After a recent outbreak, leaders say they’re prioritizing parental decision-making over county protocols on masking and social distancing. When students at Resurrection Christian School in Loveland, Colorado, returned on Wednesday from a four-day Labor Day weekend, school leaders were there at the entrances to welcome them, masked and unmasked, and to keep an eye out for county health officials. Last week, following a COVID-19 outbreak that infected around 35 of 1,600 students, the health department directed Resurrection Christian to adopt a universal mask mandate and social distancing for at least 14 days, but the school—which required masks last school year…

Lawmakers in Washington will have to agree on a $1.4 trillion spending bill to prevent a government shutdown by Dec. 11. But tensions remain between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell over the COVID-19 relief package.