Critical US Covid 19 Info for Parents and Educators #Covid #education #K12

United States

There will be “bumps in the road” as schools attempt to reopen in the new year amid a record surge in Covid-19 cases, US Education Secretary Miguel Cardona said Sunday according to CNN.

Parents of children in K-12 schools around the country were bracing for changes in reopening plans after the holiday break amid a surge in Covid-19 cases. Milwaukee shelved its scheduled in-person reopening while Syracuse, N.Y., canceled school according to the Wall Street Journal.

President Joe Biden cannot require teachers in the Head Start early education program to be vaccinated against COVID-19, a Louisiana federal judge ruled Saturday, handing a victory to 24 states — including Alaska — that had sued the federal government according to the Anchorage Daily News.

Airing on Fox News, As the omicron variant has forced many of America’s schools to return to remote learning, mothers are fighting back against the disruptions to their children’s education and mental well-being.

Wisconsin

Wisconsin’s largest school district, Milwaukee Public Schools, will transition to virtual instruction beginning Tuesday because of an increase in staff testing positive for COVID-19 according to the Wisconsin State Journal.

Massachusetts

A call from the state’s teachers association to close schools Monday in the midst of a wave of new COVID cases drew swift reaction from the commonwealth’s education office Friday according to MassLive.

Before the holiday break comes to an end and teachers and staff return to classrooms, Massachusetts education officials have announced 200,000 at-home rapid COVID-19tests are being sent to school districts according to MassLive.

Tennessee

Shelby County Schoolsreturned to class on Monday and it’s encouraging families to “stay the course” as more than 3,600 kids in Shelby County have COVID-19 according to ABC 24.

California

Thousands of students across the County will be back on school campuses next Monday after enjoying another week of holiday vacation. But San Diego Unified officials are not taking a break in the effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect staff and students according to KPBS.

South Carolina

The South Carolina Department Of Health and Environmental Control announced they are updating their isolation and quarantine guidelines when it comes to schools to follow recent changes made by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention according to FOX South Carolina.

Maryland

Maryland’s school leaders appear determined to keep schools open through a surge in cases of the omicron variant of the coronavirus after many of their students endured one of the longest shutdowns of any state in the nation during the pandemic according to the Baltimore Sun.

Missouri

A handful of school districts in the St. Louis region announced temporary returns to virtual learning as COVID-19 cases are once again rising sharply according to St. Louis Public Radio.

New York

Some COVID-19 testing sites across the city are giving teachers priority to make sure they can safely return to schools on Monday according to News 12 Bronx.

New Mexico

Mask requirements are returning in some school districts that had dropped them. Some are planning to vastly ramp up virus testing among students and staff. And a small number of school systems are switching to remote learning — for just a short while, educators hope according to the Santa Fe New Mexican.

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