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DeBlasio Does a 180 on New York City Schools

NYC's mayor to reopen schools in 'major reversal'

(Newser) - New York City will reopen its school system to in-person learning, and increase the number of days a week many children attend class, even as the coronavirus pandemic intensifies in the city, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Sunday, per the AP . The announcement marks a major policy reversal for the...

6 Weeks After Reopening Schools, NYC Is Closing Them

It was one of the first big school systems to bring students back

(Newser) - New York City is shuttering schools to try to stop the renewed spread of the coronavirus, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday in a painful about-face for one of the first big US school systems to bring students back to classrooms this fall. The nation's largest public school system...

Schools Are the Bright Spot in NYC's COVID Recovery

Only 18 out of 10K random tests were positive

(Newser) - New York City has randomly tested more than 15,000 students and staff members for the coronavirus—and so far, it has detected fewer cases than were found in the White House outbreak . The testing program for the city's 1,600 traditional public schools is being seen as a...

Trump Brings Up Barron's COVID Case at Rally

'People have it, and it goes,' president said at Des Moines rally

(Newser) - The world found out Wednesday that 14-year-old Barron Trump had COVID-19 at the same time his parents did, though his case was an asymptomatic one. News of the diagnosis came via a statement from Melania Trump, but President Trump himself discussed it at a Wednesday night rally—while pushing for...

Big-City Mayor Delays School Reopening Plan

Only 'highest needs students' allowed in class in Boston before Oct. 22

(Newser) - Boston is pushing back its plan to reopen schools by two weeks, citing—what else?—the coronavirus pandemic. Mayor Marty Walsh announced a delay in the city’s school reopening plan on Wednesday, noting the coronavirus positivity rate had gone above 4%, reports CBS Boston . Remote learning began on Sept....

School Hit With Virus Makes 'Extreme' Move

Bradley University in Illinois quarantines all of its students for 2 weeks

(Newser) - Bradley University in Illinois has ordered every single one of its students to quarantine for two weeks after counting dozens of coronavirus cases over the past couple of weeks. The private university in Peoria—which had some 4,600 undergraduate students last year—had counted about 50 cases as of...

No Classes After Teachers Say They'd Be No-Shows

Arizona district planned to restart despite not meeting state guidelines

(Newser) - There'll be no classes Monday after all in Arizona's JO Combs Unified School District. In "an overwhelming response," too many staff members said they don't feel safe going back yet, the superintendent wrote to families. Online classes are canceled, as well, the Hill reports, because...

900 Told to Quarantine in Georgia School District

One high school has been shut until Aug. 31

(Newser) - A Georgia school district has quarantined more than 900 students and staff members because of possible exposure to the coronavirus since classes resumed last week and will temporarily shut down a hard-hit high schoo l in which a widely shared photo showed dozens of maskless students posing together. The quarantine...

Cuomo Makes Big Move on Schools

All can reopen if conditions are met, but whether they will is a different story

(Newser) - New York state used to be the COVID-19 epicenter of the country. On Friday, its governor made a big announcement that shows how things have changed. "All schools can open," said Andrew Cuomo, per the New York Times . "If anyone can open schools, we can open schools....

Chicago Drops 'Hybrid' Plan for Schools This Fall

School year will start with remote learning

(Newser) - Chicago’s mayor on Wednesday announced that the nation’s third-largest school district will not welcome students back to the classroom to start the school year, and will instead rely on remote instruction. The city's decision to abandon its plan to have students attend in-person classes for two days...

Barron Trump's School Gets the OK to Open

Gov. Larry Hogan overturned Montgomery County mandate to close private schools through Oct. 1

(Newser) - President Trump has been quite vocal about his desire to see schools open amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, an order from the Maryland governor may see Trump partly get his wish in one part of that state, in a decision that could affect his own son. On Friday, an order...

No In-Person Classes for Barron Trump: Official

His Maryland county puts the kibosh on private schools

(Newser) - President Trump's son Barron won't be attending his private school in September after a COVID-19 directive from health officials, Business Insider reports. Travis Gayles—head of public health services in Montgomery County, Maryland—issued a statement Friday that affects St. Andrew's Episcopal School, where Barron is set...

This State Has the Best School System in America

Massachusetts ranks No. 1 in WalletHub ranking; New Mexico comes in last

(Newser) - After a school year disrupted by COVID-19, parents are more concerned than ever about their children's education. The coronavirus aside, how well public schools fare across America is often dictated by the funding they receive, which is one of the factors WalletHub took into account in its examination of...

Teachers Union Sues Florida Over Reopening

Order threatens funding, but DeSantis says it's really more of a suggestion

(Newser) - A Florida teachers union is going to court to block an order reopening schools next month. The Florida Education Association's lawsuit is over the state education commission's order decreeing schools will be open five days a week, WJXT reports. Richard Corcoran is named in the suit, as is...

Millions of Kids Get Bad News About Schools

For them, classroom instruction doesn't look too likely

(Newser) - Millions more children in the US learned Friday that they're unlikely to return to classrooms full time in the fall because of the coronavirus pandemic as death tolls reached new highs, the AP reports. It came as many states—particularly in the Sunbelt—struggled to cope with the surge...

House Dems Slam 'Alarming' WH Response on CDC Chief Testimony

Robert Redfield reportedly blocked by White House from testifying next week on school reopenings

(Newser) - CDC Director Robert Redfield was apparently in the queue to speak before Congress at a public hearing next week on the reopening of schools during the pandemic, but reports now say he's been blocked by the White House from doing so. Politico and USA Today report that Redfield had...

McEnany: 'Science Is on Our Side' in Push to Reopen Schools

Studies show COVID-19 is less of a risk to children than the flu, she says

(Newser) - White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany argued Thursday that "science is on the side" of President Trump's push to fully reopen schools this fall. McEnany cited a study in JAMA Pediatrics that found "severe illness is less frequent" in child coronavirus patients. She said it showed that...

Sure, American Schools Can Reopen—for 'Certain Kids'

The divide between public and private schools looks even wider now

(Newser) - Turns out schools can reopen in America after all—if they're private. While most public schools are opening part-time or not at all amid the coronavirus pandemic, private schools are finding they have the budgets, facilities, and small class sizes to reopen, the New York Times reports. That means...

LA, San Diego Won't Reopen Schools in Fall

Teachers and districts agree it's not safe yet

(Newser) - Public schools in San Diego and Los Angeles will not reopen this fall, the two largest districts yet to announce they'll have online classes only. The districts, with a combined 825,000 students, announced their decisions Monday despite the Trump administration pressuring schools to end their coronavirus shutdown and...

Schools Must Open, DeVos Says

CDC's coronavirus guidelines 'are just that,' education secretary says

(Newser) - Calling the reopening of the nation's schools "not a matter of if" but "a matter of how," Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said Sunday that the students have to get back into the classroom. "Parents are expecting that this fall their kids are going to have...

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