Teachers, administrators and students alike have found that more time on screens and away from classrooms only worsened the apparent addiction to cell phones, leading some to seek technological solutions.
With help from ESSER funds and state vouchers for zero-emissions vehicles, Modesto City Schools is replacing half its fleet with electric buses, estimating an annual savings of about $250,000 in fuel costs.
Columbus City Schools has enlisted the family counseling organization Buckeye Ranch to help students dealing with depression, anxiety and other issues that coincided with social isolation over months of remote learning.
A school district in New York is running a job training classroom for students with special needs at the Colonie Center Mall, with internship opportunities in computer technology, construction and other subjects.
Morenci Area Schools will use a state energy bond, district general funds and federal ESSER funds to purchase lighting controls, LED lighting upgrades, new building automation controls and an energy management system.
Classes have resumed at Albuquerque Public Schools after a ransomware attack last week attempted to extort money from the district. The superintendent called for state or federal resources to help combat these threats.
Given the toll of remote learning on students, from mental health and behavioral issues to learning loss, Atlanta schools are taking an all-hands-on-deck approach to staying open despite record COVID cases this month.
The East Baton Rouge district is proposing to convert two elementary campuses into "focus choice" schools for health care and environmental education, backed by the local hospital and Louisiana State University.
High school students in Pennsylvania created prototypes for products to help parents and children in neonatal ICUs as part of class that teaches basic electronics, coding and creative problem solving.