A new online tool debuts this week to offer Marin families an easy-to-navigate, transparent map and dashboard showing if, when and where any coronavirus exposures occur at local schools — and the systematized responses that follow.
“We know that there’s a lot of concern and interest regarding reopening schools in the county,” Dr. Matt Willis, Marin public health officer, said last week.
“And if people don’t have access to information, it can fuel that (concern),” he added. “And so we want to make sure everyone has access to the best available information that’s updated in real time — especially in regards to the status of schools which are open for classroom-based learning.”
With close to half of Marin elementary and middle schools — and a few private high schools — either already open for some in-campus learning or planning to open next month, families and staff need to be confident
A board member, Amanda Oaks, said that while there was concern nationally about the risks of students or teachers becoming ill from coronavirus in school, “My honest fear and the fear of some of my fellow board members is that that could completely flip the other direction as soon as we get a teen suicide associated with quarantine isolation.”
Some teachers in Canyons also feel strongly about the value of keeping schools open.
The teacher who was hospitalized, Charri Jensen, who teaches sewing and design, recovered enough to go home. In an interview, she said that she wanted people to take the virus more seriously. But she also said that when she was well enough she planned to go back to work.
She had become a high school teacher because she loved the social rituals of high school — “the dances and the football games and the assemblies and the
More than 45 Broward County public schools staff members and one student in the district have tested positive for the novel coronavirus as of Monday, according to the latest information released from the school district.
The numbers came out four days after Broward public schools opened their doors to students for in-person learning for the first time since schools closed in March.
“Broward County Public Schools understands parents’ concerns about the potential spread of COVID-19 as the phased reopening of schools for face-to-face eLearning continues,” a statement released by the district Tuesday says. “The District is following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and working closely with the Florida Department of Health-Broward, to make sure we are taking all the necessary precautions to protect the health and safety of students and staff.”
Broward is opening its schools in phases. On Friday, students in pre-kindergarten through second grade,
Public Health Director Vinny Taneja said due to the rising cases, hospitalization rates, and positivity rates, Tarrant County schools should consider this change.
While bars in Tarrant County may soon reopen, leaders are suggesting that students return to all online learning.
One day after Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley ruled that bars can re-open at 50% capacity on Wednesday, Tarrant County Public Health Director Vinny Taneja recommended at a commissioners meeting Tuesday that schools start preparing a return to all-virtual learning.
Taneja said due to the rising cases, hospitalization rates and positivity rates, schools should consider making this change.
“We’re seeing a surge in COVID-19 activity in our community,” Taneja said. “We are in a true uptrend with all the indicators pointing up.”
The virus has started to hit their schools too.
“We have 1,148 cases in Tarrant County schools, a 33% increase from the week before,” Taneja told the
Parents in the Dallas Center-Grimes School District gathered Monday to share their views on in-person learning.The Dallas Center-Grimes School Board met for a work session to discuss how and when it will bring students back to classroom learning.The board said it is considering the shift to in-person learning due to changed COVID-19 guidelines from the Iowa Department of Public Health.Outside the administration building, parents made their feelings known. “It doesn’t really make sense that we can do all of these youth activities that have kids face-to-face, darting the basketball courts, and we can’t come back to school and wear a mask and do the best to keep our distances,” DC-G parents Todd Lawton said. DC-G families chose between virtual and hybrid learning at the beginning of the school year.The hybrid learning plan splits students into two groups that attend in-person classes on alternating days.“We just feel like there’s really not … Read More
With the first quarter of classes nearing an end, the Pinellas County school district asked parents a simple question: Did they want to change their schooling model?
Thousands said they did, asking that their children be allowed to return to campus after starting the year taking classes online.
And the district can accommodate them, superintendent Mike Grego said Monday, because of the positive manner in which everyone has dealt with keeping the coronavirus pandemic at bay on campuses.
“It’s safe to say the schools are not driving the pandemic here in Pinellas County,” Dr. Ulyee Choe, the county’s health department director, said during a teleconference call with reporters.
Choe stressed the importance of continued mask wearing and hand hygiene to maintaining this positive scenario.
“We have seen some cases in the schools, but they’re not being spread in the schools,” added
Schools that abandoned the transfer test to select pupils in 2021 do not need formal approval from the education minister for the move.
That confirmation came in a letter to schools from the minister himself, Peter Weir.
He said he had made the decision due to “the current difficult circumstances that schools are operating in”.
Mr Weir also said the change being for one year only also factored into the decision.
Meanwhile, Thornhill College in Londonderry is to close for one week due to a “rising number” of positive Covid-19 cases.
Eleven Catholic grammar schools and the integrated school Lagan College have said they will not use the tests to admit pupils in 2021.
However, the majority of grammar schools will continue to use the tests for admissions.
A high school junior shares a glimpse of what digital learning is like during the coronavirus pandemic.
Years before the coronavirus hit, two rural school districts started developing plans to put learning online. They were ready for a snowstorm and instead found themselves prepared for a pandemic.
For the Bancroft-Rosalie Community Schools in northeast Nebraska, the move online took four years, gradually incorporating online software into daily lesson plans to use during inclement weather or in place of hiring substitutes when a teacher was absent. The district used digital learning to abolish snow days — a trend that has spread to New York City and could work its way across the country.
Taking classes online full-time happened in a way no one could have anticipated. On March 11, following a possible widespread COVID-19 exposure at a girls’ state basketball game, staff had about an hour to get
Candidates for state House District 9 said that public education is a top concern among voters they’ve met, with one focusing on returning students to class and the other on teachers and facilities.
Republican Perrin Jones and Democrat Brian Farkas are vying for the seat that represents much of eastern Pitt County in the Nov. 3 election. Two other state House seats and a state Senate seat that represent Pitt also are contested. Early voting starts on Thursday at seven sites in the county.
Jones, 48, an anesthesiologist, was appointed to the seat in 2019 after it was vacated by Republican Greg Murphy, who won a special election to fill the late Walter Jones’ congressional seat. Farkas, 33, who works in client development at an architecture firm, is making his second run for the office.
“Students right now tend to learn best when they are taught in person as opposed