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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Before Baltimore County teachers return to classes, they want to see reopening plan

Baltimore County teachers, concerned about when they’ll return to the classroom, say they’re waiting to see a back to school plan from the district.|| Coronavirus updates | Maryland’s latest numbers | Where to get tested ||Baltimore County teachers will hold a news conference Tuesday evening. Once it’s over, teachers plan to drive over to school board headquarters to send a message to the board that they want answers.“We want a safe and sustained reopening for schools,” Baltimore County Teachers Association President Cindy Sexton said.The teacher’s union said those are two concerns that must be addressed before educators head back to the classroom. That could end up being sometime after the first of the year.“The hope is when it’s safe, if it’s safe before that, we’ll certainly welcome the conversation. If we are still in the throes of this pandemic, then we’re not going to agree that would safe either,” Sexton … Read More

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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NC Lt. Gov. Dan Forest calls for vote on school reopening

Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Forest tried Thursday to persuade the State Board of Education to give all North Carolina public schools the choice of fully reopening for in-person classes.

Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper allowed the state’s elementary schools to fully reopen, but he’s left in place restrictions at middle schools and high schools due to COVID-19. Forest, who is a member of the state board, argued Thursday that the board and not the governor should decide on how schools reopen.

But Forest’s motion to allow all K-12 public schools to fully reopen was determined to be out of order. The state board and the state Department of Public Instruction have worked with the governor’s office on school reopening issues.

“We have schools across this state that want to be able to open safely now, and there are other districts across this state that want to be open in some capacity,”

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Governor Lamont, education commissioner still optimistic about school reopening |

HARTFORD — Gov. Ned Lamont and state Education Commissioner Miguel Cardona said Tuesday they remain pleased with the reopening of Connecticut’s public schools, despite coronavirus-related concerns raised by the state’s largest teachers union regarding needier districts lacking proper air ventilation, personal protective equipment, and deep cleaning.

Cardona said there have been about 370 cases of infected students and about 150 cases of infected staff reported to state officials since schools opened in August. The 370 cases include students who are currently learning remotely. He said the infection rate for students, who he said appeared to have contracted COVID-19 off-campus, is less than 1%, which is lower than the statewide infection rate.

“A lot of success is happening in our schools. Obviously this always is going to be a work in progress but we’re going to get better at it,” Cardona said, adding how he’s “very impressed” that the percentage of

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Atlanta Public Schools reopening process | Superintendent speaks

Dr. Lisa Herring spoke to 11Alive’s Jennifer Bellamy on Tuesday.

ATLANTA — When some Atlanta Public Schools students begin returning to in-person classes later this month, one thing district superintendent Dr. Lisa Herring wants parents to keep in mind is that it won’t necessarily be like everything is back to normal.

Parents have until the end of this week to declare whether they want their students (for now, only pre-K through 5th grade and special education students will be considered, but the district is asking all parents to declare their wishes) to return as part of Phase II of the district’s reopening plan.

Some parents have become increasingly vocal about their wish to see their kids return to “normal” school, but what Dr. Herring told 11Alive’s Jennifer Bellamy on Tuesday is that “it’s not the same experience” they’re accustomed to. 

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Lamont, commissioner still optimistic about school reopening

Gov. Ned Lamont and state Education Commissioner Miguel Cardona said Tuesday they remain pleased with the reopening of Connecticut’s public schools, despite coronavirus-related concerns raised by the state’s largest teachers’ union regarding needier districts lacking proper air ventilation, personal protective equipment and deep cleaning.

Cardona said there have been about 370 cases of infected students and about 150 cases of infected staff reported to state officials since schools opened in August. The 370 cases include students who are currently learning remotely. He said the infection rate for students, who he said appeared to have contracted COVID-19 off-campus, is less than 1%, which is lower than the statewide infection rate.

“A lot of success is happening in our schools. Obviously this always is going to be a work in progress but we’re going to get better at it,” Cardona said, adding how he’s “very impressed” that the percentage of Connecticut

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Q&A: New Valparaiso Superintendent Jim McCall talks school reopening and looking ahead in education during the pandemic | Valparaiso News

Q: What have you learned through the process of reopening schools?

A: That processing communication is really important. That means communicating with our state and local health officials, communicating with our public, understanding the “why” behind initiatives and being able to explain those “whys,” and that we may not be right, but if we work together, we can get it right. And, we will continue to work together and communicate and evolve our practices to provide a safe and secure learning environment for our students and teachers and staff.

Q: Walk me back to this summer as you were approaching the first day of school. What was it like for your team as you were preparing to bring students back to class?

A: Thankfully we had the foresight to have a team of admin, directors, teachers and even community working on the COVID problem and solution. A lot of the

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Unlock 5.0: Education Ministry Issues Guidelines For Reopening of Schools, Colleges



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New Delhi: The Education Ministry on Saturday released guidelines for reopening of schools during the Unlock 5 phase. As per the guidelines, schools, colleges and other educational institutions can also open outside containment zones after October 15. However, the decision on whether to reopen educational institutions has been left with the states/UTs. For schools/coaching centres Students can come to school but they will need a written consent of their parents or guardians. Online learning will still be encouraged in case students decide not to come to schools. States and Union Territories will need to prepare their SOPs in line with the Centre’s Unlock 5 guidelines, and in accordance with the ground situation in their respective units.
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Unlock 5.0 school reopening guidelines issued by Education Ministry: Check here



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Unlock 5.0 school reopening guidelines issued by Education Ministry: Check here

The Education Ministry has tweeted the school reopening guidelines for Unlock 5.0. As per the directives for lifting the Covid-19 lockdown, schools, colleges and education intuitions in India can choose to reopen after October 15 only in non-containment zones. The exact dates will be subject to what the state governments decide.

For schools and coaching centres, governments of the individual states or union territories will tale the decision after consulting with the managements of the schools or institutions.

The Department of Higher Education will decide on the timing of the opening of colleges and other higher education institutions in consultation with the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Most parents are unwilling to send their kids to school till the Covid-19 danger is completely over. States like Uttar Pradesh have already issued the state-wise school reopening guidleines.

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