Reopening

A syringe is prepared with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in Coral Gables, Fla, on Jan. 12, 2021.
A syringe is prepared with the COVID-19 vaccine in Coral Gables, Fla. Teachers in the state are back in buildings, but not yet eligible for shots.
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Teaching Profession Some States Order Schools to Be Open. But Teachers Can't Yet Get the Vaccine
In places where teachers are required to be in school buildings, they need to be higher on the vaccine priority lists, many argue.
Sarah Schwartz, January 15, 2021
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First-grade teacher Megan Garner-Jones, left, and Principal Cynthia Eisner silent clap for their students participating remotely and in-person at School 16, in Yonkers, N.Y., on Oct. 20, 2020.
First-grade teacher Megan Garner-Jones, left, and Principal Cynthia Eisner silent clap for their students participating remotely and in-person at School 16, in Yonkers, N.Y.
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Federal Biden Calls for $130 Billion in New K-12 Relief, Scaled Up Testing, Vaccination Efforts
President-elect Joe Biden proposed new aid for schools as part of a broader COVID-19 relief plan, which will require congressional approval.
Evie Blad, January 14, 2021
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Maddi Dale focuses on her remote French class in her bedroom in Lake Oswego, Ore., on Oct. 30, 2020.
Maddi Dale focuses on her remote French class in her bedroom in Lake Oswego, Ore., in late October.
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Teaching & Learning Districts Retreat to Remote Learning Even as Biden Calls for Reopening Schools
A new study shows a big jump in the percentage of districts moving to remote-only instruction since November.
Catherine Gewertz, January 14, 2021
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A red London Transport bus passes a Covid-19 sign during England's third national lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus on Jan. 8, 2021.
A London bus passes a COVID-19 public service announcement after Great Britain began its third coronavirus lockdown. A new strain of the virus was discovered in England late last year.
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School & District Management Explainer Will New COVID-19 Strains Mean More Cases in Schools? An Explainer
Three new, more contagious strains of coronavirus may force schools to rethink the calculus on reopening.
Sarah D. Sparks, January 11, 2021
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A fourth grade class uses upside-down buckets for seats as they study outside at the Gerald Talbot School, in Portland, Maine, in December.
Fourth graders use upside-down buckets for seats during an outdoor class in December at the Gerald Talbot School, in Portland, Maine.
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School & District Management Fall School Reopenings Didn’t Dramatically Increase COVID-19 Hospitalizations
School reopenings didn't translate to more hospitalizations in communities with low infection rates. But community spread is higher now.
Stephen Sawchuk, January 4, 2021
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Law & Courts Appeals Court Rules for Religious Schools in Latest Challenge to Pandemic Restrictions
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, in Cincinnati, exempted nine religious schools from an Ohio county's school closure order.
Mark Walsh, January 3, 2021
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Illustration of a woman sitting on a front stoop in slippers and a mask that covers her mouth and nose.
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School & District Management Easing Teachers' Anxieties About Returning to School
Strategies for district leaders to provide a safer and less stressful return to in-person learning.
Elizabeth Heubeck, December 29, 2020
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State Education Commissioner Miguel Cardona, right, and Gov. Ned Lamont talk during a 2019 forum on improving public school education.
Connecticut Education Commissioner Miguel Cardona, right, and Gov. Ned Lamont talk during a 2019 forum on improving public education.
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Federal An Early Honeymoon for Miguel Cardona Could Be Tested by Biden's Push to Reopen Schools
Biden's favorite for education secretary is being praised, for now, for what he is and is not by different factions.
Andrew Ujifusa, December 22, 2020
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Miguel Cardona, President-elect Joe Biden's nominee for Secretary of Education, speaks after being introduced at The Queen Theater in Wilmington, Del., on Dec. 23, 2020.
Miguel Cardona, President-elect Joe Biden's nominee for Secretary of Education, speaks after being introduced at The Queen Theater in Wilmington, Del., on Dec. 23, 2020.
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Federal Where Biden's Choice for Education Secretary Stands on Key K-12 Issues
Connecticut Education Commissioner Miguel Cardona, Biden's pick for education secretary, has taken positions on an array of K-12 issues.
Evie Blad, December 22, 2020
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Image shows a man wearing protective suit disinfecting school desks.
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Education Funding CDC: Here's How Much It Would Cost Schools to Safeguard Against COVID-19
The cost estimates are based on various mitigation strategies to protect students and staff from the coronavirus.
Andrew Ujifusa, December 11, 2020
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President-elect Joe Biden.
President-elect Joe Biden's has made clear he wants schools open as the nation battles the pandemic, but believes many of them need more funding to get that done.
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Policy & Politics Biden's Call for School Reopening Relies on Cooperation from Congress, a Divided Public
President-elect Joe Biden has sharpened his calls to reopen schools, but there are still hurdles to bringing children back to classrooms.
Evie Blad, December 11, 2020
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Teaching Profession Opinion Biden's Victory Will Complicate Union Resistance to School Reopening
If Biden says kids should be back in school, unions can no longer insist school reopening is just a Trumpian rush back to business as usual.
Rick Hess, December 3, 2020
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Teaching Profession How Teachers' Unions Are Influencing Decisions on School Reopenings
With coronavirus cases surging, labor groups are often pushing for a conservative approach to getting teachers and kids back in buildings.
Madeline Will, December 2, 2020
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Junior high teacher Angela Andrus attends an Utah Safe Schools Mask-In urging the governor's leadership in school reopening during a rally Thursday, July 23, 2020, in Salt Lake City. Parents and teachers rallied at the Utah State Capitol Thursday morning to urge schools to enforce mask wearing and to implement other safety policies recommended by health officials as the state prepares to reopen classrooms this fall.
Junior high teacher Angela Andrus attends a Utah Safe Schools Mask-In in Salt Lake City urging the governor's leadership earlier this year as officials prepared for school reopenings during the COVID-19 pandemic. Parents and teachers gathered at the state capitol to urge schools to enforce mask wearing and to implement other safety policies recommended by health officials.<br/>
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Teaching Profession Teachers' Rights Under COVID-19: Anxiety Meets Legality
Schools and staff confront a welter of employment laws and regulations when it comes to on-site work under the pandemic.
Mark Walsh, November 19, 2020
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