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Coronavirus: Six of 13 within Bladen County Schools on cluster list; 47 fatalities in 93 days of reports

ELIZABETHTOWN — Seven schools and three congregate living facilities are on this week’s state coronavirus report for clusters and outbreaks. Six of the 13 schools under the Bladen County Schools umbrella are on the Department of Health and Human Services’ cluster list. Two nursing homes and the county jail are on the outbreak report. DHHS defines outbreaks as two or more cases at congregate living settings, and clusters as five or more at child care facilities or schools.
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Malden charter school suing Dept. of Ed. for ‘censoring’ its curriculum via statewide performance criteria

A Malden charter school is suing the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and its commissioner Jeff Riley for “censoring” its mission with new cultural performance criteria all charter schools must follow. “DESE’s adoption of these new culture-related requirements were designed, pretextually, to put Mystic Valley’s Charter in jeopardy,”...

San Diego school is 1st in county to mandate vaccine for kids 12 and up

SAN DIEGO — A school in downtown San Diego has become the county’s first to require students provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination to attend classes in person. Urban Discovery Academy, a 600-student public charter school, will ask that kids 12 and older get their shots by late November. Students will have the option to convert to online learning at that point if they have not. There will be no religious exemptions but medical exemptions will be permitted with a note from a doctor, the school says.

Weekly virus cases, quarantines still falling in Sumter School District schools; officials say COVID-19 mitigation strategies for district seem to be working

Week 5 in Sumter School District saw continued declines in new virus cases and quarantines, and totals again represent new low marks so far for the school year. After recording 125 new positive COVID-19 cases among students and staff and directing 1,038 students to quarantine in week 4, the district had 81 virus cases and quarantined 718 students in the week ending Friday, according to data released Wednesday.

Districts Are Offering Parents Cash To Bring Kids To School Amid Bus Driver Shortage

A nationwide school bus driver shortage has left districts across the country grappling with how to get students to and from school in a timely manner. In an effort to ensure no child is left stranded at their local bus stop, some schools are attempting to entice parents into driving their children to school, thereby stepping into the role of school bus driver. Schools in New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Illinois, for example, are offering parents cold hard cash if they’ll drive their children to school.
Press Democrat

Old Roseland school site of new cannabis business? Neighbors say no

Two area businesswomen want to open a cannabis growing, manufacturing and retail distribution facility in a building that once housed a Roseland charter school, but some area residents say they object to that kind of business in their neighborhood. Old School Cannabis, which has applied for permission to operate at...
New York Post

Charter schools gained, public schools lost students during pandemic: report

Charter schools scooped up hundreds of thousands of additional students across the U.S. during the coronavirus outbreak while enrollment plunged at traditional public schools amid building closures and inferior virtual learning, a new report reveals. Charter school enrollment increased by 7.1 percent nationally during 2020-’21 amid the initial wave of...

COVID-19 Data From NC Schools Tapers Off As Reporting Mandate Ends

As school boards across the Charlotte region grapple with mask policies and quarantine strategies, one key data source that shaped this year's decisions is drying up. Last spring, when the North Carolina General Assembly allowed public schools to bring middle and high school students back in person with minimal distancing, the law said any district doing so had to provide data to the ABC Science Collaborative. The group, created by Duke University's medical school, collects and analyzes data about keeping kids safe in school during the COVID-19 pandemic.

EMK Academy students, parents give Boston school building failing grades

BOSTON — Hundreds of uprooted Boston high school students have been forced to move into a school building that they say is cramped and inadequate, while parents and educators are also voicing their displeasure with the situation. The Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers — a Boston Public Schools...

Six Minnesota schools named National Blue Ribbon Schools

Six Minnesota schools have been named 2021 National Blue Ribbon Schools, the U.S. Department of Education announced Tuesday. Nationwide, 325 schools in 45 states were included in this year’s list for their overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student groups. In Minnesota, two schools were recognized...

Charter school enrollment skyrockets amid restrictive COVID-19 rules

Charter school enrollment rose over 7 percent since 2019, signaling an exodus from public schools amid restrictive coronavirus rules. Around 240,000 students enrolled in charter schools between the 2019-20 and 2020-21 school years, according to a study released Wednesday from the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. An estimated 1.4 million students have left public schools over the same period. Charter enrollment has not risen this much since the 2014-15 school year, when the number of charter schools in the country grew by 4.5 percent.

Iowa charter schools’ enrollment has room for growth

(The Center Square) – While 39 states experienced increases in charter school enrollment during the 2020-2021 school year, Iowa was one of three states that did not. The numbers are from a report from the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools released Wednesday. Wyoming and Illinois were the other states...

Pandemic learning losses may mean more school days

SANTA FE – For many New Mexico students, getting caught up on pandemic-related learning losses could be a yearslong struggle. A report presented Wednesday to a key legislative panel said public school students have lost the equivalent of between 10 and 60 days of instruction due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That could make some students fall even further behind academically and could take years to make up, even with summer school and more school days, legislative analysts said.

San Diego Charter School Issues Vaccination Mandate

The COVID pandemic has caused many parents to reconsider education options for their children. A new study by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools reports a 7-percent increase in charter school enrollment across the U.S. in the last school year. Public charter schools are independent, public, and tuition-free schools...