West Orange District Prepares Teachers for Hybrid Reopening

WEST ORANGE, NJ — As the West Orange Public School (WOPS) District begins its countdown towards a Nov. 9 hybrid reopening, WOPS Superintendent Dr. Scott Cascone explained that the district is now preparing staff for their students’ return to brick and mortar classrooms. At the same time, the district’s autistic students started on Monday, Oct. 12 with a staggered reintroduction for other special needs populations between next week and Nov. 9.

Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Eveny de Mendez added that when in-person classes begin the week of Nov. 9, the students will be broken in different cohorts–two at the elementary schools and four at the middle schools and high school.

She continued that in order to prepare for the incoming cohorts, the district is planning  professional development (PD) sessions centering around instructional strategies for teaching both in-person and remotely.

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Orange Schools set for possible return to in-person learning; decision expected soon

PEPPER PIKE, Ohio — The Orange City School District continues to prepare for a possible return to in-person learning — via a hybrid model — on Oct. 19, Superintendent Lynn Campbell told the Orange Board of Education Tuesday (Sept. 29).

In a Sept. 23 email to Orange Schools families, Campbell said that if COVID-19 data trends continue in Cuyahoga County — per the county Board of Health’s guidelines — the district is on track to implement its hybrid model on Oct. 19.

The decision is expected to be made after updated data from the county is released on Thursday (Oct. 1). If the county’s status has not elevated to red (Level 3) or purple (Level 4) on the Ohio Public Health Advisory Alert System, parents would likely be notified by Monday (Oct. 5) of the return to in-person learning, Campbell said.

Cuyahoga County has been at Level 2 (orange) on

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5 Orange County Schools Awarded Blue Ribbon By Dept. Of Education

ORANGE COUNTY, CA — Five Orange County schools were named National Blue Ribbon Schools Thursday, an honor bestowed on campuses based on their overall academic achievement or success in closing achievement gaps among group of students. Nine schools in Los Angeles County received the same honor.

Nearly 370 schools earned the recognition nationally, including 36 in California.

The honor “affirms the hard work of educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content,” according to the U.S. Department of Education, which presents the honors.

Honorees are normally recognized during a ceremony in Washington, D.C., but due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s event will be held virtually Nov. 12-13.

The Southern California honorees are:

Orange County:

  • Fountain Valley, Ethan B. Allen Elementary School, Garden Grove Unified School District

  • Fullerton, Laguna Road Elementary School, Fullerton Elementary School District

  • Costa Mesa, Mariners Christian School,

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Nearly 16,000 Orange County students switch to face-to-face learning

Thousands of Orange County parents who originally enrolled their child in online learning have switched to face-to-face learning.

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Friday was the deadline for Orange County parents to decide if they wanted to switch their students from the county’s LaunchEd program to face-to-face learning or the other way around.

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At Tuesday night’s school board meeting, Superintendent Barbara Jenkins said 15,792 students will switch from LaunchED to face-face learning.

Another 983 students will switch to LaunchEd from face-to-face learning.

Jenkins said the change means some teachers who are teaching from home will now have to come back to school next month.

Jenkins also said the change could make it more difficult for students to social distance on the school bus. She asked parents to drive their kids to school if it is possible.

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West Orange High School pivots to online learning after positive COVID-19 cases on campus

Officials at West Orange High School announced Friday that 10 people there tested positive for COVID-19 and that at least two more cases were pending.The Department of Health identified that 159 students and staff members had direct contact with those 10 people and they have asked all of them to quarantine.For the next two weeks, the 922 students and staff members who would have been on campus to learn will instead be doing at-home learning.The plan is to bring everyone back on Monday, Oct. 5.The district and Department of Health will offer drive-thru testing for free for West Orange High School students and staff members who have been on campus in the meantime.Health officials said they believe an outbreak at Olympia High School earlier this month was due in part to a birthday party.

Officials at West Orange High School announced Friday that 10 people there

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West Orange High School preparing for 2 weeks of online learning after COVID-19 cases

A parent of a student at West Orange High School said a move to entirely virtual schooling over the next two weeks is necessary, but there still are reservations.

The move is coming after school district leaders said there were at least 10 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Paul Oteng has a senior at West Orange and said his daughter’s safety means the most.

“If keeping them at home is going to make them safe,” he said. “I don’t think I have any problems with that.”

But Oteng also said he has a few reservations about her learning fully online. She’s been face to face this semester.

“Interactions with other people,” he described as one concern. “I don’t know if she’s having any problems (if) she’ll have a teacher there to help.”

School officials said more than 100 students and staff members had direct contact with those 10 people who tested

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