Covid-19


Duquesne Announces Fall 2021 Return to In-Person Learning

Duquesne University, located in Pittsburgh, Pa., announced this week that it will resume a “full, on-campus learning environment and regular student life operations” for the fall semester. During the summer, it will integrate faculty and staff back into offices and buildings and make any updates to campus necessary to optimize health and safety practices.

UC Davis Spring Break

UC Davis Offers Financial Incentive for Stay-at-Home Spring Break

The University of California, Davis is offering its students a monetary incentive to stay home for spring break. Students who opt for a quiet “staycation” over a more traditional college spring break experience will receive $75 in gift cards. The offer comes as the U.S. approaches the one-year anniversary of coronavirus-related shutdowns and restrictions all around the country.



Texas Education Agency Updates Public Health Guidance

Following Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s announcement that he was revoking the statewide mask mandate the Texas Education Agency (TEA) has updated its public health guidelines for state schools.

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Texas School Districts Respond to Governor's Announcement

On Tuesday, March 2, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced that all Texas businesses will be allowed to reopen to 100% capacity and that he is rescinding the statewide mask mandate. School district superintendents around the state, who say they received no advance warning of the policy change, were left to craft their own regulations as parents and teachers waited expectantly for guidance.

Biden Grants Vaccine Priority to Educators

President Joe Biden announced on Tuesday, March 2, that the U.S. is on track to have a vaccine supply sufficient for all adults by the end of May. In the same speech, he also stated that educators—including teachers, childcare workers, and school staff—will be given priority to receive the vaccine in the effort to reopen schools for in-person learning. Biden set the goal to have all such adult workers receive at least one dose of the vaccine by the end of March.

Police Officer Killed at New Orleans High School Basketball Game

A police officer was shot and killed following a confrontation at a high school basketball game on Friday, Feb. 26, in New Orleans, La.

Police Link Kidnapping to School-Issued Technology

North Carolina law enforcement officers are urging caution after the recovery of a kidnapped 14-year-old girl who communicated with her abductor through a school-issued computer.

COVID Relief Bill

Republican Mayors Express Support for COVID-19 Relief Bill

President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill was passed by the House of Representatives on Saturday in a highly partisan vote. The bill now heads to the Senate where—if it passes—it is expected to do so by a similarly razor-thin margin. However, despite significant opposition to the aid package within the halls of Congress, local officials around the country from both parties have expressed support for the federal aid that would come nearly a year into the global pandemic.

Biden Clarifies School Reopening Goals

Biden Clarifies School Reopening Goals

President Joe Biden clarified his goal of reopening the majority of U.S. K-8 schools within the first 100 days of his administration. “I think many of them five days a week,” he said. “The goal will be five days a week.”

Resident Assistants Face Additional Difficulties During COVID-19

Resident Assistants Face Additional Difficulties During COVID-19

Resident assistants (RAs) are the first line of defense and peacekeeping in college dorms around the country.

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