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US colleges mull new virus protocols for students' return

Nov. 27, 2020 9:28 AM EST

COLCHESTER, Vt. (AP) — St. Michael’s College managed to keep coronavirus cases at bay for almost two months this fall with students tested upon arrival and once every three weeks. But in mid-October, cases at the small Vermont school started to climb. The outbreak was linked to an ice rink more...

Pandemic postpones national math, reading tests until 2022

Nov. 25, 2020 9:00 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — National reading and math tests long used to track what U.S. students know in those subjects are being postponed from next year to 2022 over concerns about whether testing would be feasible or produce valid results during the coronavirus pandemic, the National Center for Education...

Posters on precautions against the coronavirus are displayed at a subway station in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. The signs on posters read

The Latest: South Korea has most daily cases in 8 months

Nov. 25, 2020 8:29 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has recorded more than 500 new coronavirus cases in 24 hours for the first time in about eight months as health authorities struggle to contain a third surge of infections. The Asian nation has been experiencing a spike in cases since it relaxed stringent social distancing...

MCAS testing to continue, but some changes possible

Nov. 25, 2020 7:27 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts education officials are considering ways to change the way the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System test is administered this winter in response to the coronavirus pandemic. State Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Jeffrey Riley on Tuesday...

Iowa State tight end Charlie Kolar, left, celebrates with teammate Chase Allen, right, after catching a 6-yard touchdown pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Kansas State, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

'Having a blast': No. 15 Cyclones thriving in trying times

Nov. 24, 2020 5:01 PM EST

This would seem to be the kind of college football season that tests a player's love of the game. Iowa State tight end Chase Allen, for one, doesn't see it that way. “We’re having a blast this year,” he told reporters Tuesday. “I hope you guys are having as much watching us as we are...

A nurse walks COVID-19 tests back to the tent at the free COVID-19 testing site on Monday, Nov. 23, 2020 in Glenwood Springs, Colo. (Chelsea Self/Glenwood Springs Post Independent via AP)

The Latest: China reports results of mass testing

Nov. 23, 2020 10:56 PM EST

BEIJING — China has reported new coronavirus cases in the cities of Shanghai and Tianjin as it seeks to prevent small outbreaks from becoming larger ones. The National Health Commission said Tuesday that there were two new locally spread cases in the previous 24-hour period, one in each city. It also...

University of Utah student Abigail Shull takes a rapid COVID-19 test at the University of Utah student testing site Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, in Salt Lake City. As college students prepare to go home for the holidays, some schools are quickly ramping up COVID-19 testing to try to keep infections from spreading further as the coronavirus surges across the U.S. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Heading home for the holiday? Get a virus test, colleges say

Nov. 20, 2020 3:23 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — As college students prepare to go home for the holidays, some schools are quickly ramping up COVID-19 testing to try to keep infections from spreading further as the coronavirus surges across the U.S. Thousands of cases have been connected to campuses since some colleges reopened...

Two students right, wave goodbye to teachers and counselors after attending an in-person blended learning session at West Brooklyn Community High School, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, in the Brooklyn borough of New York, after the school's principal announced that the school would be closed until further notice due to rising cases of coronavirus in the city. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday he's shuttering schools to try to stop the renewed spread of the coronavirus. This is the third time the high school has had to close, with the most recent closure due to an outbreak in the immediate neighborhood, although the school has had no reported cases. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

New York City schools to close again as virus rate rises

Nov. 18, 2020 7:31 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City is shuttering schools to try to stop the renewed spread of the coronavirus, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday in a painful about-face for one of the first big U.S. school systems to bring students back to classrooms this fall. The nation's largest public school system will...

Sue Hayden makes wreaths out of balsam at Taft Farms in Great Barrington. Dan Tawczynski says this year orders are up, especially for households, and a little down for businesses due to the pandemic. The Crew working in the background make garland as well, several miles of it a year, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020. (Ben Garver/The Berkshire Eagle via AP)

Virus news: Baker urges cautious Thanksgiving; 47 new deaths

Nov. 18, 2020 5:28 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday urged residents to refrain from gathering with extended family and friends at Thanksgiving, saying casual indoor gatherings are helping fuel the new surge in cases in Massachusetts. Holiday dinners and festivities should be limited to members of a person's...

FILE - In this Jan. 2, 2019, file photo, Harvard head coach Tommy Amaker reacts during an NCAA college basketball game against North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C. When George Floyd died this spring under a policeman's knee, Amaker didn't send out a tweet affirming Black Lives Matter or add a uniform patch calling for Equality. He simply continued exposing his players to social justice issues, as he had been doing for more than a decade, establishing the program as a model for other teams only now showing an interest. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, file)

For Harvard coach Tommy Amaker, class is always in session

Nov. 10, 2020 1:42 PM EST

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — When George Floyd died under the knee of a Minneapolis policeman, Harvard basketball coach Tommy Amaker knew it was time to get to work. Or, more precisely, back to work. He lined up guest speakers, many of them Black leaders and veterans of the civil rights movement. A program to...