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California Gov. says his kids "phasing back" into classrooms

Oct. 30, 2020 7:01 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday his children are among those resuming in-person classes after months of distance learning due to the coronavirus pandemic. Newsom, whose four children attend private school, said he believes children learn best in the classroom and his...

Oregon announces new COVID metrics for school reopening

Oct. 30, 2020 3:15 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon officials on Friday announced new COVID-19 metrics to determine when students can return to K-12 schools for in-person learning, with the aim of getting more children back into the classroom. However even under the new, relaxed metric requirements, about 80% of Oregon students...

Camden City School District Superintendent Katrina McCombs poses for a portrait at the school district office, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, in Camden, NJ. A complete picture has yet to emerge of how much learning was lost by students during the pandemic.   (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

On pandemic 'learning loss,' schools look forward, not back

Oct. 30, 2020 10:04 AM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A complete picture has yet to emerge of how much learning was lost by students during the pandemic. That’s all right with educators like Superintendent Craig Broeren, whose top concern is figuring out where each student stands now. Wisconsin Rapids, his small school district in...

Editorial Roundup: Alabama

Oct. 28, 2020 1:50 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Alabama newspapers: ___ Oct. 28 The Decatur Daily and The TimesDaily on celebrating Halloween amid the coronavirus pandemic: This Saturday is Halloween. Normally, Halloween falling on a Saturday — a Saturday with a full moon, even! — would be cause of extra celebration. Then...

Union urges Fairfax teachers to take 'mental health day'

Oct. 27, 2020 8:41 PM EDT

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — A teachers' union in Virginia's largest school district is urging members to call in sick Wednesday for a “mental health day” as they ponder how they will respond to a gradual return to in-person learning. Fairfax Education Association President Kimberly Adams said...

Wake County elementary students return for in-person classes

Oct. 26, 2020 3:06 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Wake County elementary students have returned to school for in-person classes for the first time since March 13. The Raleigh News & Observer reports that the county's 160,000 students have been taking online classes only since March due to the coronavirus. On Monday school...

Relatives bury Isaac Nolasco who died of reasons not believed related to COVID-19, in a section of the municipal cemetery Valle de Chalco amid the new coronavirus pandemic, on the outskirts of Mexico City, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. Mexican families traditionally flock to local cemeteries to honor their dead relatives as part of the

The Latest: Mexico health officials acknowledge higher toll

Oct. 25, 2020 10:22 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY — Mexican health authorities acknowledge the country’s true death toll from the coronavirus pandemic is far higher than previously thought, saying there were 193,170 “excess” deaths in the year up to Sept. 26. Of those, 139,153 are now judged to be attributable to...

Louisiana district suspends more students for online weapons

Oct. 25, 2020 2:36 PM EDT

HARVEY, La. (AP) — A Louisiana school district that faced a backlash for suspending a student after a teacher saw a BB gun in his room during a virtual class has suspended at least three other students for weapons spotted during online learning. In the two newest cases in Jefferson Parish, a ninth grader...

Maryland parents turn to tutoring for kids amid pandemic

Oct. 25, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A Severna Park parent recreated a classroom in the basement of her home and on the days she can, will sit next to her 7-year-old to help online learning though she saw the first grader struggle to keep up. But Carly Knott also hired tutors, a decision she started to make after the...

NH ice rinks to reopen; Maine city getting mask dispensers

Oct. 24, 2020 5:27 PM EDT

Here is a look at pandemic-related developments around New England: ___ NEW HAMPSHIRE Hockey and other indoor ice arena activities can resume in New Hampshire starting Oct. 30 but participants and staff will have to be tested for COVID-19, Gov. Chris Sununu said. The state paused all hockey activities at indoor...