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Longfellow Elementary School principal Amy Adams poses in front of two robots that greet her students every morning outside of the school in Rochester, Minn., on Thursday, July 30, 2020. Her school started earlier this month, and she says keeping kids in masks and distanced has been a challenge - but that the kids are getting used to it. (Catharine Richert/Minnesota Public Radio via AP)

Rochester school offers glimpse of future as fall approaches

Aug. 8, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — Recess at Longfellow Elementary School in Rochester seems pretty normal: Kids are running around in a big green field, climbing on the jungle gym and skipping rope. But the school adopted a hybrid model of learning for the start of its school year, which began in July — so...

Desks are spaced out in a classroom at Aikahi Elementary School in Kailua, Hawaii on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. While Hawaii has one of the lowest rates of cases per capita in the country and many of its schools have open-air campuses, the challenges of returning kids full time to classrooms may still be insurmountable. (AP Photo/Jennifer Sinco Kelleher)

The Latest: Hawaii schools to open year with remote learning

Aug. 7, 2020 10:21 PM EDT

HONOLULU — Hawaii officials say the state’s public school students will begin the academic year with remote learning only, after a spike of coronavirus cases. Gov. David Ige said Friday that all public students will spend the first four weeks of the school year learning online from home. Officials...

Oahu students to start school year with distance learning

Aug. 7, 2020 9:54 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Amid an alarming spike of coronavirus cases in Hawaii, public school students on Oahu will begin the academic year with distance learning only, officials announced Friday. Hawaii Gov. David Ige said that most students will spend the first four weeks of the school year learning online from...

Kentucky teacher union calls for delay of school reopenings

Aug. 7, 2020 5:52 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's teacher union is calling on school officials to delay the beginning of in-class instruction until the state's COVID-19 positivity rate drops. The Kentucky Education Association released a statement Friday calling on schools to start the year with virtual learning from home....

While wearing protective masks due to the COVID-19 virus pandemic, Taryne Meade, of Douglas, Mass., photographs her son Liam during a tour of the U.S.S. Constitution, the U.S. Navy's oldest commissioned ship, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, in Boston. The ship, which is also known as

Baker revisits reopening; 18 new COVID-19 deaths reported

Aug. 7, 2020 5:42 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts is cracking down on larger gatherings, bars “masquerading” as restaurants and other events that could help spread the coronavirus as public health officials work to tamp down an uptick in COVID-19 cases, Gov. Charlie Baker said Friday. Baker also said he is...

Employee in college admissions bribery case to plead guilty

Aug. 7, 2020 3:50 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A former employee of the consultant who authorities say ran a widespread college admissions bribery scheme that embroiled dozens of wealthy and famous parents has agreed to plead guilty, federal prosecutors said Friday. Mikaela Sanford, 34, of Folsom, California, will plead guilty to...

Yuma Catholic instructor Claudia Dym, right, helps to students get to where they need to be before the start of a freshman orientation session Thursday morning, Aug. 6, 2020, on the first day of school in Yuma, Ariz. Freshmen were divided into groups, using four classrooms for each orientation session. (Randy Hoeft/The Yuma Sun via AP)

Arizona sets virus spread guidelines for school reopenings

Aug. 7, 2020 1:03 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's top health official and the state's education chief laid out a series of guidelines Thursday that public schools were urged to use when deciding whether coronavirus infection rates are low enough to safely reopen for full in-person learning. The officials, however, said parents...

Cemetery workers bury 65-year-old Maria Joana Nascimento, whose family members, behind, suspect died of COVID-19, at Vila Formosa cemetery in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. Brazil is nearing 3 million cases of COVID-19 and 100,000 deaths. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

The Latest: UN says cybercrime hindering pandemic response

Aug. 7, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations’ counterterrorism chief says a 350% increase in phishing websites was reported in the first quarter of the year and many of them targeted hospitals and health care systems, hindering their response to the coronavirus pandemic. Vladimir Voronkov told the U.N....

Connecticut dedicates $160 million more to school reopening

Aug. 6, 2020 7:26 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The state of Connecticut is providing local school districts with an additional $160 million to help them reopen safely during the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Ned Lamont announced Thursday. Those funds are in addition to two earlier grants provided to schools, prekindergarten through...

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Is it safe to reopen schools during the pandemic?

Aug. 6, 2020 3:33 AM EDT

Is it safe for schools to reopen during the pandemic? It depends on how widespread COVID-19 infections are in the community and the safety measures the school takes. In areas where the virus is poorly controlled, public health experts say in-person education would be too risky. In areas where the virus appears...