coverings; Prohibit more than 50 individuals from gathering in one space; Require social distancing whenever possible; Conduct symptom...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Governor JB Pritzker outlined his plan Tuesday for schools across Illinois to welcome students back this fall as the state advances to Phase 4 of reopening.The guidelines were released as the Illinois Department of Public Health reported 601 new cases of COVID-19 and 38 additional deaths on Tuesday. That brought the total in the state to 137,825, including 6,707 deaths.The IDPH requirements for K-12 schools to reopen in Phase 4 are: Require use of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), including face coverings; Prohibit more than 50 individuals from gathering in one space; Require social distancing whenever possible; Conduct symptom screenings and temperature checks or require self-certification that individuals entering school buildings are symptom free; and Increase schoolwide cleaning and disinfection. Gov. Pritzker also announced his administration will provide 2.5 million face masks to every K-12 public school district for students and staff, as well as financial assistance...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Governor JB Pritzker outlined his plan Tuesday for schools across Illinois to welcome students back this fall as the state advances to Phase 4 of reopening.The guidelines were released as the Illinois Department of Public Health reported 601 new cases of COVID-19 and 38 additional deaths on Tuesday. That brought the total in the state to 137,825, including 6,707 deaths.The IDPH requirements for K-12 schools to reopen in Phase 4 are: Require use of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), including face coverings; Prohibit more than 50 individuals from gathering in one space; Require social distancing whenever possible; Conduct symptom screenings and temperature checks or require self-certification that individuals entering school buildings are symptom free; and Increase schoolwide cleaning and disinfection. Gov. Pritzker also announced his administration will provide 2.5 million face masks to every K-12 public school district for students and staff, as well as financial assistance...
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