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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...

Madison Zurmuehlen poses for a photo on the University of Missouri-Kansas City campus in Kansas City, Mo., Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. Amid pandemic restrictions aimed at keeping students safe and healthy, colleges are scrambling to help them adjust. Zurmuehlen said daily practices, with masks, are “the one thing I look forward to,” so it was tough when campus sports were canceled for two weeks after an outbreak among student athletes and staff. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Stressed freshmen missing quintessential college experience

Oct. 24, 2020 10:12 AM EDT

It’s a major life milestone, the first time many U.S. teens have ever been on their own. Even in normal times, freshman year in college can be a jumbled mix of anticipation, uncertainty and emotional highs and lows. In these hardly normal times, when the quintessential college experience exists only in...

Thousands of Florida students lack online learning equipment

Oct. 24, 2020 3:01 AM EDT

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Tania Carrillo got a call at work in early March that one of her two kids might have been infected with COVID-19. The whole family may have been infected, she worried, and so they went into quarantine. Little did Carrillo know that her family, like much of the United States, was about...

Libraries adapt to serve customers during COVID-19 pandemic

Oct. 24, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Jana Maher misses the interaction of her story times as Miss Sparkles at the Bismarck Veterans Memorial Public Library. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, she’s gone virtual and also has held outdoor story times in parks for families. With winter coming, virtual might be the only...

Third grade student Elena thinks while reciting multiplication tables, as her brother Wyatt reviews his kindergarten work on a tablet with their mom, Christi Brouder, in the living room of the family home, while remote learning due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, in Haverhill, Mass. The Brouder family has four children that are distance learning. Many families with multiple students, some with special needs, are dealing with the challenges of remote distance learning in their home. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

In video classes teachers parse clues to student wellbeing

Oct. 23, 2020 2:56 PM EDT

Christi Brouder had finally gotten her 10-year-old daughter settled on the hallway floor with a laptop and signed into a video class on Google Meet when the girl's 6-year-old brother leaped over the computer screen “in his birthday suit” to get a juice box. To Brouder's surprise, a social worker...

Kristina Negron poses for a photograph Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, in Schenectady, N.Y.  Negron was laid off from her job as an aide for a special education class at Schenectady High School due to budget cuts.  (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)

School districts face hard choices amid pandemic-era cuts

Oct. 23, 2020 10:30 AM EDT

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) — The school year in this old industrial city started with a whack of a budget ax. Teachers, classroom aides and counselors were among the hundreds laid off with potential state aid cuts looming. Pre-K is suspended, online classes are at maximum capacity and the ranks of...