With President Donald Trump threatening schools if they don't fully reopen, COVID-19 ripping through states that rapidly lifted their lockdown restrictions and the new school year as little as a month away, teachers, parents and students from Florida to Missouri to Texas to Arizona and MI are taking to the streets to protest their districts' plans for resuming in-person classes.
The first day of school is August 12. He also said the school district will lean heavily on guidance from the ADPH with decisions related to the virus outbreak, and if health concerns continue to rise prior to the first day of school, Shelby County could start in the second phase of the plan. Grades 9-12 will attend school two days per week with three days of virtual learning.
Under this proposed plan, District 202 schools would begin with remote learning "in abundance of caution and concern for student and staff safety".
The full plan presentation is here.
Schools across North Mississippi are posting their back to school plans on their websites.
President Donald Trump and U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos have repeatedly pushed for schools to reopen nationwide, with Trump even threatening to withhold federal funding if they don't resume in-person learning this fall. Students will have lunch and spend recess with the same group of students throughout the school day, much like their counterparts in Germany and Finland.
For some parents, the issue of whether students should return to classes in person or remotely is still a tough topic.
"We believe this plan meets everyone's top priority, which will always be the health and safety of our 25,000 students and 3,200 staff members", District 202 Superintendent Lane Abrell said in the release.
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Covering the mouth and nose with a facw mask/covering while within Shelby County Schools WILL be required. Cole said those students would likely be sent outside of high school, and said a couple of churches have already stepped up.
New Jersey was allocated just over $310 million, which was distributed among its 584 public school districts.
Another teacher, Jessica Lugo, said the short term solution is to have students learn online.
Tom Flanagan, the new superintendent of the Burlington School District, speaks at a press conference at Burlington High School on Tuesday, July 7, 2020. "People can't feel there's a threat, because that interferes with all the other good stuff that's going to go on".
"Unless we all work together, it's going to take a significant amount of time", she said.
Students will also have to sanitize their hands when entering the classrooms.
The bill includes $30.7 billion under an Education Stabilization Fund for states to use for education, including $13.2 billion for the Elementary and Secondary School Education Relief Fund and $14 billion for Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund. Ten battery-powered sprayers have been ordered for each school and plans are in place to add an additional temporary custodians at each of the school buildings during the daytime when students are in attendance.
The district will also offer a full virtual learning option for families with children who can not return to any in-person schooling in August, according to a letter signed by Superintendent Monique Mawhinney.