COVID and Schools

Shipments of the new COVID vaccine are expected to arrive in the coming weeks and should be “plentiful” by early October, public health officials said this week.
Here’s what we know: high-poverty schools face a bigger cliff, that more federal money won’t be forthcoming, and that school budgets will be shaped both by districts’ own financial decisions and those made by state politicians.
NYC schools no longer will report COVID cases, but students and staff still need to isolate for five days.
Attendance rate slips, too, due in part to heat-related dismissals. ‘This week will give a better indicator,’ Superintendent Vitti says.
The loss of extra programming — like after-school tutoring, smaller class sizes, additional staff — could make learning loss recovery even more challenging.
Detroit Public Schools Community District focused on one-time items that would help students get back in the classroom, and address infrastructure needs.
This suggests that critiques of American education are making inroads with the public, but don’t appear to reflect most parents’ own experiences.
Blaming a driver shortage, the district decided this year to limit bus transportation to students with disabilities and those experiencing homelessness.
As roughly 320,000 students went back to class across Chicago, the district faces a number of challenges for the new school year.
The issues include the city’s precarious funding situation, enrollment shifts, and what support will look like for migrant students.
But 2023 CMAS results also show worrying signs that many students are still struggling, and that recovery is uneven. Here’s everything you need to know.
As senior year and adulthood approach, London Hill pointed a camera at her own life. Here is the result.
With college on the horizon, Rahmyza Muhammad made photos to document her senior year at the Detroit School of Arts and her family’s transition from living in a shelter. Here is the result.
While COVID-19 testing and vaccinations are widely available, contracting the virus is still a concern for students — especially for those who are medically fragile
A new study provides evidence that a key learning loss recovery strategy is paying off — but also shows that summer school on its own won’t catch students up.
Indiana Learns, the state tutoring program that launched last fall, will now be open to students in grades 3-8 who meet certain requirements.
Memphis students return to classes for a new school year that could turn out to be pivotal.
With only half of the 1,300 drivers needed to transport students who require bus service, Chicago said it will instead prioritize transportation for students with disabilities and those experiencing homelessness.
Frustration with public schools seems to be coming more from non-parents than parents, surveys show.
The latest round of benefits is intended to help families cover summer meal costs.
The deep proposed cuts are a sign of conservatives’ growing critique of public schools, rooted in cultural issues and the pandemic.
Now district officials are considering punitive policies against severe absenteeism, such as making students repeat a grade.
It’s a concerning indication that the steep learning losses seen since the pandemic have proven difficult to ameliorate and could have lasting consequences.
The policy gave 1 in 3 NYC high-schoolers placeholder grades if they didn’t complete their work, allowing some to move on more easily.
The results suggest that Tennessee’s early investments in summer learning camps and intensive tutoring are paying off.
This year’s graduating seniors were freshmen when COVID first closed schools.
The public health crisis paused state testing, impacting how the state typically evaluates schools.
It’s just more evidence that the pandemic and school closures exacted a steep toll on student learning.
The tentative deal with the United Federation of Teachers includes annual wage increases between 3% to 3.5% over five years. It follows the pattern of raises set by District Council 37.
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