De Pere school district to keep learning online through Nov. 6

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DE PERE – One district is reopening, the other will remain closed at least until Nov. 6.

Leaders of the West De Pere and De Pere Unified school districts on Tuesday announced dramatically different plans of educating their students as coronavirus cases continue to spike in Brown County.

Benjamin Villarruel, superintendent of the Unified School District of De Pere, said in a Tuesday letter to families that the decision to keep the district’s schools closed was made with input from the De Pere Heath Department and local health care leaders.

As of Tuesday, the district’s COVID-19 dashboard showed it has 14 active cases among students and staff, while 66 have recovered. Sixteen staff members are currently under quarantine.

The school district closed its school buildings and moved all learning online at the end of September, less than a month into the school year, after nearly 900 students were absent.

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Merced City School District welcomes back special education students

MERCED, Calif. (KFSN) — Merced City School District staff members were eager to welcome back a small group of students on Monday.

A Franklin Elementary School special education teacher even made unique desks for her students, each designed to be their personal truck.

“The desks are built like trucks, so everything they need is in their truck,” explained Miss Bonita. “They have their keys, which are all their passwords for anything they’re logging onto.”

She’s hoping the rules of the road will help students adjust to the new classroom health safety rules.

“We keep our hands in the car, we have to stay in our seat when we’re in our car, our masks can come off in the car, pretty much all the normal rules we use in the car,” explained Bonita.

Roughly 150 special education students returned to the classroom for in-person learning on campuses in the Merced City

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West Orange District Prepares Teachers for Hybrid Reopening

WEST ORANGE, NJ — As the West Orange Public School (WOPS) District begins its countdown towards a Nov. 9 hybrid reopening, WOPS Superintendent Dr. Scott Cascone explained that the district is now preparing staff for their students’ return to brick and mortar classrooms. At the same time, the district’s autistic students started on Monday, Oct. 12 with a staggered reintroduction for other special needs populations between next week and Nov. 9.

Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Eveny de Mendez added that when in-person classes begin the week of Nov. 9, the students will be broken in different cohorts–two at the elementary schools and four at the middle schools and high school.

She continued that in order to prepare for the incoming cohorts, the district is planning  professional development (PD) sessions centering around instructional strategies for teaching both in-person and remotely.

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Gadsden teacher’s COVID-19 death prompts district to go fully online

Miranda Cyr, Las Cruces Sun-News
Published 3:49 p.m. MT Oct. 9, 2020 | Updated 3:51 p.m. MT Oct. 9, 2020

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Since the coronavirus pandemic started, the United States has recorded more than 7.6 million cases of COVID-19 and 213,000 deaths.

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LAS CRUCES – Gadsden Independent School District’s Board of Trustees unanimously decided to keep all students online for the remainder of the fall semester during Thursday’s board meeting after noting a recent increase in positive COVID-19 cases in the district.

The decision also came days after the death of Leo Lugo, a special education teacher at Chaparral High, who had been infected by the disease.

GISD Superintendent Travis Dempsey presented an update on COVID-19 in the district, revealing that there are 44 employees currently self-quarantining, there have been 22 positive cases since July 1, and there have been three employees hospitalized due to symptoms.

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Boise School District readies for move to ‘red’ category, will continue in-person learning

District officials say the hybrid model – with two days of in-person instruction and three days of virtual learning – will continue through the end of the semester.

BOISE, Idaho — The Boise School District will continue moving forward with its phased plan to bring students back to the classroom in person, even as health officials say Ada County will likely move into the “red” category of coronavirus infection rates.

Previously, Central District Health had recommended that schools opt for remote learning over in-person instruction while in the “red” or Category 3 level.

But CDH officials said Friday morning during the Boise School District’s board meeting that they support Boise schools continuing to allow students back into the classroom.

CDH Program Manager Gina Pannell said that teachers and staff in the Boise School District have done “an incredible job” so far keeping kids distanced and enforcing mask-wearing and other safety

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Manitou Springs schools shifts to online learning; District 20 had COVID-19 cases at four schools | Colorado Springs News

Manitou Springs schools will move to online learning Thursday after three people associated with the high school were diagnosed with COVID-19.

Superintendent Elizabeth Domangue announced the new infections in a letter sent to families, a district representative said Wednesday.

The district also has “multiple” others with coronavirus symptoms, Domangue stated, adding that the plan is for students to return to in-person learning on Oct. 19.

“The Manitou Springs School District community is interconnected both in and out of school, so this decision is rooted in a community public health approach,” Domangue wrote. “I know that this information comes to you with concern and other emotions, especially as families have made plans for students to be fully in-person and now we are having to make this shift for six school days.

“This decision was not easy, but we believe that is necessary to return to in-person learning together.”

Elementary students will

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Santa Fe district struggles to find volunteer teachers for hybrid learning | Education

Teaching vacancies at Santa Fe Public Schools are in line with previous years, even amid the coronavirus pandemic.

But the district is still struggling to find enough teachers to volunteer to reenter schools under a hybrid learning model it will implement later this month.

The district reported 21 teaching vacancies affecting 11 elementary, community and middle schools, and no principal or assistant principal openings Wednesday. Only one school had more than two openings, with Ortiz Middle School reporting seven as the first quarter of the year comes to a close Friday.

Superintendent Veronica García said the figure is on par with the average number of openings the district has had over the past several years.

“The numbers vary and the reasons vary,” García said. “We’ve worked hard at recruitment and retention, but this seems to have been our range as far as vacancies this year.”

Of the openings, six involved

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‘Shocking number’ of Mineral Wells ISD students failing online learning, district says

“Several have never logged in or communicated at all in six weeks,” the district said in a letter to parents.

MINERAL WELLS, Texas —

Mineral Wells ISD has announced that students who are failing multiple courses or are unengaged will be required to return to in-person learning on Oct. 19. The district says “many remote learning students have not been successful at all.”

The district hopes that students will be given this time to make better decisions and begin participating appropriately, a letter from the district to parents said.

“Several have never logged in or communicated at all in six weeks,” the letter said. “These students are falling desperately behind and if we do not act quickly, they may never recover.”

The district will contact parents/guardians at the end of the upcoming three-week period if their child has been unsuccessful with remote learning.

The district encourages parents to bring students

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Focus on students who are still out of contact with online learning, DoE tells govt schools, district officials





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The Directorate of Education (DoE) has asked district education officers and principals of all government schools to focus on students who are not attending online classes and are out of touch with their teachers and lessons ever since physical classes were suspended in view of the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to an education department official, who requested anonymity, at least 5.5% of the 15.5 lakh students in government schools are completely out of contact with their teachers and are not attached to virtual learning in any manner.

Since the outbreak of the pandemic, schools across Delhi are conducting classes online, and sending links for study materials via WhatsApp and emails and as text messages.

According to the minutes of a DoE coordination committee meeting held on October 1, DoE director Udit Prakash asked all district education officers to focus on students who are not reverting to

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Amherst budget chief says Boston business groups’ state education funding report guillotines local school district

AMHERST – A proposal by two Boston-based business advocacy groups to alter how the state’s Chapter 70 local aid to school districts is disbursed would take a meat cleaver to the local school district, according to the town’s budget chief Sean Mangano.

Nearly $8 million of state education aid would be lopped off the revenue sheets for Amherst school system and Amherst-Pelham regional district, he said.

The two business groups co-wrote a 23-page report – saying more Chapter 70 school aid should go to the least wealthy cities and towns, and less to more affluent communities.

Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce and Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education jointly wrote the research paper – Ryan Flynn from the Alliance and James Sutherland of the Chamber.

The authors acknowledged assistance from a small group of experts.

Those include two men recently in senior leadership positions at the state Department of Elementary and

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