Happy Monday! Today's headlines take a look at what is currently happening around the country. Travel analysts warn Americans of long delays at airports across the nation as travel opens up for vaccinated individuals, Mayor Bill de Blasio states there will be no virtual school options in the fall; all NYC students must return for in-person instruction, West Haven officials look into why their county is so far behind neighboring ones in terms of vaccine rollout, a rare blood moon will be visible May 26th, and much-needed reform for Alabama school districts. These headlines of daily news are courtesy of Newseum.
The Star-Ledger Published in Jersey City, NJ
As airlines restore flights and international destinations reopen to vaccinated tourists, experts expect a surge in pent-up travel demand. The Transportation Security Administration announced May 16 more than 1.8 million people had been screened at airport security checkpoints, the highest in over eighteen months. According to surveys done by Destinationation Analyst, over 90% of Americans have travel plans as of right now and plan to take two-plus trips in the remainder of 2021. This means travelers should expect long waits at the airport. With extra security and sanitizing protocols in place, normal travel procedures could double in wait time.
Chalkbeat Published in New York, NY
New York City schools will not offer a remote option for students next fall as city officials mount a full-court press to bring all students, teachers, and staff back to their campuses full-time, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday morning. As coronavirus rates decline and vaccination rates rise — with children as young as 12 now eligible for the vaccine and those as young as age 2 potentially eligible in the fall — the city maintains that returning to buildings is not only safe but the soundest educational experience. Roughly 10% of city schools would be too overcrowded to welcome back all of their students next fall, but that the city was working to figure out alternatives, including using auditoriums and gymnasiums or turning to community-based organizations for help.
New Haven Registered Published in New Haven, CT
Connecticut had an age-based rollout in several phases since February. The vaccine has been available to residents as young as 12 since May 13. Although roughly half of West Haven’s total population of residents has received at least one dose of the vaccine, it lags behind many of its neighbors. Milford, Orange, Woodbridge, Hamden, North Haven, and East Haven all have a higher percentage of residents who have received the first dose. Experts are looking into possible reasons why West Haven is so far behind other counties.
Houston Chronicle Published in Houston, TX
May 26 is going to be a big night for even the most casual skywatchers in Texas. It's a full moon, a supermoon, a blood moon and we'll be able to see a partial lunar eclipse. This month's full moon also gets the nickname of a "Flower Moon" since May is the obvious time of flower blooms across the country. If you want to catch the Super Blood Flower Moon, set your alarms for early in the morning on May 26. It's your last chance to see a supermoon this year.
Birmingham News, Published in Birmingham, Ala. USA
Lawmakers made a few more changes to the K-12 education world on the final day of the legislative session. Lawmakers approved delaying a provision in the Literacy Act that would require third-graders to repeat the grade if they aren’t reading on grade level at the end of the school year. Teachers with Tier II retirement benefits to save up their sick leave, accruing it year to year as long as they are teaching, rather than being forced to use it or lose it during each school year. Schools can now offer students yoga, as long as they use only English names to describe the poses and activities of the exercise. The creation of a seizure management plan as part of the individual health care plan for students who have had seizures. These are just a few of the bills passed.
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