How to Reopen Schools

Want to get The Morning by email? Here’s the sign-up. Good morning. Can teachers be vaccinated quickly? And can most schools safely reopen now? Yes and yes. There are two obvious ways to reopen schools. One is to take precautions like mask wearing that minimize the risk of outbreaks inside school buildings. The other is […]

Opinion | Can We Stop Fighting About Charter Schools?

Yet from all the attention this debate grabs, you would never know that only about 6 percent of public school students attend charters. More students have parents who are undocumented, and far more are disabled. More children live in states where corporal punishment is still permitted in schools. But these students’ needs generally don’t have […]

Free sanitary products in NZ schools to beat period poverty

Research shows that one in 12 young people skipped school because they did not have access to sanitary products. New Zealand’s schools will provide access to free sanitary products for female students from June as part of the government’s latest attempt to stem “period poverty” in the country. Period poverty occurs when women and girls […]

Impeachment, Schools Reopening, Valentine’s Day: Your Friday Evening Briefing

(Want to get this newsletter in your inbox? Here’s the sign-up.) Good evening. Here’s the latest. 1. Donald Trump’s impeachment team concluded its incendiary defense of the former president, setting up a verdict in the trial as early as Saturday. Mr. Trump’s lawyers called the House’s charge that he incited an insurrection at the Capitol […]

US CDC recommends schools reopen with universal masking

School reopenings have been the focus of labour disputes between teachers unions and their districts in major US cities. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday issued new guidance for US schools to reopen, recommending universal mask-wearing and physical distancing as key mitigation strategies to getting children back in the classroom. The […]

Covid-19 Live Updates: Establishing New Guidelines, the C.D.C. Urges Reopening Schools

Here’s what you need to know: An empty classroom at Govalle Elementary School in Austin, Texas, in December.Credit…Sergio Flores for The New York Times The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday urged that K-12 schools be reopened and offered a comprehensive science-based plan for doing so speedily, an effort to resolve an urgent […]

Indonesia bans mandatory religious attire in state schools

Activists lauded the government’s decision after outcry over non-Muslim students being forced to wear a hijab. Activists in Indonesia have lauded the government’s decision to ban public schools from making religious attire mandatory, a move that followed national outrage over non-Muslim students being forced to wear a hijab. Andreas Harsono, a researcher at Human Rights […]

‘No room for debate’: Hong Kong outlines security law for schools

Hong Kong children as young as six years old will be taught the “great importance” of the territory’s national security law and what constitutes foreign interference and subversion under new education guidelines for the city. Beijing imposed the security law in June last year after tens of thousands of people took to the streets in […]

Opinion | San Francisco Schools, Radicalism and the Pandemic

This week, the San Francisco School Board of Education voted 6 to 1 to proceed with a plan to rename 44 of the city’s currently shuttered schools, wiping away notables like Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Paul Revere, Robert Louis Stevenson and even Dianne Feinstein, California’s senior senator, for various forms of cooperation with white supremacy […]

The Debate Over Reopening Schools

Good morning. It’s been a month since Gov. Gavin Newsom introduced his Safe Schools for All Plan, in which he aims to reopen schools for in-person learning by February or March. However, with the Feb. 16 deadline to open schools looming, there’s no telling how many districts have actually signed on to adopt the plan. […]

UK urged to keep schools closed as it hits daily COVID record

The United Kingdom on Saturday recorded more new coronavirus infections in a single day than ever before, registering more than 57,700 cases within 24 hours, many of which are attributed to a possibly more contagious virus strain that is particularly rampant in London. In the same period, 445 virus-related deaths were also recorded. The British […]

NYC delays start of school year to allow more preparation time

New York City is delaying the start of its school year by several days to give teachers more time to prepare to have students back in classrooms amid the coronavirus pandemic, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Tuesday. In a deal struck with unions representing teachers, staff and administrators, instruction that was supposed to begin […]