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Administrators in dozens of districts, from the Northeast to the Mid-West, have decided to start 2022 remote as the omicron wave hits students and staff.
Many kindergarteners and first-graders at Willow River Elementary School in Wisconsin simply cannot make it through the school day, counselor Sarah Flier says.
A majority of adults trust their schools to handle COVID but they also say preventing the spread of the virus is more important than keeping kids in classrooms.
With schools closures again mounting in all parts of the country, the Biden-Harris administration hopes to counter omicron with a barrage of COVID testing.
Strong leadership and communication have been critical to administrative offices and all staff throughout schools.
Newly launched Newark School of Fashion and Design is a partnership with the Parsons School of Design where students will create a line of clothing, put on a fashion show and start a business.
Staff shortages in the classroom and elsewhere are the leading reasons some big districts have shifted to virtual learning this week, with administrators hoping to bring students back quickly.
More than 80% of teachers said mentoring improves academic performance and also helps students become more independent learners.
Mask mandates are returning to dozens of districts just as many administrators had loosened COVID precautions in the weeks before omicron struck.
Principals are determined to strengthen relationships and ensure the well-being of students and staff to overcome COVID and other disruptions in the new year.
Uniforms are not producing the desired improvements in student behavior and may even reduce kids' sense of belonging in school.