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Corona Virus Coverage - Columbia Missourian: Education

Education Articles

January 2020

1/31/2020 Chinese New Year event canceled for 'public health concerns'

February 2020

2/16/2020 PHOTO GALLERY: Chinese New Year Celebration finds stage after delayed performances

2/16/2020 Columbia's Lunar New Year celebrations go on despite coronavirus fears

2/19/2020 Coronavirus, exam cancellations may bring obstacles for higher ed

2/28/2020 UPDATE: MU halts travel to Italy, South Korea as coronavirus persists

March 2020

3/3/2020 MU halts travel to San Antonio after city declares health emergency

3/5/2020 'Be prepared, but don't panic': City, county, MU officials explain prep strategies for COVID-19

3/6/2020 Columbia Missourian Regional Spelling Bee: What to do if your child is sick

3/6/2020 Updated flu protocol, teaching alternatives part of MU's virus plan

3/9/2020 School Board updated on coronavirus, special education contract

3/9/2020 Rethink spring break travel, MU advises

3/10/2020 MU group attended conference with person who later tested presumptively positive for COVID-19

3/11/2020 Columbia Public Schools to continue as usual

3/11/2020 UPDATE: MU goes online because of COVID-19 concerns

3/12/2020 FROM THE NEWSROOM: How the Missourian is reporting amid COVID-19

3/12/2020 UPDATE: Stephens moves online; MU study-abroad programs stopped

3/13/2020 Columbia Public Schools will be in session Monday; an update to come

3/13/2020 Columbia College, Stephens spring sports canceled

3/13/2020 Columbia College moves courses online for rest of spring semester

3/13/2020 UM System suspends in-person classes for the rest of the spring semester

3/13/2020 Mizzou Alternative Breaks shuts down 42 spring semester volunteer trips

3/14/2020 PHOTO GALLERY: Students move out of dorms after learning classes will be held remotely

3/16/2020 Columbia College promises 40-hour a week pay through May 1

3/16/2020 Columbia Independent School, Tolton and Our Lady of Lourdes announce closures

3/16/2020 Curators give UM president temporary authority for COVID-19

3/16/2020 UPDATE: Columbia Public Schools to close Wednesday until April 13

3/16/2020 Spring high school sports put on hold as CPS, Tolton close down for weeks

3/16/2020 As schools consider closure, a Columbia lawmaker aims to protect their state funding

3/17/2020 PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia schools have last day until mid-April

3/17/2020 UPDATE: Campuses adjust dining and residential halls as classes move online

3/17/2020 Choi expands leave policy for UM employees in COVID-19 response

3/18/2020 Meals for kids will be available at points across Columbia school district

3/18/2020 MU asks undergrads living in campus housing to make other plans

3/18/2020 KOMU: MU student is first Cole County COVID-19 confirmed patient

3/19/2020 UM campuses to shut down through April 12

3/19/2020 From Rock Bridge Elementary, with love

3/20/2020 UPDATE: MU employees test positive for COVID-19, cases in Boone County reach 10

3/20/2020 Columbia district sends out first wave of Wi-Fi hotspots to students

3/21/2020 UPDATE: Russell Boulevard employee tests positive for COVID-19

3/22/2020 Teacher donations ignite 'Corona Cares' drive

3/22/2020 PHOTO GALLERY: Beulah Ralph Outreach Committee collect supplies for 'Corona Cares' drive

3/23/2020 CPS helps students with food, technology and academics

3/24/2020 Stay-at-home order begins Wednesday; public schools won't reopen until April 27

3/24/2020 Columbia College postpones commencements; MU's talking about it

3/24/2020 Unexpected Exodus

3/25/2020 Stephens College to stay online for rest of semester, push commencement to August

3/26/2020 UPDATE: UM System president to lead MU as interim chancellor; no plans for search

3/26/2020 MU students may convert grades to satisfactory, unsatisfactory

3/27/2020 MU announces hiring restrictions, short-term financial decisions

3/30/2020 'Inclusive' faculty discussions led to new grade option for MU students

April 2020

4/1/2020 University of Missouri-St. Louis moves all summer courses online

4/1/2020 $36.5 million budget cut for UM System amid COVID-19 financial concerns

4/1/2020 MU students invited to Wednesday town hall on COVID-19

4/1/2020 MU students advised that 'COVID-19 is coming', but they can help

4/1/2020 Here's what MU recommends to protect yourself from Zoom trolls

4/1/2020 UPDATE: Columbia schools pause on tests, assignments for 3 days

4/2/2020 PHOTO GALLERY: MU Textiles and Apparel Management students create face masks to aid community

4/2/2020 UPDATE: MU cancels spring commencements, will invite graduates back later

4/3/2020 TEDxMU to delay event, air virtual panels on COVID-19 instead

4/6/2020 Summer classes will be online for MU students

4/6/2020 Columbia schools readjust teaching plans, restarting Wednesday

4/6/2020 Administrative leave to end for UM employees unable to telework, work on-site

4/6/2020 'We're still here. We care': How K-12 teachers are connecting with students

4/8/2020 PHOTO GALLERY: Day cares adjust amid COVID-19

4/8/2020 'Love is Viral': MU medical students bring social distancing to Instagram

4/8/2020 Columbia Public Schools updates meal service routes

4/8/2020 UPDATE: MU Summer Welcome to operate virtually this year

4/8/2020 Schools Finance Committee expects revenue shortfall due to COVID-19

4/9/2020 'Stay out of each other's bubble': Day cares adjust amid COVID-19

4/9/2020 UPDATE: Missouri schools to stay closed

4/9/2020 Curators hear pandemic will hurt UM enrollment, other revenue

4/10/2020 MU Faculty Council puts out letter about COVID-19 and racism

4/10/2020 PHOTO GALLERY: High school students find the light in a dark time

4/13/2020 School Board decides to stick to original deal with bus drivers

4/14/2020 UPDATE: UM System announces budget cut across all 4 campuses

4/14/2020 Missouri program looks to connect students and farmers

4/15/2020 MizzouRec hires new director

4/16/2020 Stephens College to hold Honors Convocation online

4/21/2020 MU student wins UM System competition despite social distancing hiccups

4/21/2020 Deep clean of MU campus underway

4/23/2020 UPDATE: CPS cancels in-person summer school, considers next steps for graduation, fall

4/23/2020 UM president 'less optimistic' about fully opening in fall, exploring options

4/24/2020 MU leadership cuts: What do they look like, how do they compare?

4/25/2020 MU law continuing to help veterans in the face of COVID-19

4/28/2020 Three sisters, one laptop, slow internet: COVID-19 highlights differences in online learning in rural Missouri

4/29/2020 MU teaching project brings coronavirus curriculum to classrooms

4/29/2020 COVID-19 is forcing child care providers to close. Will they be able to reopen?

4/30/2020 Facebook group pushes for in-person high school graduation

4/30/2020 Tiered plan launched for employees' return to Columbia schools 

4/30/2020 Temporary pay cuts, weeklong furloughs for MU Med School faculty, staff

May 2020

5/1/2020 LOCAL BRIEFS: Annual Stephens College athletics banquet canceled

5/4/2020 Special education students find extra challenges in home learning

5/5/2020 More than 1,200 students using school district's meal service daily

5/6/2020 Columbia Public Schools to move forward on construction, pay increases

5/6/2020 State expands child care assistance through CARES funding

5/7/2020 UPDATE: MU committee to review programs for possible restructuring, discontinuing

5/7/2020 MU looks at antibody testing for students for fall semester

5/7/2020 Compromise eliminates state higher ed cuts, restores UM project — with a catch

5/7/2020 State Historical Society offers online programing

5/8/2020 A tough but fulfilling role: How parents became teachers during the pandemic

5/11/2020 School Board approves superintendent contract extension, talks finances amid COVID-19

5/12/2020 Child abuse hotline calls plummet as pandemic isolation weakens safety net

5/12/2020 Districts can apply to start the 2020–21 school year earlier, state board says

5/14/2020 'It's weird, but it's my experience': High schoolers face changes in testing

5/14/2020 Stronger Than Fiction returns Saturday

5/14/2020 Columbia College furloughs some employees for 'indefinite' time

5/19/2020 Parson: State agencies, including higher ed, face more cuts

5/19/2020 Tuition increase, more cuts and layoffs expected as UM grapples with COVID

5/20/2020 UM System facing class action lawsuit over lack of refund

5/20/2020 Grab-and-Go meals for Columbia students will go through July 31

5/20/2020 Stephens College hires new director of counseling

5/21/2020 Adapt and empathize, UM System experts advise business leaders in panel

5/21/2020 Unfulfilled: Documentary on the senior class of 2020

5/22/2020 Across the Midwest, graduating high school students reflect on the missing months

5/22/2020 Could MU cut sports?: Assessing the financial fantasies, realities of COVID-impacted budgets

5/23/2020 PHOTO GALLERY: Battle High School graduation parade

5/29/2020 MU Extension employees take pay cuts, furloughs as budget struggles persist

5/29/2020 Columbia College to resume on-campus classes Aug. 31

June 2020

6/1/2020 Education hit hard as Parson makes $209 million in June budget cuts

6/3/2020 MU considers early start to fall semester

6/4/2020 MU Faculty Council votes down proposal for early start to school year

6/4/2020 Missouri prepares for athletes to return to campus

6/4/2020 School Board addresses revenue shortfalls for 2020-2021 budget

6/8/2020 School Board hears calls for parent advisory councils, fall reopening update

6/8/2020 Families respond to Columbia schools survey on fall reopening

6/9/2020 UM curators approve risk assessment and audit plans amid COVID-19 uncertainty

6/10/2020 UPDATE: MU to start in-person Aug. 24, but pandemic-related changes loom

6/10/2020 Boone County History and Culture Center to reopen next week

6/15/2020 'This is what a union looks like': MU employees rally against job outsourcing

6/15/2020 Restructured fees, fall tuition hike proposed by UM System for 2021 budget

6/16/2020 Columbia seniors, parents respond to COVID-era graduation ceremony plans

6/17/2020 MU to spread out August move-in process due to COVID restrictions

6/18/2020 UPDATE: MU students, instructors must wear face masks, shields indoors this fall

6/19/2020 UM curators weigh combining system president and MU chancellor roles

6/19/2020 MU faculty, staff and students sign letter opposing job outsourcing

6/22/2020 With fall details out, it's time for CPS students to pick in-person or online school

6/23/2020 Reactions to Columbia schools reopening plan vary by perspective

6/23/2020 Remote proctoring services at odds with MU student privacy concerns

6/26/2020 MU layoffs, furloughs continue amid mounting resistance to jobs outsourcing

6/26/2020 PHOTO GALLERY: Tolton graduates get their moment to shine

6/27/2020 Forum: Parents favor mask usage as long as there are exemptions

6/29/2020 MU's fall plans outlined: Isolation housing, face masks and hybrid classes

6/29/2020 Columbia Public Schools will 'expect' students to wear masks this fall, with exceptions

6/30/2020 MU student life will look vastly different under fall semester guidelines

6/30/2020 Pandemic-related travel bans pose challenges for MU teams

6/30/2020 MU researcher to receive NSF grant for COVID-19 study

August 2020

7/1/2020 Missouri Scholars Academy goes virtual, and free, amid pandemic

7/6/2020 A tweet at a time, CPS science educator builds a record of COVID-19 in Missouri

7/10/2020 MU will enforce Columbia's mandatory face mask ordinance for fall semester

7/17/2020 MU lays off eight, furloughs 671 employees this week

7/21/2020 Study: Columbia in top 25 most vulnerable college towns because of pandemic

7/21/2020 MU students not required to report positive tests to university this fall

7/22/2020 MU looking into walk-up testing site and student self-reporting requirement

7/23/2020 MU decides not to outsource custodial staff, saving over 250 jobs

7/27/2020 As bar exam looms, pandemic escalates anxiety for law school grads

7/28/2020 Columbia teachers urge delayed start for in-person classes

7/29/2020 PHOTO GALLERY: Strike up the marching band

7/30/2020 Horns up, masks down: Hickman Kewpies march on, more or less

7/31/2020 PHOTO GALLERY: Seventy-five graduates leave Douglass

August 2020

8/1/2020 PHOTO GALLERY: Hickman seniors graduate during three ceremonies

8/4/2020 PHOTO GALLERY: Face shield production happens on campus

8/4/2020 GUEST COMMENTARY: MU is trying to protect the vulnerable with its reopening plan

8/4/2020 MU engineering faculty and staff are all in on producing face shields

8/6/2020 UM System drops ACT and SAT scores for 2021-2022 applicants

8/7/2020 Weekly MU layoff and furlough numbers updated

8/9/2020 MU students worry about safety, financial issues this fall

8/12/2020 PHOTO GALLERY: Tigers begin to move in

8/12/2020 'This is a deliberate risk': MU residential assistants worry as move-in begins

8/12/2020 Columbia's private schools move forward with August start dates

8/13/2020 MU Campus Dining going cashless for fall

8/16/2020 MU to hand out COVID kits to students, faculty, staff

8/16/2020 Virtual telethon raises over $12,000 for downtown businesses

8/17/2020 MU students, faculty and staff must report positive cases to university

8/19/2020 Students' return brings optimism for economy, anxiety over how long it will last

8/20/2020 MU Student Health Center opens temporary outdoor COVID-19 testing site

8/20/2020 Fraternities switch to virtual rush, ban gatherings at houses

8/21/2020 Federal program bridges gaps in food supply disrupted by COVID-19

8/21/2020 PHOTO GALLERY: MU students return to campus

8/21/2020 MU students, parents ponder pandemic during return to campus

8/23/2020 Columbia teachers' union releases recommendations to re-opening guidelines

8/24/2020 MU fraternity reports multiple positive COVID-19 tests

8/24/2020 MU unveils COVID-19 dashboard, says number of infected students is 159

8/24/2020 PHOTO GALLERY: First day at MU, but unlike any other

8/24/2020 So far, CPS students will have two days at school, three days at home

8/24/2020 MU fall 2020 enrollment tops last year's numbers

8/25/2020 Columbia College announces return of fall sports

8/25/2020 Drinkwitz 'concerned' about crowded scenes in Columbia

8/25/2020 UPDATE: MU professor 'relieved of teaching duties' after 'mask' comment to Chinese student

8/27/2020 CPS COVID-19 tracker hits online-only threshold

8/27/2020 Hazy homecoming: MU alumni, students try to adjust celebration in light of COVID-19

8/27/2020 MU's University Club closing, Family Weekend postponed, ride service pausing

8/27/2020 New MU Health Care lab speeds up COVID test reports

8/27/2020 MU updates face covering policy, citing new federal guidance

8/27/2020 COVID guidelines announced for watching high school sports events

8/31/2020 UPDATE: Columbia Public Schools will start all-virtual for fall

September 2020

9/2/2020 MU COVID-19 testing gets more complicated as cases soar

9/2/2020 Pandemic takes its toll on international student enrollment

9/3/2020 Tiger Hotel offers isolation floors for COVID-19 cases

9/3/2020 MU leaders to request campus as site for new saliva-based test

9/3/2020 CPS tracker expands to include students outside Columbia

9/4/2020 College-age positive COVID-19 cases continue to rise

9/4/2020 MU COVID-19 testing sites open on Labor Day

9/4/2020 PHOTO GALLERY: New Haven gets ready for online school

9/4/2020 MU students urged to stay on campus, 'Paint the M' instead

9/8/2020 'Everything's completely different': School begins for CPS with hopes, tech issues

9/9/2020 Parson supports keeping universities open despite rising COVID-19 cases

9/11/2020 MU says there's still plenty of quarantine housing for students

9/13/2020 PHOTO GALLERY: Off-campus partying with little discipline thrives amid pandemic

9/13/2020 MU students can face discipline for off-campus partying, but does it matter?

9/14/2020 Boone County COVID-19 total active cases down by nearly 400

9/14/2020 CPS students could return in four phases; hybrid model proposed

9/14/2020 Zoom piano lessons give children another outlet during the pandemic

9/15/2020 Curators committee looks at COVID-19 effects on financial decisions

9/15/2020 UPDATE: Two MU students expelled, three suspended for COVID-19 safety violations

9/16/2020 Choi stands firm on UM system's COVID-19 response

9/16/2020 Avoidance of doctors during pandemic could have dire consequences

9/16/2020 Learning pods become go-to format for CPS virtual learning

9/17/2020 Faculty Council votes to approve Duolingo English Test pilot program

9/18/2020 MU ramping up to enforce #CampusClear symptom check

9/18/2020 FACT CHECK: Mun Choi’s numbers are off when it comes to ICU beds around MU and UNC

9/21/2020 Tolton given COVID-19 violation for Sept. 12 cross-country event

9/22/2020 MU sees major decline in active COVID-19 cases

9/22/2020 New data allows the public to see COVID-19 case rates by school district

9/23/2020 Columbia College uses wristband system to slow COVID-19 spread

9/24/2020 UPDATE: 'The way that things are going now,' MU to stay in-person, Choi says

9/25/2020 Additional 20 MU students disciplined for COVID-19 policy violations

9/25/2020 'We won't die for your dollars' : MU students protest for COVID-19 safety

9/30/2020 Multidisciplinary research team studying COVID-19 antibodies and behaviors

9/30/2020 ‘It is now — it isn’t forever’: CPS theater programs adjust to COVID-19

9/30/2020 CPS board to hear update on reopening schools

October 2020

10/1/2020 MU Faculty Council discusses COVID-19 dashboard, ongoing discrimination on campus

10/1/2020 MU researchers race to study outcome of HIV patients for COVID-19

10/9/2020 As pandemic continues, MU's in-person commencement ceremonies are off

10/12/2020 UPDATE: CPS board votes to send elementary school children back to classrooms

10/12/2020 As pandemic changes student media, Columbia high school journalists carry on

10/15/2020 #CampusClear daily symptom check required starting Monday

10/17/2020 UPDATE: Some CPS students head back to the classroom, teachers concerned about risk

10/17/2020 CPS parents band to promote in-seat learning for middle, high schools

10/18/2020 Back to school means first time face-to-face for new teacher, students

10/19/2020 MU School of Medicine enrolls patient in COVID-19 clinical trial

10/19/2020 Public health order extended, hospitalization rates high as CPS returns

10/19/2020 District's youngest return to CPS classrooms while some older kids want their turn

10/24/2020 Columbia parents pack legislative hearing to push for reopening schools

10/27/2020 CPS to start rapid testing; MU to stick with its form of testing

10/29/2020 MU Student Center to become next #CampusClear station

11/3/2020 Southern Boone schools temporarily close as students quarantine

11/4/2020 More schools switch to virtual learning as district faces staff shortages

11/5/2020 West Boulevard Elementary is fifth school to return to remote instruction

11/6/2020 Two more schools go virtual, joining five others this week

11/6/2020 'I didn't expect it to be so soon': Parents scramble after schools abruptly go virtual

11/9/2020 CPS elementary students return to virtual learning

11/9/2020 MU still plans to hold in-person classes after Thanksgiving break

11/10/2020 MU researchers discover three COVID-19 mutations

11/12/2020 MU to switch to virtual learning after Thanksgiving break

11/12/2020 Southern Boone High School extends virtual learning, 177 students in quarantine

11/19/2020 Columbia School Board discusses low grades, COVID-19 response

11/22/2020 'Amid all the struggle': Interest in home schooling grows during pandemic

11/24/2020 Boone County reports 24th COVID-19 death, first MU students hospitalized

11/24/2020 Adapting to virtual realities: MU clubs still thrive during the pandemic

December 2020

12/2/2020 'Keep on keepin' on': Following COVID-19 safety guidelines strongly encouraged at virtual world café

12/3/2020 CDC pilot program aims to help K-12 schools maintain safe school environment

12/8/2020 'Stay tuned': After chaotic fall, colleges hoping spring brings smoother sports season

12/9/2020 Virtual teaching: A study in handling distractions and encouraging students

12/13/2020 CPS — with help from volunteers — works to feed families during pandemic

12/15/2020 CPS School Board delays in-person start date for elementary school students

12/17/2020 FACT CHECK: Children can be safe from COVID-19 in schools, but it depends on their community

12/18/2020 Stifled social lives and life-altering choices: Columbia college students reflect on semester

12/20/2020 THE ONLY SEMESTER THEY KNOW: MU freshmen journalists chronicle their college experiences

12/22/2020 COVID-19 testing before arrival now mandatory for on-campus MU undergraduates

12/26/2020 MU nursing students give up winter break to help with patient care

12/27/2020 With uptick in COVID-19 cases, MU announces it will not play in Music City Bowl

January 2021

1/8/2021 MU to set up testing site at Hearnes for arrival COVID-19 testing

1/8/2021 VIDEO: MU to require negative COVID tests from students living on campus

1/9/2021 COVID-19 vaccine distribution underway for select CPS employees

1/10/2021 'Wastewater doesn't lie': MU scientists use sewage to track COVID-19

1/12/2021 Columbia School Board votes to go forward with in-person and hybrid learning plan

1/13/2021 MU begins arrival COVID-19 testing for on-campus students

1/18/2021 MU tests 1,319 students for COVID-19; 11 positive so far

1/19/2021 CPS students return to campuses for spring semester

1/19/2021 CPS students return to in-person, hybrid classes

1/21/2021 CPS teacher, staff vaccinations expected to start within two weeks

1/22/2021 Free arrival COVID-19 testing ends for MU students, over 2,000 tested

1/24/2021 COVID on Campus: Unprecedented challenges, mixed results

1/25/2021 COVID on Campus: Containing hot spots a difficult challenge

1/26/2021 COVID on Campus: Some schools more transparent than others

1/26/2021 COVID on Campus: Tracking and isolating students was hit-and-miss

1/29/2021 MU education students return to in-person teaching

1/31/2021 International students reflect on a lonely pandemic year

February 2021

2/8/2021 Superintendent: Access to vaccinations a must before CPS returns to all in-person schooling

2/19/2021 MU will not require standardized test scores for fall applicants

2/20/2021 Superintendent: COVID data encouraging, no changes planned

2/21/2021 MU medical students spread vaccine awareness for minority communities

March 2021

3/2/2021 Students favor MU's push for more fully in-person classes in the fall

3/4/2021 Parents and teachers weigh in on upcoming spring break plans

3/6/2021 CPS board to vote on sending students back to schools full time

3/10/2021 City Garden School seeks to redefine education with shift to outdoor learning

3/23/2021 Standardized testing, pandemic lessons discussed at School Board forum

3/24/2021 MU asks all employees and staff to return to in-person work by May 17

3/26/2021 Spring break is here: Travelers should still take precautions, Health Department says

3/27/2021 MU Health Care, DHSS confident about spring break

3/31/2021 MU researchers get NIH grant to support further study of COVID-19 in wastewater

April 2021

4/1/2021 Columbia School Board: On students returning to schools full time

4/5/2021 CPS students return for full-time, in-person learning

4/22/2021 Opening doors: The 'Paxton Pod' educates at home during the pandemic

4/22/2021 What did parents find out about their kids and learning during the pandemic? A lot

4/23/2021 'Huge deal for my family': 2020 grads come back to MU for ceremonies

4/24/2021 'One of the most special homecomings': MU hosts postponed 2020 commencement

May 2021

5/7/2021 MU kicks off its 2021 commencement ceremonies in the first of two weekends

5/11/2021 Virtual school, in-person graduation: Rock Bridge High School seniors decide

5/20/2021 'Not getting our money's worth': MU students react to fall tuition increase

5/20/2021 Battling through: Battle teachers, students reflect on lessons learned in the pandemic

June 2021

6/14/2021 With masks optional, Columbia summer school is back in person

6/21/2021 MU Greek life office delays freshman housing policy until 2022

6/30/2021 Over 230 Columbia students are participating in summer school remotely

July 2021

7/9/2021 Masks now required for CPS summer school students age 11 and younger

7/12/2021 Parent, policy group react to new mask rule

7/14/2021 MU researchers looking for volunteers for COVID-19 vaccine study

7/28/2021 Tolton Marching Band prepares for new year

7/29/2021 UPDATE: Fall classes will be back to normal after the long pandemic stretch

7/29/2021 MU to reinstate temporary indoor mask requirements Monday

August 2021

8/3/2021 Columbia College reinstates mask rules starting Monday

8/10/2021 No CPS decision yet on mask requirements

8/13/2021 Columbia Public Schools will require masks to be worn inside

8/23/2021 MU students return to campus with mixed feelings about COVID-19 protocols

8/24/2021 CPS first day of school evokes mixed emotions from Two Mile parents

8/24/2021 Missouri AG sues Columbia school district over mask mandate