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Massachusetts National Guard to aid COVID-19 school testing

Oct. 12, 2021 17:27 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker activated up to 450 members of the Massachusetts National Guard on Tuesday to help deal with COVID-19 challenges. Up to 200 guard members will aid in COVID-19 testing in schools throughout the state, and as many as 250 members will be...

Judge continues to prohibit Iowa enforcement of mask ban law

Oct. 08, 2021 17:22 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A federal judge Friday extended an order that will prevent state officials from enforcing a law that prohibits school districts from implementing mask requirements until a federal lawsuit challenging the law can be heard. Judge Robert Pratt had...

In California, inconsistent school COVID rules are the norm

Oct. 08, 2021 13:03 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Now that schools are back in session, parents are mastering this year’s new school vocabulary: Modified quarantine, antigen vs. PCR testing and the so-called Swiss cheese model for keeping classrooms safe, which has become the butt of a few jokes. ...

Free lunches earn business access to New Mexico lawmakers

Oct. 07, 2021 15:06 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Companies clamoring for contracts on internet services and student testing are buying legislators free lunches at meetings about education policy. It’s a legal and a frequent practice that some people find unappetizing. On Tuesday, Democratic and...

Virginia GOP candidate tests school fight message for 2022

Oct. 06, 2021 09:43 AM EDT

LEESBURG, Va. (AP) — When Democrat Terry McAuliffe said during the Virginia governor’s debate last week that he doesn’t believe “parents should be telling schools what they should teach,” his opponent pounced. Republican Glenn Youngkin quickly turned the footage...

Walz calls for vaccine and testing requirements for teachers

Oct. 05, 2021 18:39 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz called on lawmakers Tuesday to approve a series of new moves to respond to the fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, including vaccine and testing requirements for teachers, school staff, and long-term care workers, and measures to relieve strained hospital...

COVID testing program for Vermont schools should start soon

Oct. 05, 2021 15:24 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — An in-school COVID-19 testing program designed to keep children in school after coming into contact with someone who has the disease should be ready within the next couple of weeks, officials said Tuesday. Education Secretary Daniel French said...

Vermont Agency of Education preparing for COVID-19 testing

Oct. 04, 2021 13:03 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Agency of Education is moving forward with its plan to increase COVID-19 testing in schools as a way to keep more children in their classrooms. On Friday, the agency released the details of plans to increase testing in the state’s...

Fewer Massachusetts students test positive for coronavirus

Oct. 01, 2021 11:38 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The number of students in Massachusetts public schools who tested positive for the coronavirus in the past week was down slightly from the previous week, but more staff members contracted the disease, according to the latest data from state education officials. ...

Iowa school district begins own COVID-19 testing program

Sep. 30, 2021 18:46 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s largest public school system will offer drive-through COVID-19 tests starting next week, in an effort to counter rising virus infections since the governor discontinued a statewide testing program. Des Moines Public Schools officials...