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[EdNews Round Up Update] COVID-19 Education Impacts Update

[EdNews Round Up Update] COVID-19 Education Impacts Update

No one knows better than educators about the importance of staying up-to-date. In this edition of Edmentum’s EdNews Round Up, you’ll find the latest and most interesting education news related to the COVID-19 pandemic and it’s impacts on U.S. schools.

As reopening plans begin to unfold across the country, and back to school draws nearer and nearer, many are asking, what will school look like next year? See a few of the latest new stories around what reopening might look like in the next few months.

Contradicting health guidance, White House pressures schools to reopen
The White House is pushing for schools to restart in-person operations, despite some having decided to remain mostly online for the next year.

Trump Threatens to Cut Funding to Schools That Don’t Reopen in Fall
U.S. News
The president said CDC guidelines to reopen schools are ‘expensive’ and ‘impractical.’

Pence: Administration Will ‘Respect’ Local Decisions Not to Reopen Schools
U.S. News
The vice president’s comments come the same day that Trump said he was considering cutting off federal funds for schools that don’t reopen in the fall.

Serving Students Who Can't—or Won't—Return to School
As district leaders draft their reopening plans for the 2020-21 school year, they can’t lose sight of the students who will not return to school and those who won’t be able to access traditional courses.

Top Pediatrician Says States Shouldn't Force Schools To Reopen If Virus Is Surging
The American Academy of Pediatrics says children are better off in school but that the decision to reopen cannot ignore spiking infection rates.

Fighting Misinformation in the Age of COVID-19
Information literacy has long been hard to teach, especially with the landscape of online platforms changing so fast these days. And during this COVID-19 pandemic, it can seem harder than ever to sort out reliable information from falsehood, rumor and conspiracy.

Will Kindergartens Be Empty This Fall?
Sending a child off to kindergarten has a deep emotional resonance in the lives of many parents. The pandemic has disrupted all of that.

Harvard, MIT Sue Immigration Officials Over Rule Blocking Some International Students
Just two days after federal officials barred international students from attending U.S. colleges that go online-only this fall, Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have made their objections clear. They sued the U.S. government in federal court Wednesday, seeking to have the U.S. Immigration Customs And Enforcement policy reversed and declared unlawful.

Pitting mental health against safety, national leaders point to SEL in school reopening debate
Education Drive
Schools' ability to provide mental health support is taking center stage as some say it's not immediately feasible, while others say there is a middle ground.

To support you as you plan for back-to-school following COVID-19 school closures, Edmentum has curated a list of our best resources and recommended solutions for admins, aligned to your goals for this upcoming school year. Take a look at our Administrators’ Return to Learn Planning Guide for 2020–21.'s picture
McKenna Wierman

McKenna Wierman studied Journalism at the University of Mississippi, and has worked with Edmentum since June 2016. She currently serves as a Digital Marketing Specialist, and believes that empowered teachers are the key to successful students.