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    CONCORD (CBS SF/BCN) — Early results from a survey of families in the Mount Diablo Unified School District show nearly half of them would prefer their students to remain in distance learning for the rest of the school year rather than return to campus via a proposed hybrid model, the district’s superintendent said Wednesday night. Superintendent Adam Clark gave an update Wednesday to the MDUSD Governing Board on negotiations with labor unions and plans to reopen schools in the district. A survey sent out to families last weekend offered two options: continue with 100% distance learning or participate in a hybrid model where they would do distance learning in the morning and then come to the school two days a week in the afternoons for “in person” support. READ MORE: VIDEO: Victim Foils Smash-and-Grab Robbery of Vehicle In San Francisco Golden Gate Park The survey, available at https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/6198155/MDUSD-Final-Parent-Return-to-School-Survey, is due...
    A fourth-grade boy has gone viral for sitting outside of his school while distance learning so he could get back to a normal routine and have Wi-Fi amid school closures due to the coronavirus. “He was like, ‘Yeah, I need to be back on the school property, and I could be like a normal kid again,” 9-year-old Jonathan Endecott’s mother, Angel, said. Jonathan Endecott attends a school in Roswell, New Mexico, which closed earlier this year in a bid to stem the spread of the coronavirus. His mother suggested he go to the school’s property and use its Wi-Fi while completing his remote classes, as she can not afford Wi-Fi after losing both of her jobs. “Him just being outside of the building gives him that, ‘Hey, I’m at school’ feeling even though he’s not around other classmates or teachers,” she said. "The principal, the secretary, and...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Kids are already back in classrooms in some school districts. Others are pushing hard to go back to class, but many in the San Francisco Bay Area are taking the cautious approach, and have opted to continue distance learning for the foreseeable future.8-year-old Nolan Wu has kept a video diary of school life in 2020, recording the ups and the downs of distance learning since school started on Zoom earlier this year.RELATED: Bay Area parents, teachers, students weigh in on distance learning challenges since start of schoolWe've sorted through 19 of his videos and here is what has worked for him and what has been a challenge."It's not school I would say, it's kind of like a boring TV show is what school is exactly!" says third-grader Nolan Wu who attends Tara Hills Elementary in San Pablo, California.You might remember Nolan because his opinions on face...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore City health officials said they’ve noticed an alarming number of students without proper vaccines against childhood diseases. Some local schools are making sure kids are ready to go back to school. With the school year officially underway, students should be getting their vaccines for things like measles and mumps. But, health officials say an increasing number of students aren’t getting vaccinated. University Of Maryland physician Dr. Matthew Grant said part of the blame is on the coronavirus pandemic. “People don’t necessarily think they have to get all of the vaccinations if their children are distance learning but it’s still just as important if they are going out into the community to play with friends or go to the grocery store,” Grant said. Officials said this year over 3,100 city school students have yet to submit records proving they’ve been vaccinated compared to just over 1,800 last year....
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Sacramento parents protested Saturday as teachers and schools get stuck in a distance learning deadlock. City schools and the teachers union haven’t agreed on a memorandum of understanding for the year ahead. The agreement could affect basic plans for the year like class schedules educational standards and which platform families will use for distance learning. Sarah Williams Kingsley, SCUSD Parent “We need that agreement so we can all plan and so our kids feel like they’re ready when school starts on Thursday,” said Sarah Williams Kingsley, a Sacramento City Unified School District parent. The district set its first day for next Thursday, Sept. 3.
    Free Backpack Giveaway Causes Massive Traffic Jam in South Philadelphia Cities with the highest organic food prices Photo Of 5-Year-Old Crying Over Distance Learning Goes Viral Jana Coombs, a mom of four from Coweta County, Georgia, shared a photo that has gone viral on the internet. The photo, of her 5-year-old son, sitting at a computer and crying while doing distance learning, has made waves on the internet. The photo for many shows just how hard distance learning is on kids of all ages, and shows how much school isn’t just about learning numbers or letters or science, but also about seeing friends.  © Provided by Fatherly Apparently, according to Coombs, during an online lesson, he got so frustrated while struggling to keep up with distance learning that he put his head down, cried, and wiped his tears using his t-shirt. The mom took a photo of the moment,...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — It’s a trying time for families with young children, but families of children with special needs feel especially hard hit with both remote learning and most health services online. Remote learning for 5-year-old Holton can be hard for his dad, Eric Weingrad, to watch. “The problem is, with my son and kids like Holton, is they are not aware of the world around them, so an iPad is just not sufficient,” Eric Weingrad said. Holton, who is blind and cannot walk or talk, started his first year at a Los Angele Unified School District school just last year. “He heard the kids,” Weingrad said. “He could feel the rumbling of the floor as they ran around. He could hear the teachers and feel their touch, and all that is gone.” Adriane Ransom’s 5-year-old son George has poor vision and physical and cognitive delays. He started kindergarten...
    (CNN)When her son returned to virtual learning last week, Jana Coombs saw him struggling.Her 5-year-old, a kindergartener at a school in Coweta County, Georgia, was so frustrated with the remote back-to-school experience, that he put his head down and cried. Seeing him in pain, Coombs knew she needed to do something. So she snapped a photo and shared it online on August 17, in hopes of raising awareness around the difficulty some students face not being in a classroom."I just took that picture because I wanted people to see reality," Coombs told CNN affiliate WXIA. "And then he came over and we hugged and I was crying right along with him."The start of the school year has led to educators and parents nationwide clashing over starting in-person classes amid the pandemic. As of Tuesday, the coronavirus has infected more than 5.7 million people and killed over 178,000 nationwide, according to...
    CAIRO (Reuters) - Students in Saudi Arabian public schools will be educated via distance learning for the first seven weeks of the new school year, the country's minister of education said on Saturday, as a precaution against the spread of coronavirus. During that time the situation for the remainder of the school year will be evaluated, Dr. Hamad bin Mohammed Al Shaikh said in remarks carried on state-run al-Ekhbariya TV. University and technical schools will be online for theory-based curriculums and in person for practical curriculums, he added. Saudi Arabia has seen more than 297,000 cases of coronavirus. (Reporting by Nayera Abdallah, writing by Nafisa Eltahir; Editing by Alison Williams) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- With a week to go before the start of the school year, the Los Angeles Unified School District board is voting on a deal with the teachers union on distance learning.The agreement with United Teachers Los Angeles aims to meet requirements to keep students, teachers and staff safe and healthy as learning resumes during the coronavirus pandemic.The agreement remains in effect until Dec. 31 or whenever students are allowed to return to the classroom. The district has not set an exact date for a classroom return.Parents and educators shared their concerns to the board Tuesday about keeping safe."Parents deserve an equal voice in our kids' education and in the process for setting grading policies, discussing assessment, making sure distance learning actually works for the kids," one parent said.There are exceptions allowing for one-on-one help for students who need it. The help can be provided on campus...
    TUSTIN, Calif. (KABC) -- Machele Kilgore is a distance learning veteran. The principal and administrator helped start the independent study program in Orange County three decades ago, and finds herself answering a lot of questions for families looking for something non-traditional."We are a public school through the Orange County Department of Education, so we're one option that families have that has been around for about 30 years, so we do have a bit of experience with the distance learning, independent study approach," said Kilgore.It appears what's old is new again, with her office receiving about 150 inquiry calls in just three days last week. For grades TK through 8th, there's the Community Home Education Program - or CHEP, which is basically state-funded home school tied to the county's education department.Some schools taking classrooms outdoorsEMBED More News Videos Some schools are trading indoor classrooms for fresh air, sunshine and outdoor teaching...
    RANCHO CORDOVA (CBS13) – Sunday marked the eve of a very different kind of school year and parents spent the weekend getting the house set up – squeezing in some extra workspace for distance learning. No doubt it’s a challenge for everyone, but CBS13 found one family doing something special Sunday so teachers have some extra encouragement too. The Knifton house looks a bit different now. The work stations are set up and the Chromebooks are out. “Each has their own login and they’ll be able to access their own teachers,” said mom, Tegan Knifton. While she explained the new work stations, her little ones interrupted with questions about signing onto their computer. That’s why Mom has her workspace set up right next to them. “I know things are going to happen and we’re just going to have to roll with the punches,” said dad Matt Knifton. “There are days...
            by Bethany Blankley  Some school districts are having a difficult time accounting for thousands of devices that were sent home with students this spring to participate in distance learning programs during COVID-19 shutdowns. Federal CARES Act funding allocated money to states to purchase millions of students laptops, tablets and Chromebooks. Now some districts are having difficulty finding them. In Atlanta, Fulton County Public Schools officials say they’re having difficulty trying to retrieve hundreds of mobile devices that have not been returned by students who graduated this year. Emily Bell, the district’s acting chief information officer, said the district runs into this kind of problem every year, but not this late into the summer. “These devices will be our universal remote learning tools and it’s our priority to make sure our students have them,” Bell said. The Fulton County Public School System has roughly 6,000 students in each...
    OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) -- The school year starts on Monday in Oakland, and as of Sunday afternoon, there's no deal between teachers and the school district on a distance-learning school model.BUILDING A BETTER BAY AREA: Back to school The teachers' union says two main sticking points involve the teacher's request for small-group instruction including the use of substitute teachers and flexible work-day schedules."We're waiting and hoping the district brings a significant, meaningful proposal and we can come to an agreement today so that we can start the school year on a positive note,"Oakland Education Association President Keith Brown said.RELATED: Oakland Unified School District eyeing possible plans for 2020EMBED More News Videos Thursday night the Oakland Unified School District held a special meeting to update community members about what's next for students amid the coronavirus pandemic. Neither side will provide details about what the start of school will look like for...
    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 recreation Tyrize Cox said the board has been trying to hire additional lifeguards all summer, but have run out of time as the season is nearing its end.” Ongoing investigation....
    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 though 8 at over 40 sites."So now that we know that the 100 percent online is what they're doing, we are able to introduce our full time and part time...
    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 of voter data from Wisconsin’s April primary shows a far more measurable and consequential effect of mail-in voting — rejected ballots. Slightly more than 23,000 ballots were thrown out, mostly...
    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.  While a number of colleges and universities have offered a break on room and board, nearly all of them have drawn the line at tuition. Meanwhile, tuition and fees plus room and board...
    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 Sneed.Last year, a San Francisco report concluded that more than 100,000 San Franciscans do not have high-speed internet access at home.RELATED: While schools within California county watch list eye distance...
    SAN ANTONIO – Northside ISD and North East ISD will delay holding in-person instruction for students at the start of the new school year. Instead, both school districts will utilize distance learning for students in an effort to stay safe and limit the spread of the coronavirus. The announcement came Thursday, July 16, and both districts said they will hold distance learning for students during the first several weeks of the school year. Northside ISD will begin its 2020-2021 school year Monday, Aug. 24 with distance learning. According to school district officials, there will be no in-person instruction until at least the Tuesday after Labor Day, which is Sept. 8. “After weeks of listening to teachers, parents and school leaders we have made the decision to begin the year in distance learning,” Superintendent Dr. Brian Woods said in a statement. “Our plan meets TEA guidelines released last week, though we...
    ROSEVILLE (CBS13) — Roseville City School District’s superintendent is expected to recommend on Thursday that students start the new academic year with full-time distance learning. The recommendation comes as other school districts in the area have also moved to continue with online classes come the new school year. On Wednesday, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond called for districts to use caution when finalizing plans as coronavirus cases in California have surged. While noting that there was no one-size-fits-all template for reopening, he urged schools to continue with distance learning. Shortly after the state superintendent’s comments, Sacramento County education leaders directed all schools to at least start the year with distance learning. Roseville City Schools appear poised to follow suit. Get the app: Download the new CBS Sacramento News app for iOS and Android “We all want our children to return to school. It is not a matter of if...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Students in Sacramento County schools won’t be going back into the classroom come fall due to the coronavirus pandemic. On Wednesday, public health director Dr. Peter Beilenson and Sacramento County Superintendent of Schools David W. Gordon announced that the 13 districts in the county are being directed to continue distance learning when the academic year begins in August and September. The announcement comes shortly after State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond comments calling for “an abundance of caution” as many of California’s 1,000 school districts finalize plans for the new school term. Thurmond noted there was no one-size-fits-all template for reopening. “In any place where there is uncertainty, we should proceed with caution. In many cases, that’s going to be opening in distance learning,” Thurmond said. Get the app: Download the new CBS Sacramento News app for iOS and Android After Dr. Beilenson and Gordon’s announcement, several...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- After the Los Angeles Unified School District announced all classes will be online for now, other districts in Southern California are now revealing their plans whether to resume classes in person.School districts across the country scrambled to launch distance learning programs practically overnight amid a global pandemic. Four months later, many districts seem to be heading in the same direction of 100% distance learning when the new school year starts.Long Beach Unified School District Superintendent Jill Baker said in-person instruction will be delayed until at least Oct. 5."This decision was a hard one to make, but we have done so with input from our local and county health departments," she said.RELATED: OC officials approve proposal recommending schools reopen without mask, physical distancing requirementsEMBED More News Videos The Orange County Board of Education on Monday approved a proposal recommending that schools reopen in the fall without a...
    Antioch has pushed back the start of the school year by several weeks in an effort to deal with the recent spike in COVID-19 cases in Contra Costa County. The Antioch Unified School District unanimously approved the switch to a traditional school schedule with a Sept. 1 start during a meeting Wednesday night. On the same night, nearby Knightsen School District, which serves K-8 students, also pushed back its start date, but only by one week, to Aug. 3. And, while Antioch agreed to look to a hybrid online/in-person schedule when classes resume, Knightsen will start with full-distance learning. Antioch Superintendent Stephanie Anello said that she understood that changing the calendar may be difficult for some, but she asked for the move “out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of our students and staff.” Anello explained her reasons in a letter to parents sent that same...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Summer means a break from distance learning, but school districts across the state are already preparing for fall. That includes the Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf in Faribault. Students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing come from across the Midwest to learn. From a student to a teacher, Michele Heise has spent much of her life at the academy. When distance learning began, she knew it would affect her students. READ MORE: ‘Digital Divide’ Causes Frustrations For Some MN Families Navigating Distance Learning “They miss the language, they miss the conversation, they miss having people around,” Heise said via an American Sign Language interpreter. “In class you can interact, you have discussions, you can see the language. That’s our culture. We are very expressive. That helps us understand the message.” One-hundred students from Minnesota, Iowa and South Dakota go to the school. That meant making...
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