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The Supreme Court in Washington on the day after the election, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020.
The U.S. Supreme Court continues to face cases involving coronavirus pandemic closures.
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Law & Courts Supreme Court Denies Kentucky Religious Academy's Challenge to School Closing Order
The justices, over two dissents, cited the imminent expiration of the order. The school could challenge again if the order is renewed.
Mark Walsh, December 17, 2020
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In this Nov. 10, 2020 photo the sun rises behind the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington. The Supreme Court seemed concerned Tuesday, Dec. 1, about the impact of siding with food giants Nestle and Cargill and ending a lawsuit that claims they knowingly bought cocoa beans from farms in Africa that used child slave labor. The court was hearing arguments in the case by phone because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Danville Christian Academy in Kentucky wants the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a lower court's ruling allowing the Kentucky governor's order barring in-person school instruction to go forward.
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Law & Courts Kentucky Religious School Asks U.S. Supreme Court to Block State Closure Order
Danville Christian Academy is seeking emergency relief from the COVID-19 closure order after losing in federal appeals court.
Mark Walsh, December 2, 2020
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New York Gov. Cuomo holds a press briefing on the coronavirus in Albany Wednesday. Cuomo predicted a “tremendous spike” in COVID-19 cases after Thanksgiving as he pleaded with people not to be lulled into a false sense of safety over the holiday.
New York Gov. Cuomo holds a press briefing on the coronavirus in Albany Wednesday. Cuomo predicted a “tremendous spike” in COVID-19 cases after Thanksgiving as he pleaded with people not to be lulled into a false sense of safety over the holiday.<br/>
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States Seven Governors Stress In-Person Learning as Nation Confronts Rising Virus Rates
Northeastern governors called in-person instruction "the best possible scenario for children" if it occurs with "appropriate protections."
Evie Blad, November 19, 2020
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Parents and students demonstrate during a rally in New York calling on Mayor Bill de Blasio to keep schools open. De Blasio announced Nov. 18 that the city would return to all-remote schooling the following day.
Parents and students demonstrate during a rally in New York calling on Mayor Bill de Blasio to keep schools open. De Blasio announced Nov. 18 that the city would return to all-remote schooling the following day.
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School & District Management New York City Shutters Schools After COVID-19 Rate Crosses Benchmark
The news came as a grim milestone as scores of districts continued to pull back from in-person learning.
Stephen Sawchuk, November 18, 2020
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Special Education How Will Schools Pay for Compensatory Services for Special Ed. Students?
States’ efforts so far suggest there won’t be enough money to go around for all the learning losses of students with disabilities from COVID-19 school shutdowns.
Corey Mitchell, November 10, 2020
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School & District Management Interactive Map: Where Are Schools Closed?
This national map tracks each state's mandates or recommendations on K-12 school closures and openings related to the coronavirus.
July 28, 2020
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Classroom Technology Quiz Quiz Yourself: How Much Do You Know About Elementary Remote Instruction?
How are educators responding to the shift to remote learning, and what challenges do students and teachers face with remote instruction?
David Rosenzweig, July 9, 2020
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School & District Management Interactive The Coronavirus Spring: The Historic Closing of U.S. Schools (A Timeline)
COVID-19 created a mass disruption of schooling in the spring of 2020. Here is how it happened.
July 1, 2020
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College & Workforce Readiness Video ‘They Make Those Caps and Gowns Look Amazing’
A traditional graduation upended by the coronavirus. Three alternative ideas shot down. And then a plan.
Jaclyn Borowski , June 16, 2020
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School & District Management Explainer The Socially Distanced School Day
Classrooms. Hallways. Extracurriculars. Every facet of the school day will have to be fundamentally altered when students return to school.
Madeline Will, June 10, 2020
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School Climate & Safety Opinion School Closures Always Hurt. They Hurt Even More Now
On top of racism and COVID-19, low-income Black and Brown students are facing a third pandemic: school closures, write four scholars who study school closures.
Sally Nuamah, Ryan Good, Ariel Bierbaum & Elaine Simon, June 8, 2020
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Teaching Profession Video WATCH: Teaching in the Time of Coronavirus
In this video series, we connect with teachers across the country to gather their insights and experiences as the entire teaching environment has changed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
June 4, 2020
School & District Management Most Educators Want Schools to Stay Closed to Slow Spread of COVID-19
As schools struggle to solve the complex equation of reopening, several factors are weighing heavily on their minds, new survey shows.
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Kindergartner Andres Vazquez works at a plastic table under a gazebo where his teacher gives a class at a municipal athletic park in Santa Isabel, Puerto Rico. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down school buildings throughout the island, some children in Puerto Rico like Andres had been left out of school for nearly a month after an earthquake forced school closures earlier this year.
Kindergartner Andres Vazquez works at a plastic table under a gazebo where his teacher gives a class at a municipal athletic park in Santa Isabel, Puerto Rico. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down school buildings throughout the island, some children in Puerto Rico like Andres had been left out of school for nearly a month after an earthquake forced school closures earlier this year.
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Student Well-Being Hurricanes, Earthquakes, and COVID-19 Make a Dire Trio for Puerto Rico's Schools
The pandemic is just the latest massive disruption for the U.S. territory's educational system, and has left students and teachers wondering how much they've lost and what comes next.
Andrew Ujifusa, May 27, 2020
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