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    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco school officials plan to reopen classrooms for some of the youngest students beginning April 12 under a tentative deal reached with the teachers union, according to a newspaper report. The agreement was announced late Friday after months of debate over how and when kids would return to in-person instruction as coronavirus cases and hospitalizations decline statewide. San Francisco Unified School District officials said in a statement that they reached the arrangement with the teachers union to “return as many students as possible in focal groups to nearly a full school day, 5 days a week," the Chronicle reported. Those groups are primarily preschool through fifth grade, although the district said 24 of 64 elementary schools will definitely reopen in April, the newspaper said. It’s still unclear how many of the district’s 52,000 students will return before the term ends June 2. The school board...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — For the first time in nearly a year, some Philadelphia school students will be heading back to their classrooms Monday morning. Some pre-k through second grade students will return for hybrid learning. Last week, some teachers in the district returned to their classrooms to prepare their spaces. READ MORE: Philly Police Identify Suspect, Edward Prince, Wanted In Fatal Hit-And-Run That Dragged 60-Year-Old Feet Nearly 300 Feet Layers of safety protocols are in place from desk shields to social distancing signs, and hand sanitizing stations. READ MORE: Police Investigating ATM Robbery At Northeast Philadelphia Convenience Store Tune in tomorrow morning at 6:45 a.m for a live chat with Philadelphia School District Superintendent Dr. William Hite about what students, parents and staff can expect on their first day back. MORE NEWS: More Than 40 People Displaced After 2-Alarm Blaze Erupts At Valley Run Apartments In New Castle County
    Many students who've been distance learning are excited to get back to the classrooms. But, most are expressing trepidation about potential coronavirus exposure and adjusting to a new normal.Getting ready to exchange zoom for the classroom is exciting for 16-year-old Ariel Messenger, but jumping back into the outside world will be a big change."I'm nervous about it. How it's going to be adjusting back to my old lifestyle," she said.Her mother, Alyson Messenger, has some reservations."I don't know if it's realistic to expect kids to adhere to all of the safety protocols and so that gives me a little bit of concern," she said.Ariel's mom trusts the school's pandemic plans, but what about the things administrators are not planning for?"One thing we have to consider is that you know some of their relationships may change," Alyson Messenger said, "You know, kids that they were friends with before the pandemic may...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California's public schools can tap into $6.6 billion in a plan Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law Friday to try to pressure districts to reopen classrooms by the end of March. Educators, parents and lawmakers question whether it will work.After nearly a year of distance learning for most K-12 students during the coronavirus pandemic, parents in the nation's most populated state say they are frustrated and losing hope their children will see the inside of a classroom this year."Is this money going to be a motivator? I don't know," said Dan Lee, a father in San Francisco, a city that sued its own school district to reopen classrooms. "We throw money at them, we sue them, we shame them. They still haven't moved."The law does not require school districts to resume in-person instruction. Instead, the state is dangling $2 billion before cash-strapped school boards, offering them a...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Members of the Los Angeles teachers union voted overwhelmingly Friday to reject what it calls an "unsafe" return to the classroom unless certain demands are met.The vote comes on the heels of Gov. Gavin Newsom signing a $6.6-billion bill offering school districts a major financial incentive to get students back into classrooms.For LAUSD in-person teaching to resume, United Teachers Los Angeles is demanding L.A. County move out of the state's purple tier, returning staff must be vaccinated or have access to vaccines and coronavirus safety measures must be in place on campus.Of the 24,580 ballots cast, 91% rejected a return to classrooms, according to union president Cecily Myart-Cruz."This vote signals that in these most trying times, our members will not accept a rushed return that would endanger the safety of educators, students, and families," Myart-Cruz said in a statement.All of UTLA's demands, however, could potentially be...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s public schools can tap into a $6.6 billion school reopening plan that Gov. Gavin Newson signed into law Friday, aimed at pressuring districts to reopen classrooms by the end of March. Educators, parents and lawmakers question whether it will work. After nearly one year of distance learning for most of California’s K-12 students, parents across the state say they are frustrated and losing hope their children will see the inside of a classroom this year. “Is this money going to be a motivator? I don’t know,” said Dan Lee, a father in San Francisco where the city sued its own school district to reopen classrooms. “We throw money at them, we sue them, we shame them. They still haven’t moved.” The bill Newsom signed into law has attracted bipartisan support and scorn in equal measure, with both the governor and lawmakers saying Friday it marked...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s public schools can tap into $6.6 billion of new state spending to return students to classrooms under a bill Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law Friday that has attracted bipartisan support and scorn in equal measure. Newsom signed the bill via Zoom, mimicking how most of the state’s 6.1 million public school students have been learning for the past year. The irony was not lost on Newsom, who said the virtual ceremony was necessary to include other state officials who were scattered across the state. READ MORE: Stimulus Check Update: Are Relief Payments Bad For The Economy? Newsom signed the law as he faces a possible recall election later this year, fueled by anger over his handling of the pandemic. On Friday, Newsom said “now is the time to safely reopen,” highlighting the struggles he and lawmakers have had in negotiating a plan on the...
    All students at Mount Diablo Unified School District who want to return to classrooms could do so by the end of this month if the school board approves a new reopening plan on Wednesday, though staff and faculty unions remain opposed. The plan, announced Thursday by Superintendent Adam Clark, would give parents the choice of letting their children go back to school for instruction or continue learning from home through the end of the school year. It requires all teachers and staff to return to campuses on March 17 and allows willing students from preschool through second grade and students with disabilities to come back on March 22, those from third through fifth grade on March 25 and those in all other upper grade levels on March 29. Before classes reopen, families would have a chance to visit and observe the modified campuses on March 19. To prevent students and staff...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf released Wednesday his plan to give teachers doses of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The vaccination plan comes as Philadelphia teachers prepare to welcome back students. Hope Weiner is back inside her classroom at Chester Arthur Elementary School for the first time in nearly a year. READ MORE: One Well Probably Never Forget: Phillies To Welcome Fans Back At Citizens Bank Park After 18-Month Drought “For those children that are coming back to school on Monday, there’s a special meeting just for you,” Weiner told her students. Her kindergarten students have only seen her through a computer screen but several will be back in a classroom for the first time on Monday to begin hybrid learning. “It will be really nice to see the children that are coming back in, face-to-face, because we’ve built wonderful relationships through the computer but we haven’t...
    (CBS4) – More school districts are returning to full in-person learning as they get middle and high schoolers back in classrooms. CBS Denver Medical Editor Dr. Dave Hnida said the current science shows schools have not really been vectors for the spread of coronavirus. (credit: Hyoung Chang/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images) Hnida also said the number of teachers being vaccinated is increasing as the level of COVID-19 is decreasing in communities, but he did point out having students back in class will mean more interaction. READ MORE: Deputies: Naples Student, 11, Brought Gun To School, Threatened Classmates “There is a risk involved,” he said, “but right now at this point in time, I think the message to parents is really this: take a look at what your district is offering and make sure you are comfortable with it, particularly the school your child attends.” READ MORE: Tampa School...
    LOUDOUN COUNTY, Virginia — For Carri Michon and Cheryl Onderchain, most of their “new normal” has involved wrestling with their local school board. The Virginia mothers have been religiously showing up in person to the Loudoun County School Board meetings since last summer, advocating for the full reopening of in-person learning for students despite the coronavirus pandemic. "We’re the voice of many, many, many people because somebody has to fight for the children," Michon told the Washington Examiner at one of the meetings. Loudoun County sits about 40 minutes outside of Washington, D.C., and is one of the wealthiest counties in the country, with a median household income of over $142,000. It has just begun sending students back to school part-time by using a hybrid model, in which students spend part of the week in class and the rest learning remotely. Almost 15,000 students, ranging from preschool to fifth grade,...
    PALO ALTO (CBS SF/BCN) — While on a campaign to push more school reopenings across the state, Gov. Gavin Newsom and a group of local leaders visited an opened Palo Alto elementary school on Tuesday to encourage campuses to resume in-class instruction as quickly as possible. The governor pointed to Barron Park Elementary School, where he spoke, as an example for resuming in-class instruction. READ MORE: Pelosi: BART South Bay Extension Project Funding To Be Pulled From COVID Relief Bill Its campus was one of the first schools in the Bay Area to reopen in October using a hybrid model of in-person and online instruction. The Palo Alto Unified School District that Barron Park is a part of intends to reopen for grades 7-12 by next week. “[Classrooms have] plexiglass, appropriately distanced, ventilation, doors open, windows open,” Newsom said. “Proving that we can get our kids back...
    HARRISON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — The New York State Health Department could soon release new guidelines for reopening schools. School officials across the state are eagerly awaiting the new safety requirements, but some administrators are taking action and making investments to get as many students back in the classroom as soon as possible. READ MORE: Blackface Costume Controversy Hits N.J. Town Of Lakewood While hybrid now, all kindergarten through fifth grade students in the Harrison, New York, school district will be back in school full time in less than three weeks, with middle and high schoolers expected to return after spring break in April. Many parents can’t wait. “I feel that the kids need to be back, so whatever they gotta do,” one parent told CBS2’s Hazel Sanchez. CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC Ask CBS2’s Dr. Max Your Vaccine Questions COVID Vaccine FAQ From CDC Vaccination Sites In New York City | Call...
    A Los Angeles teacher's union leader has blamed 'white wealthy parents' for the push to reopen schools in the area after California Gov Gavin Newsom revealed the state had reached a deal to fund getting children back in classrooms.  The United Teachers Los Angeles, which is the union that represents staff in the Los Angeles Unified School District, fears that Newsom's school reopening plan will favor 'white and wealthier schools' in neighborhoods where COVID-19 is less prevalent.  Newsom and lawmakers have been under increasing pressure to come up with a statewide plan to allow students to return for in-person classes given most have been learning from home for the past year.  If approved by the Legislature, the plan announced on Monday would see $2 billion set aside to pay districts that get select groups of students into classrooms by the end of the month.   Cecily Myart-Cruz, head of UTLA, has...
    Teachers preparing bulletin boards and enthusiastically welcoming students back to school is something that happens every year, but in March 2021, as children go back to physical classrooms for the first time since the pandemic started, they will get something to prevent the spread of COVID-19. “Each student is going to receive five masks,” says Liza Burrell-Aldana, principal at Mt. Vernon Community School, in Alexandria, Virginia. Alexandria City Public Schools returns small groups of special education students, and those learning English. Arlington County Public Schools brings hybrid pre-kindergarten through 2nd grade, and special education students back to their classrooms, Tuesday. “This is the day we’ve been looking forward to,” said Burrell-Aldana. “Everything is ready in the classrooms, to welcome the kids safely.” In her school, desks have been spread out and safety shields installed. During virtual learning, students have been told about safety protocols that will be required when they...
    Thousands of students in the WTOP listening area will return to classrooms Monday morning, marking a small but significant step toward normalcy almost exactly a year since the region saw its first coronavirus outbreak. Students whose parents opted for a hybrid learning model in five Washington and Baltimore area school districts are coming back to buildings starting in phases for at least a few days per week. Four of the five districts are in Maryland, where Gov. Larry Hogan had been pushing to bring students back to school buildings by March 1. Until Monday, only a tenth of the state’s K-12 public schools were operating at least partly in person — the lowest in the nation — according to an online tracker from Burbio. The school systems returning Monday: Maryland Montgomery County Public Schools: Kindergarten to 12th grade students with special needs return Monday, along with career and...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — In an effort to get Philadelphia students back inside their classrooms, officials from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia are rolling out a program to help teachers get the COVID-19 vaccine. Eyewitness News spoke to two educators of the thousands of teachers who will receive their shots in Philadelphia in the weeks ahead. “My COVID diagnosis was October of 2020, right after school had started,” Michelle Shaw-Carpenter said. READ MORE: Wells Fargo Center Preparing For Possibility Of Fans Returning For Sixers, Flyers Games Shaw-Carpenter has been teaching first grade at Thomas Mifflin School for three years. A COVID diagnosis last year left her hospitalized. “It was tough. Fortunately, I didn’t have to be on a ventilator or anything,” she said. “I stayed in the hospital a week, six days approximately.” Shaw-Carpenter continued virtual learning with her 5- and 6-year-old students, even in the midst of a difficult battle with...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Chicago Public Schools officials said Thursday plans are in the works to get high schoolers back in classrooms before the end of the school year.CPS CEO Janice Jackson told the Board of Education that meetings with the Chicago Teachers Union over those plans starting soon. Jackson said the district and the union are establishing a joint High School Task Force, in a process that formally began last week.READ MORE | CPS reopening: Pre-K, cluster students return to classroom ThursdayThe task force will work to create a plan to bring older students back to in-person learning with student, staff and teacher safety in mind.Jackson said she hopes to have high schoolers back in classroom this spring.RELATED: Chicago teachers approve tentative deal to reopen CPS classrooms, CTU saysCPS and CTU were locked in negotiations for months over plans from kindergarten through eighth grade students to return to classrooms. The...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New York City takes another step on the road to reopening Thursday when middle schools welcome students into the classroom again. Meanwhile, Mayor Bill de Blasio is looking toward the day when high school students can also return. “I expect in the next few weeks to be able to give you a sense of the way forward. I am very hopeful, given everything we’re seeing, that we can get high school back and get it back relatively soon. It’s something I absolutely want to do in this school year we’re in right now,” the mayor said. CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC Ask CBS2’s Dr. Max Your Vaccine Questions COVID Vaccine FAQ From CDC Vaccination Sites In New York City | Call 877-VAX-4NYC Track NYC Vaccinations By Zip Code Find A New York City Testing Site Near You Check NYC Testing Wait Times Explanation Of N.Y.’s Yellow, Orange, Red...
    BOSTON (CBS) – Jeffrey Riley, commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, announced Tuesday the state aims to have all elementary school students learning in person five days a week by April. Riley said during Tuesday’s Department of Education meeting that he plans to return within a week or two to ask for the authority to remove remote and hybrid learning as an option for school districts. The plan is contingent on state COVID metrics remaining in a safe range. READ MORE: Movie Theater Chain Cinemagic Permanently Closes All New England Locations “At some point as metrics continue to improve we will need to take the remote and hybrid learning models off the table and return to a traditional school format,” Riley said during the meeting. READ MORE: New Jeopardy! Guest Host Mike Richards Takes Over, Explains Why Hes Filling In The state will work on a...
    Some teachers at a California public school tried to dissuade students from returning to classrooms one day after families were given the option to send children back for in-person instruction, ABC 7 reported. Parents of students enrolled at Pleasanton Unified School District, located roughly 40 miles east of San Francisco, told ABC 7 that some of the district’s teachers used time during Zoom classes Friday morning to convince students that returning to school wouldn’t be a pleasant experience. “Essentially, I’ll have my desk sort of taped off and I can’t really leave that area,” one teacher said over Zoom, according to a recording ABC 7 obtained. (RELATED: Entire School Board Resigns In California After Being Caught On Video Disparaging Parents Who Wanted Schools To Reopen) “If you want to go to school for social reasons, recognize that you absolutely will not have that. There’s no question that you will not...
    SAN CARLOS (CBS SF/BCN) — While other San Francisco Bay Area school districts remain in the planning phase, the San Carlos Unified School District opened the doors of its schools Monday to transitional kindergarten and first-grade students. Orientations for second and third grades will begin the week of March 1, while fourth and fifth grades are scheduled for the week of March 15. Adjusted case rates in San Mateo County are at 9.6 and must be 25 or below for TK-5 students to return to some in-person learning under California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Currently, San Mateo County officials are awaiting word from state health officials to move from the purple to the red tier on California’s reopening The district will address sixth through eighth grades when the county does move into the red tier or 7 or fewer cases per 100,000 people under state requirements....
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Many Chicago Public School teachers will return to classrooms Monday following the deal made by the district the Chicago Teachers Union to reopen schools.RELATED: CPS reopening: Pre-K, cluster students return to classroom ThursdayCPS teachers for kindergarten through fifth grade are expected in classrooms to begin preparing for students to return on Mar. 1. Pre-K and cluster programs returned to in-person learning already.RELATED: Chicago teachers approve tentative deal to reopen CPS classrooms, CTU saysThe return is part of the new phased timeline for in-person learning agreed by CTU. Teachers for grades 6 through 8 will also return Mar. 1 to begin preparing for their students to return to class on Mar. 8.
    FOLSOM (CBS13) – Students at Folsom High School held a rally Thursday to demand a return to in-person instruction – and they may not be that far away. Standup for students–a sign of the times at Folsom High School as students rally to return to the classroom. “It’s been horrible since day 1,” said Senior Cy Watson. Senior Cy Watson, chief of staff for his class, spoke out about what has been nearly a year of distance learning. “I’m one of the leads of planning events at Folsom High School. Not being able to plan any that bring joy to high school students and just watch them being o has been horrific,” he said. Watson said he sees other school districts open and it’s frustrating. “It takes students like me and other students around me that have pushed me to be that voice for other students,” he said. Students enjoyed...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP/CBS13) — After weeks of tense negotiations, California legislators agreed Thursday on a $6.5 billion proposal aimed at getting students back in classrooms this spring following months of closures because of the pandemic. The proposed “Safe and Open Schools” plan would overhaul a $2 billion proposal from Gov. Gavin Newsom that was widely criticized by school superintendents, unions and lawmakers. The proposal unveiled by Newsom in December would have rewarded schools that reopened with additional funding for safety measures. Critics said it set unrealistic timelines, didn’t include enough money to pay for frequent COVID-19 testing of students and teachers, and failed to address the vaccination of teachers. The new proposal would triple the funding for schools and require county public health departments to offer vaccinations to school staff who return to in-person classes. It also pushes back the timeline for reopening and gives school districts greater freedom in...
    The distance from the class benches first year of high school they may be one meter and not 1.5 meters, as established by the protocol until now. The measure reaches both the public and private spheres. The Central Board of Directors (Codicen) received the approval of the Ministry of Public Health (MSP) to shorten the distances in the classrooms of the first year of secondary school in order to increase presence. The counselor Juan Gabito told El Observador that the issue was discussed this Wednesday in the session of the body that directs the National Administration of Public Education (ANEP) and clarified that the distance of 1.5 meters is maintained for levels from the second year, as well as one meter in Primary. According to Gabito, this new measure for the classes of first year of secondary « It will bring many more students into the room. » For the rest of...
    The White House deepened the confusion on the school reopening process Wednesday by saying teachers don't need to be vaccinated in order for in-person classes to return but then called the issue a 'priority.'  The final decision, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said, is up to the states.  'Neither the president nor the vice president believe it is a requirement,' Psaki said of teacher immunizations ahead of school reopenings. 'At the same time, the president and vice president also believe that teachers should be prioritized,' Psaki continued. 'That's up to states to determine.'  Psaki faced repeated questions on the administration's policy on school openings as the White House has been asked to clarify its standing on the issue after neither President Joe Biden nor Vice President Kamala Harris would give a direct response when asked about teacher vaccinations. The subject has become a national debate as kids continue to hold classes...
    Schooling has never been as dependent on technology as it is today. Classrooms have gone virtual, parents have become more involved educators and teachers have grown more familiar with video conferencing platforms than ever. Google is announcing a slew of Education tools today to improve its existing made-for-learning products and help students and teachers navigate online schooling. Classroom The bulk of these updates are coming to the company’s Classroom service, which is a dashboard (or “learning management system”) for teachers and students. The Android app will get better offline support later this year, allowing students to start their work, open Drive attachments, review and write assignments without an internet connection. Photo uploads are also getting improved in the Android app, allowing students to combine photos into a single document, adjust lighting, crop and rotate their images. When using Classroom to edit your assignments, whether you’re on web, iOS or Android,...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Gov. Tim Walz announced Wednesday an update to the state’s Safe Learning Plan to allow more high school and middle school students to return to classrooms next week. “We’re going to get back in school folks, we’re going to do it safely and we’re going to beat this thing,” Walz said at a press conference Wednesday. Starting on Monday, all middle and high school students can return to classrooms for hybrid or in-person learning. The governor says he expects all schools in the state to offer some form of in-person learning by March 8. “It’s time for students to be back in the classroom,” Walz said in a statement. “We aren’t out of the woods, but our relentless progress with vaccines and Minnesotans’ vigilance has put us closer than ever to the end of this pandemic. Our progress means we can get more students...
    The New York Times Opinion: How to Fully Reopen Schools This Fall Eleven months after the pandemic began, schools remain closed in many parts of the United States. With many teachers still waiting to be vaccinated, the question of whether they should reopen has been the subject of passionate debate in cities like Chicago, where teachers have just returned to classrooms after lengthy negotiations. In San Francisco, the city attorney sued the school district for failing to teach face-to-face classes. On February 12, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which has recognized that face-to-face learning can be done safely, released guidelines on how to do it. Their recommendations include universal use of face masks, hand washing, social distancing, contact tracing, and disinfection. According to the new guidelines, in order to fully reopen primary, secondary, and high schools to classroom teaching, COVID-19 infection rates in a community must be...
    The New York Times Opinion: How to Fully Reopen Schools This Fall Eleven months after the pandemic began, schools remain closed in many parts of the United States. With many teachers still waiting to be vaccinated, the question of whether they should reopen has been the subject of passionate debate in cities like Chicago, where teachers have just returned to classrooms after lengthy negotiations. In San Francisco, the city attorney sued the school district for failing to teach face-to-face classes. On February 12, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which has recognized that face-to-face learning can be done safely, released guidelines on how to do it. Their recommendations include universal use of face masks, hand washing, social distancing, contact tracing, and disinfection. According to the new guidelines, in order to fully reopen primary, secondary, and high schools to classroom teaching, COVID-19 infection rates in a community must be...
    The New York Times Opinion: How to Fully Reopen Schools This Fall Eleven months after the pandemic began, schools remain closed in many parts of the United States. With many teachers still waiting to be vaccinated, the question of whether they should reopen has been the subject of passionate debate in cities like Chicago, where teachers have just returned to classrooms after lengthy negotiations. In San Francisco, the city attorney sued the school district for failing to teach face-to-face classes. On February 12, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which has recognized that face-to-face learning can be done safely, released guidelines on how to do it. Their recommendations include universal use of face masks, hand washing, social distancing, contact tracing, and disinfection. According to the new guidelines, in order to fully reopen primary, secondary, and high schools to classroom teaching, COVID-19 infection rates in a community must be...
    The New York Times Opinion: How to Fully Reopen Schools This Fall Eleven months after the pandemic began, schools remain closed in many parts of the United States. With many teachers still waiting to be vaccinated, the question of whether they should reopen has been the subject of passionate debate in cities like Chicago, where teachers have just returned to classrooms after lengthy negotiations. In San Francisco, the city attorney sued the school district for failing to teach face-to-face classes. On February 12, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which has recognized that face-to-face learning can be done safely, released guidelines on how to do it. Their recommendations include universal use of face masks, hand washing, social distancing, contact tracing, and disinfection. According to the new guidelines, in order to fully reopen primary, secondary, and high schools to classroom teaching, COVID-19 infection rates in a community must be...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Thousands of Minnesota students will head back into the classroom Tuesday. The focus has been on getting the youngest students back first. Now, many middle and high school students will return to the classroom for the first time in months. On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidelines for states to consider to get students back into the classroom. The report stresses universal mask wearing, proper ventilation in schools, hand washing and six-feet minimum of social distancing. RELATED: As Gov. Walz Signals Coming Guideline Changes, GOP Wants State To Give Up School Reopening Authority Dr. Michael Osterholm — University of Minnesota infectious disease expert and President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 Advisory Board member — said Monday he supports the recommendations. The State of Minnesota’s “Safe Learning Plan” recommends “three feet of physical distancing” when it comes to getting students back into schools. Ahmed Abdelal...
    BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4) – On Monday morning the University of Colorado Boulder is welcoming students back into classrooms. It’s something many CU Buffs have been anticipating for months as they transition into a more normal college experience.   That means courses designated as in-person or hybrid in-person for the spring semester will begin an in-person format. Courses designated as remote or online will continue in those formats for the entire semester.    It’s been a gradual process to return to standard learning, as students were also able to move back into residence halls on Feb. 7. (credit: CBS) University officials say the spring semester will be a time when the campus is wholly COVID-19 aware. In a letter, the university announced it is increasing testing capacity and requirements, with daily check-ins via Buff Pass. CU Boulder will also partner with Boulder County Public Health and the Colorado Department of Public...
    BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4) – On Monday morning the University of Colorado Boulder is welcoming students back into classrooms. It’s something many CU Buffs have been anticipating for months as they transition into a more normal college experience.   That means courses designated as in-person or hybrid in-person for the spring semester will begin an in-person format. Courses designated as remote or online will continue in those formats for the entire semester.    It’s been a gradual process to return to standard learning, as students were also able to move back into residence halls on Feb. 7. University officials say the spring semester will be a time when the campus is wholly COVID-19 aware. In a letter, the university announced it is increasing testing capacity and requirements, with daily check-ins via Buff Pass. CU Boulder will also partner with Boulder County Public Health and the Colorado Department of Public Health and...
    Oregon’s Department of Education (ODE) is encouraging teachers to register for a training program that offers a toolkit to help educators “develop an anti-racist math practice.” An ODE newsletter advertises a Feb. 21 “Pathway To Math Equity Micro-Course” designed for middle school teachers to use to help them in “dismantling racism in mathematics instruction.” The website says the event is a partnership between California’s San Mateo County Office of Education, The Education Trust-West and others. The toolkit offers teachers help in “deconstructing racism” in the classroom and “dismantling white supremacy in math classrooms by visibilizing the the toxic characteristics of white supremacy culture with respect to math.” (RELATED: ‘Exploring White Fragility’: Longtime School Teacher Explains How Critical Race Theory Is Hurting Multicultural Classrooms) “White supremacy culture infiltrates math classrooms in everyday teacher action,” the toolkit states. “Coupled with the beliefs that underlie these actions, they perpetuate educational harm on Black, Latinx,...
    On Wednesday, Foothill Elementary School in Saratoga and Greenbrook Elementary School in Danville were among Bay Area public schools that began in-person teaching for some of their students. At Foothill Elementary, as students arrived in the morning, they stood still for a temperature check outside. First graders were taught in the multipurpose room while each student in a fourth-grade class studied behind a clear protector in their classroom. Here are two related stories: Rich Bay Area kids head back to class, others stay home Has your local public school resumed in-class teaching? Saratoga: Foothill Elementary School SARATOGA, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 10: Foothill Elementary School 4th grade teacher Sandy Waite-Lopez teaches her students on Feb. 10, 2021, in Saratoga, Calif. On Wednesday, some students returned to classrooms in the Saratoga Union Elementary District, which includes Foothill Elementary School, for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic forced their closure in March...
    This article was written by WTOP’s news partner InsideNoVa.com and republished with permission. Sign up for InsideNoVa.com’s free email subscription today. Most Manassas City Public Schools students could see the inside of their classrooms for the first time since last March next month, with the school board indicating support for a return date of March 15. Under the plan, which was discussed at last night’s board meeting and will be voted on at the next meeting Feb. 22, the general student population not currently receiving in-person instruction would start coming back in the middle of March, pre-k through fourth graders returning the week of March 15, and grades five through 12 returning the following week. Students would still receive most instruction from home, attending classes virtually three days per week (one of which would be through pre-recorded videos uploaded by their teacher). Two days per week, students would be back in classrooms. Some teachers...
    CHICAGO — Chicago parents Willie and Brittany Preston have spent nearly a year wrestling with online school schedules for their six children, often with everyone hovered over devices around the dining room table. Starting Thursday, they’ll get relief. Their youngest daughter, 4-year-old Lear, returns to class as the nation’s third-largest school district slowly reopens its doors following a bitter fight with the teachers union over COVID-19 safety protocols. Willie Preston, who runs a small construction firm with his wife, said there’s no place that can guarantee a coronavirus-free environment but he feels safe with the district’s steps: cleaned buildings, daily health screenings, new air filters and required masks. “We just are not trained educators and we recognize our limitations,” he said. “For me as a parent, it makes me feel like we’re beating COVID and we’re going to get our lives back. And that’s good.” In the next few weeks, four...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- The first wave of Chicago Public Schools students return to their classrooms Thursday after the district and the Chicago Teachers Union agreed on a deal for COVID-19 protocols.Willie Preston said his four-year-old daughter did a "happy dance" when the pre-K student found out. He's also happy.EMBED More News Videos The first wave of CPS students are preparing to return to their classrooms. "This is the start of Chicago coming back from COVID, and I'm really, really excited about that," Preston said.Can schools safely reopen without teachers vaccinated for COVID-19?EMBED More News VideosDr. Robert Citronberg with Advocate Aurora Health answers your COVID-19 questions. Under the plan, students, teachers and staff will have a staggered return to their physical classrooms.Pre-K and cluster students will return Thursday. Kindergarten through 5th grade returns on March 1 and 6th through 8th grade goes back on March 8.So far, no date has been...
    CHICAGO (CBS)– Thousands of the youngest Chicago Public School students and their teachers are heading back to their classrooms Thursday. It comes after a weeks long stand-off between the Chicago Teachers Union and CPS. RELATED: Chicagos New Indoor Dining Plan Starts Thursday The return to school plan is staggered. Thursday, Pre-k and special education students, whose parents signed up for in-person learning, will be back in school. Kindergarten through 5th grade teachers return the Feb. 22 with students starting in person March 1. That’s the same day middle school teachers and staff come back with sixth through eight grade students in their seats one week later on March 8. RELATED: With Live Entertainment Allowed Again, But With Strict Capacity Limits, Theaters And Performers Wonder Is It Worth It? The agreement the CTU members approved, includes a plan to vaccinate 1,500 staff members each week. It also lays out metrics for...
    By SOPHIA TAREEN and DON BABWIN, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago parents Willie and Brittany Preston have spent nearly a year wrestling with online school schedules for their six children, often with everyone hovered over devices around the dining room table. Starting Thursday, they'll get relief. Their youngest daughter, 4-year-old Lear, returns to class as the nation’s third-largest school district slowly reopens its doors following a bitter fight with the teachers union over COVID-19 safety protocols. Willie Preston, who runs a small construction firm with his wife, said there’s no place that can guarantee a coronavirus-free environment but he feels safe with the district’s steps: cleaned buildings, daily health screenings, new air filters and required masks. “We just are not trained educators and we recognize our limitations,” he said. “For me as a parent, it makes me feel like we’re beating COVID and we’re going to get our lives...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Chicago Teachers Union officials said rank-and-file union members have voted in favor of a tentative agreement for teachers, students and staff to return to the classroom.Can schools safely reopen without teachers vaccinated for COVID-19?EMBED More News Videos Dr. Robert Citronberg with Advocate Aurora Health answers your COVID-19 questions. Nearly 70 percent of Chicago Public School teachers said the agreement struck between their union and the mayor is good enough for them to return to in-person learning.The CTU said in a statement early Wednesday that it certified the ballot results on the proposed framework for returning to in-person learning at CPS just before 12:30 a.m. 13,681 members voted yes; 6,585 voted no. Total ballots cast were 20,275, among total eligible ballot tokens of 25,367.The plan means students, teachers and staff will have a staggered return to their physical classrooms.Pre-K and Cluster students will return Thursday, K through fifth...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- CTU officials said rank-and-file union members have voted in favor of a tentative agreement for teachers, students and staff to return to the classroom.Can schools safely reopen without teachers vaccinated for COVID-19?EMBED More News Videos Dr. Robert Citronberg with Advocate Aurora Health answers your COVID-19 questions. Twenty-five thousand Chicago Public School teachers were asked whether the agreement struck between their union and the mayor is good enough for them to return to in-person learning via secret electronic ballot."Our members have to read it, discuss, and ultimately, make a decision as to what is going to happen next," CTU President Jesse Sharkey said ahead of the vote.If approved, students, teachers and staff will have a staggered return to their physical classrooms.Pre-K and Cluster students will return Thursday, K through fifth grade on March 1, and fifth through eighth grade on March 8.No date has been set for high...
    toggle audio on and off change volume download audio Superintendent Smith details items approved by the School Board's unanimous vote Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland will begin opening doors to in-person learning starting March 1. The transition will begin with vocational students and some students with special needs. Then larger groups of students will be phased back by grade level starting on March 15. The county school board approved the move unanimously on Tuesday. No in-person classes will be held on Wednesdays. Some in-person learning will rotate on various schedules. Schools will contact families with details that apply to each child. Each school will hold a virtual orientation by March 15 for all students, regardless of when their group returns. About 40% of families have indicated that they want their students to return to classrooms. Families that previously opted for in-person learning can maintain their virtual learning status...
    This article was written by WTOP’s news partner InsideNoVa.com and republished with permission. Sign up for InsideNoVa.com’s free email subscription today. Most Fauquier public school students could return to classrooms four days a week in early April. Superintendent David Jeck briefly outlined his recommendation to double in-person instruction at Monday night’s school board meeting. It would start with the youngest students, who have suffered the greatest “learning loss” since the COVID-19 pandemic struck Virginia last March, Dr. Jeck explained. Kindergarteners through second-graders would return to classes four days a week, starting March 15, according to the superintendent. That could expand through Grade 5, depending upon staffing. The plan would make in-person classes available four days a week in all grades, K-12, starting Monday, April 5, when spring break ends. Classes would meet Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Schools would continue to use Wednesdays for deep cleaning, teacher lesson planning and students’ catch-up work. For...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Chicago Teachers Union officials said rank-and-file members will begin voting yes or no Tuesday night on the proposed framework for teachers, students and staff to return to the classroom. Results will be known by Wednesday.Can schools safely reopen without teachers vaccinated for COVID-19?EMBED More News Videos Dr. Robert Citronberg with Advocate Aurora Health answers your COVID-19 questions. Twenty-five thousand Chicago Public School teachers will be asked whether the agreement struck between their union and the mayor is good enough for them to return to in-person learning via secret electronic ballot."Our members have to read it, discuss, and ultimately, make a decision as to what is going to happen next," CTU President Jesse Sharkey said.If approved, students, teachers and staff will have a staggered return to their physical classrooms.Pre-K and Cluster students will return Thursday, K through fifth grade on March 1, and fifth through eighth grade on...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- CTU leadership is meeting Monday evening to schedule an up-or-down vote on what the union says at this point is not yet an agreement, but simply a framework for teachers, students and staff to return to the classroom as early as Thursday.The vote could begin as early as Monday night. Twenty-five thousand Chicago Public School teachers are being asked whether the deal struck between their union and the mayor is good enough for them to return to in-person learning.Can schools safely reopen without teachers vaccinated for COVID-19?EMBED More News Videos Dr. Robert Citronberg with Advocate Aurora Health answers your COVID-19 questions. "Our members have to read it," CTU President Jesse Sharkey said. "Discuss and ultimately make a decision as to what is going to happen next."If approved, students, teachers and staff will have a staggered return to their physical classrooms.Pre-K and Cluster students will return February 11,...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia will assist the city’s health department in a COVID-19 school vaccination program. Mayor Jim Kenney announced the new vaccination program on Monday in an effort to inoculate teachers, principals, and staff members at all schools in Philadelphia. The vaccination effort is expected to begin by the end of February and is expected to expand to include a number of locations, including pop-up clinics located in school buildings throughout the city. RELATED: Phillies Depart From Citizens Bank Park For Spring Training In Clearwater, Florida “As we near the one-year anniversary of the pandemic, getting children back into classrooms throughout the city is vitally important to their future,” Kenney said. “So I am absolutely thrilled to see Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia stepping up in a major way for our children. While I fully support Dr. Hite’s plan to have students back in classrooms the week...
    NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's public middle school buildings will open this month after being closed since COVID-19 cases began to surge in November, officials announced Monday. The 62,000 students in grades 6 through 8 whose families have chosen in-person learning will be back in their classrooms on Feb. 25, a city Department of Education spokesperson said. The timing of the return to classrooms will allow officials to prioritize COVID-19 vaccine appointments for affected school staff members during the midwinter school vacation from Feb. 15 to Feb. 19, the spokesperson said. Families in New York City's massive public school system were given the choice of all-remote learning or a hybrid system with students in their classrooms part time when when the school year started in September, but rising COVID-19 cases prompted Mayor Bill de Blasio to close all school buildings on Nov. 19. Some elementary school students returned...
    Public schools in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, will incrementally welcome students back to school buildings on a hybrid learning model from early to mid-March. Anne Arundel County Public Schools said Tuesday that elementary school students whose parents previously opted in to a hybrid learning model would return to classrooms for two days per week starting March 1. Grades six, nine and 12 will have their first day back on March 8; students in grades seven, eight, 10 and 11 will follow on March 22. According to Deputy Superintendent Maureen McMahon, 39% of elementary students, 36% of middle school students and 34% of high school students chose to participate in the voluntary return to school buildings. The remainder will continue with all-virtual learning. Students whose parents or guardians opted-in for hybrid learning will spend two consecutive days per week in the classroom and the rest learning from home. Teachers will conduct...
    Students in Prince William County, Virginia’s second-largest school district, are on-track to return students to in-person learning in all grades, by March 3. Unlike most Northern Virginia counties that implemented 100% distance learning after a December 2020 jump in positive coronavirus cases, Prince William County began a phased return to school plan in November. In a Wednesday meeting of the Prince William County School Board, Chairman Dr. Babur Lateef,  Superintendent Steve Walts and other staff members provided updates on coronavirus cases and vaccinations, ahead of the board’s planned Feb. 17 vote on whether to move forward with plans that would enable students in all grades to be back in school two days per week, on March 3. As the number of positive coronavirus cases in the community continues to drop, the number of in-person students being treated as positive is 91, while the number of distance-learners being treated as positive...
    San Francisco plans to sue its own school district over its unclear reopening plan in an effort to force the district to return students to the classroom, numerous sources reported. City Attorney Dennis Herrera plans to sue the San Francisco Board of Education and San Francisco Unified School District for violating a state law requiring districts to establish a clear plan during the pandemic that details actions they will take to move toward “classroom-based instruction whenever possible,” the San Francisco Chronicle reported. ✏️SCOOP!✏️ It’s San Francisco vs. San Francisco. City Attorney @dennisherrera today will sue the San Francisco Unified School District and the Board of Education for failing to craft a plan to reopen its schools. “So far, they have earned an F,” he says.https://t.co/BoI95mR8eL — Heather Knight (@hknightsf) February 3, 2021 Herrera says the district’s plan has been full of “ambiguous, empty rhetoric.” Although the law compels the...
    “There’s a little bit of fear and apprehension coming back in a very different way,” said Noel Emilius, an English teacher at Columbia Heights Education Campus who has been vaccinated against COVID-19. “For me personally, I volunteered, I’m very excited.” WTOP/Melissa Howell A staffer clad in personal protective gear greets students returning to Columbia Heights Education Campus in Northwest D.C. Temperatures are being taken when kids arrive, before they go to their classrooms. WTOP/Melissa Howell Schools Chancellor Lewis Ferebee looks out a classroom window before the school opens Tuesday, during a tour of the school’s safety protocols. WTOP/Melissa Howell (1/3) Share This Gallery: Share on Facebook. Share on Twitter. Share via email. Print. Tuesday marked D.C. Public Schools’ most significant return to in-person learning since the COVID-19 pandemic first disrupted learning nearly a year ago, with about 9,000 of the District’s 52,000 students back...
    A mother from Chicago is threatening to sue the Chicago school union for 'cultivating fear and panic' as teachers appear to headed for strike or lock-out in a dispute as teachers and the union failed to come to an agreement on a novel coronavirus safety plan. On Monday, the Chicago Public Schools told the parents of 67,000 pre-kindergarten, special education, elementary and middle school students, to keep their children at home after it could not reach an agreement with the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU).  Sarah Sachen, a mom of three said she shared the frustration of Mayor Lori Lightfoot over the battle between the two bodies.  Chicago mom, Sarah Sachen, is threatening to sue the Chicago school union for 'cultivating fear and panic' which is preventing teachers returning to the classroom The Chicago Teachers Union represents 28,000 public school educators and has been locked in negotiations with the district for...
    If teachers do not return to classrooms on Monday, Chicago Public Schools officials said they will be labeled as "absent without leave" and cannot resume remote learning until returning to in-person classrooms. The school system's threat follows Mayor Lori Lightfoot's urge for students and teachers to return to the classroom. Lightfoot said the Chicago Teachers Union must comply with the system's return-to-class plan, which called for kindergarten through eighth grade students and teachers to report for class. “All teachers, pre-K through eight and cluster teachers, must report,” Lightfoot said in a press conference. “If you don’t have an approved accommodation, we expect to see you back in class. Those who do not report to work … we will have to take action. Let’s avoid that.” Nearly 77,000 students were expected to return to Chicago classrooms on Monday, though the mayor has since pushed back the opening date for students...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Thousands of students and educators around the Twin Cities will head back into a classroom Monday morning. For many, it will be for the first time in months. St. Paul Public Schools will be bringing back its youngest students, prekindergarten through 2nd-graders. The state’s largest school district, Anoka-Hennepin, will be welcoming back 3rd to 5th graders. Their youngest students returned to the classroom two weeks ago. Minneapolis educators will head back to the classroom to prep for students’ return next week. While Gov. Tim Walz has called for younger students to return to in-person learning with safety measures in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19, not everyone is on board. Some educators say they wish staff were vaccinated before being required to return to the classroom. Parents can still opt to have their children remain in full-time distance learning. Additionally, a Hennepin...
    Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson predicted a third of students enrolled in Chicago Public Schools will return to in-person learning on Monday. Jackson, who has been entangled in negotiations between the city's school district and the Chicago Teachers' Union, said during CBS's Face the Nation on Sunday that 77,000 students are eligible for in-person learning this week. "Right now, we're anticipating 77,000 students, which is roughly a third of the students here in CPS, that are eligible for in-person instruction. That's twice the size of the second-largest school district here in Illinois. And so reopening Chicago public schools is extremely important," Jackson said. Chicago students are on the brink of facing a potential strike by their teachers over a disagreement between the union and the district about in-person learning amid the coronavirus pandemic, prompting anxieties among Chicago parents. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said the city intends to proceed...
    Chicago students are facing a potential strike by their teachers after Mayor Lori Lightfoot said the nation’s third-largest district will proceed with the reopening of elementary and middle schools. Negotiations between Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Teachers Union soured on Friday after the two sides could not come to an agreement about in-person learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. Students have worked online for nearly a year, prompting frustration among parents and hope that Chicago Public Schools would follow through with its reopening plan for Monday. “Another day has passed, and the CTU has not agreed to anything,” Lightfoot said at a news conference, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. “The CTU leadership has failed and left us with a big bag of nothing.” Despite Lightfoot’s demand that elementary and middle schools must reopen on Monday, the Chicago Teachers Union vowed not to have its members return to...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- There is still no deal between Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Teachers Union as of Friday night as the district tries to reopen in-person learning for some kindergarten through 8th grade students on Monday.Mayor Lori Lightfoot said that while the district and union leadership agree on some items of contention in principle, but that union leadership has refused to put those agreements in writing and instead has added more items to the negotiating table that are not related to the public safety issues related to reopening some classrooms during the COVID-19 pandemic.The mayor said that CPS is still planning to open in-person learning for the students who signed up for it on Monday, and that she expects CPS teachers to show up to their classrooms to each those students.Lightfoot said she and the city remain at the negotiating table and will stay at the table through...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- There is still no deal between Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Teachers Union as of Friday night as the district tries to reopen in-person learning for some kindergarten through 8th grade students on Monday.Both sides will head back into mediation again Friday. The CTU said while there has been some progress in talks, several issues are holding up an agreement.Among them, the CTU said CPS has rejected adopting Centers for Disease Control and Prevention health metrics to determine if schools can reopen safely. They also want a phased reopening of schools as teachers get vaccinated and weekly rapid testing of teachers and students and accommodations for teachers with health issues and those that are caring for a loved one with health issues.RELATED: In-person learning during COVID pandemic is possible with the right precautions, CDC researchers sayIf no deal is reached Friday, they plan to work on...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Chicago Public Schools students will be learning by remote again Friday as CPS and the Chicago Teachers Union continue to negotiate over returning to in-person learning.Both sides will head back into mediation again Friday. The CTU said while there has been some progress in talks, several issues are holding up an agreement.Among them, the CTU said CPS has rejected adopting CDC health metrics to determine if schools can re-open safely. They also want a phased re-opening of schools as teachers get vaccinated and weekly rapid testing of teachers and students.RELATED: In-person learning during COVID pandemic is possible with the right precautions, CDC researchers sayMayor Lori Lightfoot weighed in on Chicago Tonight."In the last week alone, we've given them two different comprehensive plans. One plan, which we updated, and we've given them, I think that covers every single issue," Mayor Lightfoot said. "So we're serious and we're going...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- CPS parents expressed frustration and uncertainty as the Chicago Public School district and the Chicago Teachers Union battle over whether students and teacher should be back in the classrooms.Learning at home is a struggle for students like Joe Myers, 18. He is a CPS student with autism, and his mother said returning to school two and a half weeks ago was the best thing for him."That's where his friends are, that's where he gets his social support, his emotional support, his interaction, it's everything for him," said Kate Myers, CPS parent.Kate said she would never send Joe back if it was not safe for him or his teachers, but CPS is keeping all cluster and pre-K kids home as the district and CTU continue to bargain over a safe return."We don't know who is running the Chicago Public School system. Is it the mayor or is it...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Thousands of CPS families are waiting for word on whether their kids will have remote learning Thursday. Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Teachers Union negotiated again Wednesday about a safe return to the classroom. CBS 2 Political Investigator Dana Kozlov reports on what Mayor Lori Lightfoot had to say about what students are supposed to do Thursday. The answer is unclear but here’s why. A union spokesperson said if a safety agreement about a return to classrooms isn’t reached Wednesday, they will tell all teachers to stay remote Thursday. That includes pre-K and cluster teachers, who’ve been back in the classrooms since the beginning of the month.  And K-8 teachers who otherwise would be going back.  CBS 2 asked that question, about whether teachers would be locked out of their google classrooms twice and Mayor Lightfoot didn’t answer. “I don’t think we should be talking about...
    President Biden acknowledged the concerns of the Chicago Teachers Union in its fight against the Windy City’s plan to restart in-person learning. “The teachers, I know they want to work,” Biden said on Monday when he was asked about the CTU by a reporter, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. “They just want to work in a safe environment, and as safe as we can rationally make it, and we can do that.” The union recently voted to remain working from home due to concerns over the coronavirus, which defies the Chicago Public Schools’ reopening plans. “We should make school classrooms safe and secure for the students, for the teachers, and for the help that is in those schools maintaining those facilities," the president added. "We should be able to open up every, every school, kindergarten through eighth grade, if in fact we administer these tests, and we’ll have...
    FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – An arbitrator has sided with Broward County Public Schools in a fight with the teachers union over returning teachers to classrooms. Arbitrator Roger Abrams ruled that the school district may require teachers to return to their classrooms to meet the operational needs of schools. “The men and women of the Broward School District – both teachers and administrators – are an impressive group… and if the parties act in good faith – as partners in this important project – they will get through this period of time and secure the best interests of the students, the teachers and the people of Broward,” according to the ruling. Broward schools Superintendent Robert Runcie said the decision is a win for the students. “We recognize the health concerns of our teachers and will continue to balance their needs with the needs of students who are struggling and must be...
    Christy Hudson, a Fairfax County, Va. mother of three, told "America’s Newsroom" on Monday that the county’s postponement of in-person learning amid the coronavirus pandemic is "heartbreaking" and "devastating." "We are watching our kids suffer tremendous academic regressions as well as social, emotional and behavioral problems," Hudson said, acknowledging that her two children who are in the public school system and who have not returned to the classroom in more than ten months are "struggling." Her daughter attends private school and has been able to learn in the classroom, she explained. A Washington Examiner editorial published last week titled, "The vaccine has exposed teachers unions' true priorities," argued that Fairfax County is "dragging its feet, even though its vaccination process is in full swing and even though students in the area have had to put up with distance learning since the pandemic broke out in March of last year."...
    MONTCLAIR, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Students in Montclair, New Jersey were supposed to head back into their classrooms Monday for the first time since March. But it didn’t happen, despite the plan announced by the superintendent. Dozens of parents and students gathered outside The Edgemont School to protest and demand the district reopen schools, CBS’s Meg Baker reported. “Today is the 318th day that our children have not been in school. I’m advocating for our children who are desperate to go back to school,” said Deirdre Carlough. MORE: Schools: The New Normal | Montclair, N.J. Has Plan To Resume In-Person Learning, But Teachers Are Wary Many parents say virtual learning for nearly 10 months is taking a toll on their children. “He can’t get the lesson. He doesn’t see his friends, he doesn’t get help he needs when he has a question. It’s just not working,” said Kristin Kenne. But the...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced an additional $20.7 million in education relief funding to help get students back into classrooms amid the coronavirus pandemic. The grants would help k-12 schools, community colleges, independent colleges and schools for the deaf and blind. “In addition to proposing a budget that funds education across the board at record levels, we are working to get federal COVID-19 relief funding out to schools and colleges as quickly as possible,” said Hogan said. “We are prioritizing this relief funding where it can do the most good for the most students.” This is in addition to the $7.5 million for k-12 schools Hogan announced last week as a part of the proposed fiscal year 2022 budget. The funding is through the the federal COVID-19 relief bill. Here’s a breakdown of the funding, according to the press release: Competitive Innovation Grants: $10 million Competitive...
    Thousands of Chicago’s educators are refusing to head back into schools Monday as originally planned, following a weekend vote from its teachers union to defy a district order asking them to return to the classroom in preparation for resuming in-person learning.  Chicago Public Schools, which is the nation's third-largest district, wanted roughly 10,000 kindergarten through eighth-grade teachers and other staffers to return to school this morning to get ready to welcome back roughly 70,000 students for part-time in-school classes starting Feb. 1. But now, following the vote, the district has pushed back the expected return date for their staff to Wednesday in hopes of securing an agreement with the Chicago Teachers Union over their concerns about the spread of the coronavirus.  "The scheduled return date for students in grades K-8 remains Monday, Feb. 1, and it is our goal to reach an agreement with CTU as soon as possible to ensure tens of thousands of additional students have the opportunity safely return to our classrooms," Chicago Public Schools said Sunday in a message to families.   Pre-kindergarten students listen...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pittsburgh Public Schools leaders are set to host a public hearing where talks about students returning to in-person learning are expected to occur ahead of Wednesday’s vote. Parents and students in the district will have the opportunity to express their thoughts and concerns to the school board tonight. The concern here is whether or not to send kids back to school for in person learning before or after spring break. A resolution was presented during last week’s agenda review meeting and would postpone students’ return to the classroom until after April 6. Related story: Pittsburgh Public Schools Board Considers Pushing Back In-Person Learning To April There are a few reasons why these talks happened. The school board says COVID-19 cases in Allegheny County remain high. Plus, some teachers, bus drivers, and staff are concerned about coming back to the classroom before they get the...
    Some parents in Arlington County, Virginia, say it’s past time to bring students back to classrooms, while others say it’s too risky. It has been more than 300 days since schools went virtual, and the group Arlington Parents for Education said it’s time to get children back in classrooms. It held a rally Saturday calling for schools to resume in-person learning as soon as possible. “We’re facing a public health crisis that’s not about COVID,” said Deanna Caputo, a member of Arlington Parents for Education, parent of two elementary school students and behavioral psychologist. She said the dangers of mental health issues outweigh the harm of health issues from COVID-19. “Kids need connection, in person, regular daily social connection in order to grow emotionally, to understand what their feelings mean and to know how to react to situations,” Caputo said. “The constant extension of virtual learning is leaving kids that...
    Chicago Teachers Union members voted to defy Chicago Public Schools’ reopening plans, refusing to return to classrooms until teachers are vaccinated, numerous sources reported. The school district, which is the nation’s third largest, was planning to welcome back roughly 70,000 students for part-time, in-person instruction on Feb. 1. However, the union opposed the plan, calling on its members to continue teaching from home despite the district’s reopening plan, the Associated Press reported. Breaking: Chicago Teachers Union members vote to defy Chicago Public Schools’ reopening plans and continue working from home tomorrow because of health and safety concerns, a source says. About 86% of CTU members voted, and 71% of those members approved the collective action — Nader Issa (@NaderDIssa) January 24, 2021 Roughly 10,000 K-8 teachers and other staffers would have returned to classrooms Monday to prepare for the school’s reopening for students, after nearly a year of online...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Teachers and parents in Minneapolis say they’re concerned about the health risks of returning students to the in-person learning as COVID-19 continues to spread and the vaccination rollout has been slower than expected. The Minneapolis Federation of Teachers and Education Support Professionals held a virtual news conference Thursday morning concerning the planned return of students to classrooms next month. Union members say the district’s plan for returning students is both unsafe and unworkable for many educators and families. “They need to include all of us in this process and move forward carefully, because this is literally a life and death situation,” said Briana Mercury, an ICU nurse and a mother of a student in the district, during the news conference. “We have so many people suffering so much right now, so why would Minneapolis Public Schools decide to make it worse?” RELATED: As Minneapolis, St....
    State leaders around the U.S. are increasingly pushing for schools to reopen this winter — pressuring them, even — as teachers begin to gain access to the vaccine against the raging pandemic. Ohio’s governor offered to give vaccinations to teachers at the start of February, provided their school districts agree to resume at least some in-person instruction by March 1. In Arizona, where teachers began receiving shots this week, the governor warned schools that he expects students back in the classroom despite objections from top education officials and the highest COVID-19 diagnosis rate in the nation over the past week. “We will not be funding empty seats or allowing schools to remain in a perpetual state of closure,” said Republican Gov. Doug Ducey. “Children still need to learn, even in a pandemic.” Leaders of Arizona’s major hospitals disagreed with the governor’s position, noting at a news conference Wednesday that the...
    BELMONT CRAGIN — Chicago Public Schools teachers attempting to sign in to their virtual classrooms were blocked from doing so Tuesday after the district locked out teachers who refused to return to the classroom because of coronavirus. In response, a group of Chicago Teachers Union educators and their supporters brought their frustrations to the Belmont Cragin doorstep of Board of Education President Miguel Del Valle. At 7 a.m. Wednesday, bundled up teachers brought tables, hand warmers, laptops and wifi hotspots to Del Valle’s block and began their work for the day. Brentano Elementary school teacher Kirstin Roberts turned to Facebook Live to interact with her students after the district disabled access to her Google classroom. She said she doesn’t feel safe to return to school to teach in person as coronavirus continues to spread. After CPS locked teachers out of their virtual classrooms for not returning to...
    New York : Face-to-face education in California appears to have no near future. Photo: Edwin Martínez / Impremedia A possible new requirement for elementary students in Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) public schools to return to the classroom, the school superintendent announced Monday Austin Buetner. When vaccines are available to children, all students must be immunized before returning to classrooms of classes. According to the LAUSD superintendent, this would be the best way to ensure that schools are a safe environment for children and teachers. However, FDA-approved vaccines, both Moderna and Pfizer, so far they are being administered only in adults since the tests during its development were largely with people over 18 years of age and not with children, which would leave minors basically last on the priority list to receive the immunization. But according to Buetner, county schools are ready to resume...
    Last Monday, more than 30 million basic education students returned to classes under a mixed format, that is, face-to-face and virtual, this as announced by the head of the SEP, Esteban Moctezuma Baragán. In the case of the places where they returned to classes in a prsencial way, it was said that the teachers have a guide that dictates the protocols that they must follow, this for the entities that are in yellow and green epidemiological traffic lights. This they will ask to return to face-to-face classes. Photo: Reforma One of the requirements that will be requested of those who attend the Community Learning Centers is a responsive letter. The head of the SEP pointed out that so far there are two states that have a green traffic light: Campeche and Chiapas; but even being in yellow, you can open the learning centers and continue with the classes...
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