SCHOOL RETURN

Oct. 20, 2020
Aug. 9, 2020

 

MILWAUKEE—The Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) today announced the themes that will guide each of the four nights of convention programming, and bring the country together around Joe Biden’s vision to lead us out of Trump’s chaos and crises, and rebuild a better America for all.  In look and feel, the 2020 Democratic National Convention will be different. More innovative, more creative—and engage with more Americans than ever before. “Uniting America” will serve as the primary theme for the four nights of programming.

The Democrats’ convention stage is bigger this year than it ever was—located in cities and towns across America. This year, we’ll see fewer people behind podiums—and more people in living rooms, on factory floors, at small businesses, and in schools and town squares. No one will need a floor pass to experience the biggest moments up close, and we’ll hear from the everyday Americans that represent our nation’s strength, decency and humanity.

“This convention is for all Americans, no matter who you voted for in the past. We will unite America around the critical task of electing Joe Biden as president in November so we can begin to build a more just, more democratic, kinder and stronger country—a better America,” said Stephanie Cutter, 2020 Democratic National Convention Program Executive. “The message we aim to deliver is simple: Joe Biden is the steady, compassionate and experienced leader America needs right now to bring us together and steer our nation out of Trump’s crises and constant chaos and build a better future for all.”

The convention will take place over four nights from August 17-20, 2020 and will air live from 9:00-11:00 PM Eastern each night. Over the course of those four nights, programming centered around the following thematics will aim to unite Americans from coast-to-coast around Joe Biden’s vision to build a better future for all.

  • Monday, August 17: We the People—This convention is about Americans rising up to take our country back—and move forward as a nation together. As we have learned throughout our history, when we stand united, we can overcome anything, including the monumental challenges we face today. With Joe Biden as president, ‘we the people’ will mean all the people.

  • Tuesday, August 18: Leadership Matters—A moment like now demands real leadership. A leader who has the experience and character to meet the moment. A leader who will unite us, tell us the truth, take responsibility, listen to experts and be an example for the nation. Strong people and strong countries rise up during crises, don’t shy away from what is tough, and lead with competence. With Joe Biden as our president, we will restore honesty and integrity to our government, and stake out a renewed leadership role in the world. And we will create more justice, more fairness and more equality for all.

  • Wednesday, August 19: A More Perfect Union—We are not going back to where we were before Donald Trump’s economy and mishandling of the pandemic—for too many Americans, that wasn’t good enough. As president, Joe Biden will lead us to a better America we know is possible. As he leads us out of Trump’s chaos and crises, he will help America build back better.

  • Thursday, August 20: America’s Promise—The measure of a president is the same as the measure of a person: What principles guide them? How do they handle adversity? Being president doesn’t change who you are, it reveals who you are. Joe Biden is a good man who believes in the promise of America, and as president, he will deliver on that promise for all.

Earlier today, convention organizers also announced over a dozen options for watching the 2020 Democratic National Convention, ensuring that this year’s “Convention Across America” will reach viewers where they are, however they prefer to watch, all across the nation. 

Aug. 9, 2020

Aug. 9, 2020
School Reopening in the USA and around the world is dependent on Safety from COVID 19

Preparation for the 2020-2021 School here is going on as expected though parents are not sure if their children will be using the school backpacks, books, and other school materials physically present in school, studying at home online or homeschooled by their parents.
At the St, Joseph church premises North of Jupiter in Richardson Texas, ladies were collecting backpack donations from parishioners and well-wishers in preparation for school resumption or opening. The religious schools or faith-based educational institutions are exempted from the regulation and control of the government entities and could open up for schooling when they think it is right and safe for their students to return to physical presence in School.
Governance and administrative authorities in the different Independent School districts are working hard to have their students and staff, including teachers return to safe environments at school.
President Trump and other Republican members of the USA Congress and senate continue to accuse Democrats of playing politics with the lives of young people, who they want to return to school immediately while the democrats accuse the republicans of being out of touch and out of reality with the national COVID 19 situation.
In Paris France, arrangements are made for Schools to resume like in other European countries where Sars Co2 viral transmission has been controlled.
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Jul. 25, 2020

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Chairmen Nadler, Serrano, Scott Release Groundbreaking GAO Report on 30th Anniversary of ADA that Finds Two-Thirds of U.S. Public Schools Have Barriers That May Limit Access for Students with Disabilities

Report Recommends Department of Justice Provide School Districts With Greater Outreach, Guidance, and Technical Assistance to Improve ADA Accessibility and Accountability

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressmen Jerrold Nadler (NY-10), chairman of the House Committee on the Judiciary, José E. Serrano (NY-15), chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Congressman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03), chairman of the House Committee on Education and Labor released a groundbreaking U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report entitled “K-12 Education: School Districts Need Better Information to Help Improve Access for People with Disabilities.” The report found that a staggering two-thirds of public schools have physical barriers that limit access for people, including students, with disabilities and may be out of compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) nearly thirty years after its passage. School districts that participated in GAO surveys and in-person site assessments cited a lack of outreach, technical assistance, and guidance from the Department of Justice, which is responsible for the majority of enforcement efforts of the historic civil rights law, as well as funding constraints as major obstacles to bringing their facilities into full compliance. The report was requested by the three Members in April 2018.

“Our public schools and the education they provide are critical in helping students reach their full potential and achieve their dreams,” said House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY).  “Unfortunately, this GAO report shows that thirty years after the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, many of our schools still have significant physical barriers that could limit access for people with disabilities. I urge the administration to immediately adopt GAO’s recommendations to address the prevalence of these barriers, and I look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress to continue to advance the fight for disability rights.”

“Every student deserves equal access to a quality public education under the law. Yet, according to GAO, nearly two-thirds of public school districts, which serve millions of students across the country, are not fully accessible. This is an issue that not only limits our students’ full potential, but also the full participation of family members, teachers, and staff with physical disabilities in a public school facility. The report is clear: the federal government must do more to provide basic tools to help schools become compliant and enforce this vital law. The Department of Justice has the authority to provide technical assistance and guidance to help school districts interpret the ADA, but has failed to do so in a meaningful way. It is unacceptable that thirty years later, many schools are still failing our students and families,” said Chairman Serrano, who led the effort to request the report, and chairs the House Appropriations Subcommittee responsible for funding the Department of Justice.

“Sadly, this GAO report shows that thirty years after the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law, its promise has yet to fully be realized,” said Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott. “According to the report, a vast majority of schools have physical barriers that would limit access for individuals with disabilities. While an estimated 70 percent of districts had renovations planned in the next few years, the devastating impact of COVID-19 on school resources is putting these necessary improvements at risk. This is the now second GAO report in two months that identifies the need for significant investment in improving school facilities. It is clear that the Senate must pass both the Heroes Act and the Moving Forward Act, which will provide states, localities, and school districts the resources they need to make schools safe and accessible for all students.” 

GAO investigators conducted a nationally representative survey of public school districts from August to October 2019, and traveled to 16 school districts and visited 55 schools in California, Florida, Maryland, Michigan, New Mexico and Rhode Island to conduct in-person assessments of school facilities. The schools chosen were based on a range of demographic and geographic features, such as poverty rates, population density, age of school buildings, and state funding, that helped produce a diverse and representative sample.

The most common physical barriers cited were steep ramps and lack of accessible door hardware, which were typically found in common areas, like restrooms, interior doorways, and classrooms. While seemingly minor, these design flaws can have profound impacts on the safety and well-being of individuals with disabilities, especially students who spend the majority of their day on campus. The report also found that in the rush to make school campuses safer in the era of widespread gun violence and mass shootings, with a lack of coordinating guidance, these efforts often come at the expense of accessibility upgrades or inadvertently jeopardize the safety and security of people with disabilities.

The report focused on three key recommendations that the Department of Justice, and other federal agencies that assist with ADA enforcement, must take to help school districts improve compliance:

  1. The Department of Justice must use its authority to provide technical assistance, guidance, and outreach to school districts regarding ADA compliance. Compliance trainings, which are typical held at in-person conferences, can be costly and difficult to attend for school district personnel. Allowing trainings to be posted online or made available through webinars or other virtual platforms could ensure greater participation and, thus, compliance.

  2. The Department of Justice must do more to ensure the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design, which lay out the regulations public facilities must undertake to remain in compliance with the ADA, and any forthcoming updates to these standards, are written and presented in a way that is understandable for school district maintenance personnel. Many school districts cited the difficulty and confusion in comprehending the technical terminology of the standards. Proactive outreach and technical assistance could assist school districts in understanding what is required of them under the law.

  3. The Departments of Education, Justice, Homeland Security, and Health and Human Services should undertake greater efforts to ensure physical accessibility is at the heart of efforts to keep schools safe from the growing threat of gun violence. SchoolSafety.gov, the federal government’s recently-launched clearinghouse of recommendations for public school safety measures, lacks any mention of the ADA and does not provide concrete recommendations on improvements that may also keep people with disabilities safe during an attack on campus. This risks the safety and security of countless students and individuals with disabilities.

The impetus for the study came after the former U.S. District Attorney for the Southern District of New York issued a scathing report in 2015 on the state of compliance in New York City’s public school system. The analysis found that nearly 83 percent of schools were not fully accessible. Other local and national media, and former New York City Public Advocate Tish James, had also reported on the City’s failure to provide adequate accommodations for students with physical disabilities.

Even before the pandemic, chronic neglect of America’s public schools forced students and educators across the country to learn and work in outdated and hazardous school buildings. Now, the COVID19 pandemic has exacerbated the consequences of our failure to make necessary investments in school infrastructure.

On May 15, House Democrats passed the Heroes Act, which directs more than $100 billion in emergency education funding to help schools cover unexpected costs that are necessary to reopening safely. It also provides nearly a $1 trillion in state and local funding to fill unprecedented budget shortfalls that will likely lead to devastating cuts to public education. 

On July 1, House Democrats passed the Moving Forward Act, which invests $130 billion toward repairing and modernizing school facilities that endanger the health and safety of students and school staff.

To access the full GAO report, please click here: https://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-20-448

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Jul. 24, 2020

 

Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is releasing new science-based resources and tools for school administrators, teachers, parents, guardians, and caregivers when schools open this fall.

 

With states, cities, and coCDC releases new resources and tools to support opening schoolsmmunities around the United States experiencing different levels of coronavirus transmission, jurisdictions should ensure appropriate public health strategies are in place to slow the spread of COVID-19 as the first step in creating a safer school environment. Then, working in collaboration with their state and local health departments, school administrators can employ strategies that best match the local conditions and actions that are practical and feasible in their schools to help protect the health and safety of everyone – including students, teachers, and other staff.

 

“It is critically important for our public health to open schools this fall,” said CDC Director Dr. Robert R. Redfield. “The CDC resources released today will help parents, teachers and administrators make practical, safety-focused decisions as this school year begins. I know this has been a difficult time for our Nation’s families. School closures have disrupted normal ways of life for children and parents, and they have had negative health consequences on our youth. CDC is prepared to work with K-12 schools to safely reopen while protecting the most vulnerable.”

 

The resources and tools made available today support how to open schools safely by promoting behaviors that prevent spread, altering how a school and school day is structured, and outlining how to keep the school environment healthy through cleaning, proper ventilation, and other practices. The resources and tools also describe what to do to guard against someone who might be sick from infecting others and what to do if this occurs.

 

The resources, available at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/index.html, also provide students, school administrators, parents, guardians, or caregivers the information they need to guide their decision-making on attending in-person curriculum and how to adapt to local conditions.