Teacher Appreciation Week this year falls at a time when nearly all teachers in the country are working remotely. But principals are going all out to show teachers that they recognize and appreciate their efforts amid the coronavirus school closures.
April 2020 Archives
Superintendent Joseph Meloche, of the Cherry Hill Public Schools in New Jersey, convenes regular conversations with high school seniors to help him figure out how to handle the end-of-year rituals that have been upended by the coronavirus pandemic.
Hourly workers make up more than a quarter of districts' budgets and some superintendents are deciding they can no longer afford to pay them to not work.
To keep workers on the job, some districts are offering time-and-a-half or double pay for employees who prepare and distribute schools meals to families.
To make up for lost opportunities for college admissions testing during the coronavirus crisis, the board plans to offer the test more often in the fall, including some test administrations during the school day.
The nation's second largest district won't reopen for the remainder of the school year, joining New York City public schools in keeping buildings closed. It also plans to continue distance learning for its summer school options.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo pushed back on the Mayor Bill de Blasio's announcement, however, saying "no decision" had been made about reopening schools in New York City or elsewhere in the state.
In some states, district administrators are pushing back against officials' demands that they reopen schools to serve as childcare centers.