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In-person classes, online learning or a mix? Reopening schools will bring new struggles

With the next academic year less than three months away, and no end in sight to the coronavirus pandemic, school districts face a daunting decision: Reopen the schools they shuttered, or continue to teach students remotely?

Educators across the United States are weighing their options, taking into account the quality of the education they can offer, the need for children to socialize and keeping safety in mind above all else.

So far, a hybrid model that combines some in-person learning and some remote learning has emerged as the most popular proposal for the fall, according to Dan Domenech, the executive director of AASA, The School Superintendents Association, an advocacy organization for the 14,000 superintendents in the U.S.

That could mean a school has as little as 25 percent of its normal capacity in the building at once, which would give students more space for social distancing in their classrooms and

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21 Too-Real Tweets About The Reopening Process

Over the past couple of months, many states and cities have outlined their plans for reopening businesses during the coronavirus pandemic. Throughout that process, the funny folks on Twitter have shared how they really feel about these seemingly premature moves. 

The coronavirus crisis is far from over, and public health experts have warned against fully returning to business as usual, at least at this point, particularly in areas that are experiencing surges in COVID-19 cases. If your community is reopening, it’s best to follow local expert guidance, practice social distancing and wear a mask while out in public. 

Below, we’ve rounded up 22 too-real tweets that sum up the chaos, confusion and disagreement surrounding the various stages of reopening across the United States.

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B.C. and Toronto enter new phases of reopening, Canada to remain closed to international travel

Yahoo News Canada is committed to providing our readers with the most accurate and recent information on all things coronavirus. We know things change quickly, including some possible information in this story. For the latest on COVID-19, we encourage our readers to consult online resources like Canada’s public health website, World Health Organization, as well as our own Yahoo Canada homepage.

As cases of COVID-19 continue to spread around the world, Canadians seem to be increasingly concerned about their health and safety

Currently, there are more than 101,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in Canada and more than 8,400 deaths.

Check back for the latest updates on the coronavirus outbreak in Canada.

For a full archive of the first month of the pandemic, please check our archive of events.

June 22

7:30: COVID-19 questions of the day

7:00 p.m.: B.C. to move into next phase of reopening ‘soon’

Dr.

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Toronto enters next stage of reopening, PM cautious to remove international border restrictions

Yahoo News Canada is committed to providing our readers with the most accurate and recent information on all things coronavirus. We know things change quickly, including some possible information in this story. For the latest on COVID-19, we encourage our readers to consult online resources like Canada’s public health website, World Health Organization, as well as our own Yahoo Canada homepage.

As cases of COVID-19 continue to spread around the world, Canadians seem to be increasingly concerned about their health and safety

Currently, there are more than 101,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in Canada and more than 8,400 deaths.

Check back for the latest updates on the coronavirus outbreak in Canada.

For a full archive of the first month of the pandemic, please check our archive of events.

June 22

3:45 p.m.: Looking for cases to drop below 150 in Ontario

Dr. David Williams, Ontario’s chief medical officer

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Colleges’ fall 2020 coronavirus reopening plans, detailed

Michigan State University President Samuel Stanley says he knows coronavirus will spread if students come back to campus in the fall.

While safety is “paramount,” managing this risk is a chance worth taking for MSU, he said.

“The one thing that’s going to be really important, then, is confidence in our students, faculty and staff and their willingness to abide by a number of the things we’re going to be asking them to do on campus,” Stanley said.

Like Stanley, most college administrators are mulling over how to restart their programs, with no end in sight for the public health crisis.

According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, which is tracking more than 860 institutions’ plans, two-thirds of colleges are planning to welcome back students in person, while only 7% are planning to hold classes only online. Many other colleges have yet to make a decision.

Their approaches are as

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Westport Enters ‘Phase 2’ Reopening As Coronavirus Cases Drop

WESTPORT, CT — As the number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Westport continues to slow down, the town on Wednesday entered Phase 2 of the state’s reopening efforts.

Phase 2 of the State’s reopening plan includes allowing indoor restaurant dining with restrictions, reopening of fitness facilities and other personal services and many other business sectors.

The town’s ReOpen Westport team is working with businesses to ensure safety for residents and employees, according to Westport Second Selectwoman Jennifer Tooker.

“As always, the business owner is empowered to make the decision to open their doors,” Tooker said. “However, if they do, the ReOpen Team is working diligently to support them through this complicated process. We want our residents to know we are taking this seriously. It is our goal to build confidence throughout the entire community during this reopen period.”

As of Wednesday, there were 298 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Westport, and

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Ontario expands reopening for more regions, CERB extension in the works for Canadians

As cases of COVID-19 continue to spread around the world, Canadians seem to be increasingly concerned about their health and safety

Check back for the latest updates on the coronavirus outbreak in Canada.

For a full archive of the first month of the pandemic, please check our archive of events.

Dr. Henry indicated this is not a new discussion, but something that has been evaluated for many years. She said the general understand that droplets can spread from between one to two metres.

“Because we know that there are very few things we can do once somebody has been exposed, there’s no treatment, there’s no vaccine, we tend to be more on the cautious side,” Dr. Henry said.

“Technically, we say droplet spread is within a metre but we have, and I think the consensus with most of my colleagues around the world, for these types of setting is to … Read More

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Live Updates On Reopening, Orders, Cases

CALIFORNIA — Weeks after Californians celebrated Memorial Day and began to gather in the streets to protest police violence, coronavirus cases and hospitalizations appear to be holding steady, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday.

The rate of positive tests for COVID-19 has remained around 4.5% over the last two weeks, Newsom said. Hospitalization rates also remain stable, with more than 3,700 intensive care unit beds open statewide.

Still, coronavirus cases are on the rise in some parts of the state. As of Monday, nine counties were being monitored for spikes in COVID-19 cases or hospitalizations, according to the state department of health.

For reasons ranging from large gatherings to outbreaks in nursing homes, elevated disease transmission or hospitalization is now occurring in Fresno, Imperial, Kern, Kings, Los Angeles, San Joaquin, Santa Barbara, Tulare and Ventura counties, the state says.

“We are, by no stretch of the imagination, out of the woods,”

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Video showing lack of social distancing at Universal Orlando sparks concern about theme parks reopening

Visitors ride a roller coaster at Universal Studios theme park on the first day of reopening from the coronavirus pandemic, on June 5, 2020, in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Gregg Newton / AFP) (Photo by GREGG NEWTON/AFP via Getty Images)
Visitors ride a roller coaster at Universal Studios theme park on the first day of reopening from the coronavirus pandemic, on June 5, 2020, in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Gregg Newton / AFP) (Photo by GREGG NEWTON/AFP via Getty Images)

Universal Orlando reopened in early June and the theme park has already come under fire after suggestions that employees on one ride were not enforcing social distancing.

An account that shares news related to the theme park, called @UniNewsToday, wrote on Twitter over the weekend that “all of the social distancing markers near the load area at Hagrid’s [Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure] are gone. There’s also a Team Member yelling ‘fill in all the available space.’”

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Reopening California schools is dangerous. But so is letting kids go a year without learning

Sean Brandlin, an eighth grade social studies teacher at El Segundo Middle School, stands in his classroom. <span class="copyright">(Los Angeles Times)</span>
Sean Brandlin, an eighth grade social studies teacher at El Segundo Middle School, stands in his classroom. (Los Angeles Times)

With COVID-19 cases at very low levels within its borders, Israel fully reopened its schools in mid-May. By the end of the month, 130 students at a Jerusalem high school had tested positive for the virus, setting off a flurry of quarantines for people who’d had physical contact with the students and the closure of dozens of schools.

This is the kind of outcome American parents dread as they contemplate sending their children back to school sometime this summer or fall.

It’s a troubling scenario, but so is the remote-learning experience of the past three months. The reality is, more kids will do better if schools reopen than if they continue online-only classes. But regardless of how we proceed, we must do better.

With little direction or help from federal

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