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

Education Commissioner Seeks Full In-Person Return Despite Rising COVID Cases

State education officials say their information shows local students aren’t catching COVID-19 in schools; that’s part of their plea to parents urging them to allow their kids to return to the classroom amid the pandemic.

While the state experiences an uptick in cases, Connecticut’s Department of Education reports that less than one percent of the K-12 student body has tested positive for COVID-19 since many students went back to in-person learning for the fall.

“The evidence so far suggests that the cases that schools are reporting to us may really be originating from activities that happen outside of school rather than transmission within the school, so we’re really not hearing from [the state Dept. of Public Health] that transmission is happening in our schools,” said Ajit Gopalakrishnan, CSDE’s chief performance officer.

Reporting as of October 7 shows that since schools began hosting students on August 27, 421 students – along

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Special education students begin return to school – The Item –

REGION — More than 200 special education students across the Wachusett Regional School District returned to school classrooms on Oct. 5 for in-person learning, along with a large number of support staff including teachers, school psychologists, nurses, Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) paraprofessionals and other paraprofessionals, and speech, occupational, and physical therapists.

“We have districtwide safety procedures and school-specific safety procedures,” said Christine Smith, Wachusett’s administrator of special education. “All staff have been trained on the proper use of and disposal of PPE and sanitizing. We have new routines for students and staff, but everyone is ready. I have been saying since March, together we can climb this mountain, and today I can say, we are approaching the summit and we are ready to soar.”

Smith, who has been in her role since July 2019, said 124 of those special education students will be transported to their respective schools in vans.

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Bellevue students may be among first in Seattle area to return to classroom

Bellevue elementary students could be back in the classroom for face-to-face learning by Nov. 9, under a plan unveiled Tuesday by school district officials.

The announcement makes Bellevue the largest King County school district to set a target date for bringing some kids back into the classroom. Neighboring Issaquah has also set a target date.

If the date sticks, Bellevue, with an enrollment of 21,000 students, will be one of a handful of districts in the county to phase out of a fully online learning model since the start of the pandemic. Issaquah plans to bring back kindergarten and first grade students Oct. 19. Other districts that have set target dates to bring back elementary students include Tahoma, Mercer Island, Vashon Island and Riverview.

At 53 cases per 100,000 people for the past two weeks, King County is within range of the state’s guidelines to bring young students back to

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TPS parents push for district to return to in-person learning; superintendent’s recommendation to be made Monday | Education

Deere said she plans to attend Monday’s rally because she doesn’t believe the numerous emails sent to board members and administrators are working. She said she hopes that if enough people show up in force, then the district might listen.

But if TPS decides to stick with distance learning, she said her plan is to transfer her children out of the district. That outcome would be especially devastating to her son, who attends Thoreau Demonstration Academy and who would lose his spot if he leaves.

“They just can’t keep doing distance learning,” Deere said. “My boys seem to be coping a bit better, but my daughter, she’s not.”

Danny Daniels, whose son attends Eisenhower International School, is pushing for the district to abandon district learning because of the lack of social interaction between students and their teachers and peers.

Like Deere, Daniels said he thinks the best way for families

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For Many AISD Teachers, It’s Career vs. Family: AISD forces reluctant teachers to return to campus – News

AISD families deliver questions outside district headquarters during Education Austin’s Sept. 26 community car caravan (Photos by John Anderson)

As thousands of Austin ISD students prepare to return to their campuses on Monday, almost all AISD teachers will be doing the same – even those with immunocompromised family members or young children – and many of them still lack a clear idea of what the return will look like. That’s unless they refuse to come back, as the teacher union suggests might happen.

Texas schools are required to return in person at some point in the fall semester or face a loss of state funding. AISD has received permission from the state to return to campus in phases, and will be operating at up to 25% capacity in the first week of in-person instruction, beginning Monday, Oct. 5. The district is prioritizing specific groups of students to be part of

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Roosevelt Elementary to return to in-person learning Monday | Education

Roosevelt Elementary School will reopen to students Monday, according to a Janesville School District news release issued Wednesday.

Students at Roosevelt have been learning virtually since the school pivoted to online learning Sept. 16 to prevent a breakout of COVID-19.

“After a three-week pivot to online instruction, and following a review of COVID-19 data, Roosevelt and SDJ leadership determined that a return to face-to-face instruction in the school building is appropriate,” the release reads.

Craig High School also pivoted to online learning Sept. 16, but Wednesday’s statement did not give a return date or update for the high school.

The school district announced Monday that Adams Elementary School was pivoting to online learning until at least Friday, Oct. 9. The district said the reason was because too many teachers were in quarantine, and substitute teachers are hard to find.

There are no elementary-age students with active cases of COVID-19, in

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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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Miami-Dade Public Schools To Return To In-Person Learning Monday

MIAMI, FL – Miami-Dade County Public Schools will begin a staggered reopening on Monday, school officials voted on Tuesday following an emergency school board meeting.

The Miami-Dade School Board voted unanimously Tuesday to authorize the superintendent to reopen schools for students beginning on Monday. Students whose parents opted for the Schoolhouse model in July will begin to return to school sites on Monday with a phased-in approach by grade level. All students who wish to return to in-school learning will return to school by Friday, Oct. 9.

Students whose parents choose the My School Online option in July’s survey will continue distance learning, school officials said.

Last week, the school board voted not to reopen schools for in-person learning until Oct. 14. The school board had considered a proposal by Superintendent Alberto Carvalho to begin opening up brick-and-mortar classrooms as an option for parents earlier in the month, but it

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D202 Students Will Return To School In Groups Starting Oct. 26

PLAINFIELD, IL — Plainfield School District 202 students will start returning to school in October if the coronavirus pandemic does not get worse. Superintendent Lane Abrell updated the Board of Education on Monday regarding the status of the district’s Return ’20 plan.

According to the update, preschool and kindergarten students will return to school the week of Nov. 2, while older students will return in small grade-related groups between Nov. 16 and Jan. 19, as part of the district’s plan to slowly resume in-person learning over the next four months. Families will receive additional details about returning to in-person learning as their students’ return approaches.

Pre-kindergarten-12th grade multi-needs special education students are scheduled to return Oct. 26.

The board had approved the Return ’20 plan on July 27. It includes three educational phases focused on safety and flexibility. The first phase started Aug. 31 with remote learning for all students.

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