Education

NE Arkansas school districts reporting COVID-19 cases

Several Northeast Arkansas school districts continue to report positive COVID-19 cases among their students and faculty.

  Creating a healthier Memphis: Program brings healthy foods to public schools

McNairy Co. Schools closed Wednesday due to storm

  Some Tennessee students may be required to attend summer camps to improve learning loss

SCS proposes options for upcoming school calendar

Classes at Christian Brothers University delayed due to power outage

South Panola Schools switch to remote learning Thursday due to severe weather

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  Memphis parent group applauds SCS for partnership fighting learning loss

  Porter-Leath ready for grand opening of early childhood learning center

  UofM president shares experience at university after announcing departure from leadership role

  Summer camps talk reopening amid pandemic

  Cluster of the UK COVID-19 variant infected several at the University of Memphis

  University of Memphis president stepping down next year

  SCS students adjust to COVID-19 protocols in the classroom

Middle and high school students in Shelby County Schools have officially returned to in-person learning.

  More Shelby Co. Schools students return to in-person learning today

Shelby County Schools is kicking off round two of its phased-in-- return to in-person learning. Middle school and high school students are heading back to the classroom on Monday.

  Remaining SCS grades return to in-person learning Monday

Shelby County Schools’ students in sixth- through 12th- grades are returning to classrooms Monday for the first time in nearly a year.

  Authorities search for arsonist after two fires at Memphis Daycare

Fire investigators believe at least one of the two men sprayed some type of accelerant using what looked like a fertilizer spray backpack into the bus and the daycare.

Rhodes College president stepping down, obtains new leadership role

  Shelby Co. Schools hosting school supply drive for students today

  PPE giveaway planned for teachers Thursday evening

  First day back in classrooms for Shelby County Schools

  SCS elementary students return to in-person learning after nearly one year

  SCS students, teachers return to in-person learning Monday

  SCS gears up to open schools Monday

Beginning March 1 Shelby County Schools students in grades Pre-K through 5th grade will return to the classroom, students in grades 6th through 12th will return on March 8.

  Lawsuit filed against SCS after principal placed on leave, violates free speech

The principal of Cordova High School is suing SCS after being placed on leave for comments he made to students after the uprising at the Capitol.

  High school principal sues over suspension after controversial comments to students about Capitol riot, free speech

Barton Thorne is principal of Cordova High School. He filed a lawsuit Thursday against the Shelby County Schools Board of Education and Superintendent Dr. Joris Ray.

  Mass vaccinations begin for teachers at Shelby County Schools

The plan is for SCS to give 2,000 shots each day through Friday.

  SCS teachers get COVID-19 vaccine

Dozens of teachers received their shots Wednesday morning at the Board of Education.

Tennessee lawmakers OK legislation giving governor authority to require in-person learning at schools

Senate Education Committee Chairman Brian Kelsey, R-Germantown, says he sponsored SB 103 following an outcry by students and parents in Shelby County Schools to reopen schools after almost a year of being closed to in-person instruction.

  School employees across Shelby County to get COVID-19 vaccine

School leaders at districts across Shelby County are planning COVID-19 vaccine events as the county moves into the next vaccination phase.

Bathrooms no longer functioning, Rhodes College to temporarily relocate students

According to Friday evening news release, water pressure on campus has significantly diminished and bathrooms are no longer functioning.

  Shelby County teachers, 65 and older become eligible for COVID-19 vaccines

After months of waiting, teachers will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine starting next week. Shelby County is moving into phase 1b of the vaccine distribution plan, which includes other child care staff members and those older than 65.

  Shelby County teachers union says hundreds could retire if forced to return to in-person teaching

The Shelby County teachers union claims 300 teachers are prepared to walk off the job Monday if they are forced to return to in-person classes amid the pandemic.

Schools cancel, go virtual because of major winter storm

A number of schools are closing or going virtual for a third day because of the winter storm that hit the Mid-South, and another storm one is on the way.

  First of SCS elementary teachers receive COVID-19 vaccine

The first group of Shelby County Schools elementary teachers were able to get vaccinated Monday after the Shelby County Mayor’s Officer notified them of a limited availability.

  Mid-South school districts planning ahead of major winter storm

Local schools are preparing for the potential threat that could keep teachers and students at home.

  SCS to return to in-person learning next month

he superintendent of Shelby County Schools called a news conference Friday afternoon where he will make a “Return Stronger” announcement.

Schools close, shift to virtual learning for 2nd day after ice storm

Some schools remain close or in virtual learning Friday, Feb. 12.

Businesses and schools close as winter weather hits the Mid-South

Dozens of schools and universities are closed Thursday while others shift to virtual learning in the face of winter weather.

  Shelby County teachers union responds to senator pushing bill to reopen SCS

A bill that could force Shelby County Schools to reopen for in-person learning has advanced after a vote in the Senate education committee on Wednesday.

Memphis Scholars charter schools installing new air-filtering system for coronavirus safety

Memphis Scholars charter school campuses in North and South Memphis are installing air-filtering technology to help combat the spread of COVID-19.

  Bill that could force SCS to reopen for in-person learning advances

The bill by state Sen. Brian Kelsey, R-Germantown, advanced after a vote in the Senate education committee on Wednesday.

UofM closed Thursday, all on-campus events canceled

The University of Memphis will be closed Thursday as the Mid-South is expected to see some severe winter weather.

SCS: Virtual instruction will continue during winter weather; changes made to meal distribution

Shelby County Schools says classes will still be held virtually even if the weather turns bad on Thursday.

More than 500 students in quarantine across DeSoto County Schools

There are 59 new COVID-19 cases among students within DeSoto County Schools.

  Frayser Community Schools return to the classroom next month

Frayser Community Schools is preparing to get students back in the classroom next month.

  New call for teacher vaccinations before returning to classroom

Shelby County Schools remains the last district in the state of Tennessee to return to in-person learning, and there’s a growing call for vaccines before heading back to class.

  Social media post spark student’s lawsuit against UTHSC

She said her actions online should have nothing to do with the work she does on campus.

  In-person learning back in session for Green Dot Schools

In-person learning is back in session for some Green Dot Schools students, but it’s far from business as usual.

  SCS officials want teachers & staff vaccinated if schools are to reopen

The district did not set a date to return to in-person learning.

  SCS gives insight into district’s return to in-person learning plans

Even if kids do decide to come to school, they will still be learning from a screen and virtual and in-person learning will be happening simultaneously.

  Could extra screen time during pandemic cause eye problems for kids?

Local health experts said it’s possible, but still too early to tell.

UTHSC student sues school, lawsuit claims she was nearly expelled for her social media posts

A Univerisity of Tennessee Health Science student has filed a lawsuit against the school after she was almost expelled her for social media posts.

  Health dept. says SCS should be able to reopen safely with precautions

At this point, the responses of local, state and federal health experts all say the science shows it’s OK to open up school buildings.

  SCS parent shares concerns about virtual learning, says son has ‘emotionally regressed’

So far, the district has not provided a date and pressure continues to mount on the district.

  SCS board member: Where’s the plan for reopening?

There are growing concerns and frustration about what extended virtual learning could mean for Shelby County Schools students and for Memphis’ future.

  Memphis Chamber leader shares concerns about SCS virtual learning

The district announced last week it was delaying returning students to the classroom.

  SCS teachers are calling on Governor Lee to speed up vaccinations

Shelby County teachers are saying they want to go back into the classroom, but not without getting vaccinated.

Shelby County Schools plans events for Black History Month

Shelby County Schools has a few events planned for Black History Month.

  SCS Superintendent defends district’s decision to delay in-person learning

Phillips said the district recently surveyed all 14,000 of its staff to see how many would be open to getting the vaccine.

Bill would withhold state funds from any Mississippi school teaching The 1619 Project

A bill introduced into the Mississippi Senate would withhold state funds from any school teaching from The 1619 Project curriculum.

  New bill would give governor authority to order SCS to reopen to in-person learning

SCS announced Friday it is once again delaying its return to in-person classes.

Minor injuries reported in Cross County school bus crash

Wynne firefighters responded to County Road 522 near Hamlin around 6:40 a.m. to help the Fair Oaks Fire Department and other emergency crews.

  SCS again delays return to in-person learning after Gov. Lee presses district to reopen

Superintendent Dr. Joris Ray released a statement Friday morning explaining the decision, saying there is no new target date to reopen school buildings to students and teachers.

  Gov. Lee calls for SCS schools to reopen in two weeks

CDC officials say schools are safe to return to in-person learning.

  Graduates of UTHSC accelerated nursing program enter front lines of pandemic

Students who have already graduated from the accelerated program have entered the front lines of the pandemic.

Univ. of Arkansas student dies, cause of death unknown

A University of Arkansas student died in a fraternity restroom over the weekend. The cause of death is unknown at this time.

More than 600 students in quarantine across DeSoto County Schools

There are 71 new COVID-19 cases among students within DeSoto County Schools. Another 38 new cases are among staff after testing between Jan. 19 and Jan. 22.

  Lawmakers wrap up special legislative session on education

Lawmakers approved legislation to help struggling students by setting up after school and summer learning programs.

  Mayor Strickland advises SCS superintendent to contact governor regarding proposed education funding bill

Shelby County Schools Superintendent Dr. Joris Ray released a video with what he called an “urgent” plea to the governor to reconsider.

  ‘Please don’t hurt my children’ SCS Superintendent urging lawmakers to vote against defunding schools

Shelby County Schools superintendent, Dr. Joris Ray, has a plea for Tennessee lawmakers - don’t pass bills that would defund schools.

Mississippi announces changes to grading, passing policies for 2020-21 school year

The Mississippi State Board of Education announced changes to grading and passing requirements Thursday in response to the difficulties presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Virtual learning, teacher pay big topics on first day of Tennessee special legislative session

State lawmakers are considering several bills to address issues created or made worse by the pandemic.

  Special legislative session begins in Tenn. to address learning loss, other issues caused by pandemic

Governor Bill Lee called for the special session on Tuesday. Not only will it involve discussing learning loss, but also funding, accountability, literacy, and teacher pay.

39 Mississippi school districts receive federal money to help low-income students

The funds are given to school districts with 40 percent low-income families.

Millington’s E.A. Harrold goes virtual because of COVID-19 issues

According to Millington Municipal Schools, there is an uptick in quarantined staff at the school.

  JSU: 5 employees, 19 students test positive for COVID-19

JSU says the campus will undergo a thorough cleaning and sanitizing to ensure the safety of all.

  Cordova High principal placed on administrative leave after making controversial comments

A Shelby County Schools principal is on administrative leave because of controversial comments made during morning announcements.

Former President of University of Memphis dies

A former President of the University of Memphis has died.

  Several Mid-South school districts delayed due to winter weather

Several Mississippi school districts have decided to delay classes, close, or transition to online learning ahead of Tuesday’s wintry weather.

  Snow days could become a thing of the past thanks to virtual learning

Since COVID-19 brought about virtual learning, school can go on despite the weather.