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School aide Serin Brandt, center, helps a student as he arrives on a scooter for the first day of in-person classes at Erasmus High School in Brooklyn's Flatbush neighborhood, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020 in New York. The city's plans to send kids back into classrooms rely on an ambitious plan to do random virus testing of pupils and staff throughout the school year. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

In NYC and LA, returning pupils face battery of virus tests

Oct. 1, 2020 12:31 PM EDT

The two largest school districts in the U.S. are rolling out ambitious and costly plans to test students and staff for the coronavirus, bidding to help keep school buildings open amid a rise in infections among the nation's school-age children. New York City set in motion its program to begin monthly testing of...

Students line up to have their temperature checked before entering PS 179 elementary school in the Kensington neighborhood, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020 in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Hundreds of thousands of elementary school students are heading back to classrooms Tuesday as New York City enters a high-stakes phase of resuming in-person learning during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

NYC elementary schools reopen in big back-to-school test

Sep. 29, 2020 5:59 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Elementary school students went back to classrooms across New York City on Tuesday in a high-stakes test for the nation's biggest public school system even as the mayor warned that a recent rise in coronavirus cases was “cause for real concern.” With children wearing masks...

A local resident Shin Dae-sik, 83, speaks during an interview at his home in Cheongju, South Korea, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. The coronavirus is forcing South Koreans to celebrate their Thanksgiving holiday differently this year, that begin Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. Shin said about 15 family members assembled for Chuseok in past years but they decided not to do so this week. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

The Latest: COVID-19 outbreak on ship off Australia's coast

Sep. 29, 2020 3:50 PM EDT

PERTH, Australia — Authorities are concerned by a COVID-19 outbreak aboard a cargo ship off Australia's northwest coast that has infected most of the crew. Eight more members of the Filipino crew tested positive for the new coronavirus on Monday, bringing the number of infections to 17 out of a crew of 21....

Schoolchildren wait to enter their school in Harare, Zimbabwe, Monday Sept, 28, 2020. Zimbabwe schools have reopened in phases, but with smaller number of pupils, more teachers and other related measures to enable children to resume their education without the risk of a spike in COVID-19 infections. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Zimbabwe begins gradual reopening of schools amid virus

Sep. 28, 2020 1:09 PM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe’s schools Monday reopened for pupils in two grades as part of a gradual process that will see all pupils return to class by early November. But many teachers did not report for work, as their union demanded that the government should first pay them a COVID-19...

FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2020, file photo, Des Moines Public School students and supporters march from Roosevelt High School to the Governor's Mansion at Terrace Hill to protest the cancellation of fall and winter extracurriculars, in Des Moines, Iowa. All in-person activities were suspended this month as the district's classroom instruction remains virtual. (Olivia Sun/The Des Moines Register via AP, File)

Des Moines says no to governor's demand for classroom return

Sep. 20, 2020 10:28 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Students in Iowa’s largest school system are facing the possibility that this most unusual school year could stretch into next summer, and the district could be hit with crippling bills because of a dispute with the governor over the safety of returning to classrooms during...

School counselor at Kentucky Army post dies of COVID-19

Sep. 18, 2020 4:25 PM EDT

FORT KNOX, Ky. (AP) — A school counselor at a central Kentucky Army post that started in-person classes in August has died after being diagnosed with the coronavirus, officials said. Fort Knox Middle-High School counselor Pamela Harris was diagnosed with the virus and was being treated at a local hospital...

Medical staff prepare to take a COVID-19 tests at a drive through community based assessment centre in Christchurch, New Zealand, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. Health authorities in New Zealand are scrambling to trace the source of a new outbreak of the coronavirus as the nation's largest city, Auckland, goes back into lockdown. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

The Latest: First case-free day for New Zealand in 5 weeks

Sep. 17, 2020 11:15 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand has reported no new confirmed cases of the coronavirus for the first time in more than five weeks as hopes rise that an outbreak discovered in Auckland last month has been stamped out. Friday’s report also marked the fourth consecutive day without any cases of...

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2020, file photo, a student wears a protective masks as they arrive for classes at the Immaculate Conception School while observing COVID-19 prevention protocols in The Bronx borough of New York. New York City has again delayed the planned start of in-person learning for most of the more than 1 million students in its public school system. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Thursday, Sept. 17,  that most elementary school students would do remote-only learning until Sept. 29. Middle and high schools would stay remote through Oct. 1.(AP Photo/John Minchillo)

NYC again delays in-person learning for most students

Sep. 17, 2020 2:37 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City’s ambitious attempt to be among the first big cities to bring students back into classrooms closed by the coronavirus suffered another setback Thursday, as the mayor announced he was delaying the start of in-person instruction for most students due to a shortage of...

FILE- In this Sept. 2, 2020 file photo, parents bring their children to participate in an outdoor learning demonstration to display methods schools can use to continue on-site education during the coronavirus pandemic, at P.S. 15 in the Red Hook neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York. New York City's already delayed school year is scheduled to start remotely Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020 in a soft opening that will serve as a prologue to the return of students to physical classrooms on the following week. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Doubts persist at start of NYC's hybrid school year

Sep. 16, 2020 3:58 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's already- delayed school year started remotely Wednesday in a soft opening that will serve as a prologue to the return of students to actual classrooms next week. Even as more than a million kids remotely return to class, it's an open question whether the city can pull off...

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2020, file photo, students wear protective masks as they arrive for classes at the Immaculate Conception School while observing COVID-19 prevention protocols, in the Bronx borough of New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

The Latest: NYC teachers union will block school reopening

Sep. 11, 2020 9:10 PM EDT

NEW YORK — The New York City teachers union warns it won’t let the nation’s largest school district reopen for in-person classes this month if the city doesn’t issue protective equipment, conduct testing and clean schools properly. Union leader Michael Mulgrew in a Friday video...