Transitioning to hybrid model, North Olmsted City Schools forfeits playoff football game due to positive COVID-19 test

NORTH OLMSTED, Ohio — After a player tested positive for COVID-19, North Olmsted City Schools forfeited its playoff game against Avon scheduled for Friday night (Oct. 16).

Joining the player in a 14-day quarantine will be nine additional students and two staff members who were exposed.

“Everyone is doing fine, and we look forward to their return to school as soon as possible,” North Olmsted City Schools Superintendent Michael E. Zalar said. “We’re very disappointed to have to cancel our game.

“The kids worked hard and won their first playoff game last week. Nobody wants to see their season end this way.”

The Eagles team finished the abbreviated season like it started with having to withdraw from their season opener in August after a player tested positive.

“It’s unfortunate for our student athletes,” Zalar said. “Our players and coaches have done a great job of following our safety protocols, but

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SC teachers, advocacy groups voice concerns over Berkeley County schools reopening model | News

MONCKS CORNER — Teachers and advocacy groups from across the state descended on the Berkeley County School Board on Tuesday night to voice their frustrations at the district’s reopening model.

Under the district’s current plan, many teachers are required to juggle instruction to students both in person and those who are learning online at the same time. The model requires educators to teach one group of students face to face while also engaging a second group of online students, who usually sign on via video call.

A petition demanding school officials and board members allow teachers to choose one “learning pathway,” either in person or virtual, was started in late September. As of Tuesday, the petition had more than 1,820 signatures.

Teachers and groups from as far away as Columbia and Rock Hill traveled to Moncks Corner to speak to the board. Former Berkeley County teacher Melissa Soule helped organize

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Worcester Public Schools plan to transition to hybrid model next month, but most students expected to return to classrooms in third quarter

The Worcester Public Schools has released an outline of its plan to transition into a hybrid learning model next month, though most students are not slated to return to classrooms until next year.

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, all Worcester students are currently learning remotely as New England’s second-largest city works to combat the spread of the virus and as HVAC upgrades are needed in school buildings. When the second term of the school year starts Nov. 16, students who need the most assistance are slated to start returning to school buildings during the week.

However, thousands of students are not expected to return until next year, during the third quarter of the school year, according to the district’s transition plan.

The transition plan notes that start dates could be affected by coronavirus in the community, any changes in state guidance and the readiness of school buildings. The city is working

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Manchester schools to expand hybrid model

Manchester schools to expand hybrid model


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ANDY: F MANY, — FOR MANY MANCHESTER SCHOOL STUDENTS, IT WILL BE THE FIRST TIME THEY’VE BEEN BACK IN A CLASSROOM IN MORE THAN HALF A YEAR. ON TUESDAY, MIDDLE AND ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS IN THE QUEEN CITY WILL BEGIN EXPANDING THEI HYBRID MODEL WITH SOME KIDS IN CLASS, OTHERS REMOTE. >> WE’VE SEEN DIFFERENT KIDS RESPOND DIFFERENTLY TO REMOTE AND HYBRID INSTRUCTION. A LOT OF OUR KIDS THAT ARE BEING REALLY SUCCESSFUL IN REMOTE ARE THE FAMILIES KEEPING KIDS HOME. BUT OTHER FAMILIES, MAYBE THE KIDS ARE STRUGGLING TO KEEP THE SCHEDULE OR NEED A PERSONAL CONNECTION WITH THE TEACHER, THEY ARE OPTING TO COME IN. ANDY THE PRINCIPLE OF MANCHESTER’S LARGEST MIDDLE SCHOOL SAYS ABOUT TWO THIRDS OF HIS STUDENTS HAVE OPTED FOR HYBRID LEARNING WITH TWO DAYS OF IN PERSON CLASS

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When the time is right: Schools discuss data behind potential learning model shifts

Lutz said he hopes to clarify the decision-making process for area residents.

In the past few days, Lutz said he has received a number of questions and concerns from area families as to why the school has not yet switched learning models, as the current Beltrami County case numbers per 10,000 now seem to warrant it.

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“What I’m hearing is people wanting to know what and when we’re going to move into the new model because the numbers are there, and why we haven’t done so yet,” he said. “The answer to that is first of all, we can’t rely on just one number, one data point. Even if we had only one data point, that data point would have to be the numbers that the Minnesota Department of Health hands out for schools, and that number comes out every Thursday.”

The numbers given to schools from the

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Unprecedented $90M gift for UMaine athletics will revamp school’s struggling facilities

The University of Maine’s needy athletic facilities have received a major shot in the arm.

The Harold Alfond Foundation is providing the athletic department with an unprecedented gift of $90 million, the organization announced in a press release on Wednesday morning. It will be the largest single gift to athletics at a public university in New England and among the largest gifts ever, nationwide.

It was part of a $240 million grant to the University of Maine system.

It will be distributed over the next 10 years and is the lead gift in a planned $110 million investment in athletic facilities on the Orono campus. All the money is expected to be funded through private philanthropy.

The transformative gift will go toward capital projects in direct support of the master plan to upgrade the athletic facilities.

Details of the plan will be disclosed at a later date.

Last year, UMaine

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East Brunswick To Implement New COVID Testing Model In Schools

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ – The East Brunswick School District is partnering with Middlesex County and town officials to implement a new COVID testing model for students and staff members, the County announced Wednesday.

This comes after over a 100 students and staff were quarantined in the school district due to “close contacts” with COVID-19.

Read More Here: Over 100 Quarantine After COVID Positive Cases In East Brunswick

Under the pilot testing program students, faculty and staff will get tested on a voluntary basis by onsite school nurses, using COVID-19 saliva test kits. Results will be available in 48 hours.

Students will require parental consent to participate, while staff can participate upon their discretion. The more participants that join this pilot program, the more impactful the outcome for combating COVID-19 in schools, said County officials.

Testing will be provided at no cost.

Apart from contact tracing, the new program hopes to

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Danbury Public Schools To Reopen With Hybrid Model

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Danbury schools to reopen with hybrid model in late October

DANBURY — Kindergarten through 12th-graders will return to school on a hybrid model beginning Monday, Oct. 26.

Preschool students will return the following week.

The return to in-person learning will follow nearly seven weeks of distance learning, prompted by a spike in coronavirus cases in the city in August.

But the district’s medical team has determined the community is under the “moderate range” for community spread of the virus, the superintendent said in a letter.

“This, along with the large number of students requesting distant learning, will allow us to implement the hybrid model safely while conducting classes in combination with the mitigation strategies of social distancing and wearing masks (BOE Policy),” Superintendent Sal Pascarella wrote. “I expect that we will be in the hybrid model until the District is advised by the state and local health officials otherwise.”

The city’s infection rate was about 5 percent last week, which

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