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For the state’s school nurses, it’s been a year like no other

BY: - October 19, 2021

Pre-pandemic, Erin Stewart’s job as a school nurse at Rundlett Middle School in Concord wasn’t exactly calm.  Each day, Stewart and her colleagues would issue regular medications, administering them to the kids who showed up to take them and tracking down the ones who forgot. The nurses provided check-ins for students with diabetes, monitoring blood […]

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Plymouth State University to automatically accept state community college business graduates

BY: - October 18, 2021

This story was updated on Oct. 19 at 12:30 to correct the number of community colleges in the state. Plymouth State University has partnered with New Hampshire’s community college system to offer certain community college graduates guaranteed admission to its business program, the university announced Friday. Beginning in the 2022 school year, Plymouth will allow […]

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House Education Committee votes against mandatory nonbinary gender marker in schools

BY: - October 14, 2021

New Hampshire lawmakers dealt a setback to a bill requiring schools to offer nonbinary identification options for students, voting, 11-9, on Thursday to recommend the bill be deemed “inexpedient to legislate.” In a party-line vote, Republicans on the House Education Committee voted to recommend rejecting House Bill 136, which would require all public and charter […]

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Commissioner accepts school’s remote learning decision but says it should be ‘last resort’

BY: - October 8, 2021

One day after Raymond High School entered into remote learning over concerns about COVID-19, Department of Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut offered tacit approval. The department is still stressing that students should be sent home only as a “last resort,” Edelblut said in a statement Thursday. “The Department of Education understands that families have legitimate concerns […]

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Under new law, state will stop regulating small career schools

BY: - October 7, 2021

New Hampshire will no longer regulate small private schools that offer career training – such as beauty schools and electrical training centers – under a new law that takes effect Saturday. Under Senate Bill 148, any private vocational training center that brings in $100,000 or less in tuition every year will no longer need to […]

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Residents opposed to mask policies aim to use petitions to overrule school boards

BY: - October 6, 2021

It started when Paige Sturgeon felt she wasn’t being heard. A resident of Moultonborough with two teenagers at the high school, Sturgeon had strong objections to her school district’s proposed mask policy. At a school board meeting in August, she voiced those objections, urging the board to vote against mandating masks during periods of high […]

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Congress has a plan for universal pre-K. Will states opt in?

BY: - October 4, 2021

WASHINGTON – Nearly a fifth of President Joe Biden’s $3.5 trillion sweeping social spending package is dedicated to providing low-cost care for children from birth to kindergarten – investments that would benefit single parents and low-income families. But how the states implement their programs for pre-K for 3-and 4-year-olds – or whether they even decide […]

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Amid COVID cases, Department of Education urges schools to avoid remote learning

BY: - October 1, 2021

In Manchester, officials chose drastic action. COVID-19 clusters prompted the district to send two elementary schools into remote learning Tuesday “out of an abundance of caution,” the district announced.   In Mascoma Valley Regional School District in Enfield, meanwhile, school officials have held off. Facing a swell of positive coronavirus cases this past week, ranging from […]

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Shortage of bus drivers gives schools a difficult math problem

BY: - September 29, 2021

Even in August, school buses weren’t a major concern for officials in Auburn. The bus company the district contracts with said there would be enough staff to fill the routes, Superintendent William Rearick said.  But at the start of the school year, after the first Friday of operation, three of the drivers quit – some […]

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Department of Education moves to block school-wide remote learning related to COVID-19

BY: - September 28, 2021

The New Hampshire Department of Education is proposing to bar school districts from implementing remote learning due to COVID-19, a move that has drawn backlash from some districts.  An administrative rule proposed before the State Board of Education earlier this month would require that all schools provide in-person instruction throughout the school year, except in […]

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Proposed legislation would increase the amount of local food in schools

BY: - September 22, 2021

A bill that will be introduced during the next legislative session aims to increase the amount of New Hampshire-grown food that’s served in public schools. The proposal sets a statewide target that 10 percent of food served in schools will be grown in the state. Rep. Alexis Simpson, an Exeter Democrat, filed a request for […]

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Lawmakers to push for COVID-19 vaccine to be added to list of required immunizations for kids

BY: - September 21, 2021

New Hampshire Democratic lawmakers are pushing to add COVID-19 vaccines to the list of immunizations required for all children – provided the vaccines become approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. In a bill set to be introduced in 2022, eight Democrats, led by newly converted member Rep. William Marsh, aim to add COVID-19 […]