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    If this horrendous week has taught us anything it is that we are past due for a discussion on keeping schools and students safe. Actually, we need more than just a discussion; we need serious thought and clear steps that can be taken to ensure what happened Tuesday in Uvalde will never happen again or, at the least, will never happen easily again. At the outset let me note that gun control is not part of the solution, because gun control and “gun-free zone” policies only impact those who are inclined to follow laws and policies. (To put it plainly, gun control curtails the freedom of untold millions of Americans who have nothing to do with a given attack while setting in place rules which the next determined attacker will ignore when he is ready to strike.) The brutal, unvarnished truth is that school shooters, like all mass shooters, seek out easy targets. So the goal is to make sure schools are not easy to strike anymore. Four steps can be taken to achieve this goal: Single entry point for...
    School resource officers are one step closer to being phased out in the District’s public schools. In an 8-5 vote Tuesday, the D.C. Council stuck with a plan to gradually reduce the number of school resource officers in public and charter schools from 60 personnel starting July 1 of this year, to 40 personnel in 2023, then 20 personnel by 2024, ending the program altogether by 2025. More D.C. News More Education News The vote was taken as a part of a broader budget discussion. Mayor Muriel Bowser put forward a subtitle to the budget that would keep the SRO program in place as-is for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins July 1. The SRO program is run by the D.C. police. A second vote on the proposed budget is set for May 24. “It’s important to note here: They didn’t ask for more time. They didn’t ask for more money. They didn’t lay out a plan or a vision for alternatives that they would like,” Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen said. “They’re just telling us to scrap...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — With the city still reeling from a pandemic of gun violence, Mayor Eric Adams on Monday hinted he might hire more police officers and school safety officers. He is vowing also to enact new reforms to keep kids safe in school, after CBS2’s Marcia Kramer showed him pictures of a backpack stuffed with weapons found at a Manhattan school. READ MORE: New York City Shortens COVID Quarantine Period For Students And TeachersAdams shut his eyes and and took a deep breathe after looking at a picture Kramer handed him of weapons and other gear in a backpack brought to Manhattan’s Intermediate School 70 by a 14-year-old. “This is real. These are real weapons that could be used on teachers, staff, administrators, and most importantly our children,” Adams said. The mayor, facing a public safety crisis after two cops were gunned down and others were wounded, spoke out after Kramer asked him about the need for more cops and headcount reductions that have left the NYPD School Safety Division with 2,000 fewer agents. “Marcia, this is such...
    WILMINGTON, Del. (CBS) — Delaware Gov. John Carney is proposing $5 billion for the state’s budget. It provides pay increases for some state workers, incentivizes new veterans to start working in Delaware, and allots millions for infrastructure projects for climate change, clean water, and building new schools. Carney says Delaware can move forward, thanks in part to federal pandemic relief. “So this is going to be a continued focus of ours over the next couple of years, to improve our ability as a state government to be able to provide the services that are so necessary, particularly those over the last two years are so critically important to keep our community safe, to keep all of you safe during the situation in the pandemic,” Carney said. Carney hopes to sign the new budget into law before the new fiscal year begins in July.
              by Mike Sparks   Tennessee voters spoke loud and clear last November when they overwhelmingly elected Republicans to represent them at every level. I’m extremely proud that Republicans in the Tennessee General Assembly have delivered on the promise to uphold conservative values, increase economic opportunities, improve public safety and strengthen education. We still have much work to do and we will continue to work to address these priorities during this upcoming legislative session. Our state budget is probably the most significant component of public policy our governor and General Assembly tackle each year. Unlike the federal government, Tennessee’s constitution requires us to balance our budget. The federal government’s debt has amassed to almost $30 trillion, something we should all be concerned about for future generations to come. Our primary goal each year is always the same: to pass a balanced budget. From top to bottom, Tennessee’s $42.6 billion zero-debt budget is a spending plan that addresses the priorities and needs of all Tennesseans. Mental Health/Criminal Justice Reform This year, I would like to see more solutions and investment towards mental health and addiction recovery. Our...
    PASADENA (CBSLA) — Pasadena schools were back in session Tuesday morning after the winter break. The district is working with the Pasadena Public Health Department and recommending multiple prevention measures to help keep students healthy. READ MORE: UCLA Men's Basketball Game Against Arizona State PostponedThe requirements include weekly testing for all unvaccinated students in grades TK through 12 as well as vaccine clinics at several schools. READ MORE: Malibu Middle, High Schools Go Into Distance Learning For A Day Due To 20 Positive Cases Of COVID-19“We ran a testing clinic over the break and yesterday was the busiest day so I think parents want to make sure that their children are safe and other children are safe as well,” said PUSD Chief Academic Officer Elizabeth Blanco. Surgical-grade masks will also be required both indoors and outdoors on all campuses when people can’t maintain six feet of distance. MORE NEWS: USC Will Require Students, Staff Wear Surgical Or N95 Masks On CampusParents are also encouraged to keep children home if they have any COVID symptoms.
    (CNN)As the Chicago Teachers Union prepares to vote Tuesday on whether to return to virtual teaching as Covid-19 cases surge, a move that potentially could trigger an "electric lockout" by the school district, the district's CEO pleaded with the union to keep schools open."There is no evidence that our schools are unsafe," Chicago Public Schools CEO Pedro Martinez said at a news conference Tuesday.But the union's vice president, Stacy Davis Gates, said teachers are dealing with "severe staffing shortages" and a lack of mitigation measures against Covid-19. "The layers of mitigation that we need to keep our schools open and keep our students inside of the school buildings have not happened here in Chicago," Davis Gates said on CNN's "New Day" Tuesday.The union is planning to convene an emergency meeting to vote on virtual teaching after Chicago Public Schools, the third-largest school district in the country, resumed in-person learning Monday.Chicago Public Schools reaches tentative agreement with teachers union, mayor saysRead MoreThe union vote comes as pediatric Covid-19 cases nationwide have reached record levels, according to data released Monday by the...
    With Omicron spreading with unprecedented speed, Los Angeles County is tightening coronavirus safety rules as schools reopen this week in hopes of slowing outbreaks. The move comes at a perilous moment, with coronavirus infections surpassing previous highs. L.A. County recorded 23,553 new cases on Saturday and 21,200 more on Sunday, far above last winter’s peak average of 16,000 cases a day; and those numbers are probably undercounts due to lags from weekend reporting. The coronavirus transmission rate in Los Angeles County is now estimated to be greater than at any point since the early months of the pandemic, as cases soar across California, data show. Every infected person in L.A. County is on average transmitting the virus to two other people, according to estimates from California’s COVID-19 computer models published Monday morning. Officials have vowed to keep schools open despite the surge. Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer noted last week that there had been on average fewer than a dozen outbreaks per week across some 3,000 schools during the fall, which were typically small and immediately contained....
    Public schools in Montgomery County, Maryland, are asking parents to report COVID-19 cases if their kids test positive for the virus over winter break. The public school system said the request will help them to reopen schools on Jan. 3. Maintaining a safe environment when we return to school on Jan. 3 means knowing and responding to positive student cases. If your child does test positive for COVID-19 during winter break, please report that to MCPS using this form: https://t.co/bvlAbPWKMQ — MCPS (@MCPS) December 27, 2021 More Montgomery County News Monifa McKnight, the school system’s interim superintendent, said she was doing everything in her power “to keep our school system open for our students,” during a news briefing on Dec. 20. The announcement brought mixed reviews, with some parents saying the move to return to in-person classes is irresponsible. Other parents advocated for a buffer period of temporary virtual classes after winter break. It also means switching to virtual school for January if we want our kids to remain safe. Omicron is a highly contagious and transmittable...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Murder charges have been filed against the 21-year-old man arrested for the deadly shooting outside of Lincoln High School on Monday. Aaron Scott was arraigned Tuesday night and has a court date next month. A 16-year-old student was also taken into custody. READ MORE: FDA Authorizes Booster Doses Of Moderna And Johnson & Johnson Vaccines, Says Mix And Match OKThe shooting killed 66-year-old Jeffrey Carter, a grandfather who was driving by when he was hit by gunfire. A 16-year-old Lincoln High student is still in critical condition. Including Monday’s shooting, there have been four episodes of gun violence during this academic year near Philadelphia schools. It’s a trend that has many worried. In North Philadelphia, the principals’ union, City Council and parents are holding a news conference amid this surge in violence. There are also students here from a nearby after-school program. They are demanding more be done to keep students safe. “Children should be safe going in the school building. They should feel safe going to school and coming home from school,” parent Maritza Guridy said....
    WASHINGTON (WJZ) — Baltimore County will receive nearly $10 million in federal funds as a reimbursement of some pandemic-related expenses, U.S. Sens. Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Reps. Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes and Kweisi Mfume announced on Tuesday. The $9,974,703.35 in FEMA money will cover the cost of air purifiers installed in Baltimore County schools and personal protective equipment purchased for students and teachers, police officers, firefighters, and government employees. “During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, frontline workers across our state mobilized to serve Marylanders and provide critical help to those in need,” the lawmakers said in a joint statement. “This FEMA funding will reimburse Baltimore County for their efforts to protect our workforce and ensure a safe reopening of their public schools, keep our students and neighbors safe, and prevent the spread of COVID-19. We will keep working to secure additional resources to support Maryland as we continue fighting this virus and building back better.”
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released its COVID-19 safety guidelines for schools as students return to the classroom.  CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said the most important recommendation from the agency is that everyone eligible for COVID-19 vaccination gets vaccinated before school starts.  Walensky shared the guidelines at a White House press briefing on Tuesday, Aug. 31. Walensky said universal masking is also important for students, teachers, staff and visitors, regardless of their vaccination status. The CDC also recommended that schools use additional strategies to keep students safe, such as physical distancing and improved ventilation. Parents can also protect their children by getting vaccinated and encouraging their children to wear masks when in indoor public spaces, Walensky said. 
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — City students and staff are getting set to head back to class in two weeks. This has many parents and students wondering what school buildings are doing to prepare. CBS2’s Natalie Duddridge went to a high school in lower Manhattan on Wednesday to find out. READ MORE: Manhattan DA Announces Charges Against 15 In Fake COVID-19 Vaccination Card Conspiracy At a City Council hearing, Schools Chancellor Meisha Porter said every single school with students age 12 and over — about 700 in total — will have vaccination sites, where shots will be administered during the school day. Officials showed Duddridge how the new cleaning protocol and updated ventilation system will work. She also got a tour with the city’s top education official, who said this is the most important school opening the Big Apple has ever had. “We want to show you what we’ve done, and we will continue to be open and transparent about what’s happening in our buildings,” Porter said. COVID VACCINE New York State book online here or call 1-833-NYS-4-VAX New York City book online here or...
                        Hamilton County Schools says it is struggling struggling to control COVID-19 as the delta variant continues to drive cases. This has prompted the public school district that operates 41 elementary schools, 21 middle schools, and 22 high schools in the city of Chattanooga and Hamilton County School to ask all students to wear a mask. Some schools in the district have been closed altogether. Interim Superintendent Nakia Towns for the Hamilton County Schools stated that 596 of the district’s 44,500 students tested positive for COVID-19 in the month of August alone. In a recording, Towns said, “Though parents have a choice in the masking decision for your child, I am asking you to make a choice that will keep our students safe and on campus for school, and that choice is for your child to wear a mask every day until the current wave is over.”   Towns’ call for universal masking comes less than two weeks after Hamilton County Schools announced the district would require students...
    With students back in school as the Delta variant rages, parents are wondering what they can do to keep their children safe. Early data shows a relatively small percentage of students have tested positive for coronavirus since L.A. schools began. But it will take more time to see if those trends hold up. Still, it’s been an anxious time as school struggle with new safety protocols. Here is a breakdown of where we are: What does the early data from the LAUSD show? Coronavirus cases resulted in 6,500 students missing one or more days during the first week of school, data shows. Some key points: About 3,000 students were in isolation because they tested positive for an infection either during the first week or in the days before the Aug. 16 start of classes. An additional 3,500 were in quarantine after they were identified as close contacts of those who tested positive. About 451,000 preschool through 12th-grade students are attending Los Angeles public schools in person this fall. More than 10,000 others are attending classes online through an...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Philadelphia acting health commissioner says she is encouraged by a recent uptick in vaccinations. By the end of the week, 80% of adults in the city will be vaccinated with at least one shot but with the Delta variant still widespread, there is cause for concern. Dr. Bettigole says that beating COVID-19 is not just a one-shot deal, literally. READ MORE: Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Requiring Face Mask For All Students, Staff And Visitors On School Property There are layers of precautions that we all need to take, masking, vaccines, and social distancing are all part of keeping each other safe. Especially children as city schools reopen next week. The layered protection approach can keep those under 12, not yet eligible for the vaccine, safe. READ MORE: 3-Foot-Tall Snoop Dogg Bobbleheads Stolen From Multiple Grocery Stores In Bucks, Chester Counties “We know no vaccine is perfect and that includes the vaccines against COVID,” Bettigole said. “Masking, over the nose and mouth not on the chin, hand washing, social distancing, keeping people who are sick at home, and...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A 15-year-old girl is fighting for her life after being shot in the head on a Philadelphia basketball court Tuesday night. The teen is just the latest victim of gun violence in the city and one of many victims under the age of 18. As the crime rate among young people continues to rise, the city is trying to tackle how to keep kids safe as the school year quickly approaches. READ MORE: Bucks County Shooting Suspect Killed By Police In Philadelphia After Pursuit, DA Says Youth violence is undeniably contributing to the rising crime rates throughout Philadelphia. So far this year, 137 shooting victims have been under the age of 18 — 32 teenagers 17 or under have become homicide victims. The latest shooting happened Tuesday night just before 9 p.m. at the Jerome Brown Playground at 20th and West Ontario Streets. A young girl’s playtime was cut short by stray bullets. “Last night, a 15-year-old girl who was playing basketball at a rec center was shot twice in the head. Another child who was out...
    On Wednesday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “MTP Daily,” American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten stated that we need masks in schools “if we want kids to be in school and we want everybody to be safe and we want to keep schools open,” and wouldn’t rule out striking over states banning school mask mandates. Host Chuck Todd asked, “Texas isn’t the only state that has tried to basically ban mandates, either on masks or on vaccines. We know a couple of these Sun Belt states have done it. What is the position of the union on this, and is this something that would be worth striking over?” Weingarten stated, “So, our position is — so, look, number one, we want schools to reopen and have a safe and welcoming climate in the fall. And since — as you know, Chuck, since May, we have been trying to find all sorts of different ways to get everyone on the same page to have that kind of safe and welcoming environment. What’s happening now is that Delta threw us a real curveball,...
    MAKING sure our kids are safe is the number one priority for anyone who brings up a child. We like to think we will do anything to protect them from the dangers that may be out there in the big wide world. 5Sexual harassment in schools is rising and many parents feel they have no way of helpingCredit: Shutterstock But when it comes to protecting them from online harms, such as pornography or the other inappropriate content many children are looking at every day, parents often feel they are out of their depth, or they are in denial. Indeed, when parents were quizzed about their children’s access to porn online, three-quarters assumed their kids had never seen any. In fact, research shows more than half of children have seen porn online — including around two-thirds of all teenagers. PEER ABUSE  I’m pleased to have been asked by the Government to look at how we can better protect our children from accessing internet porn, and what more we can do to give parents the confidence to talk to their kids about...
    HILLSDALE, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — New Jersey teachers are eligible to get COVID vaccines, but it’s hard work to book an appointment. As CBS2’s Lisa Rozner reports, a group of working moms are becoming “vaccine angels” by night. READ MORE: Lawmakers Mostly Excited About What American Rescue Plan Will Mean For Struggling Nassau And Suffolk Counties With one set of hands on the computer and another on the phone, Jamie Bozzo and Melissa Gade are like vaccine appointment ninjas. “You can’t hesitate… You have 10 seconds sometimes to secure an appointment,” Bozzo said. COVID VACCINE New York State book online here or call 1-833-NYS-4-VAX New York City book online here or call 877-VAX-4NYC Track NYC Vaccinations By Zip Code Nassau County more info here Suffolk County more info here Westchester County more info here New Jersey book online here or call 1-855-568-0545 Connecticut book online here The two moms from Hillsdale, New Jersey both have full-time jobs. They also have their eyes on vaccine appointments 24/7. They’ve helped vaccinate almost half the staff at Hillsdale schools, where in-person learning is five days a week. Teacher Lauren Lio said she’d...
    Indoor Air Solutions for Schools, According to Camfil Experts. Why is air filtration important in schools? Indoor Air Solutions for Schools, According to Camfil Experts. Indoor Air Solutions for Schools, According to Camfil Experts. Riverdale, March 06, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that schools ensure adequate ventilation and increase total airflow supply to occupied spaces, if possible. As a result of the present pandemic, air quality is at the forefront of many individuals’ minds for the first time. But reducing infection risk isn’t the only reason why improving air quality is essential for public health, particularly that of young, developing children and adolescents as they return to in-person school. Not only is high quality air filtration a factor in reducing the risk of spreading COVID-19 infections in public buildings, cleaner air is a predictor of improved cognition and productivity, while poor air quality correlates with a variety of poor health outcomes. Though many parents have opted for their children to attend school virtually, teachers and those students attending school in person must have adequate protection...
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    Some school districts will not livestream President-elect Joe Bidens inauguration in an attempt to shield students from potential violence. KRLD reported some Texas independent school districts were worried about "potential unforeseen disruption" because of threats from extremist groups. The Plano ISD said it will not show Wednesdays swearing in ceremony in the name of "protecting" its young adults and in an effort to "ensure equitable access in learning experiences," per Breitbart. One teacher in the Keller ISD told NBCs Dallas-Fort Worth affiliate that parents were informed the inauguration "would be recorded, edited, and not be shown live to students." At least one parent with a son in the Plano district questioned the districts approach. "Its history, regardless of what happens, that possibility [of violence] is there at any given point in time," the father told NBC 5. "So, if we think thats a realistic possibility for that to happen, what conversations are we having before the event?" School workers said the decision to not livestream the event came following the Jan. 6 Capitol riot in which five people died. "Is...
    Some school districts in Texas will not livestream Joe Biden’s inauguration in the name of “protecting students from potential unforeseen disruption.” KRLD reported, “School districts across north Texas won’t be showing tomorrow’s Inauguration happening in Washington D.C. to students live, saying they are worried about possible violence because of on-going threats from extremist groups.” The Plano ISD said it will not show the ceremony in the name of of “protecting” the young adults and in an effort to “ensure equitable access in learning experiences”. A teacher in the Keller ISD told NBC 5 a note was sent home telling parents the inauguration “would be recorded, edited, and not be shown live to students.” “Why is our sense heightened for this inauguration versus any other one that’s a legitimate conversation and concern but why is that the case?” parent John Buckner asked the news station. “My question when I received this email was who is this protecting? Who benefits from the ability to opt-out of the event?” School workers said after the Capitol riot, the intent is to shield students. “Is...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- It is music to the ears of every parent... getting kids back to school. But how do you keep them safe?Based on data from the World Health Organization, there are reasons to believe that can be safely done. Though data is limited because many countries closed schools, research shows student to student transmission is rare... in fact its staff-to-staff transmission that's most common."The children in school seem to be doing better when it comes to the level of infection than whatever's going on in the community," said Dr. Anthony Fauci.A World Health Organization report suggests governments at all levels prioritize education by investing in multi-layered protection. That's in line with Governor Gavin Newsom's announcement last week of roughly 450-700 dollars per student in extra funding for school districts if they agreed to certain guidelines which should be announced this week.The WHO guidelines might provide an idea of what schools will look like this spring. Physical distancing will be at the forefront. For individuals and groups... districts are advised to consider alternative learning styles and staggered class...
    NCAA president Mark Emmert is very impressed with how colleges have kept athletes safe. With college football and basketball underway during the coronavirus pandemic, programs around America have implemented tons of protocols to ensure players are as healthy as possible, and Emmert likes what he has seen. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) According to Nicole Auerbach, the NCAA president called the efforts to keep players safe and healthy “heroic.” Mark Emmert calls the effort schools have made to keep athletes healthy and allow them to compete this fall “heroic.” Said he sees resiliency, and when events have been canceled, “I don’t see those as failures. I see them actually as successes.” (Health protocols working.) — Nicole Auerbach ???? (@NicoleAuerbach) December 8, 2020 Remember when all the fearmongers said we had to cancel sports because of the pandemic? Remember when people claimed athletes would die? Well, the college football season is almost over, and none of that nonsense even came close to being true. Yes, we’ve had some games canceled but none of...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — There’s a school dispute in Montgomery County. Some parents in the Abington School District don’t feel it’s safe right now to send their children back to school for in-person learning. Parents say they want to stick with remote learning, for now, to protect their families during the pandemic. There was a meeting last week and parents say that one didn’t go so well. There’s another meeting happening Tuesday, and parents who are in favor of remote learning say they hope it continues. “Recently, there’s been a little bit of a divide in our community because the topic of reopening the schools for a potential hybrid program,” one parent said. Parents say times like this should bring out resilience, but that’s not the case for the Abington School District. “We really feel this is a public health crisis and whether or not you choose to go virtual or hybrid, ultimately a decision to open up the schools at all is going to put our community at risk,” one parent said. They go by the name “Keep Our Abington...
    FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – As Broward County schools continue to prepare for their staggered reopenings, Mayor Dale Holness said he’s confident the district is following safety protocols. Amid the recent COVID cases reported in Miami-Dade County Schools, he said they have gone the extra mile. “In fact, Broward County is putting some funds up for extra nursing staff throughout the schools. All this in efforts to protect the children,” said Holness. Download The New CBS4 News App Here Miami-Dade Superintendent Alberto Carvalho said the district has taken appropriate measures of contract tracing. “I can assure you those cases were not contracted in our school buildings,” said Carvalho. On Friday, a student tested positive for COVID. This student will not be able to return to school until the Florida Health Department has provided clearance. The district has at least four other schools with cases confirmed by the Florida Health Department as well. The Miami-Dade teachers union asking for your help. “Kids are conglomerating. They don’t know that they should keep a distance from each other. They’re not wearing...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- The start of school is nearly here, and still it seems there are so many unknowns.Dr. Chris Colbert from the UIC Emergency Medicine Residency Program has been talking to parents about what precautions they can take to keep their students safe.RELATED: Illinois back to school plans: K-12 school district reopening plansColbert said that as long as schools are able to maintain the CDC guidelines, they should be able to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 at the schools.Colbert suggested checking your student's temperature every morning before school and making sure that they have hand sanitizer with them.RELATED: Pediatricians give parents back-to-school advice to keep students safe from COVID-19 this fallColbert also discussed "the best we can do with the specific situation," when it comes to extracurricular activities.
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- The start of school is nearly here, and still it seems there are so many unknowns.Dr. Chris Colbert from the UIC Emergency Medicine Residency Program has been talking to parents about what precautions they can take to keep their students safe.RELATED: Illinois back to school plans: K-12 school district reopening plansColbert said that as long as schools are able to maintain the CDC guidelines, they should be able to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 at the schools.Colbert suggested checking your student's temperature every morning before school and making sure that they have hand sanitizer with them.RELATED: Pediatricians give parents back-to-school advice to keep students safe from COVID-19 this fallColbert also discussed "the best we can do with the specific situation," when it comes to extracurricular activities.
    The British may have to trade their pubs for the safety of their pupils in the face of coronavirus. With virus cases on the rise in the weeks after the United Kingdom reopened pubs and other parts of its society, one British expert told the BBC new restrictions may be needed so schools there could open as planned in September. “I think we’re in a situation whereby most people think that opening schools is a priority for the health and well-being of children and that when we do that we are going to reconnect lots of households,” said Graham Medley, a professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. “And so actually, closing some of the other networks, some of the other activities may well be required to enable us to open schools.” The country had been set to further lift its pandemic-related restrictions this weekend, including the limited return of fans to sports stadiums, and the reopening of casinos and bowling alleys. But British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Friday said he needed to hit the brakes...
    The British may have to trade their pubs for the safety of their pupils in the face of coronavirus. With virus cases on the rise in the weeks after the United Kingdom reopened pubs and other parts of its society, one British expert told the BBC new restrictions may be needed so schools there could open as planned in September. “I think we’re in a situation whereby most people think that opening schools is a priority for the health and well-being of children and that when we do that we are going to reconnect lots of households,” said Graham Medley, a professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. “And so actually, closing some of the other networks, some of the other activities may well be required to enable us to open schools.” The country had been set to further lift its pandemic-related restrictions this weekend, including the limited return of fans to sports stadiums, and the reopening of casinos and bowling alleys. But British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Friday said he needed to hit the brakes on...
    The city’s plan to reopen public schools this September does not provide enough specifics on how to keep students, teachers and staff safe, city and state elected officials said Friday. “We need a plan for how to open schools, not more information on how to close them,” Councilman Ben Kallos (D-Manhattan) said about the details laid out hours earlier by Mayor de Blasio and Dept. of Education Chancellor Richard Carranza. De Blasio announced a “blended approach” of in-class and online teaching as long as the city’s daily positive-test rate for the coronavirus stays under 3 percent. It is currently at 1 percent. The mayor and chancellor also explained protocols for the quarantine of students and temporary closures of individual buildings if someone at the school test positive for the virus. But Kallos, a member of the council’s education committee, said that he and other public school parents are looking for something else. “Objective measures the mayor and chancellor are taking to make it safe for children to come back to school, not what they’ll do once children are already getting sick...
    The city’s plan to reopen public schools this September does not provide enough specifics on how to keep students, teachers and staff safe, city and state elected officials said Friday. “We need a plan for how to open schools, not more information on how to close them,” Councilman Ben Kallos (D-Manhattan) said about the details laid out hours earlier by Mayor de Blasio and Dept. of Education Chancellor Richard Carranza. De Blasio announced a “blended approach” of in-class and online teaching as long as the city’s daily positive-test rate for the coronavirus stays under 3 percent. It is currently at 1 percent. The mayor and chancellor also explained protocols for the quarantine of students and temporary closures of individual buildings if someone at the school test positive for the virus. But Kallos, a member of the council’s education committee, said that he and other public school parents are looking for something else. “Objective measures the mayor and chancellor are taking to make it safe for children to come back to school, not what they’ll do once children are already getting sick...
    First grade teacher Yolanda Vasquez stands in protest along with other teachers and counselors in front of the Hillsborough County Schools District Office on July 16, 2020 in Tampa, Florida. Octavio Jones/Getty Images Representatives for teacher unions in Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Texas told Insider they're concerned that schools could be opening too quickly.  In Arkansas, for example, 90% of educators said they were concerned about student health, and 98% concerned about social distancing in school buildings. Union leaders told Insider that they're calling for a delayed start for in-person classes. They also want federal and state governments to issue guidelines and offer funding that could help protect students and staff from COVID-19. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Schools across the United States are gearing for classes to start back up again this fall, but teacher unions are hotly debating the wisdom behind holding in-person lessons. In many states, the decision behind reopening public schools has largely been left up to individual school districts. President Donald Trump has urged schools to reopen in the fall, and even...
    Beads hang from tree limbs on the campus of Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana.Education Images | Getty Images Tulane University, which has long been ranked as one of the best party schools in the nation, is threatening expulsion for students attending big bashes after "truly shameful" partying drew negative attention to the New Orleans campus over the Fourth of July. "Do you really want to be the reason that Tulane and New Orleans have the shut down again?" Dean of Students Erica Woodley asked students in a July 7 email that scolded students who partied over the holiday weekend. Tulane is banning all parties or gatherings of more than 15 people as the private college tries to protect students and staff against spreading the coronavirus. Violators will risk suspension or expulsion, Woodley said. "These events were disruptive to our neighbors and drew a lot of very negative attention to Tulane," Woodley said. "The behaviors of the student hosts and those who chose to attend these parties was disrespectful, selfish and dangerous and not in line with Tulane values. This type of...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City Education Secretary Betsy DeVos kept up the administration’s push to reopen U.S. schools in the fall on Sunday but failed to embrace any blueprint — including federal health guidelines — for how that could be done safely. “We know that children get the virus at a far lower rate than any other part of the population. There is nothing in the data that would suggest that kids being back in school is dangerous to them,” DeVos told CNN’s “State of the Union.” She did not offer any details on how her department would advise or help school districts and states with their re-openings amid a resurgence in coronavirus cases across the country. DeVos also downplayed the risk of children bringing the virus home to parents, grandparents, or caregivers. Asked if schools should follow the recommendations of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which Republican President Donald Trump criticized last week as too stringent, DeVos said every school building is...
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