İrem UZUN -TDO- As COVID-19 cases reach to alarming levels around the country, some schools in the U.S. are moving back to online-only instruction.
The Detroit Public Schools Community District is one of the latest to announce the move back to digital learning. In-person instruction will be suspended Friday until January 11 or possibly sooner, school officials said on Thursday. They join schools in Newark, Boston, San Diego, and many smaller districts in scaling back or scrapping their school reopenings. Some of the school districts now closing buildings completely had already been open only for students with disabilities and English learners, for whom virtual learning is a particular strain.
Newly confirmed infections per day in the U.S. are shattering records at nearly every turn, hitting more than 153,000 on Thursday and pushing the running total in the U.S. to about 10.5 million, with about a quarter-million deaths. The nation has entered “an extremely high-risk period,’’ said experts at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia team that develops guidance. They shifted their advice this week, advocating online-only instruction for areas with rapidly rising rates, at least until after Thanksgiving.