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Vermont schools will grill students on their Thanksgiving celebrations, governor announces

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott said during a press conference on Tuesday that schools in the state will include new questions during daily health checks  about whether students and their parents attended gatherings outside of their households following the Thanksgiving holiday. 

Scott noted that any students who attend events with more than just their immediate household will be required to either take online classes for a two-week quarantine period or quarantine for a week and then have a negative COVID-19 test.

“We understand how difficult this is, but since we know these types of gatherings have been the cause of so many outbreaks, we’ve got to do all we can to slow this down,” Scott said. 

The governor also encouraged businesses to take the same approach with their employees.

“From my standpoint, this is fair warning to those of you who are planning to have gatherings from outside your household for

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  • November 25, 2020

More area schools move to virtual instruction | News

Three more Indiana County school districts are dialing back their in-person classroom teaching to full-time at-home online education, and another is poised to join the growing number of districts retreating from gathering classes during a spike in COVID-19 cases.

Indiana Area, Purchase Line and Homer-Center school districts decided Thursday to move all classes online through Dec. 4.

IASD Superintendent Michael Vuckovich told parents Thursday afternoon that classroom education will go on hiatus for two weeks following classes today. The switch to virtual learning takes effect Monday and will extend through the week after Thanksgiving break.

As they did during the spring school lockdown, the schools would serve pick-up lunches for all students while the buildings are closed

Plans call for students at all four elementary schools to return in person and for secondary students to revert to their part-time classroom learning on Dec. 7.

Indiana Area School District’s senior high,

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  • November 20, 2020

Rejecting online lessons, families relocate for schools open in person

Dissatisfaction with remote learning during the pandemic has led some families to take extraordinary measures, even moving out of state in hopes that their children can attend school in person.

Many have headed to states where they have some connection – a vacation spot, a second home, a previous residence – places that also offer a lifestyle change. They’re moving to destinations like Utah, Colorado, and Vermont, where classrooms, for the time being, are open or on a hybrid schedule.

Todd Winters, director of admissions at the Waterford School in Sandy, Utah, reports “off the charts nuts” interest over the summer that resulted in a third of new families at the school coming from out of state.

Ski communities in Colorado and Vermont have seen big jumps in school enrollment as well. 

The hope of in-person instruction isn’t the sole driver behind these moves, though. “Schools were part of the

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  • November 18, 2020

Detroit pledges COVID-19 crackdown on noncompliant businesses, schools

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COVID-19 testing site at Williams Recreation Center. - CITY OF DETROIT

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  • COVID-19 testing site at Williams Recreation Center.

As the number of daily coronavirus cases continue to rise to record levels, city of Detroit officials said Monday they will step up enforcement of Michigan’s new COVID-19 restrictions.

City health inspectors will conduct unannounced inspections of businesses and schools beginning this week. Businesses that violate health orders, which include mask mandates and social-distancing guidelines, face $1,000 fines.

“We are doing more and more surprise inspections,” Mayor Mike Duggan said at a news conference Monday. “We are going to be very vigilant over the next couple of months.”

The city is also urging residents to report businesses, schools, and others that are not complying. Residents can make anonymous complaints online.

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  • November 17, 2020

Whitmer closing high schools, colleges, in-person dining, casinos, theaters

Lansing — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced wide-ranging new restrictions limiting gatherings at high schools, colleges and restaurants Sunday night to combat what she described as the “worst moment” yet in the COVID-19 pandemic.

The new policies will temporarily halt in-person instruction at high schools and colleges, indoor dine-in service at restaurants and bars, and high school athletics as well as close some businesses, including movie theaters, bowling alleys and casinos.

The restrictions, imposed through a Michigan Department of Health and Human Services order, will take effect Wednesday and be in place until they end on Dec. 8. Under the order, indoor residential gatherings will be limited to two households at any one time.

“The situation has never been more dire,” Whitmer said Sunday. “We are at the precipice, and we need to take some action.”

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer speaks during a press conference Sunday. The Michigan Department of Health

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  • November 16, 2020

Bank donates nearly $100K to Contra Costa schools


Supplies are dwindling as schools across the Bay Area continue to offer online or in-person instruction during the pandemic.

The Fremont Bank Foundation responded to this ongoing crisis by donating nearly $100,000 to five Contra Costa County school districts. Acalanes Union High, Brentwood Elementary, Danville/San Ramon Valley Unified, Liberty Union High and Walnut Creek school districts plan to use the funds to buy disinfectants, personal protective equipment, handwashing stations, hotspots, tablets, software, specialized technology equipment and more. The resources also will be applied toward materials to support mental and behavioral health needs.

“The donation will help these school districts get the supplies they need now to keep educators, students and staff safe and healthy,” said Brian Hughes, the Fremont Bank Foundation’s executive director. “Fremont Bank and our foundation are committed to empowering youth to become productive adults. That promise remains steadfast in this pandemic. We support education

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  • November 15, 2020

Coronavirus PA: Montgomery County officials voting today on schools going all-virtual for two weeks around Thanksgiving holiday

NORRISTOWN, Pennsylvania (WPVI) — The Montgomery County Office of Public Health said they will now vote today at noon on whether to start two weeks of virtual-only school beginning November 23.

The vote was originally scheduled for Thursday morning.

If they vote to do so, all schools K-12 in the county would go 100% virtual with the expectation that hybrid learning would resume on December 6.

On Thursday, health officials held a zoom call that allowed for public comment. More than 500 participants tuned in to watch.

“I just can’t even imagine telling the children that they can’t be in school because I’ll cry and I know that they will so if you just keep that in mind,” said Sister Mary Catherine Chapman of Queen of Angels School in Willow Grove.

During the more than 2-hour public comment portion of the meeting, dozens of parents were begging health officials to

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  • November 13, 2020

How to teach your kids the financial lessons that schools don’t

Jill Hitchcock is the senior executive vice president responsible for the U.S. private client group at Fisher Investments, a fee-only investment adviser.

If you’re like me, virtual learning amid the COVID-19 pandemic has made you more involved in your kids’ education this year. Teachers are doing their very best to adapt, but when my kids complain about some of the work they have to do, I find myself secretly agreeing with them!

A good financial education can make all the difference in a family’s long-term success, yet practical finance is nearly impossible to find in a school curriculum. I mean really, have you ever used the Pythagorean Theorem in real life? I haven’t. But I have done things like set a budget, calculate monthly car payments, and start saving — even when what I really wanted to do was have fun with my money.

Teaching kids about money is harder

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  • November 5, 2020

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Schools are a hot topic these days. In the Northville Public Schools, nine candidates seek voter support to fill the four four-year positions available in the Nov. 3. Election.

The candidates are Kimberly Campbell-Voytal, Harihar Kulkarni, Blake A. Mathie, James Mazurek, Lisa McIntyre, Douglas Miller, Sarah Prescott, Lindsey Wilson and Sherrie Winfield.

Hometown Life emailed questions to the nine regarding their interest with the school board. Candidates were given word limits for responses. Those that exceeded the limit were cut off. Six candidates responded.

Kimberly Campbell-Voytal is a teacher and nurse who earned a PhD in medical anthropology and Masters of Science in Nursing, clinical nurse specialist, public health disease prevention.

Harihar Kulkarni, 76, is a retired technical manager for Ford who earned a PhD in mechanical engineering from University of Knoxville, Tennessee & Masters of Science in aeronautical engineering.


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  • October 28, 2020

COVID-19 spike prompts some schools to delay in-person learning

Recent events have reminded Saline Area Schools Superintendent Scot Graden that encouraging metrics surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic one week, doesn’t mean they’ll stay that way.

Saline had hoped to bring elementary school students back for more frequent in-person classes the week of Oct. 19, after recently transitioning into a hybrid learning format. A surge in coronavirus cases driven by outbreaks on the University of Michigan campus, however, caused the district to take a step back.

“It’s not something where the community numbers would knock us out of the hybrid at this point, but as far as moving forward with our interest of bringing in more students for in-person instruction, it has really put us in a spot to hit the pause button,” Graden said.

Saline isn’t the only school district in the state hitting the pause button on in-person learning as COVID-19 cases continue to rise.

Twenty-eight Michigan counties have

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  • October 26, 2020