Will other schools reopen in 2020?

Nov 11, 2020 Travel News

Will other schools reopen in 2020?

Philadelphia on Tuesday delayed plans to bring its youngest public school students back to classrooms for at least one in-person instruction on November 30 as cases increase in the city. Distance learning will continue for all students “until further notice,” officials said.

“We hope to see these kids in school before spring, but it will all be based on advice from the health community,” said William R. Hite Jr., the superintendent.

A similar trend is playing out across the country, especially in major cities, as cases and hospitalizations in the United States hit a new high. Even though research has shown children are not likely to spread the virus, many experts say schools cannot safely reopen when community transmission is rampant – even though the school is closed in person. carries a high social and economic cost.

“Most of the country, when you look at the map, a lot of them have case rates that I would say too high to open schools,” said Benjamin Linas, associate professor of medicine and epidemiology at the University. from Boston. “It‘s a crisis for public education.”

  • Tuesday, Topeka, Kan., Dropped plans to bring middle and high school students back to classrooms this semester, at least part-time.

  • Tuesday, Anchorage, Ala., Again delayed a plan to get students back to classrooms on November 16.

  • On Tuesday, San Diego and Sacramento suspended plans to reopen other schools. Los Angeles doesn’t expect to bring the majority of public school students back to school until 2021, and San Francisco doesn’t yet have a clear opening date.

  • On Monday, Minneapolis suspended plans to bring more public school students back to classrooms and chose to “recall” some of the in-person support services, including after-school tutoring.

  • Last week, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she couldn’t yet say when the students would return to class.

  • Washington, DC, last week delayed plans to bring some students back to classrooms on Nov. 9, as well as several large suburban school districts in Maryland and Virginia.

  • Boston reversed course at the end of October, dismissing the few high-need students who had returned home and postponing plans for young learners to return to classrooms.

“Any district that has not yet introduced in-person learning faces serious headwinds,” Dennis Roche, president of Burbio, who tracks school reopens, told USA Today.

Of course, there are many areas – including Florida, Texas, and New York – where schools are already fully or partially open. Baltimore still plans to bring students back to classrooms next week, even though it has cut back on the number of schools that will reopen.

But with the virus reaching its worst levels, the reopening window is closing quickly. Much will depend on how the virus evolves over the next few months, as colder weather forces people indoors, where the virus spreads more easily. Gatherings for Thanksgiving, Christmas and other holidays are also likely to sow new outbreaks.

Even as hospitalizations increase, the Trump administration has “essentially thrown in the towel” in trying to control the pandemic, said Dr. Ashish K. Jha, the dean of the Brown University School of Public Health. President-elect Joe Biden and his coronavirus task force will have very limited ability to change policy until January 20, when he takes office.

“If we put a plan in place and really try to control the outbreak, I think it’s possible that schools will stay open or reopen in January or February,” Linas said. “But that will require a national Covid strategy.”

Sniffles could be the key to a big pandemic puzzle: why are children much less likely than adults to be infected with the novel coronavirus and, if infected, less likely to get sick ?

One possible reason: Children may have antibodies that block SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes the pandemic, because they so often catch milder coronaviruses in the form of colds, according to a new study.

While adults can catch one or two colds a year, children can get as many as a dozen, said Stephen J. Elledge, professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

  • The Southeastern Conference, the dominant heavyweight in college football, postponed two more games this weekend due to the coronavirus, including the annual game between the University of Alabama, which is ranked # 1, and Louisiana State University.

  • Allegheny College, in Pennsylvania, will require its employees to take two weeks’ leave to ease financial conflicts caused by the pandemic.

  • duke university, North Carolina, won’t have in-person fans at home basketball games this season.

  • A good read: With the help of a beloved pair of binoculars, Mike Couzens managed to cover college football during the pandemic. “Broadcaster ESPN won’t leave home without them because the coronavirus pandemic has changed the dynamics of the broadcast booth,” wrote Kyle Rowland of The Toledo Blade.

  • In Vermont, officials will begin regular large-scale surveillance testing at K-12 schools.

  • In Florida, 26 students came to the school after the local department “neglected to forward an email” telling them they should have been in quarantine.

  • A good read: The Baltimore Sun spoke to high school students in Maryland who were recruited to play college sports. Instead of large public signing ceremonies, students celebrate in more intimate family ceremonies.

“I’m concerned that it will be difficult to implement anti-bullying programs during this crisis,” wrote Barry E. McNamara, associate dean of the School of Education at Concordia College in Bronxville, NY, in an opinion piece for Newsday.

Bullies prey on vulnerable students, McNamara wrote, and more students are suffering from anxiety and related behaviors during the pandemic. Some students gained weight during the lockdown; others may be embarrassed that their classmates can see inside their home. And as children socialize more online, cyberbullying has increased.

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