US NEWS: US schools go back and forth on personal learning

The largest school district in the country, with 1 million students, had closed personal education two weeks ago but decided to bring back preschool and elementary school children after parents pushed them and the mayor decided it was safe to do so with a beefed-up test.

New York City reopened classes for many of its young students on Monday in what has become a frustrating process, stopping and starting in many school programs in America due to the alarming increase in coronavirus.

The largest school district in the country, with 1 million students, had closed personal education two weeks ago but decided to bring back preschool and elementary school children after parents pushed them and the mayor decided it was safe to do so with a beefed-up test.

In contrast, school programs in Detroit, Boston, Indianapolis, Philadelphia and suburban Minneapolis in recent weeks have dropped out of public reading classes or reduced student rehabilitation programs due to growing diseases.

Depression and further progress are taking place as the virus returns with a vengeance in many parts of the US, with more than 2,200 deaths a day – about the same rate as the outbreak in spring, New York City.

New cases are close to 200,000 a day, which is the highest level on record, and the number of Americans in the hospital is now at an all-time high of more than 100,000.

The virus is blamed for the deaths of more than 280,000 people and more than 14.8 million people have been diagnosed with the disease in the US, and the problem is expected to worsen in the coming weeks due to Americans ignoring warnings to stay home and avoid others on Thanksgiving.

Health authorities say that the virus does not seem to spread quickly in classrooms themselves, perhaps because children may not be infected or get the virus. Instead, many cases between young people and teachers have been followed in activities outside of school.

However, the infection has shocked parents and teachers, and the illness and isolation of teachers and staff has left some schools without adult supervision.

At the same time, parents and others have lamented that children are not getting a good education at home in front of a computer. And switching to distance learning has created difficulties for many families by forcing parents to look after their children instead of going to work.

In South Carolina, where Covid-19 cases have risen to higher levels than were observed when the state is one of the hottest places in the country in the summer, school districts are considering reducing student time in class. More than 2,450 new Covid-19 cases have been reported in South Carolina in the past three days.

A group of teachers there is urging districts to revert to teaching all the obvious until the speaker can be blown away, not only by health concerns but also by the lack of adults to keep students safe.

The request was given emotional weight after the November 11 death of Staci Blakely, 50, a third-grade teacher in Lexington.

At least four school districts in South Carolina have returned to visual education. The largest to date, Orangeburg County, has sent 12,000 of its students home to study, from Monday, until the end of the Christmas break. About a quarter of the state’s districts teach in person every day.

In New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced just last month that school buildings would be closed after the city fell 3% in the coronavirus test. The rate is now 5%, according to the city, but de Blasio said the new testing policies have made it safer to open classrooms, in part because fewer diseases are linked to transfers within schools.

About 190,000 students are eligible to return. Middle and high schools will remain very far away at least until after the holiday break.

“This is a good day in New York City, no matter how difficult it is,” de Blasio said Monday.

Miriam Petrovitch was among the staff who welcomed the children back from Manhattan Primary School on the Lower East Side.

“We miss them very much,” said Petrovvitch, a parent liaison at the union’s press conference. “There is no school without children.” After closing schools in March, New York became one of the largest American cities to reopen classrooms in September, but most parents chose their children to study online only. Some parents have chosen a hybrid where the students were in their classrooms a few days a week.

Since the start of the school year in New York City, more than 1,740 students and 2,240 employees in the public sector have contracted the virus, according to city statistics.

It’s been a struggle for American school children all year long – academically, mentally and physically.

School districts across the country, both large and small, have reported an increase in the number of students who fail classes. Students whose language is not English, students with disabilities and poor children suffer the most.

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