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Massachusetts high school goes remote after house party

Oct. 25, 2020 4:13 PM EDT

MARBLEHEAD, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts high school will shift to fully remote learning after students attended a house party, where they didn't wear masks and shared drinks, the district's superintendent said Sunday. Marblehead responded to a house party Friday with young people who were not social...

A waiter stands outside a cafe in downtown Rome, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. For at least the next month, people outdoors except for small children must now wear masks in all of Italy, gyms, cinemas and movie theaters will be closed, ski slopes are off-limits to all but competitive skiers and cafes and restaurants must shut down in early evenings, under a decree signed on Sunday by Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte, who ruled against another severe lockdown despite a current surge in COVID-19 infections. (Cecilia FabianoLaPresse via AP)

Italy closes gyms, shuts eateries early to fight COVID-19

Oct. 25, 2020 1:30 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italy's leader imposed at least a month of new restrictions across the country Sunday to fight rising coronavirus infections, shutting down gyms, pools and movie theaters, putting an early curfew on cafes and restaurants and mandating that people keep wearing masks outdoors. Worried about...

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...

Florida students with disabilities adapt to COVID-19 changes

Oct. 25, 2020 3:01 AM EDT

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Luther Smith doesn’t say much, but his teachers know that COVID-19 is stressing him out. The 16-year-old student at Oak Park, Sarasota’s school for children with disabilities, has autism and is nonverbal, so he uses a touch-screen tablet to communicate. The device gives...

Woman, daughter who died from virus changed lives

Oct. 25, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Hours after her only child, Demi, died from COVID-19 on Sept. 7, Shirley Bannister entered a walk-in medical clinic for a test and learned she contracted the virus. Shirley would die 20 days later from the infection that claimed her daughter and more than 3,400 other South...

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...

Boys and Girls Clubs empower students amid COVID uncertainty

Oct. 24, 2020 12:42 PM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — While COVID-19 put life on pause for so many people, high school students at the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley were focused on the future, earning their Google Analytics certificates. That is just one of many ways the clubs are setting up high schoolers for success...

Kansas state school board on ballots amid COVID-19 scrutiny

Oct. 24, 2020 10:52 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansans are electing two state Board of Education members this fall as the panel has gained attention amid the coronavirus pandemic for its decision not to mandate a delay in the start of school. In the Kansas City area, Democrat Melanie Haas, an information technology consultant, is...

Alabama system sets 'virtual day' in case of class shutdowns

Oct. 24, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) — With the coronavirus pandemic worsening in Alabama, Dothan school officials are planning a “virtual day” to prepare for the possibility that classes will have to quit meeting in person. The system, located in southeast Alabama, will have both junior high and high school...

West Virginia Education Association President Dale Lee, left, and American Federation of Teachers' West Virginia chapter President Christine Campbell talk to reporters Tuesday, March 6, 2018, at the Capitol in Charleston, W.Va. The West Virginia Education Association filed a court challenge Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, to the state's color-coded map that determines whether counties can hold in-person public school classes during the coronavirus pandemic. The union wants to replace the school reentry map that has undergone multiple changes by Republican Gov. Jim Justice and state officials with one compiled by independent health experts. (AP Photo/John Raby)

Judge denies injunction over West Virginia school virus map

Oct. 23, 2020 4:57 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia teachers union lost its bid Friday to stop the state from using its color-coded map to decide whether counties can hold in-person public school classes and athletic competitions during the coronavirus pandemic. Judge Carrie Webster denied the West Virginia Education...