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As Omicron skyrockets, US students stage walkouts to protest in-person classes

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BOSTON – Students in Boston and Chicago have scheduled walkouts on Friday to pressure officials to switch to distance learning as an increase in COVID-19 cases fueled by the Omicron variant disrupts schools in United States.

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An online petition launched by a Boston high school student claiming schools are a “COVID-19 breeding ground” and calling for a remote option had gathered more than 8,000 signatures by Friday morning.

The Boston Student Advisory Council, which called for a citywide walkout on Friday morning, posted a series of demands on Twitter, including two weeks of distance learning and improved COVID-19 testing for teachers and students. students.

Ash O’Brien, a 10th grade student at Boston Latin School who left the building with a dozen others on Friday, said he didn’t feel safe staying in school.

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“I live with two grandparents who are immunocompromised,” he said. “So I don’t want to go to school, risk getting sick and go home. “

In Chicago, a group called the Radical Youth Alliance is calling on students to come out Friday afternoon and come to the main public school district headquarters for a rally.

“We demand security and we demand care! The group said on Twitter.

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Students returned to Chicago schools on Wednesday after a week of canceled classes due to a standoff between teachers and the school district over COVID protocols. The teachers’ union ended its walkout after reaching an agreement to strengthen guarantees.

Earlier this week, students at several New York City schools staged a walkout to protest what they say were inadequate safety measures. Mayor Eric Adams said Thursday his administration is considering a temporary distance learning option for the large number of students who stay at home.

Nearly 5,000 public schools across the country have closed for at least one day this week due to the pandemic, according to Burbio, a website that tracks school disruptions, leaving exhausted parents scrambling to navigate a patchwork of policies COVID-19.

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Omicron surge appears to be slowing in parts of the country that were first affected Over the past week, new cases have only increased by 5% in northeastern and southern states compared to the previous seven-day period, according to a Reuters analysis. In western states, by contrast, the number of new cases rose 89% last week from the previous week.

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Overall, the United States still has nearly 800,000 new infections per day and record levels of hospitalized patients with COVID-19.

President Joe Biden said Thursday he will send 1,000 military health workers starting next week to hospitals in six states and announced that the US government will provide an additional 500 million COVID-19 home tests to help respond to the request.

In a setback for the president, the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday overturned the Biden administration’s vaccination or testing mandate for big business, ruling that the policy overstepped executive power. The High Court, however, maintained a similar mandate for healthcare workers.

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