In some school districts that have cancelled the mask requirements, the mask requirements are being restored. Some plan to significantly increase virus testing among students, faculty and staff. A small number of school systems are turning to distance learning-educators hope this is only a short period of time.
For coronavirus A surge in infections, As managers adjust the agreement again and make real-time adjustments to respond to the ever-changing pandemic, the return of the school winter vacation will be different from some people’s plans. All of these indicate the need to maintain flexibility.
“In this struggle, change is the only constant,” Newark School principal Roger Leon wrote in a notice to parents before the break. He announced on Thursday that students will take distance learning at least two weeks before the new year. Leon said the virus is still “a savage, ruthless and unforgiving virus that will show ugly heads at times when it’s untimely.”
Long after the widespread suspension of classes at the beginning of the pandemic, schools and elected leaders stated that they are using the lessons and tools of the past two years to deal with the recent surge, not Prolonged shutdown, Which has a sad impact on learning and the well-being of students.
Nevertheless, pressure from parent and teacher unions has increased the urgency surrounding safety measures, as the surge promoted by omicron has sent the volume of cases and The number of hospitalized children is close to a record number.
“They said the children (if infected) behaved well, but who can say that my child will not be that child,” said Rebecca Caldwell, who is considering petitioning her area in Charleston, Illinois , Looking for a remote choice that allows her to keep her four sons, 17, 10, 7 and 5 years old, to spend the winter at home.
The first half of the school year brought three exposed panics to Caldwell’s family. One came from a family member and kept the whole family in isolation for 10 days. Her 17-year-old and 10-year-old children saw their classmates being infected, and everyone underwent a series of nerve-wracking COVID-19 tests as part of the recent “test-to-stay” policy.
“It’s really scary, because you are also worried about the domino effect,” Caldwell said, her own health problems caused her to quit her job in the restaurant more than a year ago to reduce the risk.
Officials announced this week that in New York City, the largest school system in the United States, New York State will use the 2 million home test kits provided by the state to increase testing after the holiday. Students whose classmates test positive can continue to school as long as their home tests are negative and have no symptoms.
Michael Muglu, president of the United Teachers Federation, which represents New York City educators, questioned whether every school could implement a new test plan when schools reopen on Monday.
“We are one step closer to the safe reopening of school next week. But we are not there yet,” he said.
In Chicago, the third university district in the United States, officials announced the purchase of 100,000 laptops during the holidays to prepare for distance learning in January, although regional leaders said they wanted to avoid a system shutdown. The Chicago Teachers’ Union proposes to suspend face-to-face learning unless new safety measures are taken, including a negative COVID test for returning students.
To help as many students as possible stay in school, The Centers for Disease Control and U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona approved the test to stay in the U.S. December is used as an alternative to the previously recommended 10-day quarantine. Hundreds of schools have adopted a test stay policy for students who have had contact with infected students.
“Our goal is still to have all schools open five days a week for face-to-face learning in the 2021-22 school year and beyond,” Cardona said in a letter to the school, marking the midpoint of the school year. He said that 99% of schools were open face-to-face in December, compared with 46% in January last year.
Few of the more than 13,000 school districts across the country have announced plans to start school remotely after the winter vacation.
Like Newark, these areas usually plan to resume face-to-face teaching within a few weeks. They include Cleveland, Ohio; Prince George’s County, Maryland; Mount Vernon, New York; Taos, New Mexico; Chester County, South Carolina; and several New Jersey school systems.
Detroit Superintendent Nikolai Vitti extended the winter vacation of nearly 50,000 students until at least January 5 on Friday due to the city’s high infection rate and urged them to pass the area for testing. Employees need to be tested.
Ronald Taylor, head of the South Orange-Maplewood School District in New Jersey, said the surge in cases and subsequent quarantine before breaks forced the merger of classes without enough staff and disrupted operations. He said that this area will be remote in the first week of his return.
“Like many other school districts, we have seen a consistent trend. After every school holiday, whether it’s Thanksgiving or the fall holiday in early November, the number of COVID cases among our students/faculty and staff has increased dramatically,” he said . .
After the vacation, masks will also return in some areas, including the first public school in Massachusetts, Hopkinton High School, whose ban was lifted in October. It recovers before resting.
In Miami-Dade County, Florida, a quarter of people tested positive for the virus. The school system announced on Thursday that all employees, volunteers, and visitors must wear masks in schools and facilities, and students are strongly encouraged to wear masks. On them. State law prohibits school districts from imposing masks on students.
Some school systems are moving in the direction of requiring students to be vaccinated, but not soon. In the Los Angeles school district, one of the first districts to announce mandatory COVID-19 vaccination for students. The January 10 deadline for students 12 years and older has been postponed to the fall of 2022. Officials said that about 27,000 unvaccinated students will be banned from entering the campus at an earlier date.
District of Columbia, December 22 Said that all students, whether public schools, private schools or charter schools, must be fully vaccinated before March 1.
A lot of information about the omicron coronavirus variant is still unknown, including whether it will cause more or less serious illness. Scientists say that omicron is more likely to spread than other coronavirus strains including delta, and it is expected to dominate the United States by early 2022.
In Ohio, the number of people hospitalized due to COVID-19 this week hit a record high, and the Ohio Hospital Association asked schools across the state to consider mandatory wearing of masks because cases continue to surge.
The patchwork response also included Woodbury, New Jersey’s plan for students to stay for half a day in the first week and send them home with lunch so they don’t have to take off their masks to eat in the building.