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    Children throughout the U.S. are being harmed by being kept out of school in response to the coronavirus pandemic, even though the overwhelming majority don’t face a significant risk from the virus. And sadly, needless school closures are causing increases in depression, suicide, hunger and failing grades by students. All evidence points to a need for public schools to reopen their doors to prevent children from continuing to suffer physically, psychologically and intellectually to a greater extent than at any time in memory. Low-income students and students of color (who are disproportionately low-income) are suffering the most from being barred from classroom learning. Many of these students lack computers and Internet access to participate in schooling from their homes. Many live in overcrowded conditions that make virtual learning from home difficult. REP. STEVE SCALISE: OPEN SCHOOLS NOW — KIDS ARE SUFFERING AND FACE LITTLE RISK FROM COVID Evidence clearly and...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Families rallied in the Bay Area Saturday, all with the same plea to reopen public schools for in-person learning. Some say remote learning is not working and young students are suffering as a result.A small group of parents and kids marched to San Francisco City Hall with a big message."Remote learning doesn't work at all," said parent Daniel Kotzin.Kotzin says his 5-year-old is falling behind.BUILDING A BETTER BAY AREA: Back to school"I'm a stay-at-home parent. We have reliable WIFI. My son still doesn't know how to read. He's in kindergarten. Remote learning, it's cruel joke," said Kotzin.These parents say they want to see the district open schools for in-person learning.RELATED: Bay Area parents, teachers, students weigh in on distance learning challenges since start of school"I'm here in support of all the parents in San Francisco who would like to have their children go back to school,...
    Corey DeAngelis, the director of School Choice at the Reason Foundation, spoke with the Daily Caller’s Samantha Renck about Dr. Fauci’s recent comments about reopening schools, what he believes is keeping schools closed and more. Dr. Anthony Fauci said during an interview with ABC News that “the default position should be to try as best as possible within reason to keep the children in school, or to get them back to school.” “Rand Paul has been talking about this for a very long time to reopen the schools based on data from other countries,” DeAngelis said. “If you look at UNICEF, they just put out a report suggesting that data from 191 different countries do not consistently suggest a link between reopening schools and transmission of the virus.” (RELATED: ‘Counter To Science’: Dr. Scott Atlas Makes The Case For Reopening Schools In The Fall) DeAngelis also discussed the consequences of...
    Infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci recommended that schools should reopen and bars close as part of an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus while mitigating the impact of keeping children from the classroom, numerous reports showed. Fauci made the statement during a late-November interview on ABC’s “This Week With George Stephanopoulos.” Fauci was specifically referring to New York City schools closing in November, and noted that “the spread among children and from children is not really very big at all, not like one would have suspected.” (RELATED: ‘Close The Bars And Keep The Schools Open,’ Fauci Says) Despite his remarks and data that suggests coronavirus spread among children isn’t a significant threat, many school districts across the country have closed, and children are instead learning remotely. In Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, Topeka, San Diego, and multiple other cities, districts put off their plans to reopen in mid-November and gave...
    President-elect Joe Biden said that elementary schools have the “highest risk” of people transmitting the coronavirus and needed $100 billion in funding to reopen safely despite evidence to the contrary. “We can safely open those elementary schools where the highest risk of people transmitting the disease, No. 1,” Biden told CNN’s Jake Tapper Thursday night. Biden continued: “No. 2, we can make it safe for teachers if we invest in what needs to be done. No. 1, sanitizing the schools. No. 2, making sure that they have ventilation. No. 3, making sure there’s smaller pods of children, meaning you need more teachers. You’ve got to pay for this stuff. It was estimated that we could open those schools for somewhere around $100 billion nationwide.” [email protected]: "We can safely open those elementary schools where the highest risk of people transmitting the disease...It was estimated we could open those schools...
    CHICAGO — Chicago plans to reopen schools in January and February even if the majority of its students choose to continue learning virtually, the city’s school chief said Wednesday. Teachers also will be asked to return unless they request formal leave for family or medical reasons. “The way I look at it, we’re crafting a plan for 100% of wishes,” Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson told Chalkbeat in a wide-ranging interview about the city’s reopening plans. “Parents who want to continue with remote learning because their children are thriving will continue to have that option. But families who feel that in-person instruction is best, or families who don’t have a choice — parents who are essential workers deserve an option too — we will provide that.” Chicago will soon get an updated barometer of its families’ wishes, with families of elementary and middle school students supposed to inform the district next week of...
    NYC will phase in the reopening of schools in December. Starting with elementary and special education students, public schools will reopen on December 7, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced after the Thanksgiving holiday. Source: Bloomberg Quicktake: Now/Youtube With a phase approach, pre-k through elementary age students will gradually return to the classroom on December 10. The city is focused on finding testing resources for students. It’s unclear when older kids will return to school. Students and staff will get tested weekly for the coronavirus. After closing the schools in November, the city is reopening schools “because we have so much proof now of how safe schools can be,” de Blasio said. “We feel confident that we can keep schools safe.” Parents were happy with the decision, too. “We won. We’re elated that the mayor heard the desperate cries from tens of thousands of parents here who really united...
    Amid anxieties over online learning and a dangerous surge in coronavirus cases, Los Angeles Unified School District parents are being asked in a new survey to make a critical decision: Will you send your child back to school when campuses reopen? The inopportune timing — as health authorities describe dark scenarios about the weeks ahead — is unavoidable. L.A. Unified, like districts throughout the state, must brace for the worst: the possibility of another hard shutdown of campuses. But they must also simultaneously prepare for the complex task of fully reopening campuses that have been closed for 10 months. The survey, which must be returned by Sunday, is expected to provide the first comprehensive data on where the parents of some 465,000 students stand amid a growing debate over school safety and the extent to which political leaders are prioritizing the importance of reopening campuses. Parents in the nation’s...
    (CBS4) – Many school districts around the state of Colorado moved to remote learning after Thanksgiving as the number of COVID-19 cases surged. The question now is what will happen after the holiday break? (credit: CBS) CBS4 Medical Editor Dr. Dave Hnida explained what must happen to all schools to reopen for in-person learning. “One thing we have learned is that schools themselves are not really major drivers of infection,” he said. “They’re not really responsible for the spread.” “What is really more (responsible) is the the behavior of adults in the community and they are getting together. There are behavioral patterns that really are the big drivers.” Hnida said what really needs to happen is to have the numbers surrounding the pandemic drop, especially the positivity rates which is currently above 11% for the state’s seven day number. “With numbers like that, it really is impossible to open up...
    More On: department of education Is NYC’s Department of Education trying to sabotage Catholic schools? De Blasio says most lower-grade NYC schools will be able to reopen full time Biden reportedly to be tough on charter schools Assembly hearing on mayor’s control of NYC school system coming soon Mayor Bill de Blasio has tantalized city parents with visions of a return to full-time schooling — but admitted Wednesday that he doesn’t know when kids will be back in class five days a week. Hizzoner — who on Sunday touted plans for a full-time return for students who are now in blended learning — demurred when pushed by reporters to approximate the number of schools that would fully revive. “I know it’s New York City and we don’t believe in patience here,” he said. “But I’m going to ask people to be a little patient. There’s a pandemic going on....
    BOSTON (CBS) — Mayor Marty Walsh said Tuesday that he would love to be able to fully reopen Boston Public Schools right now. But he said that’s unlikely to happen until after the holiday break. “I’m hopeful that in the course of the next couple weeks I’ll be able to stand here with a plan on how we’re going to reopen our schools in Boston,” Walsh said at a news conference. “I’m not anticipating our schools reopening fully before Christmas.” Boston Public Schools suspended in-person learning for all students in late October as coronavirus cases started to surge again. A few schools have reopened for high needs students in special education. Walsh said every Boston neighborhood saw a drop in positivity rate over the last week, and numbers were going “in the right direction” before Thanksgiving. “I think that as we continue to move forward, if we get these numbers...
    Just days after the Supreme Court of the United States ruled against New York State’s COVID-19 restrictions on religious services, a Christian school in Kentucky is asking SCOTUS if it can reopen, too. Danville Christian Academy, joined by Kentucky’s Republican Attorney General Daniel Cameron, sued the state’s Democratic Governor Andy Beshear. After Beshear prevailed in his attempt to have the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit set aside the lower court’s injunction against the restrictions, the school filed an emergency petition with SCOTUS. Beshear issued an order on  Nov. 18 which closed all “public and private elementary, middle, and high schools.” Later the same day, a second order came down, which allowed other in-person activities and gatherings – such as day care centers, preschools, colleges, theaters, gyms, bowling alleys, wedding venues and offices – to stay open, but with capacity limits. The school, which is a private K-12...
    The bulk of city schools that serve kids up to fifth grade should eventually be able to open on a full-time basis, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday. “Most schools — of the ones that we’ve announced, let’s be very clear, elementary K-5; PreK, 3-K centers, District 75 special ed — most will be able to get to five-day over time, some as early as Monday, December 7th,” Hizzoner said at his daily briefing. “Some will take more time.” De Blasio unveiled the city’s plans to revive the nation’s largest school system on Dec. 7 after shuttering buildings prior to Thanksgiving. Currently, a total of 335,000 kids are enrolled in the Department of Education’s blended learning format that has kids alternate between remote and classroom instruction. Of those, about 190,000 students are in the grade ranges that could return to school full-time. De Blasio said Monday the city would...
    New York City schools will reopen for in-person learning after intense criticism from parents over the systemwide closure triggered by the city's climbing coronavirus infection rates – an increase that was not mirrored in schools, where positivity rates have hovered around 0.2%.[ SEE: The Latest News on the Coronavirus Outbreak ]"It's a new approach because we have so much proof of how safe schools can be, and this has come from real-life experience in the biggest school system in America right there in New York City," Mayor Bill de Blasio said during a Sunday news conference. "We feel confident that we can keep schools safe." Under the new plan – a stunning about-face that appears to have the blessing of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the city unions that represent teachers and principals – children in pre-K and elementary school will return beginning Dec. 7, and students with disabilities will return...
    Classroom doors will open for elementary school students next week in New York City, but middle school and high school students won’t return to in-person learning until after the holiday break, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday. “Obviously, from now until the Christmas break, the focus will be on the younger kids,” de Blasio said on CNN. “When we come back, my hope is we can then move quickly to middle school and high school.” The Democratic mayor said the staggered approach is necessary because of the amount of COVID-19 testing that is required to open schools safely amid rising infection rates across the city.
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- New York City will reopen its school system to in-person learning with a phased approach beginning in early-December.The announcement marks a major policy reversal for the nation's largest school system, just 10 days after Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat, announced that schools were shutting down because of a rising number of COVID-19 cases in the city.EMBED More News Videos Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that New York City's public schools would begin a phased reopening on December 7. Some elementary schools and pre-kindergarten programs will resume classes on December 7, a week from Monday, the mayor said. Others will take longer to reopen their doors.According to the mayor's breakdown, 3-K, Pre-K and grades K-5 will return to in-person learning on December 7. D75 schools that cater to students with disabilities will return to in-person learning on Thursday, December 10.The plan for reopening middle...
    New York City schools will reopen for in-person learning of elementary school children with increased testing, the city’s mayor announced Sunday.   With 1.1 million students, the largest public school system in the country closed two weeks ago as confirmed cases of the coronavirus spiked in the city.   “Upon reopening, weekly #COVID19 testing will be in effect and testing consent forms will be required for our students to return,” Mayor Bill de Blasio wrote on Twitter. COVID-19 is the disease caused by the coronavirus. Upon reopening, weekly #COVID19 testing will be in effect and testing consent forms will be required for our students to return.Families, you can fill out the form TODAY on your @NYCSchools account — go to https://t.co/kGFODNomzx.— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) November 29, 2020 In-person instruction resumed for New York’s children between late September and early October, when a seven-day positivity rate was at under...
    Bradley Cortright November 29, 2020 0 Comments Just over two weeks after the nation’s largest school district shut down due to rising coronavirus cases, New York City’s elementary schools will begin to reopen. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) announced in a series of tweets on Sunday that he would reopen the city’s elementary schools in December.  “Reopening our @NYCSchools buildings is paramount to recovering from #COVID19,” he wrote, adding, “Today we can announce that we plan to reopen buildings for: 3-K, Pre-K, grades K-5 on Monday, December 7.” Reopening our @NYCSchools buildings is paramount to recovering from #COVID19. Today we can announce that we plan to reopen buildings for:• 3-K, Pre-K and grades K-5 on Monday, December 7• District 75 schools at all grade levels on Thursday, December 10— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) November 29, 2020 Additionally, de Blasio said that District 75 schools “at all grade levels” will reopen on...
    Loading the player... In an abrupt shift in policy, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio‘s office announced Sunday that some schools in the nation’s largest public school system will reopen in shifts early next month. The abrupt change in policy comes after officials were widely criticized for prioritizing economic activities like indoor dining over the well-being of New York City’s children when 1,800 school facilities were closed down to 1.1 million students on Nov. 19. Schools are now set to reopen in stages beginning Dec. 7, according to New York Daily News. Getty In-person learning at preschool, 3-K programs and elementary schools is scheduled to start on that date, followed by District 75 schools that provide special education on Dec. 10. Middle and high schools would remain closed, opening at a date still to be determined. Read More: Cuomo orders New York schools to remain closed The mayor’s...
    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Sunday that the city's public schools will reopen on Dec. 7 for 3-K, pre-K and kindergarten through fifth grade amid the coronavirus pandemic. The announcement marks a major policy reversal for the nation's largest school system, less than two weeks after de Blasio, a Democrat, announced that schools were shutting down because of a rising number of COVID-19 cases in the city. New York City's District 75 schools, which serve students with special needs, will reopen for all grade levels on Dec. 10.  CUOMO UNDERCUTS DE BLASIO, SAYS SCHOOLS ARE 'SAFE' AFTER NYC SHUTTERS THEM "One of the things that's been very clear is folks wanted school to keep moving forward and be open so long as it could be done safely," De Blasio said at a press conference on Sunday. "One of the crucial things we heard from our union partners is more testing and...
    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said elementary schools will reopen despite the fact that the city crossed the mayor's 3% test positivity threshold earlier this month. "Reopening our @NYCSchools buildings is paramount to recovering from #COVID19," de Blasio said in a Sunday tweet, announcing that he would open 3-K, pfre-K, and K-5 schools beginning Dec. 7. Reopening our @NYCSchools buildings is paramount to recovering from #COVID19. Today we can announce that we plan to reopen buildings for:• 3-K, Pre-K and grades K-5 on Monday, December 7• District 75 schools at all grade levels on Thursday, December 10— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) November 29, 2020 District 75 schools, designed for children with disabilities who require intensive support such as those "on the autism spectrum and children with serious cognitive delays," will open on Dec. 10, according to the New York Times. The mayor's plan involves...
    NEW YORK (AP) — New York City will reopen its school system to in-person learning, and increase the number of days a week many children attend class, even as the coronavirus pandemic intensifies in the city, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Sunday. The announcement marks a major policy reversal for the nation's largest school system, just 10 days after de Blasio, a Democrat, announced that schools were shutting down because of a rising number of COVID-19 cases in the city. Some elementary schools and pre-kindergarten programs will resume classes Dec. 7, a week from Monday, the mayor said. Others will take longer to reopen their doors. The plan for reopening middle and high schools is still being developed, de Blasio said. “We feel confident that we can keep schools safe,” he said. About 190,000 students will be eligible to return to classrooms in the first round of reopening, just a...
    New York City public elementary schools to reopen in-person NYC will reopen elementary schools and phase out hybrid learning Seniors On Medicare Are Getting a Big Pay Day in 2020 Ad Microsoft Expert: “This credit card is so good I signed up personally” Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/11 SLIDES © katleho Seisa / Getty Images We’re coming up on the holiday season — and between buying all the things you need to keep yourself safe and healthy indoors this winter, you’re probably also hitting that “aaaaaaah!” moment when you realize that you’ve spent too much on the holidays. But you had to! How else were you going to show the people you couldn’t be with this holiday season how much you care?...
    New York City Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioMacy's will still hold Thanksgiving Day Parade amid pandemic The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - COVID-19 fears surround Thanksgiving holiday New York City to add COVID-19 checkpoints at bridges, crossings MORE (D) announced his plans to reopen public New York City elementary schools in a reversal from his shutdown of all schools almost two weeks ago.  The mayor detailed the city’s plans to allow elementary school and pre-K students to return to in-person learning on Dec. 7. Three days later, the city intends to welcome special education students back to in-person instruction, which de Blasio said needs to be “up and running.” The in-person schooling will only be available to students who opted into at least some form of in-person learning this year, amounting to less than 335,000 children. Under the new plan,...
    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Sunday that public schools are set to reopen in phases for in-person learning starting December 7. In-person learning at preschools, 3-K programs and elementary schools will open on that date. Then schools that serve children with special educational needs, known as District 75 schools, will open on December 10 and middle schools and high schools will reopen at a later, yet to be determined, date. The schools, which make up the country’s largest school system, have been closed since November 19 after the citywide rate of coronavirus tests coming back positive exceeded the three percent benchmark agreed to by the mayor and the teachers' union.  'It’s a new approach because we have so much proof now of how safe schools can be,' De Blasio said at Sunday's coronavirus briefing, saying the three percent benchmark was being scrapped. 'We feel confident that we can...
    NEW YORK – New York City will reopen its school system to in-person learning, and increase the number of days a week many children attend class, even as the coronavirus pandemic intensifies in the city, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Sunday. The announcement marks a major policy reversal for the nation's largest school system, just 11 days after de Blasio, a Democrat, announced that schools were shutting down because of a rising number of COVID-19 cases in the city. Some elementary schools and pre-kindergarten programs will resume classes Dec. 7, a week from Monday, the mayor said. Others will take longer to reopen their doors. The plan for reopening middle and high schools is still being developed, de Blasio said. “We feel confident that we can keep schools safe,” he said. About 190,000 students will be eligible to return to classrooms in the first round of reopening, just a fraction...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New York City Public Schools will be allowed to reopen starting Monday, Dec. 7, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Sunday. Elementary schools, pre-K and 3-K centers will reopen first, followed by District 75 schools on Dec. 10. “We are focusing on the younger grades,” said de Blasio. “Studies consistently show that younger kids are having less of a negative experience and there’s less concern about the spread when it comes to younger kids.” The mayor also noted the unique challenges parents of younger students are facing without in-person classes as a reason for opening elementary schools first. This is a developing story. Stay with CBS2 and CBSNewYork.com for updates. MORE FROM CBS NEW YORK: Health Experts Say Dramatic Increase In COVID Cases ‘Will Certainly Happen’ In Weeks After Thanksgiving Upstate New York Couple Finds Dozens Of Bottles Of Whiskey Hitting In Walls Of Home Long...
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City's public schools will begin to reopen for in-person learning on Dec. 7, starting with elementary schools, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Sunday. The schools were closed less than two weeks ago after the citywide rate of coronavirus tests coming back positive exceeded a 3% benchmark agreed to by the mayor and teachers' union. (Reporting by Jonathan Allen; Editing by Leslie Adler) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters. Tags: United States, coronavirus, New York City, New York, education
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- New York City has announced a phased-in reopening plan for city schools on Sunday.Mayor Bill de Blasio broke down how the phased-in approach will work.Beginning on Monday, December 7, 3-K, Pre-K and grades K-5 will return to in-person learning.D75 schools will return to in-person learning on Thursday, December 10.MORE CORONAVIRUS COVID-19 COVERAGECoronavirus by zip code - New York CityDo you have coronavirus symptoms?Where to get tested for COVID-19 coronavirusNew CDC guidelines on masksHow coronavirus changed the New York regionUPDATES New York CityNew JerseyLong IslandWestchester and Hudson ValleyConnecticut Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on coronavirusSubmit a News Tip
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- Health officials warn the coronavirus pandemic will likely get much worse in the coming weeks.They also say that it could be a while before pandemic-weary Americans see any significant relief.This as total confirmed cases topped 13 million in the U.S. In addition, 91,635 people are currently hospitalized according to the COVID Tracking Project.California alone has averaged more than 13,000 cases a day for the past week.What to know about coronavirus:Where to get tested in New York, New Jersey and ConnecticutCoronavirus by zip code - New York CityHow coronavirus changed the New York regionDo you have coronavirus symptoms?Here are more of today's headlines:NYC schools to reopen in phasesNew York City Mayor Bill de Blasio had a major announcement for the city's public schools on Sunday. He announced that schools will reopen in phases, beginning on Monday, December 7. The phased-in approach will start with 3-K, Pre-K, and...
    New York City’s public elementary schools will return to partial in-person learning Dec. 7 — while middle- and high-schools students will have to wait because of COVID-19, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Sunday. Kids in grades K-5 and in pre-K centers will head back because there “is less concern about spread” of the virus among them, while the demands of all-virtual learning on their parents are greatest, the mayor said. He said it is unclear when the older students will return to hybrid learning. Right now, everyone is all online. The city’s public schools opened to a mix of online and in-class learning in October, only for their buildings to be shut down, leaving the kids with virtual-only instruction, Nov. 19 after a local spike in COVID-19. Last week, the mayor took it on the chin for acknowledging he closed down the schools without any reopening plan in place....
    New York City’s public elementary schools will return to partial in-person learning Dec. 7 — while middle- and high-schools students will have to wait because of COVID-19, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Sunday. Kids in grades K-5 and in pre-K centers will head back because there “is less concern about spread” of the virus among them, while the demands of all-virtual learning on their parents are greatest, the mayor said. He said it is unclear when the older students will return to hybrid learning. Right now, everyone is all online. The city’s public schools opened to a mix of online and in-class learning in October, only for their buildings to be shut down, leaving the kids with virtual-only instruction, Nov. 19 after a local spike in COVID-19. Last week, the mayor took it on the chin for acknowledging he closed down the schools without any reopening plan in place. “The...
    Now that COVID-19 vaccines are expected to soon become available, governors nationwide must prioritize vaccinating teachers so America's schools can reopen without delay. We simply cannot allow millions of children to continue to be isolated at home staring at computer screens all day. Remote learning is harming their physical and mental health, while denying them a quality education. The attempt to protect our nation's children during the pandemic is doing more harm than good. CDC PANEL TO MEET TUESDAY TO VOTE ON COVID-19 VACCINE PRIORITY Let's start with the obvious: Children staring at computer screens while being sedentary six to eight hours a day increase their risk of getting diabetes and a host of other deadly diseases.More from Opinion Dr. Richard Besser: Despite coronavirus, science is NOT telling us to close schools Brian Brenberg: New York City schools need to reopen, take it from a homeschooling parent Sally Clarkson: Has...
    CHICAGO — With a tentative reopening date in place, Chicago has given parents two weeks to respond to a survey on whether they’d consider sending their children back to school buildings.   This isn’t the first time parents have been asked to weigh in on in-person schooling, but in recent weeks, Chicago school officials have released more concrete plans and argued with increasing seriousness for a return to school.   To help families make a decision by Dec. 7, the district released a reopening guide that they say will continue to be updated, with information about scheduling and key dates in the phased reopening plan. You can find it here. Here’s what the district’s latest reopening plan can – and can’t – tell parents about the district’s plans for a return to school buildings this year:  The district is laying out several different plans and time frames for an eventual return, but...
    Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday made the stunning admission that he closed city public schools due to rising COVID-19 infection rates without having a reopening plan in place — and took sole responsibility for the blunder. “Honestly, I have to hold myself responsible,” de Blasio admitted during a City Hall press briefing when asked by a reporter why a schools reopening plan was not created before he ordered school buildings shuttered indefinitely for in-person learning last week. “The better situation would have been, clearly, to have that plan all worked through in advance,” de Blasio confessed, while offering no solution to the problem. Parents and city officials alike blasted de Blasio for the boneheaded move, which came despite no such move by the state to shutter or scale-back restaurants or other businesses that have been more closely linked to spread of the virus. Sam Pirozzolo, vice president of the...
    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says public schools will open to students on a rolling 'school by school' basis and that he'll announce his plan on how to do so next week.   De Blasio abruptly shut down public schools again last week after New York City hit a 3 percent COVID-19 test positivity rate.  When he sent more than one million children into all-online classes, de Blasio promised he would have a reopening plan before the Thanksgiving holiday.  He said on Wednesday that he would announce his plan next week.  'We will find a way back through this pandemic because we've proven we can keep schools safe, but we will have to come back in a different way given some of the challenges we are facing with this second wave bearing down on us,' de Blasio said. 'Next week we will put forward that plan. It will take...
    The coronavirus continues without any brake in New York, and in the next few days, the infections are going to skyrocket, despite the fact that New York health authorities and leaders have made constant calls to take the threat posed by the second wave of the outbreak very seriously. So he mentioned this Wednesday the governor, Andrew Cuomo, after crudely warning that the “monster” of the coronavirus is far from going, and on the contrary, there are already signs, such as the increase in cases 7% in places in Staten Island, where a field clinical unit is being built to attend more hospitalizations, which show a very worrying picture. “We have seen this movie before. We said that the rate of COVID would increase during the fall because that is what was diagnosed. All the experts said it would be seen in the fall and...
    Fed-up parents rallied outside Gracie Mansion on Wednesday morning and demanded the mayor reopen public schools as soon as Monday. The furious protesters chanted “open our schools,” while waving signs that read “De Blasio Failed Families,” as the mayor slipped out of his manse in a blacked-out SUV at about 9:40 a.m. without stopping to address the crowd. “We are here today at the Mayor’s house at Gracie Mansion because unlike him, we know that there is a sense of urgency here,” fumed Mia Eisner-Grynberg, who helped organized KeepNYCSchoolsOpen, and collected over 12,000 signatures on a petition that was hand-delivered to an aide outside City Hall last week. “If the mayor won’t listen to us where he works, we are coming to him where he lives,” she told the crowd of cheering supporters. “The mayor told us a week ago that certainly before Thanksgiving we would have a plan to...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- New York City Mayor de Blasio said public schools will reopen to students "school by school" with rolling plan to be announced next week.Public schools have been closed since the city hit a 3% positivity rate last week."We will find a way back through this pandemic because we've proven we can keep schools safe, but we will have to come back in a different way given some of the challenges we are facing with this second wave bearing down on us," de Blasio said. "Next week we will put forward that plan. It will take a lot of engagement with parents. We will need a lot of help from parents, but we know parents want their kids back in school. They will be our partners."Earlier, parents held a rally and protest outside Gracie Mansion. They're demanding a plan from Mayor Bill de Blasio on how...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Parents say they are fed up and frustrated that New York City schools are closed. They want kids back in classrooms Monday. Parents, students and community leaders rallied outside Gracie Mansion Wednesday morning to demand the mayor reopen schools. They say the schools are safe, and claim students are caught in a political power struggle. More: Mayor De Blasio Under Fire As New York City Public Schools Return To All-Remote Learning “Why do we need a reopening plan? Just open the schools. They were working. They are essential for the mental health and well being of our children,” said Keep NYC Schools Open organizer Daniela Jampel. “There is no need for a reopening plan. Schools need to be open on Monday. All schools for all children, for all children need to be open just as they were two weeks ago on Monday.” Last week, they submitted...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- Parents held a rally and protest outside Gracie Mansion Wednesday morning.They're demanding a plan from Mayor Bill de Blasio on how and when he plans to reopen schools. PRESS CONFERENCE & RALLY THIS MORNING!9 a.m. Gracie Mansion! We are demanding @NYCMayor reopen schools on MONDAY. We CAN NOT WAIT. NYC working families and children are DESPERATE. 15,000+ and counting have signed our petition to #KeepNYCSchoolsOpen https://t.co/PxlJUu1ggz— #KeepNYCSchoolsOpen (@KeepNYCSchools1) November 25, 2020New York City public school students remain home for remote learning after the city hit the 3% threshold.The mayor promised to draw out additional precautions to reopen the schools by Wednesday.The group says they've grown to 15,000 members and they see no reason schools should not be reopened.RELATED: Free meals being offered at NYC schoolsBut with the rising cases, much of the city might soon become an orange zone which would then give the state...
    By Kristina Cooke, Benjamin Lesser and M.B. Pell (Reuters) - After a two-week deluge of calls and messages from parents - and at least one death threat - the school board in Chandler, Arizona, called a special meeting this fall. The board would revisit its decision, prompted by the coronavirus, to temporarily close local campuses and offer all classes online. Parents, teachers and others poured out their thoughts in 1,100 public comments posted online before the September meeting. “If our schools do not open in person I will yank both my boys OUT and take them to another school district!!!” one parent wrote. Many teachers assailed the district, which serves about 44,000 students near Phoenix, for wavering. “You look weak to the public; you look unconcerned for safety to your employees,” wrote one instructor. Ultimately, the board backtracked, voting 3-2 to start reopening school buildings. Eight-six percent of students returned...
    During an interview aired on Tuesday’s broadcast of “NBC Nightly News,” Joe Biden stated that “it takes a lot of money” to reopen schools safely, and stated that in New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) “is in a position where it cost tens of millions of dollars to be able to safely open their schools.” Biden said, “Well, it takes a lot of money to get them back. The estimates are 150 to 200 billion dollars for the year it would take to get — safely open our schools.” After Biden listed some of the reasons why it would cost a large amount of money to open schools, host Lester Holt asked, “You’ve got schools closed right now in places where restaurants are open. Are our priorities correct?” Biden responded, “I think we should be able to do both. But look, I’m very concerned about the schools, and...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — More restrictions are coming to parts of the Big Apple, as COVID-19 cases show no signs of slowing down. This, as illegal parties were once again busted over the weekend, CBS2’s Hazel Sanchez reported Sunday. Gov. Andrew Cuomo is sending out a warning to people living on Staten Island and in parts of upper Manhattan and Long Island — rising coronavirus infection rates could bring tougher restrictions to those areas. MORE: COVID Testing In NYC: New Yorkers Waiting In Long Lines At Urgent Care Centers Across City Parts of Upper Manhattan and Long Island are nearing yellow zone territory, but the governor said Sunday parts of Staten Island are heading into orange and red zones. “Staten Island is a serious problem. Staten Island is also a problem in terms of overburdening hospitals,” Cuomo said. Red zone restrictions limit houses of worship to 25 people. In addition: ...
    Staten Island City Councilman Joe Borelli joined parents in filing a second lawsuit seeking an emergency injunction to reopen public schools, he announced Saturday. The Friday night filing in Manhattan federal court comes on the heels of Mayor de Blasio’s controversial decision to shutter all city schools due to rising COVID-19 cases. “Mayor de Blasio and Chancellor Carranza have continued to fail our children time and time again,” Borelli said in a statement. “Even though they had six months to prepare for this school year, they failed to do so and our children are forced to pay the price.” He added, “Remote learning has proven to be a failure and now they have taken the extra step of closing the schools completely. This is utterly irresponsible and unacceptable.” Borelli and a group of Staten Island parents filed a lawsuit last month in Richmond County Supreme Court to demand a...
    Staten Island City Councilman Joe Borelli joined parents in filing a second lawsuit seeking an emergency injunction to reopen public schools, he announced Saturday. The Friday night filing in Manhattan federal court comes on the heels of Mayor de Blasio’s controversial decision to shutter all city schools due to rising COVID-19 cases. “Mayor de Blasio and Chancellor Carranza have continued to fail our children time and time again,” Borelli said in a statement. “Even though they had six months to prepare for this school year, they failed to do so and our children are forced to pay the price.” He added, “Remote learning has proven to be a failure and now they have taken the extra step of closing the schools completely. This is utterly irresponsible and unacceptable.” Borelli and a group of Staten Island parents filed a lawsuit last month in Richmond County Supreme Court to demand a full...
    New York City schools are closed, and tens of thousands of parents have been thrust back into homeschooling on the fly. It’s a recipe for educational stagnation and emotional deterioration, and it’s going to hit the city’s most vulnerable families the hardest.  My wife and I have been homeschooling our three children in New York City for more than six years. If we’ve learned anything, it’s that, even in the best of circumstances, educating your children at home is not for the faint of heart. And nobody has to tell New York parents these are not the best of circumstances.  VideoWhat’s so troubling about Mayor Bill de Blasio’s decision to close city schools again this week is that it shows a shocking ignorance of, or willful disregard for, the hardships he’s piling onto the families he was elected to serve.  Back in March, closing schools may have been a prudent...
    Dozens of Big Apple parents and students turned out Thursday to protest against the coronavirus-triggered closure of New York City schools. Adults and youngsters alike chanted “Kids back in school!” and “Schools are safe!” outside City Hall, a day after Mayor Bill de Blasio ordered the shutdown of in-person learning due to an uptick in coronavirus infections across the city. Some held handmade signs with phrases like, “I need my teachers,” “Keep NYC schools open” and “Closing public schools = more inequalities.” “I’m sick and tired of sitting on the sidelines while other people decide whether my children could go to school the next day,” said protest organizer Daniela Jampel, has two children signed up for blended, in-school learning. Jampel and other parents started a petition — signed by 12,000 city public school parents — to demand that de Blasio swiftly reopen Big Apple schools. During the protest, they delivered...
    Science and coronavirus data has guided reopenings for tattoo parlors and salons in California, yet government and school officials say Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom has not provided the same blueprint to help schools reopen.  School reopenings vary by county, but public and private schools can offer in-person instruction even if their counties are inside the state’s most restrictive tier or purple coded regions by applying for a waiver that must be approved by the county and state officials.  NEWSOM'S CONTROVERSIAL DINNER ATTENDED BY TOP MEDICAL LOBBYIST, CEO AMID COVID-19 SPIKE Still, 25 of the state's largest school districts remain closed, and officials have griped that Newsom has not provided guidance on how often teachers and school staff should be tested for the virus, nor any mandates on how often students should get tested, even as health officials point out that increased testing and contact tracing helps to tamp down outbreaks as they...
    SACRAMENTO COUNTY (CBS13) — In Sacramento County, the Folsom Cordova Unified School District has already seen nearly a dozen positive COVID-19 cases this month. The district returned to a hybrid model, a mix of in-person and distance learning students, only a week ago. Cammie Woodward’s son Mason was among one of the students that returned to class in person on November 12. Woodward noticed a change in her son’s personality almost immediately. “Getting to see his spirit come back, his love for learning and love for life,” Woodward said. “That means everything to us.” Seeing kids return to class was a welcome sight for the entire Woodward family. The in-person experience is worth the risk for her and for moms like Sarah Valdez. Though, Valdez still has some hesitation. “I still have concerns. I was just thinking, what if there’s one kid?” Valdez asked, referencing coronavirus cases. The Folsom Cordova...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New York City public schools are switching to all-remote learning starting Thursday. “New York City has reached the 3% testing positivity 7-day average threshold,” the mayor tweeted Wednesday afternoon. “Unfortunately, this means public school buildings will be closed as of tomorrow, Thursday Nov. 19, out an abundance of caution.” Mayor Bill de Blasio said earlier this week if schools must close, he will work with the state to reopen them as soon and safely as possible. However, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday the plan for reopening is still unclear. MORE: Mayor Says NYC Schools Will Stay Open Tuesday, City Reevaluating Standard For Switching To All-Remote Before the school year started, the Department of Education and teachers union agreed to shut down if the seven-day rolling average infection rate hit 3%. Outside New York City, schools in orange zones can reopen after four days if students and...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – For the first time in eight months, three elementary schools in the La Canada Unified School District are reopening campuses to students on Tuesday. Students work on their laptop computers at St. Joseph Catholic School in La Puente, Calif., on Nov. 16, 2020. The campus is the second Catholic school in Los Angeles County to receive a waiver approval to reopen as the coronavirus pandemic rages on. (Getty Images) La Canada Elementary, Palm Crest Elementary and Paradise Canyon Elementary schools began in-person instruction for TK-2nd grade. The district received a waiver to reopen back on Nov. 5. The district says that students will all be required to wear masks and maintain six feet distance from their classmates. Students are being divided up into morning and afternoon cohorts of no more than 12 students per class. Classes are no allowed to mix. Classrooms are disinfected between each...
    An alarming rise in new coronavirus cases has prompted major reopening rollbacks that also will stall efforts to reopen campuses throughout Southern California and most of the state — and affect the education of millions of students. What happens at individual school districts and even schools will vary from county to county as officials grapple with complicated rules, evolving and expensive safety procedures, and infection rates in the communities they serve. On Monday the number of counties in the strictest tier, purple, more than tripled to 41, including all counties in Southern California. Here is a look at the various scenarios that will affect the vast majority of California’s more than 6 million students. How does the surge affect whether campuses can reopen? Campuses cannot reopen for in-person classes while a county is in the purple tier — the worst rating, signifying widespread transmission. A campus can...
    KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — One cash-strapped parent asked to pay her child’s school tuition fees with bags of the rice she grows, leading headmaster Mike Ssekaggo to request a sample before he would agree. Eventually he did. Many other parents in African countries, unable to pay in cash or kind, say their children will have to miss the new term as classes resume after months of delay caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Ssekaggo, headmaster of Wampeewo Ntakke Secondary School on the outskirts of Uganda’s capital, Kampala, has fielded complaints from parents scrambling to have their children enrolled for the first time since March. Relief over the gradual reopening of schools is matched by anxiety over the financial strain caused by the pandemic and over how to protect students in often crowded classrooms from the coronavirus. Only about half of 430 students had reported the day after he began admitting students...
    Public schools in Miami-Dade and Broward counties are scheduled to reopen Thursday, after flooding from Tropical Storm Eta forced school districts to cancel face-to-face classes earlier this week. In a tweet, Miami-Dade Public Schools announced that all in-person and online classes would return Thursday. Earlier in the week, many schools in South Florida were allowed to reopen Tuesday. However, flooding and access problems prevented more than a dozen schools from reopening. Broward County Public Schools said all schools, with the exception of West Broward High School, will also reopen Thursday. West Broward High will be closed for the remainder of the week for cleanup after Tropical Storm Eta.
    MORAGA — Although schools in Moraga were set to reopen Monday, the school board backtracked in an 11th-hour decision in an emergency meeting late Friday afternoon. The Moraga School District Superintendent Bruce Burns learned Friday morning from the Contra Costa County public health department that the county would likely go from the current red tier to the more strict purple tier on Nov. 24 and no later than Dec. 1. As the county’s number of coronavirus cases increase, the restrictions the county health department places shifts the county from different colored tiers; purple is the most restrictive. The board had recently decided that if the county would go back to the purple tier, it would trigger the schools closing again. This would mean that if schools reopened Monday, and the county went to purple tier the next week– schools would only be open for a week. On Monday, only transitional...
    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo pulled no punches when asked if New York City public schools will close down again if the local infection rate hits three percent, answering with a succinct: “Yep.” During an interview with MSNBC’s Katy Tur on Friday, Cuomo confirmed what New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio had already said the day before, which was based upon an joint agreement in September between the city and the teacher’s union. At that point, the city’s infection rate was merely a fraction of one percent. But on Friday, with the country in the throes of massive spike in cases and hospitalizations, the city’s new daily Covid positivity rate had surpassed 2.8 percent and was rising. Tur bluntly pushed the governor if that deal would still hold if the rate hit the closing threshold over the weekend. “Are schools going to close on Monday if we top three percent?” she asked....
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Broward County school officials announced Wednesday that all public schools would reopen on Thursday, but one. West Broward High will the only campus which will remain closed though the remainder of the week. Impacted students and their families have been notified of the closure. MORE FROM CBSMIAMI.COM COVID Sexually Transmitted? UM Study Says ‘It Also Has Potential To Cause Male Infertility’ Subtropical Storm Theta Is Record-Breaking 29th Named Atlantic Storm Police Search For Murder Suspect In Fatal Shooting Outside Pompano Beach Convenience Store Officials also said that before and after school programs, activities and athletic events will also resume. All Miami-Dade public schools will also reopen Thursday.
    Philadelphia's public schools had planned to reopen to some grades at the end of November, but now the city is scrapping that plan and keeping its schools shuttered indefinitely, leaving 120,000 students stuck with virtual instruction. What's that now? School Superintendent William Hite Jr. announced Tuesday that he made the decision to continue virtual education "to help safeguard the health and well-being of our staff, students, and school communities" as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the city and across the U.S., the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. The city's teachers' union praised Hite's announcement as a "big victory," the paper said. The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers had opposed returning to schools during the current spike in cases. The city initially planned to bring back pre-K through second-grade students for in-person instruction starting Nov. 30. The teachers for those grades were scheduled to return to their classrooms Monday. Hite...
    LIVERMORE —  After nearly 100 comments from parents Tuesday night, the Livermore school board agreed to move forward with a plan that could reopen schools, partially, in mid January. The district is considering a hybrid model, which could mean schools could reopen as early as Jan 19. The model would consist of in-person learning four days a week, with a morning group and an afternoon group, giving time for cleaning in between classes. The times children aren’t in class physically, they would spend doing work at home. Those families that want to remain in the distance learning model, could chose to remain that way. At Tuesday night’s board meeting, a majority of parents that either spoke or submitted comments to the board urged board members to reopen the schools as soon as possible. Some said their children were struggling with distance learning from home, others worried about the long-term impacts on...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore City Schools announced Tuesday they’re scaling back reopening plans amid a surge in coronavirus cases statewide. The district will now reopen 27 schools instead of the original 44 in light of the rising number of cases. CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE: TIMELINE: Coronavirus In Maryland, Tracking The Spread Latest coronavirus stories from WJZ Latest CDC Guidelines Those will reopen beginning November 16. The district said families may choose the in-person learning option or remain virtual. For the latest information on coronavirus go to the Maryland Health Department’s website or call 211. You can find all of WJZ’s coverage on coronavirus in Maryland here.
    The Montgomery County, Maryland, Board of Education gave tentative approval to the plans to bring students back to school in phases starting in January. Beginning Wednesday, a survey will be made available to parents. They can weigh in on whether they want their children to stick with virtual learning or whether they want to take part in plans to get kids back into classrooms. The survey will be available to parents until Dec. 3 and will be used to help determine which schools will reopen and how classes can be scheduled. Transportation options will also be detailed once the school system determines how many students would need bus service. Should the county’s COVID-19 positivity rate exceed 5%, the schools would not be able to reopen, according to guidelines set out by Montgomery County Public Schools. The move by the school board came on the same day the county council voted...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The COVID-19 pandemic is having a major impact across the world and also in cities across Northern California. The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.)Join anchor Kristen Sze for ABC7's daily interactive newscast about the novel coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area and other hot topics. You can check here to stream the show Monday-Friday at 3 p.m. GET HELP: Resources and information about COVID-19 CA REOPENING TIERS: Map shows which counties can, can't reopen under Newsom's new 4-tier system COVID-19 RISK CALCULATOR: Quiz yourself on the safest, most dangerous things you can do as CA reopens LIFE AFTER COVID-19: Here's what restaurants, gyms, schools, sports will look like when they reopen LATEST LOCAL CASES: Updated number of COVID-19 cases,...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Learning resumes for students across South Florida on Tuesday after classes were canceled for a day over Tropical Storm Eta concerns. In Broward and Monroe Counties, all campuses are reopen and operating at their regular schedule. Also in Broward, a school board meeting and workshop planned for Tuesday is still on as planned. In Miami-Dade, all but 16 campuses are reopen on Tuesday due to “flooding and access challenges.”   Learning resumes at all @MDCPS schools tomorrow, November 10. Sixteen schools listed below, where we observed community flooding and access challenges, will pivot to My School Online for the day. Families/employees are being notified via automated messages. #Eta pic.twitter.com/RISTiwETx7 — Miami-Dade Schools (@MDCPS) November 9, 2020 Here are the 16 schools which the county said will remain closed. American Senior High Barbara Goleman Senior High Bob Graham Educational Center Bob Graham Primary Learning Center Brentwood...
    LIVERMORE — Some Livermore school district parents, fed up with distance learning at home and not happy with the way the district is deciding whether to reopen its elementary schools, are calling on the schools to use a hybrid model. The district sent out a survey this past weekend, asking elementary school parents for their views on a hybrid model that could have elementary children return to school as early as Jan. 19. The Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District board will vote on the plan at its Tuesday meeting. But the implementation of the plan could depend on the survey of parents. Some parents calling on the schools to reopen aren’t happy with the recommendation that 67% of parents who respond to the survey need to agree to the hybrid model in order for the district to put it into effect. If at least 67% of parents do not...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Learning resumes for students across South Florida on Tuesday after classes were canceled for a day over Tropical Storm Eta concerns. In a tweet from Robert Runcie, the Broward superintendent said all “campuses will be open and will operate at their regular schedule.” Runcie added that the school board meeting and workshop is still on as planned. [email protected] campuses will be open and will operate at their regular schedule on Tues., Nov. 10. The School Board Meeting & Workshop will take place as scheduled. Wed., Nov. 11, 2020 remains a scheduled day off for all students and staff in observance of Veterans Day. pic.twitter.com/qSmpAUZhVd — Supt Runcie (@RobertwRuncie) November 9, 2020 Over in Miami-Dade, the school district is reopening most campuses on Tuesday. MORE FROM CBSMIAMI.COM Tracking The Tropics: Eta Makes Landfall In Lower Matecumbe Key Tropical Storm Eta Causes Widespread Flooding, Closures Across Miami-Dade Semi-Truck...
    BERKELEY (CBS SF) – Berkeley schools were given the OK to reopen their middle and high schools on Monday, but school officials have no plans to do that yet, a school district spokeswoman said Friday. However, next week three elementary schools are opening to small groups of students and in late November, the size of those groups may increase, spokeswoman Trish McDermott said. Elementary schools were given the OK last month to reopen, but none have done so. Middle schools and high schools were given the OK Thursday because COVID-19 case rates are down due in part to healthy habits, health officials said, but the school board has not set a reopening date. “The district is working toward that goal,” McDermott said. Before middle schools and high schools reopen, they must have a plan that complies with the state’s COVID-19 Industry Guidance: Schools and School-Based Programs and the city’s health...
    Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. Timing of Warriors suit, jersey tribute is ironic I enjoyed reading about the Warrior’s plan to take this case to the state Supreme Court (“Warriors take Oracle Arena debt dispute to state Supreme Court to work out issue,” Nov. 3). In your article, you mentioned how billionaires want to take advantage of Oakland taxpayers. To add to that, today the Warriors released a new Oakland city edition jersey. These owners will capitalize on the city’s name even though they are hurting the city’s taxpayers by not paying their debts. It is ironic how they want to pay tribute to the city on the same day they announced that they would be taking the case to the state Supreme Court. Alex Melgar San Jose January is too soon to safely reopen schools I understand why...
    BERKELEY (CBS SF) — Berkeley middle and high schools have the option to reopen Monday if they have a plan and follow guidance to limit the spread of COVID-19, city officials said Thursday. Berkeley’s health officer is giving the OK because of lower case rates along with healthy choices, according to city officials. Elementary schools were given the choice to reopen Oct. 13. On March 17, all schools closed when a health order went into effect. “COVID-19 remains a threat, but science, data and the generally good adherence to public health guidance allows the reopening of this socioemotional and educational priority for children,” Berkeley’s Health Officer Lisa Hernandez said in a statement. “The daily preventive actions people took helped lower case rates,” she said. “As more public activities open, those actions become even more critical.” City officials said that families who send their children to school should try to lower...
    Schools in Charles County, Maryland, are pressing pause on bringing some students back to the classroom after a recent rise in reported COVID-19 cases throughout the state and nationwide. “We will continue to monitor the data and reassess; however, we will not consider a move to Phase 2 until after the first of the year because of the upcoming holiday season,” Charles County Public Schools Superintendent Kimberly Hill said in a letter to parents. The school board had voted last month to allow for in-person learning starting Nov. 9., and the school system had identified some 7,200 students eligible to return to the classroom for the second phase of its reopening plan. Instead, virtual learning will continue for all students until further notice. Teachers will also be allowed to return to teleworking; however, school buildings will be open for staff if they choose to work from their classrooms. The school...
    San Jose Unified School District announced plans Monday to reopen classrooms in January to students who have been studying at home through online remote learning since the coronavirus pandemic erupted in March. The announcement from the district with more than 28,000 students in 41 elementary, middle and high schools comes amid growing impatience among many parents with continued school closures even as coronavirus cases subside and many private, charter and small district schools already have reopened. “We are actively planning and preparing to welcome students back for in-person instruction in January,” said Superintendent Nancy Albarrán. “Our amazing staff are continuing to prepare our schools, including classrooms and common areas, and are developing training for our students and staff.” The reopening plan assumes that Santa Clara County continues to show improvement in coronavirus outbreaks. The district won’t confirm the decision until Dec. 30, the last day before the targeted January 5...
    Amid stalled negotiations between teachers and D.C. Public Schools about how to return students to in-person learning, the local teachers’ union urged educators to call out sick Monday and take a mental health day. It wasn’t clear how many teachers participated, though some principals reportedly had to cancel classes because of teacher shortages. The protest came just as the school system announced it would not reopen elementary school classrooms for most students next week as planned, citing the need to readjust staffing. In a statement Monday, schools Chancellor Lewis Ferebee said, “We have heard feedback from many in our community about” the school system’s reopening plan, “and we will use this moment to adjust our timeline and staffing plans for reopening.” The plan, announced last month, allowed for up to 75% of elementary school students eventually returning to classrooms starting Nov. 9. Washington Teachers’ Union President Elizabeth Davis told WTOP...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Although Los Angeles Unified School District will begin ramping up efforts to provide in-person small group learning to students in need, the district’s chief confirmed Monday that campuses will not fully reopen until January at the earliest. LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner announced Monday that schools will begin providing in-person instruction to students in groups of three as early as this week. Several parents and their children, participate in an Open Our Schools Rally on the steps of L.A. City Hall on Oct. 24, 2020. (Francine Orr/Los Angeles Times/Getty Images) “Until all students are back at schools, we’ll do our best to help those most in need with individual and small group support,” Beutner said in a briefing Monday. The district has already been providing in-person one-on-one tutoring to students in need, but this week will expand the tutoring model to small groups. Beginning the week of...
    In a reversal, D.C. Public Schools will not reopen elementary school classrooms for most students next week as planned, citing the need to readjust staffing plans. D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Lewis Ferebee announced the move Monday. “We have heard feedback from many in our community about” the school system’s reopening plans “and we will use this moment to adjust our timeline and staffing plans for reopening,” he wrote on Twitter. The plan, announced last month, would have seen about 75% of elementary school students eventually return to classroom starting Nov. 9.  
    PARIS (AP) – French schools reopened Monday for the first time since the beheading of a teacher who opened a class debate on free speech by showing students caricatures of the prophet of Islam, in mourning and under tight security for a national homage. Samuel Paty was killed on Oct. 16 outside his school in suburban Paris by an 18-year-old refugee of Chechen origin to punish him for showing the caricatures published by the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, which triggered a newsroom massacre by extremists in January 2015. Since their re-publication in September at the start of the ongoing Paris trial over the killings, France has endured three attacks blamed on Muslim extremists: one by a Pakistani refugee that injured two people outside the newspaper´s old headquarters, the slaying of the schoolteacher, and a deadly knife attack last Thursday in a church in the Mediterranean city of Nice. All three...
    PARIS – French schools held a nationwide minute of silence Monday in tribute to a teacher who was beheaded for opening a class debate on free speech by showing students caricatures of the prophet of Islam. Samuel Paty was killed on Oct. 16 outside his school in suburban Paris by an 18-year-old refugee of Chechen origin to punish him for showing the caricatures published by the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, which triggered a newsroom massacre by extremists in January 2015. Since their re-publication in September at the start of the ongoing Paris trial over the killings, France has endured three attacks blamed on Muslim extremists: one by a Pakistani refugee that injured two people outside the newspaper’s old headquarters, the slaying of the schoolteacher, and a deadly knife attack last Thursday in a church in the Mediterranean city of Nice. All three have prompted terrorism investigations, and France is...
    By LORI HINNANT, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — French schools reopened Monday for the first time since the beheading of a teacher who opened a class debate on free speech by showing students caricatures of the prophet of Islam, in mourning and under tight security for a national homage. Samuel Paty was killed on Oct. 16 outside his school in suburban Paris by an 18-year-old refugee of Chechen origin to punish him for showing the caricatures published by the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, which triggered a newsroom massacre by extremists in January 2015. Since their re-publication in September at the start of the ongoing Paris trial over the killings, France has endured three attacks blamed on Muslim extremists: one by a Pakistani refugee that injured two people outside the newspaper’s old headquarters, the slaying of the schoolteacher, and a deadly knife attack last Thursday in a church in the Mediterranean...
    JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel began human trials on Sunday for its COVID-19 vaccine candidate which, if successful, could be ready for the general public by the end of next summer. Eighty volunteers will initially take part in the trial that will be expanded to 960 people in December. Should those trials succeed a third stage with 30,000 volunteers is scheduled for April/May. "We are in the final stretch," said Shmuel Shapira, Director General of the Israel Institute for Biological Research. The institute, which is overseen by the Defense Ministry, began animal trials for its "BriLife" vaccine in March and announced a week ago it had received regulatory approval to take it to the next stage. For a factbox on the many vaccine candidates in human trials worldwide, please click on Shmuel Yitzhaki, head of the institute's biology division, told Reuters that if all goes well the vaccine could reach the...
    California Gov. Gavin Newsom sent his children back to their private school this week, while at the same time, the state has forbid hundreds of thousands of other kids from attending school in-person. Many people saw this development as an unjust double standard. Newsom said his four children have returned to in-person learning at their private school, according to Politico. "They're phasing back into school and we are phasing out of our very challenging distance learning that we've been doing, so many parents are doing up and down the state," Newsom said on Friday. Newsom and his family lives in Sacramento County, where some schools have opened. "All school grade levels in Sacramento County are permitted to conduct in-person instruction with required mitigation measures maintained (social distancing, face coverings, and sanitization) in compliance with California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and Sacramento County Public Health," the Sacramento...
    California Gov. Gavin Newsom says that his children have returned to a “phased-in approach” of in-person learning at their private school while many public schools in the state remain closed over coronavirus fears. "They're phasing back into school, and we are phasing out of our very challenging distance learning that we've been doing, so many parents are doing up and down the state," Newsom said during a Friday news conference. Sacramento County, where the governor lives, is allowed to reopen schools under Newsom’s current plan, but the largest districts in the county have not yet done so. Newsom has publicly stated that he believes schools should reopen. But many, including the California Teachers Association, have argued that it’s not safe to do so. "We absolutely believe that the social-emotional learning that occurs in the classroom is the best place for our kids, certainly the best place for their...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced an agreement on a testing protocol that will allow schools in red and orange micro-cluster zones to reopen: mass testing before school reopens & then weekly surveillance testing.Cuomo says schools in red and orange zones can reopen to in-person learning once they agree to test all students and faculty.If anyone tests negative, they cannot enter the school. If a child tests positive, then the state will contact trace back to the family.RELATED | US COVID-19 cases hit record daily high; Experts warn daily death rates will triple by mid-JanuaryIn order for a school to reopen, the school must:-Remain closed for at least 4 calendar days after the zone designation is announced (48 hours to ensure lack of infectious contact in the school, and additional time for testing), and may re-open as early as the 5th calendar day.-Ensure that no person may attend...
    SAN FRANCISCO —  Continuing to take a conservative and cautious approach to the coronavirus pandemic, San Francisco city officials on Friday announced they will temporarily halt further reopenings because of an uptick in coronavirus infections and hospitalizations. At a virtual news conference, officials said the daily number of new infections has grown during the last two weeks from 3.14 per 100,000 to 4.17. Hospitalizations of patients with COVID-19 grew from 21 to 37. “We are proceeding with caution,” Mayor London Breed said. “Some of the decisions we made will still move forward, but others will need to take a pause until we see an improvement in the numbers.” San Francisco’s go-slow approach to reopening has made the city the first major urban center in California to enter the state’s yellow tier, signaling the risk of infection is minimal. Even so, the city has chosen to follow its own metrics rather...
    Public schools in Los Angeles will not reopen their campus for in-person learning anytime before at least January because COVID-19 infection rates are unlikely to fall quickly enough, it has been reported. The heads of the LA Unified School District told the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday that even if infection rates dropped to an acceptable level, it would be too disruptive to switch from virtual instruction so close to the end of the fall semester. ‘If you look at a calendar, it would be difficult to do,’ said Board of Education President Richard Vladovic. ‘I think best-case scenario is there’ll be some form of return in January, whatever that is.’ Heather Hernandez teaches her students about social distancing outside the classroom as roughly 40 students returned to St. Maria Goretti Catholic School in Long Beach, California, for in-person instruction on Monday. The school was the first in virus-ravaged...
    OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Alameda County health officials announced November 9 as the earliest date that middle and high schools can return to in-class instruction. The county Public Health Department said individual schools and school districts wishing to resume in-class learning would need to compile a COVID-19 health and safety reopening plan before being allowed to reopen. Middle and high schools (grades 7-12) must post their reopening plans to their school or school district website and submit them to the county Office of Education, which would share the plans with county health officials. The decision on a reopening date rests with each school and district, and schools are not required to open, the health department said. Parents of school-aged children were urged to contact their schools directly regarding their plans. On October 1, Alameda County announced elementary schools (transitional kindergarten to 6th grade) would be allowed to reopen for in-class instruction...
    Parents and teachers in D.C. are pushing back on the city’s plan to reopen schools next month to about 7,000 elementary school students. Though some parents are happy their children will have the opportunity to return to in-person learning, others worry about those kids who are not getting the same chance, and who also may lose support to make the reopening plan work. D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Lewis Ferebee announced the plan Oct. 5 to return some kids to in-person learning and some to a hybrid model, and also allow parents to choose whether their student continues to learn from home. “For my two in DCPS, it’s never-ending what’s going to change next,” said father David Pinchotti, who lives in Ward 6. It’s possible under the DCPS reopening plan that his fifth-grader could be one of 14,000 students who get an invitation to a CARES classroom where she could continue...
    Los Angeles public schools are not likely to reopen before January due to rising COVID-19 infections in one of the county's most extensive school districts. L.A. Unified School District Board of Education President Richard Vladovic and Vice President Jackie Goldberg told the Los Angeles Times the return to school would likely happen sometime in January, citing safety and logistics concerns. "If you look at a calendar, it would be difficult to do," said Vladovic about a mid-semester transition. "I think best-case scenario is there'll be some form of return in January, whatever that is." Goldberg listed additional hurdles that could get in the way of a smooth return to in-person learning, such as the array of students who would need to remain in distance-only education and cited concerns from teachers with health issues returning, which could put them at-risk of contracting COVID-19. "This is finals time for the high-schoolers and...
    Los Angeles public school campuses are unlikely to reopen before January, at the earliest, as the county’s rising COVID-19 infections prevent in-person classes for the vast majority of students in the nation’s second-largest school district, two leaders from the school board told The Times. L.A. Unified School District Board of Education President Richard Vladovic and Vice President Jackie Goldberg cited similar concerns in separate interviews: safety foremost, but also the academic disruption that would result from changing schedules and classes so close to the end of the semester. “If you look at a calendar, it would be difficult to do,” Vladovic said of a mid-semester switch. “I think best-case scenario is there’ll be some form of return in January, whatever that is.” “It’s more complicated than anyone could imagine on a school site — the complexities and the interrelationships, because of our varied instructional programming,” he added. ...
    PHOTO VIA ADOBEThe Florida Education Association and other plaintiffs asked an appeals court Monday to reconsider a decision that backed Gov. Ron DeSantis and Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran in a battle about reopening schools amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Attorneys for the statewide teachers union and other plaintiffs filed two similar motions asking for a rehearing by a three-judge panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal or by the full appellate court. The move came after the panel on Oct. 9 overturned a circuit judge’s ruling that said Corcoran violated the Florida Constitution when he issued a July order aimed at reopening schools. The plaintiffs have argued, at least in part, that the order violated a constitutional guarantee of “safe” and “secure” public education. The appeals court, however, said the plaintiffs in the case lacked legal standing and were asking courts to decide “non-justiciable political questions.” Also the panel said the union’s arguments...
    President Trump claimed that his son Barron's coronavirus infection was 'gone' in 15 minutes.  Trump made the claim while speaking to his supporters during a rally in Martinsburg, Pennsylvania, Monday afternoon.  'Of course Barron had it,' Trump said of coronavirus, which he, First Lady Melania Trump and their 14-year-old son, Barron, had all been diagnosed with earlier in October.  During a rally Monday, Trump said that son Barron's coronavirus was 'gone' after 15 minutes. Trump is pictured here at that rally in Martinsburg, Pennsylvania Trump then pointed to Barron's 'young, strong, immune system.'  The president recalled his supposed conversation with a doctor about Barron's positive test result.   'I said, "What's the story, doc, with Baron?"' Trump said from the podium.  RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Senate confirms Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court by 52... 'She did go to college, right?': Donald...
    Last week, some fantastic news from the science world should’ve given full-time-schooling advocates real hope. Instead, officials are signaling that we may never return to full in-person learning, at least not like pre-COVID. A New York Times piece, “Schoolchildren Seem Unlikely to Fuel Coronavirus Surges, Scientists Say,” concluded that, yes, the science says kids should be in school. “The bulk of evidence now suggests only limited transmission from young children to adults.” That evidence, of course, has existed for months, but the Times piece brought it home for nonbelievers. Meanwhile, at The Wall Street Journal, David R. Henderson and Ryan Sullivan pointed to new research that shows infection rates in schools to be far lower than in the general population. “A group of researchers, spearheaded by Brown University Professor Emily Oster, have . . . made available the most comprehensive database on schools and COVID case rates for students and...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — As some New York City schools in COVID-19 hot spots are about to reopen, a school in the Bronx is forced to close. P.S. 24 in the Spuyten Duyvil section is temporarily closed after having two positive coronavirus cases within seven days of each other, CBS2’s Jenna DeAngelis reported Friday. A frustrated parent dropping her kids off at the school saw a sign on the doors that read, “P.S. 24 will be closed Thursday and Friday.” More schools across the Tri-State Area are closing and going remote due to COVID-19 outbreaks. (CBS2) “I saw they said at 6 o’clock they’d let us know, but at 6 o’clock there was nothing there,” one mother said. A letter the principal sent to parents late Wednesday alerted, “Two or more members” of the school community tested positive for COVID-19, shifting the school to fully remote classes. Another update on the...