Happy Thursday! This collection of newspaper headlines across America take a look at how states all over the United States and Canada are tackling the idea of schools reopening in September. Many states that opened early, and as a result have shut their doors for a second time due to spikes are grappling with finding the best solutions to keep students, teachers, faculty, and families safe. With some schools slated to open in less than three weeks, secure solutions are vital. These headlines of daily news are courtesy of Newseum.
Montgomery Advisor, Published in Montgomery, Ala. USA
Montgomery Public School students will not return to classrooms August 10th. As Montgomery and Alabama itself continue to struggle, slowing the spread of the coronavirus, Superintendent Ann Roy Moore announced students will learn virtually for the first nine weeks of school. The decision was made based on feedback from parents and community members with over 19000 parents voting for virtual learning. A meeting is set for early next week to discuss the prospect of fall competition and to decide if fall sports will start on time and continue as planned.
Calgary, Published in Calgary, Calgary. Canada
School buses operating for Calgary’s Catholic schools will carry a full bus of students when classes resume this fall. That’s the plan despite a rise in the current number of COVID-19 cases in Calgary. Fewer buses will be transporting about 10,000 students to Catholic school board classrooms in the fall due to more stringent criteria on rider eligibility. The board’s chief superintendent feels safety precautions such as entering the bus through the rear entrance and assigned seats will be enough.
Fort Collins Coloradoan, Published in For Collins, Colo. USA
Colorado State University is planning COVID-19 testing for all students living on campus, contact tracing and daily symptom checks to lower the risk of the virus spreading as thousands of students return to campus next month. However, the school’s plans remain in flux, and many details may not be finalized until right before classes start, left students feeling anxious. The school instructed students to bring supplies to campus, including thermometers, two or more reusable cloth face masks, cold and flu medicine and hand sanitizer, and will provide those things to students who don’t have them. Students will still be living in residence halls with roommates, but residence hall occupancy will be lower than last semester.
Sun Sentinel, Published in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. USA
Public school in Palm Beach County will start Aug. 31, the latest date in decades, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.
School Board members agreed on Wednesday they hope starting virtual lessons at the end of August, three weeks later than planned, will give students more in-person class time later in the year, when school buildings are more likely to be open post-pandemic. The last day of school would be June 18. Over 82,000 laptop computers will be distributed across the county. Despite the county’s and Florida as a whole alarming numbers, many parents wanted the option of in-person classes. However, the board decided against that hoping to have in person class as soon as October.
Arizona Daily Stay, Published in Tucson, Ariz. USA
Pressure is building on Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey to scrap the idea of setting a firm date for students to return to classrooms. This comes off the belief that students need access to services that support their well-being and academic success across multiple scenarios and conditions during a pandemic, not all of which can be found in virtual learning situations. Residents of the affected district want conditions under which in-school instruction could be considered safe spelled out and accuse officials of not being forthcoming.
Online learning, courtesy of Wikimedia
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