U.S. teachers added to essential-worker list as they face White House pressure to return to classrooms
By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - U.S. teachers have been added to an advisory list of essential workers as they face pressure from the White House to return to classrooms even as their unions challenge decisions to return to in-person instruction amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
By Brendan O'Brien
(Reuters) - U.S. teachers have been added to an advisory list of essential workers as they face pressure from the White House to return to classrooms even as their unions challenge decisions to return to in-person instruction amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Classroom aides and superintendents were also added to the updated list of critical essential workers that includes doctors, nurses and IT workers, in a memo on Tuesday from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
The list was intended to help state, local and tribal officials "protect their workers and communities as they continue to reopen in a phased approach," said the memo from the department's cybersecurity and infrastructure agency.
The memo said the move was also needed "to ensure continuity of functions critical to public health and safety, as well as economic and national security."
The list is advisory and "is not, nor should it be considered, a federal directive or standard," the memo added.
President Donald Trump has spent the summer pushing hard for schools across the nation to start the academic year with in-person learning, even as cases of the novel coronavirus have surged in some of the country’s most-populous areas, prompting districts to start fall classes online or offer at least some classes virtually.
Educators in Florida and Iowa have filed lawsuits challenging plans to reopen schools in those states, while educators across the country have held protests and threatened to strike if they are forced to go back into classrooms this autumn.
Several schools that began classes in Georgia and Nebraska have had to cancel in-person instruction over the past week due to outbreaks.
(Reporting by Brendan O'Brien in Chicago; Editing by Bill Tarrant and Peter Cooney)
This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed.
By Stephen Nellis (Reuters) -Apple Inc on Monday said it will offer the ability to store state-issued identification cards digitally on iPhones and that it is working with the U.S. Transportation Security Administration to accept the digital IDs at airports, one of several updates to the software that runs on its devices. It also showed updates to its FaceTime video chat app, adding the ability to schedule calls with multiple attendees and making the software compatible with Android and Windows devices.
LONDON (Reuters) - The bosses of all airlines flying passenger services between Britain and the United States called on Monday for the countries' governments to relax COVID-19 restrictions to reopen travel routes between the two countries. After more than a year of restrictions, the CEOs of American Airlines, IAG unit British Airways, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and JetBlue Airways Corp said high vaccination rates in both countries meant travel could restart safely. The push for reopening trans-Atlantic routes on Monday comes ahead of meetings between U.S.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union's patience towards Britain over Brexit arrangements in Northern Ireland is wearing thin and the bloc will consider its options should Britain continue its "confrontational path", an EU official said on Monday.