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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Salem-Keizer Public Schools extends online learning through Feb. 1 for grades 4-12

Salem-Keizer students in grades 4-12 will continue learning online through Feb. 1, the district announced Tuesday evening. 

“Unfortunately, the metrics for both Marion and Polk counties are back on the rise. Because of this we will not be able to return to in-person/blended learning on the timeline as we had originally planned,” district officials wrote in a news release. 

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Suleika McCaughey practices letters with her son Sami Adham, 8, at their Salem home in April. (Photo: STATESMAN JOURNAL FILE)

The targets, related to COVID-19 infections, are less restrictive for grades K-3, so those students may be able to return sooner. 

“We do not know if this is possible, but we remain committed to in-person instruction for our youngest learners as soon as it is safe,” officials wrote. The district will make a decision about the lower grades in early December. 

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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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Dearborn Public Schools extends online learning another month

DEARBORN, Mich. – The Dearborn Schools Board of Education voted Monday to extend online learning in the district for another month.

The district started school on Aug. 31 with plans to be online until at least Oct. 1 amid the coronavirus pandemic. Back in September that was extended to Oct. 12, then extended again on Monday (Oct. 12) for at least another month.

The next Board meeting is now scheduled for Oct. 26. At that meeting they plan to “reevaluate conditions and agreed to continue and expand the in-school learning labs that launched districtwide last week,” reads a statement from the district.

When Dearborn Public Schools leaders first announced the plan for starting the school year virtually amid the coronavirus pandemic they said middle school and high school students should expect to spend five to eight hours a week on each class, totaling 30 or more hours each week. Elementary

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State education board demands $11.2 million back from Epic Charter Schools over state audit findings | Education

Holt began her presentation by setting the record straight on two issues she said have been commonly mischaracterized in public discourse since the release of the state audit report a couple of weeks ago.

She said Gov. Kevin Stitt’s charge to State Auditor and Inspector Cindy Byrd included the task of reviewing annual audits on Epic from the previous three years, but it did not limit the scope of the forensic audit as a whole to any such time period.

In all, $125.2 million of the $458 million allocated to Epic Charter Schools for educating students the past six years was found to have ended up in the coffers of Epic Youth Services, a for-profit charter school management company that has reportedly made millionaires of school co-founders Ben Harris and David Chaney.

“We ask for annual appropriations totaling approximately $3 billion and $125 million works out to about 4.1%,” said

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COVID-19 ends snow days? Schools use online class to cancel them


A high school junior shares a glimpse of what digital learning is like during the coronavirus pandemic.


Years before the coronavirus hit, two rural school districts developed plans to put learning online. They were ready for a snowstorm and instead found themselves prepared for a pandemic. 

For the Bancroft-Rosalie Community Schools in northeast Nebraska, the move online took four years, gradually incorporating software into daily lesson plans to use during inclement weather or in place of hiring substitutes when a teacher was absent. The district used digital learning to abolish snow days – a trend that has expanded to New York City and could work its way across the country. 

Taking classes online full-time happened in a way no one could have anticipated. On March 11, after a possible widespread COVID-19 exposure at a girls’ state basketball game, staff had about an hour to get roughly 285

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‘Everyone is tired’ | Teacher shares thoughts as more schools reopen

Lauren Jewett said she is happy to be back with students, her concern is how these added expectations may impact teachers.

NEW ORLEANS — Schools reopening can mean more responsibility for teachers as many are now not only teaching in person, but virtually as well.

Monday, many teachers and students in New Orleans returned to their classrooms for the first time since March, including grades 5-12.

Lauren Jewett is an elementary special education teacher at a school in New Orleans. She’s been back in the classroom since Sept. 21 when younger grades began going back in NOLA Public Schools.

“I’m mostly serving students in person, but I have some virtual so I’m doing both at the same time,” Jewett said. “Everyone has to have patience and know everything will take longer.”

Because it takes longer to get kids in and out of school everyday, Jewett feels teachers have less time

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Leaders From Top Nursing Schools Predict More Online Learning, Simulations in 2021

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​ discussed the future of nursing education with department chairs, leaders, and faculty from top nursing schools and they tend to agree – students can expect more online learning and high-tech virtual simulations from nursing school in 2021.

Nursing education leaders from renowned schools such as Johns Hopkins University, Baylor University, and University of San Francisco, as well as from regional schools such as Lakeland Community College and Augusta Technical College, all weighed in when asked, “In light of the changes that nursing students have seen in 2020, what will nursing school look like in 2021?”

With the COVID-19 pandemic disrupting nursing schools, nursing students have had to adjust quickly. Online coursework and canceled in-person clinical rotations have become the norm

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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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An ambitious overhaul of education is needed | Schools

There is much to be welcomed in the One Nation Conservative MPs’ report (Tory MPs back ditching GCSE exams in English school system overhaul, 8 October), especially the proposal to postpone formal school entry to age six.

But if, as the group wishes, more children are to be “school-ready” by that age, a more ambitious and radical overhaul of the education system in England will be needed. In particular, we would do well to learn from the many other countries where kindergarten for three- to six-year-olds is recognised as a discrete developmental stage, with professionals working in it who have specialist training and a clear career structure. Best practice in those countries concentrates on developing young children’s spoken language, socialisation and fine motor skills – all crucial for educational success and difficult to achieve sitting at desks.

A rational structure for the rest of schooling would be a primary

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