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    Many students who've been distance learning are excited to get back to the classrooms. But, most are expressing trepidation about potential coronavirus exposure and adjusting to a new normal.Getting ready to exchange zoom for the classroom is exciting for 16-year-old Ariel Messenger, but jumping back into the outside world will be a big change."I'm nervous about it. How it's going to be adjusting back to my old lifestyle," she said.Her mother, Alyson Messenger, has some reservations."I don't know if it's realistic to expect kids to adhere to all of the safety protocols and so that gives me a little bit of concern," she said.Ariel's mom trusts the school's pandemic plans, but what about the things administrators are not planning for?"One thing we have to consider is that you know some of their relationships may change," Alyson Messenger said, "You know, kids that they were friends with before the pandemic may...
    The year he graduated from high school, Matthew Pallud launched his Mogi project, a babysitting site designed to help French families living in London. For 18 months, the small business has been enriched by other services and this model has been exported to build communities around French high schools abroad. In London, meetings never surprise us. The day after the announcement of the presentation of the gifted French Overseas Cups presented to our expatriate fellow citizens who have distinguished themselves in various fields, we were able to interview Matthew Pallot, a former high school student who was awarded the trophy by the World, presented by AEFE. Where are you from Matthew? Originally from Grenoble, I came to London in September 2015 because I was spotted by a fencing club in the British capital. I had the opportunity to join the French Bilingual College (CFPL) in...
    The San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) plans to reopen schools starting April 12, announced the city’s Board of Education Friday. After being under the national eye for months due to the school board's decision to prioritize renaming public schools over reopening them, the city’s school officials have reached a deal with the teachers unions to get kids back in the classroom. SAN FRANCISCO OFFICIALS SHOW OFF ELEMENTARY SCHOOL READY FOR STUDENTS, BUT NO REOPENING DATE IN SIGHT "We know students and families are suffering. Whether it be parents/caregivers trying their best to support their children, or teachers working nonstop to support learning during a pandemic," San Francisco’s school board president Gabriela López said in a tweet Friday. "We hear you and we see you, and we remain committed to staying unified during this time." Lopez received fierce backlash from angry parents who were frustrated by the board’s inability to establish a reopening plan, 10 months...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- There's a tentative deal to send some San Francisco Unified students back to in-person learning beginning next month.The phased in approach would start with the youngest students at certain school sites - But not all parents are ready to send their kids back to the classroom.RELATED: Gov. Newsom signs bill to get kids back in public schools by end of March"I'm grateful to share that SFUSD is on track to providing in-person learning options at a select number of school sites for youngest learners," said SFUSD Board President Gabriela Lopez.Lopez said that in-person learning starts April 12, beginning with preschool through second grade students at about a dozen schools, initially."Its great they set a date, it's what so many parents in the community have been asking," said parent Siva Raj.Raj is one of many parents who rallied for schools to reopen. He says remote learning has...
    A police offer makes a call on his radio. ftwitty/Getty Images A Florida student has been arrested after making threats during a virtual lesson. The 15-year-old, who attends a different school, entered a virtual class around 10:43 am Thursday. The school was placed on lockdown while police searched the campus, WPLG reported. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. A Florida student has been arrested after threatening to shoot a teacher and students during a virtual lesson. The 15-year-old boy, who attends a different school, entered a virtual class meant for students who go to Pompano Beach Middle School around 10:43 am Thursday. The Miami Herald reported the teen told those in the chat, "You guys better hide. I'm gonna shoot it up." Then, he turned his camera on and start dancing, the report said. It's not clear how the teen was able to get into the class...
    A black middle schooler in Texas who was made to drink his white peers urine at a sleepover had been sleeping when the students woke him up and told him he stopped breathing, demanding he drink from the cup to feel better, according to the boy's mother who is demanding criminal charges be brought against them and their parents. During a Friday press conference in front of Haggard Middle School in Plano, SeMarion Humphrey's mother - Summer Smith - said that she found out about the incident two weeks after it took place over the weekend of Feb. 14.   The mother's 13-year-old son, who is in the eighth grade, was seen on disturbing video drinking what appears to be urine as his classmates snicker at the scene.  SeMarion was in attendance for Friday's press conference, occasionally needing to be consoled as he wept over the bullying, which his mom said...
    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis Public Schools will return to all in-person learning in its high schools and middle schools after spring break on April 5, the superintendent said. The decision was made based on updated data and a recent discussion with the Marion County Health Department, Superintendent Aleesia Johnson said Friday. Schools must be able to maintain 3 feet of social distancing, require masks, and ensure a strong contact tracing protocol, Johnson said. Middle and high school students are now on a hybrid model to curb the spread of COVID-19. In January, students in pre-kindergarten through sixth grade — except for sixth graders on a middle school schedule — returned to a full in-person schedules at school. Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Indiana, Associated Press
    Empty Classroom In Elementary School. Education Images/Universal Images Group/Getty Images A Texas high school removed an assignment that had female students cater to their male classmates. The "ladies" were directed to follow a list of rules to get signatures in order to be "deemed worthy." Male students were also given a list of tasks but were directed to be courteous, not subservient. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. A Texas high school removed an assignment on "chivalry" that had female students cater to men like in medieval times. Dallas Morning News reporter Brandi Addison Davis tweeted a photo of the assignment given to female students so they could demonstrate to the school how the code of chivalry and standards set in the medieval concept carries over into modern-day life. The "ladies" were directed to follow the listed rules to get signatures in order to be "deemed worthy."...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California's public schools can tap into $6.6 billion in a plan Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law Friday to try to pressure districts to reopen classrooms by the end of March. Educators, parents and lawmakers question whether it will work.After nearly a year of distance learning for most K-12 students during the coronavirus pandemic, parents in the nation's most populated state say they are frustrated and losing hope their children will see the inside of a classroom this year."Is this money going to be a motivator? I don't know," said Dan Lee, a father in San Francisco, a city that sued its own school district to reopen classrooms. "We throw money at them, we sue them, we shame them. They still haven't moved."The law does not require school districts to resume in-person instruction. Instead, the state is dangling $2 billion before cash-strapped school boards, offering them a...
    (CNN)The first thing you need to know about dropping out of school is that it doesn't happen all at once. Educators say students don't just wake up one day and decide that's it, no more school. It happens slowly. They get a little behind, they get more behind, they can't imagine catching up, so they give up.The second thing to know is that the pandemic has made falling behind much easier to do.The dropout rate in the United States was on a steady decline in the years before the pandemic. According to the US Department of Education, the dropout rate for high school students fell from about 10% in 2006 to about 5% in 2018.National dropout numbers for this school year are yet to be released, but anecdotal evidence from across the country shows steep declines in attendance, a rising number of failing grades, and shrinking enrollment.The shift to remote...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Members of the Los Angeles teachers union voted overwhelmingly Friday to reject what it calls an "unsafe" return to the classroom unless certain demands are met.The vote comes on the heels of Gov. Gavin Newsom signing a $6.6-billion bill offering school districts a major financial incentive to get students back into classrooms.For LAUSD in-person teaching to resume, United Teachers Los Angeles is demanding L.A. County move out of the state's purple tier, returning staff must be vaccinated or have access to vaccines and coronavirus safety measures must be in place on campus.Of the 24,580 ballots cast, 91% rejected a return to classrooms, according to union president Cecily Myart-Cruz."This vote signals that in these most trying times, our members will not accept a rushed return that would endanger the safety of educators, students, and families," Myart-Cruz said in a statement.All of UTLA's demands, however, could potentially be...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — The San Francisco Unified School District announced Friday night that “a select number” of city public schools are on track to resume in-person learning for young students beginning April 12. According to an e-mail statement from SFUSD superintendent Dr. Vincent Matthews and San Francisco Board of Education president Gabriela Lopez, additional students will be offered in-person learning by the end of April. The district reached an agreement late Friday evening with the United Educators of San Francisco union to allow students to return for almost a full day, five days a week. In addition the plan allows students to stay with their teachers. According to the district website the first group of schools to reopen — “Wave 1 Schools” — were selected based on three criteria: Safety and readiness of the school site – there is proper ventilation and sanitation (working windows, sinks,...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Teachers say they are prepared to strike if the Los Angeles Unified school district tries to force a return to the classroom next month. UTLA, the union representing LAUSD teachers, has maintained that three conditions must be met before its teachers can safely return to school: teachers must have the opportunity to be fully vaccinated, LA County must move into the red tier, and certain safety protocols need to be in place. READ MORE: Police: Face Coverings Helping Thieves Blend In, Fueling Crimes Of Opportunity Like Beverly Hills Robbery But some still don’t believe they’ll be ready to go back in April. “Tons of our students have lost family members,” said teacher Sandra Ruiz-Chau. “I know one of my freshmen has lost her father, her uncle, her grandma, and her aunt in the last six months.” “I don’t know how clean it is. I don’t know...
    IT is often said that our school days are the best days of our lives – and let’s face it, from playing with friends to enjoying face to face support from teachers, there’s more to going to school than keeping your education on track. While parents and teachers across the UK have worked hard to adapt to remote learning, classrooms are still the best places for our children to be – which is why the UK Government is prioritising getting schools back into full service as it eases lockdown. 5 School's in! The UK Government is prioritising getting all children back to school “There are many reasons why a return to school is important for our children’s wellbeing,” says clinical psychologist Dr Oliver Sindall, who specialises in child and adolescent mental health. “School helps with the development of a child’s social, emotional and mental health, and provides a place for...
    DES PLAINES, Ill. -- In 1944, students from the northwest Chicago suburbs sold over $500,000 in war bonds to build a new WWII transport plane. The students attended Maine Township High School in the building that is now Maine East, and the plane was assembled at the airfield we now call O'Hare International Airport. To honor the students, the c-54 aircraft was called the Maine Flyer.Now, for the first time in nearly 80 years, parts of the plane are back in the Chicago area as part of an exhibit at the Des Plaines History Center.This exhibit covers the past century of aviation and aviators in the Des Plaines area, said executive director Philip Mohr.Mohr said that the exibit was already up when he got a call from an aviation enthusiast in the region, Leonard Johnson. Johnson had aquired parts of the cockpit from the original Maine Flyer and offered to...
    BOSTON (CBS) – The Massachusetts school board granted the education commissioner the authority to start the process of ending remote and hybrid learning. Commissioner Jeff Riley made his case to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education during a meeting Friday afternoon. The board voted 8-3 to allow Commissioner Riley to move ahead with a phased-in plan for in-person learning beginning on April 5 with elementary students. READ MORE: Mass General Brigham Hospitals Now Allowing Most Patients One Visitor Per Day It is the latest development in the state’s push to get more students back in the classroom. The plan would later extend to middle and high school students. READ MORE: Massachusetts Adds 3 States To COVID-19 Travel Order Exempt List Commissioner Riley said parents would have the option for their children to learn remotely through the end of the year. MORE NEWS: Stimulus Check Update: Are Relief Payments...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s public schools can tap into a $6.6 billion school reopening plan that Gov. Gavin Newson signed into law Friday, aimed at pressuring districts to reopen classrooms by the end of March. Educators, parents and lawmakers question whether it will work. After nearly one year of distance learning for most of California’s K-12 students, parents across the state say they are frustrated and losing hope their children will see the inside of a classroom this year. “Is this money going to be a motivator? I don’t know,” said Dan Lee, a father in San Francisco where the city sued its own school district to reopen classrooms. “We throw money at them, we sue them, we shame them. They still haven’t moved.” The bill Newsom signed into law has attracted bipartisan support and scorn in equal measure, with both the governor and lawmakers saying Friday it marked...
    Applying to an elite middle school sounds like a stressful experience, and I’m sure COVID-19 doesn’t help. With things like open houses, campus tours, and in-person interviews off the table, applicants have fewer chances to experience their prospective schools — and admissions offices have fewer chances to meet their prospective students. One San Jose private school has come up with a unique solution: The Harker School, self-described as “one of the nation’s top college prep schools,” is putting teams of sixth grade applicants through a virtual escape room. Over a Zoom call, the 11-year-olds work together to solve a series of Harker-themed puzzles, and admissions officers observe their behavior. Harker let me go through the game myself, alongside a friend of mine who’s an experienced escape room artist. I imagine that, to an 11-year-old, the process may have been stressful and somewhat dystopian. But for me, a grown-up,...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s public schools can tap into $6.6 billion of new state spending to return students to classrooms under a bill Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law Friday that has attracted bipartisan support and scorn in equal measure. Newsom signed the bill via Zoom, mimicking how most of the state’s 6.1 million public school students have been learning for the past year. The irony was not lost on Newsom, who said the virtual ceremony was necessary to include other state officials who were scattered across the state. READ MORE: Stimulus Check Update: Are Relief Payments Bad For The Economy? Newsom signed the law as he faces a possible recall election later this year, fueled by anger over his handling of the pandemic. On Friday, Newsom said “now is the time to safely reopen,” highlighting the struggles he and lawmakers have had in negotiating a plan on the...
    Yasen Georgiev teaches online from an empty classroom in Varna, Bulgaria. Hristo Rusev/Getty Images Students at a high school in Shallowater, Texas, were recently given an assignment about chivalry. The assignment asked girls to "obey" and "follow" men and dress to "please" them. The school's superintendent told TODAY Parents the assignment has been removed from the syllabus. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Girls at a high school in Texas were told to dress to "please the men" as part of a homework assignment about chivalry. The Shallowater Independent School District in Lubbock County, Texas, faced criticism Wednesday after Dallas-based journalist Brandi D. Addison Davis shared a photo of the assignment on Twitter. The assignment is from a Shallowater High School English class in which girls were asked to follow the rules of chivalry from medieval times, according to TODAY Parents. The homework asked students to "demonstrate to...
    More On: success academy Here’s how much parent demand for NYC charter school seats rose amid COVID Success Academy to stay fully remote for rest of school year Schools can do remote learning — my charter-school kids benefiting from it Success Academy will remain remote through March: officials Success Academy officials claim the city is leaving 250 Queens students in the lurch once again. The city’s largest charter operator said Friday that officials promised to provide the kids space for next year but have since reneged. According to the network, Mayor Bill de Blasio granted the students middle school space at I.S. Susan B. Anthony Academy in Hollis this year to afford time to find them a permanent home. “In the intervening nine months, the city has not found a permanent location for them, and now City Hall is threatening to evict them from I.S. 238 leaving them without...
    Texas school officials are working with local police after disturbing video showed white middle school students allegedly forcing their black classmate to drink urine from a cup.  The Plano Police Department in Texas shared in a Thursday press release that a school resource officer at Haggard Middle School began investigating the incident on March 3 after receiving a call from the boy's family.  The school resource officer was now working with a juvenile detective on the case, police added. Together, they'll 'conduct a full and thorough investigation in an effort to identify any and criminal offenses that might have occurred during and prior to this incident.' A school resource officer at Haggard Middle School began investigating the incident on March 3 after receiving a call from the boy's family about the Feb. incident The school resource officer at the middle school (pictured) is working with a juvenile detective...
    A Texas high school has been slammed for distributing a 'chivalry' assignment to female students, asking them to dress in a feminine manner 'to please men' and 'walk daintily behind their male peers as if their feet were bound'.  The bizarre list of tasks were assigned to girls in a history class at Shallowater High School last month, before irate parents shared photos of the assignment's outline to the internet.  Titled 'Rules for Chivalry', the assignment asks 'ladies to demonstrate to the school how the code of chivalry and standards set in the medieval concept of courtly love carries over into the modern day.' According to the outline, female students 'deemed worthy' of behaving in the appropriate way are able to have a male witness sign off on their assignment sheet in exchange for 10 points.  The list of 11 tasks instructed female students 'dress in a feminine manner to please...
    All students at Mount Diablo Unified School District who want to return to classrooms could do so by the end of this month if the school board approves a new reopening plan on Wednesday, though staff and faculty unions remain opposed. The plan, announced Thursday by Superintendent Adam Clark, would give parents the choice of letting their children go back to school for instruction or continue learning from home through the end of the school year. It requires all teachers and staff to return to campuses on March 17 and allows willing students from preschool through second grade and students with disabilities to come back on March 22, those from third through fifth grade on March 25 and those in all other upper grade levels on March 29. Before classes reopen, families would have a chance to visit and observe the modified campuses on March 19. To prevent students and staff...
    DANVILLE, Vt. (AP) — Participants in a Danville, Vermont, forum say its time of the school Indians mascot to change. The school board heard from more than 20 people who called for the mascot and nickname’s removal during the virtual forum Wednesday night, the Caledonian Record reported. More than 100 people listened to the Zoom call. “When I think about Danville I think about an inclusive and nurturing community and neighbors helping neighbors. But right now, we have a mascot that is hurting people and they’re asking us to help and hear them," said Brittney Wilson, a 2004 graduate of Danville School and Gov. Phil Scott's deputy chief of staff. Hazen Union School teacher Kay Freedy in Hardwick talked about hosting the Danville Indians at a pep rally. The crowd started chanting “beat the Indians," she said. "There were more than a few individuals — both students and adult school...
    Shallowater High School in Lubbock, Texas, is catching heat for a "chivalry" assignment that instructed female members of a class to "obey any reasonable request of a male" for the entire day. Other requirements for "Chivalry Day" instructed the female students to "dress in a feminine manner to please the men," "cook… something for gentlemen of the class" and refrain from showing "intellectual superiority if it would offend the men around them." Images of the assignment were first shared to social media earlier this week, and also shared on Twitter by Brandi D. Addison, a journalist for the Dallas Morning News. In a photo of the "rules," the assignment allegedly aimed to "demonstrate to the school how the code of chivalry and standards set in the medieval concept of courtly love carries over into the modern day." The female students who obeyed the rules most closely — as determined by adult...
    This is a Portrait of Civil War 'contrabands,' freed slaves who reached the North possibly in Freedman's Village, a temporary shelter in Arlington, Virginia, in the mid-1860s. I was hoping the end of Black History Month would mean the end to drive-by reinventions of Black history meant to pacify white people, but oh was I wrong. Eighth-graders at a Mississippi middle school were asked to “pretend” like they were slaves “working on a Mississippi plantation” and write letters to “family back in Africa or in another American state describing your life” in a school assignment, according to WDAM-TV. “You may also want to tell about the family you live with/work for and how you pass your time when you aren’t working,” the assignment details. Lamar County School District Superintendent Steven Hampton told WDAM the activity was part of a Mississippi history class at Purvis Middle School. It was presented as the final slide in...
    The Pasadena Unified School District on Thursday joined a growing number of Los Angeles County school systems that are swiftly putting plans in place to begin bringing elementary students back to campus by the end of the month, ending a year of pandemic-forced closures. The discussion in Pasadena typified those unfolding in many school districts in the county as board members consider a host of issues: safety measures, vaccines for teachers and staff, parent decisions — some who are eager to send their children back and others who are worried and want to continue distance learning. “This weighs heavily on us,” said Pasadena Supt. Brian McDonald, after three hours of public comment, with many people voicing concern about returning to in-person instruction. Some teachers pushed back against the idea of reopening campuses without fully vaccinating staff. But the board agreed it is time to begin a phased-in reopening in...
    HAVERTOWN, Pa. (CBS) – There’s an ongoing debate in the Haverford School District over whether or not students should return to full-time in-person instruction. On Thursday night, parents protested outside of the school district’s office in Havertown, demanding that students return to the classrooms. The district’s current proposal is for elementary students to start on March 22. Secondary students would return to five full days on April 6. READ MORE: Fire Breaks Out At Normandy Farm Hotel In Blue Bell The district says it’s working to accommodate social distancing in classrooms. READ MORE: Penn Wharton Student Helping People Across US Find COVID-19 Vaccines With Findashot.org Some parents and teachers say they are frustrated. “We’re a little frustrated by the ever-changing guidance and the ever-changing charts that go with that,” Michael Mullen, Chair of Haverford Township Education Association, said. “It is hard for us to follow the science when the maps...
              The Tennessee General Assembly will consider whether teachers have greater disciplinary authority over troublesome students. Specifically, the bill would allow teachers to request the removal of students whose behavior violates the policies or codes of conduct of either the district or the school. It would also enable teachers to use “reasonable or justifiable force” to relocate students if necessary. If passed, the bill would also require boards of education and public charter school governing bodies to include provisions that would allow teachers to enforce student discipline and accountability. This would extend to teachers’ abilities to intervene in physical altercations between students, or between students and an employee. This bill would apply to both public and charter schools in the state. The legislation included comprehensive reporting requirements for a range of disciplinary actions that could be undertaken by teachers, and annual reports on all...
    ELMHURST, Ill. (WLS) -- Elmhurst school officials are holding firm to their plan to saliva test students for COVID-19, allowing a return to in-person school four days a week.Elmhurst District 205 school board members looked to ease parents' concerns at a meeting Thursday night, but did not budge on their plan for school-wide testing.RELATED: Elmhurst School District 205 plans to saliva test students; some parents question if it's legalTubes of saliva will be the price of entry for students to return to regular classroom learning starting Monday."I feel like it's totally fine. It's just spit. My sister goes to U of I and she's been doing the spit test for the whole time she's been there so I feel like there's no issue with it," said Emma Garvey, senior at York High School.The Champaign-Urbana campus of the University of Illinois has successfully used the mass saliva testing for months, allowing...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — So far, so good – that is how Chicago Public Schools officials describe the first week of in-person learning for kindergarten through fifth-grade students. But there are still hurdles to jump before middle schoolers return next week. As CBS 2 Political Investigator Dana Kozlov reported Thursday, one of those hurdles is staffing. READ MORE: Thousands Of Seniors Sign Up For COVID Vaccine To Be Given At The United Center CPS Chief Education Officer LaTanya McDade said it is something they are still working on – in part because of the number of teachers who opted to take unpaid leaves of absence instead of returning to the classroom. It is just one matter that Kozlov discussed with McDade in an interview Thursday afternoon. There are for students in total in one classroom at Miles Davis Magnet Academy, at 6740 S. Paulina St. in West Englewood. They are part...
    While all 50 states have reinstated some high school sports, D.C. hasn’t. Mayor Muriel Bowser on Thursday announced that will change in two weeks with a “tentative plan” to return teens to practice, but some think the lifting of the restrictions falls short. “So let me be perfectly candid that we hope on March 15, that this plan moves forward. And it would be … paused, would not be able to move forward, if we saw any significant changes in our metrics,” the mayor said in a news conference Thursday. The city’s plan is to return students to sports in phases, beginning with conditioning, followed by skill development in no-contact practice, and finally moderate-contact practice. There was no discussion of allowing competition between D.C. schools or outside the city. The mayor pointed families to D.C.’s State Athletic Association for further guidance, but no additional detail is yet available. If increasing...
    New research shows that college graduates are regretting their decisions to attend certain schools once they face post-graduation debt, especially after COVID-19 forced a shift to online learning. Nearly 44 million U.S. student loan borrowers have garnered more than $1.5 trillion in total debt, as the average cost of college has more than doubled since 1980, and it takes most students as long as 20 years to pay off that debt. National Association of Scholars (NAS) researcher Neetu Arnold says that COVID-19 has highlighted an intricate web of crises, including record-high debt, exorbitant college tuition costs and bloated school administrations in her report released Thursday. "Why did people feel inclined to take out student loans when they're seeing headlines of $1.5, $1.6, $1.7 trillion of student debt?" Arnold told Fox News. "A lot of parents and students view college as either this necessary right of passage to adulthood ... or...
    Calls to shut down a Baltimore high school are growing Thursday following an investigation that found hundreds of students are failing, with the top grade point averages hovering at an abysmal 0.13. Augusta Fells Savage Institute of Visual Arts in West Baltimore is being accused of repeatedly promoting students from grade to grade despite failing GPAs. Tiffany France, one of the mothers profiled in the Project Baltimore investigation, said she thought her 17-year-old son would be receiving his diploma in June but learned that after four years of attending Augusta Fells, her son is being moved back to the ninth grade. According to transcripts, France's son passed only three classes in his four years of high school, earning a 0.13 grade point average. What's worse is that her son's GPA puts him near the top half of this class. He was also late or absent to school...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS SF/AP) — The California legislature approved a $6.6 billion plan Thursday focused on pushing school districts to bring back students to classrooms before the end of the school year. The bill does not order school districts to resume in-person instruction and it does not say parents must send their kids back to the classroom if they don’t want to. READ MORE: Powerful Earthquakes Up To 8.1 Magnitude Strike Off New Zealand; Tsunami Watch Issued For Hawaii Instead, the state will dangle $2 billion before cash-strapped school boards, offering them a share of that money only if they offer in-person instruction by the end of the month. School districts have until May 15 to decide. Districts that resume in-person learning after that date won’t get any of that money. “We need to get the schools reopen. I know it’s hard, but today we are providing powerful tools...
    SACRAMENTO (AP/CBS13) – The $6.6 billion plan aimed at pressuring school districts to get students back into the classroom was approved by California lawmakers on Thursday. The bill does not order school districts to resume in-person instruction and it does not say parents must send their kids back to the classroom if they don’t want to. READ MORE: While Other States Loosen COVID Restrictions, Gov. Newsom Urges Californians To Double Up On Masks Instead, the state will dangle $2 billion before cash-strapped school boards, offering them a share of that money only if they offer in-person instruction by the end of the month. School districts have until May 15 to decide. Districts that resume in-person learning after that date won’t get any of that money. NEW: Californias #COVID19 positivity rate has fallen to 2.1% — the lowest it has been in 4 months. Our case rate is now 1/3 of...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – The California Legislature has approved a $6.6 billion plan aimed at returning students to the classroom. The legislation approved Thursday would give school districts $2 billion if they offer in-person instruction by the end of the month. READ MORE: LeBron James Shares First-Look Photos Of Upcoming Space Jam: A New Legacy Movie Another $4.6 billion would be available to all school districts to help students catch up. But districts must spend at least 85% of that money on in-person instruction. READ MORE: Santa Ana City Council Approves $4 Hero Pay Boost For Grocery, Pharmacy Workers Most of California’s 6.1 million public school students have been learning from home since last March because of the pandemic. Critics say the plan is still too weak because it does not require schools to resume in-person instruction. MORE NEWS: San Diego Woman Sues GoFundMe Campaign Creator Over Starbucks Barista Fundraiser...
    PLEASANTON — It was the first day of school — at least in person— for some kindergarteners in Pleasanton as they stepped foot inside a classroom on Thursday. Some students grades pre-kindergarten through second grade, of the Pleasanton Unified School District returned to the classroom Thursday for the first time this school year. The district is rolling out a phased return to school during the pandemic, with more elementary groups of students expected to return next week on March 8. Alisal Elementary School first-grade instructor Erin Salcido teaches a class Thursday in Pleasanton. Some students returned to campus for hybrid in-person classes. (Aric Crabb/Bay Area News Group)  Students at Alisal Elementary School were greeted Thursday morning by Superintendent David Haglund. In a joint video message with the city of Pleasanton, the superintendent, the school board and city council, they encouraged the community to continue to wear masks and stay safe....
    Girls in blue hijab A girl abducted from a secondary school in Nigeria’s Zamfara state says that despite her horrific ordeal, she is keen to return to school – but not until the security situation improves. Speaking to BBC Hausa, the girl, who we have not identified for own security, described her terror the night gunmen seized 279 of them and marched them into the forest but said the experience won’t stop her education. “I really want to go back to school because I want a bright future – but we need government to deploy permanent security forces to our school before I can have the courage of going back,” she said. She described how the loud bangs and gunshots that woke them up at around 01:00 last Friday, as armed men broke into her hostel, left most of the students in shock. “We thought it was our teachers that...
    This content was republished with permission from WTOP’s news partners at Maryland Matters. Sign up for Maryland Matters’ free email subscription today. As Maryland students begin to slowly trickle back into classrooms this month, one state lawmaker is trying to establish a statewide virtual public school in Maryland. House Minority Whip Kathy Szeliga (R-Baltimore County) presented a bill that would allow local school boards or higher education institutions to establish a full-time virtual public school without approval from the state superintendent of schools. “While many students do not prefer virtual learning, there are some students and families that are truly thriving under this system of learning,” Szeliga said to the House Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday. “The ability to reach students in a home and hospital program effectively through online learning is exceptional. The possibilities for special needs students are also phenomenal.” This proposed virtual public school would be...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) — Pennsylvania state officials outlined plans Thursday to vaccinate school teachers, staff and child care workers with the newly approved Johnson & Johnson vaccine. “Having the Johnson & Johnson vaccine presents us to assist with getting children back into school, especially those most vulnerable to learning loss that have been adversely affected by this pandemic,” said Acting Education Secretary Noe Ortega. READ MORE: Delaware County-Based Gerhard Appliances Helping Deliver Drinking Water To Texas Following Collingdale Mayors Call For Help “After an unprecedented year of shifts and turns and tensions, this vaccine will help students and teachers across Pennsylvania to return where they want and need to be,” said Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency Director Randy Padfield. READ MORE: Twin Brothers Justin And Kevin Cassidy Arrested, Charged In Brutal Attack Of Female Pizza Shop Owner In Norristown Officials said that the first vaccinations will be allotted to pre-kindergarten and...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Chicago Public Schools has proposed an earlier start date for next school year in an effort to make up for the disruption the COVID-19 pandemic caused.Classes would start a week earlier in the fall.The district wants to hear feedback from parents.CPS said the early start will help minimize the loss of learning over the summer, since this year was disrupted by COVID.While some Chicago Public Schools elementary students were able to return to in-person learning this week, high school students and parents wonder if and when they'll be able to do the same during the current school year.RELATED: Chicago high school students wonder if they will return to classroom this school yearEMBED More News Videos While some CPS elementary students were able to return to in-person learning this week, high school students and parents wonder if and when they'll be able to do the same. Some city...
    A middle school in Mississippi has been blasted after setting an 'extremely tone deaf' 'slave letter writing' assignment to one of its classes. The activity, set for a group of eighth graders at Purvis Middle School, Mississippi, on Wednesday, encouraged them to pretend to be a slave and write about 'the journey to America'.  It was also suggested to the pupils that they write about 'how you pass the time when you aren't working', according to the Daily Beast. A picture of the assignment was shared on Twitter by Black Lives Matter Mississippi, and their social media manager Jeremy Marquell said it was 'not helpful. It's hurtful'. Purvis Middle School in Mississippi has been blasted after setting an 'extremely tone deaf' 'slave letter writing' assignment (pictured) to one of its classes  Speaking to the Daily beast, Marquell said: 'I don't know how a logical person teaches this. 'Like someone who...
    RIPON (CBS13) — Unbelievable video captured the moment a high school principal tried to take down a suspect on the run. Students at Ripon High School watched from their classroom window as a man scaled the roof of a school building to escape police on Tuesday morning. Students were just about to go to lunch when chaos broke out. READ MORE: California To Give 40% Of COVID Vaccine Doses To Vulnerable Areas Video taken by a student shows alarm bells ringing nonstop as the school went on lockdown. The students quickly realized it was not a drill. They watched the suspect pace around on the roof, then jump off. That’s when Principal Keith Rangel tried to take the suspect down and barely missed. “I was stressed and I was nervous and I didn’t know what he was going to do or what he was planning on doing,” said Katie Martin,...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Teachers and staff in Pennsylvania have been pushed to the front of the line for the COVID-19 vaccine in an effort to welcome students back into schools as quickly as possible. Certain groups will be prioritized first, including teachers and staff who work with students in PreK and elementary, students with disabilities and students who are English learners. READ MORE: Police: People Taken Into Custody At Allegheny Co. Hotel After Report Of Abduction Teachers are feeling a sigh of relief after Governor Tom Wolf announced they will move up to Phase 1A for the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. They will be first in line for the one-dose Johnson & Jonson vaccine. Brittany McCann is a special education teacher at Pittsburgh Colfax. Her students have been remote since the pandemic started. “It was such a relief, it such a blessing,” said McCann. “Our whole goal has always been to...
    LITTLETON, Colo. (CBS4) – Douglas County School District approved plans to return middle and high school students to full, in-person learning, five days a week, beginning Monday, March 22. The move comes with mixed feelings from parents and teachers. “I teach choir so I haven’t heard my choir except for one recording session we did in October,” Julia Dale said. READ MORE: COVID In Jeffco: Teachers Use Visual Aid To Protest Return To In-Person Learning Dale is a choir teacher at Rock Canyon High School. She has missed hearing her students sing, but she does have some reservations. (credit: CBS) “Is this safe? We won’t be distancing at all at the high school. There will be no areas where we can maintain 6-foot distancing,” she asked. Dale will have her second vaccine shot by the time school starts, but she says she is worried she could still be a carrier,...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Austin Beutner Wednesday authorized students aged 13 and older to participate in outdoor sports competitions. Last month, COVID-19 case rates in the county fell low enough for youth competition in sports to resume including football, basketball, soccer and water polo, at the discretion of school districts and private clubs and leagues. READ MORE: LA County Confirms First Case Of COVID Variant First Detected In Brazil As LAUSD school campuses remain mostly closed to in-person instruction, it was not immediately clear when the district might opt to resume sports competitions. Athletic conditioning had already resumed, but not competitions. READ MORE: Exclusive: Granada Hills Residents Fear For Their Safety, Property Values As Junk Piles In Neighbors Yard “The resumption of school sports is another step in the path to recovery for all in the school community,” Beutner said in a statement. “After...
    WESTCHESTER, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Most L.A. County schools haven't brought students back to their campuses yet. But the Inglewood Unified School District is doing something a little different, to provide students with a unique in-person learning experience.The district has partnered with the Westchester Family YMCA for this special program. The district provides the online instruction, and the YMCA provides the in-person support.Students from kindergarten to 8th grade do their "in-class" learning in the YMCA racquetball courts."School here is actually really fun, because I get to meet a lot of people, make new friends, and play a lot at the gym or outside, and we just have a lot of fun there," said Shavar Hinds, a student.The program has been a hit with students.RELATED | Outdoor classroom setup gives Watts students new learning optionEMBED More News Videos A Watts Community school has become a make-shift oasis of learning and play....
    Loading the player... A ‘Slave letter’ writing activity has sparked outrage at a Mississippi middle school in Lamar County.  Earlier this week, eighth-graders at Purvis Middle School were asked to “pretend like you are a slave working on a Mississippi plantation” and “write a letter to your family back in Africa… describing your life.”  A screenshot of the history assignment titled “Slave Letter Writing Activity” has been shared across social media, The Daily Beast reports. One bullet point on the exercise tells students: “You may also want to tell about the family you live with/work for and how you pass your time when you aren’t working.” Read More: Wisconsin teachers put on leave for an assignment asking how to ‘punish’ slaves Lamar County School District Superintendent Dr. Steven Hampton Hampton said the goal of the assignment “was to show our students just how horrible slavery was and to...
    MERIDEN, CONNECTICUT - First lady Jill Biden and new U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona went back to school Wednesday in a public push to show districts that have yet to transition back to in-person learning that it can be done safely during the pandemic. "Teachers want to be back," the first lady said after she and Cardona spent about an hour visiting classrooms and other areas at Benjamin Franklin Elementary School in Meriden, in the northeastern state of Connecticut. "We want to be back. I'm a teacher. I am teaching virtually." Biden is a veteran community college English professor who is now teaching remotely from the White House. She said her students recently told her they can't wait to be back in the classroom. "But we just know we have to get back safely," she said. The trip was the first order of business for Cardona, Connecticut's former education commissioner,...
    Bus driver Treva White and nutritionist Shaunté Fields deliver meals to children and their families on May 6, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. Disparities across the country have increased amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. In terms of food security, those who struggled with food access prior to the pandemic have been facing further obstacles. With schools closed and learning being remote, many students who relied on in-person schooling for meals have been impacted severely. In efforts to address this issue and help students receive meals, a federal program has been announced in Chicago for public school students to receive $450 to assist with food expenses. The program will benefit 1 million Illinois students. Every Chicago Public School student is eligible and will automatically receive the benefits in the mail. Thousands of students in other districts will also qualify, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. The Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) was created to assist...
    SCHOOLS in England have been told to allow kids back to class even if they refuse to be tested for Covid. Official guidance from the Department for Education states lateral flow tests are "voluntary" - but some parents feel like they are being blackmailed into signing consent forms. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates... 6Schools in England have been told to allow kids back to class even if they refuse Covid testsCredit: AFP - Getty As students return to school they will receive three initial tests on site before transitioning to twice weekly home testing - but this is not compulsory. Some schools have been accused of "blackmailing" parents by telling them students must be tested in order to return from March 8. Val Mason, head teacher at Hornchurch High School in Havering, east London, wrote to parents saying children whose parents do...
    By JEFF AMY, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — The state Senate approved a plan Wednesday that would broaden eligibility for a Georgia program that pays for special education students to attend private schools. The Senate voted 38-15 to pass Senate Bill 47, sending it to the House, despite cries from opponents that the expansion is vulnerable to abuse and will drain money from public school systems. It's one of several voucher expansions under discussion this year in Georgia. A House bill would create a program that would create educational savings accounts for some students that parents could direct for learning-related purposes including home-schooling and private schools. Georgia already has another program that grants state income tax credits to people who donate to private school scholarship funds. Georgia’s existing special needs scholarship program grants money to about 5,000 students who have individualized education plans and have left public schools. The bill...
    DENVER (CBS4) – This week, leaders at Denver Public Schools are tackling the topic of getting back to school. The school year could be extended for students, depending on their decision. (credit: CBS) DPS Media Relations Manager Winna McLaren tells CBS4 the current proposed calendar does not have an early start, but board members will be discussing it at a work session on Thursday, March 4. READ MORE: Denver Public Library Wont Pull Dr. Seuss Books Over Racist Imagery, Citing Intellectual Freedom DPS isn’t the only district discussing a potential schedule shift. In February, Westminster Public Schools announced that students will have the choice to attend extra days to help make up for learning losses during the pandemic. The district is adding 12 more school days than originally planned. Some DPS board members have already been outspoken about altering the school year. Tay Anderson stated on Twitter that he would...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Many students across Maryland are starting their first week back in school for in-person learning. Among them are Children’s Guild students. Not every student flourishes in school. Some need a different approach to learning tailored to their needs that goes beyond books and traditional classroom instruction. READ MORE: Ernest Ford Indicted For Role In Deadly Shooting Of MTA Mobility Driver Frankye Duckett That’s where the Children’s Guild comes in. The nonprofit organization is being led by Jenny Livelli, its first female CEO and President. She said their program gives students in Maryland and Washington, D.C., a chance to learn through hands-on and project-based learning at four charter schools and two special needs schools. “It’s not just sitting and receiving education, it’s actually becoming part of the learning process,” Livelli said. READ MORE: Maryland Senate Passes Police Reform, Transparency Measures, Including Antons Law One of Julie Hummer’s sons went...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf released Wednesday his plan to give teachers doses of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The vaccination plan comes as Philadelphia teachers prepare to welcome back students. Hope Weiner is back inside her classroom at Chester Arthur Elementary School for the first time in nearly a year. READ MORE: One Well Probably Never Forget: Phillies To Welcome Fans Back At Citizens Bank Park After 18-Month Drought “For those children that are coming back to school on Monday, there’s a special meeting just for you,” Weiner told her students. Her kindergarten students have only seen her through a computer screen but several will be back in a classroom for the first time on Monday to begin hybrid learning. “It will be really nice to see the children that are coming back in, face-to-face, because we’ve built wonderful relationships through the computer but we haven’t...
    School choice is on the agenda at the Wisconsin Capitol this week. The Assembly’s Committee on Education will hear three proposals to expand or strengthen school choice in the state. AB 59 increases the income threshold for parents who want to enroll in Wisconsin’s Parental Choice program to 300% of the federal poverty level, or about $78,000 a-year for a family of four. AB 62 allows students who attend a virtual charter school to play high school sports in Wisconsin. AB 118 allows students to take virtual classes in a charter school or traditional school during the next school year. Currently open enrollment rules mean kids must take in-person classes. AB 119 ends Wisconsin’s open enrollment cap of just three outside school districts. This plan would allow students to apply to more virtual schools, and give them a better chance of finding an open spot. “The most pressing...
    By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) — Jill Biden, the teacher in the White House, along with new Education Secretary Miguel Cardona went back to school Wednesday in a public push to show districts that have yet to transition back to in-person learning that it can be done safely during the pandemic. “Teachers want to be back," the first lady said after she and Cardona spent about an hour visiting classrooms and other areas at Benjamin Franklin Elementary School in Meriden, Connecticut. “We want to be back. I’m a teacher. I am teaching virtually.” Biden is a veteran community college English professor who is now teaching remotely from the White House. She said her students recently told her they can’t wait to be back in the classroom. “But we just know we have to get back safely,” she said. The trip was the first order of business for...
    Latino mothers and their school-aged children gathered Tuesday to protest for San Francisco public schools to reopen, citing the challenges their families have faced after nearly a year of being away from classrooms, ABC 7 reported. The group gathered at Parque Ninos Unidos in the Mission District, where students sat on the lawn with laptops to participate in virtual learning. Iris Martinez, a fifth grader, told ABC 7 that she wants to go back to school because she can’t concentrate at home. A group of Latinx moms and their school aged kids gathered in San Francisco’s Parque Ninos Unidos in the Mission District to fight for public schools to reopen on Tuesday. https://t.co/2zBKUxTMRs pic.twitter.com/sPYqAwOx2V — ABC7 News (@abc7newsbayarea) March 3, 2021 “My house is too small. We don’t have our own desks. Right now, I am in my mom’s bedroom, we share bedrooms. My mom set me up with a...
    (CNN)Two teachers in Georgia are hoping to make online learning more fun with a rap to welcome their students back.For the last three years, Callie Evans and Audri Williams, teachers based in Dougherty County in Albany, have been producing back-to-school jams for students at Monroe Comprehensive High School. Dougherty County was hit hard by the coronavirus, so the school district has been out of the classroom since March.With the unknown that comes with the pandemic, the teachers said they felt it was especially important to motivate their students as they return to school virtually. "We didn't know what was going to happen," Evans told CNN. "They were used to being in class. So, we just wanted to kind of motivate them and engage them and make sure they were excited for what was to come even though it was unknown." This year, the teachers did a remake of Jack Harlow's...
    MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) — Jill Biden, the teacher in the White House, along with new Education Secretary Miguel Cardona went back to school Wednesday in a public push to show districts that have yet to transition back to in-person learning that it can be done safely during the pandemic. “Teachers want to be back,” the first lady said after she and Cardona spent about an hour visiting classrooms and other areas at Benjamin Franklin Elementary School in Meriden, Connecticut. “We want to be back. I’m a teacher. I am teaching virtually.” Biden is a veteran community college English professor who is now teaching remotely from the White House. She said her students recently told her they can’t wait to be back in the classroom. “But we just know we have to get back safely,” she said. The trip was the first order of business for Cardona, Connecticut’s former...
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Allowing schools to open earlier and bolstering their summer school offerings are both being floated by Gov. Tony Evers as ways to help students catch up after a year of virtual learning during the coronavirus pandemic. Allowing schools to open before Sept. 1 for the 2021-2022 academic year would require a law change. The Legislature has balked at previous attempts to loosen the opening date under pressure from the state's tourism industry that backs having students available to work summer jobs up until September. Evers said at a WisPolitics.com event on Tuesday that opening earlier than September was something that “might” have to be done temporarily. Evers, who spent 10 years as state superintendent of schools, urged schools to consider what can be done to help students catch up. “There’s no question in my mind that regardless of the way this pandemic played out in schools,...
    People walk with signs against assault rifles during "March for Our Lives", an organized demonstration to end gun violence, in downtown Los Angeles, California, U.S., March 24, 2018. REUTERS/Patrick T. Fallon A 15-year-old was injured in a school shooting in Arkansas on Monday. School shootings temporarily stopped while students learned remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic. Experts told Insider school policies and stricter gun laws can prevent shootings from happening. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. A 15-year-old student was injured on Monday during a shooting at a junior high school in Arkansas — marking the alarming return of such events that had stopped for nearly a year as students across the country learned virtually from home amid the COVID-19 pandemic. While school shootings are relatively rare compared to other types of shootings in the United States, over the past several decades they have prompted nationwide protests and...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS/AP) — With growing emphasis on getting students back in schools, teachers and school staff will receive the first doses delivered to Pennsylvania of the newly approved one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine, under Gov. Tom Wolf’s plan being released Wednesday. State officials expect a first shipment of 94,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to arrive this week as school districts face pressure to bring students back to classrooms for in-person instruction. Vaccination at more than two dozen sites around Pennsylvania could begin as early as next Wednesday, the governor’s office said. READ MORE: Cell Phone Video Captures 4-Alarm Blaze At Howard Johnson Hotel In Blackwood Giving the vaccine to teachers and other school staff will “help protect school communities and get more students back into classrooms,” Wolf’s office said. The goal is to offer every public and private school employee from teachers to bus drivers, with...
    WENATCHEE, Wash. (KGO) -- Wenatchee High School finding a socially distanced solution to get the band back together."I have space and I can play. And I can see the conductor and the drum major. It's a nice space to just be there. Without the mask!"Easy for a clarinet player like Gonzalez to say, as the tuba is less comfortable.RELATED: EXCLUSIVE: East Bay school's hybrid model could be key to reviving in-person learning across Bay AreaThese so called pods are set up in the band and choir rooms with individual students getting inside, zipping themselves in, and then removing their masks to play their instruments or sing.It's a welcome change after spending an entire semester in online band and choir classes."Not super fun to see black boxes with a name instead of your choirmates that you love so much," Libby Borst said of their Zoom meetings.RELATED: Music brings people together, helps...
    (CBS4) – More school districts are returning to full in-person learning as they get middle and high schoolers back in classrooms. CBS Denver Medical Editor Dr. Dave Hnida said the current science shows schools have not really been vectors for the spread of coronavirus. (credit: Hyoung Chang/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images) Hnida also said the number of teachers being vaccinated is increasing as the level of COVID-19 is decreasing in communities, but he did point out having students back in class will mean more interaction. READ MORE: Deputies: Naples Student, 11, Brought Gun To School, Threatened Classmates “There is a risk involved,” he said, “but right now at this point in time, I think the message to parents is really this: take a look at what your district is offering and make sure you are comfortable with it, particularly the school your child attends.” READ MORE: Tampa School...
    Sen. Ted Cruz and other Republicans excoriated Democrats and the government after a report found an estimated 3 million children have “fallen off the grid” and are not showing up to their virtual classes. “Three...million...kids. Fallen off the grid. Abandoned. Dem politicians are fine with it — want it to continue indefinitely,” Cruz tweeted on Tuesday. “Enough. #OpenSchoolsNow.” Three...million...kids.Fallen off the grid. Abandoned.Dem politicians are fine with it—want it to continue indefinitely. Enough. #OpenSchoolsNow https://t.co/O6lDXVz9pQ— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) March 2, 2021 Cruz was responding to a report that approximately 3 million students may have gone “missing” from school since last March when schools were locked down over the coronavirus. STUDENTS GO MISSING AS REMOTE LEARNING TAKES HOLD DURING PANDEMIC Rep. Nancy Mace and others joined Cruz in condemning the government for lockdowns that reportedly resulted in so many children going missing. “This is what happens when...
    Now that California’s public-school teachers have been moved to the head of the vaccine line, it’s time for them to end their obstructionist resistance to reopening classrooms. Unfortunately, a year into the pandemic, Gov. Gavin Newsom and especially Democratic leaders of the state Legislature still lack the political backbone to make that happen. The deal they announced this week for enticing resumption of in-person instruction was an abdication of their responsibility to lead. The reopening-lite strategy was driven by political fear of the teacher unions. It was a carrot rather than a much-needed stick, dangling $2 billion in front of school districts if they begin to reopen by the end of this month. But it does nothing to stop the stonewalling by teacher unions across the state that, despite the science, have blocked reopening in most districts. The deal, which lacks a mandate, still leaves it up to trustees in...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — With growing emphasis on getting students back in schools, teachers and school staff will receive the first doses delivered to Pennsylvania of the newly approved one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine, under Gov. Tom Wolf's plan being released Wednesday. State officials expect a first shipment of 94,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to arrive this week as school districts face pressure to bring students back to classrooms for in-person instruction. Giving the vaccine to teachers and other school staff will “help protect school communities and get more students back into classrooms,” Wolf's office said. More details were to be released Wednesday. Teachers unions, superintendents, school boards and other education groups have asked Wolf to prioritize school staff for the COVID-19 vaccine, calling it an “absolutely essential” step toward reopening schools and keeping them open. The state is still in Phase 1A of its vaccine plan,...
    While there is still a lot of uncertainty surrounding education during the coronavirus pandemic, state and local leaders are planning for the future. One idea before the Maryland General Assembly would give students the option to enroll in full-time, virtual public school. It would allow the state, a county school board or a public institution of higher education to create a tuition-free program that would be offered to students across Maryland. Virtual schools would not be able to enroll more than 1% of school-aged children in each county. “Now is the time to enable Maryland’s public schools to give students the option to thrive in virtual learning,” said Republican Del. Kathy Szeliga, who introduced the legislation. “Some students have thrived in the virtual learning environment and would like to continue.” Szeliga, a former teacher who represents parts of Howard and Baltimore counties, added that she also supports “our national and...
    LOUDOUN COUNTY, Virginia — For Carri Michon and Cheryl Onderchain, most of their “new normal” has involved wrestling with their local school board. The Virginia mothers have been religiously showing up in person to the Loudoun County School Board meetings since last summer, advocating for the full reopening of in-person learning for students despite the coronavirus pandemic. "We’re the voice of many, many, many people because somebody has to fight for the children," Michon told the Washington Examiner at one of the meetings. Loudoun County sits about 40 minutes outside of Washington, D.C., and is one of the wealthiest counties in the country, with a median household income of over $142,000. It has just begun sending students back to school part-time by using a hybrid model, in which students spend part of the week in class and the rest learning remotely. Almost 15,000 students, ranging from preschool to fifth grade,...
    DENVER (CBS4) – Parents and a pediatrician are teaming up to encourage the state to rethink mandatory quarantines as kids return to school. With widespread mask wearing, and teachers getting vaccinated, they say there’s no need to disrupt learning. Pediatrician Todd Porter is calling on the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to remove quarantine protocols for school districts as kids head back to the classroom across the state. READ MORE: Aurora City Council Questions Panelists About Elijah McClain Independent Review (credit: CBS) “If you have an exposure of somebody within the school with COVID-19, if both parties were wearing masks at the time of the exposure, they should be allowed to continue to in-person quarantine over that 14-day period while self-monitoring,” said Dr. Porter, a community pediatrician in Denver. “We have an opportunity right now to start to right the wrongs we’ve done to our kids.” Porter, a father...
    WENATCHEE, Wash. (KGO) -- Wenatchee High School finding a socially distanced solution to get the band back together."I have space and I can play. And I can see the conductor and the drum major. It's a nice space to just be there. Without the mask!"Easy for a clarinet player like Gonzalez to say, as the tuba is less comfortable.RELATED: EXCLUSIVE: East Bay school's hybrid model could be key to reviving in-person learning across Bay AreaThese so called pods are set up in the band and choir rooms with individual students getting inside, zipping themselves in, and then removing their masks to play their instruments or sing.It's a welcome change after spending an entire semester in online band and choir classes."Not super fun to see black boxes with a name instead of your choirmates that you love so much," Libby Borst said of their Zoom meetings.RELATED: Music brings people together, helps...
    PALO ALTO (CBS SF/BCN) — While on a campaign to push more school reopenings across the state, Gov. Gavin Newsom and a group of local leaders visited an opened Palo Alto elementary school on Tuesday to encourage campuses to resume in-class instruction as quickly as possible. The governor pointed to Barron Park Elementary School, where he spoke, as an example for resuming in-class instruction. READ MORE: Pelosi: BART South Bay Extension Project Funding To Be Pulled From COVID Relief Bill Its campus was one of the first schools in the Bay Area to reopen in October using a hybrid model of in-person and online instruction. The Palo Alto Unified School District that Barron Park is a part of intends to reopen for grades 7-12 by next week. “[Classrooms have] plexiglass, appropriately distanced, ventilation, doors open, windows open,” Newsom said. “Proving that we can get our kids back...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- The families of a million public school K-12 students in Illinois will be getting a very important card in the mail the next few weeks.It will be loaded with money to help with food insecurity brought about by the pandemic.As in-person learning resumes for more CPS students, things are still far from back to normal for many of their families."There are a lot of families struggling right now with kids not having access to meals at school unfortunately there are a lot of kids are going hungry," said Claudia Rodriguez, Greater Chicago Food Depository, Senior Manager of Public Benefits OutreachThe State of Illinois received federal money to offer more relief to more children - one million children.Students will receive the funds through their school districts.Children that qualify for free meals qualify for the Pandemic Electornic Benefit Transfer, or P-EBT.That means students in any school could qualify.In some...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- While some Chicago Public Schools elementary students were able to return to in-person learning this week, high school students and parents wonder if and when they'll be able to do the same.Nikolaj and Jovana Todorovski, both CPS high school students, are anxious to get out of the house and back into a real classroom after almost a year at the dining room table."It's not, like, the structure you have being physically in the building and you lose your motivation to do homework, sometimes participate in class, even turning on your camera is a big deal," Nikolaj said.Both attend Lincoln Park High School; Nikolaj is a senior while Jovana is a freshman. Seven months into the school year, she has never met her teachers or classmates."If I don't know a question about something, usually I ask my friend or someone in my class, but it's hard to do...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — As some Maryland students begin to head back to the classroom nearly a year after the COVID-19 pandemic began, some state lawmakers have introduced legislation that would give students the option to take part in a full-time online public school program. The legislation would allow the state, a county or public higher education institution to create a tuition-free virtual public school program. Under the bill, students would be able to attend any public virtual school in the state regardless of where they live. READ MORE: BWI Recognized As Best North American Airport Of Its Size By ACI World As proposed, virtual schools would not be able to enroll more than one percent of school-aged children in each county. Del. Kathy Szeliga, a Republican representing portions of Baltimore and Harford counties, introduced House Bill 1170 in the House of Delegates, saying in a news release that some...
    HARRISON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — The New York State Health Department could soon release new guidelines for reopening schools. School officials across the state are eagerly awaiting the new safety requirements, but some administrators are taking action and making investments to get as many students back in the classroom as soon as possible. READ MORE: Blackface Costume Controversy Hits N.J. Town Of Lakewood While hybrid now, all kindergarten through fifth grade students in the Harrison, New York, school district will be back in school full time in less than three weeks, with middle and high schoolers expected to return after spring break in April. Many parents can’t wait. “I feel that the kids need to be back, so whatever they gotta do,” one parent told CBS2’s Hazel Sanchez. CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC Ask CBS2’s Dr. Max Your Vaccine Questions COVID Vaccine FAQ From CDC Vaccination Sites In New York City | Call...
    DELAWARE COUNTY, Pa. (CBS) — As of Tuesday, all students in the Chester Upland School District can return to school buildings, at least part of the time. Eyewitness News was outside Chester High School. This was the first day that grades three through 12 could begin hybrid learning. READ MORE: 800 Philadelphia Apartment Complex Residents Receive COVID-19 Vaccine During Clinic Pre-k through second graders transitioned to hybrid learning last month. READ MORE: Temple University Basketballs Season Finale Vs. Wichita State Canceled Due To COVID-19 Issues Students are divided into two cohorts and report to schools on different days. MORE NEWS: 52-Year-Old Man Fighting For His Life After Stabbed Multiple Times In Nicetown, Philadelphia Police Say About 900 students district-wide are returning in person while 1,700 will continue full remote learning.
    Chicago (CNN)Leigh Oquendo welcomed her kindergarteners on Monday as they filed into her Hawthorne Scholastic Academy classroom in Chicago, as any teacher would.What made this day special was that, for many of the children, it was the first time they had seen a teacher or fellow students in-person since the pandemic closed schools last MarchThey returned to a classroom where desks are spaced apart -- a precaution put in place to help prevent the possible spread of Covid-19 -- and where everyone, including Oquendo, is required to wear a mask. But, after months of distance learning, they all appeared happy to be there together."It was really important for me to get back in the classroom (and) see my students, especially this age," Oquendo told CNN. "Five and six year olds need to be in school."This week marked a milestone for students and teachers, including Oquendo, in the Chicago Public Schools....
    Citing the severe impact of the pandemic on children and on the workforce, President Joe Biden announced Tuesday that he would use federal powers to prioritize educators and child care workers for vaccine shots this month. Speaking at the White House, Biden described a general of students as being 'on the brink.' He brought up school openings – an issue that has brought partisan attacks and that has provoked a split among Democratic-leaning teachers and some parents eager to get their children back in school. 'I'm using the full authority of the federal government. I'm directing every state to do the same,' Biden said.  President Joe Biden announced a program Tuesday to get educators at least one coronavirus vaccine shot by the end of March Many states are already prioritizing teachers near the top of the line for vaccinations, but Biden said he would use federal authority to move...
    The president of a Los Angeles teachers' union said Monday that the state's plan to return to in-person learning is "propagating structural racism." Her comments come after California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday reached a deal with state Democratic lawmakers that gives LA County schools $6.6 billion in incentives to reopen before April 1. "If you condition funding on the reopening of schools, that money will only go to White and wealthier schools that don't have the transmission rates that low-income, Black and Brown communities do," UTLA President Cecily Myart-Cruz said in a Monday news conference. "This is a recipe for propagating structural racism, and it is deeply unfair to the students we serve." She added that minority communities are being "unfairly targeted by people who are not experiencing this disease in the same ways as students and families are in our communities." The UTLA believes schools should only reopen once all teachers have...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Along with being part of the dozens of schools expected to change its name, Lowell High School is also eliminating selective merit-based admission and moving to a lottery system. That one-year trial became permanent by the San Francisco school board late last year. A current teacher and two former students aren't sure it's for the right reasons.Alumni Ian Wang and Rachael Schmidt along with physics teacher Richard Shapiro are all featured in the new documentary "Try Harder!" focusing on the intense pressure students face at the top-ranked school. They also gave their thoughts on the recent changes.Both Wang and Schmidt agreed it's important to consider a renaming, but questioned the timing since we are in a pandemic. Schmidt also said "it shouldn't be for the purpose of posture. It should be done actually with the intentions of care and understanding the impacts of what that name...
    RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Public school teachers in Washington state continue to resist returning to the classroom during the COVID-19 pandemic, despite the urging of Gov. Jay Inslee. Educators in Renton voted not to return to in-person teaching. KIRO reports the Renton School District had planned for preschool, kindergarten and self-contained elementary special education teachers to return to school classrooms on Wednesday. The teacher’s union says the district failed to address the safety concerns from school nurses, special education teachers and staff considered to be high-risk. But the district said the union had already approved an agreement that said teachers would return on Wednesday. There are about 15,000 total students in the Renton district. Earlier, teachers in Seattle – the state’s largest district with more than 50,000 students – had balked at plans to return some students to classes early in March. The Seattle public teachers’ union filed unfair labor...
    Students in Pre-K through second grade returned to Arlington County classrooms Tuesday, a step that Superintendent Francisco Duran says the school system is prepared to take on. Roughly 75% of the student body took the in-person learning option, while 25% will continue to learn virtually. Staff and students who return will complete a daily screening to ensure they’re able to participate each day, a step that Duran said is designed to increase transparency and help ease concerns about tracking COVID-19 cases and possible exposure. The school district is working with health officials and has a protocol in place in the event a teacher or student tests positive, which includes alerting anyone who may have been exposed and investigating all incidents. “We wanted to make sure that we had all the mitigation factors in place that are very necessary, and so we feel confident now that we’re able to do that,”...