Covid EDU updates for around the USA. #Covid #Education #News #Omicron

Massachusetts

COVID-19 surge exposes Mass. educational inequities in livestreaming classes according to GBH News.

California

Gov. Gavin Newsom is proposing a $2.7 billion COVID relief package, including $1.4 billion in emergency spending, largely for testing according to Cal Matters.

Despite a staggering rise in COVID-19 cases and ongoing testing shortages, Santa Clara County leaders made clear late Friday that school districts should not revert to online learning according to the San Jose Mercury News.

New York

‘Spread very thin’: NYC schools remain open during COVID surge, but learning is disrupted according to Chalkbeat

Texas

The Texas Education Agency on Friday released new quarantine guidance for school staff who have COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone who does according to KXAN.

Oregon

3 Portland high schools move to distance learning due to uptick in COVID cases. Oregon’s top state education official says parents can expect more schools to move to “short-term distance learning” because of COVID-19 staffing issues according to OPB.

Florida

U.S. Department of Education Approves Florida’s Plan for Use of American Rescue Plan Funds to Support K-12 Schools and Students, Distributes Remaining $2.3 Billion to State according to the US Department of Education.

Georgia

Henry County Schools reopened today with face-to-face classes. In a guest column, Superintendent Mary Elizabeth Davisexplains why she made the decision to reopen in-person according to a guest column in the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

New Jersey

The state Department of Education was noticeably missing from Thursday’s Senate Education Committee’s hearing on the pandemic’s impact on education even as schools reel from staffing shortages and closures due to a surge in COVID-19 infections. Representatives from the department, Gov. Phil Murphy’s executive arm that oversees K-12 schools, were absent “despite being invited to testify,” said a visibly disappointed Democrat Sen. Teresa Ruiz, chair of the Senate Education Committee according to north new Jersey.com.

Omicron sent N.J. schools back to COVID purgatory. How soon can they escape according to NJ.com?

Alabama

Thousands of students across Alabama will soon be returning to the classroom from winter break, bringing concerns for teachers as the number of Omicron variant cases of COVID-19 continue to spike according to CBS 42.

Rhode Island

A dozen local social and education justice organizations have issued a statement regarding the “equitable and safe schooling” during Covid-19 surges. Expressing alarm at the unprecedented and increasing number of Covid cases being reported out of schools, the organizations are calling for a mixed approach to reopening schools according to Uprise RI.

Maryland

More than a third of Baltimore City schools shift to online Monday amid spread of COVID-19 according to the Baltimore Sun.

Vermont

Driven by omicron and the post-holiday COVID surge, Vermont’s Agency of Education just dropped a policy shift that’ll change how schools contain the spread of the virus according to WCAX.

Virginia

In-person classes will resume for Charlottesville and, presumably, Albemarle County students on Monday after a week’s delay, but omicron could make the return challenging according to the Daily Progress.

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