University Of Michigan Students Told To Stay Home As Virus Spikes
Education news on the pandemic also focuses on the political impact of empty campuses; school closures in Georgia; and a fine for a California private school that refused to close.
University Of Michigan Students Given Immediate Stay-At-Home Order Amid A Spike In Covid-19 Cases
All University of Michigan undergraduate students are now under an emergency stay-in-place order, after data shows that Covid-19 cases among Michigan students represents more than 60% of all local cases. The order came from the Washtenaw County Health Department on Tuesday, and is set to continue until November 3. (Asmelash, 10/20)
UM Under Stay-Home Order Attributes Spike To Social Gatherings
Washtenaw County is experiencing a rapidly growing number of COVID-19 cases, and leaders at the University of Michigan warned many of them can be traced back to maskless social gatherings around the Ann Arbor campus. In response to the surge of cases in the county, the Washtenaw County Health Department on Tuesday issued a two-week, stay-at-home emergency order. The edict is immediate and runs through 7 a.m. Nov. 3. (Kozlowski, 10/20)
The New York Times:
College Students Are Missing From Campus. Will Their Missing Votes Make A Difference?
The air still became crisper, and the leaves still changed from green to gold. But many college towns looked a lot different this fall, their campuses quiet as universities adopted online instruction to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. With that change came a new political wrinkle: Some House candidates, typically Democrats, can usually count on support from students living on college campuses in their districts — but many of those students are now living back home, tied to their computers for classes. (Gray, 10/20)
FOX 5 Atlanta:
Fulton County High School Temporarily Stops In-Person Classes After COVID-19 Cases
A week after Fulton County Schools gave students and parents the option to return to in-person learning, the school district has shut down a second high school due to COVID-19 concerns. Officials announced on Facebook that Cambridge High School will switch to virtual learning for the next few days to address an increase in COVID-19 cases. (10/20)
California School Fined For Violating Court COVID-19 Order
A California private school has been ordered to pay $15,000 for defying a judge’s order to close classrooms and stop in-person teaching, in what may be the first judgment of its kind against a California school for violating health orders aimed at slowing the spread of coronavirus. Tuesday’s decision in the Fresno County Superior Court ends a nearly three-month legal battle between Immanuel Schools, a private K-12 Christian school in California’s Central Valley, and county and state officials. (Gecker, 10/21)