Thinking ahead to December, Abilene ISD opts out of City Sidewalks

COVID-19 has claimed another popular event this year.

a couple of people that are flying in the sky: Assistant Director Tyler Jacks directs the Eagle Band during rehearsal Thursday at Abilene High School Sept. 24, 2020.

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Assistant Director Tyler Jacks directs the Eagle Band during rehearsal Thursday at Abilene High School Sept. 24, 2020.

Or, well, a significant portion of one.


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Citing a lack of safety from the threatening disease, Abilene ISD officials have decided not to allow student participation in City Sidewalks and other activities surrounding the evening celebration this December.

It’s a Christmas-time experience that has been joyful to me personally since I arrived in 2014. This year, the entire experience may go dark.

While it’s not affiliated with the other two events that night, City Sidewalks has been a real joy to experience, both as a fan of music and the city’s education reporter.

The city’s Parade of Lights, which I’ve participated in twice with Abilene Community Theatre, and the ceremonial Christmas tree lighting, will be without AISD students.

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Himachal directorate of higher education to hold Class 9-12 second term exams in December

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Second term examinations for Classes 9 to 12 will be held in all Himachal government schools in December.

Higher education director Amarjeet Kumar Sharma has directed all district officials to start preparation for conducting these examinations. The first term examinations for the said Classes had been held online between September 7 to 17. The results were declared on September 30.

The Private Educational Institutions Regulatory Commission has asked all colleges and universities to ensure students who are unable to attend online classes receive notes. Private colleges have also been asked to extend the date of admission and not to charge late fees.

Private Educational Institutions Regulatory Commission chairperson major general Atul Kaushik (retired) said private institutions can also provide the facility through pen drives.

“Staring into a computer, laptop or smartphone for long hours can lead to vision problems. Therefore, to ensure students get breaks

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Sweetwater Union High School District to continue with online learning through December

The next school board meeting is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 28.

CHULA VISTA, Calif. — In a letter to families in both English and Spanish on Monday Sept. 21, The Sweetwater Union High School District announced it would continue with online distance learning through December 2020. 

“Although it had been our hope that we might see lower [coronavirus] infection rates in San Diego County, and in particular our South Bay region, instead the most recent data shows that we are in danger of moving back into higher risk categories.” said the district’s statement in part.

At the end of November, the district will decide whether there’s a safe option to reopen in-person classes in January 2021.

San Diego County health officials have committed various resources to South Bay zip codes, including free, no-appointment COVID-19 testing sites.

“If the situation improves, the district’s reopening plan allows for the possibility of small

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