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Latest: Alaska seeing one of sharpest COVID-19 surges in US

Sep. 16, 2021 20:34 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska — Alaska’s state epidemiologist says Alaska is experiencing “one of the sharpest surges” in COVID-19 in the country. Dr. Joe McLaughlin added that it’s not clear when the situation might stabilize. He says a lot will depend on vaccination rates...

Beshear slams school leaders that refuse to require masks

Sep. 16, 2021 19:51 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's governor on Thursday berated school leaders who refuse to extend mask requirements, accusing them of endangering children at a time the coronavirus is raging throughout the state. While more than 80% of Kentucky school districts have...

Official: Cases in largest Tennessee county slowing down

Sep. 16, 2021 17:11 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The top health official in the only Tennessee county with an indoor mask requirement said Thursday she was cautiously optimistic that a recent coronavirus surge was slowing down, citing a drop in the number of cases and hospitalized children. Dr....

Oklahoma governor seeks audit of state education department

Sep. 16, 2021 16:45 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt said Thursday that he has requested an audit of the state Department of Education. The request came after an audit last year of Epic Charter Schools revealed that tens of millions of dollars were diverted into a for-profit...

State provides COVID-19 testing for Hawaii school campuses

Sep. 16, 2021 16:42 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Some Hawaii schools are participating in a state Department of Health program that provides COVID-19 testing for students, teachers and staff. Most of the public schools that have registered haven't started testing yet, but state Epidemiologist Dr....

Lawsuit seeks $1M after Michigan teacher cuts girl's hair

Sep. 16, 2021 16:12 PM EDT

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) — The father of a 7-year-old Michigan girl whose hair was cut by a teacher without her parents’ permission has filed a $1 million lawsuit against the school district, a librarian and a teacher's assistant. The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in...

Oregon’s 2nd-largest high school shuts due to COVID spread

Sep. 16, 2021 16:09 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon’s second-largest high school is halting in-person classes because of COVID-19 spread that is requiring large numbers of students to quarantine at home. Reynolds High School officials said Wednesday night they will not have class for the...

Lockdown lifted at 2 schools, possible threat investigated

Sep. 16, 2021 15:46 PM EDT

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The middle and high schools in South Burlington, Vermont, had been on lockdown for part of Thursday afternoon after the school administration received word that some students were being threatened by other students claiming to be armed, the superintendent said. ...

Outbreaks strand some students at home with minimal learning

Sep. 16, 2021 14:34 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Within his first week back at school after a year and a half, 7-year-old Ben Medlin was exposed to a classmate with COVID-19, and he was sent home, along with 7,000 other students in the district, for 14 days of quarantine. Not much learning went on...

2 Bay Area school systems mull vaccine mandates for students

Sep. 16, 2021 14:06 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The boards of the San Francisco Bay Area's two largest school districts are set to vote next week on whether to mandate vaccinations against COVID-19 for all staff and students age 12 and older. Board members for West Contra Unified, which serves...