Fall color emerges in Chicagoland for 2022
Fall color emerges in Chicagoland. Typically, the color of trees and shrubs is at its height in early to mid-October in northern Illinois, according to Ed Hedborn, manager of plant records and fall color scout at The Morton Arboretum in Lisle. But there’s no way to be sure when or where trees will be at their brightest, because the color is affected by factors that vary from place to place. Apart from the weather, the largest factor is the genetic makeup of the trees themselves. Every species of tree or shrub is genetically programmed to turn a particular color or range of colors.chicagotribune.com
CPS, CTU talks to resume Friday as principals decry district’s decision to let them make call on reopening their schools
As the standoff between Chicago Public Schools and the teachers union led classes to be cancelled for the third day, more than 100 school administrators signed a letter saying they do not want to take on the “demoralizing task” of determining if their school has enough staff to teach students in personchicagotribune.com
University of Chicago students rally for safety after fatal shooting
At least 200 University of Chicago students, many of them international, gathered at the campus’ Main Quadrangle Tuesday — a week after the fatal shooting in Hyde Park of Shaoxiong “Dennis” Zheng, a recent graduate — to demand further safety measures from the university.chicagotribune.com
Students disciplined after 'slavery' petition sue district
Four students who were disciplined after a “petition” seeking to restart slavery was posted on social media are suing their Kansas City school district for civil rights violations. The students from Park Hill South High School said the posting in September began as part of bantering between a biracial student and a Black student, according to a federal lawsuit filed Friday. After other students laughed at the petition, it was posted on social media, drawing national media coverage.news.yahoo.com
Illinois schools look to bridge widening achievement gap for low-income students during the pandemic
Illinois students from economically disadvantaged families — who represent nearly 50% of the state’s roughly 2 million students — appear to have borne the brunt of the disruptions to education during the pandemic.chicagotribune.com
Man accused of robbing high school students on CTA train, ordered held on $50,000 bail
A Portgage Park neighborhood man who was accused of robbing two De Lasalle students on a CTA Green-line train was given a $50,000 bond Saturday when he appeared at a bail hearing. Trenton Tidwell, 20, of the 3900 block of North Cicero Avenue was charged with two counts of felony armed robbery after holding two students up with a knife, prosecutors said.chicagotribune.com
Baldwin Middle-Senior High School shifting to remote learning due to COVID-19 impact
Due to the number of positive COVID-19 cases at Baldwin Middle-Senior High School and close-contacts exceeding the 20% threshold, Duval County Public Schools on Tuesday said the school will shift to online learning beginning Wednesday.
Emergency Order: State exams can be optional for Florida seniors, 3rd graders to graduate
Florida high school seniors will be able to graduate this year and third graders can move on without passing the normally required state assessments, according to a new executive order signed Friday by Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran.
‘Back to normal’: UNF students and staff go back to on-campus operations this Fall
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The University of North Florida is ready to move operations back on campus in the Fall. While the university says most operations will go back to Pre-COVID standards, the school will still follow guidelines including mask-wearing and requiring quarantine for students and staff if necessary. The university recommends students make an early appointment now with their academic advisors to begin planning. The University of North Florida shut down its campus in ordered students out of the dorms in March 2020. Multiple other state universities and private colleges did the same.
Juniors, seniors sent home after 2 coronavirus cases confirmed at Providence
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Junior and senior students were sent home Tuesday after two cases of coronavirus were confirmed at Providence School of Jacksonville. According to an email from school leaders, two juniors from the school tested positive. “All students who have interacted with these two students over the weekend or in class on Monday have been contacted, sent home, and asked to quarantine,” according to the email. The school said it is not canceling any extra-curricular activities. Fletcher High School and Douglas Anderson School of the Arts both made the decision in the last week to temporarily close their campuses due to an increase in the number of reported COVID-19 cases.
Flagler high school students donate life-saving equipment to paramedics
Students from Flagler Palm Coast High School’s “Guard Dogs,” a community problem-solvers group, donated 200 tourniquets to the county’s Fire Rescue department. “These students, in the aftermath of many school incidents, took the initiative to help,” said Flagler County Interim Fire Rescue Chief Joe King. The tourniquets will help stock Fire Rescue units if there is ever an active assailant event. “We hope we will never be faced with using the equipment for this purpose,” King said. “But we are more prepared now because of the students' efforts to be proactive.”
Gov't: New foreign students can't enter US if courses online
The announcement primarily affects new students hoping to enroll at universities that will provide classes entirely online as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The new order was released Friday as a clarification to earlier guidance from March 9 that suspended existing limits around online education for international students. They said many colleges had already prepared housing for international students, even at universities offering online instruction only. It's likely to deliver a financial hit to colleges that rely on revenue from international students, who typically pay higher tuition rates. The nation attracted roughly 1.1 million international students in the 2018-19 school year.
These students rock together, while apart, in a one-of-a-kind performance
These students rock together, while apart, in a one-of-a-kind performancePublished: July 19, 2020, 9:46 pmDuring a normal year, a group of young musicians practice and play together. But this year, a plan came together to allow the kids to practice - and perform - in their own homes.
Harvard, MIT sue to block ICE rule on international students
The lawsuit, filed in Boston's federal court, seeks to prevent federal immigration authorities from enforcing the rule. The guidance says international students won't be exempt even if an outbreak forces their schools online during the fall term. The guidance was released the same day Harvard announced it would be keeping its classes online this fall. Many schools have also come to depend on tuition revenue from international students, who typically pay higher tuition rates. It creates an urgent dilemma for thousands of international students who became stranded in the U.S. last spring after the coronavirus forced their schools to move online.
St. Johns County School District wants parents’ help deciding on fall reopening plan
St. Johns County School District wants parents’ help deciding on fall reopening planPublished: July 2, 2020, 5:39 pmVIDEO: St. Johns County students will be expected to wear a mask on their school bus should they return to class in the fall.
Florida State releases draft of school’s reopening plan
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State University expects to reopen its campus this fall, but most classes will remain online and plans being presented to the Board of Trustees are subject to change. Now the university has released its draft plan for students to return in the fall. “Really important classes for people before they enter their majors for example, or that are really critical classes for them,” McRorie said. Karen Morian, president of the United Faculty of Florida, said the school’s plan appears to align with faculty recommendations, highlighting the need for flexibility. The university will finalize its reopening plan Thursday so it can be reviewed by the Board of Governors next Tuesday.
GALLERY: 1st day of homeschool for students
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Spring break is officially over for students in Duval County. They won’t be back in the classroom for at least another three weeks. News4Jax viewers sent in photos of their students hard at work Monday morning. Florida schools were ordered closed statewide until April 15, but -- just like a lot of their parents -- Duval County’s 130,000 students will be working from home using a website called Duval HomeRoom. Click here to read more: Schools closed, but it’s back to ‘class’ in Duval County
Superintendent: Bags could be checked at Highlands Middle after pepper spray incident
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Students at Highlands Middle School could have their bags checked Monday, according to Dr. Diana Greene, superintendent of Duval County Public Schools. Greene was asked whether there would be extra safety measures Monday at Highlands Middle after 41 students were exposed to pepper spray Friday in the school’s gymnasium. It may be we will do random bag checks on Monday," Greene said during a news conference Friday. Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department Chief Keith Powers said those affected were transported to area hospitals out of an abundance of caution. According to the school administration, parents of students should have received a robocall explaining Friday’s situation.
Meet the contestants: North Florida’s top spellers of 2020
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Thursday night, 14 students who earned the right to say they’re the best spellers in their counties will take the stage in the First Coast Spelling Bee. The event, held at Jacksonville University’s Terry Theatre, will be televised on Channel 4 and streamed on News4Jax.com. Here’s a preview of the students who will compete for the 2020 First Coast title and a trip to Washington D.C. to compete in the nationally-televised Scripts Spelling Bee. Vivie Thelin, 8th grader at Millhopper Montessori School in Alachua CountyElco Carrasco, 8th grader at Baker County Middle School in Baker CountyMorgan King, 7th grader at Bradford Middle School in Bradford CountyErik Williams, 7th grader at St. Johns Country Day in Clay CountyRosalie Speer, 7th grader at Fort White Middle/High School in Columbia CountyJulius Graham, 8th grader at DuPont Middle School in Duval CountyCaleb Rimpel, 8th grader at Christ the King Lutheran in Flagler CountyAshton Tabor, 7th grader at Hamilton County High School in Hamilton CountyAdyson Hammock, 6th grader at Madison County Central School in Madison CountyIan Wilking, 5th grader at St. Michael Academy in Nassau CountyArmand Küykendall, 6th grader at Miller Middle School in Putnam CountyManischa Wijayawardhana, 6th grader at Switzerland Point Middle School in St. Johns CountyIsabella (Bella) Hobday, 5th grader at Branford Elementary School in Suwannee CountyAnthony ‘AJ’ Todd, 5th grader at Lake Butler Middle School in Union CountyThis Thursday on The Morning Show, Bruce Hamilton and Melanie Lawson drew names to determine the order of appearance of these students when they compete on the state of Jacksonville University’s Terry Theatre. The First Coast Spelling Bee will be televised on Channel 4 and streamed on News4Jax.com, 8-10 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27.