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    According to state guidelines, the coronavirus pandemic in and around South Washington County Schools is contained enough to safely bring elementary students back to school full time and secondary students part time. For school board members, however, such a scenario is far too risky. They voted last week to use an instruction model one level safer than state guidelines suggest for the upcoming school year. At least three board members think even that’s too dangerous. They’ll consider voting Thursday to keep every student home at the start of the school year. “I don’t really want to play Russian roulette with children’s and teachers’ lives,” Melinda Dols said Monday. A MORE CAUTIOUS MODEL At least 23 of Minnesota’s largest school districts...
    LODI (CBS13) — It may be a nerve-racking weekend with a looming countdown to distance learning. Several districts will kick off online classes on August 10, but not without many feeling unprepared. Kat Ellis teaches second grade at Live Oak Elementary School in Lodi. Like many other districts, teachers and parents sat in limbo waiting for the district to make the call to go full distance learning, which Ellis didn’t think was even a question during a pandemic. “Students can’t go into school and keep social distance. I have students who pick their nose right in front of me and put it on another student,” said Ellis. READ: Learning Curve: Citrus Heights Teachers Convert Garage Into Distance Learning Classroom But while...
    CITRUS HEIGHTS (CBS13) — A local husband and wife teaching team went to new lengths to connect with the students from home. Jennifer and Joshua Ray turned their Citrus Heights garage into a distance learning classroom for their students at Orchard Elementary School. Mrs. Ray teaches fourth-graders and Mr. Ray teaches third grade. They tried to incorporate as much of their real classroom as they could. Recently, they have added new backdrops and expanded their home garden to help with virtual lessons. “It’s pushed me to integrate technology in a way that’s different, and to find a way to connect projects and stuff to that technology,” Mr. Ray said. “In planning for the show, it’s helped me frame how I...
    Olivia Tan is regressing. She’s lost much of her curiosity, is unwilling to explore her home or flip through books as much as she used to — and her father feels helpless. The 6-year-old is deaf, blind in one eye and has cognitive delays, heart issues and other physical difficulties that are part of CHARGE syndrome, a disorder caused by a gene mutation. At her Bay Area elementary school, she had a one-on-one aide. At home she has three siblings and two parents trying desperately to offer some semblance of education. “I don’t feel comfortable doing this,” Simon Tan said of trying to follow the directions of her professional therapists and teachers through a computer. “If somebody asked me just...
    Every elementary school in Minnesota might be able to reopen safely on at least a part-time basis, according to new coronavirus case rates released Thursday by the Department of Health. Under school reopening guidelines released last week, Lincoln, Murray and Pipestone counties had too many new cases per 10,000 residents for school leaders to consider sending anyone back to school. But those case rates since have fallen somewhat. Now, school officials in all three counties should consider bringing elementary school students back at least part of the time, according to state guidelines. The state updates its county-level case data every Thursday, so school leaders will have new information before many districts start the new school year. Some already have decided...
    Sign up here to get our daily updates on coronavirus in Minnesota delivered straight to your inbox each afternoon. And go here to see all of MinnPost’s COVID-19 coverage. Last Thursday, Gov. Tim Walz announced that the big back-to-school format decision will largely be decided at the local level. Apart from a blanket directive to all public districts and charter schools — to offer all interested families the option to partake in distance learning only — the biggest takeaway from that announcement came in the form of a table spelling out how infection rates correspond to various tiers of in-person learning. Using biweekly county-level data, state Department of Health experts recommend that in-person learning for all students occur only when...
    Another round of distance learning next month would give St. Paul Public Schools time to prepare for the safe resumption of in-person classes later in the school year, district leaders said Wednesday. Superintendent Joe Gothard proposed that all students, from preschool through 12th grade, learn from home on iPads for at least the first six weeks of the school year. With input from the school board, Gothard would consider bringing some students back for in-person instruction as early as Oct. 19, after a four-day weekend tied to the teachers union’s annual conference. The next possible transition point would be Nov. 16, the start of the second academic quarter. “We would like to move to (in-person learning for all) as soon...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Going back to school this year, no matter the age, will look very different.ABC7's Building a Better Bay Area Back to School week confronts the many challenges Bay Area schools, students and families are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic.RELATED: Building a Better Bay Area: Back to SchoolOn Wednesday, multiple experts sat down with ABC7's Lyanne Melendez to give some insight on how to keep high school and middle school students motivated while distance learning.Some of the advice included helpful tips on how to help your child when they feel lonely, anxious or depressed during this unprecedented time. One expert said to create a safe learning space for your child that is inviting.Watch their full conversation in...
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- High school holds a special place in life. These teenage years are defined by back-to-school night, rallies and homecoming.But as COVID-19 infection rates continue to rise in the Bay Area, all these rites of passage in a high schooler's life are being put on hold or canceled altogether.That's the case for Ysabella Ruvalcaba who is getting ready for her freshman year at Mount Pleasant High School in San Jose.RELATED: Building a Better Bay Area: Back to School"I feel for her, she is not going to have that experience with her friends, with any clubs that she wanted to go into, that whole first year freshman high school experience," said Ysabella's mom, Yanel Ruvalcaba.Instead, Ysabella will...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The start of the school year is just about here, and we've heard from so many on what should or shouldn't happen. At the end of last school year, middle and high school students in California got a huge dose of distance learning. Some of them excelled and others struggled. News of more distance learning to start the upcoming academic year has garnered mixed reactions among teens."When they said they were going to start the year at a distance what was your reaction?"That was the question we asked Jaysyn Dempsey from Castro Valley High School. She quickly responded, "That's stupid, but okay I guess."RELATED: Building a Better Bay Area: Back to SchoolDempsey will be a freshman...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- We've heard from officials, health experts, and parents about the upcoming school year but what about the kids? Many of them finished last year doing distance learning and will start at a distance in the coming weeks. We asked parents to send in videos where their kids give their own opinions about the coming school year. Let's just say the little ones didn't hold back.Building a Better Bay Area: Back to School"Hi everyone my name is Mila Kumar!""My name is Nolan!""My name is Gaby!"These California youngsters along with many others are about to give you their thoughts on the upcoming school year. For all of them it will start with distanced learning -- something that many...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Going back to school this year, no matter the age, will look very different.ABC7's Building a Better Bay Area Back to School week confronts the many challenges Bay Area schools, students and families are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic.RELATED: Building a Better Bay Area: Back to SchoolOn Monday, multiple experts sat down with ABC7's Lyanne Melendez to explain how things have changed in elementary schools and what's being done to make sure distance learning can be successful at this level.They described the changes that have been implemented to make sure virtual learning is just as successful as in-person learning.Watch their full conversation in the video player above. Go here for a look at more learning resources.RELATED...
    Eager to both save her business and better serve her customers during the pandemic, Anne Hendrickson hopes to convert much of her Work It co-working center on St. Paul’s Fairview Avenue into a student hub. Instead of start-ups, she’s courting kids as young as 13. Instead of social distancing, she calls it “distance-socializing” — a place where online education can happen away from home, with scholarships for families that can’t afford the cost of a monthly membership. Reaction from existing members has been positive, she said. “There’s huge excitement and energy for it,” Hendrickson said. “They’d love to help the students in a situation where there are no good answers. It’s been an interesting journey for us, but I felt...
    When COVID-19 closed schools in spring, instruction went online for 14-year-old Lyra Cherry, as it did for students across the country. Unlike most students, though, Lyra — along with her twin sister Sophia — is on the autism spectrum. With classes online, one of her parents had to sit with her the entire lesson, to help her navigate the interface and so she wouldn’t simply get up and leave. “Aides, teachers, behavioral therapists, occupational therapists — we were doing all of that,” said her mother, Shannon Cherry. “We had to make up for six or seven people each.” The coronaviurs pandemic has been especially disruptive for special education students, whose needs often include therapy and individual help from trained, specialized...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — As some students returned to distance learning Monday, the state released new guidance for elementary schools seeking to resume in-person learning. The majority of schools in California will be conducting distance learning in the coming weeks after Gov. Newsom announced schools in counties that have been on the County Data Monitoring list within the past 14 days may only do distance learning. The state is allowing elementary schools that fall in that category to apply for a waiver that would allow in-person learning. Guidance released Monday details that waiver process, which allows a district superintendent, private school principal, or executive director of a charter school to apply. The waiver is only available for transitional kindergarten through sixth...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS Sacramento) — As some students returned to distance learning Monday, the state released new guidance for youth sports and the process for elementary schools to resume in-person learning. For youth sports, the state is allowing some sports and physical education when physical distancing of six feet can be maintained and a “stable cohort of participants,” like a class, stay together. Officials are also advising that activities should take place outside as much as possible. Tournaments, sporting events and competitions are not permitted at the time, the state said. Additionally, sports that cannot maintain appropriate distancing or cohorting are only permitted to do conditioning and training that focuses on skill-building at this time. Teams are also advised to avoid...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — As some students returned to distance learning Monday, the state released new guidance for youth sports and the process for elementary schools to resume in-person learning. For youth sports, the state is allowing some sports and physical education when physical distancing of six feet can be maintained and a “stable cohort of participants,” like a class, stay together. Officials are also advising that activities should take place outside as much as possible. The majority of schools in California will be conducting distance learning in the coming weeks after Gov. Newsom announced schools in counties that have been on the County Data Monitoring list within the past 14 days may only do distance learning. The state is allowing...
    ELK GROVE (CBS13) — Some of the 63,000 students in the Elk Grove Unified School District went back to school Monday. One family was trying to keep traditions alive Monday morning amidst what is shaping up to be an untraditional school year. It’s the picture that’s a snapshot of what’s to come. “We didn’t want to miss it,” said Yvette Jackson. Each year Jackson and her twin girls take a picture in front of their classroom on the first day of school. “We are ready we are excited, Hein is a good school,” she said. This year it was even more important to make that connection in a world that’s become somewhat disconnected given social distancing and a stay-at-home order....
    ELK GROVE (CBS13) — It’s back to school for two of the Sacramento area’s biggest districts: Stockton and Elk Grove Unified. Parents say it’s a far cry from a “normal” start to the year. “I honestly don’t know how you can expect to teach a child and work at the same time,” said one Elk Grove parent. For Angella Kelough, her biggest concern is about her youngest son who has an IEP (Individualized Education Program). She says he needs to be monitored this year to see if he needs extra help. “I’m just concerned that he might get behind,” she said. READ ALSO: Learning Curve: Stepping Up For Special Needs, How Districts Hope To Do Better Jeanette Nolton Horne says she...
    Thousands of laptops meant for use by Alabama students as part of distance learning programs this fall are currently being held in customs, according to local officials. The head of the School Superintendents of Alabama, which represents superintendents of school districts across the state, told AL.com that it wasn't clear why more than 33,000 laptops ordered by some school districts were stuck in customs, though it was apparently related to the Commerce Department's crackdown on imports made with forced labor. Local officials are reportedly in talks with both of the state's U.S. senators, Doug Jones (D) and Richard ShelbyRichard Craig ShelbySenate GOP opens door to smaller coronavirus deal as talks lag Overnight Defense: Senate GOP coronavirus bill includes .4B for Pentagon...
    LAND PARK (CBS13) – Back to school supplies look a lot different this year with distance learning, and for some parents, adding a computer to the list is daunting. To help ease the burden of distance learning, one community is going above and beyond to make sure every child is ready for the new school year. Joseph Ibarra wants to make sure his kids have everything they need, but it’s not always easy. “I see a lot of kids, they have like tablets and stuff to do Zoom with other teachers and students. My daughter doesn’t have that. She hasn’t got that yet,” Ibarra said. He says it’s especially concerning now considering his kids will be home for school doing...
    OAKLAND — With less than a week before the school year begins Aug. 10, Oakland Unified School District remains in labor negotiations with its unions over distance learning and amid criticism from the teachers union president about causing “too much uncertainties.” The district, in its labor negotiation update Wednesday, said it could not release clear detailed plans to reopen schools without reaching agreement with its labor unions, including the Oakland Education Association. OUSD has entered its fourth week of negotiations with OEA. Superintendent Kyla Johnson-Trammell joined the negotiations Friday. Talks between the two sides continued through the weekend and are continuing, according to OUSD spokesman John Sasaki on Monday. “I am not privy to where they stand now, but we...
    ELK GROVE (CBS13) — It’s back to school for several districts in the area on Monday, including one of the largest districts in the state. But it will be far from a normal start to the year. The Elk Grove Unified School District was the first in the Sacramento area to close down over concerns about the coronavirus pandemic when a student at one campus tested positive. Now it will be among the first to begin distance learning to at least start the 2020 school year. One mom wanted to keep one tradition alive by at least stopping by Arlene Hein Elementary with her daughter, who began second grade on Monday. She says there are still many questions remaining. “She...
    LOS ANGELES (CBLA) – After weeks of negotiation, the second largest school district in the nation and its teachers union reached a tentative deal late Sunday night on how to proceed with distance learning amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Los Angeles Unified School District and the United Teachers Los Angeles bargaining team reached the agreement after a marathon weekend negotiation session, UTLA reported on social media. The deal is pending a vote from both the UTLA teachers and the LAUSD School Board. The details are still unknown. Last week, UTLA said it rejected a proposal from LAUSD to have its teachers instruct students virtually from empty classrooms when the school year resumes Aug. 18. It’s unclear how that played into...
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo is investing in education throughout his city. On Monday, Mayor Liccardo is expected to announce new investments that will provide 11,000 hotspots throughout San Jose.Building a Better Bay Area: Back to SchoolHe also plans to have outdoor wifi at libraries, community centers, and parks.This is to help students connect to essential online services and take part in distance learning during the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic this upcoming school year.RELATED: 'It will take a village': New 'learning hub' program could help thousands of SF students with distance learning this fallEMBED More News Videos This fall, dozens of rec centers, libraries and community centers across San Francisco will be transformed into "learning...
    ELK GROVE (CBS13) – Students in the Elk Grove Unified School District aren’t the only ones experiencing butterflies for the beginning of the school year. Parents are too, as the new school year beginning on Monday will unfold at home. “It’s so much stuff, we’re concerned about it,” said Harumi Kim, a district parent. “For now, I’m struggling – how to open this or that kind of stuff.” Kim’s daughter Mai begins second grade on Monday at Arlene Hein Elementary – only with the campus closed and through distance learning. Kim says her daughter’s teacher has been emailing to introduce herself, but there are still many questions heading into day one of the new school year. “She said that she...
    The St. Paul school board on Saturday postponed a decision on how to start the school year during the coronavirus pandemic. Superintendent Joe Gothard on Thursday recommended all students start the year learning from home, saying the schools aren’t ready to reopen safely. Gothard asked the board for a resolution affirming that decision and empowering the superintendent to possibly change the mode of instruction later in the school year. During a special meeting Saturday morning, Gothard called distance learning a “starting place. … We are going to strive to get St. Paul Public Schools back in-person.” Board members, though, have concerns about the wide latitude the resolution would give the superintendent and the fact that his special authority would run...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — As some school districts roll out specifics of how the upcoming year will work, others haven’t yet, and parents are preparing for every scenario as best they can. Tracie Munce, the owner of Eagan Arms Public House, a pub in Eagan, plans to offer her employees with school-aged children a hybrid of a daycare and classroom. Munce wants to turn a dining room that’s unused during the day into a learning space when school starts. She’s looking to hire a tutor to help facilitate the children’s distance learning. “Super exciting for me,” said Chelsea Job, a bartender at the pub. “I didn’t even have to think about it. I was like yep, absolutely.” Job wasn’t sure how...
    Anoka-Hennepin, the state’s largest school district, announced Friday that students will head back to school part-time in September. Their hybrid model calls for in-person instruction two days a week for all grades, with students learning from home the rest of the week. Other districts to announce their intentions Friday include: Roseville Area, whose hybrid model has grades K-1 learning in-person four days a week and grades 2-12 two days a week. Special education students also could be in school more often. Preschool plans will be announced next week. White Bear Lake Area said Friday it hopes to use a hybrid model but won’t announce till Aug. 20, after the state releases its latest county-level coronavirus case data. South Washington County...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Friday was the first full day for school districts to begin working with the governor’s recommendations on what learning will look like in the fall. Dr. Dan Bittman is the superintendent of ISD 728, which serves students in Elk River, Zimmerman and Otsego. He says they’ve been preparing for the fall well before the governor’s decision. “As a district we’ve already spent approximately $100,000 on cleaning supplies,” Bittman said. He plans on using parent feedback through an email survey to decide what the fall will look like, whether that’s in-person or distance learning. His district is preparing for all options to play out. “Buses for example can only have 50% occupancy, so that means only about 26...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The hustle is in full effect – school starts in just over a month. We’ve gotten hundreds of questions from those asking for information about the upcoming school year. The Mack family has been quarantining hard, staying together – and away from friends.  They picked up gardening, but the frustration is growing as fast as the vegetables. Ayolanda Evans Mack has two kids in school. “My 10 year old is like this is the worst year of my life and I’m like you’re only 10 so that’s probably true,” she said. “It’s been frustrating and really scary.” With the unknowns for schooling, these parents have had a tough year too. Aylolanda –  whose son was a Minneapolis Public...
    MinnPost file photo by Erin HinrichsJoe GothardRemote start. WCCO reports: “St. Paul Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Joe Gothard announced Thursday evening that he’s recommending to the school board that the St. Paul district will begin the school year with 100% distanced learning, joining Minneapolis in staying completely online at least to start the year. … Gothard said that the district has been working on scenarios for how to return to school this fall since May.” At your own risk. Also from WCCO: “Beginning Friday, only three beaches in Minneapolis will have lifeguards on duty. … The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board says that the reduction in lifeguards is due to a staffing shortage. … In a statement, assistant superintendent of...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Staff and faculty at a San Francisco school are devastated after 100 laptops meant for students were stolen in an early morning burglary.The St. Thomas the Apostle School along Balboa Street in San Francisco was broken into around 1 a.m. on Tuesday.RELATED: 'It will take a village': New 'learning hub' program could help thousands of SF students with distance learning this fallNot only were the computers stolen, but a member of the parent-teacher group tells ABC7 News that the culprit also "ate all of the food faculty room that has been there since March."The laptops were set to be distributed to children for distance learning.Principal Judith Borelli says this is just another setback to an already...
    St. Paul Public Schools has permission from the state to reopen its schools in September, but Superintendent Joe Gothard is calling for continued distance learning at all grade levels. “The reason we’re here tonight is we do not feel we’re ready to ensure safety for our students and staff coming back,” Gothard told reporters Thursday. The decision aligns St. Paul with the Minneapolis school district, which announced earlier this week it was starting with full-time distance learning. Meanwhile, three large school districts said Thursday that they’ll start with a hybrid schedule, while several others said they need more time to decide. The St. Paul school board has a series of special meetings scheduled Saturday through Monday where they’ll discuss plans...
    St. Paul Public Schools officials said Thursday evening that the district is taking steps to adopt a recommendation to begin the upcoming school year with all students learning remotely. The announcement followed an afternoon news conference in which Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz outlined the criteria districts should consider in deciding when to fully reopen schools for in-person instruction, which include local infection rates, school building capacities and several other factors. SPPS officials have been consulting with the Minnesota departments of education and health, as well as city officials, to determine the best course of action. “The leading recommendation is that SPPS will plan to start the school year in distance learning for all students,” a Thursday update for district families...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Navigating a virtual world is hard enough for students and sometimes even more so for the families that help them. But, a Sacramento technology teacher is stepping up to offer her expertise at no cost to parents. “Thank god for technology, I don’t know how I could do it without it,” said Junior Goris, a dad of three. Goris is able to see his kids only from afar during the pandemic – having a child with underlying conditions and an essential job that requires him to come into contact with new people daily. “It’s really difficult,” Goris said. “But we’re managing and pushing through it.” Though, it also poses new challenges too. In a way, Goris double...
    The prevalence of new coronavirus cases in each county should be the starting point for school leaders as they consider which models of instruction they’ll employ this fall, Gov. Tim Walz and state education leaders said Thursday. Counties with fewer than 10 new cases over the most recent 14-day period can consider fully reopening for in-person instruction, according to the state’s guidance. Schools should move to more distance learning if new case rates are higher. Walz cautioned that local officials should consider numerous other factors when choosing an instruction model, such as school building capacity and safety measures, trends in nearby counties and whether a coronavirus outbreak is contained to a particular employer. The new case rate is only the...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A new, innovative distance learning math program in Baltimore has received lots of positive feedback from students and parents, especially with COVID-19’s impacts to the classrooms. Accelerated learning and growth are the key foundations for University of Maryland, Baltimore County and Lakeland Elementary Middle school’s new online summer math program. >>WJZ has a new news app! Download it now!
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Public schools in the nation’s capital will open this fall with full-time computer distance learning, as officials have abandoned their initial plans to use a combination of distance and in-person instruction. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s announcement Thursday was widely expected as all surrounding school districts in northern Virginia and southern Maryland had already made the same decision. Bowser had initially planned to use a hybrid model with most students attending classes inside school buildings two days per week. But in the face of newly rising COVID-19 infection numbers, a scheduled mid-July announcement of the hybrid plan was abruptly delayed minutes before the press conference. Paul Kihn, Washington’s deputy mayor for education, said the school district had solicited input...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Gov. Tim Walz announced Thursday that each local school district will have the authority to make decision on which school-learning model to implement for the 2020-21 school year, with guidance from health officials. School districts and charter schools have the option to operate in one of three models: in-person, distance learning, or a hybrid of the two. Department of Health and Education experts will partner with local districts and charter schools to help determine the model which suits them best. “With this approach, we are pairing the knowledge and data from our Departments of Health and Education with the expertise of our local school districts to make the best decisions for our students across the state,” said...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Gov. Tim Walz announced Thursday that each local school district will have the authority to make decision on which school-learning model to implement for the 2020-21 school year. School districts and charter schools have the option to operate in one of three models: in-person, distance learning, or a hybrid of the two. Department of Health and Education experts will partner with local districts and charter schools to help determine the model which suits them best. “With this approach, we are pairing the knowledge and data from our Departments of Health and Education with the expertise of our local school districts to make the best decisions for our students across the state,” said Walz, who was a teacher...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The outbreak of COVID-19 is having a major impact across the world but also in cities across Northern California. A shelter-in-place has been issued in the Bay Area, along with a similar order statewide.The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.)Join anchor Kristen Sze for ABC7's new daily, interactive newscast about the novel coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area and around the world. You can check here to stream the show Monday-Friday at 3 p.m. GET HELP: Resources and information about COVID-19 COVID-19 RISK CALCULATOR: Quiz yourself on the safest, most...
    Public schools in the nations capital will open with full-time computer distance learning, as officials have abandoned their initial plans to use a combination of distance and in-person instruction. Mayor Muriel Bowsers announcement Thursday was widely expected as all surrounding school districts in northern Virginia and southern Maryland had already made the same decision. Bowser had initially planned to use a hybrid model with most students attending classes inside school buildings two days per week. But in the face of newly rising COVID-19 infection numbers, a scheduled mid-July announcement of the hybrid plan was abruptly delayed minutes before the press conference. Paul Kihn, Washingtons deputy mayor for education, said the school district had solicited input from thousands of parents. “Overwhelmingly...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Public schools in the nation’s capital will open with full-time computer distance learning, as officials have abandoned their initial plans to use a combination of distance and in-person instruction. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s announcement Thursday was widely expected as all surrounding school districts in northern Virginia and southern Maryland had already made the same decision. Bowser had initially planned to use a hybrid model with most students attending classes inside school buildings two days per week. But in the face of newly rising COVID-19 infection numbers, a scheduled mid-July announcement of the hybrid plan was abruptly delayed minutes before the press conference. Paul Kihn, Washington’s deputy mayor for education, said the school district had solicited...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP/WCCO) — Gov. Tim Walz will announce Thursday guidances for school districts to reopen in the fall as COVID-19 has accelerated statewide in recent weeks. State health and education officials last month asked school districts to prepare for three scenarios: in-person learning for all students, distance learning as in the spring, or a hybrid learning scenario with social distancing and capacity limits. Walz and state education officials have indicated districts are likely to have discretion within the guidance. It comes as President Donald Trump has pressed schools nationwide to open for in-person learning, and as many teachers have expressed fears of doing so. Education Minnesota, the state teachers’ union, last week released a survey with just one in five teachers...
    By MOHAMED IBRAHIM, Associated Press/Report for America MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz was set Thursday to announce guidance for school districts to reopen in the fall as the coronavirus has accelerated statewide in recent weeks. State health and education officials last month asked school districts to prepare for three scenarios: in-person learning for all students, distance learning as in the spring, or a hybrid learning scenario with social distancing and capacity limits. Walz and state education officials have indicated districts are likely to have discretion within the guidance. It comes as President Donald Trump has pressed schools nationwide to open for in-person learning, and as many teachers have expressed fears of doing so. Education Minnesota, the state teachers' union,...
    Students in Prince George’s County’s Public Schools will be back in virtual classrooms in just about a month, and school leaders are vowing distance learning in the Maryland school system will be more rigorous and demanding than last spring. The county’s plan for this school year checks in at 150 pages. Kids from kindergarten through high school can expect each school day to run about six hours in total, with most days featuring four “live” sessions each day. Each of those sessions will run about an hour, and be taught from teachers who are either in an empty classroom or in their homes. Some will be recorded ahead of time, but some will be livestreaming. Breaks for lunch and “independent...
    SOUTH LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Students are getting ready to go back to school, even though for most, that means learning from home. Since 1965, Neely's School Supplies in South L.A. has sold education essentials to the community. But with the coronavirus pandemic, and LAUSD announcing online distance learning for this school year, they've seen their customers shift from teachers to parents as the classroom moves from school to the home."Since Covid-19 with the schools and the school districts closing our primary base customers are parent teachers, parents who are looking to make sure their child doesn't fall behind, that they're able to supplement their learning," said store manager Jerald Neely.Parents trying to help their children stay ahead, like Amini...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — We’re just a day away from finding out the fate for Minnesota schools this Fall. Districts have been getting ready for several scenarios. The state is considering either in-person, distance learning, or a hybrid model. One district is working hand in hand with the teacher’s union to make sure both students and educators have support. “We’re all waiting for tomorrow,” Dr. Stephanie Burrage Robbinsdale Area Schools Superintendent said. Doctor Stephanie Burrage will take over as interim superintendent of Robbinsdale Area Schools — during a pandemic and during a time when educators don’t know what school will look like. “We work together so it is always easier when you function as a team and we do that,” Burrage...
    With the Aug. 18 start of the school year fast approaching, parents and students face uncertainty over how online instruction will be conducted as the Los Angeles teachers union and district officials haggle over distance learning rules and schedules. The union, United Teachers Los Angeles, has announced that it opposes a proposal under which teachers would have to instruct students remotely from their empty classrooms while working an 8:30 a.m.-to-3 p.m. schedule that would closely mirror a traditional school day. Union leaders say forcing teachers to return to campus — even without students — would pose unnecessary health risks and would not provide the best approach to helping students learn. “The district’s attempt to force staff back to...
    A teacher stands in protest along with her colleagues in front of the Hillsborough County Schools District Office in Tampa, Florida. Teachers and administrators from Hillsborough County rallied against the reopening of schools due to health and safety concerns amid the COVID-19 pandemic. As the new school year gets ready to kick off, school districts across America are faced with what appears to be lose-lose situation: Do we have in-class instruction and put the health of our students, faculty, and staff in jeopardy, or should we stick with online learning and risk having an entire generation of students suffer academically? Despite murmurings of a nationwide teacher strike over the lack of safety precautions and state guidance for reopening schools, most...
    South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem said students in her state will be back at their desks this fall despite the coronavirus pandemic. Noem, a Republican, said students will "definitely" be receiving in-person instruction throughout the upcoming school year. The governor said she does not believe students can reach their full potential via online instruction. Schools can be a safe haven for students with difficult situations at home, Noem said. "We have proven that distance learning is not as effective as being in the classroom. We think that kids have only achieved about 70% of the learning that they could have had they been in school," Noem said. "And then, also, we have a lot of kids that don’t...
    Few Connecticut teachers would be comfortable with returning to normal school hours. Most Connecticut educators are in favor of distance learning in the fall. According to a statewide survey of the Connecticut Education Association, 16 percent of educators would prefer returning to full-time, in-school learning when students go back to school, in some form, in September. Meanwhile, 39 percent of teachers support a hybrid approach to teaching and 46 percent favor continued distance learning. Nearly all teachers want schools to require students to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines on washing hands, mandating social distancing. About 90 percent of teachers say they support required mask-wearing or students and teachers. Teachers said implementing the measures will be difficult....
    SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) – With many schools across the Bay Area starting the year with distance learning, some parents are trying to come up with alternatives. One of them is learning pods, but some pediatricians warn they could be more dangerous than schools. Many health departments are saying social gatherings are driving coronavirus transmission rates up in our communities. Some pediatricians worry, without proper protocols, a learning pod which is a small group of students that would gather to learn together, will just be another form of a social gathering. Many parents have coronavirus fears but they also know distance learning cannot replace in person school. “What they’re going to learn online is not going to be enough,” says...
              This week, educators and parents wait with bated breath on Governor Tim Walz’s upcoming decision on a safe return to schools. On the Facebook group, “Minnesota for a Safe Return to Campus,”  who’s privacy is now marked as “private,” the greatest concerns were mainly posted by educators. Death, unrealistic demands, a future lack of interest in teaching as a profession, and the inability to be with elderly loved ones were all consistent issues listed throughout the page. Nearly all comments included the popularized hashtags #14daysnonewcases , #NotUntilItsSafe , #OnlyWhenItsSafe , #MNSafeReturntoCampus , #14DaysofDecline. Few, if any, posts or comments addressed the physical, emotional, and mental needs of the children – which even the...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minneapolis Public Schools is preparing for students to start the school year off via distance learning. According to a phased plan released to parents, the district expects to start the school year on Sept. 8 with students primarily using distance learning. However, this won’t be the same scenario as happened during the lockdown, as buildings would be open to students requiring additional support. The district expects to move to a mix of distance and in-person learning sometime in the first quarter. However, no estimate was given on when a full return to in-person classes could happen, given the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. RELATED: Minnesota Parents Anxiously Await Gov. Walz’s ‘Back To School’ Plan...
    Whether distance learning from home, going back into the classroom full-time or some combination thereof, reliable Internet access, devices and security solutions will be critical to keeping up to 12.5 million students in 10 U.S. states connected as they head into the 2020-2021 school year. As the start of school quickly approaches, the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) has partnered with Verizon to provide a fast-track to enable distance learning for students in 10 neighboring states. Kindergarten through 12th grade (K-12) public schools in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi, New Jersey, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia are able to benefit from Verizon’s sponsor-state agreement with GaDOE...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — School is nearly back in session. After several distance learning duds last school year, how are the largest districts in the Sacramento area working to make round two a better fit? “There was a point where I was on back to back conference calls,” Holly Singleteary, a parent of two Sac City Unified students said.  “I said, leave your homework – I’ll finish it.” Singleteary said she wasn’t proud to admit some of the ways she handled distance learning last year. Stuck at home with schools in crisis mode, sometimes she felt she had no choice. Many parents like her were left to figure out how to teach. “I just simply don’t know how to teach math...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — New research suggests parents of school-aged kids are drinking more during the pandemic, Maryland researchers found. Their research suggests the stress of parents teaching or assisting their kids with distance learning may be driving some into unhealthy habits. Baltimore parent Dan Brown recalled the stress the pandemic has placed on his family. “We’re both working from home and the kids are not going anywhere anytime soon,” he told WJZ while on a walk with his twin girls in Patterson Park on Monday. “Parents of only children, I definitely see the strains,” he said. “It’s just pent-up energy for the parents, I guess, as well.” Another parent-child pairing quarantining together happens to be the research team of Elyse...
    Leave it to a homeschool parent to find the upside of having your kids home for school this fall. With the coronavirus keeping millions of California school children stuck at home when the new school year starts, it’s good to know there are some parents out there who not only survive the experience on a year-round basis, but purposely choose it. Helping kids through classes at home has become a strange new reality for most families in the Bay Area. But it doesn’t have to be all bad — homeschoolers say there are plenty of ways to keep kids focused and learning at the kitchen table. Until schools can reopen, here are some tips from teachers and homeschooling parents on...
    VIDEO4:3104:31What college will look like in the fallInvest in You: Ready. Set. Grow. In response to the coronavirus pandemic, a growing number of U.S. colleges have said their campuses will remain closed through the fall semester.  Still, students are heading back to school as soon as this weekend. For some, there is nowhere else to go. About 52% of high school and college students said going back to school in the fall is a bad idea, according to one survey of over 7,000 people by research and opinion firm TruePublic.  Others are more worried about the risk of living with vulnerable family members during the public health crisis, or don't have an option. More from Personal Finance:Here's the short list of...
    LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. (KABC) -- At a YMCA Summer Day Camp in Laguna Niguel, kids have been learning and playing the past few months while their parents are hard at work."We play outside a lot and we have snack and afternoon snack and we have a lot of fun here," said 4th grader Avery Gully, who says she is happy to be here, especially after schools started distance learning at the end of the school year."I missed some of my friends and now they're here, so I still get to see them."That will continue when the school year starts, now that the YMCA of Orange County has announced it will offer onsite child care and learning support for children K...
    GLENDALE, Calif. (KABC) -- Edgar Ceballos works full time in IT and needs to be at his office. Unable to teach his 4-year-old daughter Sarah transitional kindergarten, he's sending her to Glendale Unified's Child Care where she will distance learn from a classroom at one of the district's 21 Elementary Schools."If I can't work, then there will be less money. I know there's help, but I wouldn't get the same pay check I normally do and would probably get behind in bills," said Ceballos.Ceballos says his daughter wears a mask in class, is physically distant from other students, has her temperature taken -- all making him feel she's safe from COVID-19.Right now, the district is only offering child care to...
    As more school systems shift to a virtual start to the school year, many parents are asking if online learning can be as good as in-person instruction. The answer is not so clear. Christine Greenhow, associate professor of educational technology at Michigan State University, points to evidence that supports online learning. “We have meta-analyses that suggest…that online learning, if well-designed, can be as effective in terms of student outcomes as in-person learning,” she said. “But the well-designed part is really key.” That would involve frequent interactions between teachers and students, which was often not the case in the spring, she said. Greenhow said distance learning can be most challenging for young children and those with limited tech resources, among others,...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — On the eve of the implementation of Minnesota’s statewide mask mandate, health officials reported 773 more COVID-19 cases and five more deaths. The Minnesota Department of Health said Friday that the state’s COVID-19 death toll is now at 1,566. The most recent victims were all over 60 years old; one was over 100 years old. Since the start of the outbreak, 49,488 people have tested positive for the infectious disease. More than 42,000 of them have recovered. Currently, 278 patients are in Minnesota hospitals battling COVID-19 — down four in the last 24 hours. However, over the last week, hospitalizations have been trending upwards. On Saturday, Minnesota’s face mask mandate goes into effect....
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Mayor London Breed has announced that the city will create ‘learning hubs’ to support up to 6,000 disadvantaged students when San Francisco schools reopen for the fall with distance learning. The hubs, at 40 sites across the city, are set to open Sept. 14 and will be managed by the Department of Children, Youth and Their Families. Possible locations include libraries, recreation and cultural centers and several community-based organizations, pending state approval, Breed’s office said. The hubs aim to provide in-person support for low-income students, foster youth and those in English Language Learners classes. “Many young people in San Francisco are struggling with being away from their friends and the support systems they...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Next week, Gov. Tim Walz plans to release Minnesota’s strategy for educating students this fall amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The governor is slated to make the announcement on July 30. Last month, the state told schools to prepare for three scenarios: in-person classes, distance learning or a hybrid combination of the two. Education Minnesota surveyed teachers about what they’d like to see this fall. Nearly half (49%) said they’d prefer continued distance learning. Meanwhile, 29% of teachers said they’d want hybrid classes, and 17% said they want all in-person classes. According to the survey, nearly 60% of Education Minnesota members said they’d be worried about returning to the classroom even if their schools...
    In the Pioneer Press, Emma Harville writes: “About half of Minnesota educators want to resume distance learning rather than return to the classroom this fall, according to a new teachers union survey. Education Minnesota says 49 percent of respondents would prefer to do their jobs remotely instead of teaching in-person. Among educators of color, that figure was nearly 60 percent. More than 20,000 members were surveyed, the union said.” In a story for APM Reports and Wisconsin Watch, Tom Scheck, Geoff Hing and Dee J. Hall write: “For months, President Donald Trump has alleged without evidence that any expansion of mail-in voting in the 2020 election will lead to ‘tremendous’ fraud and a ‘rigged’ election. But an APM Reports analysis...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- As ABC7 News works to build a better Bay Area, the future of education and our schools is an issue we're watching daily.With most Bay Area schools returning to distance learning this fall, San Francisco is taking a bold step to assist thousands of students and their parents who need it, with a new program where so called "learning hubs" will help kids succeed.RELATED: CA 'racing against the clock' to close digital divide before school starts"It was frustrating trying to teach my own kids. I want them to go back to school," said parent Davina Counte.Counte says she is feeling stressed. She's concerned about her five kids tackling distance learning again this fall in San Francisco...
    About half of Minnesota educators want to resume distance learning rather than return to the classroom this fall, according to a new teachers union survey. Education Minnesota says 49 percent of respondents would prefer to do their jobs remotely instead of teaching in-person. Among educators of color, that figure was nearly 60 percent. More than 20,000 members were surveyed, the union said. Gov. Tim Walz is expected to announce next Thursday whether Minnesota schools can reopen and under what restrictions. He closed the schools in mid-March because of the coronavirus pandemic. Teachers unions across the country have demanded more school funding at the state and federal levels in order to allow schools to reopen safely. “What is safe must be...
    Several area school systems – including Montgomery, Prince George’s, Fairfax, and Loudoun counties – have decided to start the school year virtually. Now the NAACP DC branch and the Washington Teachers’ Union are calling for D.C. Public Schools to do the same. “Our teachers have asked the mayor to just consider opening 100% virtually,” said union President Elizabeth Davis. She hopes to see D.C. leaders “working with the teachers to come up with a very good plan to open maybe mid-year in person.” Davis maintains many schools are not prepared for in-person teaching in August. “We have schools that have faulty ventilation, we have schools that may not have the capacity to socially distance in some classrooms, and schools with...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- After Gov. Gavin Newsom announced schools might not be able to reopen on time in most of California, parents everywhere are wondering what distance learning will look like in the fall.LATEST FROM NEWSOM: California sees record-breaking number of new COVID-19 cases, Gov. Newsom announcesState Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond is holding a press conference Thursday at 1 p.m.We'll be streaming the press conference live here, on Facebook and YouTube.Thurmond's press conference comes about a week after Newsom announced schools that are on the state watch list won't be able to reopen for in-person instruction. As of Thursday, 35 of California's 58 counties are on the list.App users: For a better experience, click here to view...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- After Gov. Gavin Newsom announced schools might not be able to reopen on time in most of California, parents everywhere are wondering what distance learning will look like in the fall.LATEST FROM NEWSOM: California sees record-breaking number of new COVID-19 cases, Gov. Newsom announcesState Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond is holding a press conference Thursday at 1 p.m.We'll be streaming the press conference live here, on Facebook and YouTube.Thurmond's press conference comes about a week after Newsom announced schools that are on the state watch list won't be able to reopen for in-person instruction. As of Thursday, 35 of California's 58 counties are on the list.App users: For a better experience, click here to view...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — With less than two weeks until many students start the new school year with distance learning, the race is on to make sure every student has what they need to work from home. Whether you’re in a district set with computers for every student or not, there are concerns for everyone. Dewey Quinn has three kids and distance learning has been tough. “It’s a struggle and the kids don’t like it,” said Quinn. But that just scratches the surface. The California Department of Education estimates districts still need 700,000 computers and 300,000 hotspots in order to meet the needs of every student. Douglas Knepp, president of the West Sacramento Teachers Association, told CBS13 distance learning will continue...
    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Schools in the Las Vegas area that had more than 300,000 students when campuses closed in March won’t resume classroom instruction when the new semester starts next month. In response to fears of the spread of the coronavirus — and despite concerns about a shortage of laptops, lack of internet access for some students and the possibility of losing federal funds if school doors don’t open — Clark County School District trustees decided unanimously Tuesday to begin the 2020-2021 school year using what officials call distance education. “It’s better to lose federal dollars than any of you to lose your life,” school board member Linda Young said, comparing the decision to the sinking of the Titanic,...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Los Angeles County is thinking outside the box while schools remain closed for fall.The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted to explore using county parks and libraries as learning sites for children in unincorporated areas.Supervisor Janice Hahn said children of working parents may be at most disadvantaged as schools start virtually. She's asking county parks and libraries work with districts in unincorporated areas to create these learning sites for students in need."We have been able to run summer day camps at our County parks safely this year despite the pandemic," Hahn said in a statement. "I hope we can use a similar model to utilize our parks to provide safe, supervised spaces for kids to do...
    SAN ANTONIO – A survey on distance learning conducted by the University of Texas at San Antonio reveals that students are less engaged, according to teachers surveyed. Mike Villarreal, the director of the Urban Education Institute, discussed the results from the teachers’ perspective during a Q&A on Tuesday. Nearly 2,000 K-12 public school students, parents and teachers across eight school districts in Bexar County were surveyed. Results from the survey with parents and students will be released later. Villarreal said the institute wanted to capture what students, parents and teachers felt about distance learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. UTSA distance learning survey reveals teachers’ distance learning concerns “What we learned is that number one, our teachers really are dedicated and...
    St. Paul Public Schools students will attend in-person classes twice a week but will have the option of full-time distance learning if state education leaders call for a hybrid approach to education this fall. School district leaders detailed their tentative plans for the school board on Tuesday night. State leaders are expected to announce sometime next week whether schools will be allowed to reopen in the fall, and whether they can do so at full capacity or with students learning from home some of the time. Whatever the state decides, St. Paul schools will be less than half full if they do reopen in September. A recent district survey found 26 percent of families would choose full-time distance learning, even...
    SAN ANTONIO – With distance learning carrying over through at least for the start of the new school year, the University of Texas at San Antonio Urban Education Institute asked nearly 2,000 teachers, students and parents from nine local school districts about what they think about teaching and learning online. USAA Foundation awards SAISD $325K to help bridge digital divide within online learning model "This is the first of many reports to come to help school districts plan for the fall," said Mike Villarreal, the institute's director. He said the first survey is about what teachers had to say. "Nearly all teachers had to learn new skills and new techniques and new ways of translating what they did in the...
    PHOTO VIA RICK SCOTT/FACEBOOKU.S. Sen. Rick Scott wants schools open, but he said his grandchildren won’t be in them. On Tuesday’s edition of Varney and Co.. on the Fox Business Network, the first-term Senator from Naples said that while parents should have “choice,” that choice should include distance learning in addition to five days in brick and mortar buildings. “My daughters are going to be more focused on distance learning right now to make sure their children are safe,” Scott told Varney. “Other parents are going to want to make sure their kids are in the classroom.” Scott said that parents have their own reasons for sending their kids to school, such as free lunches. “Some [parents] are going to do it because...
    BERKELEY (CBS SF) – Officials at the University of California, Berkeley announced that the upcoming fall semester will begin without in-person classes, as COVID-19 cases continue to rise locally and across California. “Given this development, as well as it being unlikely that there will be a dramatic reversal in the public health situation before the fall semester instruction begins on Aug. 26, we have made the difficult decision,” the university said in a statement to faculty and staff on Tuesday. If in-person instruction does return this fall, students can continue to learn remotely and would not be required to attend classes in-person. University officials said they are continuing to prepare if health conditions allow for a combination of in-person and...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Gov. Tim Walz announced ….. Over the past weeks, Minnesota teachers, parents, and health officials have expressed their concerns for both in-person schooling and distance learning. While in-person schooling drastically increases the chance for COVID-19 transmission, distance learning could strain parents who are working from home and children who do not have access to reliable meals. RELATED: Survey: Minnesota Teachers Worried About Going Back To Class & The Continuation Of Distance Learning Minnesota is currently in stage three of reopening, which allows schools to be open in a hybrid model, given guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and the Minnesota Department of Health. (IDK if you’ll need this/if it’ll still be true by the time this article is...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — While it remains unclear what kind of classroom Minnesota students will go back to in the fall, teachers are concerned about the continuation of distance learning as well as the safety of returning to classrooms amid the COVID-19 pandemic. These conflicting concerns were documented in a recent survey conducted by the University of Minnesota involving more than 13,000 K-12 teachers, administrators and officials from 409 school districts and charter schools. “Overall, what we found is that educators in our state are worried, yet optimistic about what fall will look like for them and their students,” said professor Katie Pekel, of the U of M’s College of Education and Human Development and the lead researcher on...
    VIDEO3:3103:31How Bowdoin College is tackling back to school challengesThe Exchange Nearly all college students think distance learning should cost less. Very few schools agree. After most colleges and universities moved online in the spring, three-quarters of all college students were unhappy with the quality of the education they received. Now, roughly 93% of undergraduates said tuition should be lowered if classes continue remotely in the fall, according to a recent survey of more than 13,000 students by online note-sharing platform OneClass.  More from Invest in You: Helping others during the Covid-19 crisis August is shaping up to be 'ugly' if stimulus runs dry How to avoid getting crushed with student loan debt Yet only a small handful of schools are planning to charge less next semester. ...
    Associated Press WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — School nurses are being furloughed in Palm Beach County as the district prepares to open the school year with remote learning for all students. The Palm Beach Health Care District informed the 223 school heath employees on Monday of the “difficult decision" to furlough them, the Palm Beach Post reported. The reason cited was the school district's decision to go with distance learning when school resumes next month. Last week the health care district told employees that 60 of the most senior nurses and supervisors will be offered buyouts. They were given until the end of Monday to either take the buyout, or be furloughed, the newspaper reported. “Once the school district...
    PLEASANTON (KPIX) – Most Bay Area students will start school with distance learning this Fall. There’s a push to create ‘learning pods’ to help them maintain some social interaction and give parents a much-needed break. Learning pods would basically be study groups of 3 to 4 children and they would really help parents working at home, trying to juggle it all. The idea is gaining traction with parents and teachers. At Cottonwood Creek K-8 School, Mrs.Eisenstad was setting up her fourth grade virtual classroom. She’s getting her lesson plan in place to distance teach and hoping her students are ready to distance learn. “I think the biggest thing we have to remember right now is that parents are...
    SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — South Bay non-profit Parents Helping Parents hosted Santa Clara County Superintendent of Schools Mary Ann Dewan on Monday to discuss back-to-school plans amid the COVID-19 pandemic and resources available for parents. Since Santa Clara County is on the state’s watch list, all schools — private, charter and public — are required to start the academic year with a distance learning model to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus. This may put children with disabilities at a disadvantage, but Dewan said the county has been preparing resources throughout the summer to accommodate all needs. “We recognize that this is not the ideal way for some services to be provided and that may mean additional support...
    Anne Arundel County Public Schools students will start the 2020-2021 school year with distance learning for the first semester, the school system announced Monday. Superintendent George Arlotto will review the plan with the school board at a public meeting Wednesday, which starts at 7 p.m. The meeting will be available to livestream on YouTube. “We all want students to be back in our buildings, but there are very real concerns about returning to those settings in September for us and for a significant portion of our families and our employees,” Arlotto said in a statement Monday. Arlotto said he made the decision after discussions with Anne Arundel County Health Officer Dr. Nilesh Kalyanaraman, school staff, students and other superintendents in...
    MinnPost file photo by Bill KelleyUntil the state Department of Education delivers final back-to-school guidance later this month, schools won’t be able to firm up their substitute teacher needs.After more than three decades of reporting to duty at schools in Minnesota — as a teacher, a principal, and then again as a science teacher —  Rick Fletcher decided to retire. But he didn’t stay away for long.  “I’m supposedly retired. But I enjoy it too much,” he said. For the past six years, he’s worked as a short-term substitute at two schools in the Spring Lake Park Schools district and at one in St. Paul — buildings where he knows the staff and the students. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit this...
    Christopher Barrow, left, looks on while his daughter Scarlett, 6, son Grayson, 1, and his wife Darcy Alkus-Barrow play in the backyard of their home in San Rafael on Tuesday, July14, 2020. (Sherry LaVars/Marin Independent Journal)  If they can find the right combination of kindred  families and qualified teachers or tutors, Marin moms  Darcy Alkus-Barrow and Malissa Reyes are planning to go “micro-pod” for the upcoming school year. “I know that distance learning was not working for us,” said Alkus-Barrow, of San Rafael, who has a 6-year-old daughter and a 1-year-old son. “I’ve known that for a long time.” She posted on Facebook last Sunday inquiring if Marin people were interested in joining the “micro-pod” concept. By Sunday night, more...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Many school districts have made the decision to offer only remote learning when the fall semester begins. And now that parents know it's coming, many of them are looking for ways to better support their child, including hiring their own teacher."It's a little overwhelming, especially when you're trying to hold down a full time job," said Emily Rickard, a working parent of a 6-year-old.Rickard, a global executive producer, has been working from home since the pandemic hit Los Angeles. She takes COVID-19 seriously and thinks LAUSD made the right decision to keep students home this August. But this time around she wants to avoid having to juggle child care and work."Online learning was challenging when my...
    Students of color and low-income families are taking hits on all fronts during the COVID-19 pandemic, including when it comes to distance learning."As folks started losing income and losing jobs internet became disconnected and so it was kind of a live situation where we needed to keep providing hotspots to folks that were losing their connectivity," said Dr. Jesse Noonan, Chief Academic Officer of Ednovate Charter School.On Friday, educators at the Los Angeles Coalition for Excellent Public Schools shared ways they met needs in their communities."Our students and families, and many of our staff members are living in areas that have been particularly hard hit: the Westlake, Pico-Union, South LA area," said Marisol Pineda Conde, principal of Charter Academy High...
    School districts in Orange County are revising their plans for the fall now that Gov. Gavin Newsom's latest announcement makes it likely they will have to restart class with only virtual classes.Newsom announced Friday that schools can only resume in-person instruction if their county has been off the state's COVID-19 watch list for 14 consecutive days. As of Friday, 33 of California's 58 counties are on that list, including Orange County.Masks will also be required for all staff and students above third grade in the state.The governor made his announcement as the state faces a new surge in cases. Los Angeles County, for example, has been seeing its highest daily case counts since the start of the pandemic.Gov. Newsom speaks...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that all counties on the COVID-19 watch list cannot open for in-person school. This will impact 55,000 student in San Francisco alone."I still have to do online work, but also I have to help my kids with their work. Which is hard because one is in middle school and one is in elementary school," said parents, Alise Minor.RELATED: What will distance learning look like? Here's what's happening with SFUSDSingle mom, Alise Minor is concerned about her kids' education. Distance learning during the pandemic was brutal for them."Do you think that you learned what you were supposed to in the last couple months of this school year?" we asked.Not really," said 13-year-old, Nevaeh...
    HIGHLAND, Calif. (KABC) -- A charter school in Highland that had planned on allowing some students to return to class for in-person learning next month is now switching gears following new orders from state officials.A classroom at Entrepreneur High School with an elaborate set-up with screens, cameras and desks with plastic partitions will now sit empty after Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that school districts are only allowed to reopen if they meet certain conditions.In order to resume in-person class instruction, a county must have been off the state's COVID-19 watch list for 14 consecutive days. Districts in counties on the watch list, including Entrepreneur in San Bernardino County, will only be able to do distance learning.EMBED More News Videos Gov....
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education voted unanimously to start the 2020-21 school year with distance learning. The district had been leaning towards starting the year with a combination of on-campus and distance learning, however, the recent surge in COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles County delayed the return to school buildings until it is safe to do so. “We are committed to providing our students with a rigorous and engaging distance learning program for the fall,” Superintendent Dr. Ben Drati said. “We heard loud and clear that distance learning in the spring had some bright spots, but also presented challenges. We have been working with CTA, teacher leaders, site leadership, and consulting...