Happy Friday! This collection of newspaper headlines across America take a look at how states all over the United States are tackling education during a pandemic. With some schools slated to open this upcoming week, while others have been open for almost a month already, secure solutions are vital for the safety of all students, faculty and staff. Schools districts all over the country can look to each other to learn what has been working and what needs to be fixed. These headlines of daily news are courtesy of Newseum.
Opelika-Auburn, Published in Opelika, Ala. USA
Auburn university, home to over twenty five thousand students decided in July to allow on campus classes. Students who were living on campus were required to submit a negative COVID-19 test in order to move in, however those who commute to campus had no such restrictions. The university medical center is offering free tests for all students and have reported the number of positive results have doubled in the past week. Despite this data the university confirms it has no plans to shut its doors. Preston Sparks, the Auburn University spokesperson says the numbers of cases can correctly identify what group is testing positive, i.e faculty, students, or those working in the medical center that are members of the community. Therefore the university will continue to operate and have a successful isolation plan in place.
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Fairbanks, AK
Special education and other high-needs students will return to in person school this upcoming week, all other students will remain in remote learning status until at least October 16. The numbers of positive cases in the in the Fairbanks area have began to slow, the hope is a slow, phase-based opening to prevent a second wind. Schools will not open completely, but will offer students who wish to work in small groups on their online classes with supervision, tutoring, recess, hot lunches, and school bus transportation. Parents of those children who are in special education or high-needs expressed gratitude, the importance of a familiar setting, schedule and routine is vital to the ability to learn for many of their children and are happy for the limited services the schools are providing.
The Journal News, Published in Westchester County, NY. USA
As more school districts delay the reopening of school buildings, a small number in the Lower Hudson Valley are diving in headfirst, bringing large groups of students back to school five days a week with health and safety precautions in place. Districts that are open all have fewer than one thousand students and only have opened elementary and middle schools full time. Due to a high school student's individualized schedule and interacting with multiple different groups at a time, no district in the county has opened up any high schools at one hundred percent. All across America, counties are having schools start online or implement some sort of blended curriculum, Westchester County however, has less than half of its schools districts in remote learning.
The Columbus Dispatch, Published in Columbus, OH. USA
Ohio State, one of the biggest universities in the countries opened its doors to students back in August. The school has continued to take note of its positive cases every week, each week has seen a rise but nothing like this past week. Positive cases jumped by nearly four hundred since Monday. Despite the increase, the campus remains open. The university is confident in it’s guidelines to help combat the virus amongst students living on campus and are turning their focus to students who commute to campus, their percentage steadily rising at a rate that could potentially cause concern.
The Westerly Sun, Published in Westerly, RI. USA
Rhode Island schools have started the school year online, but are slated to return in person at the end of the month. Governor Gina Raimondo wants to prepare students and parents for how different schools will look. Although, different schools and have different protocols all are putting measures in place to promote social distancing and stop the spread of the virus. These measures can have many different forms from lunch in classrooms to designated seats on the school bus. Moving forward, it won’t be easy opening schools up Raimondo is confident in the state and its people to do everything possible to make the transition smooth.
Auburn University, courtesy of Wikimedia
Seating Arrangement during COVID, courtesy of Wikimedia
Children at school, courtesy of Wikimedia
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