New Britain to shift Roosevelt Early Learning Center, two Lincoln KEY Program classrooms to online learning after multiple positive COVID-19 cases

One New Britain schools program and another early learning center will close in-person classes and move to remote learning for two weeks after multiple COVID-19 cases were confirmed across the district.

Several cases were confirmed at Lincoln KEY Program, Roosevelt Early Learning Center and Smith Elementary School on Friday, although school officials did not specify how many positive cases were discovered or whether they were students or staff members.

The Roosevelt Early Learning Center and two classrooms of the Lincoln Key Program will now shift to online-only learning until at least Oct. 19, the district wrote in a message posted online Friday afternoon.

The New Britain Public Health Determined the cases at Smith elementary were isolated and no closures are required there, according to the message.

Earlier this week, multiple positive cases across four schools prompted closures Wednesday and Thursday at Pulaski Middle School and Holmes Elementary School. Other cases

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Most Connecticut school districts sticking with hybrid of online and in-person learning; 133 coronavirus cases among students and staff last week

About a month into the school year, most Connecticut school districts continue to operate on a hybrid model mixing online and in-person learning, with only two districts statewide opting for fully remote education.

In an update released Thursday afternoon, the state Department of Education reported that from Sept. 21-25, nearly 60% of schools educated students with a mix of online and classroom learning, while 34% had students attending classes five days a week.

“Hybrid learning models were offered in a majority of public school district grades,” the department said. “In this model, all students attend school in-person on some but not all days and on the days when students are not in-person, instruction is provided remotely through technology or other means. The fully in-person learning model — where all students attend school in-person on all days — was offered more in the elementary grades than in the middle and high

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Norwich public schools, Norwich Free Academy to shift to online learning for 2 weeks as cases spike across city

Norwich public schools and Norwich Free Academy will shift to online-only learning for two weeks as public health officials try to combat a surge in COVID-19 cases in the city.

All public and Free Academy students will begin remote learning Friday and will not return to hybrid until Oct. 19 at the earliest, only if health metrics improve, school officials said.

It does not appear transmission has occurred at any Norwich schools as cases have spiked across age groups, demographics and neighborhoods, public health and school officials said. The shift to remote learning is only a precaution as officials look to stem the spread throughout the city.

“The transmission that we know of is not occurring within the schools, it is community spread, but we know public schools can be an avenue for transmission so we want to be as proactive and safe as possible,” public schools Superintendent Kristen Stringfellow

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Monroe Middle School switches to online learning after rise in COVID-19 cases | Local Education



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Monroe Middle School will be switching to online learning starting Wednesday after an increase in COVID-19 infections among students and staff, the district announced Tuesday. 

Classes will be held digitally until at least Oct. 8. As of 2 p.m., two students and two staff members at the middle school had tested positive, Monroe School District said. An additional 40 students and three staff at the school were quarantined. 

The news comes as several other districts in southern Wisconsin are also moving classes online because of positive COVID-19 cases among students or staff. Belmont Community Schools announced Monday it would close and do online learning for the rest of the week because of two students who tested positive. 

Last week, the Fort Atkinson School District also suspended face-to-face classes and switched to online learning until at least Oct. 5 because of rising cases in Jefferson County. 



Jefferson County COVID-19 caseload pushes Fort Atkinson School District to online learning

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SD K-12 schools see new cases pass 200 for third week

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The inability of the American medical system to perform timely, accurate testing for the presence of COVID-19 has hampered efforts to understand and respond to the pandemic. (Photo: Stock image)

When it comes to COVID-19 in the education system of South Dakota, the number of higher education and K-12 cases are trending in opposite directions week-over-week, state health department data reveals. 

And there may not be a clear reason why, state health officials said this week.

Cases at the higher ed level climbed to 1,329 by Friday, while cases at the K-12 level reached 1,371. While those overall totals are similar, the change over time shows the difference. 

More: All S.D. public universities will require masks indoors when semester starts

Cases within South Dakota’s colleges haven’t been above 200 weekly since Sept. 12, with the highest amount of new cases reported the week of Aug. 29 at 457. This

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SD K-12 schools see new cases pass 200 for third week; higher ed cases drop significantly

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The inability of the American medical system to perform timely, accurate testing for the presence of COVID-19 has hampered efforts to understand and respond to the pandemic. (Photo: Stock image)

When it comes to COVID-19 in the education system of South Dakota, the number of higher education and K-12 cases are trending in opposite directions week-over-week, state health department data reveals. 

And there may not be a clear reason why, state health officials said this week.

Cases at the higher ed level climbed to 1,329 by Friday, while cases at the K-12 level reached 1,371. While those overall totals are similar, the change over time shows the difference. 

More: All S.D. public universities will require masks indoors when semester starts

Cases within South Dakota’s colleges haven’t been above 200 weekly since Sept. 12, with the highest amount of new cases reported the week of Aug. 29 at 457. This

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Department of Education labels a 2nd county ‘yellow’ as state reports another 20 cases

Maine is advising Oxford County schools to move away from in-person instruction because the county’s rate of new cases of COVID-19 more than doubled in the past two weeks.

The change in the reopening recommendation, which came as the state also reported 20 new cases of the virus, means both Oxford and York counties are now classified as “yellow” in the state’s color-coded school advisory system, meaning there is an elevated risk of spread of the virus and a hybrid of in-person and remote instruction is advised.

All other counties in Maine remain “green,” meaning the risk of COVID-19 spread is low and in-person instruction is possible as long as physical distancing and safety requirements can be followed. The state also is closely watching Androscoggin County and plans to reassess that county, as well as Oxford and York, next week.

The new cases Friday bring Maine’s total case count since

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Michigan’s Houghton County stop in-person school as COVID cases spike

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HOUGHTON, Mich. — A county in the Upper Peninsula is suspending in-person classes at all schools for two weeks due to a spike in coronavirus cases.

Houghton County schools will have online classes only, through Oct. 9. Football games and other sports events have been canceled.

“The positive test rate for Houghton County has risen from 0.6% at the end of August to 5.1% as of September 21,” health officer Kate Beer

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Study links in-class college learning to over 3,000 new COVID-19 cases per day

DENVER (KDVR) – Sept. 22 marks a milestone for the country’s fight with the coronavirus pandemic. We have exceeded 200,000 deaths from those who have tested positive for COVID-19.

A new study indicates that number will climb as colleges and universities switch to in-person classes.

The University of Colorado Boulder has temporarily switched back to online-only learning after a large COVID-19 case spike following the start of the semester. Boulder County has tested 3,753 positive COVID-19 cases; 825 of those cases come from CU Boulder.

Similar spikes in school-borne county coronavirus cases are the national trend, according to a new report set to be released Tuesday on medical study aggregator MedRxiv. A team of medical researchers, education specialists, and economists have linked college and university reopenings with a hefty increase in national COVID-19 case growth.

The study, emailed to FOX31 before its publication at MedRxiv, analyzed COVID-19 case data, enrollment

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Oshkosh schools to go fully online for 2 weeks after increasing COVID cases

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OSHKOSH – All students in the Oshkosh Area School District will move to fully online classes for at least two weeks starting Thursday after an increase in COVID-19 cases, the district announced Tuesday morning.

District officials made the move with advice from the Winnebago County Health Department after seeing the number of positive cases and exposures increase across the city and district.

The district expects to remain fully online for at least two weeks, according to the announcement. Officials will re-evaluate Oct. 8 whether the district will return to in-person learning, which will depend on a recommendation from the Winnebago County Health Department. The earliest students would return to school would be Oct. 12.

North and West high schools were set to move fully online starting Wednesday after “extensive community spread of COVID-19 in OASD boundaries” and the increasing number of students and staff under quarantine. West officials announced

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