County COVID-19 caseload pushes Fort Atkinson School District to online learning | Local Education

“We felt that it was important for the long-term safety and wellbeing of our students and families and staff to enact the guidance as it was written and switch to a virtually only environment,” said Superintendent Rob Abbott.



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But just hitting the county’s recommended metric for closure wasn’t the only consideration behind the decision, Abbott said. A “handful” of positive COVID-19 cases have been reported in the district, he said, including four staff members.

Another contributing factor in the decision is to ensure Fort Atkinson has enough staff available to continue teaching.

Abbott said contact tracing for positive COVID-19 cases can have a “ripple effect” when people are identified as having had close contact with an infected person, which can result in several students and staff needing to quarantine.

“Part of this is trying to maintain enough and healthy quality staff to be able to continue operations in

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Why parents should stay informed about the candidates running in their district

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The COVID-19 pandemic took many students and teachers from the classroom to their living rooms. The virus closed school campuses across the nation and caused school board members to make controversial decisions for their districts, on whether to go back on campus for in person learning or begin the school year virtually. A decision that can only be made by the school board of education.

Carol Lloyd is the Vice President and editorial director of Great!Schools, a national website that offers information on public and private schools throughout the nation. Lloyd told 23ABC it’s important parents know who sits on their school boards because they are responsible for making all of the big fundamental decisions like hiring the Superintendent and budget decisions.

“It’s amazing how few parents actually understand what a school board does, and we know that only 10% of voters turn out for these elections.

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State Board of Education, District 1, endorsement

The two candidates running for State Board of Education, District 1, are Tim Hughes, who works for an education non-profit, and Angelo Casino, a middle school teacher at a local charter school.

Mr. Hughes is well-spoken and well-versed in education jargon. He believes the state board needs to help “create the conditions where districts can adjust to changing and evolving needs of educators.” He also would like to tweak Nevada’s teacher licensing laws to help increase the number of teachers.

He doesn’t support retaining students who have fallen behind academically, even as a stopgap measure to help students who’ve lost months of instruction because of the coronavirus. He is somewhat supportive of charter schools, supporting non-profit operators, but not those run by for-profit companies. He expresses skepticism of using testing data in teacher evaluations, calling it a snapshot in time.

The focus of Mr. Casino’s campaign is bring the perspective

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State Board of Education, District 4, endorsement

Incumbent Mark Newburn seeks re-election to the State Board of Education, District 4. Former Clark County School Board Trustee Rene Cantu also seeks the seat.

Mr. Newburn is the current vice president of the board. He describes himself as “an outside change agent.” Realizing that he couldn’t change everything, he focused his efforts on improving computer science education in the state. He views the role of the board as being the truth tellers in public education.

He’s supportive of charter schools, viewing them as “just another district to us.” He would like to see more charter schools in neighborhoods with low-performing traditional schools. He’s also a supporter of Read by 3. He believes the program would have “created a lot of focus and motivation to take care of the problem before the third grade. I’m concerned that we’ll lose that sense of urgency.” The Legislature gutted the retention portion of

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Call for consistency: Continuing district divide bridged by single issue Monday | News



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Students, parents and teachers rally in favor of in-person learning (Reese Gorman, 09/21/2020)




During demonstrations and public comments Monday evening, the continuing divide in the Norman Public Schools community was bridged by one issue: the desire for more consistency.

In the midst of two demonstrations and a lengthy public comment section at Monday evening’s Board of Education meeting, community members of all opinions expressed frustration with the district’s current path. Some asked for schools to reopen and students to be brought back to in-person learning, while others advocated for more safety measures and further reconsideration of the current plan, but people on both sides asked that the district commit to more stability.

“We need consistency — our children need to know what’s going to happen for the next several weeks,” said Jennifer Hendrix, a NPS parent, during the public comment section. “As soon as

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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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Sweetwater Union High School District To Offer Free Adult Education Courses

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The Sweetwater Union High School District announced Tuesday its Adult Education Division will begin offering free career technical education courses in South Bay communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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“During these unprecedented times, it is our priority to help and support our community through this global pandemic by offering free courses throughout the South Bay,” said Audrey Diedorff, a teacher in the adult and continuing education division.

According to a district statement, English as a Second Language and GED courses have always been free through the district, and adult education career training courses have historically been offered at a low cost. However, due to the global pandemic and its impact on community member jobs and finances, many students and families are experiencing difficult times and need support.

The adult education program provides adult students

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Sweetwater school district to offer free adult education courses

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – The Sweetwater Union High School District’s Adult Education Division will begin offering free career technical education courses in South Bay communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, district officials said Tuesday.

“During these unprecedented times, it is our priority to help and support our community through this global pandemic by offering free courses throughout the South Bay,” said Audrey Diedorff, a teacher in the adult and continuing education division.

According to a district statement, English as a Second Language and GED courses have always been free through the district, and adult education career training courses have historically been offered at a low cost. However, due to the global pandemic and its impact on community member jobs and finances, many students and families are experiencing difficult times and need support.

The adult education program provides adult students with career and technical education, so students can enter the workforce with

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