Denver Public Schools to delay reopening middle and high schools to in-person learning

Denver middle and high schools will continue with virtual learning into November, according to an internal district communication obtained by Chalkbeat. The school district had planned to reopen school buildings to middle and high school students on Oct. 21.

COVID-19 cases have been rising in Denver. On Monday, as Denver Mayor Michael Hancock sounded the alarm, Superintendent Susana Cordova said the district would consult with public health officials and take a second look at plans to bring older students back to the classroom.

At a school board meeting later that evening, Dr. Bill Burman, the director of Denver Public Health reiterated that he believes it’s relatively safe to bring students back to school and that the greatest risk is that of frequent learning disruptions due to quarantine.

But he also noted that COVID cases had risen among school-age children in Denver in recent weeks. Public health officials have attributed a

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Cottonwood High is moving online. Here’s a list of Utah schools that have had COVID-19 outbreaks.

Another high school in Salt Lake County will temporarily move online after a COVID-19 outbreak among students and staff.

Cottonwood High School in Murray reported having more than 15 positive cases Tuesday. In response, Granite School District announced it would follow recommendations from the Utah Department of Health to shut down for two weeks and shuffle students to remote learning.

That begins with classes Wednesday and goes through Oct. 28.

“At the end of the day, Granite District is committed to adhering to health department guidance,” said spokesman Ben Horsley. “We believe in the science behind that.”

So far, 15 schools in the county have hit the 15-person infection threshold since most reopened in August. Three have not shut their doors for the full two-week period that’s suggested. Those are Riverton High, Copper Hills High and Bingham High, all in Jordan School District, which instead closed for a day or

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Coronavirus fears dip from April peak, but remain high, UT/TT Poll says

Texas voters are still concerned about the spread of the coronavirus in their communities, but not as worried as they were in April, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.

In the latest survey, 40% said they are “extremely” or “very” concerned about the spread of infections; 30% said they were “not very” or “not at all” concerned. In April, 54% were extremely or very concerned, while 17% were unconcerned.

Their concerns about “you or someone you know” getting infected are similar: 44% are extremely or somewhat concerned, while 32% say they’re not very or not at all concerned. As with some other questions about the pandemic, concerns are higher in populations that have been hit harder by COVID-19. Among white voters, 37% are extremely or very concerned about themselves or people they know being infected. Among Black voters, 53% have high concern, and among Hispanic voters, 57%

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As Election Looms, Experts Say Stakes Are High for Harvard and Higher Ed | News

With just three weeks before Election Day, experts say much is at stake for Harvard in the outcome of the contest between President Donald J. Trump and former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.

University President Lawrence S. Bacow said in a Sept. 25 interview with The Crimson that he would not speculate on the outcome of the election and that the University will always try to “work cooperatively with the government, regardless of who is in power.”

But in recent months, the relationship between Harvard and Trump has been more contentious than cooperative.

In April, Trump said that Harvard would have to “pay back” the nearly $9 million it was allocated in the CARES Act, the largest economic stimulus package in American history. Soon after his criticism, Harvard announced that it would not “seek or accept” the funds to which it was entitled.

In July, shortly after Harvard announced

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Special Olympics Maine recognizes Bath high school for inclusive program

Members of Morse High School’s unified sports teams accepted a banner from Special Olympics Maine Friday recognizing the school for its involvement in the organization’s Unified Champion Schools program. Kathleen O’Brien / The Times Record

BATH — It’s the last minute of the final game for Morse High School’s unified basketball team, which boasts an equal number of students with and without disabilities. Shots are taken, missed, and taken again as the clock ticks down until the buzzer sounds and every player, coach and spectator erupts into cheers, applause and congratulations. Who wins isn’t remembered, but the sense of acceptance every student feels will last a lifetime.

The unified basketball team is just one part of Morse High School’s involvement with Unified Champion Schools, a Special Olympics Maine program aimed at fostering a sense of social inclusion, respect and acceptance for all students and teachers. The Bath high school received

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Highland Park Community Foundation Honors Highland Park High School Teachers with 2020 HPCF Golden Apple Award

The Highland Park Community Foundation (HPCF) has recognized three well-deserving Highland Park High School teachers with 2020 HPCF Golden Apple Awards. This year’s honorees are Josh Chodoroff, HPHS Band Director; Nairy Hagopian, Spanish Teacher; and Katrina Tolemy, Special Education Essentials Teacher.

“The Highland Park Community Foundation is privileged to honor Josh, Nairy, and Katrina as the HPCF’s 2020 Golden Apple Recipients,” said Sara Sher, HPCF Golden Apple selection committee chair. “We want to recognize these exemplary teachers for the valuable work they do every day on behalf of the children in our community. The Highland Park Community Foundation celebrates these extraordinary individuals for their positive impact and their teaching in both the classroom and the virtual world.”



To recognize outstanding teachers in the Highland Park School systems, in 2010, the Highland Park Community Foundation worked with a local family foundation to launch the annual HPCF Golden Apple Award. The HPCF

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Rockford high school switches to online learning as positive coronavirus cases climb

ROCKFORD, MI – Rockford High School and the Rockford Freshman Center will switch to online-only learning for the next two weeks after at least 17 students have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

In the past few weeks, 416 students in grades 9-12 have been placed in self-quarantine after coming into close contact with positive cases, Rockford Superintendent Michael Shibler wrote in an Oct. 10 post to the district website.

Shibler said health officials from the Kent County Health Department called him Saturday urging the superintendent to close the high school and freshman center buildings for 14 days as a result of increasing coronavirus cases.

High school students will use the same remote instructional model they had used when the district conducted online-only learning for the first two weeks of school.

The two buildings will remain closed to students until Friday, Oct. 23, Shibler said. Teachers will have access to

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The high price of a higher education

Few colleges in the country are holding normal, in-person classes. Most students aren’t even living on campus. So why is the tab still so high?

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Schools across the country are charging students full tuition for what parents believe is a half-baked experience. Classes have moved online, students aren’t allowed to visit campus, and there has been nary a word about when these restrictions might change. As a result, some students are opting to sit this year out.


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One such student decided to forgo this academic year and get a job instead, according to his father, conservative commentator and Washington Examiner columnist Stephen Moore. His other choice was to return to Villanova University and pay $70,000 for online classes that he would have had to take from home.

Students are demanding tuition rebates, increased financial aid, reduced fees, and leaves of absence to

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COVID-19 cases cause Father Gabriel Richard High School to switch to online learning

ANN ARBOR, MI – Ann Arbor Father Gabriel Richard High School has suspended in-person learning due to a number of COVID-19 cases in students.

The Catholic high school’s administration announced it would transition to its Irish Online learning program beginning Wednesday, Oct. 7, at the recommendation of the Washtenaw County Health Department. The school also has suspended all extracurricular and athletic activities.

In a statement, Father Gabriel Richard administrators said much of the spread of COVID-19 cases among students is believed to be attributed to social gatherings outside of school.

“We have not had confirmation of spread occurring during the school day, so we feel confident that the measures we have in place are working,” administrators said in a statement. “We strongly urge all students to be mindful of the impact of their personal actions outside of school upon the whole school community.”

No further details were provided by

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Newton high school robotics team cracks the code for making virtual learning fun

“I had to put myself in the shoes of a third-grader who is sitting at a computer at home and wants to be told a story,” Skyler Bohnert, a Newton North High School senior who taught a history class at the camp, said. “They don’t want to be lectured at, they don’t want to take a test, but they want to be involved in a conversation about something they find interesting.”

Kavya Ajaykumar, a sophomore at Newton North High School and a co-founder of Camp AMP, said background noises and technological challenges can make it difficult for students to speak naturally to their classmates and teacher over Zoom and socialize with each other and feel a sense of community.

Ajaykumar said they staffed Camp AMP entirely with high school students because they had firsthand experience of abruptly transitioning to online learning when schools closed in March. Focusing on facilitated class

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