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    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — It seems like every week that we’re hearing about coronavirus cases among students and teachers in various school districts. Statistics from the Pennsylvania Department of Health fluctuate between 5- to 18-year-olds. However, doctors with UPMC said do not be alarmed. Doctors said while transmission of the virus is happening among those 5-18 years old, most of those cases aren’t difficult to treat. Doctors say kids should be focused on wearing a mask, social distancing, and getting tested if they have symptoms. “It’s to be expected because transmission is happening,” said Dr. Graham Snyder with UPMC. Doctors with UPMC said it’s not surprising that coronavirus case numbers went up in school-age kids once they returned to class. The...
    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A computer hacker group claimed it uploaded information stolen from a Nevada school district to a website. The Clark County School District data the group claimed to have posted online included information on current and former employees with names and Social Security numbers, The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Monday. The hacker group, which was not named, claims all data stolen in an Aug. 27 cyberattack on the district was posted. The district said in a statement Monday it plans to notify affected individuals as an investigation continues. District officials did not answer questions about whether any money was paid to the group. “CCSD is working diligently to determine the full nature and scope of the incident...
    The popularity of zoom-bombing has grown during the coronavirus outbreak. Image via Shutterstock/Illustration by Rachel E. Greenspan An Oregon middle school class was "Zoom-bombed" on Monday when a man joined a class call and exposed himself, local news station KDRV 12 reported. In an email to families, Hedrick Middle School said that the man had used a student's name to get through screening on the call, but was kicked out when the teacher noticed him. "Zoom-bombing" has become a form of trolling during the pandemic, but has resulted in calls being flooded with things like racist and anti-Semitic language and porn. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. An Oregon middle school class was disrupted on Monday when...
    A hacker has released a cache of private information of students and employees that was stored by a Las Vegas school district after officials allegedly refused to provide them with the requested ransom, according to a report. Clark County School District first announced it had experienced a “data security incident” on Aug. 27, 2020, when “certain CCSD systems became infected with a virus that prohibited access to certain files,” the district said. Weeks later, the hacker published information that was held by the district, including addresses, employees’ social security numbers, and students’ birthdates and grades, The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday. In response to the national reports, CCSD said later that day that it “is working diligently to determine the full...
    Two schools in a Northern Westchester district were forced to close due to a confirmed COVID-19 case and a staffing shortage due to teachers quarantining after being exposed to the virus. The Somers Central School District announced that there has been a positive case at Primrose Elementary School, and because of staffing challenges due to COVID-19, Somers High School had to temporarily transition to remote learning on Tuesday, Sept. 29. Primrose Elementary will be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 30 to allow for complete contact tracing for anyone who was near the infected student or staffer, while the High School was scheduled to reopen on Wednesday. The elementary school building is also being disinfected and sanitized during the 48-hour...
    MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Pa. (CBS) — Some Spring-Ford School District parents are calling for an end to all-virtual instruction. They demonstrated outside of the high school before the school board meeting Monday night. “Our kids are not engaged in Zoom learning. They are falling behind. Many parents with children that have IEPs, who are working parents, are struggling with supporting their children as well as doing their own full-time jobs,” parent Jill Schadler said. Parents are asking the school board to come up with a plan to transition students to in-person learning. However, the Spring-Ford School District says their Special Education Supervisors introduced a plan to bring students with special needs back to in-person learning on Sept. 14. They say roughly...
    The Harris County School District is releasing its seventh weekly COVID-19 report. To be transparent, the data being shared for a seven-day range includes the total number of students as well as breaking the numbers down by on-campus/in-person and virtual, the total number of employees, the total number of COVID-19 active cases in each group, and the total number of close contact cases in each group. The current data, from Tuesday, September 22 through Monday, September 28, includes: Total number of students 5491                 On-campus/in-person students 4164                 Virtual students 1334 Number of COVID-19 active cases 1                 On-campus/in-person active cases 1                 Virtual active cases 0 Number of close contact...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Broward School Board met Tuesday to discuss their reopening schedule. The meeting came after state Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran called on the district to reopen on October 5th. In a letter to the district, Corcoran said if they couldn’t reopen by October 5th, they would have to prove exemptions on a school by school basis by this Friday. A similar letter was sent to the Miami-Dade School district. Broward’s School Board has previously passed a plan to have a staggered return of students to classrooms. Pre-K, kindergarten, first grade, sixth grade, ninth grade students, and some with special needs would return October 14th. The rest would return Tuesday, October 20th. All other Florida school...
    DESOTO (CBSDFW.COM) — A helping hand for one North Texas school district after a warehouse fire destroys tens of thousands of dollars worth of supplies. Among the inventory lost was the school district allotment of personal protective equipment. The PPE — district has planned to use the PPE when it returned to in-person instruction — was valued at $85,000. Now a local medical provider is coming to the rescue of students, teachers and staff. The healthcare company Medcillary Is donating 50,000 face masks to the district. DeSoto ISD students began virtual learning on September 8. As it stands, in-person classes are set to begin on Monday.
    By Nathan Layne YORK, Pa. (Reuters) - Natalie Cruz, 12, missed math and language arts instruction one recent morning because the school's virtual interface would not load. Carlos, her 8-year-old brother, sat beside her at the kitchen table, studying with last year's workbooks because the district had yet to supply him with a PC, weeks after instruction started online. Across town, Zachary and Zeno Lentz, 5 and 9, were at their high-performing elementary schools, where they attend in-person on Tuesdays and Fridays. They learn remotely the other three days, assisted by their college-educated mother, a social worker who can do her job from home. The Cruz and Lentz children are separated by just a few miles in York, Pennsylvania. But...
    (CNN)Hackers may have gained access to confidential information about current and former staff and students of the fifth largest school district in the United States, according to a statement posted on the district's website.The Clark County School District (CCSD) in Las Vegas reopened for in-person learning on August 24. It was attacked by hackers three days later in an incident first reported by the Wall Street Journal.On the morning of August 27, according to the statement, certain computer systems from CCSD became infected with a virus that prohibited access to certain files. The Wall Street Journal reports that hackers published documents containing Social Security numbers, student grades and other private information from CCSD students and staff after officials refused to...
    SPRINGFORD, Pa. (CBS) — Some Springford School District parents are calling for an end to all-virtual instruction. They demonstrated outside of the high school before the school board meeting Monday night. The parents say Springford is the only Montgomery County school district that does not have a plan to offer in-person classes. “Our kids are not engaged in Zoom learning. They are falling behind. Many parents with children that have IEPs, who are working parents, are struggling with supporting their children as well as doing their own full-time jobs,” parent Jill Schadler said. Parents are asking the school board to come up with a plan to transition students to in-person learning.
    An appeals court ruled Monday that a Minnesota school district violated the law when it told a transgender boy that he could not use the boys' restroom but instead provided a separate restroom. The transgender student, only identified as N.H. in court documents, sued in February 2019 after he was made to use a separate restroom from the other boys on the boys swim team at Coon Rapids High School in 2015-16. "We are suing the school board and the school district for discriminating against N.H. because he is transgender. That violates the Minnesota Human Rights Act and the rights of equal rights and due process under the Minnesota state constitution," said attorney David...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Nassau County’s largest school district says most children at home have not been given laptops or learning devices for the school year, and some are unconnected. The Hempstead School District blames the state and federal governments, CBS2’s Jennifer McLogan reported Monday. Remote learning is underway for the district’s 8,000 students. Yet, fewer than half in Hempstead Village have been provided laptops or devices. “We came to get our laptops. They never game them to us,” said 10th grader Tyshawn Parsons. “We’re not learning,” he told McLogan. “It’s sad because our children are losing out on precious education that they need right now, and we shouldn’t use the pandemic as an excuse for them to keep losing...
    Palo Alto Unified wants to begin reopening classrooms in a couple of weeks but hundreds of parents and teachers say that’s too soon and dangerous with the coronavirus still spreading. Almost 400 parents and teachers have signed a letter urging the school board not to approve the district’s plan to bring elementary school students back to campuses starting Oct. 12 with two grade levels phased in every week through Nov. 9. Middle and high school students would start returning on Jan. 7 in similarly staggered schedules. The school board is scheduled to consider approving the plan at its meeting Tuesday. Before schools reopen, parents of elementary school students would have to decide whether to keep their children at home for...
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled Monday that a suburban school district violated the rights of a transgender student who identified as male when it kept him from using the boys' locker room. The parents of the boy identified as N.H. sued the Anoka-Hennepin School District last year, claiming the district violated his rights to equal protection under the Minnesota Human Rights Act when it forced the student, who was on the boys' swimming team, to use a segregated locker room. The appeals court found it is unlawful to segregate a boy from his peers just because he is transgender. “N.H. identifies as male, has socially transitioned to male, and lives as male. Others also...
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Little Rock's schools remained open on Monday despite some teachers saying they'd only work virtually over concerns about the spread of coronavirus in the classroom. It was unclear how many teachers joined the local union's call to not show up for in-person classes. The school district said 50 teachers told their principals on Sunday they would work virtually, while another 150 called in sick Monday. A school district spokeswoman said that was slightly higher than the number of teachers absent on a typical day. The 21,000-student district has about 1,900 teachers. The Little Rock Education Association cited several concerns about the schools since classes resumed Aug. 24, including facilities not being cleaned or disinfected properly...
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled Monday that a suburban school district violated the rights of a transgender student who identified as male when it kept him from using the boys’ locker room. The parents of the boy identified as N.H. sued the Anoka-Hennepin School District last year, claiming the district violated his rights to equal protection under the Minnesota Human Rights Act when it forced the student, who was on the boys’ swimming team, to use a segregated locker room. The appeals court found it is unlawful to segregate a boy from his peers just because he is transgender. “N.H. identifies as male, has socially transitioned to male, and lives as male. Others also...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff MONROEVILLE (KDKA) — Students at Gateway High School and Moss Side Middle School in the Gateway School District will attend online classes for the week. This comes after the district was notified of positive Coronavirus cases at both schools. (Photo Credit: KDKA Photojournalist Brian Smithmyer) In letters sent to parents, the district stated they decided to temporarily move to remote learning to adhere to Health and Education Department guidelines. (Photo Credit: KDKA)  Deep cleaning of both buildings and contact tracing is underway.
    CLAIRTON (KDKA) – The Clairton City School District canceled classes for Monday and Tuesday after a water main break flooded their school building Saturday. Crews were outside of the Clairton Education Center Sunday, still pumping water out of the building. The building houses over 800 students from kindergarten through 12th grade. School Board President Richard Livingston says the elementary school, which is located on the bottom floor, took on all of the flooding. “The water in the classrooms, when you open the door, would rush out and it would carry anything that was on the floor out into the hallway,” he said For the most part, the water was an inch to six inches high, but in some areas, the...
    ASHBURN, Va. — A public school system in Virginia has apologized for its history of racial segregation and a more recent pattern of discriminating against Black students. The Washington Post reports that the Loudoun County Public Schools addressed its apology on Friday to the county’s Black community in a letter and video. The county fought a school desegregation order for more than a decade after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled it illegal. Michelle Thomas, president of the local NAACP, questioned whether the apology is genuine. Rob Doolittle, a spokesman for the schools system, said the apology is only one step in the county’s plan to fight systemic racism. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not...
    ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — A public school system in Virginia has apologized for its history of racial segregation and a more recent pattern of discriminating against Black students. The Washington Post reports that the Loudoun County Public Schools addressed its apology on Friday to the county's Black community in a letter and video. The county fought a school desegregation order for more than a decade after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled it illegal. “The additional effort required and resources provided by the Black community to obtain an equal education created hardships to which other community members were not subjected,” the letter read. “Black people were denied rights and equal treatment.” Michelle Thomas, president of the local NAACP, questioned whether the...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff CLAIRTON, Pa. (KDKA) — Clairton City School District says classes will not be held on September 28 due to a water main break. The district made the announcement Saturday evening on Twitter. The water main break was reported on Large Avenue in Clairton. Please be advised that due to a water main break on Large Ave. Clairton City School District will not be in session on Monday 9/28/2020. We will keep our CCSD community updated of the situation and any changes. Thank you. pic.twitter.com/CR9mKGeHEw — Clairton School (@Clairtonschool) September 26, 2020 The district said it will provide updates on the situation.
    AUBURN, Mass. (AP) — Twenty students in Auburn Public Schools are being asked to quarantine after the district found that they were potentially exposed to a bus monitor who tested positive for COVID-19. In a letter sent to parents Friday, Superintendent Casey Handfield said the bus monitor was removed from work Sept. 18 after complaining of symptoms associated with COVID-19, according to MassLive.com. The monitor tested negative for the coronavirus on Sept. 19 but tested positive Sept. 23. The superintendent's letter said affected staff, students and siblings have been asked to quarantine “out of an abundance of caution” and to follow up with their medical providers. The letter said school officials would stay in contact with anyone affected until they...
    A school district in Fairfield County has reported that a person tested positive for COVID-19. The Norwalk Public School District said it was notified on Friday, Sept. 25 that a member of the Columbus Magnet School community tested positive. That person has been instructed to remain home in self-isolation and has been provided with additional instructions to follow prior to returning to school, the district said.  The last day this person was in the school was Wednesday, Sept. 16.  Family members have also been instructed to contact their healthcare provider about getting tested.  Any student required to self-quarantine will have access to virtual instruction. "Anyone who is considered a 'close contact' with this person has been contacted or will be...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff  PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A special giveaway event took place in the Woodland Hills School District on Saturday. With many people still working from home space can be tight. (Photo Credit: KDKA Photojournalist Aaron Sledge) The district gave away desks and chairs for students to use at home.
    COMPTON (CBSLA) — Some teachers in the Compton Unified School District are protesting a proposal to reopen schools on October 5 for select students, including those with moderate to severe special needs and English Language Learners. Opponents of the plan to bring back limited in-person learning say the district has not yet made safety plans clear to help prevent the transmission of coronavirus. Members of the Compton Education Association (CEA) on Saturday drove by the homes of school board members with writings on their cars, highlighting their concerns about prematurely reopening schools. Some pleas on their vehicles read “Can’t teach dead… protect kids and teachers,” “Masks are disposable, teachers aren’t,” among others. “We have evidence of unsanitary conditions that are...
    Highlights from recent meetings ■ After interviewing three candidates, the Garrison school board appointed Madeline Julian to succeed Jill Lake, a trustee who resigned in June. Julian, an architect who is senior director of project development, planning design and construction for the Mount Sinai Health System, will serve until the annual meeting on May 18, and the seat will appear on the 2021 ballot. Madeline Julian (Photo provided) ■ On Sept. 2, with the board meeting in person for the first time since March, Superintendent Carl Albano said that 167 students, or 75 percent of the district’s enrollment, returned to in-person instruction, and 48 students (22 percent) were receiving remote instruction through iTutor, a virtual instruction service with state-certified teachers...
    DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Iowa school regulators temporarily removed Friday the top two officials in the Davenport school district amid concerns about inequities in discipline for minority students, inadequate special education and school safety. The State Board of Education decided to replace Superintendent Robert Kobylski and Chief Financial Officer Claudia Wood while the district rectifies deficiencies, the Des Moines Register reported. The Iowa Department of Education said in a news release that Davenport schools had consistently failed to make progress on goals outlined by the state over the past three years and called the decision “a critical step” toward ensuring a quality education in a safe and secure environment. Davenport was cited in 2018 after officials determined a higher percentage...
    Highlights from recent meetings ■ The Haldane school board agreed to a settlement with the parents of a disabled student who said the district had not provided their child with the same level of public education given to other students. The district agreed to reimburse the parents $41,350 for three years of private-school tuition, as well as up to $15,000 for counseling, transportation and attorney’s fees. ■ The district’s outdoor education committee created 18 classroom spaces, two tented spaces and areas for art and music to allow for social distancing. The Haldane School Foundation donated $1,000 for picnic blankets. ■ Principal Julia Sniffen said the high school plans to test a program called Facing History and Ourselves in its English...
    BYRON, Ill. (AP) — A local panel was recently formed in an Illinois community in hopes of preventing a nuclear energy company from closing its plant. Byron Station Response Committee plans to develop a “collaborative, broad-based response” to Exelon’s announcement of its intent to close the company's Byron Station in September 2021. Superintendent Buster Barton of Byron School District is a member of the group. He said it was created after people reached out following the announcement. The Byron School Board convened the first meeting on Sept. 10, Sauk Valley Media reported. Last year, the district received more than $19.1 million in taxes from the plant. “It just goes to show you how much our community cares about our school...
    LAKE BLUFF, Ill. (WLS) -- More than 50 fifth graders at Lake Bluff Elementary School taking part in in-person instruction have been sent home after at least two cases of COVID-19 were reported.Lake Bluff School District is suspending in-person instruction for all fifth graders at the school just weeks into the school year due to the cases. Students will learn remotely."We have been planning for this and preparing for this all summer. We have a solid plan and we are implementing our plan," said Dr. Lisa Leali, Lake Bluff School District 65 superintendent.Only some of the students were exposed to COVID-19, and will need to isolate at home and monitor for symptoms. District officials said the cases could be connected...
    NEWPORT BEACH (CBSLA) — Some teachers and parents in Newport-Mesa Unified School District are pushing back against plans to reopen schools for in-person learning next week. The district is utilizing a hybrid model that has children going to school part of the day and leaving for lunch. “That’s really hard for working parents who have to leave their job to run to drop them off and bring them back,” said parent Taryn Wool-Smith, a mother-of-three school-aged children, said. When her kids aren’t physically in school, she says they’ll have to learn at home independently, which is yet another challenge. Teachers in Newport-Mesa Unified share the concerns and their union has given a cease and desist demand to stop in-person instruction,...
    MT. LEBANON, Pa. (KDKAD) — Some parents want to know more about the hybrid model Mt. Lebanon School District is shifting to in October. The district is hiring temporary classroom monitors to oversee classes while the teacher is teaching at home. Some parents said they feel they’re being kept in the dark. They want to know how many classes their kids will have during the day with a teacher in the classroom versus classes with the teacher being at home teaching through a screen. “Nobody wants their kids to go to school and sit in front of a screen. They think it’s ridiculous,” said Cindy Janay. Janay has two sons at Mt. Lebanon High School. She said...
    BUCKS COUNTY, Pa. (CBS) — Frustration is mounting for some parents and students in the Pennsbury School District in Bucks County. They want to know why kids can’t have some sort of in-person learning. Like schools in Philadelphia, the Pennsbury School District is also in an all-virtual setting right now. New of an extension of that has parents very upset. Calls for the Pennsbury School District to open its schools and bring kids back into the classrooms have brought parents and students together for an emotional rally Friday. “Sitting in the kitchen in the dark, tears streaming down my face and feeling totally defeated. I’m honestly not sure how many more days like this I can take or that my...
    PORTLAND, Maine — The Cape Elizabeth School Department has agreed to remove any record of discipline against a student who posted a note about sexual assault in a bathroom last year, ending an almost yearlong lawsuit. Aela Mansmann, 16, sued the district when her high school suspended her for posting a note in a school bathroom last year that said: “There’s a rapist in our school and you know who it is.” The American Civil Liberties Union of Maine, representing Mansmann, won a temporary restraining order to block the suspension. Mansmann filed a motion to settle the lawsuit and the school has agreed to remove any record of her suspension, the Portland Press Herald reported Thursday. A judge must...
    DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – A familiar face in Douglas County is one track to become the Douglas County School District’s interim superintendent. Corey Wise was voted in unanimously by the school board on Thursday night. (credit: CBS) Wise has served in the district as a teacher and principal at Legend High School for 25 years. Wise’s position will likely become official in two weeks. Earlier this month, superintendent Thomas Tucker announced that he was resigning, citing family health issues. (credit: CBS) However, there is now an ongoing investigation into Tucker after a claim of workplace discrimination. Tucker announced his resignation during a special school board meeting Sept. 8. Tucker is on administrative leave until his resignation takes...
    ShakeWashingtonForSchoolBoardD5/Facebook Tampa Tiger Bay Club’s political forums are usually closed to the general public, but the pandemic’s forced the talks to go virtual, so all can tune in when Hillsborough County School Board candidates face some questions from the nonpartisan political club. The forum will take place Friday, Oct. 2 at noon and will be moderated by President Yvonne Fry. The event is free and available to watch on tigerbayclub.com, the group’s Facebook page and the Tampa Bay Arts and Education Network. In attendance will be those running to be chosen as School Board members in the Nov. 3 election. Candidates include Nadia Combs and incumbent Steve Cona from District 1, Mitch Thrower and Jessica Vaughn from District 3, Henry...
    MONROEVILLE, Pa. (KDKA) – A local high school has canceled its football game and is closing down after a second student tested positive for coronavirus. The Gateway High School cites Department of Health and Department of Education guidelines that say schools within counties with a moderate level of community transmission should shut down a building when there are two to four students who test positive. The district says high school students will be going online during the five-day closure. Gateway football coach Don Holl also says the game against Pine-Richland Friday night has been canceled. BREAKING —> Gateway football coach Don Holl confirms to me that the game against Pine Richland is canceled tonight after a Gateway...
    The family of a boy suspended from school for having an unloaded BB gun in the background of his at-home video feed called the situation an "injustice." Nine-year-old Ka Mauri Harrison was taking a test virtually when he saw his teacher rush to get his attention after she spotted the BB gun in his room, a New Orleans NBC affiliate WDSU reported. Ka Mauri's parents chose to start the school year off remotely, due to the coronavirus pandemic.  The incident resulted in the fourth grader being expelled from his school. However, his punishment was reduced to a suspension this week. Harrison's family called the punishment a mistake, adding that it threatens their son's academic future. "This is an injustice. It's...
    BUCKS COUNTY, Pa. (CBS) — Frustration is mounting for some parents and students in the Pennsbury School District in Bucks County. They want to know why kids can’t have some sort of in-person learning. Parents and students gathered outside the Pennsbury School District administration building in Yardley Friday morning to express their concerns. They want answers from the board about why their students can’t have a combination of in-school and virtual instruction like many neighboring districts. The remote learning is expected to continue there until February and parents of special needs children say the all-online curriculum is especially challenging. “I’m honestly not sure how many days like this I can take, or that my boys can take. Autism meltdowns and...
    GLEN MILLS, Pa. (CBS) – A Garnet Valley High School teacher was arrested for allegedly having “inappropriate internet interactions” with a recent graduate. Authorities arrested special education teacher 38-year-old Derek Vattelana on Thursday. He was charged with possessing instruments of crime, indecent exposure, and open lewdness. The victim is said to be an 18-year-old female who recently graduated from Garnet Valley High School. In a letter sent to parents Friday morning the Garnet Valley School District says the incident occurred outside of school and when the individual was no longer a student. “The district’s Director of Safety and Security alerted the Pennsylvania State Police of the alleged incident in early July; however, we were instructed to take no action or...
    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Cape Elizabeth School Department has agreed to remove any record of discipline against a student who posted a note about sexual assault in a bathroom last year, ending an almost yearlong lawsuit. Aela Mansmann, 16, sued the district when her high school suspended her for posting a note in a school bathroom last year that said: “There’s a rapist in our school and you know who it is.” The American Civil Liberties Union of Maine, representing Mansmann, won a temporary restraining order to block the suspension. Mansmann filed a motion to settle the lawsuit and the school has agreed to remove any record of her suspension, the Portland Press Herald reported Thursday. A judge must...
    Says he should be replaced by person of color Beacon school board member James Case-Leal resigned on Tuesday (Sept. 22), creating a second vacancy to be filled on the nine-member board.  Case-Leal, who was elected in 2018, had about eight months remaining in his three-year term. His resignation follows that of Michael Rutkoske, who left the board in July, citing time constraints.  In a letter addressed to the board and Superintendent Matt Landahl, Case-Leal said he was leaving “in order to open an additional space for John Galloway Jr. and Jasmine Johnson, two well-qualified candidates of color, to both be appointed.”  While the district has worked to correct racial inequities in recent years, Case-Leal said in his letter, “we must strongly...
    A Westchester school district is reporting that Legionella bacteria, the cause of Legionnaires’ disease has been discovered in two of its schools. The Scarsdale School District alerted parents that legionella was found at the Scarsdale Middle School and the Quaker Ridge School, possibly caused by the extended school closures due to COVID-19, which left pipes sitting idle for months. Testing at the school for the bacteria was conducted on Friday, Sept. 4, and the results were reported later in the month. In response to the discovery of Legionella, the district covered all water fountains and drinking stations outside of the stations that include UV filtration systems, the district announced. Students are instead being provided with water bottles for drinking. ...
    CHICAGO — Chicago Public Schools said that 49,000 students failed to log into classrooms on the first day of remote learning, a figure it has now winnowed down to fewer than 6,900 after expanded outreach efforts. The figures released at Wednesday’s Board of Education meeting offer the first look at how many of Chicago’s 300,000 students the school district is still trying to contact. They are a stark reminder of the ongoing challenges that Chicago faces in connecting with students remotely. After school buildings closed in the spring, the district also reported thousands of missing students. Now, with a fresh start to the school year, officials detailed new protocols to find them, including tens of thousands of phone calls to...
    CHICAGO — Allison Gorsuch, the mother of a Chicago kindergartner, made an impassioned appeal in front of the city’s school board this week: Spell out soon how the district will decide whether to bring students back to school buildings and when. The decision on whether to bring students back into school buildings on Nov. 9 is looming for Chicago, the country’s third-largest district. During its Wednesday meeting, the district’s governing board largely focused on how remote learning has gone two and a half weeks in, offering positive reviews about what leaders feel was a strong start to the year. Board members did not broach the issue of how and when the district will make a call about the next quarter....
    A group of parents is suing the Los Angeles Unified School District, alleging its distance learning plan fails to adequately educate every child and that such violation of students’ Constitutional right to a free and appropriate education – particularly for low-income Black and Latino students, English learners and students with disabilities – amounts to race and wealth discrimination. The district’s ability to meet the needs of its most vulnerable students was already sub-par prior to the coronavirus pandemic, but the quality of its programs and ability to engage with these students have worsened since schools closed in mid-March, the plaintiffs allege in their class-action suit, filed Thursday, Sept. 24, in LA Superior Court. A large part of the problem was...
    PALO ALTO (KPIX) — The Palo Alto Unified School District is set to approve a plan to return to in-person instruction as early as next week, according to superintendent Don Austin. Austin said there is “absolutely” a majority among the board’s five members who support the hybrid model that was discussed during a virtual school board meeting Tuesday. The plan will be a phased-in approach with special education students returning Monday. Transitional kindergarten through first grade will return two weeks after that, Oct. 12. Second- and third-graders will return Oct. 26. Fourth- and fifth-graders return Nov. 9. Middle and high school students will return Jan. 7. Parents who wish to continue with online distance learning may continue to do so....
    The Los Angeles Unified School District’s distance learning plan has caused “enormous learning losses” and left tens of thousands of Black and Latino students without a basic education, according to allegations in a class action lawsuit filed against the district Thursday. The lawsuit, filed on behalf of Los Angles public school parents, alleges that the district is failing students by offering less instructional time to students compared with other large districts in California and cutting the hours that teachers are required to work “My daughter and the children of my community...they’ve been failed by the district,” said Judith Larson, a plaintiff in the suit whose daughter is in seventh grade at South Gate Middle School. “The poor education...
    SCARSDALE, New York (WABC) -- A school district in Westchester County reports that Legionella bacteria has been found in two of its schools.Scarsdale School District says Legionella bacteria, the cause of Legionairres' Disease, has been found in the water at Scarsdale Middle School and the Quaker Ridge School.In the past 30 days, at least 10 schools in Ohio and Pennsylvania have also reported Legionella lurking in their water supply.RELATED | Fauci: "Encouraged" NJ can avoid new surge in COVID cases by reopening carefullyEMBED More News Videos Dr. Anthony Fauci lauded New Jersey's response to the coronavirus pandemic, saying it's an example of what other states can do to be in a position to reopen their economies safely. Due to prolonged...
    FORSYTH, Ga. (AP) — In-person classes been called off for two weeks at a Georgia middle school after more than 90 students and staff were exposed to the coronavirus. The Monroe County school system said Thursday in a news release that all students at Monroe County Middle School in Forsyth would shift to online instruction starting Monday. Learning will remain entirely online through Oct. 9, when the district starts its fall break. In-person classes would resume Oct. 19. Cases statewide continue to fall, with the seven-day average of newly confirmed cases at their lowest point since late June, as well as the number of people hospitalized with the respiratory illness. Georgia has reported more than 311,000 cases overall. Newly reported...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — A group of parents has filed a class action lawsuit against the Los Angeles Unified School District over its distance learning plan, alleging the district is violating students’ rights. Parents held a rally against LAUSD’s distance learning plan outside the courthouse Thursday. (CBSLA) “I am a parent who is here ready to fight for my child,” Keshara Shaw said. On Thursday, Shaw stood outside the Los Angeles Superior Courthouse with other families, blasting the district’s remote learning plan that they said disproportionately impacts Black and Latino students as well as those with disabilities. The parents are calling on a judge to issue a preliminary injunction to stop the district from continuing with its distance learning plan...
    Dozens of students in Iowa schools were quarantined after both staff and students tested positive for the coronavirus, while a high school switched to online classes after some students were absent as cases surged Thursday by more than 1,300 across the state in the last 24 hours. An Iowa elementary school quarantined 130 elementary students after a staff member tested positive for coronavirus, while a high school switched to online classes after some students were absent as coronavirus cases surged Thursday by more than 1,300 across the state in the last 24 hours. Officials at the Hartwick-Ladora-Victor Community School District quarantined 130 kindergarten through sixth grade students beginning Wednesday after a staff member tested positive for the virus a day...
    By DAVID PITT, Associated Press Dozens of students in Iowa schools were quarantined after both staff and students tested positive for the coronavirus, while a high school switched to online classes after some students were absent as cases surged Thursday by more than 1,300 across the state in the last 24 hours. An Iowa elementary school quarantined 130 elementary students after a staff member tested positive for coronavirus, while a high school switched to online classes after some students were absent as coronavirus cases surged Thursday by more than 1,300 across the state in the last 24 hours. Officials at the Hartwick-Ladora-Victor Community School District quarantined 130 kindergarten through sixth grade students beginning Wednesday after a staff member tested positive...
    By AMY TAXIN, Associated Press Nine parents filed a lawsuit Thursday alleging that the Los Angeles Unified School District’s distance learning program implemented during the pandemic fails to meet state educational standards and disproportionately harms Black and Latino students. The parents, who are supported by educational non-profits Parent Revolution and Innovate Public Schools, sued on behalf of the 600,000 children in the nation’s second-largest school district, said Seth Litt, Parent Revolution’s executive director. They contend the district is failing to engage their children online at the same rate as other large California school districts and that state-mandated instructional minutes often lack actual instruction with teachers dismissing kids after checking they turned in their work. Some parents said they’re still unable...
    WATERTOWN (CBS) – It’s a break time at the playground for a group of Watertown children who are at home learning remotely, and parent Maya Hanna says a majority wanted it that way. “They asked all the parents, the decision didn’t come on their own, and I support what they did,” said Hanna. But the state says Watertown is one district that should have brought students back in-person at least part-time because it’s a community with consistently low transmission rates for covid-19. “We know there’s a possibility of a second spike. But while in a situation of green or gray for many weeks, bring kids back to school in person or a hybrid model,” said Jeffrey Riley, commissioner...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The School District of Philadelphia is moving forward with plans to return students to the classroom, and it could happen before Thanksgiving. While students in the Philadelphia School District continue remote learning due to COVID-19, officials are plowing forward on plans to bring kids back into schools on Nov. 17. “We’re going to be assessing everybody to determine where children are,” Superintendent Dr. William Hite said Thursday. “I think we’re going through the process of assessing many of our youngest grades now.” District officials are closely monitoring school districts around the tri-state area and around the country as many make a return to in-person learning. The news of recent delays in classrooms at schools in New Jersey...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Nine schools in Los Angeles County and five in Orange County were named National Blue Ribbon Schools Thursday. The honor is awarded to campuses based on their overall academic achievement or success in closing achievement gaps among groups of students. Out of nearly 370 schools that earned recognition nationally, 36 were located in California. The honor “affirms the hard work of educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content,” according to the U.S. Department of Education, which presents the honors. There is typically a ceremony held in Washington, D.C. to honor the school chosen, but due to the coronavirus pandemic the event will be held virtually Nov....
    A Northern Westchester high school will be closed through the rest of the week after there was COVID-19 exposure. Somers Schools Superintendent Raymond Blanch issued a letter to parents on Thursday, Sept. 24 advising of the positive COVID-19 test in the high school, and that the district will be transitioning to remote learning for the rest of the week. Students were dismissed from Somers High School early on Thursday, and the building will remain closed for 48 hours to allow crews to sanitize and disinfect spaces the exposed person may have frequented. Blanch said that the district is working with the Westchester County Department of Health to do continued contact tracing and determine who has been exposed.  Anyone who may...
    BOSTON (CBS) – Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and the state’s education commissioner had a strong message Thursday for cities and towns that started the school year remotely even though they have low coronavirus transmission rates. “We think kids should be in school, and we think communities should be following the rules and the guidance that was developed,” Baker told reporters at a briefing at the State House. Education Commissioner Jeff Riley sent a letter to school districts in 16 cities and towns earlier this week, asking them for their plans to return to in-person learning. “If you are in a low risk district and you’ve been a low risk district now for weeks, and you have no plans to return...
    Three schools in one Bergen County district are closed due to COVID-19 cases. Ramapo Ridge Middle School, Mahwah High School and Joyce Kilmer had all switched to remote learning as of Thursday. Ramapo Ridge Middle School and Mahwah High School both switched to virtual learning Tuesday. A staff member tested positive at the middle school, while it was unclear if a student or staff member tested positive at the high school. Parents were notified Wednesday that Joyce Kilmer was also going remote after a staff member tested positive for the virus. In-person learning was expected to resume Oct. 6 at the middle school and Oct. 1 at the high school. No reopening date was given for Joyce Kilmer, a fourth...
    A high school in the Hudson Valley has temporarily closed after an individual tested positive for COVID-19. The South Orangetown Central School District said it learned of the positive case at Tappan Zee High School in Orangeburg on Wednesday, Sept. 23. The individual was in the high school on Monday, Sept. 21 and Tuesday, Sept. 22, the district said. As a result, Tappan Zee High School is closed temporarily on Thursday, Sept. 24 through Friday, Sept. 25. Classes will continue remotely as scheduled. School administrators are working collaboratively with the Rockland County Department of Health and cooperating with contact tracing efforts, the district said in a statement. "Those who are identified as a contact of this individual or of any...
    Sign up here to get our daily updates on coronavirus in Minnesota delivered straight to your inbox each afternoon. And go here to see all of MinnPost’s COVID-19 coverage. As schools across the state put their new school plans to test this month, administrative teams are busy tallying up all pandemic-related expenses. Heading into a school year marked by uncertainty and increased responsibility, they have to make the most of federal funding that’s been allocated to help them forge ahead during a pandemic.   Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Minnesota schools have received access to three main buckets of federal funding to help get students back to school safely. That includes $244.8 million via the Coronavirus...
    The Mona Shores, Michigan, school board has rescinded its support for the Black Lives Matter movement after a resolution backing it drew the ire of many in the community. “The intent of the [Black Lives Matter] resolution was to unify, and it was becoming divisive instead,” Superintendent Bill O’Brien told MLive Tuesday after recommending the resolution be suspended. “This is not, and must not, be an issue of politics. It is an issue of human rights, including equality, inclusion, acceptance, and equity.” O’Brien said the school district will form a committee to prepare recommendations concerning race and inclusiveness that the “entire community can get behind,” the MLive report said. As Breitbart News reported, in June the Mona Shores Public Schools...
    NAPA COUNTY, Calif. (KGO) -- "There is no compromise." That's the message from the California Teachers Association (CTA) surrounding their demand for safety protections as some counties prepare to return to the classroom.On Wednesday, the Napa County Office of Education (NCOE) and four of its county school districts were the latest to announce the move to hybrid learning.RELATED: Online classes don't offer same benefits as in person learning, experts sayThe districts include Napa Valley Unified School District, St. Helena Unified School District, Calistoga Joint Unified School District and Howell Mountain Elementary School District.All will incorporate both distance learning and in-person instruction beginning, October 26."We're starting very slowly," NCOE Superintendent Dr. Barbara Nemko told ABC7 News. "We want to make sure...
    A 9-year-old who had "just a couple sneezes" was sent home from a suburban Boston grade school because he "displayed COVID-19 related symptoms" and told he could not return until he had a negative test for the novel coronavirus. Fourth grader Lancinet Keita had to be retrieved by his father Tuesday after receiving a call from the school nurse at Bishop Elementary School in Arlington, Massachusetts. "I sneezed two times [and] the teacher told me to go to the nurse," said Lancinet Keita, who said he felt fine. "I was thinking I didnt have anything, just a couple sneezes." Thierno Keita said his son did not have any symptoms before he left for school nor when he picked him up,...
    HARRISBURG (KDKA/AP) – House Republicans lost an override vote Wednesday about Gov. Tom Wolf’s veto of a bill that would have given school boards the ability to make decisions on sports and extracurricular activities, including whether and how many spectators to allow. It had passed the House earlier this month with 150 “yes” votes, but the override tally, 130-71, fell slightly short of the supermajority required. During floor debate, Minority Leader Frank Dermody warned that acting like the coronavirus is going away “is folly.” “This is about politics,” said Dermody, D-Allegheny. “This is not about the safety of our children. It’s not about the welfare of student-athletes.” BREAKING: The Pa House has voted and the override of the Governor’s veto...
    A KINDERGARTEN teacher allegedly molested a five-year-old girl under his desk after "giving her a bottle of bubbles to play with" - and his victim is still seeking justice. Roberto Aguilar has been accused of sexualy abusing his victim at Woodbine School in Chicago’s Cicero School District and is waiting for his criminal trial. 4Roberto Aguilar has been accused of sexualy abusing young girlsCredit: CBS 2 4The alleged sexual abuse took place at Woodbine School in Chicago’s Cicero School DistrictCredit: CBS 2 The alleged abuse took place in the early 2000s in a dim-lit classroom as his other students watched a movie, his victim - now 20 years old - has revealed. Jane Doe 1, the victim who wishes to...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP/KDKA) — Some Pennsylvania school districts are permitting more fans in the stands in the wake of a federal judge’s ruling that tossed statewide pandemic limits on crowd size, while legislative Republicans prepared Wednesday to renew their push to enshrine local control of school sports into law. The state Department of Education has asked schools to voluntarily comply with Democractic Gov. Tom Wolf’s since-invalidated gathering restrictions, which had been set at 25 indoors and 250 outdoors until last week’s court ruling that such limits were unconstitutional. The Wolf administration is appealing that ruling, but a number of districts have already opted to go their own way, including the Altoona Area School District, which will allow up to 3,400...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – The Palm Beach County school district is scrambling to find substitute teachers after a large number of full-time teachers chose to stay home as students returned to brick and mortar classes for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began. The South Florida school district said 944 teachers did not show for work on Monday when students who chose the in-school option returned to classrooms. The number was slightly lower — nearly 894 teachers, or roughly 1 of every 13 — on Tuesday, the Palm Beach Post reported. Officials said 387 substitute teachers were called in to assist on Tuesday across the district, which consists of 180 campuses. Some 58,000 students were in classrooms on Tuesday, officials...
    After more than six months of state and county health mandates that kept students out of classrooms, Santa Clara County schools have the green light starting Wednesday to usher in a phased return to real face-to-face lessons. But the vast majority of school districts across the county are not yet biting at the apple — opting instead to stay the course through the rest of the semester. “Our parents and students need some semblance of structure and consistency during these times,” Cupertino Union School District Superintendent Stacy McAfee-Yao said. “I think that’s a very important part of delivering instruction, and we don’t yet have good reason to disrupt the daily patterns we’ve established. “Although we all have a desire to...
    Associated Press WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida school district is scrambling to find substitute teachers after a large number of full-time teachers chose to stay home as students returned to brick and mortar classes for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began. The Palm Beach County school district said 944 teachers did not show for work on Monday when students who chose the in-school option returned to classrooms. The number was slightly lower — nearly 894 teachers, or roughly 1 of every 13 — on Tuesday, the Palm Beach Post reported. Officials said 387 substitute teachers were called in to assist on Tuesday across the district, which consist of 180 campuses. Some 58,000 students were in...
    Co-workers say Shyla Pennington, a longtime Florida teacher’s aide, was a natural with her students—patient, kind, and committed to each child as if they were her own. Pennington, who worked for almost 20 years in the Volusia County School District, lived with her brother, Gerald Jones, a paramedic whom community members described as “selfless” and “devoted” to protecting other people. This weekend, both died of COVID-19. The progression of the disease—slow, then devastatingly fast—played out on the Facebook page of their father, Greg Jones. “Our daughter Shyla Pennington is now with God, she lost her battle with COVID-19,” Jones wrote on Saturday. Then, the next day: “Our son Gerald is still fighting this mess so please keep him in...
    The Harris County School District is releasing its sixth weekly COVID-19 report. To be transparent, the data being shared for a seven-day range includes the total number of students as well as breaking the numbers down by on-campus/in-person and virtual, the total number of employees, the total number of COVID-19 active cases in each group, and the total number of close contact cases in each group. The current data, from Tuesday, September 15 through Monday, September 21, includes: Total number of students 5491                 On-campus/in-person students 4157                 Virtual students 1334 Number of COVID-19 active cases 0                 On-campus/in-person active cases 0                 Virtual active cases 0 Number of close contact...
    BELMONT — Sequoia Union High School District Superintendent Mary Streshly has stepped down, tendering her resignation several weeks after receiving a no-confidence vote from teachers and amid an investigation of a high school official accused of having inappropriate relationships with former male students. District spokeswoman Ana Maria Pulido wrote in a news release that Streshly announced her resignation last week to “fulfill critical care responsibilities with her family.” Assistant Superintendent Crystal Leach will serve as interim superintendent until the school board finds a permanent replacement. School board president Allen Weiner said in an email statement Monday that the board and Streshly “believe this transition is in their respective best interests as well as the best interest of our educational community.”...
    A substitute teacher shortage is looming in some school districts already grappling with the complicated logistics of returning to the classroom during the coronavirus pandemic. A number of schools throughout the Northeast are already facing challenges with classroom coverage weeks into the new school year. In Trumbull, Conn., Hillcrest Middle School has reportedly closed due to staffing issues after a positive COVID-19 case resulted in staffers having to quarantine with not enough substitutes to replace them, the Hartford Courant reported Monday. The school is shifting to virtual learning as it stays closed until October, and the district’s superintendent wrote in a letter to parents that more than 10 classrooms would have bene left unsurprised had the school tried to...
    LOWER MERION, Pa. (CBS) — One of the biggest school districts in the Delaware Valley has made plans to bring students back into the classroom. It’s a slow process which is designed to keep kids safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Lower Merion School District has finalized plans to allow for a hybrid learning environment for its nearly 8,700 students. Beginning on Sept. 29, all kindergarten students will return to in-person classes. “So we have a.m. and p.m. kindergarten in Lower Merion half-day kindergarten. Our kindergarteners will be returning to school five days a week, either in their a.m. or p.m. cohort,” school district spokesperson Amy Buckman said. In the weeks to follow, beginning Oct. 5, special education students and...
    Multiple students at a Fairfield County high school have tested positive for COVID-19 and dozens of classmates have been forced to quarantine as a precaution. Four New Canaan High School students tested positive for the virus, and the subsequent contact tracing led to 53 of their classmates to be placed into quarantine as of Tuesday, Sept. 22. New Canaan Schools Superintendent Bryan Luizzi is encouraging other students who may have tested positive for COVID-19 or come into contact with an infected student to come forward to prevent any additional spread of the virus. In addition to the four confirmed cases in students at the New Canaan High School, one staff member there and a second from West Elementary...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff ELLWOOD, Pa. (KDKA) – The Ellwood City School District is allowing up to 1,000 people at its homecoming football game Friday. According to the New Castle News, the district will allow 1,000 people at the game, even though the school board’s solicitor recommends continuing to follow Gov. Wolf’s gathering limits. Guests will have to sign waivers before entering, New Castle News reports. The Wolf administration is encouraging districts to “voluntarily enforce” gathering limits after a federal judge ruled the governor’s pandemic restrictions unconstitutional. The Department of Education reminded districts last week that the federal ruling isn’t a “blanket end” to mitigation efforts. Instead, the ruling addressed the early stay-at-home order, business closures and the 25-person...
    A Fairfield County school was forced to cancel classes due to a staffing shortage brought on by a COVID-19 case. The Luis Munoz Marin School in Bridgeport canceled classes on Monday, Sept. 21 after a positive COVID-19 case was identified over the weekend the district announced as it began the process of contact tracing anyone who came into contact with the infected individual. Following the positive case, the district said too many teachers called in sick to hold classes on Monday, and there has been a dearth of substitute teachers during the COVID-19 outbreak. Students returned to class on Tuesday, Sept. 22. 
    CHICAGO (CBS) — A former kindergarten teacher is accused of sexually abusing students at school. His alleged victim is fighting for justice and sharing her story with CBS 2 Investigator Dave Savini. She does not want her name used, we will call her Jane Doe 1, but she does want her message shared about speaking out about abuse. “I still have nightmares,” said Jane Doe 1, who was 5 years old when she said her kindergarten teacher Roberto Aguilar sexually abused her. She is now in her 20s and still waiting for justice. When she sees her former teacher’s picture, in jail garb, she says she feels, “anger; disgust.” Jane Doe 1 says she has vivid memories of Aguilar’s...
    FOUNTAIN VALLEY (CBSLA) — Elementary schools in the Fountain Valley School District will welcome back students Tuesday for the first time in more than six months. All elementary schools in the district will reopen on a hybrid schedule beginning Tuesday, with one group of students attending classes in the morning, and another in the afternoon. Fountain Valley middle school students will begin a rotating day hybrid schedule beginning on Thursday. The Cypress School District is slated to begin in-person instruction on Wednesday. The Irvine Unified School District and Tustin Unified school districts are scheduled to begin rolling in-person instruction Thursday. Despite receiving approval to resume in-person instruction, several other Orange County school districts have opted to stick with distance learning...
    CHICAGO — Chicago is floating a plan to reopen school buildings to some special education students for in-person therapeutic services such as physical therapy or vision screenings. The proposal would be Chicago’s first effort to reopen schools to students since schools reopened this fall in an all-virtual format — and a broader step toward addressing widespread concerns that remote learning is leaving special education students stranded without critical support.  Still, the city’s teachers’ union opposes the plan, whose timing isn’t clear, arguing that there is no safe option for in-person learning, either for teachers or vulnerable students.  The district’s proposal would offer only some students limited in-person services — hearing and vision screenings, special education evaluations, and occupational and physical...
    Associated Press MIAMI (AP) — Florida's largest school district is proposing to have all willing students back in classrooms by Oct. 7, but a final vote was delayed by more than 18 hours of public comment. The Miami-Dade County School District proposed to have a staggered reopening of school buildings following the coronavirus pandemic. The board on Monday asked questions of district staff and discussed policies before playing the voicemails, which are required to be heard before holding a vote. A vote is expected around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. The 762 public comments were playing overnight, possibly to no board member listening, the Miami Herald reported. The school board said it does not need a quorum during public comment. Superintendent Alberto...
    Teachers in two Orange County school districts have banded together with bold public protests and petitions, saying they are unwilling to go back to campus in the days and weeks ahead and signaling an undercurrent of broad concern among educators over the safety of returning to in-person instruction. In the Newport-Mesa Unified School District — scheduled to open for students in second grade and younger next week— 75% of teachers said in a recent survey they were not satisfied with their district’s safety plan and felt the district was rushing its reopening. They showed their discontent during a noisy caravan protest and rally. Teachers at Irvine Unified are circulating a petition that has gained more than 2,000 signatures from...
    Capistrano Unified School District grabbed a plethora of supplies and guidance in constructing its $25 million strategy for the worrisome enemy. Orange County’s schools are expected to be cleared en mass to reopen for in-person instruction as of Sept. 22, as local progress in curbing the spread of the coronavirus shows the required improvement. Capistrano Unified’s plans, approved by its school board on Sept. 2, provide a glimpse at what students and families throughout the county might experience as they prepare to make their own transition back to the classroom. From facial coverings to pop-up tents to the work of two reopening committees, Orange County’s largest public school district has devised a wide-ranging blueprint for resuming in-person instruction amid this...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The North Hills School District has filed a lawsuit against Juul. According to the Tribune-Review, the district alleges that the e-cigarette maker purposely targeted its products to young people, forcing the district to reallocate resources to battle what the CDC is calling an ‘epidemic.’ Nine other complaints have been filed in Western Pennsylvania. The North Hills School District complaint includes claims for public nuisance, negligence, and racketeering.
    NAPERVILLE, Ill. (WLS) -- Illinois officially became the only Midwestern state to not allow fall high school football and other competitive sports, but not all parents disagree with that decision.More rallies demanding a return to in-person learning and fall high school sports like football were held in Naperville and Villa Park."We deserve better. Our children deserve better," said Catherine Kingsbury, whose children go to Naperville Central.RELATED: Orland Park rallies to demand return of fall sports, in-person learningEMBED More News Videos Orland Park is the latest suburb to hold a rally demanding the return of fall sports and in-person classes, despite the governor's insistence it's not safe. "We are on the right side of history, so what I say is we...
    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Des Moines School board on Monday night set a date for returning to school but put off establishing a coronavirus infection rate that would force the district to revert to online-only instruction. Des Moines schools, Iowa's largest district with more than 33,000 students, has been the state's only school system that has refused Gov. Kim Reynolds' order that they hold at least half their classes in-person unless they have received a waiver because of high infection rates. The Department of Education has threatened to deem the district not in compliance, potentially forcing it to extend its school year at a cost of about $1.5 million a day. The board has argued a high prevalence...
    PALMER, Alaska (AP) — Teachers in Alaska's second-largest school district have voted to strike if the teachers union can’t come to an agreement with the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District. The Mat-Su Education Association announced Monday that 85% of eligible members voted to strike. That doesn’t mean a strike is imminent as negotiations continue, and teachers must give the district 72 hours notice of a strike, the Anchorage Daily News reported. The union represents roughly 1,200 certified employees in 44 schools in a district that is about the size of West Virginia. The district has about 19,000 students. Teachers say they make less than their counterparts in Anchorage and Fairbanks but operate in more crowded classrooms. They have been working 18...
    SUDBURY (CBS) —  Sudbury Police have charged the parents and teen who allegedly hosted a large student party that forced Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School to shift from hybrid to remote learning to start the school year. The charges were filed in Framingham District Court and Framingham Juvenile Court, though it is unclear what the individuals are charged with. Police broke up a party at a Sudbury home in town last week just days before the school year was set to begin. As a result, the high school had to begin with remote learning for 14 days. The “crowded indoor and outdoor party” involved alcohol and a “complete lack of safety precautions to protect against the spread of COVID,” according to...
    A substitute teacher shortage is looming in some school districts already grappling with the complicated logistics of returning to the classroom during the coronavirus pandemic. A number of schools throughout the Northeast are already facing challenges with classroom coverage weeks into the new school year. More school districts are having trouble securing enough substitute teachers during the coronavirus pandemic. (iStock).  In Trumbull, Conn., Hillcrest Middle School has reportedly closed due to staffing issues after a positive COVID-19 case resulted in staffers having to quarantine with not enough substitutes to replace them, the Hartford Courant reported Monday. The school is shifting to virtual learning as it stays closed until October, and the district’s superintendent wrote in a letter to parents that...
    DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – The Douglas County School District is back to square one in their search for a superintendent. Earlier this month, superintendent Thomas Tucker announced that he was resigning, citing family health issues. (credit: CBS) However, there is now an ongoing investigation into Tucker after a claim of workplace discrimination. Tucker announced his resignation during a special school board meeting Sept. 8. Tucker is on administrative leave until his resignation takes effect, which will be on Sept. 30. On Saturday, the board voted Dr. Damon Brown to serve as interim superintendent, but on Sunday, he rescinded the offer saying that he doesn’t want to be considered. The Douglas County Board of Education said it plans to...
    A Long Island high school has closed temporarily and transitioned to a remote learning model after a student tested positive for COVID-19. The student at Harborfields High School in Greenlawn tested positive for the virus over the weekend, the district announced. In response, the building will be closed through Tuesday, Sept. 22 for sanitizing and a deep cleaning while all high school students switch to full remote learning. Contact tracing has already started, and parents of students who may have come into “close contact” with the infected student will be reached by health officials and advised to temporarily quarantine. "We are in constant contact with the Suffolk County Department of Health and will follow all necessary protocols to reduce...