Education Commissioner Seeks Full In-Person Return Despite Rising COVID Cases

State education officials say their information shows local students aren’t catching COVID-19 in schools; that’s part of their plea to parents urging them to allow their kids to return to the classroom amid the pandemic.

While the state experiences an uptick in cases, Connecticut’s Department of Education reports that less than one percent of the K-12 student body has tested positive for COVID-19 since many students went back to in-person learning for the fall.

“The evidence so far suggests that the cases that schools are reporting to us may really be originating from activities that happen outside of school rather than transmission within the school, so we’re really not hearing from [the state Dept. of Public Health] that transmission is happening in our schools,” said Ajit Gopalakrishnan, CSDE’s chief performance officer.

Reporting as of October 7 shows that since schools began hosting students on August 27, 421 students – along

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‘We won’t see equality if we’re not teaching our children the full story’

Oscar- and Grammy-winning rapper, actor, writer and activist Lonnie Corant Jaman Shuka Rashid Lynn, better known as Common, is one of the most socially conscious music artists working today, and he’s also the son of a former high school principal. So, he was the perfect fit to teach an online class for Varsity Tutors’ Social Conscience Series, a free online curriculum aimed at eradicating systemic racism and sexism and driving social change. Common’s class, originally streamed live on Sept. 23 and now archived to watch on demand, was designed to “teach what schools do not” and help young people find their true voices.

Yahoo Entertainment caught up with Common to discuss his involvement in the Social Conscience Series; racial bias in American schools; his fears and hopes for the next generation; the pitfalls of social media; his recent salute to the late John Lewis on the final night of the

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Sullivan schools plan return to full in-person learning | Local News

BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. — Students in Sullivan County Schools will soon be able to spend the full school week in their classrooms, thanks to a plan approved 5-2 by the county school board.

Starting Sept. 28, elementary and middle school students participating in hybrid learning will go from two to four days a week in classrooms. On Oct. 12, they’ll be able to attend school in person for the full week. Meanwhile, high schools will continue to offer hybrid learning until Oct. 19, when their students will be able to learn in person all five weekdays.

Sullivan County Schools Director Dr. David Cox said he proposed those changes due to a decrease in the community spread of COVID-19.

“Our community spread numbers have gotten to a much more

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Run the Jewels to Perform RTJ4 in Full on Adult Swim

Run the Jewels will perform RTJ4 in full for an Adult Swim special at midnight Eastern on Saturday, October 10. The concert will stream on the network’s YouTube channel once the broadcast finishes early Sunday morning. The event, which aims to encourage voter turnout, is both the debut live performance of RTJ4 and Adult Swim’s first ever concert broadcast. “We’re proud to be a part of this initiative to encourage and enable voting and can’t wait to finally perform our album RTJ4,” Killer Mike and El-P in a press release. “This will be fun.”

Titled “Holy Calamavote,” the Ben & Jerry’s–sponsored show will not be interrupted by ads, according to the press release. Those watching the livestream will be prompted to donate to the ACLU, should they wish.

Jabari Paul, the U.S. activism manager at Ben & Jerry’s, said in the press release: “Young people are the single largest

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The Full Suburban: Online school is an education for parents, too

Well, this past couple of weeks have certainly been an education. As expected, online school is a whole other ball of wax than the real deal. Unlike our crash course in the spring, teachers, parents and students are much better equipped to handle virtual learning this time around.

There’s a daily schedule, an actual grading system in place and opportunities for students to learn in real time with their teachers and classmates sitting right in front of them on a computer screen. But still – it’s just not the same.

Consider the essay my second-grader wrote during Language Arts one day last week: “I do not like online school as much as school school. It is just bad sitting in a chair for six hours, sooooo boring. Sometimes I wonder if I will live to see another day. Crazy huh. But that is how bad it is!!! Horibl.”

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