West Ada split on COVID-19 transparency and online class

The board debated a return to online-only classes and other modifications to district plans.

The West Ada School Board discussed the district’s enrollment decrease, how and when administrators will publish district COVID-19 data and if the district should return to an all-online model at a meeting Tuesday.

The Idaho Press reports that the district has lagged behind some of its neighbors, such as the Boise and Kuna school districts, in publishing coronavirus case totals by school. Administrators were slow to release case numbers for the district as a whole, too. They say they were relying on the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare to publish data, which it did earlier this month by school.

“We were relying on Idaho Health and Welfare data. It appeared to be incomplete,” said spokeswoman Char Jackson at the meeting.

She said IDHW’s breakdown by school was incorrect in part because it counted students who

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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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Opinion | Everything I Know About Elite America I Learned From ‘Fresh Prince’ and ‘West Wing’

It turns out, as the show’s creator, Aaron Sorkin, has explained, if I didn’t like the show, that’s in part because I wasn’t really meant to. The pilot episode didn’t test well with people like me. But, according to Mr. Sorkin, it tested “extremely well” with certain audience segments. Among them: households that earned more than $75,000 a year, households with at least one college graduate and households that subscribed to The New York Times.

And though the show was not my favorite, I was fascinated by its characters. They were constantly engaged in debates about contentious social and political issues. One plotline I found particularly interesting was when President Bartlet’s deputy communications director, Sam Seaborn, loses a debate against a Republican woman named Ainsley Hayes. To her surprise, Hayes is subsequently offered a job in the Democratic administration; the president cites her “sense of civic duty.”

The more I

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West Des Moines school employee dies of coronavirus


Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds laid out guidance for how public health officials will respond when students or school staff suspect they might have the coronavirus.

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A special-education assistant at Indian Hills Junior High School in West Des Moines has died from complications of COVID-19.

The district announced Jennifer Crawford’s death in an email Monday. She was 53. 

“I am deeply saddened to share with you that our friend and classroom assistant, Jennifer Crawford, died today from complications of COVID-19,” Indian Hills Junior High School Principal Dr. Shane Christensen wrote.

West Des Moines Community School District spokesperson Laine Mendenhall-Buck said it was unclear when or how Crawford contracted the virus. She said Crawford had not been at work for several weeks.

“Due to community spread we cannot confirm how it was contracted,” Mendenhall-Buck said via email Monday night. “She was out of state when she fell ill.”

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Bob Woodrick, West Michigan leader in diversity education, dies

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — A man who dedicated much of his life in West Michigan to combating what he called “the disease of racism” has died.

Bob Woodrick died Friday, Oct. 2 at the age of 88, according to a news release from Grand Rapids Community College. He leaves behind a legacy of promoting community conversations and education surrounding the topic of racism, the release states.

GRCC’s Diversity Learning Center, founded in 2006, was renamed the Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion in 2016 to celebrate the couple’s work both on and off campus.

As a professional, Woodrick began his career in the family business, D&W Food Centers in Grand Rapids, and worked there his entire life, leaving only for college and the military, the release states.

Woodrick, according to a 1993 Grand Rapids Press story, started working for his father at the age of 14 —

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West Ada School District prepares for a possible move to category red

A spokesperson for the district said they’re currently gathering survey results from parents and will work with CDH on a plan if Ada County is downgraded.

MERIDIAN, Idaho — As coronavirus cases continue to soar in the Gem State, so do Ada county’s chances of moving into the red category next week. West Ada School District sent out a survey to parents Thursday night asking how they feel about in-person learning if Central District Health were to move the county into the red category or stay in yellow.

Central District Health will make its recommendations to the school board on Monday at 2 p.m. The survey will be open until the middle of next week. 

Char Jackson, a spokesperson for the West Ada School District, said they will then evaluate parents’ responses from the survey with Central District Health to come up with a plan to operate in category red.

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West De Pere football shut down for three games as school goes online


West De Pere senior linebacker Jourdon Schuyler was aware last week going into Week 1 that a football season during a pandemic isn’t promised.

“We have made it this far,” said Schuyler, whose team lost to Hortonville on Friday. “To me, that’s a good step that we are here already. It’s a good step, but yeah, in the back of your mind there is some worry. What if a lot of people get it or there is a breakout?”

West De Pere hasn’t had a significant breakout, and none of the Phantoms players have gotten COVID-19 because of the precautions taken to mitigate it.

But the program still got shut down for three games after the school opted to go to online

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Halloween Decorations Aim to Educate and Begin Community Conversation in West Hartford

Halloween is a few weeks away and while some may be staying home instead of trick or treating, one West Hartford resident is looking to educate and establish a community dialogue through Halloween decorations.

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Along North Main Street, there’s one house that has images and information that may cause some drivers to circle back and get a second glance.

a group of people standing next to a brick wall: One of two panels on North Main Street. This is the COVID-19 side decorated with 3D cells and pictures of those who lost their battle against the coronavirus.

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One of two panels on North Main Street. This is the COVID-19 side decorated with 3D cells and pictures of those who lost their battle against the coronavirus.

“I literally like turned around and did a U-turn in the middle of the street and asked my roommate ‘Did you see that?'” said Armanthia Duncan of Hartford. “I think to see these two major topics married together is powerful.”

Armanthia Duncan and her roommate, Michael, live in Hartford and stumbled upon what

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Pandemic’s Impact On Young People, Education, Jobs On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, we explore how the pandemic is affecting West Virginia’s higher education institutions and recent graduates looking for work.

House of Delegates member Democrat Danielle Walker of Monongalia County is calling on Gov. Jim Justice to address a rise in white supremacy and messages of hate across West Virginia. Dave Mistich reports.

State officials are facing questions following a report by the Charleston Gazette-Mail that the state government has stopped reporting school-related COVID-19 cases. As Caitlin Tan reports, the state’s largest education union responded in a press release Wednesday.

It’s been about a month since all of West Virginia’s public and private four-year institutions started their fall 2020 semesters. It’s no surprise that reopening in this historic year has been a challenge for all the state’s schools. Education reporter Liz McCormick brings us this look at the coronavirus pandemic’s impact, so far, on our colleges

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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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