New York City middle-school students have been allowed back in the classroom for the first time since November. Mayor Bill de Blasio says that schools are abiding by the safety precautions set forth by the CDC in an effort to fully reopen all schools in the city by September.
The California state board of education voted to seek federal waivers that will allow more flexible options for standardized tests, given that almost 80% of students are still learning remotely. In the last few months, the board has voted to shorten the tests and create a remote proctoring system for the assessments, education official Rachael Maves says.
The Eagles Act, a bipartisan bill that would make national school violence prevention a greater focus for the US Secret Service's National Threat Assessment Center, has been reintroduced in Congress after dying in the House and Senate in 2018 and 2019. Over nearly two decades, the NTAC has trained 198,000 school officials in conducting threat assessments and developing early interventions, and the bill, which was written after the Parkland, Fla., school shooting, would increase that effort.
The Maryland board of education has voted to trim the length of state assessments by two-thirds and only require them for English language arts and math. Board members say they want to ensure parity between in-person and remote testing, and state Superintendent Karen Salmon says she is optimistic about getting true markers of student progress from the abbreviated assessments.
Ongoing developments at every level regarding the pandemic response offer temptations for education leaders to change their approaches frequently or too soon, writes Fred Ende, a Yorktown Heights, N.Y., curriculum and instructional services director who notes he plans to maintain the current course until facts suggest otherwise. Providing direction when needed and modeling persistence and willpower are among the strategies that Ende writes that he plans to adopt.
Massachusetts is using its Catholic schools as a positive example for safe, in-person learning as the state aims to return to in-person instruction, five days a week, for all elementary schools by April. Officials say school nurses have been key to the success of Catholic schools, by helping to identify people with potential symptoms.
Catholic-school students in Chicago are able to access online instruction thanks to donated devices from the Big Shoulders Fund and St. Joseph Services. The donations secured hundreds of Chromebooks and iPads for students, who were affected by the digital divide.
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