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    Massachusetts state officials announced that the state is aiming to return all elementary school students to classrooms for five days a week and “eliminate remote learning” in April, numerous sources reported. Jeffrey Riley, the commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), said Tuesday that he plans to ask for the authority to remove remote and hybrid learning in order to return students back to school full-time, CBSN Boston reported. The MA Education Commissioner is going to ask the state education board for authorization to get all elementary school kids back in class, in person, in April. Middle school and high school students would be next steps. — Jonathan Hall (@JHall7news) February 23, 2021 “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 in...
    Massachusetts is aiming to have elementary school students back to on-campus learning five days a week by April. Jeffrey Riley, commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, announced the new goal Tuesday during a Department of Education meeting, CBS Boston reports. Riley said he plans to request that the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education remove the remote and hybrid schooling options offered since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, citing decreasing COVID-19 cases and the availability of pool testing for school districts, among other factors.  "At some point, as health metrics continue to improve, we will need to take remote and hybrid learning models off the table," Riley said, according to WCVB. He added, "This authority would be part of a broader plan to return more students to in-person learning this spring, assuming our state's health metrics continue to improve." Under the state's plan outlined by Riley, parents...
    All public Massachusetts elementary school students may be back in class this April. On Tuesday, Feb. 23, the Massachusetts Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Jeffrey Riley made the announcement during a morning meeting. In a week or two, Riley said he will seek to obtain the authority to remove remote and hybrid learning as options for Massachusetts public school districts, WesternMass News reported. Riley cited ongoing vaccinations and declining COVID-19 infections as reasons for having all students resume in-school education. Right now, Massachusetts school districts are making their own decisions, in conjunction with local authorities, about whether to offer an education that is fully-remote, a hybrid of in-class and out-of-class education, or a full in-classroom instruction. The option to have students learn from home was made available in fall 2020 as COVID-19 infections ramped up from September and going through the winter holidays. Riley said he will not push...
    GLENDALE, Calif. (KABC) -- We've seen many people step up to help others during this pandemic. One ambitious service project undertaken by seniors at Saint Francis High School in La Canada Flintridge had them on a mission to get personal protective equipment to 21 local elementary schools in Glendale.Andrew Karamian is spearheading the project focusing on Glendale elementary schools because he lives in the city and went to elementary school there.Plus, there's another big reason: "My mom who is an administrator in the Glendale Unified School District. She went back to work. I noticed that everyone's focus was on bringing the students and the teachers back to school and me and my group decided we are going to shift focus to the office staff," said Karamian.The students started their senior project more than a month ago and they plan to deliver boxes of PPE to all 21 Glendale elementary schools."We...
    GLENDALE (KABC) -- We've seen many people step up to help others during this pandemic. One ambitious service project undertaken by seniors at Saint Francis High School in La Canada had them on a mission to get PPE to 21 local elementary schools in Glendale.Andrew Karamian is spearheading the project focusing on Glendale elementary schools because he lives in the city and went to elementary school there. Plus, there's another big reason."My mom who is an administrator in the Glendale Unified school District. She went back to work. I noticed that everyone's focus was on bringing the students and the teachers back to school and me and my group decided we are going to shift focus to the office staff," said Karamian.The students started their senior project more than a month ago and they plan to deliver upwards of three boxes of PPE's to all 21 Glendale elementary schools."We were...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — As need mounts during the COVID pandemic, San Francisco school officials announced Tuesday they were expanding their free lunch program to all children under 18 living in the city not just to public school students. The lunch distribution will begin on Dec. 3rd and will offer two days’ worth of prepared meals, plus snacks, fresh fruits and vegetables and milk each week at 18 school locations throughout San Francisco. Families can visit any of the locations and provide the child’s first name, last name, and birthdate to receive a grab-and-go card to use to pick up meals. Adults can pick up meals for children without a child present. The school district has been providing free meals for students since school buildings closed in March. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a policy allowing for school districts to provide free meals for all children 18...
    (CNN)In second grade, Santiago Potes walked into Marina Esteva's gifted and talented classroom at Sweetwater Elementary School in Miami, Florida, for the first time. He was an undocumented immigrant from Colombia who entered the country when he was 4 years old. Esteva said she quickly noticed his intelligence and wanted to nurture him toward success.Now, Potes is the first Latino DACA recipient to be awarded a prestigious Rhodes Scholarship. On Saturday, the Rhodes Trust announced that Potes, a 2020 graduate of Columbia University in New York, would be one of the 2021 Rhodes Scholars. Santiago Potes is pictured with elementary school teacher Marina Esteva, who he describes as "one of the biggest blessings that I've had in my life so far."Potes traces all his success back to Esteva, the teacher he saw twice a week from second to fifth grade in elementary school. Read More"She was one of the biggest...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – In a letter to families, the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh Director of Catholic Schools Michelle Peduto announced that all non-essential extracurricular activities at the Catholic elementary schools are suspended. “In accordance with the ACHD advisory to stay at home unless you are going to work, school or another essential activity, please note this immediate change within our Catholic Elementary Schools,” the letter said. The diocese said that all non-essential activities suspended include sporting events, practices, extra-curricular activities, and school events. “It is our hope that efforts under this advisory will mitigate the current infection rate and prevent the issuance of a mandate,” Peduto’s letter read. The diocese added that they are continuing to work with the schools to address the need for short-term implementation of school-wide virtual instruction.
    Four dozen students and staffers in a Westchester school will enter a two-week quarantine after potentially being exposed to COVID-19 last week. Interim New Rochelle Schools Superintendent Alex Marrero alerted the community on Saturday, Oct. 31 that a staff member at Albert Leonard Middle School tested positive for the virus after last being in the building on Tuesday, Oct. 27. On Monday, Nov. 2, Marrero announced that the school has identified 35 students from "Cohort A" and 13 staff members as possibly having been exposed to the individual who tested positive for the virus. Earlier story - COVID-19: New Staff Member At Westchester School Tests Positive, Five Classes Exposed Anyone who may have been exposed will be required to quarantine for 14 days or until they are cleared by the county Department of Health. Marrero noted that four of the teacher's "Cohort A" students were not present last week and are...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Hundreds of voters lined the streets Wednesday as early voting sites expanded to all 50 wards in Chicago.Voters reported standing in line for more than two hours waiting to cast their ballots. Several locations reportedly did not open on time or had voting machine issues that added to the delay.Residents in Ward 6 said the polling site at Deneen Elementary School located at 7257 S State Street, only had two working machines before the system crashed all together, forcing all voters to stand outside.Many residents in line Wednesday morning were seniors, some who choose to stay despite the long wait."The people before me, who stood in line for me to get here, I'm pretty sure they went through much more than I had to do for a few hours," early voter Charles Giles said.Other voters said they felt the city should've been better prepared to deal with...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Early voting sites expanded Wednesday to all 50 wards in Chicago.Two weeks ago, the city's first early voting Super Site opened in the Loop, where hundreds lined the street to cast their ballots.Another voting location open the following week at the Cook County Administration Building located at 69 W. Washington Street.These early voting sites will also have secured drop boxes, where voters can return their completed ballots in their signed and sealed envelopes.Election officials have been pushing mail-in ballots as a secure way to vote during the pandemic. However, officials said they have already seen a large increase in early voting in-person.EMBED More News Videos Hundreds lined up to cast their ballot in the 2020 presidential election as early voting began in Chicago Thursday morning. Many early voting locations have seen long lines, it's advised to plan ahead.To note: It is a very long ballot this year....
    Every elementary school in Minnesota might be able to reopen safely on at least a part-time basis, according to new coronavirus case rates released Thursday by the Department of Health. Under school reopening guidelines released last week, Lincoln, Murray and Pipestone counties had too many new cases per 10,000 residents for school leaders to consider sending anyone back to school. But those case rates since have fallen somewhat. Now, school officials in all three counties should consider bringing elementary school students back at least part of the time, according to state guidelines. The state updates its county-level case data every Thursday, so school leaders will have new information before many districts start the new school year. Some already have decided how the start of school will look. Gov. Tim Walz has said the case data is just one of many factors leaders should consider when deciding which modes of instruction...
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