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    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- The New York City Health Department has issued a Commissioner's Order to non-public schools in six Brooklyn and two Queens ZIP codes amid a troubling spike in COVID positivity rates.The city's latest numbers appear to confirm the troubling trend, showing COVID test positivity rates increasing in the following neighborhoods:Gravesend/Homecrest 6.42%Midwood 5.05%Kew Gardens 4.18%Edgemere/Far Rockaway 4.05%Borough Park 3.9%Bensonhurst/Mapleton 3.45%Gerritsen Beach/Homecrest/Sheepshead Bay 3.34%Flatlands/Midwood 3.1%The health department's order impacts all eight of those neighborhoods. Any school in these areas found to be out of compliance will be issued a violation and face a possible closure.RELATED | Cases on the rise in 6 NYC neighborhoods, city to ramp up testingEMBED More News Videos New York City Mayor Bill de...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- The New York City Health Department has issued a Commissioner's Order to non-public schools in six Brooklyn and two Queens ZIP codes.The move comes amid a troubling uptick in COVID cases in six neighborhoods, including Williamsburg, Midwood, Bensonhurst and Borough Park in Brooklyn and two neighborhoods in Queens.Any school found to be out of compliance will be issued a violation and face a possible closure.RELATED | Cases on the rise in 6 NYC neighborhoods, city to ramp up testingEMBED More News Videos New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city is targeting six neighborhoods that have seen recent upticks in coronavirus cases, with an emphasis on expanded testing and contact tracing. The fine...
    Virtual learning can be challenging for families and educators, and while some D.C. area parents have hired teachers to come in and tutor small groups of students, one Black educator worries about families who can’t afford it. When Natalie Thomas saw “pods” forming — groups generated by parents who paid tutors or teachers to assist small groups of students in their homes — she grew concerned for children, particularly Black children, whose parents couldn’t afford that kind of support. “Pods — I do believe — do widen the gaps between the haves and the have-nots,” said Thomas. “Parents cannot pay — starting at $60 an hour — for a tutor to help their child to get the work they should...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pittsburgh Public Schools and the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers announced that remote teaching will continue for an additional five weeks. Students and teachers won’t be back in the classroom together until Nov. 9. The district and teachers came to an agreement on Friday, announced in a release. It appears students will still come back to the classroom next month but teachers will still teach remotely. “When difficult decisions have to be made, our district takes into consideration all sides of an issue. The safe return of our students to in-person learning has been our priority since the start of the pandemic. While our schools are clean, ready, and safe to...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Concerned about an uptick in coronavirus cases in certain Brooklyn and Queens neighborhoods with large Orthodox Jewish populations, the city's health commissioner on Friday issued an order reiterating that private schools had to follow virus safety protocols. The order from Dr. Dave Chokshi said non-public schools in the particular group of affected zip codes had to maintain 6 feet of distance between people, and that face coverings would be required in all buildings. They would have to comply with the department's protocols on opening and closing if a student or staffmember is confirmed to have the virus. Earlier Friday, Mayor Bill de Blasio said four yeshivas have had to be closed. New York City’s overall infection...
    BOSTON (CBS) – The tents are up at Wellesley High School, which is the first site of an ambitious pilot program to get rapid testing into public schools for students as well. “We’re not just reacting to cases after the fact. Doing everything we can beforehand gives us the greatest chance to keep the doors open,” said Dr. David Lussier, Wellesley school superintendent. It would be the first of its kind for public schools in the state, partnering with labs to make it happen with 24-hour turnaround times. Not just Wellesley, but nearly a dozen communities including Watertown, Somerville, Brookline, Chelsea, and Revere are collaborating to generate data about possible cases to help local decision making. “We’re this close,” said...
    WESTBURY, Long Island (WABC) -- It is a problem only made worse by the disparities in public education created in this pandemic - according to a recent study at Hofstra University, far too few teachers of color are represented in public schools on Long Island.In fact, the research at the National Center for Suburban Studies looked at 642 public schools and found as many as 61 percent had no Black teachers at all, and 43 percent had no Latino teachers."If this were a story in Mississippi or Alabama, I'd say, 'Well, it's the vestiges of Jim Crowe,' but this is up on Long Island," said Larry Levy.Black educators tell Eyewitness News that if school boards do not act now, it...
              Virginia’s Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) paid critical race theorist Ibram X. Kendi $20,000 to give an hour-long virtual presentation. Kendi is the bestselling author of “How to Be Antiracist,” a book of circular definitions used to explain critical race theory. The average teaching assistant earns $23,000 a year; the staff spent nearly that much for a 45-minute lecture and 15-minute Q&A. Kendi’s presentation was part of FCPS’s “Virginia Racial Truth and Reconciliation Week” earlier last month. FCPS stated that their focus is “committing to equity and identifying and remedying racial injustice” in their schools. Critical race theory functions on the belief that structural racism exists in all aspects of society and leads to...
    TOWSON, Md. (WJZ) — A week after saying all staff members would return in-person on October 19, the Baltimore County Public Schools system has pushed back that date. In a letter sent to staff, Superintendent Darryl Williams wrote that “the return of all school staff will be determined after continued review and collaboration.” The letter reads in part: “On November 2, 2020, we will commence our phased-in approach beginning with BCPS public separate day schools.  Our public separate day schools include White Oak School, Ridge Ruxton School, Battle Monument, and Maiden Choice School.  The target date for the return of staff of these schools is November 2, 2020.  The target date for the return of students at the four public...
    SAN FRANCISCO -- The Pac-12 on Thursday set a Nov. 6 start date for a six-game football regular season, following the Big Ten in overturning its August decision to postpone until spring because of concerns about playing through the pandemic.The conference's CEO group of university presidents voted unanimously to resume football and basketball, lifting a Jan. 1 moratorium on athletic competition for Pac-12 schools. The men's and women's basketball seasons can start Nov. 25, in line with the NCAA's recently announced opening date.WATCH: Should Pac-12 schools resume football? SoCal doctor urges cautionEMBED More News Videos Dr. Anthony Cardillo, CEO of Mend Urgent Care in Los Angeles, recommends colleges wait longer before resuming football. The football championship game will be held...
    ANNAPOLIS (WJZ) — Fall sports practices at Maryland public schools can begin October 7, Gov. Larry Hogan and Superintendent Dr. Karen Salmon announced Thursday. Golf competitions can begin on October 7, with other fall sports starting competitions October 27. “The steps taken today are directly related to the needs of our students to be active and engaged with our physical, social and emotional wellbeing,” Dr. Salmon said. The governor also emphasized that local jurisdictions and school boards can make their own decisions on sports resuming. When asked about specific safety precautions, Dr. Salmon directed people to the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association’s website. “Obviously we have taken this pandemic incredibly seriously, I have taken some of the earliest and...
    DENVER (CBS4) – The Denver Public School District extended the amount of time families have to enroll their middle and high school students into in-person or virtual learning programs. The new deadline for those families is Sept. 28. If families don’t make a selection by the deadline, the student will be enrolled in the virtual program. “DPS asks that families with students at charter schools please check with their individual school for deadlines, as these dates may vary,” the district stated Wednesday night. LINK: DPS Parent Portal
    TOWSON, Md. (WJZ) — Baltimore County Public Schools hosted a virtual back-to-school summit Wednesday evening. The school district said the virtual summit was about coming together to support one another and problem solve during these unprecedented times. There was a conversation among Baltimore County Public School community educators. CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE: TIMELINE: Coronavirus In Maryland, Tracking The Spread Latest coronavirus stories from WJZ Latest CDC Guidelines “How they taught, planned, collaborated, supported, thought and worked differently during this virtual environment,” Baltimore County Schools Superintended Dr. Darryl Williams said. It’s the start of a fall semester unlike any other. “There are many challenges that we are faced with right now,” Dr. Williams said. “We’re dealing with the pandemic, but we’re also...
    Public school systems throughout the D.C. region are grappling with how to handle the new school year during the coronavirus pandemic. Many are urging caution, start dates are being pushed back and some form of virtual learning is being included in plans by multiple regional school systems. Below are the plans for school systems by state and county in the WTOP listening area. This story will be updated as more information becomes available. More Coronavirus News Sign up for WTOP alerts Latest coronavirus test results in DC, Maryland and Virginia Coronavirus FAQ: What you need to know Coronavirus resources: Get and give help in DC, Maryland and Virginia Looking for more information? D.C., Maryland and Virginia are each...
    By MORGAN LEE, Associated Press SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday weighed whether pandemic-related occupancy limits on private schools in New Mexico violate constitutional rights to equal protection and freedom of assembly, in a case closely watched by the Trump administration. The lawsuit by the father of a 7th-grader at a prep school in Albuquerque says the state is violating the U.S. Constitution by setting more stringent restrictions at private schools regarding the return to classrooms, as the coronavirus rages unchecked by vaccines. The school in question, Albuquerque Academy, is providing online instruction only — though some private schools have resumed in-person instruction. A state public health order limits in-person instruction to 25% of maximum room...
    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday weighed whether pandemic-related occupancy limits on private schools in New Mexico violate constitutional rights to equal protection and freedom of assembly, in a case closely watched by the Trump administration. The lawsuit by the father of a 7th-grader at a prep school in Albuquerque says the state is violating the U.S. Constitution by setting more stringent restrictions at private schools regarding the return to classrooms, as the coronavirus rages unchecked by vaccines. The school in question, Albuquerque Academy, is providing online instruction only — though some private schools have resumed in-person instruction. A state public health order limits in-person instruction to 25% of maximum room capacity, while the public schools...
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Enrollment at public schools in Utah has declined as the coronavirus pandemic pushes some parents to homeschool their children and make other decisions based on safety concerns. The state has counted 665,790 students enrolled this fall, a decline of 2,150 students compared to the same time last year, The Salt Lake Tribune reported Wednesday. The department says the deficit really amounts to about 9,000 students, since early projections had anticipated an increase of 7,000 students this fall. “It’s cause for real concern,” Utah Board of Education Chair Mark Huntsman said in a special meeting Tuesday where the department reviewed the preliminary fall headcounts for K-12 grade levels. Enrollment numbers dictate how much state funding districts...
    The philanthropic and corporate communities alone cannot end diaper need in the U.S. Government support is required. One in three U.S. families cannot afford an adequate supply of diapers for their babies. It’s National Diaper Need Awareness Week right now (September 21–27, 2020), and you just learned (if you didn’t know already) that diaper need is a widespread problem. The National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN) works to increase awareness—in hopes, of course, that this leads to action. We’ve helped individuals, sports teams, schools, faith communities, and businesses come together to get diapers to the families who need them most. But we have struggled to get much action out of government. That’s a problem. Based on census data, we estimate that...
    DENVER (CBS4) – Denver Public Schools will start phasing in kindergartners and some 1st graders to in-person learning next Monday. The school district says more students will be re-introduced as the semester goes on. In order to give teachers enough time to ensure a safe learning environment, the district says teachers might start with shorter days to help students get acclimated. All students in ECE through 5th grade will start in-person learning on Oct. 21. The district will review COVID-19 rates as they make plans for students in grades 6th through 12th. For now, they will return to a hybrid learning model on Oct. 21. LINK: Denver Public Schools Weekly Planning
    Last Updated 12:30 pm EDT, 9/22/2020 Overview Governor Whitmer concerned about schools in Michigan as Central Michigan University Cases Double. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced 718 coronavirus cases in the state and an additional 15 deaths Tuesday. Stay At Home New COVID-19 forecasts show a “fragile balance,” but the potential for a quiet summer in Detroit. Reopening Representatives in Michigan’s movie theater industry are pushing for the state to allow them to re-open as they meet today in front of the Michigan Legislature’s Joint Select Committee on the COVID-19 Pandemic. Closures Kensington Metropark had to temporarily shut down their splash pad Tuesday for further cleaning after an employee was tested COVID-19 positive. Events Detroit families say...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — This pandemic has Geri Swann working her cell phone constantly as she deals with up to 100 emails a day seeking help for students and their families. Finding them Chromebooks, and then buying eyeglasses for kids squinting at screens. Helping people get unemployment checks. Delivering groceries so a woman can feed her school-aged grandchildren while their parents recover from COVID-19. This is what a community schools coordinator does — and as coronavirus infections cloud a new academic year, Swann has only been busier in support of the struggling families at her diverse Baltimore charter school. “When we hit a rocky patch, we want a hand to guide us,” said Swann, who has built a reliable network...
    By MORGAN LEE, Associated Press SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department sided Monday with the father of a seventh grade prep school student in a lawsuit that challenges pandemic-related limits on classroom capacity at private schools in New Mexico as more restrictive than public school guidelines. Albuquerque-based U.S. Attorney John Anderson filed a statement of interest that argues the state is violating the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution by limiting attendance at private schools to 25% of building capacity under a public health order. The limit is set at 50% for public schools under guidance from the Public Education Department, though only select groups of elementary school and disabled students have returned to classrooms. “COVID-related...
    Public schools across America have endorsed the Black Lives Matter movement.  Black Lives Matter has been linked to 91% of riots across America over three months, one study found.  Buffalo Public Schools incorporated Black Lives Matter into its elementary school curriculum.  Some public schools organized their own Black Lives Matter protests and encouraged students to attend. Public schools across the country have endorsed the Black Lives Matter movement and encouraged teachers, students and parents to do the same, with some schools organizing their own BLM protests, a Daily Caller News Foundation review found. The Black Lives Matter movement has been linked to 91% of riots across the United States between May 24 and Sept. 12, according to the...
    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Spring break at Connecticut's four state universities was canceled and several public schools around the state were closed Monday because of the resurgence of the coronavirus. Leigh Appleby, a spokesman for the Connecticut State Colleges & Universities system, said Monday that spring break, originally scheduled for March 15 to March 21, has been canceled at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, Western Connecticut State University in Danbury and Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic. The start date for the spring semester at the four universities has also been pushed back one week later to Jan. 26. CCSU President Zulma Toro said in an announcement to students that the...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- As Chicago Public Schools begins its third week of remote learning of the school year, the Chicago Teachers Union said Monday that while some things are working, other areas need improvement."I see my kids and I know that we can do better by them," said CPS Spanish teacher Lori Torres.CTU hosted a virtual news conference continuing to voice their concerns over CPS's back-to-school plan."It's hard, it's a pandemic and I think that should be our starting point, that this is just not normal," said CTU President Jesse Sharkey. "This is us going through a dire public health emergency."The focus Monday was on in-person work conditions for CPS clerks and staff."We shouldn't be going into to work in...
    The South Carolina Supreme Court heard arguments Friday on whether Gov. Henry McMaster has the power to direct $32 million in federal pandemic relief funds for students to attend private schools through the Safe Access to Flexible Education (SAFE) Grants program. The program would provide one-time, need-based grants up to $6,500 to eligible mid- to low-income students to be used toward tuition at their nonpublic schools. The Blaine Amendment in South Carolina’s constitution prohibits public funds from being used for the direct benefit of private schools. The lawsuit Adams v. McMaster was filed in July by Orangeburg educator Dr. Thomasena Adams against McMaster and the conservative think tank Palmetto Promise Institute. Arguments to the Supreme Court on Friday...
    BOSTON (CBS) – It’s the first day of class for Boston Public Schools, and all students are beginning the year remotely. Each school is receiving Chromebooks to help students who don’t have access to a device. Staff handed them out at the Donald McKay School last week. The district is still waiting for 20,000 Chromebooks to be delivered. Officials said they’re expecting shipments over the next few weeks. Some schools have also put together learning kits. Students at the Eliot School in the North End picked them up last week. They include schedules and supplies for their first day. All students are starting the year online. On October 1, the option of hybrid learning can begin for students with the...
    TOWSON, MD. (WJZ) — Starting Monday, there will be seven new locations for children to get food in Baltimore County. Baltimore County Public Schools is providing free school meals to all children aged two to 18-years-old on Mondays and Wednesdays through December 23 to help families during the pandemic. Students with disabilities can also receive no-cost meals regardless of age. The meals can be picked up curbside at the main entrance of every middle and high school, from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. and from more than 260 locations across the county. Times vary according to location. No sign up or registration is required. The locations are Beech Drive and Wilson Point Park (boat launch lot); corner of Baker Lane, Holiday...
    Education Secretary Betsy DeVos called for Congress to pass coronavirus relief legislation with funding for school choice, warning that more private schools are on the brink of closing without federal help. "We need to have immediate relief for those schools," DeVos told Fox News in an interview. "Think about the impact of all of these kids who suddenly now are showing up at the traditional public school door because they no longer have this other option. That's a crisis in the making right there." Her comments come as at least 160 private schools have permanently closed so far this year as a result of economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, and a recent court ruling against DeVos has limited relief fund...
    The state of Connecticut’s policy to allow biological males to compete against biological females in sports competitions could result in a loss of federal funding.  The warning from the agency’s civil rights office comes as the issue has gained national attention after three high school female athletes in the state sued, claiming allowing men to compete against women violates the federal Title IX statute to protect female students from discrimination based on their biological sex. The three girls — Selina Soule, Alanna Smith, and Chelsea Mitchell — challenged the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference’s decision to allow boys to compete against them if they “identify” as girls. The Hill reported on the development: New Haven Public Schools and the Capitol Region...
    DENVER (CBS4)– A group of young women is changing the way history is taught in Denver Public Schools. The students at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Early College helped create a curriculum that includes Black, Latino/a, Asian and Indigenous history. It’s expected to be adopted next month. (credit: CBS) “For all lives to matter we must commit to black lives matter. Because in our educational system we have consistently left our Black students and Black team members behind,” said student Kaliah Yizar. Last year they went on a trip with their classmates to the African American History and Culture Museum in Washington, DC. It was a trip that left a big impression on them. “It changed my life...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City The city has temporarily closed two Queens public high schools on Friday after both reported a second case of the novel coronavirus among staffers in a seven day period, the Department of Education announced.  Beach Channel Educational Campus in Far Rockaway and P.S. 90 Horace Mann in Richmond Hill reported their second COVID-19 cases on Thursday, according to DOE officials, launching and investigation and a 24-hour-long shut down of the buildings.  It is unclear when the infected staffers at Beach Channel Educational Campus and P.S. 90 took their COVID-19 tests.  Under DOE guidelines, schools will be shut down if more than...
    By MICHELLE LIU, Associated Press/Report for America COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Meeting in person for oral arguments for the first time since the start of the coronavirus outbreak, the South Carolina Supreme Court heard arguments Friday over whether Gov. Henry McMaster has the power to direct $32 million in federal pandemic relief funds to private schools. A central question of the lawsuit filed against the governor and conservative think tank Palmetto Promise Institute in July is whether the funds — the majority of the $48 million in discretionary education dollars granted to McMaster by the federal Department of Education — are considered public money, and how they can be used. McMaster unveiled the plan for Safe Access to Flexible Education,...
    Click here if viewing from a mobile device. Tomorrow at 10am, David Putney from the Santa Clara County Office of Education will be joining us to share information about school reopening plans. Watch it on our Public Health Facebook: https://t.co/UuDiEGSzS1 pic.twitter.com/btAR46xTso — Healthy SCC (@HealthySCC) September 18, 2020 David Putney from the Santa Clara County Office of Education shares information about school reopening plans at 10 a.m. PT. Related Articles How California’s Coastal Cleanup Day is different this year Could coronavirus cause a better flu season? Maybe. Here’s why. Disneyland could allow for social distancing at 50% capacity, data shows Why are California unemployment checks months late? State audit aims...
    Nikole Hannah-Jones, who founded the 1619 Project last year, responded to Trump's speech downplaying the historical legacy of slavery in the United States The founder of The New York Times' 1619 Project has hit back at President Trump after he downplayed the historical legacy of slavery in the U.S. and called for a 'patriotic curriculum' to be taught at public schools.  During his speech marking the 233rd anniversary of the signing of the Constitution on Thursday, Trump announced he will soon sign an order to promote patriotic education through an initiative dubbed the '1776 Commission'.  The panel, he said, would be tasked with encouraging educators to teach students 'about the miracle of American history' and plan for the commemoration...
    A Minneapolis-area educator is angry after a recent string of violent attacks left three teenage students dead in the last five weeks. North High School Principal Mauri Melander Friestleben said the city was "out of control" after 17-year-old student Andre Conley was gunned down outside a Minneapolis convenience store on Monday. "We are literally in a city right now that is completely and entirely out of control," Friestleben said in a Facebook post this week. "We know that the world feels topsy-turvy right now, and we're not going to be quiet about it." Dozens of Minneapolis Public Schools principals joined Friestleben to raise awareness of the recent surge of violence as more than 380 people have been shot...
    COLUMBIA, Md. (WJZ) — Howard County Public Schools announced Thursday night that they too will be bringing back small groups of students for in-person instruction. “Recently, Superintendent Martirano announced that in-person supports and services will soon be offered to small groups of selected students. Following is an overview of the programs and services under consideration and the criteria that will be used to identify students for participation,” the district said in an announcement. The in-person instruction will be made available for: Special education services for children receiving the most intensive services School-Based Learning Centers for students who are experiencing significant barriers to attendance or virtual learning, or who need intensive mental health or behavioral support Family conference opportunities to...
    A school district in Connecticut has switched to remote learning for Friday, Sept. 18 after possible student exposure to COVID-19. The move affects all classes at Litchfield Public Schools. "It came to our attention that several of our students, across multiple schools, attended a non-school event last weekend and had prolonged exposure with a positive COVID-19 case," Litchfield Superintendent Chris Leone said. "We have worked with Torrington Area Health District (TAHD) and initiated the isolation, quarantine, and contact tracing process. "Due to the complex nature of this case, the ongoing contact tracing, and with an extreme amount of caution, the entire Litchfield Public Schools will be on Remote Learning for Friday, Sept.18.  "The decision to change the learning phase is not...
    TOWSON, Md. (WJZ) — The decision to reopen schools for in-person learning has been a tough one across Maryland with many remaining virtual. On Thursday, Baltimore County Public Schools announced plans to bring some students back into the classroom in November. Baltimore County schools is working on a plan to bring small groups of students back into the classroom; more to come @wjz pic.twitter.com/0UYNiILsA0 — Mike Hellgren (@HellgrenWJZ) September 17, 2020   “This is a big thing, and we know there’s going to be a lot of anxiety,” said Baltimore County Schools spokesman Brandon Orland. According to the district’s timeline, parents of certain students will be surveyed October 2 through October 9. “This group of identified students includes both...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Less than half-a-percent of Texas students who have returned to campus have tested positive for COVID-19, according to data released Thursday by the Texas Department of State Health Services. Out of an estimated 1.1 million students who have returned to campus, 2,344 have tested positive for the virus. That works out to 1 in every 470 students. The total count of on-campus teacher and staff COVID-19 cases is 2,175. On Thursday, the Texas Department of State Health Services for the first time released the statewide number of COVID-19 cases reported by Texas public schools. Public schools are required to report all COVID-19 cases weekly to the Texas Education Agency. Next week the state will released updated school...
    AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – In collaboration with the Texas Education Agency, the Texas Department of State Health Services posted on the DSHS website the statewide number of cases of COVID-19 reported by Texas public schools. The reported count of on-campus student cases of COVID-19 in the state’s public schools is 2,344 out of an estimated 1.1 million students on campus for instruction or activities since the beginning of the 2020-21 school year. The total count of on-campus staff cases during the same period is 2,175. Reported cases represent less than half-a-percent of students who have returned to campus. The number of student and staff COVID-19 cases in Texas public schools will be updated each Wednesday. Beginning Sept. 23, it will include...
    AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – In collaboration with the Texas Education Agency, the Texas Department of State Health Services posted on the DSHS website the statewide number of cases of COVID-19 reported by Texas public schools. The reported count of on-campus student cases of COVID-19 in the state’s public schools is 2,344 out of an estimated 1.1 million students on campus for instruction or activities since the beginning of the 2020-21 school year. The total count of on-campus staff cases during the same period is 2,175. Reported cases represent less than half-a-percent of students who have returned to campus. The number of student and staff COVID-19 cases in Texas public schools will be updated each Wednesday. Beginning Sept. 23, it will include...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pittsburgh Public Schools students have been in virtual learning for almost two weeks. Teachers say online learning has gone well, but they’ve had some bumps in the road. Teachers Adam Holy and Sean Means said it has gone as well as it could. “It’s definitely been a learning curve for our entire team, but I think we’re getting better each and every day,” Means told KDKA. Means teaches history and social justice at Westinghouse Academy, and Holy teacher science at the Pittsburgh Gifted Center. One of the biggest challenges that teachers face is connecting with students through a screen. Some students also haven’t been turning on their cameras. “It’s hard as a teacher to look at...
    SAN ANTONIO – The Texas Dept. of State Health Services and the Texas Education Agency released its first set of numbers Thursday for confirmed COVID-19 cases in public schools across the state. According to the state health department, there were 2,344 reported on-campus student cases of COVID-19 out of an estimated 1.1 million students who have been on campus for instruction or activities since the beginning of the 2020-21 school year. The total count of on-campus staff cases during the same period is 2,175. Cases were counted from Aug. 9 to Sept. 6. The full data from the TEA can be found here. The DSHS said this week’s report is statewide and cases will be reported on the district level...
    Schools have become magnets for ransomware. The number of schools hit by ransomware ticked up in September growing to roughly twice the number in August, according to cybersecurity firm Emsisoft. Emsisoft provided Fox News with a list of about a dozen schools that have already fallen victim to attacks in September. Two of the highest-profile attacks this month have been Hartford public schools in Connecticut and Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia – the latter the 10th-largest school division in the country. A ransomware attack in some cases shuts down a school’s computer systems, which can effectively shut down the school, as happened to Hartford public schools earlier this month. Criminals typically try to lock down systems while threatening...
    TOWSON, Md. (WJZ) — Baltimore County Public Schools are planning to bring some students back for in-person instruction this fall. According to a school district spokesman, there is a plan to bring back some school-based staff and then some smaller groups of students for in-person instruction. Initially many public schools opted for distance learning this fall, but Gov. Larry Hogan said if coronavirus numbers begin to decline that schools should try to plan for some in-person learning. State health officials agreed. Schools closed in March when COVID-19 cases began to climb in the state. The schools have not yet released details of this plan and are expected to release more information soon. Stay with WJZ on this developing story. To...
    New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced that most of the city’s schools will not open this Monday as planned. Speaking at a news conference Thursday morning, the mayor said that only preschool and special ed will open on Monday. The opening for elementary schools has been pushed to Sept. 29, while middle and high schools will not resume in-person instruction until Oct. 1. The mayor was facing heavy criticism for proceeding with the reopening despite safety concerns. Michael Mulgrew, the head of the United Federation of Teachers Union that represents city teachers, said that his membership did not believe the schools were ready to reopen. “We did not meet the goal of getting all the schools ready...
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio delayed the start of in-person learning at public schools for a second time for most students on Thursday as the city grapples to safely reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic. While virtual lessons via the internet are already underway, in-person learning had previously been delayed to Monday, Sept. 21, for those students who opted in. Now, only pre-kindergarten children and students with special learning needs will start on Monday, the mayor said at a news conference. Elementary school students will begin Tuesday, Sept. 29. Middle- and high-school students will start Oct. 1. (This story corrects 3rd paragraph to say elementary school students will start Sept. 29) (Reporting by Jonathan Allen;...
    By Allen Kim | CNN Thousands of children across the US attend schools that bear the names of Confederate leaders who fought to preserve slavery and White supremacy in America. More than 240 schools across the US are named in honor of Confederate leaders, according to the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI). Approximately half of those schools serve students that are predominantly Black or nonwhite. Many schools were given Confederate-related names in the 1950s and 1960s as part of a coordinated effort by governors, legislators and White leaders to push back against racial integration in public schools, the EJI said. Confederate-named schools are located in 17 states, with some being found in Georgia, Alabama and Texas. The schools range from public...
    DENVER (CBS4) – The fate of high school football in the fall now lies in the hands of the Colorado High School Activities Association, also known as CHSAA. With CHSAA’s final approval, districts and communities could choose to allow certain sports to participate in the fall or spring season, and the state’s largest district has already said it prefers waiting until the spring. On Wednesday evening, Gov. Jared Polis announced the state had approved CHSAA’s variance request to allow several fall sports seasons, including football, field hockey, cheer, and dance. The variance request came weeks after the organization released a revised, four-season schedule that put football in the spring. “The state did a great job of laying out, here’s the...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pittsburgh Public Schools is seeking board approval to contract with a research organization to conduct an independent evaluation of police calls for service, arrests and citations involving students. PPS wants to contract with RMC Research Corporation, and the board is anticipated to vote on the contract at its Sept. 23 meeting. This comes after the Black Girls Equity Alliance conducted a study and found that Black girls are 10 times more likely than white girls to be referred to juvenile justice in Allegheny County. The study also found that Pittsburgh Public Schools police are the largest juvenile justice referral source for Black girls in the county and that they refer students to law...
    DENVER (CBS4) – Denver Public Schools announced updates on Wednesday to its plan for students to return to in-person learning. The plan calls for all DPS students interested in returning to school to be back in some capacity by the beginning of the second quarter. (credit: CBS) “We want to make sure we’re focusing on how we can support everybody with the opportunities that work best for their learning styles and learning needs, and minimize potential disruptions from exposure to COVID-19,” said DPS Superintendent Susana Cordova. “Typically we see higher attendance in elementary than we do in middle and high school. That’s true in person and in this environment.” Younger grades of elementary students will be the first to return...
    The House on Wednesday passed legislation aimed at restore individuals’ ability to take civil court actions against public schools and federally funded entities for discriminatory policies and practices. In a 232-188 vote, the lower chamber passed the Equity and Inclusion Enforcement Act, introduced by House Committee on Education and Labor Chairman Bobby ScottRobert (Bobby) Cortez ScottPelosi: House will stay in session until agreement is reached on coronavirus relief This week: House returns for pre-election sprint House to tackle funding, marijuana in September MORE (D-Va.). The bill would amend Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to allow for “individual civil actions in cases involving disparate impact.” Prior to the 2001 Supreme Court ruling on Alexander v. Sandoval —...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- There will be no snow days in New York City public schools this year, as almost all students will have some sort of remote learning and the city needs to squeeze in as many days of instruction as possible to meet its requirements under state Education Department guidelines.If there is a need for a snow day this winter, in-person classes will be canceled that day, and everyone will learn remotely, the Department of Education said.With the school start delayed, the city is concerned it still needs to meet the 180-day instruction requirement."As we reopen schools for this critical school year, we are utilizing all of the lessons learned from remote schooling this spring to maximize our...
    Over the last several weeks, I’ve spent time in schools and classrooms across our state. I’ve had the opportunity to witness both in-person and virtual instruction, from Metro Atlanta to rural Georgia. Of course, every school I visited was different. They served different communities, faced different challenges, and the resources available to them varied. One thing was common in every school I visited: they were going above and beyond to keep students safe. The teachers in front of those students – whether virtually or in-person – had their best interests at heart, without exception. Educators’ acts of care, creativity, and extra attention may not always make the news, but they...
    Speaking to Lily Eskelen Garcia, the president of the National Education Association, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said he had the same feeling that the NEA has about charter schools, adding that no “private charter school will receive a penny of federal money. None.” Garcia asked Biden, “So I have one more question.” Biden answered, “Sure.” Garcia continued, “There are lots of people who think there are other ways to solve all of these problems and NEA members have pushed back against what we think are very misguided school reforms, like charter schools. Regularly now we’ve seen families and communities who will join us in fighting to save that neighborhood public school. You know how we feel about charter schools.”...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – It’s probably happened to most of us, at least once, you have a new electronic device – a laptop, computer, maybe a phone or a tablet, and you can’t get it to work properly. Starting today, Pittsburgh Public Schools will be offering in-person tech support for students and parents who are experiencing issues using district-issued devices. Students in the Pittsburgh Public School district are on remote learning for the first nine weeks of the school year. The school board made that decision and then provided laptops to all students for remote learning. For those that have been experiencing tech issues, the district has set up tech support at five schools across the city for...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New York City public schools begin remote learning Wednesday, as teachers continue to voice concerns about in-person instruction. Students are scheduled to return to classrooms next week, but 42% have opted to stay online. Sari Rosenburg is among a handful of teachers abruptly sent home from the High School for Environmental Studies in Hells Kitchen this week after a possible COVID-19 exposure from a colleague with symptoms. “I want to think I don’t have COVID, but I won’t know until I get that test back,” Rosenburg said. “There’s going to be some sacrifices made, but the one sacrifice I don’t think people should be making is their health.” With only a few days left until in-person classes...
    Google celebrates the start of National Hispanic Heritage Month in the United States with a “doodle” dedicated to Felicitas Méndez, a Puerto Rican civil rights pioneer and businesswoman. The image of Méndez, made by Emily Barrera, appears this Tuesday on all the main pages of the famous Google search engine. “As a Latina living in the United States, I was delighted to have the opportunity to honor Felicitas. It was amazing to hear how she and her husband, Gonzalo Méndez, led an educational battle against segregated schools in California and how she paved the way for the American movement. of civil rights, “said the artist herself in a statement. Felicitas Méndez helped...
    Google celebrates the start of National Hispanic Heritage Month in the United States with a “doodle” dedicated to Felicitas Méndez, a Puerto Rican civil rights pioneer and businesswoman. The image of Méndez, made by Emily Barrera, appears this Tuesday on all the main pages of the famous Google search engine. “As a Latina living in the United States, I was delighted to have the opportunity to honor Felicitas. It was amazing to hear how she and her husband, Gonzalo Méndez, led an educational battle against segregated schools in California and how she paved the way for the American movement. of civil rights, “said the artist herself in a statement. Felicitas Méndez helped...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pittsburgh Public Schools is set to open centers to assist families and students having trouble with remote learning devices. Officials say the five technology resource centers will open Wednesday. PPS encourages families to make an appointment, but walk-ins are accepted. Click here to make an appointment. The district says families need to bring their district-issued device, charger and student log-in. “These regional technology support hubs will assist families with their district-issued device needs,” said Mark Stuckey, interim chief technology officer, in a release. “We want all PPS families to have secure, functional devices for E-Learning.” The centers will be open until Oct. 2. The five locations can be found below. Pittsburgh CAPA...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Los Angeles County’s public health director Tuesday denied that plans for reopening school campuses amid the coronavirus pandemic were politically linked to the upcoming election. Los Angeles County’s public health director said her comments about schools reopening after the election had nothing to do with politics, but was rather a reference to a timeframe for reopening. (Photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP-Getty) “We need about six weeks of implementation for the school openings that are going to be happening so that we can have a lot of assessment data that will help guide and inform any decisions we make,” Dr. Barbara Ferrer told the board of supervisors. “I apologize for any confusion that I may have caused...
    Google celebrates the start of National Hispanic Heritage Month in the United States with a “doodle” dedicated to Felicitas Méndez, a Puerto Rican civil rights pioneer and businesswoman. The image of Méndez, made by Emily Barrera, appears this Tuesday on all the main pages of the famous Google search engine. “As a Latina living in the United States, I was delighted to have the opportunity to honor Felicitas. It was amazing to hear how she and her husband, Gonzalo Méndez, led an educational battle against segregated schools in California and how she paved the way for the American movement. of civil rights, “said the artist herself in a statement. Felicitas Méndez helped...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City Another New York City public school will be temporarily shut down to COVID-19 — just a day before remote learning is scheduled to begin. P.S. 139 in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn, will be closed for 24 hours starting on Sept. 16 while the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the city’s Test and Trace Corp investigate two potentially unrelated cases of the virus. On Tuesday, the school’s principal called the city’s “Situation Room” to report a potentially COVID-19 positive staffer. Department of Education officials confirmed the case and are preparing to notify the school community in writing.  A staffer self-reported testing...
              Two northern Virginia school districts struggled with internet security problems in their first week. Loudoun County Public Schools’  (LCPS) virtual learning was interrupted by ten cases of people logging into classes and using racial slurs or displaying pornographic and racist imagery, according to reporting by WUSA 9.  Also last week, Fairfax County Public Schools announced that they are the victims of a ransomware attack. LCPS parent Amy Kirk told WUSA 9, “I asked [my son] specifically what did the video have, and he very sheepishly quietly said two naked women, and I said what did you do, and he said nothing, he didn’t want to talk about it.” A press release stated, “LCPS...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- UCLA has been named the top-ranked public university in the nation for the fourth year in a row.U.S. News & World Report uses a number of factors to rank schools, including graduation rates and social mobility which measures how Pell Grant students perform.In ranking UCLA tops among public universities, the magazine noted its location "just five miles away from the Pacific Ocean" and noting its 5,000 courses, 140 bachelor's degree programs and 97 minors."It's always wonderful to see UCLA recognized nationally, but it's especially heartening at this challenging time,'' UCLA Chancellor Gene Block said in a statement. "UCLA stands resolute in our mission of teaching, research and service and in our commitment to advancing access, opportunity...
    The state of education in New Hampshire in the age of COVID-19 is a tale of two opposites. Public schools throughout the Granite State are struggling to keep students, while its private schools are enjoying an increase in enrollment. Building Block Commons in Exeter is among the bevy of private schools that are taking the coronavirus in stride. With a student body of 100, social distancing would not be a problem. Teachers have ample amounts of personal protection equipment to use, and classrooms have been upgraded to ensure good air flow and hygiene. Schools like BBC began to appear more appealing to parents who are leery about the more crowded public schools during the ongoing public...
    WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (CBS) – The Washington Township Public School District has announced three positive cases of the coronavirus at two of its schools. In a letter sent to parents, the district said two staff members at Hurffville Elementary and one at Washington Township High School tested positive for the virus. The two cases at Hurffville are unrelated, meaning the staff involved had no direct contact with one another and work in separate parts of the school. Hurffville Elementary School will be closed for the next 14 days and all instruction at Hurffville will continue remotely until Sept. 28. The district says cleaning and disinfecting of all exposed areas the individuals contacted has been completed. “The schools are also taking...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pittsburgh Public Schools’ Mifflin elementary school is closed for cleaning and sanitizing after a staff member tested positive for coronavirus. The building is closed until Wednesday for deep cleaning by the district’s facilities team. While Pittsburgh Public Schools have started the academic year online for at least the first nine weeks, the closure does effect Grab and Go Meal services. Those services are suspended at Pittsburgh Mifflin also through Wednesday. The district is encouraging families to go to Pittsburgh Greenfield or Carrick for meals until they can resume at Mifflin Pre-K-8. Breakfast and lunch will be available between 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., and then again from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Stay...
    A virtual hearing Monday of the Illinois Senate Human Services Committee could address problems with the Department of Children and Family Service and mandatory reporting from schools during the COVID-19 pandemic shutdowns. The hearing's posting said it's a subject matter hearing on "Family First Program, Intact Family Services, Mandated Reporting in Schools during COVID, and the Death or Serious Life-Threatening Injury Report prepared by DCFS." State sen. Dave Syverson, R-Rockford, said DCFS had problems before COVID-19 and Monday’s hearing could address child abuse going unreported because there is less in-person instruction at public schools, among other issues. “It’s a big frustration that educators are not looking at the total wellness and the outcomes of the results of...
    CANDACE Owens has said that "left-wing propaganda and indoctrination" are being taught in public schools. Owens told Fox News Sunday that the systems are "replacing education with indoctrination." 3Owens made the comments on SundayCredit: Fox "If you are a black American and you go through the public school system like I went through, you come out and you are basically a propagandist for the left and you don't realize it," she said. The controversial right-wing author then went on to explain how the "indoctrination" affected her political views, stating that she "started on the left." "I believed, just four short years ago, that Republicans were racist, that conservatives were racists, and that being a black person and being a woman...
    As millions of American children start the school year online, the Trump administration is hoping to convert their parents’ frustration and anger into newfound support for school choice policies that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has long championed but struggled to advance nationally. DeVos and President Donald Trump have repeatedly invoked school choice as the solution to parents’ woes. If public schools fail to open, they say, parents should get a cut of the district’s federal funding to send their children to private schools or for home schooling, learning pods or other options that have arisen during the coronavirus pandemic. For Trump, it’s seen as a potential lifeline to Black and Hispanic voters, who are more likely to support vouchers and...
    By COLLIN BINKLEY, AP Education Writer As millions of American children start the school year online, the Trump administration is hoping to convert their parents’ frustration and anger into newfound support for school choice policies that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has long championed but struggled to advance nationally. DeVos and President Donald Trump have repeatedly invoked school choice as the solution to parents’ woes. If public schools fail to open, they say, parents should get a cut of the district’s federal funding to send their children to private schools or for home schooling, learning pods or other options that have arisen during the coronavirus pandemic. For Trump, it’s seen as a potential lifeline to Black and Hispanic voters, who are...
            by James Ferguson  In the wake of many schools around the country participating in remote learning, one Harvard University professor has admitted that parents are finding public schools to be “worse than they thought.” The Harvard law professor gained national attention earlier in 2020, calling for a homeschooling ban. According to The Harvard Gazette, Elizabeth Bartholet said in May, “when it comes to homeschooling, the victims are all children so it’s harder to mount a political movement.” Repeatedly, Bartholet has demonized homeschooling, saying that parents who do so have “authoritarian control over their children.” Bartholet has previously pushed for education authorities to have regulatory oversight of what is being taught in homeschool education, which, in her ideal world,...
    What are we doing? Living in New York City continues to feel like we’re in the Upside Down. Our COVID-19 positive rates are astonishingly low. Yet attractions, businesses and schools remain shuttered. If we knew in March that the lockdown would mean months ­before businesses got to reopen and longer than that until schools opened for in-person learning, would we have gone along? I wouldn’t have. In March, I was at the forefront of calls to close schools. We needed to flatten the curves. We needed to stop the hospitals from getting overwhelmed. Those were worthwhile goals. What are the goals now? It’s insane to keep children locked down without a goal. And the insanity doesn’t end there. Last week,...
    Teachers in some areas have said they might go on strike rather than going back to in-person teaching if they felt it would be unsafe—and a majority of Americans would support them, a new HuffPost/YouGov poll found. A third of people said they would strongly support teachers, and another 22% said they would somewhat support teachers. Just 21% of people said schools should completely reopen in person, with another 26% saying schools should partially reopen in person, and 38% saying schools should be closed or online-only. A 47% plurality said that the risks of reopening schools are greater than the consequences of keeping them closed, and 45% said teachers should not be required to teach in person. Regardless of what teachers...
    Teachers in some areas have said they might go on strike rather than going back to in-person teaching if they felt it would be unsafe—and a majority of Americans would support them, a new HuffPost/YouGov poll found. A third of people said they would strongly support teachers, and another 22% said they would somewhat support teachers. Just 21% of people said schools should completely reopen in person, with another 26% saying schools should partially reopen in person, and 38% saying schools should be closed or online-only. A 47% plurality said that the risks of reopening schools are greater than the consequences of keeping them closed, and 45% said teachers should not be required to teach in person. Regardless of what...
            Three former high-level officials of the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) who spoke with The Tennessee Star on condition of anonymity offered some serious warnings to the public about their former boss, TDOE Commissioner Penny Schwinn: Commissioner Schwinn’s leadership problems could trickle down to the state’s public schools, and parents are right to worry. Additionally, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, who appointed Schwinn, should worry that she could cost him reelection in 2022. TDOE officials, as well as Lee’s staff members, have not returned The Star’s repeated requests for comment on this matter. “When I left the department all I did was pray that the actions of the state Department of Education didn’t...
    DENVER (CBS4)– Denver Public Schools is planning for what they call a “safe, gradual return of kindergarten, 1st grade” for in-person learning beginning at the end of the month. That phase also includes students in primary special education centers. DPS said in a news release issued on Friday night that “Based on the latest health data and feedback from our teachers, leaders and families, we plan to bring elementary students back to our classrooms for in-person learning using a phased-in approach over the coming weeks.” (credit: CBS) The timeline is Sept. 28 through Oct. 2: Kindergarten students, some first-grade students and primary special-education center students start to phase in followed by Oct. 5-9 when all first-grade students will start...
    Demetria Bannister, a third-grade teacher in South Carolina, died this week of the coronavirus.[ SEE: The Latest News on the Coronavirus Outbreak ]Teachers and students knew her as Windsor Elementary's "songbird" for her beautiful singing voice. Friends called her "Demi." She was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Friday, Sept. 4, exactly one week after she spent a day in her Columbia school for teacher professional development. By Monday, she was dead. Bannister was 28 years old. Bannister is far from the first educator to perish from the ongoing pandemic. According to the American Federation of Teachers, 210 of its members have died since the outbreak began last spring. In New York alone, the State Education Department reported 75 deaths – 31 of them...
    (CBS) — Chicago Public Schools today announced that 84.2% of students at district schools attended remote learning classes on the first day of school on Tuesday, a decline from past years that officials said was due to COVID-19 and the district’s move to e-learning to start the semester. Attendance rates have steadily increased throughout the week, to 90.2% on Thursday. “The overwhelming majority of our students showed up ready and eager to learn on the first day of school, and I am so proud of our staff and school communities who have been working tirelessly over the summer to ensure families had what they need to log-in on day one,” said CPS CEO, Dr. Janice K. Jackson. “While our first...
    Los Angeles County's public health director predicted schools won't reopen until "we are done with the elections" in November, raising questions about political motivations behind keeping students at home. What are the details? Dr. Barbara Ferrer made the comment during a conference call with local educators, school nurses, and other groups while discussing the upcoming flu season, KCBS-TV reported. "We don't realistically anticipate that we would be moving either to Tier 2 [of California's reopening plan] or to reopening K through 12 schools at least … until after the election, after, you know, in early November," Ferrer said during Thursday's call. "Like when we just look at the timing of everything, it seems to us the...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Students in Los Angeles County will not be allowed back into the classroom until at least November, according to a report.The Los Angeles Times listened in on a Thursday briefing with the county's public health director, Dr. Barbara Ferrer.Both the Los Angeles Unified School District and the district's teacher's union, United Teachers Los Angeles, said they are opposed to reopening campuses at this time because of health concerns.RELATED: SoCal teacher gives kids peek of what outdoor learning could look likeEMBED More News Videos The opening of many Los Angeles County schools is just two weeks away. For most students, the inside of their classrooms will look like the inside of their homes. But one local teacher...
    BOSTON (CBS) – Outside the Boston Public Schools headquarters and under the rain Thursday afternoon, parents and teachers of Boston Public Schools students rallied to push for more in-person learning for students considered “high need.” The current plan for Boston Public Schools includes bringing students back to the classroom in a hybrid model, with students attending in person classes two days a week starting October 1. If space becomes available, that could eventually translate to four days a week. According to the district plan, it prioritizes students considered high need: those with special needs, learning disabilities, homeless students, and English language learners. Students who attend three exclusive special needs schools in the city will go to school four days...
    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock announced new coronavirus response protocols Thursday for K-12 schools, as many schools across the state enter their third week of instruction. The plan is meant to help schools take public health-based measure to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and keep students safe, and was released after requests from school nurses and education advocates for clear guidance, the governor said during a news conference Thursday. “By following these protocols in consultation with local public health, our schools can properly quarantine, recommend testing, and take other measures to minimize the spread and keeps kids healthy while preserving in person learning for the students and families who depend on it,” Bullock said. The protocols were...
    By Mahad Arale TORONTO (Reuters) - Quebec Premier François Legault on Thursday announced fines for people who fail to wear a mask in indoor public spaces as more Canadian provinces step up efforts to curb the spread of the new coronavirus. The fines are set to kick in on Saturday, though the details of the amount have not yet announced. Legault said fines would be more than C$50 (29.53 pounds). Quebec, the country's second most populous province, has been hard hit by the epidemic and accounts for just under half of Canada's 134,294 confirmed COVID-19 cases, the latest government data showed. "There's a minority of irresponsible people, those people are putting our health at risk especially that of the elderly ......
    The White House – seeing a strategic opening amid mass school closures and a national reckoning over systemic racism – is ramping up its pursuit of school choice, going so far as to make it a central tool in the president's reelection strategy despite logging few wins on its No. 1 education priority over the past four years. [ READ: Report: Schools Need 176M Virus Tests Monthly ]With the majority of the country's 55 million children beginning the school year with some type of remote learning – prolonging the complicated and stressful scenario parents were thrust into in March of becoming a teacher while maintaining a full-time job, often with little to no additional help – the Trump administration is banking on...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Fall sports will have to wait until the spring at public schools across New York State. The New York State Public High School Athletic Association announced Wednesday that football, volleyball and competitive cheer seasons have been postponed until March due to concerns about the coronavirus. “We’ve spent two days speaking with nearly 500 athletic directors across the state and it’s clear that administering high-risk fall sports during the COVID-19 pandemic presents a significant challenge for our member schools,” said Dr. Robert Zayas, NYSPHSAA executive director. “These are unprecedented times and, unfortunately, difficult decisions will have to be made to address this ongoing crisis.” The start date for the spring sports season has also been moved from...
    Some students in St. Mary’s County, Maryland, will return to in-person instruction in less than two weeks. St. Mary’s County Public Schools approved the Sept. 21 return of four groups of students: Head Start, pre-K, SAIL and COMPASS. SAIL and COMPASS are two county special education programs. Superintendent James Scott Smith said the goal is to help students who need it the most. “We are looking at our littlest learners first, because we recognize that an online educational experience is probably going to leave the ones who we need most-involved behind,” Smith said. If things go well, other students could start coming back for in-person learning two days a week beginning Oct. 5. Some sports and extracurricular activities are slated...