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    Staffing shortages have forced more school closures around the country in recent days, and the locations of some of those schools should give pause to the flood of hot-takers wanting to blame it on teachers unions and Democratic lawmakers any time a school closes or goes remote. Six elementary schools in Wichita, Kansas, were closing on Tuesday due to coronavirus-related absences. Three of the schools were public, three were private, and two of the private Catholic schools were planning to be closed Wednesday as well. A Wichita high school had to close last Friday. About 10% of students and 8.5% of staff in the district were in quarantine. Wichita isn’t unique in Kansas: Schools in Olathe, Kansas City, Eudora, Desoto, Manhattan-Ogden, Bonner Springs, and El Dorado have also had recent closures because of high COVID-19 rates. In Alabama, one in four students were on remote learning last week, and many schools in the state remained remote in the days following Martin Luther King Day. Elmore County, Alabama, was returning to in-person school on Tuesday, but anticipated school bus delays...
    BOSTON (CBS) – Dozens of Boston Public School students walked out of classes Friday morning demanding a temporary return to online learning, saying schools in the midst of a surge in COVID cases are not safe. At Boston Latin School, students walked out in small groups but had a unified message about the impact of the pandemic on their day to day learning. “We’re already not learning as much. So many [teachers] are out.  We should at least have an option to be online,” said one student. An organizer told the school committee Wednesday night the protest was not directly aimed at the district but at the state and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The teens want any remote learning days to count toward the required 180 days of learning. “In the morning, we have to stay in the dining hall and it’s super crowded every single day,” said student Leila Holland. A handful of students walk out of Boston Latin school asking for a temporary return to remote learning due to rising covid cases.#wbz pic.twitter.com/qqWBK2BUOb — Beth...
    BOSTON (CBS) – Students in Boston are planning to walk out of class Friday morning to protest what they say is a lack of safety precautions and options during the latest COVID surge. The walkout is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. “This protest is not directly aimed at the district but at the state and DESE. We want to be safe and receive our education at the same time. Main concern is we want remote learning to count toward our 180 days of learning,” one of the walkout organizers told the school committee Wednesday night. Some believe that switching to remote learning is the best move to stop the spread of the virus, but Governor Baker and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education have pushed back on pressure recently to ease restrictions on remote learning. The state does not allow remote learning days to count towards the 180 required days of school. “The rules here are pretty simple. We count in-person school as school,” Baker said earlier this month. “Under state law you are required to provide 180 in-person days...
    New York City's new mayor announced on Thursday that he is considering allowing the nation's largest school district to return to some form of virtual instruction - even as COVID cases in the Big Apple start to plateau.  Eric Adams, who took office on New Year's, said on Thursday he is 'working closely with the president of the UFT' to 'find the right way to educate our children in a very safe environment. 'And if we're able to put in place a temporary remote option, we're welcome to do so,' he said, much to the shock of many New York City parents. But, he added, he aims to keep children in school, as he has previously stated. 'I want children in school because it's not only the academics,' Adams said. 'You hear me say it al the time, it is the holistic approach [to] the full development of the personhood of the children. 'All the experts state they should be in school now.'  According to New York City COVID data, there were 33,205 new cases reported throughout the five boroughs...
    BOSTON (CBS) – With Omicron cases remaining at a peak, Governor Baker and the Department of Education are facing pressure to ease the rules for in-person learning. Specifically, the Massachusetts Teachers Association, the state’s biggest teachers’ union, is demanding the Department of Education be more flexible in allowing schools to use remote learning days on an as-needed basis. “The Department needs to be flexible to allow remote learning when a district deems that it is absolutely necessary for a temporary period of time,” explained President Merrie Najimy. READ MORE: Boston Wastewater Suggests Surge Of Omicron Cases May Be Falling OffIn a press conference Tuesday, Governor Baker stayed firm in his decision: remote learning is not an option. The state does not allow remote learning days to count towards the 180 required days of school. 2020-2021 “was a very bad year,” the Governor said. “We should be doing everything we can to be sure that kids get that 180 days of in person learning, because it’s critically important not just to their educational development but their development, period.” READ MORE: Report:...
    Chicago's teachers' union and Mayor Lori Lightfoot have finally reached an agreement on COVID safety to enable children to return to schools after four days of classes were canceled. Students will return to school on Wednesday with classes off for Tuesday so that teachers can 'plan' for the return. The plan will both lead to a return to in-person learning and set conditions by which any individual school would go back to learning remotely that would be determined by staff absences, students in quarantine or a high community transmission of COVID.    Mayor Lori Lightfoot was pleased to return to in-person learning and thank parents for supporting her.    'We can never forget the impact on the lives of our children and their families. They must always be front and center,' Lightfoot said. 'Every decision has to be made with them at the forefront.'  Meanwhile, CTU leaders said Monday night hailed new measures to increase testing for COVID in schools and secured new KN95 masks for staff and students.  However, they were disappointed with the inability to get opt-out testing and some...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Thursday marked the second day of canceled classes for the Chicago Public Schools with the situation in in limbo – after the Chicago Teachers Union voted to move to remote learning and the city said they had no authority to make such a move. The question over what Friday has in store – and next week for that matter – continued to linger late Thursday. READ MORE: MaShawn Plummer, Firefighter Who Died Of Injuries In Belmont Central Fire, Laid To RestAs CBS 2’s Chris Tye reported, 10 percent of teachers showed up to school on Wednesday. On Thursday, that figure rose to 12 percent. That is not enough for the district to make any meaningful strides in getting kids back to class on Friday. Meanwhile, the Chicago Public Schools has filed an injunction with the Illinois Labor Relations Board against the CTU. The injunction said in part that “CTU illegally directed its members… not to report to work as directed but to work remotely instead.” It said the union has “breached the collective bargaining agreement.” The Board...
    JAMAICA PLAIN (CBS) – Students at the Curley School in Jamaica Plain will return to in-person learning on Monday following a COVID outbreak that kept them at home for 10 days. The school was closed on Nov. 9 after 46 students tested positive over about two weeks. Students participated in remote learning while the school was closed. Because the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education did not approve all 10 days for credit toward learning time, students will have to make up some of the days at the end of the school year. Education Commissioner Jeffrey Riley had requested the school reopen on Wednesday, Nov. 17.
    BOSTON (CBS) – The state Department of Education has approved part of a Boston school’s request for remote learning days to count towards the school year requirement. Earlier this week, the Curley School in Jamaica Plain was closed for ten academic days after 46 people tested positive for COVID-19 in 21 different classrooms. The school department had to ask the state for a waiver in order to let the at-home learning count towards the 180 required days of the school year. But on Friday, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education announced it would only approve four out of the seven days requested. That means students will have to make up three of the days at the end of the school year. Commissioner Jeff Riley said the department was in the process of working with the school to mitigate the outbreak when the school department decided to shut down. In a letter to the mayor, superintendent and Boston School Committee, Riley wrote “It appears in the case of the Curley, a decision to close took place without appropriate consultation with...
    Loudoun County Public Schools in Virginia said Tuesday that the “ongoing shortage of classroom and transportation substitutes” has prompted the system to shift two school days to virtual learning. “In preparation for anticipated substitute coverage shortages during that week (Nov. 1 to 5), the two instructional school days on November 3 and 5 will now be asynchronous learning days,” Superintendent Scott Ziegler said in a letter. “Students will accomplish assigned school work remotely, on their own schedules.” He said teachers will use the days for planning and work. Meals will be available for pick up at schools both Nov. 3 and Nov. 5. Here’s the updated schedule, starting Oct. 28: Thursday, Oct. 28 — Regular school day as scheduled Friday, Oct. 29 — STUDENT HOLIDAY (Countywide Staff Development) Monday, Nov. 1 — STUDENT HOLIDAY (Planning/Records/Conference Days) Tuesday, Nov. 2 — STUDENT/STAFF HOLIDAY Wednesday, Nov. 3 — Teacher Planning Day / Student Asynchronous Learning Day Thursday, Nov. 4 — STUDENT/STAFF HOLIDAY Friday, Nov. 5 — Teacher Planning Day / Student Asynchronous Learning Day...
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS) – Aurora Public School Superintendent Rico Munn announced the district will not require remote learning on snow days. On the APS website, Munn addressed the district’s community. He said Aurora schools took into consideration more than 22,000 responses to a snow day survey along with potential instructional benefit for students. Level of stress for staff and families for remote learning and possibly extending the school year was also taken into account. READ MORE: Theresa Rino, Mother Of Murder Suspect Scott Smith, Also Arrested In Connection With Kanokwan Smith's Death (credit: CBS) READ MORE: Parks And Wildlife Team Hikes Pikes Peak To Stock Unique Cutthroat Trout In Fishless StreamAfter consideration, APS decided snow days will be kept as school closures. Families who wish to continue learning at home during snow days can take advantage of remote learning resources available on the district’s website. MORE NEWS: RTD Plans Maintenance On A Line, Train Passengers Should Expect Delays To DIAYou can read the full decision from the superintendent here: https://aurorak12.org/2021/09/30/remote-learning-not-required-snow-days/
    New York (CNN)Students in New York City's public schools -- the nation's largest school district -- are being welcomed back to the classroom Monday for full-time, in-person learning, joining school districts across the country confronting a new academic year amid Covid-19."We've been working for 18 months to get ready for this day," New York City Schools Chancellor Meisha Porter told CNN in an interview Friday.From the bus stop to after-school activities, heres how kids can help stay safe during this Delta variant surgeNew York schools first went remote in March 2020 as the novel coronavirus started spreading throughout the United States. They reopened for some in-person learning last year, but many students continued with a virtual option, even before in-person instruction was interrupted with school closures and reopenings as circumstances changed. This time, there won't be a remote option for the district's approximately 1 million students.Kevin Jacobs, a US history teacher and soccer coach at a Manhattan high school, told CNN he's "really excited to see students again," saying there are more advantages to having them in the classroom instead...
    BOSTON (CBS) — As kids return to school, many parents may be wondering what happens to their child’s learning experience in the case they have to quarantine due to COVID exposure. According to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), there is a chance for students to learn remotely if the school is set up to do it. DESE says students can join their class remotely if their classroom is set up to handle that. “If schools have the ability to allow students to join their schedule remotely, then they may do so,” the DESE said. “Consistent with DESE’s guidance on student attendance, quarantining students who participate in at least half of the school day activities can be marked present.” However, if a school does not have a remote learning option, the school has to handle the quarantine like any other absence, and they have to work on a way to get the assignments out to the kids. DESE also sent guidance Wednesday for schools to adopt a Test and Stay program, which can minimize the amount of time...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- CPS students return from the long holiday weekend Tuesday, and there are special instructions for unvaccinated students who traveled out of the state.Unvaccinated students who traveled to a state on Chicago's travel advisory list, which is every state except for Vermont, should not return to class just yet.Instead, they must quarantine for seven days if they test negative for COVID, or 10 days if they don't get a test.SEE MORE: CPS: Unvaccinated students who travel out of state over Labor Day must quarantineIt's not clear how this will all be enforced, but it could leave kids learning remotely for at least a week at home.CPD said those absences will be marked as excused.And starting on their second day of quarantine, impacted students will get access to take-home schoolwork.RELATED: Chicago Travel Advisory updated with all states except Vermont on listCPS has reported at least 39 students testing positive so far in the first week of school.The district is also testing 25% of its staff each week, and all staff will be offered a test at least once a...
    LITTLETON, Colo. (CBS4) – Sixth graders at Newton Middle School in Littleton will be quarantined for the next 10 days due to a COVID-19 outbreak. That means the classes will transition to remote learning for the same timeframe. (credit: Getty Images) Tri-County Health determined the COVID-19 outbreak at Newtown Middle School on Thursday. Parents are being asked to closely monitor their children for symptoms and have them quarantine through Sept. 3. The quarantine only applies to 6th grade. Grades 7 and 8 at Newton Middle School continue in-person instruction.
    The Los Angeles Unified School District, the second largest school district in the country, plans to fully reopen for in-person learning in the fall.Superintendent Austin Beutner made the announcement during a briefing Monday morning in which he outlined what the upcoming school year will look like."While we are looking forward to welcoming all students back to schools in August, for students who are unable or choose not to participate at schools for in-person instruction, an online option must remain in place for the next school year," he said.When students return, they will be on campus five days a week. Middle school and high school students will change classrooms for each class period, which hasn't been done in L.A. since March 2020.DEVELOPING: We will add more details to this report as they become available.
    (CNN)The joy of snow days is no more for New York City public school students.Instead of building snowmen and finding little hills to sled down, students in grades K-12 will be expected to log onto their digital devices for classes -- a change attributed to the success of remote learning during the coronavirus pandemic.The New York City public school system, the largest school district in the country, announced the change in its 2021-2022 School Year Calendar."On 'Snow days' or days when school buildings are closed due to an emergency, all students and families should plan on participating in remote learning," the New York City Department of Education said on its website.Prepare your kids mentally for the transition back to schoolMany New York City schools successfully transitioned from in-person classes to remote learning during the coronavirus pandemic, showing that students could continue their education removed from classrooms if needed, said Danielle Filson, NYCDOE spokeswoman.Read More"In order to meet the New York State mandate of 180 in session school days, rather than cut into spring break, religious observances, or the already short...
    New York City students will no longer get to enjoy snow days after officials said schools will shift to remote learning when winter weather strikes.   From September, students will be expected to login in for class from home if snow and ice forces schools to close.  Remote learning is being carried over into the 2021-2022 academic calendar after it was rolled out successfully during the pandemic, but the decision has received a frosty reaction online.    Covid ends snow days! New York City students will no longer get to enjoy snow days after officials said schools will shift to remote learning when winter weather strikes 'What about kids who cant access internet at home, or have a laptop at home... it's a snow day... y'all want them to walk somewhere??', one person tweeted.    Several teachers pointed out how hard it is to plan an online lesson without much notice - exactly the scenario they would be in if a remote learning day was suddenly announced because of snow.  'If I'm the teacher and it's a snow day and they'd still...
    New York City students will not get "snow days" off during the next academic year. Instead of canceling instruction, schools will continue classes via remote learning methods, the city's Department of Education said in an announcement accompanying the calendar showing other changes for the 2021-2022 academic year. "On 'Snow days' or days when school buildings are closed due to an emergency, all students and families should plan on participating in remote learning," the department said on its website. ????The 2021-2022 School Calendar is out!⁰Some big dates:⁰????First Day of School: Sept 13, 2021⁰????Last Day of School: Jun 27, 2022⁰????Winter Recess: Dec 24-31, 2021⁰????Midwinter Recess: Feb 21-25, 2022⁰????Spring Recess: Apr 15-22, 2022⁰More: https://t.co/xKxC3fwldy— NYC Public Schools (@NYCSchools) May 4, 2021 NYC SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR CALLS FOR END TO ELITE HIGH SCHOOL EXAM AFTER ASIANS DOMINATE TEST SCORES “The DOE will shift all students to remote instruction in lieu of cancelling schools due to severe weather conditions,” the department said in a statement to CNN, adding that the pandemic "created the ability to switch seamlessly to remote learning, and...
    The New York City Department of Education (DOE) is nixing “snow days” in public schools going forward, instead opting for remote learning on days when school buildings are closed because of bad weather. The department announced the change in its 2021-2022 school calendar, which was released on Tuesday. The 2021-2022 School Calendar is out!⁰Some big dates:⁰First Day of School: Sept 13, 2021⁰Last Day of School: Jun 27, 2022⁰Winter Recess: Dec 24-31, 2021⁰Midwinter Recess: Feb 21-25, 2022⁰Spring Recess: Apr 15-22, 2022⁰More: https://t.co/xKxC3fwldy— NYC Public Schools (@NYCSchools) May 4, 2021 “The DOE will shift all students to remote instruction in lieu of cancelling schools due to severe weather conditions,” it wrote in a statement provided to CNN. Additionally, New York public schools will not have Election Day off this fall. Instead, students are expected to log on for “fully remote, asynchronous” instruction on Nov. 2. “The pandemic has also created the ability to switch seamlessly to remote learning, and DOE central and schools have distributed hundreds of thousands of devices to ensure that learning can continue remotely during school closures,” the department said, according...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- New York City Schools released their school calendar for the next school year and there are some pandemic practices from this past year.The most notable change is that there will be no more snow days. "The DOE will shift all students to remote instruction in lieu of canceling schools due to severe weather conditions," the Department of Education said.Another big change, Election Day will be a remote learning day for students as well.The 2021-22 school year will begin on September 13 and, per State law, includes 180 days in session, inclusive of four staff development days during which students will not be in attendance."Over the years, the DOE introduced additional holiday observances as part of the school calendar, and has contractual obligations which limit the number of possible school days. The pandemic has also created the ability to switch seamlessly to remote learning, and DOE central and schools have distributed hundreds of thousands of devices to ensure that learning can continue remotely during school closures. To ensure we are meeting the required 180 days in session...
    A middle school in Northampton County will move to remote instruction for Tuesday and Wednesday after seven positive COVID-19 cases were reported in a rolling 14-day period, school officials said. Easton Area Middle School students will participate in fully remote learning April 27 and 28 and will return for in-person learning on April 29, Superintendent, David F. Piperato said in a statement. “Closing the building for Tuesday and Wednesday will provide us the necessary time for thorough cleaning and contact tracing,” Piperato said. Hybrid B and Hybrid C in-person learning will resume Thursday. Parents and students can visit the district's COVID-19 information page for relevant updates about case numbers and more.
    A middle school in Delaware County will move to remote instruction for the remainder of the week after 18 positive cases were reported in less than two weeks, school officials announced Tuesday. Garnet Valley Middle School will pivot to virtual learning starting April 27 to April 30 and will return for in-person learning on May 3, Superintendent, Dr. Marc Bertrand wrote in a statement. Although the new cases span three grade levels, Bertrand noted they were not caused by linked transmission in school.  Parents and students can visit the district's COVID-19 Data Chart for information that is updated daily and reflects the number of cases in each school. "As always, we implore the school community to maintain health precautions even as more and more individuals get vaccinated. Without a strong community commitment, these types of interruptions in students’ in-person learning could continue," the statement reads.
    Denver Public Schools is opting not to snow on students' parade, closing down all schools on Monday due to severe winter weather despite the prevalence of remote learning during the coronavirus pandemic. The school system made the announcement to families on Sunday after students threatened to revolt at the possibility of canceling snow days. "Monday will be a traditional snow day with no in-person or remote learning," the school system said. "If there is an extended stretch of severe weather this week and we are not able to safely allow students to attend in-person school for multiple days, then we will switch to remote learning starting on Tuesday." OPEN THE SCHOOLS NOW Denver, which is in the midst of a historic winter storm that can result in some parts of Colorado seeing up to 4 feet of snow, modified its snow day policy on Wednesday so that schools would experience a "traditional snow day, with no in-person or remote learning" when facing "severe weather that is limited in duration." The storm, which affects Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska, and South Dakota,...
    By SARAH ELSON of Capital News Service RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia lawmakers insisted there will still be snow days for public school students, though the General Assembly recently passed legislation allowing unscheduled remote learning during inclement weather. “I have heard this bill referred to as ‘the killer of snow day dreams,’” said Alan Seibert, superintendent of Salem City Schools, during a subcommittee meeting. “That’s not the case.” Lawmakers passed two identical bills stating school divisions can opt for virtual learning during severe weather conditions and emergency situations that result in the cancellation of in-person classes. Remote learning or distance education is when the instructor and student are separated by location and do not physically meet. “I would like to emphasize that this is not a bill to eliminate snow days but simply provide some flexibility to school systems,” said Del. Joseph McNamara, R-Roanoke, who introduced House Bill 1790. Sen. David Suetterlein, R-Roanoke, introduced Senate Bill 1132, an identical bill. The bills had strong support in both chambers, though they each moved through the Senate with unanimous support. “As you...
    CHICAGO (CBS)– In-person learning resumes for Kindergarten through 5th grade Chicago Public Schools students. Students will have their temperature taken once they arrive at school. They must socially distance and wear masks at all times. READ MORE: Illinois License Plate Fees For Some Trailers Jumped 555% Over A Year Ago, And Issue Still Has Not Been Resolved If a student shows COVID-19 symptoms at school, they will be sent to the school’s supervised care room until a parent can pick them up. Before dropping kids off at school, parents need to complete the daily health screener thats includes questions about symptoms and recent travel. CPS is utilizing a hybrid plan. Students will learn in-person two days a week and remain remote the other three days. READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Warmup Ahead Teachers will be in school five days a week. Parents still have the option for all remote learning. Mayor Lori Lightfoot and CPS CEO Janice Jackson will provide an update later Monday morning. MORE NEWS: Chicago Weather: Colder And Blustery Sunday Night In-person learning for 6th through 8th grade...
    DENVER (CBS4)– Late snow day decisions made by Denver Public Schools aren’t new, but the challenge of suddenly switching from in-person to remote learning is a storm many families can’t weather. DPS students were expected to attend class virtually the morning after Denver received several inches of snow. (credit: CBS) The students in Jessica Erickson’s third-grade class made miniature snowmen to show their classmates on Zoom. Building Frosty behind their computers isn’t how most children envision a snow day, but Erickson did her best to keep them engaged. READ MORE: Play Ball! Colorado Rockies Fans Get Ready To Return To Coors Field “Remote lessons take a good hour, hour-and-a-half, of planning. My teammates and I were all up early this morning,” said Erickson. “We tried our best to keep things fun because it’s still a snow day.” DPS made the announcement to continue classes remotely late Wednesday night. The majority of Erickson’s class logged on to attend virtually. For families who need to arrange supervision for children, the later start made the sudden switch from in-person learning to remote possible....
    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 would be able to opt for continued remote learning until the end of the school year. The changes are contingent on Massachusetts' COVID-19 cases remaining at safe levels, CBS notes.    Tags Massachusetts Education...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — The Chicago Public Schools will be back in session for in-person instruction for pre-kindergarten and special education cluster classrooms Wednesday. Schools were closed and all students were in remote learning on Tuesday in the wake of a snowstorm that socked the Chicago area. RELATED: Many Cars Still Trapped As Chicago Side Streets Still Not Cleared Of Snow CPS said building engineers and facilities teams have been working to clear sidewalks and parking lots and ensure schools are warm and safe. Bus transportation will run as usual, and all child learning hubs and Grab-and-Go mean sites will be operational. The decision to close schools Tuesday came comes just five days after the Chicago Teachers Union voted to approve a plan for returning to in-person learning at CPS amid the coronavirus pandemic, and four days after pre-K and special education students returned after being sent home for remote learning for several days due to an impasse between CPS and the union. RELATED: How Long Could COVID-19 Vaccine Delays Last In Chicago In Wake Of Snowstorm? All other students remain...
              Delegate Joseph McNamara’s (R-Roanoke) HB 1790 will allow public schools to declare unscheduled remote learning days instead of snow days — but he’s not trying to eradicate snow days. “I want kids to have snow days, and I want them to go out and build snowmen, and throw snow balls and have grilled cheese sandwiches,” he said. “I’ll use Roanoke County as an example. Several years back, they missed about 13 days of school in about a month-and-a-half period. And when you have situations where you have ice in the mountains areas and kids can’t get back into school for days sometimes, it’s not really a snow day. It’s a nasty, ugly day, and so this would give schools another opportunity.” McNamara said the remote learning days could be used for other problems, like a flooded building. “It just gives schools another club in the bag to keep kids learning, to keep our children learning in the most effective manner possible,” McNamara said. Although there is an exemption for emergency declarations currently in...
    SAUGUS (CBS) – Public schools in Saugus will remain closed, which means students like 13-year-old Hannah McGonigle must continue with remote learning. “All I know is that we were supposed to go back to school, and then last night we got an email saying were ware not going back at all. I was devastated.” Hannah said. Saugus’s public schools have been closed since last spring. School officials had hoped to reopen with a hybrid model, but the school committee voted unanimously to put that on pause after listening to Superintendent David DeRuosi talk about the increase in COVID-19 cases. Right now, 95 students and 12 staff have the coronavirus. Saugus students like 13-year-old Hannah McGonigle must continue with remote learning. (WBZ-TV) “Parents are worried about putting kids back to school. They concerned with interactions with other children and families going on in town,” DeRuosi said. Hannah’s mother, Nicole Starrett, said many children like her own are really struggling with remote learning and parents should have the option to send their kids back into the classroom. “She’s struggling and failing most...
    A powerful nor'easter hit the East Coast Wednesday, closing schools in parts of the mid-Atlantic and New England.  But in the age of remote learning, some kids still had class online from home, while others got cherished snow days.  New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio declared snow days a relic this week.  "As a parent, and I was a kid once myself, I have to say, I feel a little sad that this snow day we used to all know may be gone. Because it's really not going to be a day off if we have a snow day," de Blasio said during a news conference Tuesday.  "But if you can't go in person, every student will be expected to log on and participate in remote learning on Thursday." NOR'EASTER BRINGS HEAVY SNOW, HIGH WINDS, DANGEROUS DRIVING TO NORTHEAST Some kids weren't too happy with the mayor.  "I feel awful," an 11-year-old New Yorker told The Gothamist. "Kids don't deserve to have snow days ripped off for crappy remote learning!" "It’s like we're in a boiling pot of water and eventually we're going...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- Mayor Bill de Blasio Tuesday confirmed New York City schools will be open for in-person learning Wednesday ahead of a major winter storm."However, Thursday is a different story," he said.Even if there is a snow day on Thursday, de Blasio said it technically won't be a snow day since students will be able to revert to all-remote and learn from home. He says they will get an updated look at 6 p.m. Wednesday on whether or not to open schools for Thursday.RELATED: SCHOOLS CLOSING PAGE -- LIVE UPDATESEMBED More News Videos NJ Burkett has the latest on the impact from the impending winter storm. "We are about to potentially experience what we have never experienced before in NYC history," de Blasio said Tuesday. "If we did have a snow day, meaning kids couldn't physically go to school, we still have remote learning in place."The mayor advised parents to be ready with an alternative plan for Thursday if the city has to close school buildings."Obviously remote education will be there for all kids," de Blasio said....
    With a rise in the number of COVID-19 cases and lack of staff, the Weston School District is shifting all schools to remote learning effective next week. Superintendent William S. McKersie said that effective Monday, Dec. 14, the entire WPS District will shift to remote learning through Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. The remote mode will be full school days for all students, except for those already designated early release days, said McKersie. Specific school days that are included: Monday, Dec. 14 to Wednesday, Dec. 23, and Monday, Jan. 4 to Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021.  Each principal will be sending detailed information on the daily schedule shortly to parents. The move was made after the district's leadership team determined the impact of COVID-19 has resulted in too many interruptions of daily and weekly routines for students and staff.  "While the district remains healthy and safe for all students and staff, and for all students and staff, and the district transmission of COVID-19 appears to be low, the increasing number of staff and students in quarantine has created inconsistent and disruptive learning environments for all,"...
    A rural school district has quickly switched to remote-learning as the number of COVID-19 cases in the community rises. On Wednesday, Nov. 18, Superintendent Cheryl Clarke said 26 new COVID-19 cases had been reported in Monson since November and this is cause for concern within the school district. Students did not go to in-school classes on Thursday, Nov. 19. A tentative return to in-person classes is slated for Dec. 7. In a community notice on Monson’s town Facebook page, government officials warned of “rough days” ahead. Noting Monson has experienced 109 COVID-19 incidents since January, officials said: “Please mask up, distance, and stay home when possible. We are headed for rough days. Let’s get through this together.”
    BOSTON (CBS) – Snow days, that long tradition of missing a day of school because of a snowstorm, might be in for a change in Massachusetts, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. Every school district in the state is required to have a remote learning plan in place this academic year in the event cases of the virus rise in a community. Now, with snow season about to begin, some districts are asking about the fate of snow days – if it snows does everyone get the day off or does it now become a remote learning day? The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has released this new guidance stating that decision will be up to each local school district: “The Commissioner has determined that for this school year only (2020-2021), if there are days when schools must close because of inclement weather or other emergency, districts may choose whether to treat those days as “snow days” to be made up later or provide all students with remote learning on those days in a manner that is consistent with the...
    JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – Amid uncertainty in the 2020 school year, one of the unknowns was how school districts would handle snow days. That unknown was put to the test during Colorado’s recent snowstorm, and one state district has announced a little more clarity. Jeffco Public Schools has announced they will replace traditional snow days with “district-wide remote days.” The district closed on Monday for the inclement weather. (credit: CBS) “While not perfect in all cases, our experience with remote learning has served as evidence that we can pivot from in-person to remote learning, as we have done over the past weeks for some schools dealing with multiple confirmed cases of COVID-19,” district leadership said in a statement. “We also believe we can now use 100% remote learning as an option at other times such as in emergency and weather-related situations.” The plan will start the day before an anticipated storm. Principals and school administration will be notified by the district to prepare for the remote day. Administration will then communicate to their teachers to plan for remote learning the...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It’s been a month since some New York City students went back to schools, and now parents and some politicians are calling for more transparency. The mayor is being accused of withholding vital information about the students in schools and those who are not. Repeatedly asked for public school attendance numbers, Mayor Bill de Blasio again argued they fluctuate so wildly he needs even more time, continuing to deny New Yorkers the big picture of city schoolchildren who are absent, not learning and slipping through the cracks. Schools: The New Normal Parents Work To Keep Kids Focused While Virtually Learning Cyber Security Concerns Grow As Many Classes Go Online The Rush Is On To Bridge The Digital Divide In Tri-State Area Cities How To Help Children Deal With Anxiety As They Return To School Distance Learning Tools And Links For Parents Teaching At Home Complete Back-To-School Coverage The mayor on Thursday admitted many parents don’t like either choice in his administration’s plan: full-time remote learning, or the blending of remote with some classroom time....
    Some school districts in Illinois that began the year with only remote learning are slowly opening classrooms for in-person learning. Unit 5 in Normal will begin classes on Oct. 19. School officials have alerted parents that students and their siblings will be sent home if they show just one symptom, such as a fever, cough or sore throat. Those children will have to stay home until they produce a negative test or a doctor confirms they are COVID-19 free. Bloomington District 87 schools will allow kindergartners through second-graders later this month, and third through sixth graders in November for two days a week. Barry Reilly, superintendent of schools, said he has heard of mixed results from districts that have opened. “For those that are larger districts, for some it has gone OK, others it has been very challenging just in terms of number of cases and/or the number of self quarantines,” said Reilly. Illinois public health officials say they have verified COVID-19 outbreaks in at least 44 school buildings throughout the state, but won’t say...
    Another school district in the Hudson Valley has been forced to transition to its remote learning contingency plan after a student tested positive for COVID-19 and forced a staffing shortage. Pearl River High School Superintendent Michael Murphy announced that they were notified that a student tested positive for the virus this week, forcing the school to make adjustments to avoid spreading COVID-19. According to Murphy, the high school administration worked with the Rockland County Department of Health to determine who may have been exposed, and those students and staffers will be quarantined for 14 days as a precaution. There have now been two confirmed COVID-19 cases at the high school and one at the Evans Park School in Pearl River. Murphy said that due to the number of students and staff members required to quarantine, the high school will be forced to transition to its remote model beginning on Tuesday, Oct. 13, when students were set to return to class after the Columbus Day holiday. Students will return to the school’s hybrid learning model on Thursday, Oct. 22. “During this...
    BOSTON (CBS) – Parents of Boston Public Schools’ students have whiplash over the back-and-forth plans of their kids’ education as the district navigates the uncharted waters of teaching 54,000 students in a pandemic. As the school year started, they were entirely remote. Then, a hybrid plan began on October 1, allowing the district’s most high-need students back into the buildings two days a week. Now, it’s unclear what’ll be next. “I think there’s a very real concern these kids might not even be in school this year,” Michael Colanti of West Roxbury told WBZ. His 7-year-old daughter Maia is learning remotely as a student at the Patrick Lyndon Elementary School. His four-year-old daughter Mae, who has Down syndrome, is learning in person two days a week at the William W. Henderson Inclusion School in Dorchester. Maia and Mae (WBZ-TV) “It gives her structure and routine, things that unfortunately we’re unable to provide her at home,” Mae’s mother, Cristina, said. Now, there’s a threat of that in-person learning being temporarily ripped away. As Boston’s COVID-19 count reached a 4.1% positive rate,...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – CBS2’s Marcia Kramer has learned PS K811 Connie Lekas School in Brooklyn will move to remote learning for two weeks after five staff members tested positive for COVID-19. The school serves about 340 students in grades 6 through 12 and is located on Haring Street in Sheepshead Bay. Schools: The New Normal Parents Work To Keep Kids Focused While Virtually Learning Cyber Security Concerns Grow As Many Classes Go Online The Rush Is On To Bridge The Digital Divide In Tri-State Area Cities How To Help Children Deal With Anxiety As They Return To School Distance Learning Tools And Links For Parents Teaching At Home Complete Back-To-School Coverage A New York City Dept. of Education spokesperson sent the following statement to Kramer: We won’t hesitate to take quick action for the health and safety of our school communities, and that’s exactly what we did when multiple positive cases amongst staff members were identified at PS K811. [Department of Mental Health and Hygiene] quickly conducted an investigation and out of an abundance of caution, the...
    Massachusetts is strongly encouraging about 15 school districts to put students back in the classroom. School districts in communities where the risk of COVID-19 infection is low should be offering in-class education, the state said. Low-risk districts that started the school year remotely, and do not have a firm date on when in-class education will begin received letters from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education on Friday, Sept. 18. The letters demand an explanation for the school district’s reopening plans within 10 days to justify full, or nearly full, remote learning. Among the communities with remote learning that have been put on notice are: Amesbury Belmont Berkshire Arts Charter School Bourne Boxford East Longmeadow Gardner Gill-Montague Hoosac Valley Regional’ Manchester Essex Regional Mohawk Trail Pittsfield Provincetown Watertown West Springfield. “In light of the stark discrepancy between local public health data and your reopening plan, I am requesting a timeline by which you anticipate providing in-person instruction for the majority of your students,” said the letter from Education Commission Jeffrey Riley. 
    SUDBURY (CBS) —  Sudbury Police have charged the parents and teen who allegedly hosted a large student party that forced Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School to shift from hybrid to remote learning to start the school year. The charges were filed in Framingham District Court and Framingham Juvenile Court, though it is unclear what the individuals are charged with. Police broke up a party at a Sudbury home in town last week just days before the school year was set to begin. As a result, the high school had to begin with remote learning for 14 days. The “crowded indoor and outdoor party” involved alcohol and a “complete lack of safety precautions to protect against the spread of COVID,” according to Bella Wong, the Superintendent of the Lincoln-Sudbury Regional School District and principal of Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School.
    SUDBURY (CBS) – Sudbury Police confirmed they may charge members of a family who hosted a large student party that forced Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School to shift from hybrid to remote learning to start the school year. Police broke up a party at a Sudbury home in town last week just days before the school year was set to begin. As a result, the high school had to begin with remote learning for 14 days. Bella Wong, the Superintendent of the Lincoln-Sudbury Regional School District and principal of Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School, said following the incident that the “crowded indoor and outdoor party” involved alcohol and a “complete lack of safety precautions to protect against the spread of COVID.” More than a week later, Sudbury Police Chief Scott Nix said police are “assessing appropriate charges” against the teenager who hosted the party, along with the parents who own the property.
    NEW YORK (AP) — New York City has again delayed the start of in-person learning for most of the more than 1 million students in its public school system. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Thursday that most elementary school students would do remote-only learning until Sept. 29. Middle and high schools would stay remote through Oct. 1. The delay came just days before students across the nation’s largest school district were set to resume in-person instruction Monday. Now, only pre-kindergarten students and some other special education students will be going back into physical classrooms next week. De Blasio and union leaders said the city needed more time to prepare for students to return to school buildings. “We are doing this to make sure all of the standards we set can be achieved,” de Blasio said. Labor leaders, who had sounded alarms in recent days that the schools just weren’t ready to reopen, appeared with the Democrat at a news conference to announce the delay. “Opening Monday to everyone would not have been safe for our students,” said Mark Cannizzaro, president...
    NEW YORK (AP) — New York City has again delayed the start of in-person learning for most of the more than 1 million students in its public school system. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Thursday that most elementary school students would do remote-only learning until Sept. 29. Middle and high schools would stay remote through Oct. 1. The delay came just days before students across the nation's largest school district were set to resume in-person instruction Monday. Now, only pre-kindergarten students and some other special education students will be going back into physical classrooms next week. De Blasio and union leaders said the city needed more time to prepare for students to return to school buildings. “We are doing this to make sure all of the standards we set can be achieved,” de Blasio said. Labor leaders, who had sounded alarms in recent days that the schools just weren't ready to reopen, appeared with the Democrat at a news conference to announce the delay. “Opening Monday to everyone would not have been safe for our students,” said Mark Cannizzaro, president...
    New York City public schools will not open for in-person classes as planned on Monday. Mayor Bill De Blasio announced Thursday that classrooms will only open on September 21 for pre-k and special education students. The plan had been for all students to return next week. The new scheme has elementary school students returning on September 29. Middle schools and high schools are now scheduled to open October 1. De Blasio has been under immense pressure from unions and elected officials to delay the reopening of schools. Most of the students in NYC public schools will only attend class two or three days a week. The other days they will complete assignments and watch online instructional videos that school officials describe as ‘remote learning.’ The city calls the combination a “blended program.” Students whose parents do not want their children to return for in-school instruction are allowed to opt for all-remote learning.
    A Brooklyn mom says her sixth-grade kid had the first day of school interrupted by apparent hackers who bombarded an online class with various images — including porn. The Department of Education says they are probing the disturbing allegations. “5 minutes into my daughter’s Google meet with her first class, and several ‘students’ have hijacked the meeting,” mom Devon Morales wrote on Twitter, along with a screenshot of the offending video. She said that whoever disrupted the class first put up images of President Trump: “And then someone streamed PORN!!” “I’m INFURIATED,” she continued. “My daughter and all the other students present were sexually assaulted today.” A DOE spokeswoman confirmed that the agency will investigate the apparent breach of security of the class at IS 259 in Dyker Heights. “Instructional orientation this week exists to get students and families reconnected with their school communities and to troubleshoot any device or connectivity issues,” said Sarah Casasnovas in part in a statement. “As with the first days of school every year, there are initial adjustments that need to be made, both...
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