Clovis Unified School District officials create new model for in-person learning

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — Unprecedented time calls for a new action plan at Clovis Unified.

District officials have created a new model for in-person learning as they wait for the states go ahead to reopen elementary schools.

“The challenge is it is going to disrupt current schedules, current teachers, and current classes that they have set now,” said deputy superintendent Norm Anderson.

Those changes are now taking place with the introduction of hybrid learning.

If the state grants the district a waiver, kindergarten through sixth grade students will be allowed back on campus for half of their school day.

Two periods of instruction will be offered, morning and afternoon with a split around lunch time.

“In the middle of the day we have to allow time for cleaning the classrooms and also a check in time,” he said.

Staff will check temperatures as students arrive on campus.

Once their masks

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Maskless wedding photo at Vermont inn worries officials

WOODSTOCK, Vt. (AP) — Officials in the Vermont town of Woodstock say they were concerned by a photo from a wedding at the Woodstock Inn and Resort that showed people not wearing masks or social distancing.

The Valley News reports the photo of about 40 people wearing dresses and suits sitting shoulder to shoulder in white folding chairs outside during the Saturday event circulated on social media.

Woodstock Village Trustees Chairman Jeffrey Kahn wrote the safety of residents, business employees and visitors is of utmost importance.

“The safety of our residents, business employees and visitors is of utmost importance to us,” Kahn wrote in a social media post. “We must not become complacent about adhering to the Village mask ordinance. Wear your mask…be well.”

In a statement, the inn said they tried to comply with all guidelines.

“We understand the concerns and will make every effort to reassure the

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Maskless wedding photo at Woodstock Inn irks local officials, businesses

Downtown Woodstock, where an uproar has developed after a photo of a maskless wedding at the Woodstock Inn. Photo by Anne Wallace Allen/VTDigger

This article by Nora Doyle-Burr was first published in the Valley News on Oct. 5.

WOODSTOCK — Municipal officials expressed concerns about public safety amid the Covid-19 pandemic after a photo from a wedding at the Woodstock Inn & Resort on Saturday — showing attendees not wearing masks or practicing social distancing — circulated on social media.

“The Woodstock Village and Town leadership is well aware of and extremely concerned about the lack of masks and social distancing portrayed by a photo taken at a Woodstock Inn wedding event this past Saturday,” Jeffrey Kahn, chairman of the Woodstock Village Trustees, wrote in a Listserv post Sunday evening.

The photo, which shows roughly 40 people wearing dresses and suits sitting shoulder to shoulder in white folding chairs outside,

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Female lawmakers, officials call for more women at all levels of government to improve equity

Female lawmakers on Wednesday called for more women in all levels of government to improve gender equity.

Rep. Sharice DavidsSharice DavidsTrump asked Chamber of Commerce to reconsider Democratic endorsements: report Races heat up for House leadership posts GOP leader says he doesn’t want Chamber’s endorsement: ‘They have sold out’ MORE (D-Kan.) and former Labor Secretary Hilda Solis stressed the importance of including women in leadership roles at The Hill’s The Century of the Woman summit.

“We have to be making sure that we’re really pushing forward on that progress to make sure that women have all the opportunities available to us in this society in our country,” Davids told The Hill’s Steve Clemons.

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NY wedding with about 300 dispersed by police, officials say

New York City deputies broke up an indoor wedding with around 300 people over the weekend for flouting coronavirus rules, officials said.

The “illegal gathering,” with 284 people inside, was shut down by sheriff’s deputies on Friday in Woodside, Queens for violating “emergency orders and unlicensed security,” the New York City Sheriff’s Office said in a Twitter post. Two people were charged with “multiple offenses,” officials said.

The names of those facing charges were not released by authorities.

An anonymous social distancing complaint resulted in deputies responding to the gathering on Garfield Avenue, NBC New York reported. They found “large groups of people entering the location through what appears to be an indoor parking area as well as loud music coming from the location.”

The manager and owner of Royal Elite Palace, the venue, faces multiple misdemeanor changes, according to WABC. The venue was closed on Saturday but neighbors told

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Florida Keys officials struggle to interpret executive order

Florida Keys officials had to weekend to figure out what Gov. Ron DeSantis’ Friday executive order, which lifted just about every COVID-19 restriction put in place since March, meant for the island chain.

Sleeping on it for three nights didn’t seem to help all that much.

“What it means, I’m not clear,” Monroe County Administrator Roman Gastesi told his colleagues during an online Emergency Management meeting Monday morning.

County Attorney Bob Shillinger was able to clarify some issues, but he acknowledged the language in the governor’s order is confusing.

“It’s a model of clarity, not,” Shillinger said.

DeSantis’ order allows stand-alone bars, nightclubs and strip clubs to open. It allows restaurants to operate at 50 percent capacity and also requires municipalities to justify their local restrictions not allowing establishments to open at 100 percent.

Shillinger said this means that Keys restaurants are allowed to fully reopen because the county did

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Party involving 50 to 100 teens puts hybrid learning model at Milton High School at risk, school officials say

A party in Milton that saw between 50 to 100 teenagers attend has put the town’s hybrid learning strategy at risk, school officials said in a letter to the community on Sunday.

The letter, signed by Superintendent James Jette and Milton High School Principal Karen Cahill, said the school could not confirm if any students attended the Friday party but the fact it took place in Milton “is still concerning.”

“We as a district do not condone this type of behavior, and it goes against everything we have been asking the community to do to help ensure that our schools stay open in a hybrid model during this global pandemic,” the letter said.

The letter reminded parents and guardians of a different note the school sent to families on Sept. 14 reminding them of safe practices to ensure a hybrid learning model could take place.

The school district is

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