Aspen public schools go to remote learning Friday

Aspen public schools go to remote learning Friday

The North Rockland Central School District released a letter to families this week saying they are "seriously considering implementing a "Holiday Pause" of in-person instruction and shifting to a fully-remote learning model starting on Monday, Nov. 23, 2020, and returning to Hybrid 2.0 on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021".

Since Nov. 3, the district has counted 126 positive cases among students and staff across the district.

Superintendent Dr. Tonya Merrigan wrote that changing the learning modes will allow the district to concentrate teachers and other resources to elementary school students and students with disabilities.

The school moved all students to online learning because school officials felt Middle Park could do a better job teaching if the school stays focused on taking "one approach at a time", according to a statement from Principal Cindy Rimmer.

Glenbard District 87 made a shift to fully remote learning for all students on Monday, Nov. 9 for a minimum of three weeks due to the "alarming trends" of test positivity and cases out of 100,000 population in DuPage County. "We will continue to do everything possible to provide a quality remote education during this time, as well as an opportunity for your child to do their remote learning within our buildings if you find that it is absolutely necessary".

Mason City Schools is bumping substitutes' daily pay from $85 to $125 in an attempt to dodge the mass staffing shortages that have plagued other districts.

In addition, the Carbon School District announced Friday that the Castle Valley Center will go virtual for the next two weeks.

A total of 200 staff members work with students in the self-contained classrooms during the two days students are in the classroom, working remotely during the rest of the week.

Elmhurst District 205 is in remote learning through Thanksgiving.

According to the district, there are several cases between the middle and high schools, plus another two in two elementary schools.

"All health and safety measures have been in place and we will continue to isolate individuals with symptoms or a diagnosis of COVID-19, identify close contacts, and clean and disinfect the school building."

Sparta High School closed for today, November 13, and will remain closed Monday for a service day, officials said. After consulting with the Department of Health and conducting contact tracing, approximately 100 staff and students were quarantined, according to the District.

Middletown: Thompson Middle School switched to virtual instruction November 9 until November 19.

Most recently, the district's Arsenal facility closed Friday after two staff members tested positive.

The breakdown of hybrid vs. virtual students varies wildly from school to school, with 82% of Hilton Head Island Early Childhood Center students in hybrid instruction compared to 21% of Whale Branch Middle School students.

Kentwood Public Schools - East Kentwood High School and the Freshman Center closed the week of October 26-30 due to positive cases on campus, and to allow for contact tracing and deep cleaning.

More schools are temporarily going to an all-virtual method of learning due to COVID-19 outbreaks. The elementary schools are operating on a class-by-class basis.