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Overview this week

COVID-19 cases have been on the rise at an unprecedented level. Some schools have modified their learning plans to continue remotely as the holiday season approaches.

Top 3 News Highlights This Week

  1. As of November 17th, Chicago Public Schools have announced that in-person classes will resume in January. Illinois Governor Pritzker said that while he is imposing more restrictions to limit viral spread, he is leaving the decision about schools to local districts. Many kindergarten and middle schools are set to begin in-person in 2021, but high schools are most likely to start with a hybrid model. Also, high school sports are currently suspended by a government order. 
  2. New York’s Governor Cuomo said that New York City schools should seriously consider keeping public schools open even if the positive rate on coronavirus tests citywide reaches 3%. If schools have a much lower positivity rate relative to the community as a whole, then schools should remain open. However, the New York City Mayor mandates school closure upon a positivity rate of 3%, regardless of whether that figure is lower in the school environment specifically. 
  3. In Pennsylvania, an additional ten schools from Lancaster County are suspending in-person instruction through Thanksgiving with COVID-19 on the rise. At some schools, students are expected to return to in-person learning after the holiday break on December 1st. Many schools have delayed the in-person returns amidst a rise in cases.