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    DELAWARE COUNTY, Pa. (CBS) — Students in the Chester Upland School District are getting their chance to return to the classroom on Tuesday. School officials made the announcement that the district will be welcoming just over 850 students back on Tuesday, March 2, after the completion of its Family School Reopening Survey. “I’m so excited to welcome our students back,” said Dr. Carol Birks, superintendent of CUSD. “In-person education is so critical for our students and goes beyond what they learn in their classes. I want to commend our faculty and staff, who have done an incredible job supporting our students’ learning this school year. READ MORE: WATCH LIVE: Pennsylvania Health Department To Provide COVID-19 Vaccine Update In order to comply with social distancing guidelines, students will be divided into two cohorts. READ MORE: Cherry Hill School District Psychologist Francesca Aldrich Helping Inspire, Connect Students Through Virtual Black History Month...
    Some teachers at a California public school tried to dissuade students from returning to classrooms one day after families were given the option to send children back for in-person instruction, ABC 7 reported. Parents of students enrolled at Pleasanton Unified School District, located roughly 40 miles east of San Francisco, told ABC 7 that some of the district’s teachers used time during Zoom classes Friday morning to convince students that returning to school wouldn’t be a pleasant experience. “Essentially, I’ll have my desk sort of taped off and I can’t really leave that area,” one teacher said over Zoom, according to a recording ABC 7 obtained. (RELATED: Entire School Board Resigns In California After Being Caught On Video Disparaging Parents Who Wanted Schools To Reopen) “If you want to go to school for social reasons, recognize that you absolutely will not have that. There’s no question that you will not...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — While they may be coming at a strange time of year, the first day of school jitters are very real in several local school districts returning to their classrooms for the first time this year. Sure, parents may find themselves feeling a bit relieved, but for the kids it can be a time of high anxiety. READ MORE: Tree Of Life Congregation Donates Supplies To The Wilkinsburg School District Dr. Allison Bashe is a Psychologist and the Clinical Director for New Horizons Counseling Services. She says those concerns could have roots in several places. “The most important thing you can do when someone shares a concern is to validate how the person is feeling, meet them where there are.” In other words don’t dismiss your child fears with a quick ‘Oh, you’ll be okay.’ Dr. Bashe says, “Sometimes we rush too quickly to say it’s going to...
    AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — The University of Massachusetts is planning to return to in-person classes Monday after a previous surge in COVID-19 cases led the school to pause campus instruction for two weeks. University officials say recent restrictions have helped reduce the spread of COVID-19, allowing the school to decrease its risk level from “high” to “elevated.” The decision was made with input from the state's Department of Public Health, according to a Friday message from Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy. Students will be allowed to attend classes on campus as long as they comply with requirements to be tested for COVID-19 twice a week. Sports teams will be allowed to resume practices and away competitions, but there will be no home games until mid-March. Subbaswamy warned that students will be barred from holding unauthorized gatherings of any size, adding that small gatherings without masks and social distancing were “a significant cause”...
    BOSTON (CBS) – Massachusetts Sec. of Education Jim Peyser said the process of getting students back in school is not moving fast enough, but he hopes a new testing program being expanded by the state will help more children return to the classroom. “The first priority has to be to bring as many students as we possibly can back into their schools, back into their classrooms with their teachers, with their peers for in-person instruction as soon as possible,” Peyser told WBZ-TV political analyst Jon Keller. “That is happening, but on an unfortunately too slow basis.” READ MORE: MassDOT Begins Updating Exit Numbers On Interstate 95 This week, the state plans to expand its “pooled” testing program to more school districts. Hundreds of schools have expressed interest in joining the program. Pooled testing allows labs to test up to 20 samples at once. Any batch that comes back positive would...
    Across Minnesota today, students are returning to school after months of distance learning. As they do, a growing number of educational leaders and commentators across the country are arguing that schools should focus first on addressing the “learning loss” that students likely suffered since schools closed last spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The policies being proposed include: extended summer school, year-round learning, grade retention, intensive online and in-person tutoring, and boot camps during which students concentrate on making up for lost ground in mastering basic skills. While learning loss is an issue that we must understand and address, young people’s path out of the pandemic should not begin with boot camps. Starting with that strategy would only exacerbate the inequities that the COVID-19 pandemic has already laid bare. But if focusing on learning loss is not the right way to help students return to school, what is? A wide...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden said during a CNN town hall Tuesday that teachers should be moved higher on the list of those who are getting vaccinated against Covid-19."I think that we should be vaccinating teachers. We should move them up in the hierarchy," he said. Later, responding to a question from a high school teacher on how schools can safely reopen and whether school staff should be vaccinated before returning to class, Biden said officials are not suggesting large classes to resume at this time, urging instead for "smaller classes, more ventilation, making sure that everybody has masks and is socially distanced.""Making sure that everyone from the sanitation workers.. (and those that) do all the maintenance, that they are in fact able to be protected as well," Biden said. "Making sure you're in a situation where you don't have the congregation of a lot of people ... including the school bus.""So...
    MORAGA — Students enrolled at the four campuses of the Moraga School District returned to classrooms for the first time in months on Tuesday, but only partially. The students, kindergartners through sixth-graders, are doing a mix of in-person learning and studying from home, a district representative said. Under Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposed “Safe Schools for All” plan announced Dec. 30, districts can reopen campuses to students once the county COVID-19 case rate falls to 25 cases per 100,000 residents. On Feb. 7, Contra Costa County’s average for cases per 100,000 dropped to an adjusted rate of 23.7, helping set the stage for getting kids back into Moraga classrooms. The district has about 1,850 students. They attend Camino Pablo, Donald Rheem and Los Perales elementary schools, as well as Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School. Meanwhile, nearby Lafayette School District is set to have kindergartners through fifth graders back on campuses starting Thursday....
    Loading the player... The Chicago Teachers Union has approved a deal with the nation’s third-largest school district to get students back to class during the coronavirus pandemic, union officials announced early Wednesday. The vote by the union’s roughly 25,000 members ends the possibility of an immediate teacher lockout or strike. The agreement follows months of negotiations — which had intensified in recent weeks — with plans that included more teacher vaccinations and metrics to allow school closures when COVID-19 infections spike. Read More: Chicago mayor touts deal with union to reopen schools The union said 13,681 members voted to approve the agreement and 6,585 voted against it. In a statement, the union described the agreement as the “absolute limit to which CPS was willing to go at the bargaining table to guarantee a minimum number of guardrails for any semblance of safety in schools.” Union President Jesse Sharkey also criticized the...
    toggle audio on and off change volume download audio Superintendent Smith details items approved by the School Board's unanimous vote Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland will begin opening doors to in-person learning starting March 1. The transition will begin with vocational students and some students with special needs. Then larger groups of students will be phased back by grade level starting on March 15. The county school board approved the move unanimously on Tuesday. No in-person classes will be held on Wednesdays. Some in-person learning will rotate on various schedules. Schools will contact families with details that apply to each child. Each school will hold a virtual orientation by March 15 for all students, regardless of when their group returns. About 40% of families have indicated that they want their students to return to classrooms. Families that previously opted for in-person learning can maintain their virtual learning status...
    AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn University is fully resuming on-campus operations that were disrupted by the coronavirus last year. All optional remote instruction will end on Sunday and most employees who have been working on a virtual basis will return to campus on Monday, the Opelika-Auburn News reported. The decision to reopen was based on multiple factors, said Dr. Fred Kam, director of the university medical clinic. “You’re looking at all the data, all of the information and … you’re forecasting on where you think things will be,” Kam said. The university has seen a downward trend in COVID-19 since 113 cases were reported during the week ending Jan. 17. The university said 75 new virus cases were self-reported during the week ending Jan. 31, three fewer cases than the previous week. The school also reported a 0.9% positivity rate among those tested through its voluntary sentinel testing, according to...
    HUNTINGTON BEACH (CBSLA) — It was back to the classroom this week for the 120 teachers in the Huntington Beach Union High School District who have been teaching from home since the school year began. With the option of remote teaching no longer available in the Huntington Beach Union High School District, a group of Orange County students have organized a virtual strike in support of teachers who do not feel safe returning to campus. (CBSLA) The option of remote teaching is no longer being offered by the district, which has prompted a group of students to organize a virtual strike in support of their teachers who have been forced to use their sick time or take a leave of absence if they do not feel safe returning to campus. “The teachers who felt OK to be there, a majority of them do not have severe health issues, and I...
    The Chicago Teachers Union was pushing Friday for its members to be vaccinated before being required to return to classrooms, one of the key sticking points in its ongoing labor dispute with the city’s public schools over a planned Feb. 1 reopening date for K-8 students.  But the argument for teachers to obtain the COVID-19 inoculations as a precursor for resuming in-person work appears not to have prevented other large school districts around the U.S. from reopening their doors -- some even months ago.   Public educational facilities in places like New York City, Miami-Dade County and Houston are currently open for various levels of in-person and blended learning. Yet, out of that group, only in New York -- as of about two weeks ago -- are teachers currently eligible to receive the coronavirus vaccine, according to an analysis by Education Week.  In this Jan. 11 photo, pre-kindergarten teacher Angela Panush reads a story to her students at Dawes Elementary in Chicago. Some parents have suggested they will sue to force teachers to return to classrooms for in-person instruction. (AP/Chicago Sun-Times) CHICAGO PARENTS PROMISE TO SUE TEACHER’S...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- CPS parents expressed frustration and uncertainty as the Chicago Public School district and the Chicago Teachers Union battle over whether students and teacher should be back in the classrooms.Learning at home is a struggle for students like Joe Myers, 18. He is a CPS student with autism, and his mother said returning to school two and a half weeks ago was the best thing for him."That's where his friends are, that's where he gets his social support, his emotional support, his interaction, it's everything for him," said Kate Myers, CPS parent.Kate said she would never send Joe back if it was not safe for him or his teachers, but CPS is keeping all cluster and pre-K kids home as the district and CTU continue to bargain over a safe return."We don't know who is running the Chicago Public School system. Is it the mayor or is it...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Philadelphia School District is looking to return some students to in-person learning soon. On Monday, the process began with the opening of six regional centers. The School District of Philadelphia has begun to open regional centers for specialized services at several schools throughout the city. Students have been in an all-virtual setting since last March. Staff will be on hand to determine student eligibility for special education and support services only. The centers will operate out of six schools located across the city and will allow staff to conduct in-person student assessments and complete evaluations to determine educational plans for special needs children. In light of the pandemic, health and safety procedures will be in place for in-person interactions. This includes signage, use of masks and social distancing protocols. Staff members and students will be tested for COVID-19 via a rapid test prior to being allowed...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – While most districts across the region have been offering at least the choice of classroom learning, Pittsburgh Public Schools is considering again moving back the start day — this time until April 6. The teachers union says it’s the wise thing to do. “We’re just saying we’d like to wait for the vaccinations for the safety of our students and our members,” said union president Nina Esposito-Visgitis. In a letter to school board president Sylvia Wilson, the union executive committee said: “Overall, we find that our membership is anxious to get back to their students, but they want to do it safely, once they have been vaccinated with both doses of either the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine.” After hearing from parents Monday night, the board will vote on Wednesday whether to delay, but the watchdog group A-Plus Schools cites falling academic scores and more than 4,000...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pittsburgh Public Schools leaders are set to host a public hearing where talks about students returning to in-person learning are expected to occur ahead of Wednesday’s vote. Parents and students in the district will have the opportunity to express their thoughts and concerns to the school board tonight. The concern here is whether or not to send kids back to school for in person learning before or after spring break. A resolution was presented during last week’s agenda review meeting and would postpone students’ return to the classroom until after April 6. Related story: Pittsburgh Public Schools Board Considers Pushing Back In-Person Learning To April There are a few reasons why these talks happened. The school board says COVID-19 cases in Allegheny County remain high. Plus, some teachers, bus drivers, and staff are concerned about coming back to the classroom before they get the...
    Chicago Teachers Union members voted to defy Chicago Public Schools’ reopening plans, refusing to return to classrooms until teachers are vaccinated, numerous sources reported. The school district, which is the nation’s third largest, was planning to welcome back roughly 70,000 students for part-time, in-person instruction on Feb. 1. However, the union opposed the plan, calling on its members to continue teaching from home despite the district’s reopening plan, the Associated Press reported. Breaking: Chicago Teachers Union members vote to defy Chicago Public Schools’ reopening plans and continue working from home tomorrow because of health and safety concerns, a source says. About 86% of CTU members voted, and 71% of those members approved the collective action — Nader Issa (@NaderDIssa) January 24, 2021 Roughly 10,000 K-8 teachers and other staffers would have returned to classrooms Monday to prepare for the school’s reopening for students, after nearly a year of online...
    BOSTON (CBS) – Like just about every other school in the nation, Boston University is doing a balancing act right now of bringing students back amid the pandemic. But at the BU School of Public Health, there’s an uprising taking hold. Teachers and students are demanding their graduate studies be done online. Over 150 teachers, staff, and students at the School of Public Health have signed a petition asking that classes be fully online, starting next week. “There are a large number of faculty and staff that are essentially being forced to go into class, into risk in person exposure,” said Michael Siegel, a Professor at the BU School of Public Health. Some of the students say it’s ironic that they feel jeopardized while studying public health. “We have had, what, over 400,000 deaths in this country? I think it’s inexcusable that we would return to the class,” said student...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago Public Schools won’t let teachers conduct remote learning from their homes. So dozens of them teachers are setting up classes in a rather unlikely place. They were outside the northwest side home of Miguel del Valle, president of the Board of Education. CPS said it docked the pay of least 145 staffers who didn’t show up for the first day of in-person learning Monday. The teachers said they can’t be sure the buildings are safe from COVID. “I am here, outside in the cold, in the morning and ready to teach out in the cold for as long as necessary until we have a plan that is actually safe for us,” said CPS teacher Quetzalli Castro. Some teachers said they’re worried about giving the coronavirus to older relatives. CPS has repeatedly said school buildings are safe and sanitary. CPS  in-person learning for kindergarten through eight grade students...
    Students in the Los Angeles Unified School District will be required to get a coronavirus vaccine before they’re allowed to return to the classroom, the Los Angeles Times reported. Superintendent Austin Beutner said Monday that once vaccines are available to children, then students will be forced to be vaccinated before they can return to in-person learning, the Los Angeles Times reported. Beutner doesn’t believe that campuses should remain closed until vaccines are available for children, however. Instead, Beutner said that the state should develop a set of standards to reopen and then require campuses to open once those standards are met, according to the report. Beutner said in a pre-recorded briefing that a vaccine requirement would be “no different than students who are vaccinated for measles or mumps,” according to the report. (RELATED: Los Angeles Reportedly Calls In The National Guard To Help Remove Corpses Amid COVID-19 Spike) The superintendent added...
    Originally Published by: WHO confirms that it will visit Wuhan in coronavirus investigation Tokyo Olympic president tries to reassure doubting country Pope Francis to receive COVID-19 vaccine this week Austin Beutner, the superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District, said Monday that students will have to receive the inoculation once it is available before heading back into the classroom, according to a report.   The Los Angeles Times reported that Beutner compared the move to how schools already require vaccinations for measles and mumps. He said that he hopes all students in the system will be vaccinated by January 2022. The paper reported that he made the comments during a pre-recorded briefing and told parents who are skeptical about the vaccine that there is the option for “a child to stay online learning and therefore not have to go back to campus.”...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Students at all Los Angeles Unified campuses will be required to get vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to their return to in-person learning, officials said Monday. In a pre-recorded briefing cited by the Los Angeles Times, Supt. Austin Beutner said the requirement would be “no different than students who are vaccinated for measles or mumps”. Beutner did not suggest campuses remain closed until vaccines are available for students and staff, the Times reported. During the briefing, Beutner reportedly compared to immunizations for staff and students as similar to those who ““are tested for tuberculosis before they come on campus.” While teachers and other essential workers are slated to receive vaccines as early as next month, student vaccinations are still believed to be months away, according to the report. Because of a lower risk of complications from COVID-19, children and young adults “are likely to be among the...
    DENVER (CBS4)– With many Denver Public Schools students returning to the classroom next week, a group of teachers and other employees held what they called a “vigil” outside the Denver Public Schools administration building. (credit: CBS) They claim DPS has no plan to keep them safe. And so they posted more than 100 messages to the administration on a fence outside the doors. “No more COVID deaths” one sign read. Heather Abreu is a teacher and a parent of two DPS students and very concerned about a return to her school. “I contracted COVID in November upon entering school and I don’t think it’s safe unless we have very specific measures in place.” (credit: CBS) Denver Public Schools insists it is ok to return to the classroom, writing a statement to CBS4,” Our partners at Denver Health believe we are in a good position to safely welcome students back for...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The San Francisco Unified School District and teachers' union failed to come to an agreement on reopening amid COVID-19.Roughly 14,000 students between January and March were scheduled to go back to in-person classes in San Francisco. That's not happening anymore."This is a sad day for kids in the city and we need to do better by them," said San Francisco Mayor London Breed.Mayor Breed says the union has unrealistic requirements and added, "We won't be able to realistically test every student, every week. We won't be able to make sure that a certain percentage of people are vaccinated before we open school. There are things we won't be able to do right away," said Breed.RELATED: San Francisco Unified discusses plan for in-person classesAccording to the school district, labor groups proposed "no staff or students return to in-person classes until the city is in the orange tier."In...
    CULVER CITY (CBSLA) — The Culver City Unified School District is trying to decide if some younger students can return to in-person learning in January, but not everyone agrees with the proposal. “I don’t want to lose my kid and I’m really scared,” one parent said. Some parents are eager to get their students back into their normal routines, which some argue contribute to better learning outcomes. Los Angeles County granted waivers for four of the five elementary schools within Culver City Unified to allow T-K through the second grade to return to campus next month. Single mom Heather DeFelice says she is hoping the district allows the schools to reopen so her 6-year-old can return to some sort of hybrid schedule and she can return to work as a speech pathologist. “We can wear a mask, we can socially distance the kids, you know that’s the primary focus,” DeFelice...
    Some students in the Fairfax County, Virginia, Public Schools system will be returning to virtual learning as a result of rising coronavirus cases in the county. In a letter to parents, the county said students in Group 3 will return to all virtual learning Monday, because as of Saturday, it had seen seven straight days in which its percent positivity rate surpassed the county’s 10% threshold. The number of coronavirus cases in Northern Virginia has increased of late, with many local teacher’s associations calling for a return to virtual classes. This week, the Fairfax County teachers union said the school system is rushing to get kids back into classrooms without considering safety. Fairfax recorded a 10.9% positivity rate Saturday. Group 3 includes elementary comprehensive service sites, Key Center, Kilmer Center, students with limited or interrupted formal education and recently-arrived English learners in grades 3-12. “We know this is a disappointment...
    The California State University system, the nation’s largest public four-year higher education institution, will look toward returning students to in-person learning in fall 2021, which would be about a year-and-a-half since shuttering campuses at the start of the coronavirus pandemic in March. The CSU system, headquartered in Long Beach but with 23 campuses throughout the state, announced plans to bring students back to campus on Wednesday, Dec. 9. Cal State officials had kept the timeline for returns students to campus fluid for much of 2020, with outgoing Chancellor Timothy P. White announcing in May that the current fall semester — which saw 485,549 students enrolled — would be virtual. In September, the system announced the spring semester, set to begin Jan. 19, would also be online. California, like the rest of the country, is in the middle of a renewed surge, one that is worsening by the day. The result...
    NORRISTOWN, Pa. (CBS) — Schools have been the center of debate during the pandemic. Montgomery County’s all-virtual mandate ended Monday, with county officials leaving it up to each individual district about where to go from here. Spring-Ford School District officials say they believe in-person learning is the best option for their students and are allowing them to return to the classroom Tuesday. Eyewitness News was at the Royersford Elementary School Tuesday morning where many parents are upset because the school gave a late notice of reopening. Their students are returning to in-person learning this morning, but it was a decision that took parents by surprise. Just for Monday, the superintendent made the decision to go virtual, which had many parents concerned. “Who decided to make you king, to overrule the entire board and say people stop having kids go to school today? Twenty-four hours notice, now 13 hours notice for...
    SCIOTO — With rising COVID cases and many other reasons related to COVID, more schools have announced their decision to begin remote learning. As of press time, the Scioto County Educational Service Center released that New Boston, Clay, Minford, Scioto DD, and West schools are remote until Jan. 4, 2021, Clay beginning Dec. 8, Wheelersburg is remote from Dec. 9 until Jan. 15, 2021, Northwest is remote until Jan. 19, 2021. It was also verified to the Portsmouth Daily Times that Portsmouth City Schools would begin remote learning beginning Dec. 10 until Jan. 8, 2021. Once again, Superintendents, along with others in their district, have had to make the decision, but doing so with the interest of their students and staff first and foremost. Wheelersburg Superintendent, Mark Knapp, stated that this decision was not made lightly and was made by not only him but by consulting staff, administrators, and school...
    MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Pa. (CBS) — School districts in our region are finding different issues with returning students to class as plans keep fluctuating. Students in Montgomery County were able to return to in-person learning Monday morning after health officials ordered schools closed for the past two weeks due to rising COVID-19 cases. While some school districts have decided to remain all virtual, like Perkiomen and Springford, students in Lower Moreland Township schools returned to classrooms even as many staff members are being quarantined. Eleven staff members are working remotely from home while awaiting COVID-19 test results after various exposures or household contact exposures. Rising coronavirus case counts throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey are continuing to impact school districts. The Washington Township School District in New Jersey has had intermittent closures due to outbreaks with dozens of new cases reported just over the past two days. On Sunday, an email...
    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Students, faculty and staff at North Carolina State University will be required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test before returning to campus in the spring. The school announced the new policy Friday, WNCN-TV reported. The decision comes after more than 1,000 cases forced the school to move mostly to remote classes during the fall semester. Some students welcomed the decision. “I saw some other schools did that this year and they’re still on campus and their rates aren’t that high,” student Jonathan Weks told the news outlet. “So, I think it’s a good idea, especially if we want a healthy campus,” Those returning to campus will be required to get tested three to five days before the semester starts. The university said anyone who refuses to comply can face disciplinary action. The school also plans to expand its testing capabilities as it expects several...
    When Loudoun County, Virginia, students who chose hybrid in-person learning return to public school classrooms on Dec. 1, county Health Director David Goodfriend expects the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases to rise. He said his goal is to prevent spread of the coronavirus within Loudoun County Public Schools. Goodfriend, and the school system’s COVID-19 dashboard of confirmed cases and quarantine data show isolated cases of students or staff members contracting coronavirus throughout the county. “We do expect, on occasion that we will get positive cases in the school. What we really hope to avoid is disease transmission within the school, so we don’t have outbreaks,” Goodfriend told WTOP. He said outbreaks have been prevented within individual public schools, because contact tracing has shown that affected students and staff had largely been following COVID-19 mitigation strategies. “Some of our private schools we’ve had concerns where there have been outbreaks and we’ve...
    CHERRY HILL, N.J. (CBS) — Cherry Hill students can return to the classroom earlier than planned. The district initially decided earlier this week to delay in-person learning until the end of the month after about three dozen students tested positive for the coronavirus. Now, Superintendent Dr. Joseph Meloche says they’ve done contact tracing and students can start hybrid learning next Tuesday. “Like many of you, the educators of the Cherry Hill Public Schools have been on an emotional roller coaster with these directives. We all wish the path through this pandemic were predictable and easy to navigate. Our reality is quite the opposite,” Meloche said in a letter to parents. “With the decision to transition to the Hybrid Learning Model next week comes the possibility that we may receive guidance not to do so, if the community health status changes.” MORE ON CBSPHILLY.COM Fireball Soaring Across Northeast Sky Spotted By...
    This article was written by WTOP’s news partner InsideNoVa.com and republished with permission. Sign up for InsideNoVa.com’s free email subscription today. School buses will be rolling tomorrow as more than 3,000 Prince William County students begin a return to in-person learning. Pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students will be the first to go back to classrooms under a 50/50 hybrid model voted on by the school board last month. First grade students are expected to follow, coronavirus numbers allowing, on Dec. 1. Second and third grades are expected to return Jan. 12. Students will attend two alternating days per week, with Mondays remaining all virtual. Routines and classrooms will be much different as students return. There will be far fewer students per class to accommodate COVID-19 distance requirements, and every one will be required to wear face masks. In addition, teachers in many classrooms will be teaching both in-person and virtually at the same time, so...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Today is the first time that some Pittsburgh Public School students will return to the hallways this school year — but only a select amount of students will be boarding buses today. Across the district, around 800 students will be returning to the classroom on Monday. It will be the first time students will be in the buildings since March. According to Superintendent Dr. Anthony Hamlet, desks are spaced and signs are posted around schools to remind students of physical distancing. (Photo Credit: KDKA) The school district selected who it says are the most vulnerable and need to be in the classroom because of having difficulties with remote learning. With rising COVID-19 cases across the area, Dr. Hamlet is not concerned, because it is a small number of students returning. “Making sure we have our PPE (personal protective equipment), our sanitizer, making sure we have masks, and...
    GLEN BURNIE, Md. (WJZ) — Safety concerns for reopening schools amid the coronavirus pandemic is once again in the spotlight. Many teachers in Anne Arundel County are demanding a written commitment to safety before returning to the classrooms. “We want our kids to be safe, we want to be safe,” Betsy Brininger, of the Teacher’s Association of Anne Arundel County, said. CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE: TIMELINE: Coronavirus In Maryland, Tracking The Spread Latest coronavirus stories from WJZ Latest CDC Guidelines Families have been offered the option of hybrid learning starting next month. The current reopening plan would allow kindergarten students to go back to school by November 16, with students grades 3 through 5 scheduled to return two weeks later. Students would attend classes in-person two days a week. On Wednesday, teachers, staff and educators filled the sidewalk in Annapolis, demanding a written commitment to safety before returning to the classrooms....
    Teachers say they want to be back in school with their students, but a survey of members of Maryland’s teachers union revealed 77% of those asked don’t believe schools can be reopened safely in the next few months. According to a survey of 2,317 members of the Maryland State Education Association, or MSEA, school employees want to see a number of safety precautions taken before in-person teaching resumes and all students return for classroom instruction. Daily disinfecting, including cleaning door handles, surfaces and bathrooms, should be standard, according to 94% of those surveyed. Another 94% said hand sanitizer should be available throughout school buildings, and 92% of respondents said they wanted anyone who tests positive for the virus to be isolated and expected contact tracing to be standard. Other precautions that teachers want to see, according to the survey, include personal protective equipment, such as gloves and masks for students...
    ANNAPOLIS (WJZ) — The State Board of Education is meeting about Maryland students returning to the classrooms. The update will include the most recent information collected from local school systems. It will cover which systems are bringing in small groups of students and which systems have not made any final decisions on returning students. WJZ will have more details from Monday’s meeting starting at 4 p.m.
    ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (WJZ) — Howard County is the latest school district to lay out a plan to return students to the classrooms. Ahead of a virtual school board meeting, some Howard County parents and students wanted to get their message across in-person. “They need to open up and do what’s right for our children,” one parent told WJZ. “We’re sick of it.” CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE: TIMELINE: Coronavirus In Maryland, Tracking The Spread Latest coronavirus stories from WJZ Latest CDC Guidelines It was the latest of rallies pushing to get students back to the classrooms. Thursday night, Howard County’s school board approved the district’s health metrics to lay out how to reopen. “It’s not going to be perfect, and I think there’s always an opportunity to amend given new information. But, this is what we’ve been asking for. We need metrics, guideposts,” Vicky Cutroneo, of the Howard County School...
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Thousands of Alabama students who've spent the coronavirus pandemic in virtual classrooms are returning to traditional instruction despite safety concerns and continuing school shutdowns linked to COVID-19. Schools in Jefferson County began allowing elementary students to return to class full-time on Monday, and additional systems that have offered only online classes or a mix of online and traditional learning will reopen buildings on a full-time basis through next week. Walter Gonsoulin, the Jefferson County superintendent, said the system planned to stay open unless there is a state or national mandate requiring a shutdown. “We have mixed emotions,” Gonsoulin told WBRC-TV. “Of course, everyone is still aware that we are living in the middle of a pandemic, so people just want to make sure that we stay on top of the health guidelines.” As public schools reopened Tuesday in Montgomery, a group of teachers and school workers...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff FOX CHAPEL (KDKA) — Administrators in the Fox Chapel Area School District say it’s time for students to return to the classroom. The school board voted on Monday night to send kindergarten through 5th grade students back to class five days per week. That is set to begin on November 5. As for the older students, everyone in grades 6 through 12 with continue learning using the district’s hybrid model.
    SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio ISD notified teachers who have been teaching remotely that they must return to campuses next week. However, a return to the classroom could have dire consequences. Catherine Brendel is a teacher at Highland Hills Elementary School and she has taught there for five years. She has been teaching from her home since March. Brendel said she has been placed in a difficult situation. “Never thought I would have to make a decision on teaching or my life," Brendel said. She filed a request with the district over the summer to continue to teach remotely. This week, the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District announced more students can return to classroom as long as CDC guidelines are followed. RELATED: Texas updates coronavirus case totals in schools, but the data remains limited and murky Metro Health said schools can welcome back 10 to 20 students with the risk...
    Liberal city mayors have finally discovered that it was a mistake to close schools and that this virus is not dangerous to children. Well … not all children … only illegal aliens. Most American students will have to remain at home in the nation's capital, while illegal alien children get to attend in-person classes. So, whose country is this anyway? On Monday, Mayor Muriel Bowser and D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Lewis Ferebee announced that beginning Nov. 9, some elementary and preschool students in the district will return to in-person schooling. Isn't it funny how they can already sense that the danger of the virus will dissipate during the first week after the election? However, there is a wrinkle. According to the Washington Post, only those who are homeless, have special educational needs, or are learning English as a second language get to...
    ROCKLIN (CBS13) — Just one week after the Rocklin Unified School District reopened for in-person learning, three students have tested positive for coronavirus. Just nine days after returning to campus, the three Whitney High School students tested positive for the virus, forcing another 15 students and one teacher into quarantine. “It’s obviously because more exposure and the chance of more people becoming infected,” parent Todd Milligin said. The Placer County school falls under the state’s Red Tier, which allows individual school district boards to decide whether to continue in-person instruction or shift to distance learning after positive cases are reported. On Tuesday night, Rocklin Unified voted to continue in-person learning with its current hybrid model until at least Jan. 8. READ: Check It Out: Sacramento Public Libraries Offering Free Live Tutoring During Distance Learning “I think with the hybrid learning and continuing on with students going to school, it’s still going...
    SAN ANTONIO – Doris Naquin, a first grade teacher at Briscoe Elementary, spoke to Good Morning San Antonio on Tuesday about the challenges of teaching during the coronavirus pandemic. Educators in San Antonio schools are currently working hard trying to do both virtual and in-person learning due to the coronavirus pandemic. To view the video, click above.Read More: GMSA@9 Debrief: Edgewood ISD transitional school brings students back on campus ‘We’ve got quite a challenge facing us right now,’: Ft. Sam Houston ISD director reflects on virtual learning Leading SA: Somerset ISD superintendent assures students, staff the district is prepared for virtual learning Copyright 2020 by KSAT - All rights reserved.
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas Independent School District school board members voted late Thursday night to adopt a hybrid model for high school students when in-person instruction resumes starting next week. Students in grades 9 – 12, who elected to return schools, will be split into two groups. The first will be on campus Mondays and Tuesdays and the second on Thursdays and Fridays. Wednesdays will be used as a flex day. The goal is to limit the number of students on campus and promote social distancing. Students will still have the option to continue taking classes online five days a week. High school principals at Thursday’s meeting told board members they support the plan. Schools will be allowed to later adapt the model to meet their individual needs. The district says it’s not taking a one size fits all approach.
    Mayor Bill de Blasio has claimed the city is on track to obtain thousands of additional teachers ahead of the reopening of public schools next week - after the first day of remote classes was plagued by technical difficulties. New York City students in kindergarten through 12th grade returned to school on Monday through remote-learning, the same way many of the state's other urban districts have. Only Pre-K and some special education students ended a six-month absence from school buildings and returned to the classroom on Monday after multiple delays.  Meanwhile, those who started the school year online were faced with technical difficulties and delays after the online student portal crashed for several minutes at the start of the school day.  De Blasio has come under fire by parents and residents over his handling of students' return to school which been marred by delays and confusion due to the new...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Miami-Dade School Board is on day two of a meeting where they are listening to 18 and a half hours of recorded public comment about whether schools should reopen so students can return to their classrooms. CBS4’s Brooke Shafer has been monitoring the meeting and said speakers have been overwhelmingly against reopening classrooms. Some who left comments said the school district was not properly prepared, it would be “irresponsible” to send employees back without a plan, and the return should not be rushed. Parents and teachers also expressed concern about aging ventilation systems in some schools. During the start of the meeting on Monday, Superintendent Alberto Carvalho revealed his plan on getting students back into the classroom, most returning on October 5th. The district is facing pressure because of a state funding factor tied to the number of kids who are actually in...
    HYDE PARK — More than two-thirds of University of Chicago students are scheduled to return to campus later this month as the Hyde Park school tries to manage coronavirus restrictions when it starts its fall quarter. UChicago leaders laid out their reopening plans at a Thursday forum for South Side residents. Students begin moving into on-campus housing on a staggered schedule Sunday. The university will hold some classes in-person this fall, following an all-virtual spring quarter. Most classes will be online or a hybrid of online and in-person instruction. Remote classes begin Sept. 29, with in-person instruction starting Oct. 5 and finishing before Thanksgiving. Review sessions and final exams, held virtually, will be conducted Nov. 30–Dec. 12. About 70 percent of the student body intends to return to campus this quarter, said Provost Ka Yee Lee, with the rest opting to learn from home. UChicago had more...
    By DAVID PITT, Associated Press JOHNSTON, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Kim Reynolds criticized the Des Moines school district Wednesday for not abandoning its online learning program and returning its more than 33,000 students to classrooms, saying other districts have managed to meet her requirement for in-person learning even as the state remains a national hotspot for coronavirus infections. Reynolds called it “disappointing” that the Des Moines school board on Tuesday night approved a plan that continues solely online learning. Education Department Director Ann Lebo said officials would begin a process to potentially punish the district for not being in compliance. Lebo also affirmed the possibility Des Moines students could be required to take additional classes after school usually ends next spring. Des Moines officials argue it’s too risky for students and staff to return to classrooms under Reynolds’ order, which requires that schools hold at least half of classes in-person...
    (CNN)Overcrowded parties have forced several high schools to go back to online learning in hopes of staving off Covid-19 outbreaks.Two of those schools are in Massachusetts, which is reporting fewer cases than last week, and New York, which has maintained an infection rate less than 1% for 38 days. Although the states' numbers are promising, experts have warned that people attending large gatherings are a serious threat to managing the spread of the virus that has infected more than 6.5 million and killed 194,536 people in the US. Student parties have already sent colleges and universities scrambling to manage outbreaks, and now high school administrators are working to avoid the same. The US isnt even close to getting Covid-19 down to where it needs to be by fall, medical experts sayA crowded student party "that involved alcohol and complete lack of safety precautions" pushed Lincoln-Sudbury High School outside of Boston...
    WEST MIFFLIN (KDKA) — As students get ready to log in for another Monday of online learning, kids in one district are set to begin turning in their devices. In just a few hours, students will begin returning to the school to hand in their laptops. The district says some students who are doing the remote learning had some issues in their first week. In a message sent to parents, the West Mifflin Area School District, along with their technology department are working on not only resolving device issues for students — they say they’re also adding security updates. (Photo Credit: KDKA) District leaders are doing this to make sure students have a safe, remote learning experience. It was just last week that KDKA reported the safety breach for Trinity Area and Pittsburgh Public School Districts. Both experienced inappropriate content in online classes while their kids were learning. For West...
    SAN ANTONIO – Students returning to in-person learning this week are not only seeing fewer classmates in school but also learning new protocols. Only 50 of the 500 students enrolled at CAST Tech High School are on campus this week. “I’ve been in the classroom where everyone’s on the Zoom call at home, and I’m in there by myself. It’s really different,” said Corey Castillo, a senior at CAST Tech. Castillo returned to in-person learning this week. “Not seeing any of my friends in the classroom and not being able to socialize, you know, normally with the teacher, with other students, it was really hard. And it’s still hard to try to adjust to all the procedures they put in place for us,” Castillo said. Students and staff members on campus must wear a face covering and get their temperature checked every day. The San Antonio Independent School District said...
    TOWSON, Md. (WJZ) — From Towson to College Park, there are concerns students returning to off-campus housing as the fall semester kicks off could spread the coronavirus to the wider community. Tensions between college campuses and adjacent communities are happening in college towns across the country, but instead of neighbors being concerned about parties, they’re worried about COVID-19. Towson University scrapped plans for limited in-person classes after the number of positive COVID-19 cases started to climb even before classes started. “The Thursday everyone came back, that’s when I noticed the numbers going up,” TU student Benjamin Dao said. A university spokesperson said all of the cases were off-campus. CORONAVIRUS RESOURCES:  Coronavirus Resources: How To Get Help In Maryland TIMELINE: Coronavirus In Maryland, Tracking The Spread Latest coronavirus stories from WJZ Latest CDC Guidelines “We know of people who had corona...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- School buses in New York State are safe and ready for students to return, according to the President of the New York School Bus Contractors Association.Corey Muirhead told Eyewitness News school bus companies have been preparing throughout the summer with new safety guidelines and protocols.Speaking to parents, Muirhead said, "Don't fear the bus. We've put together a comprehension safety precaution plan."Muirhead said school bus drivers will wear masks and gloves and will disinfect the entire bus twice a day - once after the students are dropped off at school and once at the end of the day.He said drivers will load students into the bus from the back to the front and they will direct students to exit the bus from the front to the back."This is going to minimize anybody crossing each other," he said.Muirhead said students will be required to sit alone unless they...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The University of Minnesota released a plan Monday for how students at the Twin Cities, Duluth and Rochester locations will return to campus. The university said it delayed move-in at these locations to see how other institutions grappled with the problem of students returning to college during the COVID-19 pandemic. For the Twin Cities campus, move-in will be on Sept. 9. For Duluth, it’ll be Sept. 15, and for Rochester it’ll be Sept. 18. For the first two weeks, all classes will be held via distance learning. This will coincide with the first part of the university’s “Maroon and Gold Sunrise Plan,” which officials released Monday. This first phase will have students living and learning almost exclusively in their residence halls for the 10 days. Students will have access to food and health facilities, but little else. When outside of their rooms, students...
    Health officials are warning parents and students returning to in-person instruction that COVID-19 might not be the only health risk they should be concerned about.  Traces of Legionella — the bacteria responsible for Legionnaires disease — have been found at multiple schools in Ohio and Pennsylvania after months of sitting empty during the pandemic-related lockdowns.  "This is a really serious topic, and the detection of Legionella at eight schools in the last week alone, three more yesterday, is a serious discovery," Andrew Whelton, an associate professor of civil engineering and environmental and ecological engineering at Purdue University, told CBSN. "We haven't really done much testing in the United States. There are no regulations that require either testing or disclosure of test results." Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Legionnaires disease is a serious and sometimes fatal type of pneumonia which...
    Three months after Floyds killing, memorial remains sacred place for racial justice A regional supermarket chain just filed for bankruptcy despite surging grocery sales College football facing harsh reality with students returning to campus The dashboards that post positive COVID-19 test numbers are the new scoreboards for the future of college football. The D1 Ticker, the indispensable daily email that tracks college athletics, reads these days like a college police blotter: “Holy Cross police busted a large off-campus apartment party,” it read over the weekend. And the news that’s trickling in around the country hints at a tension virtually unimaginable for the first 150 years of college football. For generations, student support has been the rollicking lifeblood of college football. The student section has served as the teeming, visceral, and palpable energy behind programs. But in a flurry of athletics news the past few days defined by pauses, shutdowns...
    DANVERS (CBS) – Rallies held by teachers and parents clashed in Danvers Monday. With just a few weeks until the start of the school year, dozens of teachers rallied outside of the Holten Richmond Middle School, pushing to keep students at home. Under a hybrid model, students would spend two days out of the week in the classroom, but teachers in Danvers say they’d be there five days a week, seeing dozens of students at a time, which could pose a risk to their health and their families. “If we contract COVID through school, we’re going to bring it home, so it’s very concerning,” said biology teacher Andy Bertolino. Danvers teachers hold rally about school safety (WBZ-TV) “There’s a ton of anxiety,” said Amy O’Connor, a teacher and mother of two. She said without proper classroom ventilation, it’s just not safe to see students in-person during a pandemic....
    ORONO, Maine (AP) — Students at the University of Maine are returning to campus for the first time since being sent home in March. Monday marked the start of move-in week in Orono just days after three students tested positive for the coronavirus. Two students are roommates and live off campus, and one student lives in a fraternity house. All three are showing mild symptoms and are quarantining. The university system is testing all students who are returning from out of state and all students who are living in campus residence halls. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Maine
    In ordinary times, the photograph of a Georgia high school that went viral earlier this month would not have been particularly notable. The image of students crowding into a hallway, packed like sardines, is usually just a sign that fall is here. But in a pandemic, with a virus that has infected 5 million and resulted in the deaths of 170,000 Americans, the sight of dozens of students too close together in North Paulding High School, many without masks, sparked conflicting responses from educators and parents sending their children back to school. The high school soon closed temporarily after nine students and staff members tested positive for COVID-19. Several other schools that have opened to in-person learning in recent weeks have seen upticks in coronavirus cases. In one example, schools in the Martin County School District in Florida reopened at the beginning of last week, but students and teachers were quarantined by...
    Two first-grade teachers in Florida have sought to ease their student’s anxieties about returning to school this month amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic by transforming their school desks into little colorful Jeeps. Patricia Dovi, 35, and Kim Martin, 51, of St. Barnabas Episcopal School in DeLand, spent a week redesigning their student’s desks, which feature construction paper tires, headlights and license plates. The novel design also features three-sided plastic dividers that serve as windshields and side windows – as well as sneeze and droplet guards. The two teachers said they wanted to prove that in-person lessons can be both safe and fun, with the Jeeps creating a place of the students to feel comfortable while still abiding by social distancing guidelines. Scroll down for video  Two first-grade teachers in Florida have sought to ease their student’s anxieties about returning to school this month amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic...
    A group of Catholic school teachers expressed concern about going back to classes in person because, although health authorities recommend keeping students at least six feet away, some classrooms are not following them. While a large number of students in Chicago who are part of the city’s public schools will begin their school year remotely, those who attend Catholic schools have already started their courses in person. Situation that has bothered some teachers of Catholic churches. “One of our most important values ​​is to protect human life, I am concerned that having classes in person puts us at risk, authorities ask for social distancing and I have had to see classrooms that do not comply with that,” said James Cahill-teacher of the school St. Francis Xavier in Wilmette. Cahill says he is very concerned about having students back in classrooms as he says he believes that having...
    A majority of public school teachers are at least somewhat confident about returning to school and teaching students in the fall despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, according to a new Gallup poll released Wednesday. About two-thirds of teachers are confident or somewhat confident about successfully teaching students in the fall, while about one in five is very confident. 35% are confident. 33% are somewhat confident. 21% are very confident. 12% are not too confident or not confident at all. Gallup found that teachers with more than 10 years of experience were more likely to express confidence than less experienced teachers. However, parents of students who attend public schools are much less confident about the quality of education that will be available in the fall. 19% of parents are confident. 10% are very confident. 36% are somewhat confident. 34% are not too confident or not confident at all. ...
    FORT COLLINS, Colo. (CBS4) – While many parents express concerns with the safety of returning to on-campus living and learning amid a global pandemic, Colorado State University health officials are assuring the public they have taken major steps to limit the spread of COVID-19 during the school year. The university expects coronavirus to make its way on to campus, but staff believe they will be able to contain it. (credit: CBS) Students living in dormitories have already started moving in to on-campus housing in Fort Collins. Monday, the first wave of students moving in were scheduled to arrive at specific times. They were limited with how many guests could help move in, and were tested before entering the dormitories. “I have to admit, I was kind of hoping (CSU) would decide to go online,” said Kim Mavrakos, the mother of a student living in the CSU dorms. Mavrakos said her...
    By SCOTT SONNER, Associated Press SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — Thousands of students began returning to northern Nevada classrooms Tuesday for the first time since March with masks, social distancing and other precautions to help guard against the spread of the coronavirus. Others cranked up their laptops from home in Reno and Sparks where the school district is using a combination of in-person and distance learning depending on ages and individual family choice. Nevada’s largest school district doesn’t open until next week in Las Vegas, where only remote instruction will take place, at least for now. The scheduled start of the new school year in Reno-Sparks was delayed a day when the August equivalent of a snowstorm forced cancellation of Monday’s classes due to concerns about unhealthy air quality driven by smoke from a nearby wildfire. The “smoke” day was another first in the history of the Washoe County School District...
    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (CBS) — Penn State will require students to sign a liability agreement and assume all risks of COVID-19 prior to returning to campus for the fall semester. Some students and faculty have pushed back against the university’s decision to hold some classes in-person. Penn State says students have the ability to take responsibility for both themselves and each other.
    BOERNE, Texas – Wednesday is the first day back at school for students in the Boerne Independent School District.  When parents were polled from the district if they wanted their students to return for in-person learning, 77% of parents said they wanted their children back in the classroom.  The district said they have been working hard through the summer alongside medical professionals, parents and teachers for the best ways to keep their children safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Bryan Benway, Director of Communications for Boerne ISD said the district has taken several steps to ensure social distancing will take place at the school. Masks will be required for everyone on campus, with the exception of students and teachers in special education.  “They can also wear a face shield if it’s developmentally appropriate,” Benway said. “So special education students will be allowed to wear a face shield. Teachers who work with...
    A majority of K-12 teachers say they are concerned about resuming to in-person teaching when the school year begins, according to a new poll. A NPR/Ipsos poll released Thursday indicates about two-thirds of teachers would rather teach remotely when school starts up again.  Poll results show: 82% of teachers say they are concerned about returning to the classroom this fall. 66% of teachers say they would prefer to teach mostly remotely when school resumes. 77% of teachers say they are worried about risking their own health to return to the classroom. 78% of teachers say they are concerned about obtaining personal protective equipment and cleaning materials for teaching in-person. 84% of teachers say they will likely have difficulty enforcing social distancing among their students. 73% of teachers say they are concerned about connecting with students while wearing a mask. Parents feel the same way teachers do about returning...
    (CNN)The start of the new school year is already proving that there is no one way to reopen schools during the Covid-19 pandemic and returning to classes does not mean anything close to returning to normal.Many officials had hoped to send students back to school this month with coronavirus cases under control. But reopenings are underway as the number of cases in the US is more than 4.7 million and 156,782 people have died, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, leaving school districts to strategize how to safely restart.Educators face new cases and shifting guidance as they try to reopen schools safelyTheir plans for the best way forward vary wildly.Chicago Public Schools is expected to begin the year with full remote learning for students, according to local reports. Meanwhile, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds pressed to have students back in the classroom by emphasizing that defying the state's 50% in-person...
    AGUILAR, Colo. (CBS4) – The town of Aguilar welcomed students back to the classroom on Monday. It’s the first of the students in Colorado’s public schools to return to in-person learning since the coronavirus outbreak in the spring. Aguilar is located just north of Trinidad near the New Mexico border and there are about 100 students in the school district. Last week Gov. Jared Polis said it’s “reasonably safe” to reopen schools in Colorado. Despite that, many school districts have pushed back the start of in-person learning until the fall and will begin the school year with remote learning only. Superintendent Dr. Stacey Houser said there have been extensive social distancing measures put into place in the classrooms. “The classrooms are all marked out with x’s under each desk, so they’re about 7 feet apart. The hallways have one-way arrows pointed out in pink fluorescent duct tape and hallways will...
    (CBSDFW.COM) – As college students across Texas prepare to go back to school, this year they face the added stress of COVID-19 and changes coming from their universities. Each school looks to handle the pandemic differently. CBS 11 News spoke to college students attending the University of North Texas, the University of Oklahoma, Texas A&M University and Rice University in a roundtable discussion, all to gather their thoughts on the upcoming school year. “Before we even get to campus Rice has recommended us to go get a COVID test done if we test positive obviously stay at home,” said Sachi Kishinchandani, a freshman headed to Rice this fall. “If we test negative, then we just continue to go to campus for the time being.” This differs from many other Texas schools and even the University of Oklahoma, where Senior Madissen Lewis said freshmen are being sent a rapid test to...
    COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WJZ) — All University System of Maryland students and staff will be required to test negative for COVID-19 before returning to campuses this fall, the system said Thursday. Students and staff will need to be tested within two weeks prior to their arrival on campus and will need to let their university know the results. Some schools will test students and staff themselves. CORONAVIRUS RESOURCES:  Coronavirus Resources: How To Get Help In Maryland TIMELINE: Coronavirus In Maryland, Tracking The Spread Latest coronavirus stories from WJZ Latest CDC Guidelines Anyone who tests positive will not be allowed on campus, or if they have already arrived, will need to consult with health officials about isolation requirements. Out-of-state students will need to follow testing and quarantine guidelines, officials said. The requirements are in addition to social distancing and mask rules....
    One institute of higher learning in Texas will require students to test negative for the coronavirus before returning to school. According to an email sent to students on Tuesday, Baylor University officials will mandate that students submit to coronavirus testing or they will not be allowed on campus. The school plans to send all students testing kits beginning next week. "Baylor is requiring a negative COVID-19 test of all students coming to campus for the fall semester. We are mailing mandatory COVID-19 test kits to students beginning next week," the announcement read. Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has explicitly stated it doesn't believe testing students before returning to school adds any value to lessening the spread of the virus, Baylor has decided to go ahead and test every one of its students anyway. "CDC does not recommend entry testing of all returning students, faculty, and staff,”...
    Baylor University is mailing students COVID-19 test kits and is requiring that all students have a negative test before returning to campus.  The Texas-based school will begin mailing the mandatory test kids to students starting next week, according to a Tuesday announcement.  Baylor said students should take the test as soon as they receive it. The kit will include a package for overnight shipping for students to send the test to a lab, and the school said it will take 48 hours to process the test from the date the lab receives it.  The university said all students must have a negative test result before returning to campus, with no exemptions for students to opt-out. Students not returning to any Baylor campus during the fall semester do not need to be tested.  If a student tests positive for the coronavirus, Baylor will require them to wait 10 days before returning to...
    Baylor University students must test negative for the coronavirus before they can return to campus for the start of the fall semester, school officials said Tuesday. That gives the school roughly three weeks to test around 18,000 students, who must all complete a mandatory coronavirus test that will be sent to their houses starting next week. According to an email announcing the policy, students will get results in 48 hours. They are required to collect a sample via a nasal swab and mail it back to the designated lab on the same day they receive their test kit. Requiring negative results before campus entry is a relatively unique policy across Texas universities preparing for a fall return. And according to guidance from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, asking students to self-test before they return to campus may not be the most effective way to tamp down spread. “Testing...
    Few Connecticut teachers would be comfortable with returning to normal school hours. Most Connecticut educators are in favor of distance learning in the fall. According to a statewide survey of the Connecticut Education Association, 16 percent of educators would prefer returning to full-time, in-school learning when students go back to school, in some form, in September. Meanwhile, 39 percent of teachers support a hybrid approach to teaching and 46 percent favor continued distance learning. Nearly all teachers want schools to require students to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines on washing hands, mandating social distancing. About 90 percent of teachers say they support required mask-wearing or students and teachers. Teachers said implementing the measures will be difficult. So far, the state has issued some guidance for cleaning and school ventilation, but a clear plan forward is yet to develop.
    BOSTON (CBS) – The University of New Hampshire is getting ready to reopen and students have the option to return to campus. An email and consent agreement from the school is laying out the risks associated with coronavirus. “I’m so excited to go back,” student Amelia Schollen said. “I’m counting down the days.” Amelia can’t wait to start her sophomore year, but then she got an email, like every other student did, outlining new safety rules during the pandemic. Amelia says it’s just part of the plan to get students back in campus. The new rules for Covid-19 include mandatory masks and social distancing. The students had to sign a consent agreement, acknowledging the new requirements and that the university could not guarantee students’ “health or immunity from infection.” The consent agreement also seems to ask students to assume some of the risks associated with Covid-19. “Regardless of...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas ISD shared the most detailed look yet at what the upcoming school year will look like during the coronavirus pandemic. The school district launched with it calls its Reentry Playbook for Parents and Staff. It addresses everything from transportation on school buses to new rules on campuses and what will happen if someone tests positive for COVID-19 on campus. Some of the changes when students go back for in-school instruction include requirement temperature checks. A list of procedures will go into effect if there is a COVID-19 case in a school, including notifying anyone who might have come in close contact with that person. Also, masks will be required for everyone. Dallas ISD plans to begin classes on Thursday, August 16, but that could change. There is a school board meeting on Thursday. Among other considerations, trustees will consider pushing the start of school to September,...
    MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University students will face penalties and discipline for failing to meet COVID-19 testing and education requirements before returning to campus. The university says it began sending registration emails Monday for the free coronavirus test to students on the Morgantown campus. All students and employees must be tested. Students also must complete a virus education course prior to returning to campus. Students who fail to do so will have $250 added to their account and will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct. Students also will face discipline for failing to wear masks on campus. The fall semester starts Aug. 19. (© Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — While it remains unclear what kind of classroom Minnesota students will go back to in the fall, teachers are concerned about the continuation of distance learning as well as the safety of returning to classrooms amid the COVID-19 pandemic. These conflicting concerns were documented in a recent survey conducted by the University of Minnesota involving more than 13,000 K-12 teachers, administrators and officials from 409 school districts and charter schools. “Overall, what we found is that educators in our state are worried, yet optimistic about what fall will look like for them and their students,” said professor Katie Pekel, of the U of M’s College of Education and Human Development and the lead researcher on the survey. “They know the benefits of in-person learning and challenges that need to be addressed with distance learning, but they want everyone — including their students and their families...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Teachers statewide are pushing to begin the school year with remote learning, fearing most school districts can't reopen safely.Niles North High School teacher Pankaj Sharma has been spending his summer gearing up to teach remotely.The north suburban school plans to begin the school year with online instruction before eventually phasing in high needs students for in-person learning after Labor Day."A lot of our students live in multigenerational homes with their grandparents. We don't want anyone being exposed by coming to school," Sharma said.Concerns like Sharma's has teachers across the state pushing back on plans from several districts to return to school.Monday, the Illinois Federation of Teachers echoed the call from the Chicago Teachers Union, asking for every district to begin remotely.EMBED More News Videos The Chicago Teachers Union is calling for remote learning in the fall amid concerns over the upcoming school year. According to studies, IFT...
    With August quickly approaching, many school districts across the country have already mandated online learning for students over fears that congregating students would further spread coronavirus. But according to a recent study in Germany — completed by the Medical Faculty of the TU Dresden and University Hospital Carl Gustav Caru — transmission of COVID-19 among younger people is rare. From CNBC:The results showed that out of 2,045 blood samples collected from students and teachers from across 13 secondary schools in [Saxony] only 12 samples were found to contain antibodies against Covid-19.Tests were carried out in several schools where there had been known outbreaks of the virus, and 24 of the participants had at least one confirmed coronavirus case in their household. Nonetheless, only one of those 24 participants was found to have antibodies, the study noted.In fact, the study found that schools do not become virus hotspots once they...
    Two health experts in Massachusetts penned an op-ed making the argument that it should be safe for students to return to their classrooms and resume in-person learning. The editorial by Dr. Lloyd Fisher, president of the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and Dr. Sandra Nelson, an infectious disease physician at Massachusetts General Hospital, was published on Thursday. The doctors acknowledged that social distancing and lockdowns have been beneficial in stopping the spread of the coronavirus, but explained the danger of a continued lockdown to the development of children. For most children COVID-19 has not had the devastating and life-threatening physical health effects seen in adults. But the negative impact on their education, mental health, and social development has been substantial. Children with emotional, psychological, or developmental disabilities often receive necessary services through schools. Because some of these services...
    VILLANOVA, Pa. (CBS) — As COVID-19 cases rise nationwide, Villanova University is taking steps to protect their student body. They will now require anyone returning to campus to be tested for the virus first. Download The New And Improved CBS Philly App! In addition to the test, students are asked to quarantine for 14-days before arriving on campus. University officials say details on the testing will be sent next week and will include information about registering, testing procedures, timelines and what to do if you test positive for COVID-19.
    Students returning to the University of Virginia for the fall semester will be required to take a mandatory coronavirus test before they are allowed back, the university said Thursday. A free test kit will be provided to students and they will be asked to self-administer the test about a week before they head back to Charlottesville for classes. “Results will be available 24 to 48 hours after the laboratory receives the sample,” a news release said. “Students also are strongly recommended to self-quarantine for 14 days prior to returning.” Students who test negative will be allowed to return. If students test positive for COVID-19, they will not be cleared to return and will be asked to self-isolate at home and consult a doctor immediately. Students will be notified of the test availability in the coming weeks via an online portal that provides instructions for ordering and returning the tests. All...
    HARRISBURG (KDKA) – In less than a month, students will return to the campuses of Pennsylvania’s state-run universities. The Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) board of governors met Thursday morning to discuss the plans for the 14 schools. “Despite the pandemic, nevertheless we continue to educate our students,” Sheleta Camarda-Webb, president of the State College and University Professional Association, told the board of governors Thursday morning. The 14 state-run universities unveiled their plans for the upcoming school year one day ahead of the board of governors meeting. While students will return to all of the campuses, some of the schools will offer hybrid learning. “We know that universities that have large endowments are able to make a different set of choices about how they will respond to this pandemic than those that do not have large endowments,” said PASSHE Chancellor David Greenstein. Aug. 17 is the day classes...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Gov. Tim Walz is expected to announce a decision about what’s going to happen about the 2020-2021 school year before the end of the month. Walz has said there are three scenarios being considered here in Minnesota: students returning to in person learning, distance-only learning, or a hybrid model. As they wait, educators are speaking out about how they’re feeling about the prospect of going back to the classroom. Nicole Mittelstaedt, a Spanish teacher in Hopkins, says she misses seeing her students but feels there are too many risks to return to school five days a week. “We’re all just nervous of what it’s going to loo like the Fall is going to look like,” she said. “We want to be in the classroom obviously but we also want to be safe and want to keep our students safe.” Another teacher sent WCCO this question about...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pittsburgh Public Schools says there are three options for families come fall. The district is part of the “All In” reopening process which includes working closely with the Pa. Secretary of Education and the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers. A Facebook live on the district’s Facebook page highlighted recommendations for returning to school. The district brought together hundreds of stakeholders to form more than a dozen subcommittees. Those committees will focus on instructional and family support, safe school operations and community outreach. The goals of these committees are to help students transition in different learning environments — virtual or in-person, and to maximize available resources and get students ready for life after high school. The district presented three options: full-time online by choice, a mix of in-person and online classes or full-time online learning for all. Full-time online classes would look like students learning during their scheduled class...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — With spiking COVID-19 numbers in some areas in Chicago and schools planning to reopen soon, teachers worry. They are asking if they and their students will be able to stay safe. Meghan McClory is a psychology teacher at Jones College Prep in Chicago and said there is a common feeling among all of her colleagues. “I have not yet heard from a teacher who feels comfortable going back,” she said. “How do we ensure the classrooms are safe and being sanitized correctly. I just don’t know how we can do that.” How will students maintain social distance in crowded hallways, she and south suburban teacher Monica Tyler ask. “I think it’s just playing Russian Roulette,” said Tyler, a third grade teacher. Tyler wonders what happens if a student gets sick at school and parents, because of work, cannot get to the child immediately. “Your student has a fever or...
    PLEASANT HILL (KPIX 5) — The state’s quick switch to remote education during the early weeks of the coronavirus pandemic was considered a failure by many, leaving a large percentage of parents pushing to go back to in-class instruction for next year. But as some school districts developed plans for partial return to the classroom — even as COVID-19 cases rose alarmingly in the state — teachers began speaking out about their health concerns. “After the skyrocketing started, I suddenly noticed that people were criticizing teachers and calling them selfish for caring about their own health and the health of the students,” said Shauna Hawes, technology teacher at Valley View Middle School in Pleasant Hill. Hawes, Dylan Bland and Linda Wilhelm all teach in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District and they all hold the same view being expressed by teachers’ unions across the Bay Area. “It feels like under...
    With the declaration of the state of alarm, the educational processes were maintained through online teaching. The change to this model made all schools and educational institutions involved in a global transformation of teaching and learning. In this new process, the teachers, families and resources of the centers took on an important and responsible role for the access, with equity, to the education of all its students. for its characteristics specific in relation to the number of students and the differences in their educational levels with respect to the urban school, he had to actively participate in this transformation with the means at his disposal. “data-reactid =” 25 “> The rural school, in addition to Due to its specific characteristics in relation to the number of students and the differences in its educational levels with respect to the urban school, it had to actively participate in this transformation with the...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- When President Trump pushed for schools to re-open this fall, he pointed to a recent report from the American Academy of Pediatrics that championed in-person learning. Many parents aren't happy about their children staying home, but some expressed ambivalence about returning."I'm really torn about it," said Glendale father Michael Hermogeno. As a dad, he wants his daughters to return to the classroom."There's a certain level of discipline that they experience at schools that we can't provide at home," he said.But as a kidney transplant recipient, a COVID-19 infection could be devastating for him."I almost want to say that I'm willing to risk my safety to make sure they get the proper education because that's their future," Hermogeno said.The CDC is revising its guidance on school re-opening after President Trump tweeted his disagreement with their current stance. The move is in step with what the American Academy...
    VIDEO4:3204:32Purdue University: Students must test negative before returning to campusSquawk Box Students who want to return to campus at Purdue University in Indiana this fall will have to be tested for the coronavirus, school president, Mitch Daniels, told CNBC on Wednesday.  Every student "will have to submit a negative test prior to moving into a residence hall or attending the first class," Daniels said on "Squawk Box." The university will be requiring "every member of the Boilermaker community" to sign the Protect Purdue Pledge, agreeing to assume personal responsibility for monitoring and reporting Covid-19 symptoms and agreeing to "participate in testing and contact tracing to preserve the wellness of the community." Purdue University, whose main campus is located in West Lafayette, will also have strict policies on wearing face masks on campus and taking other steps to reduce the density on campus. Purdue has more than 40,000 students. Daniels said Purdue's plan will include testing...
    (CBS/CNN) — As states grapple with how to safely start the upcoming school year, the American Academy of Pediatrics is pushing for students to be physically present in classrooms rather than continue in remote learning for the sake of their well-being. The group, which represents and guides pediatricians across the country, updated its back-to-school recommendations to say evidence shows the academic, mental and physical benefits of in-person learning outweigh the risks from the coronavirus. “The AAP strongly advocates that all policy considerations for the coming school year should start with a goal of having students physically present in school,” the group said on its website. The @AmerAcadPeds says the goal for the coming school year should be to have students "physically present." According to interim guidance on re-entry, "schools are critical to addressing racial and social inequity." Read more at https://t.co/8MIfQMusQQ pic.twitter.com/MPTpbLBDg1 — AAP News (@AAPNews) June 26, 2020 ...
    When students return for the new academic year at Virginia Tech facilities, including seven in Northern Virginia, everyone will be required to wear masks and respect social distancing, and the university president admits that’s going to be a challenge. “Some people say that when you have a battle between social distancing and teenage hormones, hormones will usually prevail; so are you worried that students are not going to be socially distanced enough?” That question was posed to Virginia Tech President Timothy Sands by David Rubenstein, president of the Economic Club of Washington D.C., during a Tuesday forum. “I think it all depends on the culture and the messaging. I am worried about that,” Sands replied. “But, I think if 90% of our students are compliant 90% of the time, we can manage [the others].” Sands said public health messaging will try to help students understand that their actions can impact the...
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