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As cases of COVID-19 among teachers are on the rise, school administrators are once again struggling to keep schools open.

School districts in Indiana, Michigan, North Carolina and Nevada announced this week that they will be temporarily closed or transitioning to distance learning due to worsening teacher shortages.

At least four Marion County school districts in Indiana, including Indianapolis public schools, have switched to distance learning this week. The IPS announced on Wednesday that the decision was made “on the basis of the number of staff failures, including COVID-19 isolation and quarantine at the secondary and high school level.”

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper on Wednesday called for state employees to be allowed to use their volunteer days as paid assistant teachers. All schools in Carson City School District, Nevada, were also closed part of this week due to employees contracting COVID.

The increase in cases resulting from the omicron variant is also affecting other school staff. Maryland’s largest school district has asked the National Guard to fill in the bus drivers as the increase in staff led to the cancellation of 40 to 80 bus routes, ABC News reported.

Samantha Farrow, a 16-year-old student activist at Stuyvesant High School, said many schools in New York are “very lonely” with semi-empty classrooms and countless missing teachers.

Farrow said most of his teachers did not attend this week due to COVID exposure or infection. Due to a lack of staff, most of the days were “extracurricular days” for reading or browsing the phone.

“It doesn’t seem to be using our time productively,” he said.

New York Mayor Eric Adams told a news conference Thursday that he is also considering returning students to distance education, as well as a sharp drop in COVID cases.

Also in the news:

►President Joe Biden announced on Thursday that the government will increase the number of COVID-19 rapid tests in the home, which will be distributed to Americans free of charge, by $ 1 billion.

►Cruise lines no longer have to follow COVID-19 guidelines on ships, as the CDC’s extended and modified Conditional Sailing Regulation in October expires on Saturday.

📈Today’s numbers: More than 63.9 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and more than 846,000 deaths have been reported in the United States, according to Johns Hopkins University. Global total: more than 319 million cases and nearly 5.5 million deaths. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 208 million Americans – 62.8 percent – have been fully vaccinated.

📘What we read: It was a Supreme Court decision on Thursday Is Biden’s “dagger at the heart” of the COVID vaccination campaign? Some say the president still has other options.

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The COVID control center’s test sites across the country will be closed

The national coronavirus testing company, which is being investigated by the Oregon Department of Justice and has been criticized by customers in several states, announced a “one-week break for all operations” on Thursday.

The pause was expected to take effect from Friday to January 21 at all COVID-control center test sites. The Illinois-based company’s website says it has more than 300 locations in several states in the United States. Two of them, Massachusetts and Washington, tried to close several testing centers on the company’s own teams this week.

In a company internal note addressed to and received by “all location owners and managers,” the COVID control center noted last week that “the media has tightened control over the activities of our collection sites.” The company says it processes 80,000 test requests a day.

“This, along with various customer complaints, has aroused great interest in our company from various state health departments and even the Department of Justice,” the report said.

– Grace Hawk,

The Supreme Court will block the mandate of a COVID vaccine or test for workplaces

On Thursday, the Supreme Court suspended the execution of one of President Joe Biden’s signed actions to combat COVID-19 and ruled that his administration had no right to impose vaccinations or testing requirements on employers covering tens of millions of Americans. . .

The unsigned opinion, which emerged just days after judges heard evidence in the emergency appeal, overturned the Biden administration’s pandemic policy for the second time in the country’s highest court and again concluded that federal officials exceeded the powers granted by Congress. The court blocked a moratorium on Biden’s relocation in August and found that it was also overstated.

The issue in the workplace was whether the Department of Occupational Safety and Health had the right to make claims under the 1970 Act.

It is not clear how the Biden administration should respond to the decision. The president said in a statement that he was “disappointed” and that “now states and individual employers need to determine whether to make their workplaces as safe as possible for employees.”

– Jon Fritse,

Contributing: Selina Tebor,; The

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