Skill development workout plan for Chatham County High Schools

Pittsboro, NC – This plan was presented at the special Chatham County School Board meeting on Tuesday, September 29.

The following plan has been developed by the CCS high school athletic directors, principals and district administration. It is based on guidance from the North Carolina High School Athletic Association, as well as local and state health departments. It is important to note that student attendance at Skill Development Workouts is (as always) optional. Our planned start date for CCS high school athletic workouts is October 7, 2020, and all three high schools are committed to working together to provide consistency across the district. We will begin with Volleyball and Cross Country and will add other sports four to six weeks prior to their first scheduled day of practice.

General Information

● Communal water sources are all closed and unavailable for non‐emergency use. Restrooms will be cleaned and disinfected after use

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Minnesota schools seize momentum to tackle racism, achievement gaps

Minnesota schools, reopening amid a pandemic and a national reckoning over systemic racism, are sharpening their focus on the state’s decadeslong problems with achievement gaps and educational disparities.

Around the state, schools are adding new staff to focus on equity in classroom instruction and hiring, and approving policies that define — and disavow — racism. Some are contemplating changes to classroom materials and curriculum. Groups of students, alumni, teachers and principals have organized to lobby superintendents and school boards, calling on them to be more active and outspoken to combat racism in schools.

Educators say the momentum sparked by George Floyd’s killing by Minneapolis police, and the disparities laid bare by the pandemic, may do more to transform schools than other efforts of the recent past. Jessica Davis, a racial equity coach for St. Louis Park Public Schools — and the 2019 Minnesota Teacher of the Year — said the

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As ‘count day’ looms, millions in state funding for Colorado Springs-area schools on the line | Denver-gazette

Millions of dollars for Pikes Peak region school districts are on the line Thursday as Colorado students show up — virtually, in person or not at all — for “count day,” when schools tally their students for the state’s per-pupil funding.

Count day comes on the heels of the state’s issuance of new guidance for schools with potential or confirmed COVID-19 outbreaks — guidelines that suggest schools can delay quarantining those exposed to less probable coronavirus cases while awaiting test results.

Under the new guidance designed to “minimize disruptions to in-person learning in cases where there is a reasonable chance the ill student or teachers does not have  COVID-19,” released Tuesday, if a symptomatic student or employee doesn’t yet have a test result, close contacts may continue in-person learning for four days, then quarantine for the remainder of the two-week period, if necessary.

The guidance “allows for some time to

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Unequal education: Pandemic widens race, class gaps in U.S. schools

YORK, Pa. (Reuters) – Natalie Cruz, 12, missed math and language arts instruction one recent morning because the school’s virtual interface would not load. Carlos, her 8-year-old brother, sat beside her at the kitchen table, studying with last year’s workbooks because the district had yet to supply him with a PC, weeks after instruction started online.

Belen Cruz tries to help her daughter, Natalie, log on to her school’s online learning platform at their home in York, Pennsylvania, U.S. September 18, 2020. The online platform would not load for almost an hour, during which Natalie was not able to get any school work done. Picture taken September 18, 2020. REUTERS/Rachel Wisniewski

Across town, Zachary and Zeno Lentz, 5 and 9, were at their high-performing elementary schools, where they attend in-person on Tuesdays and Fridays. They learn remotely the other three days, assisted by their college-educated mother, a social worker who

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Schools face major budget shortfalls due to enrollment drops as funding deadline approaches

COLORADO SPRINGS — While schools have been back in session for about a month or so, leaders in districts across the country are finding fewer students have returned. Now, districts in Colorado could face some major money shortfalls if students don’t enroll quickly.

“It’s a national crisis of, where are students? they’re not coming back to school–all of them,” Harrison School District 2 co-superintendent Wendy Birhanzel said.

It’s another hurdle to jump.

“We’re having that crisis in El Paso County as well,” she said. “The superintendents are all taking about, how do we find our kids?”

In Harrison District 2, they started the semester light.

“At the beginning of September we were missing about 800 students,” Birhanzel said. Thanks to a community effort, the district has been able to drop that number to around 350 as of Tuesday.

It’s a similar story down I-25 in D70.

“There have been students

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State education commissioner tells Miami schools to open by Oct. 5 or prove exceptions

Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran wrote a letter to Miami-Dade County Public Schools calling for schools to be fully open by Oct. 5 or ask for exemptions on a school-by-school basis.

The School Board on Friday morning received Corcoran’s three-page letter, which was addressed to Superintendent Alberto Carvalho and board Chair Perla Tabares Hantman. He begins the letter by expressing “grave concerns” about the board’s recent vote for a delayed start to a soft and conditional opening of schools Oct. 14 with all schools opening for those who wish to return to the schoolhouse on Oct. 21.

Corcoran said Tuesday’s vote “directly contradicts” the reopening plan the school district submitted to the state. He charged it also clashes with Miami-Dade County’s transition to Phase 2 on Sept. 14. That transition cleared the way for schools to reopen for in-person learning and triggered the reopening of movie theaters, arcades

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Florida education commissioner orders Miami to open schools

A school district spokeswoman said the letter was being reviewed; the school board scheduled an emergency meeting for Sept. 29 to figure out next steps.

Miami-Dade is one of a few districts that started the 2020-21 school year with all-remote learning after winning permission from the administration of Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) because of exceptionally high coronavirus rates.

Corcoran’s letter came as a surprise to Miami-Dade officials. The Miami Herald quoted Hantman as saying, “It’s just very strange to me and I think it took everyone by surprise. I’m very much in favor of opening schools but when it’s safe.”

Daisy Gonzalez-Diego, chief communications officer for the district, said in a statement emailed to The Washington Post:

“Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) is carefully reviewing the letter received from the Commissioner of Education on Friday. The District was prepared to launch Stage II of our reopening plan, under the adjusted

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The News launches Education Lab to deepen coverage of our schools and explore solutions to persistent challenges

Rarely has there been a more critical time to provide in-depth coverage of our schools.

A global health crisis and social justice movement have brought the deep inequities and challenges that have long plagued education to the forefront of community conversations.

Finding solutions to those issues that help lead to better outcomes for all children is critical to the future of North Texas.

That’s why The Dallas Morning News is launching the new Education Lab, a community-funded journalism initiative aimed at not only expanding our coverage of the most pressing issues in education but also deepening the conversations we have with students, parents and educators.

The Education Lab will build on The News’ longstanding commitment to quality journalism. We will report on pressing issues such as how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting students’ access to opportunities; how well schools are preparing tomorrow’s workforce; and how state funding challenges are affecting

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For Kansas schools, challenge will be ensuring special education students aren’t left behind – News – The Topeka Capital-Journal

It’s one challenge to close any learning gaps for special education students, but in a pandemic, just measuring those gaps will be another obstacle for Kansas schools, two special education leaders told The Topeka Capital-Journal.

Bert Moore, director of special education and title services for the Kansas Department of Education, and Heith Peine, executive director of student support services for Wichita Public Schools, joined The Capital-Journal’s Teaching Topeka podcast to discuss how special education teachers across Kansas have adapted to teaching in a pandemic.

State Commissioner of Education Randy Watson on Tuesday told the Kansas State Board of Education that, after a tour of just a few western Kansas school districts, he was becoming increasingly concerned that certain student groups, including special education students, are showing signs of academic regression as schools adjust their operations for the pandemic. More than 76,000 students, or 14.7% of all Kansas students, receive special

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Guest commentary: Schools need funding boost more than ever | Opinion

Most years, the first day of school arrives with anticipation and possibility as students, parents, teachers, and administrators look forward to the hope and promise of a new year.

This year is different. The return to school has engendered uncertainty and even frustration. Each school district is struggling to balance safety and educational quality in a COVID-19 world, and to do so in a way that is best for their own communities.

There are no easy answers. Remote learning may be more successful in protecting the public health, but let’s face it, for the overwhelming number of students, a virtual education is no substitute for traditional, face-to-face learning. It also puts a greater strain on parents juggling jobs while serving as “teacher’s aides” for their children.

But reopening too widely and too soon can put students, teachers, and school workers at risk.

School leaders face this balancing act under public

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