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Nov
01

NYC panel approves $43 million to replace troubled special education data system

From Chalkbeat: A citywide panel cleared the way this week for New York City to begin overhauling its special education data system, approving nearly $43 million to replace the costly and glitchy database more than two years after officials first announced plans to scrap it. The city’s Special Education Student Information System, known as SESIS, […]

By John Russo | news . Special Ed
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Aug
26

Adequate ventilation can curb the spread of COVID. Here’s what we know about ventilation inside NYC schools.

From Chalkbeat: Inside a century-old red brick building on the edge of Manhattan’s Chinatown, Joanne O’Neill and her custodial staff have been hustling. In the morning, two hours before students arrived for summer camp, approximately 70 window air conditioning units were flipped on, and all windows – the primary source of ventilation in the building […]

By John Russo | news
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Aug
12

To keep Summer Rising running at one Bronx site, each day brings a new staffing puzzle

From Chalkbeat: In the brightly lit library at P.S. 382/M.S. 447 Creston Academy in the West Bronx, middle schoolers excitedly jostle around a camera to record interviews of each other. Across the hall, in the cafeteria, elementary school students draw self-portraits in quiet concentration. In the auditorium, hip hop thumps as rising middle schoolers on […]

By John Russo | news
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Feb
23

New CDC guidance: Vaccinate teachers, but don’t wait to open schools

“Highly anticipated new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says schools don’t need to wait for staff to be vaccinated to reopen. Students should return full-time where spread is low or moderate, and with regular testing, the CDC says schools can open for some in-person instruction even when community spread is high. Masks and […]

By John Russo | Blog
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Feb
11

NYC’s middle school students and returning to school.

New York City’s middle school students will return to their campuses on Feb. 25, education department officials told principals on Monday. Middle school teachers will return the day before to ready their classrooms, and they will be prioritized to receive coronavirus vaccinations during the mid-winter recess, from Feb. 12 – 21, according to education department […]

By John Russo | Blog
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