As COVID-19 cases skyrocket among teachers, school officials are once again struggling to keep schools open.
School districts in Indiana, Michigan, North Carolina and Nevada have announced this week that they will temporarily close or switch to distance learning amid worsening teacher shortages.
In Indiana, at least four Marion County school districts, including Indianapolis Public Schools, moved into distance learning this week. “The decision was made based on COVID-19 isolation and the number of staff absentees, including quarantines at the middle and high school levels,” the IPS said in a statement.
Gov. Roy Cooper announced Wednesday that North Carolina State employees are looking for an opportunity to fill out their scheduled volunteer days as a paid substitute teacher. All schools in the Carson City School District in Nevada are also closed this week because staff members are infected with COVID.
The surge in cases caused by the Omicron mutation is hitting other school staff members as well. ABC News reports that Maryland’s largest school district has asked the National Guard to fill out bus drivers after a staff increase that led to the cancellation of 40 to 80 bus routes.
Samantha Farrow, a 16-year-old student activist at Stuyvesant High School and a walkout organizer this week, said many New York City schools are “pretty desolate” with half-empty classrooms and countless missing teachers.
Farrow said most of her teachers were absent this week due to COVID exposure or infection. Due to the lack of staff, most days are spent on “non-academic days” to read on their own or to scroll through her phone.
“It does not look like it has harnessed our time,” he said.
In reversal of his pledge to put students in schools, New York City Mayor Eric Adams told a news conference Thursday that he is also considering returning to distance learning as student attendance dwindles amid an increase in Covid cases.
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📈Today’s numbers: According to statistics from Johns Hopkins University, the US recorded more than 63.9 million COVID-19 cases and more than 846,000 deaths. Global total: More than 319 million cases and about 5.5 million deaths. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 208 million Americans – 62.8% – are fully vaccinated.
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‘Pause’ for Covid Control’s nationwide testing sites
The nationwide coronavirus testing company, which is under investigation by the Oregon Department of Justice and which has come under criticism from customers in several states, announced Thursday that it was “a weekly break in all operations.”
The break is expected to take effect at all Kovid control testing sites from Friday to January 21st. The Illinois-based company’s website states that it has more than 300 locations in the US in several states. Two of them, Massachusetts and Washington, took action this week to close the company’s numerous testing centers in their communities.
Addressing and securing “all location owners and operators” in an internal company memo, the COVID Control Center last week referred to “increased scrutiny by the media in the operations of our storage sites.” The company claims to process 80,000 test requests per day.
“This, coupled with various consumer complaints, is a major concern for our state with various state health departments and the Department of Justice,” the notice said.
– Grace Hawk,
The Supreme Court restricts the COVID vaccine or testing order to workplaces
The Supreme Court on Thursday suspended the implementation of one of President Joe Biden’s signature efforts to combat COVID-19, ruling that his administration does not have the power to impose vaccine or testing requirements on employers involving tens of millions of Americans. .
The unsigned opinion, which came days after the justices heard arguments in the Emergency Appeal, marked the second time the Biden administration’s infectious policy by the nation’s highest court, once again concluded that federal authorities have exceeded Congress’ authority. The court restrained Biden’s eviction ban in August, ruling that it was a trespass.
Whether the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has the authority to impose requirements under the 1970 law is in dispute in the workplace.
It is not immediately clear if the Biden administration has any options to respond to the verdict. In a statement, the president said he was “disappointed” and “now states and individual employers are deciding whether to make their workplaces as safe as possible for employees.”
– John Fritz,
Contributors: Selina Tebor,; The Associated Press