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Edwards agrees to protect schools from most virus lawsuits

Jul. 8, 2020 7:03 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's K-12 schools and colleges will be shielded from most civil lawsuits if a student or teacher contracts the COVID-19 disease caused by the coronavirus under a bill that Gov. John Bel Edwards signed into law Wednesday. Lawmakers agreed in the special session that ended June...

Districts can choose mix of online, in-school classes

Jul. 8, 2020 6:32 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri school districts will be allowed to have students attend every other day and learn remotely on alternating days, helping schools avoid fund penalties related to attendance. The State Board of Education passed two emergency rules Tuesday establishing hybrid instructions...

FILE - In this March 13, 2020, file photo, students at Stuyvesant High School leave after classes in New York. Most New York City students will return to their physical schools two or three days a week and learn online the rest of the time under a plan announced Wednesday, July 8, 2020, by Mayor Bill de Blasio, who said schools can't accommodate all their students at any one time and maintain safe social distancing. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

NYC mayor unveils plan to reopen schools in fall

Jul. 8, 2020 6:10 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a hybrid back-to-school plan Wednesday with most students inside their physical schools just two or three days a week, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo said it's up to him to decide whether schools can open at all. De Blasio said his plan calls for most...

Denver school board votes to remove cops from schools

Jul. 8, 2020 3:52 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Denver Public Schools will phase out its use of police officers in school buildings by the end of the next school year because of concerns about how minority students are treated by the police. The school board voted unanimously Thursday night in favor of a resolution that requires the number...

Utah school district's schedule to mix class, home learning

Jul. 7, 2020 11:26 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Salt Lake County school board approved a schedule for reopening that will include a four-day week of class time in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The board of the Jordan School District voted to require students to be in classrooms Monday through Thursday and then follow a...

Hawaii lawmakers stall funding for 10-story school building

Jul. 7, 2020 9:22 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers stalled funding for a 10-story public elementary school, preventing a groundbreaking this year for the state’s first vertical public school. Members of the Legislature recently opted not to approve $20 million for the Pohukaina Elementary School and an associated...

In this undated photo provided by Southern Utah Athletics, Ghita Nassik hits the ball during tennis practice at Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah. Southern Utah announced June 23, 2020, it was eliminating its men’s and women’s tennis programs effective immediately due to budget cuts brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. (Joey DeGraaf/Southern Utah Athletics  via AP)

As schools ponder cutting sports, tennis proves vulnerable

Jul. 6, 2020 4:12 PM EDT

The promise of college tennis lured Abhimanyu Vannemreddy from his home in India to the United States, where he settled in at Winthrop in South Carolina. Now he’s pondering his future thousands of miles away from his family as financial reality crashes down on his sport. Winthrop announced last month that...

Governor Kay Ivey and State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris ask citizens to continue wearing masks and use social distancing during a coronavirus update in the state capitol building in Montgomery, Ala., on Tuesday June 29, 2020. (Mickey Welsh/The Montgomery Advertiser via AP)

Alabama governor settles $49M in virus-related education aid

Jul. 6, 2020 12:46 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Gov. Kay Ivey announced Monday that nearly $49 million in federal virus response aid will pay to boost internet access for students, offer digital textbooks and help with other education budget needs. The dollars come from an education relief fund created by Congress that allows...

FILE - In this June 10, 2020, file photo, Olivia Chan's father helps her with a new mask she received during a graduation ceremony for her Pre-K class in front of Bradford School in Jersey City, N.J. School districts across America are in the midst of wrenching decisions during the summer about how to resume classes in settings radically altered by the coronavirus pandemic, with socially distanced school buses, virtual learning, outdoor classrooms and quarantine protocols for infected children as the new norm. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Debates turn emotional as schools decide how and if to open

Jul. 5, 2020 11:31 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — School districts across America are in the midst of making wrenching decisions over how to resume classes in settings radically altered by the coronavirus pandemic, with school buses running below capacity, virtual learning, outdoor classrooms and quarantine protocols for infected...

No COVID-19 at youth center; cases rise among out-of-staters

Jul. 3, 2020 3:48 PM EDT

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Universal testing at a youth detention center has yielded no positive cases of coronavirus, the Maine Department of Connections said. The state conducted campus-wide testing at Long Creek Youth Development Center in South Portland after a person who was being released from the...