A mob student party “that included alcohol and a complete lack of safety precautions” prompted Lincoln-Sudbury High School outside Boston to go back to distance education in the first two weeks of school, a letter from the superintendent said . And Pelham High School in Westchester, New York, also expanded online education after two nights in a row of students partying in the woods, the school district announced.
But the social life of the students is not the only cause for concern. The president of the United Federation of Teachers said on Monday that New York City is “not making the grade” when it comes to implementing the necessary safeguards to reopen schools for individual learning.
Michael Mulgrey cited inadequate staffing and added a two to three day delay to the test results as major hurdles.
“If you asked me if we’re ready to open today, I’d say we’re not.”
In New York City’s pubic schools, at least 422,190 students have requested a complete distance education option for the fall, according to data provided by the city’s Department of Education – the nation’s largest enrollment of more than 1 million students Slightly more than 40% of. Public School System.
According to the department, 58% of students plan to return to school buildings as part of the hybrid learning model starting next week.
Parents in the New York City public school system can opt out of the person-hybrid scheme since it was first announced. In August, Mayor Bill de Blasio said that 74% of families said they were planning to attend the person learning at the time.
Schools plan ahead for safe reunion
As many schools make last-minute changes to their plans in response to parties, others are implementing the system ahead of time to respond to changes in the virus.
Kentucky officials outlined a color-coded system on Monday to help individual districts determine each week whether they should continue learning with the individual based on the level of coronovirus in their area.
“If you’re in red, it means that COVID-19 has a wide community spread, and if you’re in red it’s not responsible – it’s not responsible – to be in the person’s learning every day,” Gov. Andy Besher said.
While students in the Los Angeles Unified School District are still learning from afar, a “report card” will show the number of cases at each school as part of the district’s testing and tracing effort, Superintendent Austin Beutner said Monday.
To address childcare concerns, about 3,000 children of essential workers will be able to return to school in groups of six after being tested for the virus, Beatner said.
States are breaking up in big celebrations
Some states are doing their part to curb outbreaks and limit the number of fall and winter infections from breakdowns in large gatherings.
New York City Park and New York University officials are patrolling Washington Square Park after two to two weeks of parties with NYU students and encouraging the use of personal protective equipment.
After the first weekend’s gathering, Gov. Andrew Cuomo criticized the city’s police and university officials for not taking strong action to stop the parties.
The university said, “With an abundant amount of caution, we are retiring all the residents (and staff, too) of Rubin Hall, and on Saturday instructed them to start quarantine at least until Tuesday night.”
According to the school’s Coronavirus dashboard since August 1, NYU has reported a total of 65 cases – an overall sensitivity of .19%. The school has reported 48 cases over a recent 14-day period, a positivity rate of .31%.
In the face of a possible fall and winter resurgence, the Pennsylvania government. The Tom Wolf Office is appealing a federal court ruling that prohibits the state from banning certain types of large ceremonies. The state has instituted measures to prevent the spread of coronovirus against indoor ceremonies of more than 25 people and outdoor events with more than 250 people.
The action is used by many governors across America, Wolf’s press secretary Lindsay Kensinger said, and “continues to save lives in the absence of federal action.”
Connecticut had ordinances prohibiting large ceremonies and requiring face masks in the time of the coronovirus, but now law enforcement will have the authority to impose fines to enforce them, the government Ned Lamont announced Monday.
People not wearing masks can be fined $ 100. LaMont said the organizers of large gatherings could be fined $ 500.
Infection rates are increasing for children and young adults
There is growing concern with the younger population as a possible vehicle for the spread of the virus, they are also becoming infected at a higher rate.
In Pennsylvania, during a press conference from April, the state’s Secretary of Health, Dr. Rachel Levin said that the infection rate among children aged 19 to 24 has increased by 19% on average since April.
One of the biggest differences that can explain the jump is the growing congregation that comes with returning to school. She asked that students continue to wash their hands, wear masks, avoid crowds and stay away.
“We are all interconnected. We are all interdependent,” Levine said. “We all have a collective responsibility to try and stop the spread.”
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics and Children’s Hospital Association, coronovirus has been detected in approximately 550,00 children since the outbreak of the epidemic. In the past two weeks, pediatric cases increased by 15%, the group said in a weekly report, although it appears that severe disease from the virus is still rare.
CNN’s Elizabeth Joseph, Elizabeth Hartsfield, Anna Sturla, Laura Ly, Jane Christenson and Stella Chan contributed to this report.