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School & District Management School Workers May Get Early Shot at COVID-19 Vaccine. Will They Take It?
School and district leaders need to understand the reasons some educators are hesitant to get the vaccine and address them head-on.
Madeline Will, December 21, 2020
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Utah school teacher Emily Johnson protests with other teachers at the Utah State Capitol, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, in Salt Lake City. The Utah Board of Education has rejected multiple proposals requiring stricter precautions against the coronavirus as schools reopen across the state. The board voted 9-5 Thursday against a series of mandates, including one that would limit the number of students in a classroom if community spread spikes above the 5% reopening threshold set by the World Health Organization, the Deseret News reported.
Utah school teacher Emily Johnson protests at the Utah State Capitol in August. Utah is one of many states that have prioritized teachers and school employees in COVID-19 vaccine distribution plans, citing concerns about keeping schools open.
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Federal Include School Employees in Next Phase of Vaccinations, Federal Panel Recommends
School employees should be included among "frontline essential workers" in COVID-19 vaccine plans, a federal panel recommended Sunday.
Evie Blad, December 20, 2020
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Student Well-Being Video A New Role in A New Normal: The Return to School
The final video in a series of three, two school nurses return to school for the fall.
Brooke Saias, September 24, 2020
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Education Trump Administration Guidance Says School Staff Are 'Critical' Workers
The Department of Homeland Security's guidance, which is nonbinding, says teachers, cafeteria workers, mental health professionals, and others are "critical infrastructure workers" in schools.
Andrew Ujifusa, August 21, 2020
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People stand out on Park Square in Pittsfield, Mass. on Monday, June 15, 2020, in support of funding for education as part of a statewide "Day of Action" through the Massachusetts Teachers Association. Locals across the state held rallies or car caravans to bring awareness to the funding issues across the state to show solidarity among local unions and school districts.
People stand out on Park Square in Pittsfield, Mass. on Monday, June 15, 2020, in support of funding for education as part of a statewide "Day of Action" through the Massachusetts Teachers Association. Locals across the state held rallies or car caravans to bring awareness to the funding issues across the state to show solidarity among local unions and school districts.
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School & District Management Thousands of Educators Laid Off Already Due to COVID-19, and More Expected
The job losses in dozens of school districts so far reflect deep economic strain and mounting challenges for the 2020-21 academic year.
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School & District Management How Layoffs Upend Life for Educators, Students, and Districts
Pandemic-inflicted budget cuts have cost thousands of educators their jobs. Here’s how that’s playing out in five districts around the country.
July 14, 2020
13 min read
Juvenal Landeros applies an antimicrobial coating to the interior of school buses in Austin, Texas. Extra cleaning and safety precautions aboard school buses to guard against coronavirus infection are among the challenges facing school transportation officials as they prepare to reopen for the 2020-21 academic year.
Juvenal Landeros applies an antimicrobial coating to the interior of school buses in Austin, Texas. Extra cleaning and safety precautions aboard school buses to guard against coronavirus infection are among the challenges facing school transportation officials as they prepare to reopen for the 2020-21 academic year.
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School & District Management Staffing Hard-to-Fill Bus-Driver Positions in a Pandemic
School transportation officials seek creative ways to keep their fleets staffed up while economics and health concerns make recruitment more challenging.
Evie Blad, July 8, 2020
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School & District Management Explainer Getting Kids to School: Tackling the COVID-19 Transportation Problem
Reducing ridership, "walking school buses," and staggered schedules are among the strategies districts are considering.
July 8, 2020
5 min read
Student Well-Being Video A New Role in a New Normal: Closing Down the Clinic
Second in a series of three videos, two school nurses return to school to close down their clinic for the year after being away since March.
Brooke Saias, July 2, 2020
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Student Well-Being Video A New Role in a New Normal: How Two School Nurses are Preparing for School Reopenings
First in a series of three videos, two school nurses process how their profession has been upended by the coronavirus pandemic.
Brooke Saias, June 29, 2020
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School & District Management 'Amazing Cook' for Austin, Texas, Schools Dies From Coronavirus
Patricia "Pati" Hernandez, 51, was a long-time food service worker who spent the last decade preparing student meals at Casis Elementary School in Austin.
David Rauf, April 8, 2020
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School Resource Officer Donald Lee locks the gates of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School for Science and Technology in New Orleans after all the students left on March 13. Louisiana, like most states, has ordered public schools to close down for extended periods.
School Resource Officer Donald Lee locks the gates of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School for Science and Technology in New Orleans after all the students left on March 13. Louisiana, like most states, has ordered public schools to close down for extended periods.
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School & District Management Paying School Employees During Prolonged Shutdowns Is a Major Dilemma
A federal measure could provide some short-term relief, but districts are scrambling to pay school employees during indefinite closures.
Mark Lieberman, March 19, 2020
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In this 2016 file photo, Jody Wagner, a resource nurse in the Albuquerque, N.M., school district, talks to a student just before giving him a flu shot at one of the city's elementary schools.
In this 2016 file photo, Jody Wagner, a resource nurse in the Albuquerque, N.M., school district, talks to a student just before giving him a flu shot at one of the city's elementary schools.
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School & District Management How to Deploy School Nurses During Coronavirus (If You Have Them)
School nurses are critical partners and advisers to school leaders who are managing responses to the coronavirus outbreak. Here are ways schools should deploy nurses, if they have them.
Denisa R. Superville, March 11, 2020
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A server places breakfast out in the cafeteria at Kyrene De Las Lomas Elementary School in Phoenix. As more schools close over coronavirus concerns, districts are wrestling with how they will pay employees should people fall ill, be required to be in quarantine, or if there's a prolonged shutdown.
A server places breakfast out in the cafeteria at Kyrene De Las Lomas Elementary School in Phoenix. As more schools close over coronavirus concerns, districts are wrestling with how they will pay employees should people fall ill, be required to be in quarantine, or if there's a prolonged shutdown.
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School & District Management If Coronavirus Closes School, Who Gets Paid and How?
These are some of the biggest issues for districts to grapple with as they plan for shutting down schools in response to the coronavirus.
Mark Lieberman, March 11, 2020
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