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Covid Education funds from DOE released!

Today, the U.S. Department of Education (Department) announced that every state education agency (SEA) received approval of their American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER) plan before the end of December 2021. As a result, the Department has distributed all $122 billion of ARP ESSER funds to all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico according to the Department of Education.

Nationwide

Country’s Biggest School Districts Resist Going Remote as Closures Spread Nationwide according to US Mews & World Report.

New York

New York City public schools are exploring the addition of virtual instruction for students isolated due to positive COVID tests, but the mayor was adamant Tuesday any remote option for the nation’s largest system won’t expand beyond that according the NBC News 4.

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New York City students are missing school in record numbers — staying home in droves because they’re sick, quarantined, fearful of getting COVID-19 in class or don’t see the point of going because so many others are absent, families and educators told the Daily News.

California

California is making it easier for school districts to hire teachers and other employees amid staffing shortages brought on by the latest surge in coronavirus cases, the governor said Tuesday according to KTLA.

Massachusetts

Gov. Charlie Baker and Massachusetts education officials announced updated school COVID-19 testing options Tuesday, including providing participating students and staff with at-home rapid tests weekly to help keep in-person learning going according to NBC 10 Boston.

Michigan

With COVID surging and a growing number of schools shifting to virtual learning, the first seven days of 2022 have provided an unsettling preview of what’s to come in education this year, when the continued struggle to recover from the pandemic will dominate according to Bridge Michigan.

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Ohio

Several Greater Columbus schools have flipped-flopped between in-person and remote learning, but school officials say there isn’t a single threshold for when a school or district would move to online learning according to the Columbus Dispatch.

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Columbus city leaders and school officials on Tuesday emphasized the importance of in-person learning even as a surge in COVID cases and other issues have resulted in some schools having to go remote temporarily since classes resumed after winter break. In this July 2021 photo, Michael Menendez, a fifth-grade math and science teacher at Woodcrest Elementary, prepared his classroom for the first day of classes at the year-round school according to the Columbus Dispatch.

Tennessee

Metro Nashville Public Schools reported the most new COVID-19 cases among students and staff of the entire 2021-22 school year last week according to the Tennessean.

Utah

Weber HighSchool students, like their Fremont High counterparts, will have remote schooling this week due to rising numbers of COVID-19 cases in the school according to the Standard-Examiner.

New Mexico

New Mexico health officials yesterday reported 6,919 new COVID-19 cases. However, DOH announced that yesterday’s case total included approximately 1,000 COVID-19 cases that were received after an electronic lab reporting disruption on Jan. 11. That disruption, according to a DOH news release, “resulted in an artificially low number of new COVID-19 cases reported in Tuesday’s daily case count press release.” In addition, 2,540 new cases were reported by one laboratory, and include cases that were recently tested over the past 12 days. The cases reported yesterday bring the total number of new cases to 388,215; DOH has designated 321,089 of those cases as recovered according to the Santa Fe Reporter.

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