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Daemen College has announced that two of its Distance Education students have tested positive for Covid-19.

D'Youville College

As New York’s hospital system braces for the arrival of more COVID-19 patients, D’Youville College in Buffalo announced plans to move up graduation for students in some high-needs healthcare fields.


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Seniors attending at least two Buffalo-area college campuses will not get the traditional “pomp and circumstance” this spring which comes with graduation. Meanwhile, another Buffalo campus is preparing to graduate dozens of students early so they may quickly join the workforce which is taking on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Girl Power Part 4: Buffalo Public Schools' Cecelie Owens

Mar 23, 2020
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Despite the advancements delivered by Title IX legislation over the last 50 years, girls still participate in sports less than boys, and the disparity widens with the pressures of adulthood. Why does it matter? Because kids who compete do better in school, at work and throughout life. So WBFO's Marian Hetherly took a look at leveling the playing field in a series she's calling "Girl Power."

Ontario has launched e-learning for students stuck at home because of COVID-19. As Dan Karpenchuk reports, the e-learning website will include materials for students to continue their studies.


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The New York State United Teachers union is calling on U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to waive federal state testing requirements this year as schools continue to close in response to the coronavirus pandemic.


The University at Buffalo has announced the first positive case of COVID-19 in its community.

Kenmore West HIgh School

The Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District has shut down access to Kenmore West High School due to COVID-19 concerns.

Buffalo schools kick off free grab-and-go meal service

Mar 18, 2020
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With schools closed in Buffalo and across Western New York, many districts are grappling with the immediate challenge of how to keep students fed who normally rely on meals served at school.


Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

The governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut made the joint decision to close all bars and restaurants in those states beginning at 8 p.m. Monday to prevent further spread of the novel coronavirus.


Chautauqua County Executive's Office

Chautauqua County has become the latest to declare a state of emergency due to COVID-19. County Executive P.J. Wendel said the state of emergency will remain in effect for a period not to exceed 30 days or until rescinded, whichever occurs first, and may also be extended for additional periods not to exceed 30 days.

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Sunday evening is seven and people in quarantine will continue to rise. He and Niagara County declared states of emergency that prompted all schools in Erie and Niagara counties to shut down until April 20.

As SUNY and CUNY schools prepare for a move to distance learning in response to the coronavirus, local college athletes are having their athletic semesters cut short.

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The Buffalo school district is preparing for the possibility of an extended closure due to concerns about the spread of the new coronavirus.

Ontario is closing all of its schools for two weeks following their March break, which starts at the end of the day Friday.


When he answered the phone at 5:10 this morning, Benjamin Blanchet was wide awake. The Engagement Editor at the Spectrum newspaper had been up all night reporting on the changes coming to UB as it follows Governor Cuomo's edict that all SUNY campuses transition to distance learning to reduce potential exposure to the coronavirus. From how classes will be conducted to the potential cancellation of graduation ceremonies, Blanchet says students have a "lingering amount of questions."


Buffalo's school bus situation has apparently improved a lot since a summit in October, helped along by some hefty pay raises by First Student.

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Starting March 14, SUNY Buffalo State is cancelling all classes and won’t resume them until March 30. This comes in response to fears of the coronavirus spreading at a faster rater through large public gatherings. From March 30 on, instruction for the remainder of the semester will be by remote methods. Nick Lippa spoke with students who are asking, ‘What comes next?’

Buffalo parking commissioner Kevin Helfer says the city's new school zone cameras are already showing significant improvement in reducing speeding.

US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The vast state and city university systems in New York are switching to long-distance learning March 19, and most students will be going home due to worries about the coronavirus, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday.


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Jay Reeves, a 24-year-old digital film student at Villa Maria, is a bus rider who falls through the cracks.

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Syracuse University will suspend residential instruction from this Friday until at least March 30 and move to online classes, over concerns from the coronavirus that continues to spread across New York, the university announced Tuesday.

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There will be a public information meeting in Brockport Tuesday night to help answer questions residents may have about the coronavirus, as well as some SUNY study-abroad students who have been housed at a dorm on the Brockport Campus.

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If you see flashing yellow lights Wednesday near Delaware and Ferry or around Best and Jefferson in Buffalo and you don't slow down, you might soon see flashing red lights. The city's new school zone speed camera system is starting to issue tickets, after more than a month of testing.

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Concerns are being raised about the future of a downtown Buffalo high school. The Buffalo Academy of Science Charter School on Franklin Street could be demolished to make way for a new convention center. But school officials are in the dark about the proposed $440 million project. 


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Eighteen SUNY students returning from study abroad in Italy will call the College at Brockport home for the next two weeks. SUNY officials took immediate measures to return the students to New York, whose programs were in countries at the center of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

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The latest development in downtown Buffalo features lofty ceilings, exposed brick and a ground floor café open to the public. That might sound like a hotel or tech start-up, but it’s actually a high school.


Twelve students and one teacher at Amherst Central High School are in voluntary quarantine after a recent trip to Italy, one of the countries that has been hit hardest by an outbreak of the new coronavirus.

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The University at Buffalo announced Wednesday that it is bringing nine students home who are currently studying abroad in countries affected by the novel coronavirus.

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Canisius College is calling home its two dozen students who are studying around the world because of the coronavirus.

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