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Jan
06

Amid omicron surge, NYC schools prepare to reopen after winter break

New York City teachers and students prepared to return from winter break Monday to schools with ramped up testing and other measures designed to contain the spread of the surging omicron variant. The reopening of the country’s largest school district was greeted with apprehension among some parents and teachers unnerved by a surge in cases […]

By John Russo | news
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Dec
13

NYC schools to allow on-site COVID tests for teachers once again

With children ages 5 to 11 getting vaccinated, New York City schools may soon see a drop in the number of students participating in their on-site weekly COVID testing program since the program is only supposed to test unvaccinated students. But the swabs might not go unused. The city’s education department plans to change its […]

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Sep
07

NYC plans to screen nearly 200,000 students in the early grades to uncover struggling readers. Then what?

From Chalkbeat: In a massive bid to gauge reading skills following COVID-related learning disruptions, New York City’s education department is introducing literacy screening for its nearly 200,000 children in kindergarten through second grade. This fall’s early literacy effort is part of a wider $635 million infusion, almost entirely federally funded, aimed at getting thousands of […]

By John Russo | news
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Aug
19

As quarantines send students home, what’s the plan to keep them learning?

From Chalkbeat: It was only her son’s third day of kindergarten when Sabrina Padgett got a call in late July that he’d been exposed to COVID and had to stay home for over a week. Soon after, that got extended when Padgett herself tested positive for COVID. Then her other two school-age children had to […]

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Aug
12

My students thrived last year because they weren’t policed (The COVID era showed us why punitive policies don’t work

From Chalkbeat: A couple of years back, one of my students, a fifth grader, had an emotional outburst that led him to leave the classroom and run around the school. There was no plan in place for how we, as teachers and administrators, would handle a crisis like this.  It ended with adults chasing the […]

By John Russo | news
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Jul
13

‘Literacy blitz’ and other ways de Blasio plans to spend $635 million to help NYC students catch up

From Chalkbeat:  New York City will infuse public schools with $635 million for an academic recovery plan that includes a universal literacy screening through second grade, after-school help for students with disabilities, and college counseling services for all juniors and seniors, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Meisha Porter announced Thursday. The announcement provided […]

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Jun
30

COVID rates are down, but some Bronx parents are not ready for in-person learning

From Chalkbeat: For the first time in almost a decade, Bronx mom Lourdes Jibodh did not receive a letter from her son’s school saying that his promotion to the next grade level was in doubt. Instead, her 17-year-old son Christian Camacho has been performing well academically while learning online during the pandemic. The junior at […]

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Mar
29

25,000 remote students sign up for in-person learning 2 days after opt-in window opens!

About 25,000 fully remote students have so far signed up to go back to classrooms for the remainder of this school year, just two days after New York City opened the opt-in period, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Friday. That number represents nearly 4% of the students who have chosen to learn from home full-time. […]

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