Top PA Health Official ‘Optimistic’ For In-Person Fall Start

HARRISBURG, PA — Pennsylvania health officials affirmed Thursday that the state remains committed to reopening schools for in-person learning this fall, stressing that the actions we take now will determine the safety of the environment when children and teachers return to the classrooms.

Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Rachel Levine, speaking during a Thursday news conference, said the state maintains its goal “right now” is that schools will be open for in-person learning this fall. She noted many districts are planning varying degrees of in-person instruction, including hybrid or matrix models.

“We are going to stay positive and optimistic that there will be in-person school when school opens in August and we’ll be working towards that,” Levine said.

But, she stressed, there are things we can do now to ensure that goal happens, like wearing masks and following the governor’s mitigation guidelines.

“That’s why the mitigation efforts we have talked about

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Ontario finalizing fall school plans with goal to put kids back in class five days a week

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2:10 p.m.: Details on Ontario’s school plan to come next week

Ontario’s Minister of Education Stephen Lecce teased that

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University Of Washington Moves More Fall Courses Online

SEATTLE, WA — The University of Washington is scaling back plans to hold small, in-person courses this fall quarter, citing an “alarming increase” in COVID-19 cases seen in Washington and much of the United States.

In late June, UW unveiled plans that would allow for courses with 50 or fewer students to be taught in large classrooms, while larger classes would be offered remotely. The university prioritized physical instruction for “hands-on” courses, which require time in studios, clinics or labs.

As the number of coronavirus cases and rates of transmission continue to grow in King County and elsewhere, school leadership is adjusting the fall outlook to include even less time spent on campus.

UW sent letters to students, staff and faculty Wednesday, informing them of the latest changes.

“Although conditions continue to be extremely fluid and unpredictable, we write today to provide you with the best information and guidance we

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Reopening plans at UC Berkeley, other campuses fall apart amid coronavirus surge

A group of students walk through the Sather Gate at UC Berkeley. <span class="copyright">(Eric Risberg / Associated Press)</span>
A group of students walk through the Sather Gate at UC Berkeley. (Eric Risberg / Associated Press)

Hopes that college life might begin a slow return to normal this fall were deflated Tuesday, when two University of California campuses announced they would begin the semester with fully remote instruction amid a pandemic surge.

UC Berkeley and UC Merced had hoped to open Aug. 26 with a mix of online, in-person and hybrid classes. But they reversed those plans as COVID-19 infections began their record-shattering increases throughout California, with cases now topping more than 400,000 and deaths, 7,800. In Los Angeles County, half of new COVID-19 cases were among those ages 18 to 40.

The UC reversals follow other decisions to do likewise by several California campuses, including USC, Pomona College and Occidental College. Nationally, the proportion of colleges and universities planning for in-person classes has declined from about two-thirds in

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Fall 2020 Reopening Plans At The Top 100 U.S. Business Schools

They’ll be following all the rules this fall at the University of Michigan: masks, social distancing, smaller class sizes, frequent hand and surface washing, and more — much more. They’ll also be pioneering new rules for a new reality, particularly in the realm of remote instruction, as befits one of the country’s leading centers of social and cultural innovation. Put it all together and Scott DeRue, dean of the Ross School of Business, expects a memorable term.

“As with every year, I’m looking forward to welcoming students back to campus safely for a very successful fall term,” DeRue says. “Of course, I also recognize the profound difficulties that many of our students face in this moment, and that much uncertainty remains for all of us. We will get through this, and we will do it together.”

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Facing uncertain fall, schools make flexible reopening plans

MANCHESTER, Mo. (AP) — Administrators in the Parkway school district in suburban St. Louis spent the summer break crafting a flexible reopening plan, with options that include full-time classroom learning, full-time online instruction and a hybrid system.

It’s a good thing because the dangers of the coronavirus are so uncertain that district officials are reluctant to make predictions about the fall semester, which begins in only five weeks. Confirmed coronavirus infections in Missouri’s hardest-hit city waned in June, but they are now spiking, along with hospitalizations. Schools plan to resume classes Aug. 24.

“If you had asked me even two weeks ago, ‘Do you think we would be able to come back?’ I would have said, ‘Yeah,’” Assistant Superintendent Kevin Beckner said. “Today my answer is ‘I’m not sure,’ just because of how the situation has changed so quickly.”

Schools around the U.S. face the same dilemma. With the number

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‘We stand together, or we fall apart’, warns UN chief, as world reaches 14 million cases

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United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres – MICHAEL TEWELDE / AFP
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“We stand together, or we fall apart,” was just one of the stark warnings delivered by UN Secretary-General António Guterres at the 2020 Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture, held online for the first time today.

The UN chief, who earlier this morning criticised global superpowers for failing to act together, called for further international solidarity and cooperation in the fight against Covid-19.

Discussing the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, he said it has only exacerbated inequalities and exposed the myth that everyone is in the same boat. 

“While we are all floating on the same sea, it’s clear that some are in superyachts, while others are clinging to the floating debris,” Mr Guterres said.

The world, he concluded, is at breaking point, and it is time for leaders to decide which path to follow. The

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Central Bucks Amends Fall Options, Will Offer Hybrid Or Online

DOYLESTOWN, PA — The Central Bucks School District has adjusted its plans for the fall school year, and now will offer two options for learning: hybrid or online only.

Superintendent John J. Kopicki said Friday families will be asked to choose their preferred option for the start of the 2020-21 school year, which will begin on Aug. 31.

The district had initially intended to offer a full in-person learning option, but new guidelines from the state Department of Education released Thursday will prevent that plan from being feasible, officials said.

“While our planning teams were working to finalize plans to offer families a traditional option that would have students in school five days per week, revised recommendations and procedures were released from the governor and the Pennsylvania Department of Education,” Kopicki said.

“As a result, it became clear to our leadership that given the space limitations within our 23 schools,

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Many public health experts say children should return to school in the fall, particularly in states like Maryland

In the raging national debate over whether to reopen schools, advocates on both sides are basing their arguments on a range of factors: political, economic and emotional.

But there is a growing consensus in the public health and scientific community that schools should resume in-person classes this fall — particularly in states such as Maryland, where cases have not spiked as they have elsewhere.

To be sure, these experts say safety precautions will be necessary to reopen schools. But they say an assessment of risks versus benefits points to the wisdom of reopening.

The latest available data suggests that children are less likely to become infected with the coronavirus and less likely than adults to develop severe cases. In addition, health experts say children appear not to spread the virus to family members and other adults as efficiently as flu and other common illnesses.

While public health experts and some

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15 best back-to-school deals to snag before fall

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It’s that time of year again: back-to-school season. While it’s unclear what impact COVID-19 will have on the upcoming year, for many families—especially those on a tight budget—it’s important to start thinking about how to get classroom essentials before the new semester officially arrives. 

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Now here’s the good news: You can save a ton of money right now on back-to-school supplies, provided you know where to look. From discounts on the best backpacks to scoring free Apple AirPods (seriously, it’s true!), the best deals for students can help them secure everything they need to get the school year off

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