|8-25-17 Education in the News|
Press of Atlantic City--Check off health-related tasks before school starts, experts say
Parents weave through store aisles, collecting books, backpacks and clothes that they check off from their children’s back-to-school lists. Along with those items, experts say families should focus on the health-related tasks ahead of them before children return to school or day care this fall.
Public health experts at the state and county levels say children must be up to date with their immunizations before returning to school, and other things such as sports physicals, emergency health plans and medication supplies should be arranged before or at the very start of the school year.
Education Week--Districts Turn to Emergency Measures for Hard-to-Staff Teaching Posts
Some use emergency measures to fill spots
Across the country, school districts are trying new tactics to avoid starting this school year with an empty teacher's desk, with some going so far as to hire parents to staff empty classrooms.
Many districts have reported trouble filling certain positions, particularly in traditional shortage areas like special education, math, science, and foreign-language instruction. That is, of course, a perennial issue: Most states have reported shortage areas for years, if not decades.
For the 2017-18 school year, every state reported geographic and/or subject-area shortage areas to the U.S. Department of Education.
Madeline Will| August 22, 2017
Garden State Coalition of Schools