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    A student at an elite New York City private school accused a 'far-left faculty' of pushing their political biases on students and forcing the kids to censor themselves so as to not antagonize their teachers.  Horace Mann senior Ryan Finlay blasted the $55,000-a-year academy in an op-ed piece in his school's paper, claiming teachers were 'vilifying' conservative beliefs and putting pressure on students to conform to left-leaning ideology.  'Every classmate I know who is not progressive self-censors in class during discussions of current events and politics,' Finlay wrote.  'At the end of the day, the impulse to self-censor is fueled by risk assessment: it is not worth jeopardizing academic success at HM [Horace Mann] in exchange for political expression.'   Horace Mann senior Ryan Finlay wrote in his school paper that the school was allegedly forcing students to conform to far-left ideology The $55,000 private school, pictured, is based in the Bronx. Finally claimed teachers were 'vilifying' conservative beliefs and believed it was their duty to 'open students' eyes' In his op-ed piece, published last week, Finlay claimed the Bronx school...
    Republicans pounced on Vice President Kamala Harris Monday after she visited a school in Washington, D.C. mask-less while students were still wearing their pandemic-era face coverings. 'Kamala Harris: Rules for thee but not for me,' GOP Texas Senator Ted Cruz posted on Twitter along with a video of her visit to Neville Thomas Elementary School. Representative Andy Biggs, a Republican from Arizona, repeated the sentiment with his own tweet of a picture of Harris maskless surrounded by kids with masks. Republican National Committee rapid response director Tommy Pigostt tweeted: 'In the Democrats' anti-science dystopia, the only person who doesn't need to wear a mask is Kamala Harris.' As the vice president emerged to deliver her remarks on the administration's strides toward improving education and school infrastructure, there were students seated on stage behind her – all masked. Images of Harris visiting classrooms of kids between 2nd and 4th grade also show that while she was not wearing a mask, the young students she was meeting with were. All the other adults escorting Harris on her trip, including Thomas Elementary school...
    The Los Angeles Unified School District on Tuesday dropped its outdoor mask mandate after the county allowed K-12 schools to lift the requirement last week. Students will no longer be required to wear masks at recess or during athletics, as long as they are outdoors. The new policy took effect for students and staff on Tuesday because schools were closed for the Presidents Day holiday on Monday, although those participating in athletics were allowed to unmask outside a day earlier. On Wednesday, L.A. County relaxed its outdoor masking requirements for K-12 schools and child-care facilities as well as at “mega” events, such as those at the Hollywood Bowl, Dodger Stadium, SoFi Stadium and Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. California Supt. Carvalho confronts his first big decision: Should LAUSD relax mask requirements? New L.A. Unified schools chief said he is conferring with medical experts and expects an announcement soon. L.A. Unified opted to keep its own outdoor mask rules in place but announced on Friday it would follow suit. L.A. Supt. Alberto Carvalho said it was...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- The Los Angeles Unified School District will drop its outdoor mask mandate Tuesday.The change, set for all students and staff, means masks will not be required at recess, eating periods and during athletics, as long as they are outdoors.RELATED: Los Angeles County's COVID hospitalizations fall to 1,502EMBED More News Videos The number of COVID-positive patients in Los Angeles County hospitals has fallen to just over 1,500, a huge drop from the middle of last month, when it stood at over 4,800, according to the latest state figures. Schools are closed Monday for Presidents Day, but anyone who's on campus for an outdoor athletic activity can also go without wearing a mask.The indoor mask mandate remains in place for all students and staff.READ MORE: 'We're doing everything we can to survive': High-risk, disabled Americans feel forgotten
    A teenage girl who was arrested after she was accused of making threats against students and staff at a charter school at Pembroke Pines, near Miami in Florida, was framed by another pupil at the school. Nia Whims, who is 13 and in seventh grade was arrested by police and placed in handcuffs outside her school in November. She was detained and placed in juvenile detention for two weeks as a result of the initial claims.  School staff at the Renaissance Charter School where the girl attended, discovered menacing messages, including a bomb threat had been made against the educational establishment, which were all posted on Instagram.  Scroll down for video  Nia Whims, 13, a student at Renaissance Charter School in Pembroke Pines was arrested in November 2021 after threats against staff and students were made Nia, 13, was arrested, placed in handcuffs and detained for two weeks while an investigation was carried out Nia Whims, wipes away a tear as she tells her story to Local 10 along side her mother Lezlie Davis, right It was then discovered a younger...
    Parents and children at a school board meeting in Loudoun County, Virginia, served affidavits to board officials on Tuesday evening, calling on them to cease and desist the school district's mask mandate for students and staff.  Megan Rafalski, a parent of a student in Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS), said that 55 parents and concerned citizens signed the affidavit.  "We're parents who want to be parents and look after our children," Rafalski told Fox News Digital. "We've tried to talk to them, they will not listen, so it’s essentially a list of demands, a list of grievances."  NEW JERSEY WILL ELIMINATE SCHOOL MASK MANDATE FOR STUDENTS AND STAFF Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin signed an executive order banning mask mandates in schools on Jan. 15, his first day in office.  Children delivered the affidavits to the Loudoun County school board on Tuesday evening.  (Brandon Michon) Loudoun County Public Schools Superintendent Scott Ziegler wrote in a letter to the school community on Jan. 19 that students and staff must continue to wear masks in order to comply with legislation that directs...
    DENVER (CBS4)– Denver Public Schools will continue with its face mask mandate for everyone over the age of 2 while in an indoor school setting. This comes as the City of Denver allowed its indoor mask mandate to expire at midnight Thursday. (credit: Getty Images) DPS cited the Public Health Order from the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment that requires a mask for those ages 2 and older in an indoor school setting and that DPS will “abide by that order as long as it is in place.” DPS also provided this statement, “At the current time, quarantines are still required when a student has been identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID. Masking allows our students to be exempt from quarantines, which helps maximize in-person learning and support.”
                 The Ohio State University is adjusting some COVID-19 health and safety protocols for students, faculty, staff and visitors, according to a Monday press release by the university. In a message from Senior Vice President for Student Life Melissa Shivers and Senior Vice President and Wolfe Foundation Endowed Athletics Director Gene Smith, Buckeyes are asked to follow “local and university mask mandates, appropriate physical distancing, availability of PPE and hand sanitizer, limited distribution of literature and other items, and any other recommendations event planners, coordinators and public health advisors may have” when it comes to in-person gathering. According to the press release, the university has resumed access to indoor basketball courts, indoor soccer courts, full capacity in-group fitness classes, as well as events and gatherings including rolling resumption of club sports and intramurals. While masks will not be required while taking part in “strenuous activity” such as exercising, they must be worn at all other times and in all other spaces throughout the recreation facilities. The university is also resuming full seating capacity in public and common spaces in...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — The Chicago Public Schools on Friday announced that it will change its isolation policies for those who test positive for COVID-19, and quarantine policies for close contacts, from 10 days to five. CPS said it made the decision based on guidance from the Centers for the Disease Control and prevention and the Illinois and Chicago departments of public health. READ MORE: Chicago Weather Alert: Snow Totals From Lake Effect SnowstormThe change for all CPS students and staff will begin this coming Tuesday, Feb. 1. It was in December that the CDC downgraded the isolation and quarantine times for those with positive COVID tests. The decision was controversial, and many medical experts called it short-sighted while speculating it may have had to do with workforce shortages at the height of the Omicron variant surge. CPS explained that the CDC’s official guidance came about because most COVID-19 transmission “occurs early in the course of illness, generally in the 1-2 days prior to onset of symptoms and the 2-3 days after.” The shorter isolation and quarantine period will also...
    (CNN)Starting Monday, students and staff in the nation's second-largest school district will be required to wear non-cloth masks that have a nose wire, including while participating in athletic activities, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) announced.Schools will provide surgical-style masks for students and employees who need them and they can only be removed while eating and drinking, according to the LAUSD.Weekly testing for all students and staff, regardless of vaccination status, will continue at least through February. Those identified as close contacts will be allowed to remain on campus as long as they are asymptomatic and participate in weekly testing."In-school cases rates dropped 7% since our baseline testing and current rates of students and staff are half of those in the general community due to the safety measures in place," said Interim Superintendent Megan K. Reilly in the announcement. "We continue to be diligent and agile in creating the safest learning environments." The CDC updated its mask guidelines. What to know about the highest level of protectionLast week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changed its mask guidelines...
    This is particularly the case in the country facing the number of people who are forced to isolate themselves due to the outbreak of the omigron variant of Govit-19. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on Wednesday that holders of a student or work holiday visa who have not entered the country will benefit from a reduction of about A $ 600 or 80 380 in their visa fee if they travel to Australia. The next 8 or 12 weeks respectively. The $ 55 million (35 35 million) move is aimed at attracting workers to a country where many economic sectors, such as agriculture or catering, are facing labor shortages. The 150,000 students and 23,500 “backpackers” who already have visas will take the move to Australia, whose borders have long been closed. “We want to thank the students for coming back and continuing to choose Australia, but we also want them to come here and meet this severe labor shortage,” Morrison told a news conference. He specifically cited those trained in health and geriatrics. The Prime Minister also encouraged tourists...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — DePaul University will require all students, faculty, and staff to get COVID-19 booster shots by March 1, after previously requiring them to be full vaccinated for the 2021-22 school year. The university said students, faculty, and staff will have to upload their proof of a booster to DePaul’s database by March 1. READ MORE: Another Contempt Of Court Order Issued Against Illinois DCFS Director Marc Smith For Violating Rights Of Teen“COVID-19 vaccines, including boosters, are widely available throughout the city, including at doctors’ offices, hospitals, pharmacies, community health centers, city-operated clinics, pop-up locations, and other special events. All COVID-19 vaccines are offered at no cost, regardless of ability to pay or immigration status. No government ID or insurance is required,” the university said in a statement on its website. READ MORE: Center For Covid Control To Halt Testing Operations For One WeekInformation and instructions on how to submit proof of boosters can be found on the university’s website. Anyone at DePaul with questions about vaccines can email [email protected] DePaul staff can answer questions about vaccine eligibility and...
    More than 65,000 Los Angeles public school staff and students have tested positive for Covid-19 ahead of the return to class today, according to school district data.  Proof of a negative test result is mandatory to return to schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District, meaning thousands of students will miss the first days of lessons. The system was implemented at the beginning of the school year in August in a bid to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and requires staff and students to test in the week before they return to campus.   More than 65,000 Los Angeles public school staff and students have tested positive for Covid-19 ahead of the return to class on Tuesday (pictured, a testing site in East Los Angeles in April 2021) Proof of a negative test result is mandatory to return to schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District (pictured, a school employee takes a test in April 2021) More than 414,000 take-home rapid antigen and PCR tests have been taken in the past week, with 65,630 returning positive results.  The results show...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Many students in the Los Angeles Unified School District are preparing to go back to school on Tuesday, but thousands are staying home. The district is requiring all students and staff to get tested for COVID-19 before the first day of classes.District staff went back to their campuses on Monday, with the start of classes for students pushed back to Tuesday. However, thousands of tests have come back with positive results.According to an update issued by LAUSD, as of 4 p.m. on Monday, 424,230 students and employees have taken a baseline COVID test. Of that group, 65,630 of those tests have come back positive. As we prepare to welcome our students and employees back to school tomorrow, we know there is apprehension and we’ve added extra layers of protection for the return to school. pic.twitter.com/RLr0iAvxvX— Los Angeles Unified (@LASchools) January 11, 2022The district said the positivity rate among students is currently 16.6% and the positivity rate among employees stands at 14.9%.Adjusting to changeSchools across California are trying to navigate how to return to school as safely...
    (CNN)As Los Angeles students and staff prepare to return to school Tuesday, about 62,000 have tested positive for Covid-19, school district data show.The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) is requiring all students and employees to show a negative test result before returning.It is the nation's second largest district, with more than 640,000 students in grades K-12.About 414,000 test results have been recorded, for a 14.99% positivity rate. That is well below Los Angeles County as a whole, where the positivity rate has spiked above 22%.Updated numbers are expected to be released Monday evening, district spokesperson Shannon Haber told CNN. Read More"We're all systems go," Haber said about school resuming Tuesday. About 4,000 credentialed district staff are ready to jump in to teach if necessary.The baseline test requirement was put into effect at the beginning of the school year in August. The district has been offering PCR testing on campuses over the past week. Take-home rapid antigen tests were also distributed.
    Chicago Public Schools remained closed on Thursday and may not resume for its 350,000 students until Monday after the teacher's union and city failed to come to an agreement on additional COVID-19 policies Wednesday night. Thursday marked the second day of what city and public school officials called an 'illegal strike' by the Chicago Teachers Union, which voted earlier this week to refuse in-person learning until its demands for more COVID regulations were met.  The CTU, led by socialist Jesse Sharkey, demanded that the city and Chicago Public Schools ask students to opt into COVID testing in order to come back to in-person classes, as well as provide high quality masks for all. It also called on schools to go remote if 20 per cent of staff were in isolation or in quarantine. The demands go further than what's implemented in the New York City and Los Angeles School Districts, the two largest districts in the nation, who have both vowed to avoid any shutdowns due to COVID.  Chicago Public Schools CEO Pedro Martinez, who has disavowed the strike, said...
    Employees at all Los Angeles County public and private schools will have to wear medical grade masks at work and students and staff must wear masks outdoors in crowded spaces under tightened rules issued in anticipation of classes beginning Monday amid a major surge of the highly contagious Omicron variant of the coronavirus. Schools will have two weeks from the date of reopening after winter break to comply with the mask rules. The order was issued late Friday to the county’s 80 school districts from public health director Barbara Ferrer “in response to the rapid spread of the Omicron variant.” About 50 K-12 school districts reopen Monday; the other 30, including Los Angeles Unified, are back the following week. The rules also lay out stricter protocols for handling athletic team outbreaks and when testing is to take place for students to remain on campus after being exposed to a coronavirus infection. Los Angeles County recorded more than 27,000 new cases on the final day of 2021, far above last winter’s peak average of 16,000 cases a day. Nearly 1...
    George Mason University says the school will open as planned on Jan. 3, but with updated COVID-19 requirements for faculty, staff, and students. In a letter sent from GMU President Gregory Washington on Friday, the university has set  new requirements for COVID-19 vaccines, testing, quarantine and masks. The requirements apply to staff beginning Jan. 3, and for students who begin classes on Jan. 24. More Fairfax County News More Education News VACCINES / BOOSTERS Citing the ongoing spread of the omicron variant and recent scientific data, GMU said it will require COVID-19 booster vaccinations and proof of vaccination for all faculty, staff, and students that are eligible. Since students were required to receive the first two vaccine doses for Fall semester by Aug. 1, 2021, GMU says Feb. 15 is the deadline for students to receive a booster and upload their documentation. Faculty and staff are also required to receive their booster and provide documentation by Feb. 15. Students who seek a medical or religious exemption from the boosters may apply for one. Those who received an exemption for...
    Washington, D.C., has announced new COVID-19 regulations for students and staff returning to schools after the holiday season.  Mayor Muriel BowserMuriel BowserDC COVID-19 cases reach new high Overnight Health Care — FDA endorses first pill to treat COVID-19 DC to require COVID-19 vaccination for indoor public spaces MORE (D) and D.C. Public Schools (DCPS) Chancellor Lewis Ferebee announced on Wednesday that to ensure safety amid the ongoing COVID-19 surge, DCPS will require all students and staff to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result before they return to school on Jan. 5.  DCPS added that it will make free rapid antigen tests available on Monday, Jan. 3, and Tuesday, Jan. 4.  Parents must upload their child’s negative test results online by 4:00 p.m. on Jan. 4. Officials said they can upload either either a photo or PDF, along with their contact information. Officials are asking parents to keep their children at home regardless of their test result if they are showing any symptoms or if they are required to quarantine because they are unvaccinated and have been identified as a close contact of an individual who tested...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — California State University campuses will be joining University of California schools in requiring COVID-19 vaccine booster shots for students and staff. The CSU system announced their booster vaccine requirement on Wednesday. READ MORE: Stolen Big Rig With $250K Worth Of Merchandise Inside Recovered By CHP Near Fairfield“Vaccination, including a booster when eligible, remains our most effective strategy against infection and severe disease,” said CSU Chancellor Joseph I. Castro in a statement. Students and staff at CSU campuses will now need to get their booster by Feb. 28, 2022 or six months after the final dose of their original vaccination. READ MORE: Modesto Man, 32, Dies In Rural Stanislaus County CrashThe UC system announced a similar policy on Tuesday. Several UC schools have also announced that they will be switching back to remote classes for the first two weeks of the winter term. MORE NEWS: Jewelry Store At West Valley Mall In Tracy Hit By Smash And GrabCSU schools – who are on a semester system and start their winter term later...
    University of Virginia students will need to COVID-19 booster shots in order to study, live or at the work the university this spring. University leaders made the decision for the spring semester with the advice of public health experts, and emailed the university community. Everyone at the university will need to provide documentation to the university. Faculty, staff and students need to comply by Feb. 1, 2022. Those who are not yet eligible for a booster must show proof of their added shot 30 days after they become eligible.
                 Michigan State University (MSU) announced on Friday that all students and faculty will be required to receive a coronavirus vaccine booster shot. Beginning in the upcoming spring semester, all individuals must have the additional shot to remain in compliance with the university’s policies, according to an email from MSU President Samuel L. Stanley. “All members of our campus community who were fully vaccinated either with a two-dose regimen more than six months ago or a one-dose regimen more than two months ago are now eligible for a booster and should immediately receive one. Those individuals who are still within the six- or two-month windows (depending on vaccine type) should make plans to receive a booster as soon as they are eligible. Those who fail to receive a booster when eligible will be considered noncompliant with MSU’s vaccine directives,” Stanley wrote the email to students and staff. The additional requirement will be an expansion of the university’s existing vaccine mandate, imposed earlier this year. Individuals who received an exemption during the first mandate will also be exempt from the...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff CANONSBURG (KDKA) – In the wake of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the Department of Health’s school mask mandate, Canon-McMillan School District is reverting to its original health and safety plan making masks optional. READ MORE: Seneca Valley Keeps Masks For Students Due To High COVID-19 Transmission In Butler CountyThe plan will take effect on Monday, December 13. READ MORE: Pa. Department Of Health Urging Teens 16 And 17 Years Old To Get COVID Booster ShotDespite the plan to make masks optional once again, the district is encouraging everyone to continue to wear them as COVID-19 cases and transmission rates remain high in the region. MORE NEWS: Diocese Of Pittsburgh Will Continue To Require Masks Inside All Catholic School BuildingsCanon-McMillian has also said that guidance and protocols are “continuously under review and subject to change at any time.”
    Carleton and St. Olaf colleges announced that staff and students would be required to get COVID-19 vaccine booster shots. MPR’s Kirsti Marohn spoke with the members of emergency medical teams deployed by the federal government to help relieve hospital workers at St. Cloud Hospital. Doctors at a hospital in Long Prairie were fighting COVID-19 misinformation among patients. The owner of the Interchange bar in Albert Lea, which opened for indoor dining in December 2020 despite executive orders barring such openings, was sentenced to 90 days in jail and fined $1,000. A crash involving multiple semi trucks was blocking southbound I-35 near Faribault. Nearly 200 flights had been canceled at MSP as of midday Friday. This is how they clear snow off the runways. Police reported attempted carjackings at Lunds & Byerlys stores in Edina and St. Louis Park. A juvenile was arrested in Cold Spring in connection with threats against ROCORI High School that were made on social media. A St. Louis County man who had gone missing was found dead in a “hidden room” in his house. Rev. Joseph...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Tomorrow is a deadline day for Pitt students, faculty, and staff on all campuses. READ MORE: Part Of Fifth Avenue Shuts Down As Film Crews Work On 'Rustin'It is the day they all must provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or provide an approved exemption. READ MORE: Former Pa. Lawmaker Pleads Guilty To Double-Dipping ReimbursementsIn the fall, the university advised everyone to get vaccinated and comply with the guidance. MORE NEWS: Fire Marshal Investigating Cause Of House Fire In Upper HillAs of the last report from the university, at least 93 percent of students, staff, and faculty have submitted their status.
    The principal at Newton North High School in Massachusetts said the school would offer racially segregated spaces for staff and students of color to process the jury verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse self-defense trial, according to emails obtained by Parents Defending Education. Principal Henry Turner dubbed the Rittenhouse case “divisive” and said it “will be seen as a blow, particularly to black and brown people who are regularly reminded that their bodies are treated as less than others,” according to emails sent on Nov. 19. Turner promised to host “spaces for students and staff of color” to help process the outcome of the trial. The principal went on to say that the decision “shows the disparity of our legal system.” “If Kyle Rittenhouse were black, the outcome would be significantly different,” the email reads. Principal at Newton North High School in Massachusetts calls Rittenhouse acquittal racist and promises racially segregated groups (in writing!) for students and staff to process jury’s verdict. https://t.co/YKbZ9glCK6 — Parents Defending Education (@DefendingEd) November 29, 2021 Similarly, leadership at the University of Michigan’s Medical School...
    (CNN)More than 20 public school districts across the nation are extending their Thanksgiving breaks by several days to allow for mental health days for students and staff.Districts in at least six different states including Missouri, Kansas, Virginia, Florida, North Carolina, and Maryland have amended their schedules to include "wellness days" this school year.Missouri's Ladue School District is among at least a dozen districts in the St. Louis area that built in extra days of rest around the holiday."We were noticing a common theme and that was stress," Ladue Superintendent Jim Wipke told CNN. "When you talk to (teachers) about 'how can I help you?' a lot of them said, 'I just need some time, time to decompress.'"St. Louis Public Schools announced its decision to extend the Thanksgiving break on its Facebook page last month.Read More"My hope is these extra couple of days will allow everyone to take a little extra time for themselves and their families. Family is, after all, much of what Thanksgiving is all about," said St. Louis Superintendent of Schools Kelvin R. Adams, according to the district's...
    Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, is yet to fire Allyn Walker, a professor who defended pedophiles and said they shouldn't be ostracized, instead placing them on administrative leave temporarily  The refusal of a Virginia university to fire a transgender assistant professor who defended pedophiles and said they should be given child sex dolls has outraged students, alumni, politicians and the school's LGBTQ board, who say it is proof of a double standard that protects woke staff.   Allyn Walker, 34, is an assistant professor of sociology and criminal justice at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. The non-binary teacher claimed in a recent interview to promote their new book that pedophiles shouldn't be ostracized, that they can't help who they are attracted to and that they should be given child-like sex dolls to satisfy their urges.  Walker, formerly known as Allison, made the comments in an interview to promote their book Long Dark Shadow: Minor Attracted People and their Pursuit of Dignity. They believe pedophiles should be referred to as Minor Attracted People, and that they don't 'choose' who to be attracted to so...
    A New York school teacher has filed a discrimination complaint after he was banned from wearing a 'Proud Zionist' t-shirt by his 'woke' Brooklyn school. Jeffrey Levy says that he was told his shirt with a Star of David was 'offensive', as was another with the pro-police slogan: 'Back the Blue.' The English teacher claims that Principal Neal Singh did not object to other political slogans worn by staff including 'Black Lives Matter' and 'Feminist' t-shirts. MS 51 Principal Singh ordered Levy to stop wearing the Zionist and Back the Blue shirts because students and staff had complained. 'Singh told me that my T-shirt with an Israeli flag on it and the words 'Proud Zionist' were "politically explosive,"' Levy says in his complaint, filed September 30, with the city Department of Education's Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity. Jeffrey Levy says that he was told his shirt with a Star of David saying 'Proud Zionist' was 'offensive', as was another with the pro-police slogan: 'Back the Blue' (stock images) Levy said that staff were allowed to wear shirts saying 'Feminist'...
    The school said that with COVID-19 and the flu having similar symptoms the school believes it "can't take chances," KCNC reported "From people living in the residence halls to close proximity of the classrooms, it puts us at greater risk than other environments," LaFarr told the station. "So, we need as many safety mechanisms along the way to protect, and we've got a vaccine." Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) told KCNC that he supports Centennial State residents getting the flu shot and hopes citizens will take advantage of it, but he said he is not interested in making the shot mandatory across the state.
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – In the next several months, California’s vaccine mandate for schools is likely to go into effect, which means eligible staff and students who don’t get vaccinated can’t attend school. While there are some exemptions, lawmakers may be poised to close religious and personal belief loopholes. READ MORE: Stafford, Rams Beat Seahawks 26-17; Wilson Injures Finger (credit: CBS) “We want to end this pandemic. We are all exhausted by it,” Governor Gavin Newsom said on why he’s set to impose a statewide vaccine mandate for California schools. Newsom said that COVID cases overall are headed downward, but cases among kids are more alarming. “From 12 to 17, we’re not where we need to be, and so we hope this encourages folks to get vaccinated,” the Governor said. The statewide requirement is for staff and students for in-person learning. For students, the mandate would only take effect after the Food and Drug Administration gives full authorization for the Pfizer vaccine for kids 12 and up. Right now, Pfizer has emergency use authorization. The Governor expects the mandate...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — The Anne Arundel County Health Department on Thursday said it is recommending fully vaccinated students and school staff who are asymptomatic will not have to quarantine after a close contact, in accordance with new CDC guidelines. Under the suggested protocols, fully vaccinated close contacts should get tested three to five days after being exposed to COVID-19, the agency said. But students and staff without symptoms can continue to attend school in-person and participate in other activities. READ MORE: 'A Phase Of Maintaining Immunity': Gov. Hogan Pushes COVID-19 Booster Shots, Prepares State To Vaccinate ChildrenClose contacts will have to properly wear a mask in the classroom and should continue to do so in all indoor public settings for 14 days after being exposed to the virus, the health department said. “Quarantining is essential to protect students and staff from continued exposure; however, quarantine is disruptive to a child’s learning process,” Dr. Anne Arundel County Health Officer Nilesh Kalyanaraman said. “Fully vaccinated close contacts who are asymptomatic do not have to quarantine – the best option for protection...
    (CNN)The board of California's second-largest school district unanimously approved a mandate Tuesday that all eligible students and staff must be vaccinated against Covid-19 by late December. The measure impacts students ages 16 and older and employees of the San Diego Unified School District and says they must be fully vaccinated by December 20. Child Covid-19 cases decrease week over week but make up a larger proportion of total casesStudents who are not vaccinated by the deadline will be barred from attending in-person classes and will be required to enroll in independent study programs. Unvaccinated students will also be prohibited from participating in extracurricular activities, according to the board. Students and staff will be exempt from the new policy if they qualify for certain medical exemptions, according to the school board.The vote comes after the Los Angeles Unified School Board voted earlier this month that all of its eligible students 12 and older must be fully vaccinated by December 19.Read MoreThe surge in Covid-19 cases brought on by the highly transmissible Delta variant has meant an increase in hospitalizations among children...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Port Authority of Allegheny County’s Board on Friday approved a five year continuation of the U-Pass system, which allows tens of thousands of people at local universities to ride for free on Port Authority vehicles. READ MORE: Duquesne University Extends President Dr. Ken Gormleys Contract The new agreement impacts the University of Pittsburgh’s and Chatham University’s students, faculty and staff. READ MORE: Seaplane Lands On Allegheny River Outside Of Heinz Field The universities currently pay 50% of the base fare, but under the new agreement, their rates of contribution will be increased. By 2026, they will pay 72% of the fare. MORE NEWS: Giant Eagle Pharmacy Reinstates Appointment-Only System For All COVID-19 Vaccinations Port Authority says it is discussing a similar agreement with Carnegie Mellon University.
    West Contra Costa Unified’s school board on Tuesday will consider requiring faculty, staff and students 12 years and older to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, becoming possibly the first in the Bay Area to do so. If the board approves a resolution written by Trustee Demetrio Gonzalez Hoy calling for the vaccine mandate, students and staff in all district schools would have to be fully inoculated by Oct. 31. Those who receive Pfizer and Moderna would need to get their first shot by Oct. 3. Those with valid medical or religious reasons would be exempted from the mandate but must be tested regularly. Non-exempted students 12 and older who refuse the vaccine would be allowed to switch to remote instruction, which the district kept this school year for students who felt more comfortable learning from home. Faculty and staff who decline to be vaccinated could be put on unpaid leave unless the district has a position available in its remote-learning program. If the resolution is approved at the board’s special meeting Tuesday, West Contra Costa Unified would become one of...
    President Joe Biden is set to call on all U.S. K-12 schools to set up weekly COVID-19 testing for students, teachers and staff. It will be one of Biden's key strategies for combating the Delta variant surge, which will be announced during his speech on Thursday afternoon, according to an NBC report. The push for testing comes as record numbers of children fall ill with the virus, posing an immense challenge for the schools now reopening for their fall 2021 semester. However, most pediatric cases are not severe and Covid-related fatalities among children are rare, with pediatric deaths making up just 0.1 percent of all COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. Many schools are not currently utilizing Covid testing, despite Congress dedicating $10 billion towards this safety strategy in April. Experts say regular testing can help schools identify cases before they turn into outbreaks and that schools that utilized testing last year were able to keep case numbers down. The Biden administration is calling for all K-12 schools to utilize Covid testing in schools. Pictured: A health worker collects a...
    A Portland State University professor known for challenging 'woke' ideologies in academia has quit in a letter on Bari Weiss's Substack, claiming that the college failed to protect him from harassment and even unfairly investigated him as it turns into a 'social justice factory.' Peter Boghossian was a full-time professor of philosophy at Portland State University until his resignation letter was published on Wednesday. The 55-year-old explained he was stepping down because the university had made 'intellectual exploration impossible' and its only 'inputs were race, gender, and victimhood and whose only outputs were grievance and division.' He said students and administrators were abdicating 'the university’s truth-seeking mission' and driving 'intolerance of divergent beliefs and opinions.' 'I witnessed students refusing to engage with different points of view. Questions from faculty at diversity trainings that challenged approved narratives were instantly dismissed.  'Those who asked for evidence to justify new institutional policies were accused of microaggressions. And professors were accused of bigotry for assigning canonical texts written by philosophers who happened to have been European and male,' he wrote. Portland State University did not...
    The Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees voted Wednesday night to mandate vaccinations for all staff members — even those working remotely — and students attending in-person classes or using campus facilities at the district’s nine colleges. The vote to revise the policy — which previously called for either a COVID-19 vaccination or regular coronavirus testing — is linked to the federal government’s official approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for people 16 and older. The district had previously said that it would not require vaccinations before such approval. Medical and religious exemptions will be allowed. Those exempted will be required to get tested at least once a week. The new policy passed 7 to 1 with trustee Ernest Moreno voting no. Campus visitors, including contracted employees, will be required to go through a health screening process either online or upon arrival. Those who have been cleared will receive a QR code that they would need to enter communal spaces on campus, Nish said. The district will give students and employees until mid-October — probably Oct. 18 — to...
    A general view of the Duke University Chapel on the Duke University campus on March 4, 2016.Lance King | Getty Images Duke University is enacting a vaccine mandate for staff and a mask requirement for the entire campus after a Covid outbreak infected nearly 350 students and 15 employees to start the fall semester, the school announced Monday. The university, which instituted a Covid vaccine requirement for students earlier this year, said 98% of all students are fully immunized. Just eight people involved in the outbreak are unvaccinated and a majority are asymptomatic, the statement said. "We cannot stop COVID-19, but what we can do is adapt to our local and national realities and seek to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on campus," the statement said.CNBC Health & Science Read CNBC's latest global coverage of the Covid pandemic: CDC scientist says there's limited data to evaluate Covid booster doses for general population New Zealand reports first death linked to Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine Biden says U.S. health officials are considering Covid booster shots at 5 months Are cruises safe right...
    All New York students, staff and faculty must wear masks while at school under a new mandate. The move has been slammed by many who accused politicians of 'social conditioning' children to accept the government decisions. Others welcomed it to prevent the spread of the virus, especially as the Delta variant runs wild. The news came just three days after newly sworn Gov. Kathy Hochul told New Yorkers to expect a school-mask mandate. Schools Chancellor Meisha Porter welcomed back students at P.S. 5 on August 17. New York City Schools have had mask mandates in place since last year Newly sworn in Governor Kathy Hochul said she pushed for the masking mandate at the behest of school officials. She is working to implement vaccine requirements in the near future Hochul said she ordered the state's DOH to issue the universal masking policy for anyone entering a school building due to high demand from school district officials, NBC reported.  'They told me they want this to happen, they just want to cover. They want to be able to go...
    As some schools across the U.S. report COVID-19 outbreaks, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is saying no updates need to be made to federal guidance. Dr Rochelle Walensky, director of the CDC, blamed the many outbreaks that have plagued the early weeks of the 2021-22 school year on schools not following the agency's recommendations.  'I want to strongly appeal to those districts who have not implemented prevention strategies and encourage them to do the right thing to protect the children under their care,' Walensky said during a briefing Friday. 'In our outbreak investigations, large-scale quarantines or large number of cases are generally occurring in schools because schools are not following our guidance.'   She is calling on schools to implement 'multilayered' strategies the CDC has put forth in regards to masking, distancing and ventilation. Dr Rochelle Walensky (pictured), director of the CDC, said that schools that have experienced COVID-19 outbreaks have often failed to meet guidelines laid out by her agency Guidelines the CDC laid out for schools includes masking, increased ventilation, physical distancing and regular...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is following the Philadelphia School District in requiring all students and staff to wear a mask for the upcoming school year. The face coverings will be mandatory in all Catholic schools, the chief communication officer says. All students, faculty, staff, and visitors must wear a mask on school property. The archdiocese will reevaluate its policy continuously based on transmission levels in the community.
    Ohio State University on Tuesday announced it would be mandating COVID-19 vaccines for all students, faculty and staff in light of the Food and Drug Administration granting Pfizer's vaccine full approval. With Monday’s news that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted full approval to the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, Ohio State will now require every student, faculty and staff member to be vaccinated against COVID-19," university president Kristina M. Johnson said in a message to the campus community. "The university is taking this step because vaccines are the safest and most effective form of protection against COVID-19. We are focused on enhancing the health and safety of our community," she added. "This step will increase our ability to support our students in continuing their educational experiences as well as help protect our current and the state’s future workforce." Individuals at Ohio State University will be required to have received at least their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by Oct. 15, with the deadline for the second dose set for one month later on Nov. 15. According to Johnson's message,...
    Ohio State University on Tuesday announced it would be mandating COVID-19 vaccines for all students, faculty and staff in light of the Food and Drug Administration granting Pfizer's vaccine full approval. With Monday’s news that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted full approval to the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, Ohio State will now require every student, faculty and staff member to be vaccinated against COVID-19," university president Kristina M. Johnson said in a message to the campus community. "The university is taking this step because vaccines are the safest and most effective form of protection against COVID-19. We are focused on enhancing the health and safety of our community," she added. "This step will increase our ability to support our students in continuing their educational experiences as well as help protect our current and the state’s future workforce." Individuals at Ohio State University will be required to have received at least their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by Oct. 15, with the deadline for the second dose set for one month later on Nov. 15. According to Johnson's message,...
    CULVER CITY, Calif. -- As Culver City Unified School District heads back to school on Thursday morning, the district is issuing a COVID vaccine requirement for all eligible students and staff -- a mandate that is believed to be the first of its kind in California.With the fall semester getting underway, schools statewide are requiring masks in the classroom amid growing concerns about the highly contagious delta variant.Culver City is taking health requirements a step further, requiring proof of vaccination for all students ages 12 and older by Nov. 19. The deadline has been set for three months from now in order to "give everyone the opportunity to make their vaccine plans," the district said in a statement, adding, "We will begin gathering vaccine status data immediately."RELATED: Proof of vaccination or negative COVID test to be required at indoor events in CaliforniaMeanwhile, at a Long Beach Unified School District board meeting on Wednesday night, impassioned parents and students spoke out about the mask mandate and COVID-19 protocols in that district."Not being able to see my friends' smile at school has...
    DUKE University in North Carolina has seen 97 vaccinated college students and 14 staffers test positive for Covid-19 in just one week. University officials revealed the dozens of cases were identified on Duke University's campus, according to reports. 2More than 100 people on campus were diagnosed with CovidCredit: AP 2But only one percent of the approximate 10,000 tests administered on school grounds were revealed to be positiveCredit: Getty A large portion of the people who tested positive for covid was vaccinated, WRAL reported. But only one percent of the approximate 10,000 tests administered on school grounds were revealed to be positive. Most read in The US SunIN COURT Dodgers star arrives at court after accuser 'texts & pics seen' as return delayedMORE MONEY New payment 'to arrive THIS WEEK' from IRS & be deposited in bank accountsCARNAGE Horror vid shows Afghans fall from PLANE while fleeing Taliban clinging to wingsLIGHT FRIGHT Strange 'UFO' light beams flash out of River Thames leaving residents baffled'BIDEN DISASTER' Calls to impeach Joe Biden as Afghanistan falls under Taliban ruleVICTORY CRY Taliban fighters chant ‘Death...
    Biden to urge Congress to lower prescription drug costs Official confirms US military assessment that Kabul could fall to Taliban in 90 days As the delta variant of COVID-19 rages across the region, local and state governments -- as well as private-sector employers -- have been mulling vaccination mandates to help stop the spread. © Provided by NBC New York A nurse gives Sherri Trimble, 15, a shot of the vaccine at a vaccination clinic at Health First Medical Centre in Melbourne, Florida. This week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo asked private businesses, such as bars and restaurants, to require proof of vaccination as a condition for admission. And major employers in our area - from the city government with its 300,000 employees to your corner restaurant or bar - have announced plans to require vaccinations or regular testing for workers. On top of it all, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced he will require proof of COVID-19 vaccination for indoor diners and gymgoers, starting in phases over several weeks in August and September. The Debrief: Both Sides...
    The Los Angeles Community College District will require proof of vaccination or regular testing for students and faculty members during the fall semester. The use of masks will continue to be required — a policy throughout Los Angeles County as coronavirus cases continue to rise due to the Delta variant. The logistics for the vaccination policy at the nine campuses are still being hashed out, LACCD spokesperson William Boyer said, but students and faculty members will have the option to get tested. Vaccination status will not prevent anyone from enrolling, working at or attending campus. Systemwide enrollment in the LACCD was about 230,000 in the most recent data available, from the 2019-20 school year. “In general, if employees or students do not want to get vaccinated or do not want to share that information, then in order to access the colleges or District, they would have to provide proof of a current negative C-19 test,” Boyer told The Times. Testing frequency will probably be weekly. The Long Beach Community College District similarly announced last week that it would require...
    Masks in Minneapolis schools. KARE’s Alexandra Simon reports: “As the new school year approaches, the Minneapolis Public School District has made the decision to require face masks for all students, staff and visitors. … Starting Monday, Aug. 9, face coverings will be required in all district schools and buildings, regardless of vaccination status. … According to the district, the decision was ‘based on the strong recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Health about masking being a critical way to protect children who cannot yet get vaccinated, along with others who are not vaccinated.’ … Face coverings will still be required on public transportation and school buses.” The news from Farmfest. The Star Tribune’s Patrick Condon reports: “Doug Woizeschke isn’t a farmer, but the Windom man claims that he’s been to Farmfest every year since the first one in 1972. … ‘Yup, every single year,’ Woizeschke said with a laugh on Wednesday, as he watched a demonstration of Cowbot, an autonomous pasture mower. ‘But this one does feel special.’ … Farmfest is back after taking last year off, save for a...
    Supreme Court to decide if religious schools may receive taxpayer funding for tuition Pope resumes public audiences month after major surgery As the delta variant of COVID-19 rages across the region, local and state governments -- as well as private-sector employers -- have been mulling vaccination mandates to help stop the spread. © Provided by NBC New York A nurse gives Sherri Trimble, 15, a shot of the vaccine at a vaccination clinic at Health First Medical Centre in Melbourne, Florida. This week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo asked private businesses, such as bars and restaurants, to require proof of vaccination as a condition for admission. And major employers in our area - from the city government with its 300,000 employees to your corner restaurant or bar - have announced plans to require vaccinations or regular testing for workers. On top of it all, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced he will require proof of COVID-19 vaccination for indoor diners and gymgoers, starting in phases over several weeks in August and September. The Debrief: Both Sides of the...
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