Tag: Students

Labour calls for government to delay university term as thousands of students caught up in lockdowns

A 'Help' message is displayed at locked down student accommodation in Manchester (REUTERS)
A ‘Help’ message is displayed at locked down student accommodation in Manchester (REUTERS)

The government has been urged to stop students arriving at universities amid fears teenagers across the UK will be “locked in their rooms”  as coronavirus outbreaks force thousands to self-isolate.

Labour said education secretary Gavin Williamson must consider delaying the start of the autumn term until mass on-campus Covid-19 testing or remote learning options were available.

The call came after thousands of students in Glasgow, Manchester and Edinburgh were ordered to self-isolate following outbreaks linked to freshers’ week, with some accusing their university of “false imprisonment”.

Manchester

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Students ‘should stay on campus over Christmas holidays’, SAGE scientists warn

uni students - Jeff J Mitchell /Getty Images Europe
uni students – Jeff J Mitchell /Getty Images Europe

University students should stay on campus over the Christmas holiday, Government scientists have advised, due to concerns that they could spread coronavirus in their local community when they return home. 

Experts in the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) have warned that risks of larger outbreaks “spilling over from [higher education] institutions” are more likely to take place towards the end of the academic term in December, according to SAGE meeting minutes seen by the i newspaper. 

“This could pose a risk to both local communities and families, and will require

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Tens of thousands of L.A. area students still need computers or Wi-Fi 6 months into pandemic

People walk past the Grand View Boulevard Elementary School marquee in Mar Vista on July 13. <span class="copyright">(Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)</span>
People walk past the Grand View Boulevard Elementary School marquee in Mar Vista on July 13. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

Six months after schools closed amid the coronavirus crisis and with online learning in full swing, tens of thousand of students remain without adequate digital access and school districts in Los Angeles County report they still need nearly 50,000 computers and Wi-Fi hot spots.

The numbers are a stark reminder that technology access continues to pose a significant barrier to distance learning as schools in Los Angeles County will not be allowed to fully reopen until at least

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L.A. County schools can reopen small in-person classes for their neediest students on Sept. 14

Labels on desks designate where students can sit with respect to social distancing at a Los Angeles Unified School District campus. <span class="copyright">(Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)</span>
Labels on desks designate where students can sit with respect to social distancing at a Los Angeles Unified School District campus. (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

Schools in Los Angeles County can reopen small classes beginning on Sept. 14, for students with disabilities and English-language learners, a move to safely provide in-person instruction and services to children whose education has deeply suffered since campuses closed in March.

Small groups of students who have individualized education plans, require instruction for English as a second language, or need assessments or other in-school services will be able to come to campus for

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Growing concerns over special education students falling behind

With more schools set to open next Monday, some districts are scrambling to hire school nurses. Less than 40% of schools employed a full-time nurse before the coronavirus pandemic. There are also growing concerns for the seven million children who receive special education services.

Remote learning has been a tremendous challenge for 6-year-old Calvin Latham.

“This spring a lot of kids with disabilities didn’t soar in that environment,” said Toby Latham, Calvin’s father.

The rising first-grader from Virginia has a brain malformation, making him one of seven million children in the U.S. receiving special education services.

“He needs hand-over-hand

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