Online Classes Until 2021 For East Aurora Schools Due To Pandemic

AURORA, IL — Students in East Aurora District 131 will be learning from home for the rest of the year after officials again delayed their return to school amid the coronavirus pandemic.

With a “prevailing high number” of coronavirus cases in the Aurora area, district officials are now hoping to implement a hybrid learning plan in January, Superintendent Jennifer Norrell said in a letter to parents.

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The positivity rate in District 131’s main ZIP code, 60505, has often been twice or triple the statewide positivity rate, and almost half of the city’s 5,920 coronavirus cases, as of Sunday, were recorded in the same ZIP code, Norrell said.

District officials will continue to watch coronavirus trends in the area and will “certainly explore an earlier return” if it looks possible, Norrell said.

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Iona College Switches To Virtual Learning Due To Coronavirus

NEW ROCHELLE, NY — A new coronavirus outbreak at Iona College in New Rochelle has resulted in 60 confirmed cases so far, and as a result classes will be held virtually for the time being.

According to a robocall from Mayor Noam Bramson, the outbreak is confined — at this time — to Iona’s student body.

There is no indication of spread to the larger community, Bramson said, and nearly all cases have been traced to a single event.

Because of the infections, the college is switching to virtual instruction for the next two weeks at least.

“This is a reminder to all of us that COVID-19 is still very much active in our region, so once again we advise residents to be diligent about observing public health guidelines,” Bramson said in the robocall. “Wear a mask, practice physical distancing and wash your hands frequently.”

The college has been holding

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Online learning halted at Tyngsboro schools due to possible cyberattack

Online learning at Tyngsboro High School and Middle School was temporarily halted Friday as officials investigated a potential cyberattack, according to WBZ-TV.

Police said the disruptions may have originated from devices brought into the school buildings, noting that that they were so-called “denial-of-service” attacks, according to the Lowell Sun.

“While we are confident that we will soon rectify this situation, I am upset for the difficulty and disruption this has caused our students, families, and staff,” Superintendent Dr. Michael Flanagan said in a statement, the WBZ-TV reports.

A denial-of-service attack prevents users from accessing information systems, devices or other network resources because of the actions of the malicious user.

The district hopes to resolve the issue by Tuesday, WBZ-TV reports.

On Thursday, Springfield school officials abruptly paused remote learning to investigate possible IT threats. The district dismissed students Thursday morning and said remote learning was suspended because of the threats

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Manitou Springs schools to shift to online learning through Oct. 19 due to positive COVID-19 cases | 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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Moscow’s schools to switch to online education due to coronavirus

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Photos Show Why Miami Public Schools Could Be the Next Ron DeSantis Coronavirus Debacle

MIAMI—Last week, a few days before Donald Trump revealed he came down with COVID-19, Karla Hernandez-Mats went on a coronavirus safety fact-finding mission in South Florida schools ahead of their reopening on Monday.The president of United Teachers of Dade, the local teachers union, Hernandez-Mats said she and her colleagues conducted surprise inspection visits at 17 Miami-area schools that suggested administrators were still scrambling to put safety measures in place.At Miami Springs Senior High, one of the 17 schools inspected, administrators initially refused to allow her colleague, United Teachers of Dade First Vice-President Antonio White, to enter the building and called a police resource officer on him, the union officials told The Daily Beast.“When administrators act like that, their schools are usually not prepared,” White said in an interview. “That was the case at

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Special needs children ‘shut out’ of school in England due to Covid-19 rules

Almost a fifth of pupils with special education needs are absent from school, according to government figures, as parents find their children shut out by rigid coronavirus rules.

According to data published last week, 81% of children in England with Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) at state-funded schools were in attendance on 24 September, compared with 88% of all children.

Parents and campaigners have told the Observer that children with special education needs and disabilities (Send) are missing out on school due to problems with infection control, timetables and transport. “We’re hearing from families of disabled children who have not been permitted to return or have been put on part-time timetables,” said Gillian Doherty of Send Action. “Other children have had the provision they rely on to access education reduced or removed. The gap between rhetoric and reality needs to be acknowledged so it can be addressed.”

Children with

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Americans are reconsidering investing in higher education due to COVID-19

WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) – Since the COVID-19 pandemic upended the education sector, Americans are reconsidering investing in higher education, according to a new Edward Jones and Morning Consult study. Respondents cited concerns over the current economic climate and the quality of online learning as top reasons some students are considering skipping higher education and choosing to look for full-time employment or internships instead.

a person walking down a sidewalk next to a building: Saving for your child's college education with the financial difficulties caused by the pandemic

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Saving for your child’s college education with the financial difficulties caused by the pandemic

On Friday, Investment Strategist for Edward Jones, Nela Richardson joined NewsChannel 7 at 4 to share the details of the survey revealing concerns over education investment and will discuss current tools available to assist with planning for college. She also discussed the ongoing effort to increase financial literacy around topics like education savings with an in-school pilot for high school students and teachers and an at-home curriculum for

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Debate should never have happened due to Trump’s “mental health”

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U.S. President Donald Trump participates in the first presidential debate against Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden at the Health Education Campus of Case Western Reserve University on September 29, 2020 in Cleveland, Ohio. Win McNamee/Getty Images

A Yale psychiatrist who has repeatedly raised questions about President Trump’s mental health argued that Tuesday’s debate against Joe Biden should never have been allowed to go forward.

Dr. Bandy X. Lee, a forensic psychiatrist at Yale School of Medicine and the president of the World Mental Health Coalition, said in an interview with Salon that Trump lacked the basic “mental health” to participate in a presidential debate.

Trump derailed the debate throughout the entire 90 minutes, repeatedly refusing to comply with the rules his campaign had agreed to and incessantly heckling his opponent. The event was universally panned as a “sh*tshow” and “a hot mess inside

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Many lower-income students are abandoning higher education due to COVID-19

Desteny Lara is 18, and she goes to California State University, East Bay. Like many college students in America, she recently had to leave campus and move back home — she’s from South Central Los Angeles. For her, moving back means living in a two-bedroom apartment with 10 family members and grappling with how to keep her focus.

“When it comes to concentrating and doing work, I normally do it at night, because everyone’s asleep. Everyone’s quiet, and it makes me focus more,” Lara says.

Still, it’s getting challenging. And she says she wonders how much longer she can do this for: “Sometimes I think to myself, is school really worth it?” 

This is exactly what educators and experts are worried about. COVID-19 and the ensuing economic crisis is putting even more pressure on low-income and first-generation college students. It’s starting to show: So far, there’s been a decrease in

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