Education

  Students struggle to make a go of college during pandemic

“There’s no doubt that that the impact of of COVID-19 is being felt across the board in public education,” said Gordon Stone, Executive Director of the Higher Education Partnership.

  Knights of Columbus donate $1,600 to Prattville’s New Hope Academy

ADHR: Over 75% of child care facilities now open

Gov. Ivey establishes STEM advisory council

Eufaula City Schools Board of Education President passes away

LIST: Thursday school closures

  Lee County School District starts in-person learning

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  Junior League’s annual College & Career Fair goes virtual for 2020

ASU gets welcomed news from credit rating service

  Ala. plans to make school coronavirus data public

Alabama college students sanctioned for COVID violations

  $72M in CARES Act funds awarded to Ala. higher education institutions

63 students at Pike Road’s Georgia Washington campus quarantined

Montgomery Public Schools to offer in-person classes starting Oct. 13

Montgomery Public Schools has announced plans to open schools for in-person classes.

COVID-19 cases continue rising by hundreds at Auburn University

Cases of COVID-19 on the campus of Auburn University are continuing to rise by the hundreds as nearly 600 new cases of the virus have been reported.

Auburn University launches sentinel testing for COVID-19

As Auburn University reported 600 new COVID-19 cases on campus last week, the university is also rolling out a new type of random testing to determine the prevalence of the virus across campus.

Junior League of Montgomery to hold annual College and Career Fair virtually

The Junior League of Montgomery will be holding its 36th Annual College and Career Fair virtually on Sept. 14 to Sept. 16.

Auburn campus to highlight historically Black Greek groups

Several Saint James School students notified of possible COVID-19 exposure

UA System: Number of positive students nearly doubles in a week at UA in Tuscaloosa

Auburn renames student center after Ga. Supreme Court Chief Justice

2020 Alabama College Colors Day celebration goes virtual

Tallassee City Schools names new superintendent

  $250M in deferred projects top Montgomery Public Schools’ wish list of updates

MPS has more than $250 million in deferred maintenance projects across its 51 schools.

  Students cram into cars to use bus hotspot for virtual learning

The students said they do not have internet at home and the school will only offer virtual learning for her children right now.

Total number of COVID-19 cases at Auburn University tops 1,000

The total number of positive cases of COVID-19 among Auburn University students and employees since March has topped 1,000.

UPDATE: Vouchers for free internet access should go out this week

Starting this week, vouchers for free broadband internet for school students in Alabama start going out.

  Judge orders former MPS administrator to repay $314K

A federal judge orders former MPS assistant principal Walter James to pay back more than $314,867.55.

  MPS rolls out lunch delivery option through some bus routes

Monday brought a new lunch delivery program from Montgomery Public Schools.

  Montgomery schools might add face-to-face learning option

Montgomery public school students started the semester remotely for at least the first nine weeks of class. But as the system nears the mid-way point of the grading period, MPS is looking beyond.

Opp elementary, middle schools returning to full-time instruction

Opp City Schools will transition to full-time instruction for Opp Elementary and Opp Middle School students.

UA System: More than 1,000 COVID-19 positive students in Tuscaloosa since Aug. 19

The University of Alabama System now reports 1,063 positive COVID-19 cases among students since August 19, up from the 571 as of August 24.

  Ground broken on new Elmore County middle school

Elmore County school officials broke ground to kick off construction on the new Redland Road Middle School.

Auburn University reentry testing results show 4 percent positivity rate

Auburn University’s reentry testing results show there was a 4 percent positivity rate among students returning for classes this fall, the university announced Thursday.

In-person student organization events prohibited, no housing visitation at JSU

JSU leaders said, “Any organization that allegedly violates this directive will be referred to the Director of Community Standards and Student Ethics for disciplinary review.”

  MPS focused on public trust with new financial procedures

The school system’s chief financial officer says they are very happy with where MPS is heading.

  14 members of Troy University fraternity test positive for COVID-19

Troy University confirmed Wednesday that 14 members of Delta Chi fraternity have tested positive for COVID-19, and there are positive cases at other fraternity houses on campus.

  Elmore County gives update on COVID-19 cases 2 weeks into classes

Elmore County has opted for a hybrid approach to learning during the pandemic with some attending classes on campus while others have opted for virtual learning.

  Troy University renames Bibb Graves Hall for late Rep. John Lewis

Troy University has approved the renaming of one of the signature buildings on its main campus to honor the memory of the late U.S. Rep. John Lewis.

LEAD Academy names new principal, first executive director

LEAD Academy has named two new leaders.

  Alabama high school band director walking 800 miles to raise awareness for funding

Sidney Lanier Band Director PJ Howard is walking 800 miles from Alabama to Missouri to raise awareness for funding.

Some Alabama students asked to swap dorms because of COVID

Officials at the University of Alabama say some students are being asked to swap dorms to make additional room for students who need isolating because of COVID-19.

  Class Act winner up for the challenge during COVID-19

In a school year like none other, the challenges are multiplied and magnified but our Class Act Award winner is up for the challenge.

  Montgomery students to get free Wi-Fi access at 5 community centers

The City of Montgomery says it’s launching free, high-speed Wi-Fi at multiple community centers in an effort to give students reliable internet access.

  ‘Don’t blow this for everyone else’: Dr. Harris discusses college campuses, high school football

Crowded high school football stadiums and a rise in COVID-19 cases being reported on University campuses in Alabama have caught the attention of State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris.

New UA System dashboard shows more than 500 COVID-19 cases

The University of Alabama has 531 positive COVID-19 cases for students, faculty and staff according to a new dashboard.

Auburn University officials conducting investigation into student conduct as hundreds test positive

An investigation is underway at Auburn University after hundreds of students tested positive for COVID-19.

UA prohibits gatherings at on-and off-campus residences, in-person student events

These added directives place stricter access restrictions and prohibit gatherings at on- and off-campus residences and place a 14-day moratorium on all in-person student events.

  ALSDE sending more PPE to schools around the state

The state superintendent hopes it give parents confidence that schools are doing all they can to protect their children.

Auburn freshman reflects on current collegiate experience

The newest class of Auburn Tigers is already getting a taste of the college life, but of course, the freshmen experience looks different this year.

  State superintendent talks about positive COVID-19 cases in schools

New reaction Thursday from the state superintendent on multiple positive cases in schools as they reopen across Alabama.

State superintendent addresses substitute teacher shortage in Alabama

State Superintendent Dr. Eric Mackey addresses the substitute teacher shortage around Alabama.

  ASU mourns deaths of 2 students

One was a member of the Mighty Marching Hornets Band while the other had dreams of becoming a Stingette, ASU's president said.

  ASU professor designs new presidential coin for U.S. Mint

Two committees and the Bush family chose the fourth-year Alabama State University professor’s design out of all the artists submissions.

  Former MPS administrator pleads guilty to federal wire fraud

A former assistant principal has pleaded guilty taking money from the Montgomery Public School system, court documents show.

  Alabamians urged to download COVID-19 exposure app

The app was built by UAB and MotionMobs, a Birmingham-based software company, using Apple and Google’s Exposure Notification System. The project was funded with $30 million of CARES Act money.

Auburn City Schools confirms nine positive student COVID-19 cases

During the first five days of class, Auburn City Schools reported nine student cases of COVID-19 to the Alabama Department of Public Health.

  Mackey: Patience, engagement needed to succeed this school year

While some school systems have returned to in-person instruction many are using remote learning.

  Montgomery family schools children online while circling the globe

The James family from Montgomery has been taking full advantage of the flexibility and individualized education they say virtual learning provides.

  Elmore County schools off to ‘unique start’ amid COVID-19

Elmore County Public Schools Superintendent Richard Dennis said there are almost 11,000 students who are back on campus or participating.

  Groundbreaking held for Elmore County Technical School expansion

A groundbreaking ceremony was held Friday for the expansion of Elmore County’s Technical School.

  Autauga County Schools update coronavirus policy

Students who are positive or suspected of having the virus will be isolated in a predesignated space and sent home.

Valiant Cross Academy takes keys to first school bus

The school has grown by leaps and bounds over the past six years thanks to community support, but it’s been limited in where it could take its students because of a lack of transportation.

  YMCA offering Montgomery parents place to send children for remote learning

The YMCA of Greater Montgomery is providing students a safe environment for remote learning.

2 more students in Troy University dorms test positive for COVID-19

Two more students living in Troy University residence halls have tested positive for COVID-19, the university confirmed in a statement.

Alabama’s Teacher of the Year is from Pell City

The Alabama Teacher of the Year spends the school year serving as an official spokesperson for state education and the teaching profession.

Counselors say students may lose social skills while online learning

Counselors say students learn more at school than just academics and may miss out on important relationship skills.

Family drives hours to see girl’s first day of kindergarten

A photo of little Kinsley Wright’s loved ones peering through a window to see her start her first day of kindergarten shows their dedication, but it fails to reveal the distances they’ll go out of passion for family.

Student in Troy University dorm tests positive for COVID-19

A student living in a Troy University dorm tested positive for COVID-19, the university confirmed Tuesday.

  Trump’s executive order gives people longer break before resuming student loan payments

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Saturday allowing borrowers to wait until 2021 to resume paying back federal loans.

  Boarding school in Camp Hill returns to campus amid COVID-19 pandemic

The private, all boy’s military school in Camp Hill will begin in-person instruction on August 12.

  Auburn prepares for return of students

In an effort to create a safe environment amid the coronavirus pandemic, Auburn University has developed what it calls its Healthier U plan.

  MPS official addresses concern over lack of technological support for students

The switch to online learning is already posing challenges for some Montgomery Public School students and parents who still don't have access to the technology needed for distance learning.

  ‘Into the Unknown’: Auburn City Schools teacher encourages others with song

An Auburn City Schools teacher has gotten creative to inspire her fellow educators.

  Elmore County schools begin new term in face of COVID-19

The school year started Monday for the Elmore County School District.

Most Alabama child care facilities are open amid pandemic

About 63% of the state’s 2,410 child care facilities are now open after most closed in the spring because of COVID-19.

  Online learning advice from mothers who do it daily

Many students first experienced online learning at the end of this past school year and, for most parents, the shift to online learning came with a steep learning curve. But not for these moms who have tips to share!

  ASU students begin move-in during COVID-19 Pandemic

Alabama State University began welcoming students back on campus for the fall semester.

Perry County Schools cancels 2020 football season

The Perry County School District has canceled its 2020 football season, according to Perry County Commissioner Albert Turner Jr.

  MPS won’t have enough devices for students at start of school year

Students in Montgomery Public Schools return for their first day of class on Monday, but they’ll be doing it remotely.

ADPH: attendance likely will be ‘significantly reduced’ at high school sporting events

ADPH leaders say that six-foot distancing rule for spectators likely will significantly reduce attendance at most football stadiums and at many other sports venues.