Students in Union County will return to school four days per week

During a meeting Tuesday, the BOE voted to allow grades PK-5 to return to school four days per week beginning Oct. 26

UNION COUNTY, N.C. — The Union County Board of Education voted 8 – 1 in favor of adding more in-person learning days for elementary students during a meeting Tuesday.  The new plans come after North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced elementary schools could return to full time in-person learning beginning October 5. 

The board approved four days of in-person learning for students in grades Pre-K through 5 starting October 26.  Under the plan, students would go to school Monday through Thursday and do remote learning every Friday.  

The school district already had plans in place for students in grades Pre-K through 12 to transition from one to two days per week in the classroom beginning next Tuesday. Those plans will remain in place through October 26.

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Anne Arundel County teachers union wants to be included in reopening plans

There’s a war of words between the Anne Arundel County teachers union and the school superintendent. At issue: in-person learning and whether teachers have a voice in plans to return to the classroom.

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Confusion and mistrust, that’s how the head of the 6,000-member teachers association is describing the current relationship with the Board of Education.

From the sidewalk along Riva Road, across the street from school board headquarters, union president Russell Leone says teachers have been left out of major decisions when it comes to in-person learning.

“We reached out to Anne Arundel County Public Schools and Superintendent Arlotto with a desire to come to the table and create a formal plan to discuss the impacts that COVID-19 would have

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CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Essex, Hudson & Union Counties Carlos Lejnieks

Carlos Lejnieks is CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Essex, Hudson & Union Counties (Newark, NJ) and is immediate-past Chairman of Big Brothers Big Sisters of NJ. Carlos took over an atrophied BBBS agency in 2008 and, within four years, went from serving approximately 100 youth to serving well over 1,100 annually. Each child is paired with a specially trained and supervised one-to-one volunteer adult mentor. Under his leadership, BBBS has received numerous awards from local and national entities including a formal recognition by President Obama. In 2016, he rang the Closing Bell at the Nasdaq in celebration of National Mentoring Month, and, in 2018, he rang the Closing Bell at the New York Stock Exchange in honor of his 10th anniversary.

Prior to joining BBBS, Carlos was an administrator at North Star Academy,

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Sweetwater Union High School District to continue with online learning through December

The next school board meeting is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 28.

CHULA VISTA, Calif. — In a letter to families in both English and Spanish on Monday Sept. 21, The Sweetwater Union High School District announced it would continue with online distance learning through December 2020. 

“Although it had been our hope that we might see lower [coronavirus] infection rates in San Diego County, and in particular our South Bay region, instead the most recent data shows that we are in danger of moving back into higher risk categories.” said the district’s statement in part.

At the end of November, the district will decide whether there’s a safe option to reopen in-person classes in January 2021.

San Diego County health officials have committed various resources to South Bay zip codes, including free, no-appointment COVID-19 testing sites.

“If the situation improves, the district’s reopening plan allows for the possibility of small

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Union Pacific Teams with Safe Kids Worldwide and Chuggington to Educate Families During National Rail Safety Week

OMAHA, Neb., Sept. 21, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Every five days a child dies as a result of a train collision, and approximately every three hours a vehicle or pedestrian is struck on the tracks. Union Pacific is collaborating with two national partners – Safe Kids Worldwide and Herschend Entertainment Studios (HES), the franchise owner of preschool TV series Chuggington – to help families understand the potentially devastating impact of distracted and risky behavior during National Rail Safety Week, Sept. 21-27.

“Nearly all rail-related fatalities and injuries are preventable,” said Erin Batt, Union Pacific’s chief safety officer. “Our goal this week is to remind communities to stay alert around railroad tracks and avoid distractions, such as texting or talking on the phone.”

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Sweetwater Union High School District To Offer Free Adult Education Courses

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The Sweetwater Union High School District announced Tuesday its Adult Education Division will begin offering free career technical education courses in South Bay communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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“During these unprecedented times, it is our priority to help and support our community through this global pandemic by offering free courses throughout the South Bay,” said Audrey Diedorff, a teacher in the adult and continuing education division.

According to a district statement, English as a Second Language and GED courses have always been free through the district, and adult education career training courses have historically been offered at a low cost. However, due to the global pandemic and its impact on community member jobs and finances, many students and families are experiencing difficult times and need support.

The adult education program provides adult students

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