BILLERICA (CBS) – The Billerica High School football team is so excited to kick off their season which was postponed in 2020 due the pandemic. “It’s good to get some season in because we were expecting not to have a season at all,” senior captain Jakob Oliver said. The pads are on and laces are tied. The one big thing missing in their game plan yet to tackle is an opponent to play for their home opener next week. “Now we just need someone to play,” head coach Duane Sigsbury said. READ MORE: Three Construction Accidents In Two Weeks Have Workplace Safety Advocates Alarmed Right now, they have no one lined up, so the school took social media to find an opponent to play. The Merrimack Valley Conference has 11 teams which means there’s always one team out every week. “Ours happens to be week one so we posted games wanted on MIAA website and social media and emailed ADs anyone interested in playing,” Billerica Athletic Director John Magliozzi said. Billerica Football has week … [Read more...] about Billerica High School Football Team Seeks Opponent For First Week Of Shortened Season
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The government of Punjab on Friday announced that a notification doing the rounds on social media, stating that schools in some districts of the province will close, is fake. Taking to Twitter, the school education department of the Punjab government issued a clarification in this regard. "Following notification being circulated, related to closure of schools in some districts, is FAKE," it tweeted. "Following notification being circulated, related to closure of schools in some districts, is FAKE," read the school education department's tweet. The notification that had been going viral over the internet had said that the provincial government had decided to close schools — both public and private — in the province from March 6-13 "in the wake of the sudden rise in COVID-19 cases". The notification said schools in Lahore, Gujranwala, Rawalpindi and Faisalabad would be closed for a week. … [Read more...] about Fact-check: Are Punjab’s schools being closed due to rising coronavirus cases?
SINGAPORE - Each of the more than 1,900 pre-schools here will have to appoint an inclusion coordinator among their staff from the second half of 2023 as part of efforts to better support children with developmental needs. These coordinators will receive training and will work with other pre-school educators to identify children with potential developmental needs for assessment, and ensure they receive early intervention support. "For children with developmental needs, it is paramount to identify needs early and provide the necessary support," said Minister of State for Social and Family Development Sun Xueling during the debate on her ministry's budget on Friday (March 5). "Our children are precious and we must create environments where they can thrive, and they can feel included and accepted," she added. She also announced the ministry's other efforts to support inclusion, such as the expansion of the Development Support-Learning Support (DS-LS) and Development Support Plus … [Read more...] about Budget debate: More support for inclusive education and mother tongue language teaching in pre-schools
Summer holidays could be cut short and school years split into five terms under plans being looked at by ministers. Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said changes to the school calendar were being looked at by the Government's catch-up tsar Sir Kevan Collins - and signalled that a long-term restructure of the school year was being considered. Sir Kevan has been asked to draw up plans to ensure the life chances of millions of children aren't blighted by the huge disruption to their education during the pandemic. Asked if the six-week summer break was too long, Mr Williamson told the i newspaper: “I think we should never be nervous about looking at new routes and different ways of doing things.” He went on: “There’s been discussion about five-term years. It’s right to have that discussion, look at the evidence and make an assessment as to what are the best options, about how we can really drive children’s attainment in schools, especially children from the most disadvantaged … [Read more...] about School year could be split into five terms – with shorter summer holidays
First Lady Jill Biden visited children separated by plexiglass to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus in a Connecticut school Thursday. At one table, four masked children separated by plexiglass wore masks as the first lady stopped to visit their classroom at Benjamin Franklin Elementary School in Meriden, Connecticut. Jill Biden visits a school where four children are separated from each other and their teacher by plexiglass pic.twitter.com/mr2ZYPE4zq — Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) March 4, 2021 The first lady was joined by Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, who praised the children’s masks. “I love that, Ninja Turtles,” he said to one child. “Does that help you breathe better?” One staff member said the children had attended school since August and the only problem was that some of their masks were too big. “They’ll grow into it next year, right?” Cardona chuckled, before adding, “Hopefully not.” The first lady urged students to keep a record … [Read more...] about Jill Biden Visits Masked Children at School Separated by Plexiglass