Tag: Fall

Why your kids will probably learn from home this fall

WASHINGTON — Speaking to members of Congress on Thursday, former federal Education Secretary Arne Duncan put the matter bluntly. “We have chosen to open bars,” Duncan said, “rather than to be able to start school on time.”

It was a bracing reminder of the priorities that elected leaders at all levels of government have chosen to accentuate throughout the last six months of the pandemic. And the reminder was especially bitter because in many places around the country, businesses like bars and restaurants have been forced to close again, or at least to stall their reopening efforts, because the mythical

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Pressure mounts on Chicago Board of Education to rethink its school reopening plan for fall and its police contract

Outside the Chicago Board of Education’s Loop office Wednesday, teachers taped poster boards to the backs of chairs to represent what they worry classrooms could look like if schools open in the fall.

One imaginary student had a coronavirus infection in the spring. Another didn’t have health insurance. A classmate was an asymptomatic carrier who had passed the temperature check.

“We’ve got a student here who lost a family member to COVID,” narrated Gustav Roman, an English teacher at Kelly College Prep. “… We’ve got … a student in a temporary living situation, who we’re supposed to be supporting.”


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D308 Presents Reopening Plans For Fall Amid Pandemic

OSWEGO, IL — The Oswego School District 308 is aiming to reopen schools Aug. 19 for the 2020-2021 school year. During its July 13 meeting, Associate Superintendent for Educational Services Faith Dahlquist presented the plan to the Board of Education, which gives students the choice to attend school in person or to engage in remote learning.

The district aims to follow Centers for Disease Control, American Association of Pediatrics and Illinois State Board of Education guidelines, and based on those, its priorities for learning options are:

  • Minimizing health risks for all students and staff.

  • Maximizing the time for in-person instruction.

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OC Schools May Reopen Without Masks,Social Distancing This Fall

ORANGE COUNTY, CA — Orange County’s Board of Education faces the 2020/21 school year armed with a shipment of protective gear from the state, and a white paper guideline to get children back onto campus for the fall semester.

A meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday will discuss the recommendation and allow for comments for and against the motion. Parents and educators can have their say on the matter during Mondays’ board meeting by filling out a form securing their spot at the virtual microphone.

In June, Orange County’s board of education announced a reopening guidance plan for all districts

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Education Secretary Betsy Devos says it should be ‘the rule’ to return students to classrooms in the fall

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos listens during a White House Coronavirus Task Force press briefing at the US Department of Education July 8, 2020 in Washington, DC.
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos listens during a White House Coronavirus Task Force press briefing at the US Department of Education July 8, 2020 in Washington, DC.

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  • Education Secretary Betsy Devos on Sunday doubled down on the Trump administration’s position on opening schools in the fall amid the US’ ongoing record spike in cases of the novel coronavirus.

  • “There is going to be the exception to the rule,” Devos said. “But the rule should be that kids go back to school this fall.”

  • While children are at low risk of serious illness and death from COVID-19, the

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