Virtual School Meanderings

September 27, 2020

EBSCO Alerts

ebscoFirst, I received the alert for virtual schools, but there were no relevant items.

Next, I did not receive the alert for cyber schools.

Finally, I also did not receive an alert for K-12 online learning.

So nothing to report this week.

September 26, 2020

Virtual Schooling In The News

InTheNewsBeginning with the Education Dive.

Clear parent communication, support essential for remote learning success

Building strong parent-teacher rapport is more crucial than ever as parents remain wary of a lack of clarity during initial school shutdowns in spring.

Ed experts fear rise in dropouts as remote learning continues

Loss of peer, teacher and other school connections combined with lack of tech access and unstable family situations could worsen graduation rates.

PE adapts for social distancing and virtual learning

Officials emphasize trauma-informed practices, equity, inclusion and accessibility in physical education and activity during the pandemic.

Wildfires and COVID-19: How schools are trying to heal trauma from a distance

Entire communities are suffering, and districts are at the center as they look to provide resources for students while employees deal with their own challenges.

The play must go on: Moving arts ed forward during COVID-19

Schools are limited in ways to support performing arts instruction and stage events, but educators and associations have found ways to adapt opportunities in-person and online.

DEEP DIVE – How the pandemic is shifting school comms strategies for English learners

Amid the pandemic transition to virtual models, districts have evolved their approaches to ensure ELL students and families remain engaged and informed.

DEEP DIVE – How the pandemic is shifting school comms strategies for English learners

Amid the pandemic transition to virtual models, districts have evolved their approaches to ensure ELL students and families remain engaged and informed.

Q&A – Lessons In Leadership: How a first-year principal navigated pandemic disruption

As a Feb. 1 transition to hybrid learning approaches, Principal David Brown is continuing to implement and improve supports for students, families and staff.

Next, The EdClips.


VIRTUAL LEARNING SUPPORT

CA – Spanish-Language Resources Help Parents Deal With Challenges of Distance Learning

In California public schools, about 40 percent of students speak a language other than English in their homes, and over 80 percent of those students speak Spanish, with 18.6% classified as English Learners. But, it’s the parents that educators knew they needed to reach, and it was obvious there wasn’t enough information that was easily accessible for Spanish-speaking parents. | Ed Source, Sept. 21

Learn More

State Policy Responses and Other Executive Actions to the Coronavirus in Public Schools


GRADUATION RATE IMPACTS

Ed Experts Fear Rise in Dropouts as Remote Learning Continues

Remote learning puts students at higher risk of dropout due to loss of connection with peers and support staff, reduction in available services and the loss of extracurricular activities and events that help keep students motivated. | Education Dive, Sept. 21


VIRTUAL LEARNING ATTENDANCE

IL – Thousands of Students Are Missing From Chicago’s Virtual Classrooms. Here’s the Plan to Find Them.

Chicago Public Schools said that 49,000 students failed to log into classrooms on the first day of remote learning, a figure it has now winnowed down to fewer than 6,900 after expanded outreach efforts. The figures released at Wednesday’s Board of Education meeting offer the first look at how many of Chicago’s 300,000 students the school district is still trying to contact. | Chalkbeat, Sept. 23

Learn More

State Policy Responses and Other Executive Actions to the Coronavirus in Public Schools

Also, the EdSource.

By Betty Márquez Rosales, EdSource
While California school districts and counties confront the learning challenges of the pandemic, education organizations are developing new guides for Spanish-speaking parents to help them navigate distance learning.
By Diana Lambert, EdSource
Home-schooling programs have seen a surge of interest since campuses closed in March. Parents are looking for flexibility and control.
SPECIAL REPORT
By EdSource staff
Families across California face a school year like no other as they confront a deadly pandemic that has upended the traditions of going back to school. Come along as EdSource reports how families are learning how to cope.
SPECIAL REPORT
By Jennifer Molina for EdSource
This video, “Education during Covid: California families struggle to learn,” is part of a continuing project by EdSource on how California families are struggling with learning during the Covid crisis. It includes photos and videos contributed by participating families.
COMMENTARY
By Igor Chirikov, Center for Studies in Higher Education, UC Berkeley and Rene Kizilcec, Cornell University.

On to the various newsletters from Education Week.

Why Students Still Can’t Access Remote Learning: How Schools Can Help

Schools are turning to paper packets and other workarounds while laptop orders are delayed and many students still lack internet access at home. Read more.
Is Online Learning Worse Than Being in School? Majority of Teens Say YesIs Online Learning Worse Than Being in School? Majority of Teens Say Yes

Even so, only 19 percent of teenagers say that instruction should be fully in-person this fall. Read more.
Talking Civics in Remote Classes in 2020: What Could Go Wrong?Talking Civics in Remote Classes in 2020: What Could Go Wrong?

Students are almost certain to have a tougher time feeling comfortable sharing contradictory views in virtual settings, especially in the current political environment. Read more.
Survey: What Parents Think of Online LearningSurvey: What Parents Think of Online Learning

Parents are supportive overall of online learning, but have big questions about student privacy, a survey by a nonprofit found. Read more.
How to Thwart 'Zoombombing' in the Remote Classroom: 10 TipsHow to Thwart ‘Zoombombing’ in the Remote Classroom: 10 Tips

Early into the new school year, ‘Zoombombings’ are already becoming an all-too common learning disruption for students and their teachers. Read more.
Talking Civics in Remote Classes in 2020: What Could Go Wrong?

Students are almost certain to have a tougher time feeling comfortable sharing contradictory views in virtual settings, especially in the current political environment. Read more.
Rethinking Teacher Training During COVID-19: Bite-Sized Digital Lessons

One district’s tech team posts four new modules on the learning management system each week, building a library of helpful content teachers can visit repeatedly. Read more.
SPECIAL REPORT

Bridging Distance for Learners With Special Needs

The schooling services that English-language learners and students with disabilities receive don’t always translate well to remote learning. Here’s how schools can help. Read more.
LESSONS LEARNED

District leaders and experts share ed-tech best practices and persistent challenges

5 Tips for Remote Learning PD Success

Training teachers, principals, and district administrators on how to improve remote instruction will take a big commitment to mastering the learning management system and honing video teaching skills. Read the full story.
FREE QUIZ

Quiz Yourself: How Much Do You Know About Virtual Learning?

How much do you know about virtual learning efforts amid school closures and the most effective ways to teach in a remote environment? See other Quizzes.
altEmbracing Ed-Tech Tools Can Help Level the Playing Field for All Students (EdSource)

Free online tools can help teachers fill in the inevitable gaps caused by distance learning.
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How an Epic Series of Tech Errors Hobbled Miami’s Schools (WIRED)

It started with the district hiring a little-known virtual charter school company, which led to balky connections and an even more troublesome curriculum.
altMust-Do’s for Education Companies During Remote Learning (EdWeek Market Brief)

As it implements a combination of remote and in-person learning this fall, the 84,000-student Jefferson County, Colo., school district needs vendors who can pivot quickly.

Next, the different mailings from eSchool News.

4 ways to keep your school resilient during distance learning 2.0
As the nation enters an uncertain new school year, being prepared and decisive during distance learning will be paramount to success.
4 ways to keep your school resilient during distance learning 2.0
What e-learning trends will 2020 bring to the table?
COVID-19 drastically boosted e-learning across the globe—and could permanently change the way students learn.
What e-learning trends will 2020 bring to the table?
Using digital tools for engaging remote STEM instruction
Remote STEM instruction that’s both engaging and impactful is possible–with a little determination and creativity.
Using digital tools for engaging remote STEM instruction
10 at-home learning tips teachers can share with caregivers
At-home learning can be a challenge–but it isn’t impossible to create supportive routines that help students and caregivers acclimate to a temporary new reality.
10 at-home learning tips teachers can share with caregivers
How can you protect your students online during hybrid and remote learning?
Increased screen time multiplies online dangers, including inappropriate content, isolation, and stress–learn how to keep students safe during learning.
How can you protect your students online during hybrid and remote learning?
How 1:1 provides digital equity during COVID-19
COVID-19 has shed light on digital equity gaps across the nation–here’s how one district’s 1:1 program helped it prepare for online learning.
How 1:1 provides digital equity during COVID-19

Also, the variety of ASCD mailings.

Schools seek solutions to virtual attendance

Schools seek solutions to virtual attendance
(Mahmud Hams/Getty Images)

Teachers and administrators beginning the school year remotely may face similar challenges they experienced in the spring encouraging virtual attendance and engagement. Justin Reich, director of the Teaching Systems Lab at MIT, says the lessons of the last school year could help teachers identify which students are likely not to engage, but warns that many issues preventing participation may be out of their control.

Full Story: The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (9/22)

 

5 strategies to support hybrid learning

5 strategies to support hybrid learning
(Pixabay)

Some teachers will be operating under hybrid learning — combining teaching students at home and in the classroom. Wyman Khuu, a science teacher at KIPP Infinity Elementary, and Jane Chavez, a science teacher at KIPP NJ Seek Academy, share five strategies to support this style of teaching.

Full Story: SmartBrief/Education (9/22)

 

Tips and ideas for managing blended learning

Tips and ideas for managing blended learning
(Robyn Beck/Getty Images)

Blended learning, adopted by most international private schools in Dubai, can be challenging, according to David Keating, an English teacher at Raffles World Academy. In this commentary, he shares six tips to help educators navigate blended learning during the coronavirus pandemic, including crafting a plan B in case something goes wrong and having activities that give students a break from their screens.

Full Story: TES (UK) (9/17)

 

Online reading exams present new challenges in N.C.

Online reading exams present new challenges in N.C.
(Pixabay)

Exams administered to students in North Carolina to assess their reading levels in grades K-2 can be more challenging in a remote setting, educators and parents say. In some cases, parents need to help students sign on for the tests, but too much parental help can skew the results, according to Chris Grace, principal of Lakeshore Elementary in Mooresville.

Full Story: WFAE-FM (Charlotte, N.C.) (9/21)

 

Teacher shares the perks of teaching online

Teacher shares the perks of teaching online
(Pixabay)

Teacher Susan Shapiro, a self-professed technophobe, shares the unexpected perks she discovered when the pandemic forced her to teach online. Asking her students how they are doing in an online environment serves both to improve class engagement and adds a personal touch even in-person classes sometimes lack, Shapiro says.

Full Story: Wired (tiered subscription model) (9/22)

 

Study unveils best practices for remote instruction

Study unveils best practices for remote instruction
(Pixabay)

There is no “right” way to adopt remote instruction, according to a study from Bellwether Education Partners and Teach For America. Its review of 12 schools revealed several best practices, including innovative instruction, support for students with special needs and a focus on social and emotional learning.

Full Story: Education Dive (9/23)

 

How to begin a dialogue about online habits

How to begin a dialogue about online habits
(Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images)

With remote learning underway in many districts, students are spending an increasing amount of time online, asserts Megan Collins, a former teacher and current educational consultant. In this commentary, Collins advises how teachers can speak with students about their online habits and work to use technology in deliberate ways.

Full Story: EdSurge (9/23)

 

Could virtual learning replace snow days?

Could virtual learning replace snow days?
(Karen Bleier/AFP via Getty Images)

Widespread adoption of remote learning has led some school districts to cancel scheduled snow days, saying learning could continue online in case of inclement weather. Some states, including Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, already have transitioned to virtual learning, rather than closures, on snow days.

Full Story: The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (9/25)

 

Report: Teachers report remote learning challenges

Report: Teachers report remote learning challenges
(Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

Thirty-one percent of teachers say providing remote instruction is challenging during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report released Thursday by RAND Corporation. Twenty percent reported technology problems, including students who lack internet access or devices.

Full Story: Education Week (tiered subscription model) (9/24)

 

How districts can prevent “Zoombombings”

How districts can prevent "Zoombombings"
(Pixabay)

Interruptions on videoconferencing platforms — called “Zoombombings” or “Zoom raids” — could be occurring in a majority of school districts, asserts Doug Levin, founder and president of the K-12 Cybersecurity Resource Center. This article includes tips to help districts thwart such attempts, including requiring students to display their names and ensure they know they cannot invite outside people to the class.

Full Story: Education Week (tiered subscription model) (9/22)

 

Report: US lags in online learning capability

Report: US lags in online learning capability
(Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

The US ranks 12th in digital infrastructure, according to an analysis of 30 countries by Preply — falling behind Norway, Denmark, Switzerland, Luxmebourg and others. Analysis show 72% of students in the US have access to a computer at home — compared to 91.7% in the UK.

Full Story: District Administration magazine online (9/22)

 

Ohio math teacher bases lessons on telephone pole

Ohio math teacher bases lessons on telephone pole
(Pixabay)

Ohio high-school math teacher Chuck DeRee is teaching in a hybrid environment and says that it is a challenge to find creative ways to engage students online. Recently, he noticed a telephone pole near his house and he quickly began crafting YouTube videos that explore the geometry and trigonometry of its relation to the surrounding environment.

Full Story:WBNS-TV (Columbus, Ohio) (9/24)

 

School buses transport internet to remote students

California school buses are being deployed to some districts’ more remote areas to help students connect with online learning. Some students in these areas also are provided with stronger hot spot devices, and the Wi-Fi-equipped buses are placed to make internet connection easier.

Full Story: The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, Calif.) (tiered subscription model) (9/17)

Ind. teachers balance in-school, virtual learning

Teachers in Indiana share how they are mixing virtual and in-person learning based on students’ family preferences on how their children will attend due to the coronavirus pandemic. In Mishawaka, for example, 23% of students will remain in virtual learning, even though the in-person option is offered.

Full Story: South Bend Tribune (Ind.) (tiered subscription model) (9/20)

Will virtual students be left behind in hybrid models?

Students who are sticking with distance learning while some of their classmates return to school may be missing out, as teachers have less time for Zoom sessions and other remote instruction activities, some parents and educators say. Parent Jessica Savage says her son, who is in special education, has struggled with reduced interaction with his class, and school board president Michelle Fullhart says that she is concerned about equity for students who remain 100% virtual.

Full Story: The Indianapolis Star (tiered subscription model) (9/21)

Can students form strong relationships online?

The coronavirus pandemic has demonstrated that it is possible to form strong friendships and connections online, according to Nitzan Pelman, founder of Climb Hire, a community-building and learning platform. Similarly, the program nXu embeds relationship-building in its virtual programming.

Full Story: EdSurge (9/21)

Other News:

Back to the regular Google News alert for virtual school.

Parents launch petition after Toronto’s Africentric school unavailable for virtual learning

“With more than 77,000 students in the TDSB Virtual School, we do not have the resources to support the instructional focus of each of the TDSB’s …

Elementary school parents adapt to challenges of virtual learning

Virtual school has been a challenge for elementary school parents. While high school students often have experience doing homework, working on a …

Nurse’s letter not enough for a school exemption, judge rules

Given her cancer diagnosis, she took steps to enrol the children in virtual school. The schools agreed to offer distance learning, but the high school …

Newmarket sisters take different paths to COVID-19 education

We will have lunch at virtual school, of course, but in real school, lunchtime is more than just lunch. It’s super chaotic, but it’s super fun. It’s a time to …

MGSD hears concerns of parents, educators about virtual learning

… Mauney said he and the board realize the huge impact virtual school has had on families especially those making huge sacrifices to be home with …

Photos: Virtual learning inspires a new family business

At the start of the virtual school year, the Domack family quickly realized the need for some kind of stand to prop up school-issued iPads. Local families …

Charlotte County district introduces new learning model

Instead of Charlotte Virtual School, students will be enrolled in their neighborhood school. This could take some pressure off CVS, which had as many as …

‘It’s been nuts’: McFarland family makes, sells iPad stands to help with virtual learning

On the first day of virtual school this fall, Adam Domack and Jenna Dean tried to help their four sons through the three-and-a-half hours of instruction …

Baldwin County Public Schools to remain closed through at least Sept. 22

Please note, this also includes the Virtual School. I have seen so many pictures of our students out working in their own yards and helping others in …

Blytheville School Board reviews policy for students accused of violent crimes

With virtual school now available, the board has considered students who have been accused of these crimes would have the opportunity to continue …

Need an extra PC for working or schooling from home? Here are some solutions

Chromebook, headphones, desks:Virtual school supplies come with real spike in spending. Chromebooks typically cost less than Windows PCs and …

COVID-era virtual school brings spending spike

Hide caption. This is the virtual school setup Amanda Sorena set up for her twins. [CONTRIBUTED PHOTO]. By Aimee Picchi USA TODAY …

Virtual school gets a rocky start in Eau Claire; school district adding staff to relieve strain

In response to concerns from parents and school officials, the school board on Monday approved the creation of two virtual school administrator …

Six W.Va. Counties Will Be Remote, Virtual School This Week

Counties Will Be Remote, Virtual School This Week. By Liz McCormick • 10 hours ago. ShareTweetEmail. The West Virginia Department of Education …

‘Superman arms’ keep students separated as Midlands schools resume amid pandemic

… “B” groups, each having two days of in-person instruction and three days of virtual school. The district also gave the option of an all-virtual schedule.

Back to school in Ontario: “Judging parents is futile”

If I sent him to virtual school, then he could lose his spot in daycare. A lot of us have these temporary work-from-home assignments. But what do we do …

Caribbean Online Academy aims to expand virtual learning for CSEC/CAPE students

MANDEVILLE, Manchester – Four years ago, Judian Wright sought to register a fully virtual school to offer Caribbean students a convenient way to …

Some Parents Getting High During Kids’ Virtual Classes & It’s Inappropriate

With so many children attending virtual school due to the coronavirus, it’s made for a lot of unexpected challenges at home. Not only do parents need …

NJ kids are now doing remote learning – and recess – from a trampoline park

And, when the virtual school day ends, kids can unwind by taking advantage of the expansive facility’s many physical attractions such as Ninja Warrior …

Q&A: Maxine McKinney de Royston says virtual instruction is a chance to reimagine education

[Photos: Back to (virtual) school]. That being said, I think we’re in a place where we have certain ideas about what education looks like, and what …

TCDSB working to hire additional teachers as more students register for virtual school

The delay comes after the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) was forced to push back the start of its virtual school by one week due to an increase …

Growing Pains: ACPS and Families Adapting to Virtual School Year

It hasn’t been an easy start to the 2020-2021 school year in Alexandria, and parents should expect the Alexandria City Public Schools system to make …

‘Double billing’ loophole makes virtual school even harder for special-needs families

There are also programs unaffected by the move to virtual school. Sarah Baker, a parent in Wake County, said she’s able to get in-home help during …

Nearly 300 Kenosha teachers report absent Monday, forcing 7 schools to transition to online learning

The Kenosha school district is transitioning to online learning at seven middle and high schools after 276 teachers reported absent Monday.

TDSB delays start of live online classes for some elementary students

All students who opted for virtual school were supposed to begin live, interactive classes online on Sep. 22. But the TDSB says due to an increase in …

Virtual-only school succeeding for some Aiken parents

Their kids are enrolled in Aiken Innovate, the Aiken County Public School District’s virtual school program. Aiken Innovate is a full-time virtual program, …

School report: ‘I feel fortunate to have great teachers for my two daughters’

“Is virtual school chaotic? Definitely! But so is the first couple weeks of school in a regular year. When you have thousands of people trying to get on …

As School Begins, Mothers Working Retail Jobs Feel Extra Burden

The start of the virtual school year has been a struggle for Patricia Reveles, a pharmacy technician at a CVS in Los Angeles, whose daughter is in …

‘If this was real school, I’d be paying attention, but here I’m so distracted’: Some Boston students are …

‘If this was real school, I’d be paying attention, but here I’m so distracted’: Some Boston students are attending virtual school from YMCA. Tales from an …

Ottawa’s largest school board debates mandatory masks for younger children — again

In Grades 7 and 8, in-person classes will average 22 students, compared to 33 students at the virtual school. The provincial rules say classes must be …

Hamilton’s public board facing virtual school delays due to growth in student demand

Bill Torrens, HWDSB’s superintendent of student achievement and programs, told CBC they’ve had to create the virtual school in about three weeks, …

TDSB hires 350 teachers as it scrambles to fill classrooms for virtual school

On Tuesday, virtual school finally began for many students, one week after those who opted for in-person instruction began to return to classrooms.

TDSB delays start of live virtual school for some elementary students

The TDSB says some elementary students who opted for virtual school will temporarily have to make do with independent learning rather than live …

Problems rolling out virtual school program in Anchorage discouraged hundreds of families

We’re making this important information about the pandemic available without a subscription as a public service. But we depend on reader support to …

Richmond considers shortened virtual school day due to ‘mental exhaustion’

Richmond considers shortened virtual school day due to ‘mental exhaustion’. –>. Sorry, we’re having issues playing this video. In the meantime, try …

Richmond families, teachers share concerns about length of virtual school day

Families and teachers who largely described feeling drained and concerned by a virtual school day they said stretches on too long wrote en masse to …

No more Zoom’: Chester County families rally against virtual school

‘No more Zoom’: Chester County families rally against virtual school. By; Miles Bryan; September 22, 2020. Liam Whomsley and his brother Conor.

Some Toronto elementary students may not have a teacher for first day of virtual classes

Children learning independently should access school work for their grades through the Elementary Virtual School website, the TDSB said. “We know …

Some drama, but little change as Staunton continues all-virtual school plan

Some drama, but little change as Staunton continues all-virtual school plan. Patrick Hite. Staunton News Leader. 0:00. 1:00. Staunton City School …

‘Disaster Response’ TV brings virtual school to Beirut blast kids

As Lebanon reels from huge explosion that destroyed 120 schools, SAT-7 ramps up free kids educational programs. EASTON, Md. — As Lebanon’s …

Virtual school enrolment numbers continue to climb

Since the start of the school year, 2,300 public elementary and 400 secondary students have requested to switch from in person to virtual school. By …

No public board virtual high school is a problem for some students and teachers says union

The public board only has virtual school for elementary students, which in some cases has been delayed due to a spike in enrollment. On its website, the …

‘I never planned on homeschooling my kids:’ Milwaukee parents balance virtual schooling with full …

Greer said her 5th grade daughter, Sereaya, needs less focused attention and is enjoying virtual school — and socialization — so far since she gets …

Virtual school overload giving your kids ‘v-school-itis’? We’ve got help!

Virtual school overload giving your kids ‘v-school-itis’? We’ve got help! Newport News. by: Don Roberts. Posted: Sep 22, 2020 / 11:51 PM EDT …

How to reduce screen time while kids attend virtual school

How to reduce screen time while kids attend virtual school. AM Show. by: Margie Ellisor. Posted: Sep 23, 2020 / 09:49 AM CDT / Updated: Sep 23, …

Wyoming virtual school sees large increase in enrollment

“There’s only one reason,” Bublich said of why she opted for virtual school for her three kids. “Mandating kids to wear masks. I don’t think it’s healthy, …

4-year-old attends virtual school with help from grandmas

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — A Houston 4-year-old is reaping the benefits of virtual learning because he’s been able to go to school while also …

Child suspended from virtual school after BB gun is seen on video

Virtual school. And could’ve faced expulsion from school altogether. This matter is unfolding in Harvey where Woodmere Elementary student Ka Mauri …

Virtual school board & city council meetings might be here to stay

Virtual school board & city council meetings might be here to stay. by Colleen Wilson. Wednesday, September 23rd 2020. AA.

Baltimore City high school teacher says a ‘generational catastrophe’ is happening with virtual school

… students if they would want to continue virtual school, or go back to in-person school, to which “many of them wanted to return to in-person school.”.

Parents worry virtual school delay could mean educational setbacks for their kids

By Wednesday of the first week of virtual school, James Frodyma was frustrated. The Toronto father says a combination of technical issues, a sick call, …

Hamilton public school board’s virtual school is 8 teachers short as delays persist

Hamilton’s public school board hoped all students enrolled into its virtual school would have a first contact with their teacher by Friday, but the board is …

TDSB aims to have teachers for all virtual students by mid-to-late next week

We sincerely apologize for the ongoing staffing delay in Elementary Virtual School. It’s a challenging situation & continue to work as quickly as possible.

Living Sky board resumes live meetings, focus on virtual learning

The “virtual school” is designed for families who want or require an online at-home educational experience for students enrolled, and is particularly …

Rutherford County Schools keeping on masks, plans to grow Virtual School

Rutherford County Schools keeping on masks, plans to grow Virtual School. Nancy DeGennaro. Murfreesboro Daily News Journal. 0:00. 1:11.

The demands of virtual school

Finally, as a retired teacher myself, I don’t mind admitting that getting two kids through virtual school is kicking my butt! Additionally, we should thank all …

TDSB virtual school delays will continue through to next week

While the TDSB scrambles to hire more teachers to meet the demand for its elementary virtual school, parents continue to struggle to manage their …

iTutor’s Virtual School Allows School Districts to Transform the K-12 Online Experience

Even better news: iTutor’s Virtual School has proven effective since 2014, as it has been widely adopted and used by more than 20,000 K-12 students …

Virtual school enrolment numbers continue to climb

More than two weeks into the start of a new school year, the number of families opting for virtual school continues to grow. In a presentation to Durham …

Highlights from the September 23 Board of Trustees Meeting for the Upper Canada District School …

The secondary Virtual School is in full operation, with 743 students registered in courses as of Friday, September 18. These students are learning …

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

Your View: Should taxpayers finance cyber charter schools if districts can offer distance learning at …

Cyber charter schools have not lived up to expectations, in my opinion. On state assessments in the 2018-19 school year, cyber school students scored …

Editorial: Remember charter school reform? It’s more important than ever

The cyber school funding reform proposal currently on the back burner in Harrisburg would save the district roughly $800,000 if enacted. Skrocki said …

Cops investigating verbal abuse of teachers online

… ready to assist the Education Ministry in ensuring that the ongoing “cyber-school term” is safe and secure for all teachers, students and parents.

Cyber school concerns at Pleasant Valley

Cyber school concerns at Pleasant Valley. Parents of students in the Pleasant Valley Cyber Academy are fed up with technology problems that are …

More Than 11000 PA Cyber Families Hit With Robocalls Saying Their Student Was Unenrolled

MIDLAND, PA (KDKA) – It was an evening filled with phone calls for students enrolled with PA Cyber after robocalls informed parents that their child …

Cyber woes still plague Pl. Vly.

According to the company’s website, “Cyber School in a Box bundle includes a laptop computer, a printer/scanner, peripherals, online lessons, …

Ivey, Orr and Battle team up for virtual groundbreaking for School of Cyber Technology and …

The cyber school will move to the permanent campus that began construction on Wednesday upon its completion. (Huntsville Chamber of Commerce/ …

Union and ACV come to terms on band, cheer

… were taking part in Union’s remote learning program, while an additional four students were enrolled in the district-supported Educere cyber school.

Local schools relatively unscathed by COVID-19

Chester Superintendent Heath Larson reported three positive cases in the entire district, including the cyber school and colonies. He declined to …

How to talk to kids about good health habits

Good for you if your kid went to cyber school,” she said. “You’re doing what’s right for your family. That’s the most important thing.” …

Trump administration invests more than $2 million in rural Alabama water infrastructure projects

The cyber school will move to the permanent campus that began construction on Wednesday upon its completion. Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Copy …

More students ditch York County public schools for charters

Each student’s tuition at an outside charter or cyber school comes with a hefty price tag. Dover Area compared per-student costs of $5,535 annually for …

Districts opting for many different options

The district also has an asynchronous cyber school through a third party, but encourages all students, including those enrolled in the district cyber …

My coronavirus ‘pod squad’: Chaos, managed risk, and glimmers of sanity for our kids | Opinion

Opting out of the Cheltenham District altogether in favor of a seasoned cyber school was a thought. But no one wanted to take money away from our …

Robert Lee “Bobby” Jacobs, 26, of Somerset

Bobby attended Somerset High School and graduated from the PA Cyber School, he worked as a cook for Ruby Tuesday’s, he attended Laurel Mt.

September 20, 2020

EBSCO Alerts

ebscoFirst, I received the alert for virtual schools, but there were no relevant items.

Next, I did not receive the alert for cyber schools.

Finally, I also did not receive an alert for K-12 online learning.

So nothing to report this week.

September 19, 2020

Virtual Schooling In The News

InTheNewsBeginning with the Education Dive.

Student engagement remains a challenge in distance learning

With collaboration and enhanced professional development, educators can liven up online lessons for meaningful, supportive learning.

Report: Most educators aren’t equipped for student-centered learning

Researchers say the pandemic-induced shift to virtual learning is a “perfect” catalyst for personalized learning, but more PD is needed for success.

Clear parent communication, support essential for remote learning success

Building strong parent-teacher rapport is more crucial than ever as parents remain wary of a lack of clarity during initial school shutdowns in spring.

Districts struggle to find balance in online instruction

As districts implement live instruction expectations for fall, some parents say it’s too much time in front of a computer.

Next, Ed Clips.


RURAL INTERNET ACCESS

Hotspots No Silver Bullet for Rural Remote Learning

More than 9 million kids have spotty internet, but a hotspot is useless if ‘there’s nothing for it to connect to’ in places with limited cellular service. | The Hechinger Report, Sept. 9

How Much Online Learning Is Too Much? Schools’ Shift to Live Virtual Classes Sparks Pushback

With the coronavirus still untamed, an estimated 85% of school districts nationwide are continuing to offer some remote learning this fall. But, this go-round, many districts are ratcheting up their demands. Now, some students are expected to attend online classes that approximate a traditional school day, with consecutive periods of live video lessons interspersed with brief “brain breaks.” | Chalkbeat, Sept. 14

EARLY LEARNING

Fearing Distance Learning, Many CA Parents Opt for Preschool Instead of Kindergarten

Many California parents are opting out of kindergarten this year, due to concerns about whether distance learning or attending school for the first time with strangers in masks will be good for children. | Ed Source, Sept. 15


K-12 REOPENING GUIDANCE

HI Public Schools Will Make ‘Gradual’ Transition to Blended Learning in October

Public school parents should prepare for distance learning to continue in the second quarter, but schools will slowly transition to a blended model that includes some in-person instruction starting in mid-October, schools Superintendent Christina Kishimoto announced Thursday. | Hawaii News Now, Sept. 17

Learn More

State Policy Responses and Other Executive Actions to the Coronavirus in Public Schools


VIRTUAL LEARNING SUPPORT

How the Pandemic is Shifting School Comms Strategies for English Learners

Amid the pandemic transition to virtual models, districts have evolved their approaches to ensure ELL students and families remain engaged and informed. | Education Dive, Sept. 17

Learn More

50-State Comparison: English Learner Policies

Also, the EdSource Today.

Distance learning could help kids displaced by fires — and other natural disasters
Although distance learning is getting mostly unfavorable reviews, having the new online infrastructure in place in schools is proving to be a lifeline for students displaced by the fires, according to the New York Times.
“All those difficulties that we experienced earlier have produced some ways of connecting and learning that are really, really valuable right now,” said Linda Darling Hammond, president of the California State Board of Education. She said the online network could be extremely helpful in any number of disasters – not only in California but nationally as well.
How well is distance learning serving English learners?
A new policy brief from the nonprofit organization Californians Together examines 79 California school districts’ Covid-19 Operations Written Report to see how well they addressed the needs of English learners. The brief offers a window into local districts’ decision-making and the organization hopes it can serve as a guide for future improvement. Read the brief here.

Fearing distance learning, many parents opt for preschool instead of kindergarten

By Zaidee Stavely, EdSource
Some parents are also opting for preschool because a more familiar environment offers comfort during the pandemic.  Read more.

SPECIAL REPORT
Families face the demands of online and hybrid learning
By EdSource staff
Families across California face a school year like no other as they confront a deadly pandemic that has upended the traditions of going back to school. Come along as EdSource reports how families are learning how to cope. Read more
TEACHER VOICES
By Jennifer Damitio
Free online tools can help teachers fill in the inevitable gaps caused by distance learning.

Moving on to the various newsletters from Education Week.

Bridging Distance for Learners With Special NeedsBridging Distance for Learners With Special Needs

The schooling services that English-language learners and students with disabilities receive don’t always translate well to remote learning. Here’s how schools can help. Read more.
Schools That Are Mostly Black, Latino Favor Starting Online

Districts where the vast majority of students are white are more than three times as likely as school districts that enroll mostly students of color to be open for some in-person learning, according to an analysis conducted by The Associated Press and Chalkbeat. Read more.
Why Students Still Can’t Access Remote Learning: How Schools Can Help

Schools are turning to paper packets and other workarounds while laptop orders are delayed and many students still lack internet access at home. Read more.
Districts Get Second Shot at E-Rate Funds to Bolster Campus Connectivity

School districts now have until Oct. 16 to get their applications in for this new round of funding, thanks to a recent FCC order. Read more.
Ed. Department Posts Guides to Government-Supported Ed-Tech Products

The Institute of Education Sciences has unveiled ed-tech guides to make educators aware of resources available for virtual teaching amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more.
LESSONS LEARNED

District leaders and experts share ed-tech best practices and persistent challenges

Why Students Still Can’t Access Remote Learning: How Schools Can Help

Schools are turning to paper packets and other workarounds while laptop orders are delayed and many students still lack internet access at home. Read the full story.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Yet Another Online Learning Frustration: Assessment Glitches

The issues first cropped up last week with NWEA’s MAP assessments and have been sporadically preventing students and teachers from accessing the exams. Read more.

Next, the different newsletters from eSchool News.

Game on: Esports in a remote learning model
Learn how one district is using gaming–and esports in particular–to build community and serve student well-being.
Game on: Esports in a remote learning model
5 steps to great remote instruction
With intentional best practices, remote instruction can help students achieve their learning goals–and have fun doing so.
5 steps to great remote instruction
How to make hands-on physics approachable during remote learning
Hands-on physics seems daunting when done remotely, but it isn’t impossible—one teacher shares his experiences.
How to make hands-on physics approachable during remote learning
3 ways to improve online learning security
Class is in session in classrooms and students’ homes all across the nation—here’s how to ensure that online learning security is a priority.
3 ways to improve online learning security
4 ways to keep your school resilient during distance learning 2.0
As the nation enters an uncertain new school year, being prepared and decisive during distance learning will be paramount to success.
4 ways to keep your school resilient during distance learning 2.0
4 best practices for remote testing as schools reopen
Remote testing may be necessary—but proceed with caution, experts advise.

Also, the variety of mailings from the ASCD.

Students struggle to self-motivate online

Students struggle to self-motivate online
(Unsplash)

Some high-school students in Chicago say they are struggling to find the motivation to learn via online lessons. Students say teachers and classmates are helping to keep them engaged, and that teachers also are aware of issues beyond academics that students are facing.

Full Story: Chalkbeat/Chicago (9/14)

 

Strategies to support readers online

Strategies to support readers online
(Pixabay)

As teachers transition to online instruction, Rayna Dineen, executive director of Reading Quest, offers tips to help support students who struggle with reading. In this commentary, Dineen suggests teaching phonics with compassion, taking care when choosing books or letting students select their own books, and using games to teach reading.

Full Story: The Hechinger Report (9/14)

 

How cyberattacks disrupt remote instruction

How cyberattacks disrupt remote instruction
(Pixabay)

There have been 220 cyberattacks on schools this year, compared with 348 in all of 2019. Yet, at a time when many students are learning remotely, an attack can have an even greater effect, as Doug Levin, founder and president of the K-12 Cybersecurity Resource Center, said: “The loss of that online access stops teaching and learning in its tracks.”

Full Story: Education Week (tiered subscription model) (9/14)

 

Why online learning is tiring

Why online learning is tiring
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Learning online can cause students to feel anxious, worried or tired after — a trend known as “Zoom fatigue” — says Brenda Wiederhold, a licensed clinical psychologist. In this interview, Wiederhold says the lack of synchronous learning and the tendency to multitask trigger a type of fight-or-flight response in the brain.

Full Story: EdSurge (9/15)

 

What works for remote lessons in computer science?

What works for remote lessons in computer science?
(Sam Wasson/Getty Images)

Reverse engineering is one way computer science can be taught online, writes Madhu Govind, a doctoral student at Tufts University. In this article, Govind writes about recent research into how to teach computer science in a remote environment, including lessons that link design, engineering and writing processes.

Full Story: District Administration magazine online (9/14)

 

How students can explore career pathways virtually

How students can explore career pathways virtually
(Pixabay)

Even while social distancing because of the coronavirus pandemic, there are four ways students can get a head start on their careers from home, asserts Renee Breur, a high-school counselor at Destinations Career Academy of Colorado. Breur suggests students explore career options, join career-focused clubs and complete a virtual internship.

Full Story: eSchool News (free registration) (9/17)

 

Can relaxing webcam requirements help students learn?

Many schools are requiring that students have their webcams on for remote learning, but some students would benefit from a relaxed policy, some educators and parents say. Students can view themselves as well as their classmates and may become self-conscious, for example, and may be better able to focus with the camera off, asserts Erika Bocknek, a Wayne State University associate professor of educational psychology.

Full Story: MLive (Michigan) (tiered subscription model) (9/13)

Some Kan., Mo. students struggle to access the internet

Data show 10% to 25% of students in Kansas and Missouri school districts lack internet access at home, and many students resort to getting online at libraries, churches, YMCAs, fast-food restaurants and school parking lots. Some districts are distributing hot spots to students to help bridge the digital divide, while at least one parent reported allowing students to use his home’s high-speed service.

Full Story: The Kansas City Star (Mo.) (tiered subscription model) (9/13)

Teacher offers ways to connect with students online

Teachers can maintain human connections with their students during remote instruction, writes Ashley Perkey, a reading teacher at a middle school in Georgia. In this blog post, Perkey shares five lessons she learned in the spring, including the importance of communicating with parents, innovating to engage students and teaching to small groups of students online.

Full Story: SmartBrief/Education (9/15)

Donated monitors aimed at streamlining remote teaching

Mike Mathieu and Matt Lerner, startup founders from Seattle, have started Two Screens for Teachers, a program that provides teachers with a second monitor to facilitate remote teaching. Monitors are supplied by foundations, corporations and individual donors.

Full Story: GeekWire (9/15)

Other News:

Back to the regular Google News alert for virtual school.

Virtual school for TDSB elementary students delayed to Sept. 17

The TDSB said that during the first week of virtual school, the priority will be connecting with each student and getting everyone accustomed to the online …

Virtual school plans spark ‘confusion and chaos’ for teachers, union says

The virtual school’s rising enrolment numbers — which will host students from schools across the Hamilton-Wentworth district in one online hub …

Kudos To Everyone Helping Kids Get Through Virtual School

THE SONIC BOOMER. This is a huge thank-you note to all those parents, stepparents, grandparents and other caregivers who have made the difficult …

Parents upset with Florida Virtual School delays as kids wait weeks to get into classes

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. — Dozens of parents across Florida are exasperated. They signed their children up for the statewide Florida Virtual …

Bridgewater Parents Start Learning Pods To Survive Virtual School

We reached out and asked parents how the virtual school year is fairing​ and the responses were mixed.​. By Alexis Tarrazi, Patch Staff. Verified Patch …

Virtual school participants can re-enroll for in-person school

If after the first few days, parents/guardians of students participating in virtual school do not wish to have their child continue, they have until Monday, …

CPS Says 4 Of 5 Students Logged In On First Day Of All-Virtual School

CPS Says 4 Of 5 Students Logged In On First Day Of All-Virtual School. Attendance rates varied widely, with some schools reaching upwards of 95% …

Microschools pop up in St. Louis as alternatives to virtual school

Michelle Schramm had a long-term goal to open her own school with small classes and hands-on learning. That goal became more urgent when most …

A month into virtual school, some NC parents grow more frustrated — and vocal

A month into virtual school, some N.C. parents grow more frustrated — and vocal. By T. Keung Hui The (Raleigh) News & Observer; Sep 10, 2020 …

Aviagen welcomes customers to first-ever virtual Production Management School

The virtual School is one of many ways Aviagen is leveraging technology to stay engaged and connected with customers during the current COVID-19 …

Virtual school to cost board $16 million

Establishing a virtual school for students who opted out of watching a livestream of their classrooms will cost the public school board more than $16 …

‘It’s exhausting’: American families stumble through first weeks of virtual school

‘It’s exhausting’: American families stumble through first weeks of virtual school. Author of the article: Reuters. Gabriella Borter. Publishing date: Sep …

The business of pandemic ‘pods’: Virtual school help and child care

This is the first week of the new pod program. Ross said the students come in and do their virtual school work as an employee walks around and helps …

Lambton-Kent board creates new virtual schools to meet remote-learning demand

The elementary virtual school is also slated to begin Monday. The school board has offered e-learning for several years, where students do the work on …

Church opens doors for virtual school days

Church opens doors for virtual school days. Grace Episcopal Church Children and Youth Director Nancy Scott sets up table dividers for the study hall …

JCPS releases data on NTI participation at start of virtual school year

JCPS releases data on NTI participation at start of virtual school year. Share. Shares. Copy Link. Copy. {copyShortcut} to copy Link copied! WLKY.

The best at-home work setup for your child’s virtual school year

NORTHERN VIRGINIA (WDVM) — “Don’t slouch on the couch!” Those are the words of Dr. Alex Vidan of Vidan Family Chiropractic. He says that many …

Streamed Live and Up Close: Bendix to Showcase its Newest Safety Technologies in Virtual …

24, the company will host two live-action demos — the Bendix Virtual Trucking Demo and the Bendix Virtual School Bus Demo – each a livestreamed …

Borsuk: Parents looking for stability turn to homeschooling and established virtual schools

What is a virtual school? These aren’t schools that have switched to virtual options because of the pandemic. These are schools, many more than a …

Polk County parents frustrated with lack of information, no schoolwork for Polk Virtual School

Several parents of Polk Virtual School students worry their kids are getting left behind. “It’s now coming up on the fourth week of school here, and we …

Insider Q&A: T-Mobile pushes internet for virtual school

Insider Q&A: T-Mobile pushes internet for virtual school. by Tali Arbel, The Associated Press. Posted Sep 13, 2020 7:53 am PDT. Last Updated Sep 13 …

OIC helping parents whose kids are in virtual school

A local organization is helping out parents whose children are attending virtual school. The Opportunities Industrialization Center is offering classes to …

Virtual school puts strain on parents, local business owners

Sharing the responsibility of guiding their children through virtual school with two other families has been helpful, but they still have to watch them …

Library notes: Back to (virtual) school

By Chelsea Childers Rowan Public Library. Students learn in several ways. Some students like online courses; while others prefer a classroom setting …

Some US students struggle to get laptops and Internet for virtual school year | Video

Some US students struggle to get laptops and Internet for virtual school year | Video. By Nick Harper 13 Sep 2020 10:01PM (Updated: 13 Sep 2020 …

Summer camps and other groups set up child care programs for virtual school year

Classrooms for many students will look a lot different this school year. For many, the classroom will be a spot in their home with a decent internet …

School pandemic planning ‘a moving, living beast’

The TDSB expects to run a completely “virtual school” for about 70,000 students, larger than most school boards in Ontario, he said. The goal is to …

‘It’s exhausting’: American families stumble through first weeks of virtual school

Virtual school attendance has been higher in the first week than in the spring, two teachers said. Some students with emotional and learning …

Virtual learning nothing by the book

Hopper wanted to make one thing clear: The education that kids are getting in her virtual school today is completely different from what they …

Monique Keiran: Mixed message about tech as schools face a new reality

… the start of the pandemic restriction, kids attending virtual school from home experienced little daily monitoring of their daily productivity or progress.

TDSB delays start of virtual school year yet again as thousands more students opt for remote learning

The start of the virtual school year was initially supposed to coincide with the beginning of in-person instruction on Sept. 15 but last week the board …

How to turn your smart speaker into a virtual school bell to make sure kids get to Zoom classes on …

With everyone working and learning from home, coordinating multiple schedules can be tricky. “It’s been a little hectic,” says Santa Clarita mom …

Toms River Regional’s youngest students: How much is too much virtual learning?

TOMS RIVER – Is the virtual school day too long for Toms River Regional’s younger children? That’s the question district administrators and the board …

Insider Q&A: T-Mobile pushes internet for virtual school

Insider Q&A: T-Mobile pushes internet for virtual school. Tali Arbel, Ap Technology Writer. Updated 8:33 pm EDT, Sunday, September 13, 2020.

Quinte’s virtual schools set to welcome students

Details of the new virtual school are expected to be discussed when the board of trustees meets tonight. Also, on the agenda are the board’s corporate …

“We’re upset”: Horry County parents, students start virtual school year with frustrations, concerns

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WBTW) – The first official day of virtual learning for Horry County students was Monday, but some parents are upset because …

As CMSD returns to virtual school, Project ACT ensures the needs of homeless students are met

As CMSD returns to virtual school, Project ACT ensures the needs of homeless students are met. Sydney Kornegay | Monday, September 14, 2020.

Demand for online school grows in Ontario

That board says it working through a “significant” waitlist for virtual school and advised people who are currently attending in-person classes to …

T-Mobile pushes internet for virtual school

T-Mobile pushes internet for virtual school. T-Mobile is pushing to offer internet service to schools that are doing online learning with a program aimed …

Smart speakers used as virtual school bell

Smart speakers used as virtual school bell. Tech. by: Rich Demuro. Posted: Sep 14, 2020 / 07:00 AM PDT / Updated: Sep 14, 2020 / 07:00 AM PDT.

Virtual schools face rocky start — with delays, confusion and technical problems

Though some parents have received emails identifying their children’s Hub teachers, what school supplies will be needed and details of their kids’ virtual …

Hamilton’s Catholic school board delays start of virtual school due to power outage

Virtual school will start on Wednesday at 9 a.m. due to delayed system updates. Bobby Hristova · CBC News · Posted: Sep 15, 2020 11:03 AM ET | Last …

Chromebook, headphones, desks: COVID-era virtual school supplies come with real spike in …

Chromebook, headphones, desks: COVID-era virtual school supplies come with real spike in spending. Aimee Picchi. Special to USA TODAY. 0:00.

Milwaukee mom: virtual school is better than expected, but teachers and parents have to work too …

Henry Wisniewski had a hard time with virtual school in spring. The third-grader has Down syndrome and had to do not just school, but also speech, …

Virtual schools face challenges getting started across Canada during COVID-19 pandemic

Tuesday was the deadline for parents to enrol their children in virtual school. (CBC). “That’s bigger than most school boards in Ontario. We’ve seen …

As virtual school year begins, frustrated parents are pushing school boards to reconsider

By 1 p.m. each afternoon last week — four hours into her 6½-hour virtual school day — the typically social fourth grader was asking Mauro if school …

School boards push back start dates for virtual school

With the move toward online learning not limited to the TDSB, multiple school boards have had to push back their start dates for virtual school due to a …

Russellville moves to end one of its virtual school options WITH CLARIFICATION

The Russellville School Board last night voted to end one of its virtual school options for students in grades K-8 at the end of the first nine weeks and to …

Lambton-Kent board creates virtual schools to meet demand for remote learning

The elementary virtual school, which has 2,000 students enrolled, will see the 100 staff, including teachers and support staff, working out of Blenheim …

Concerned parents opt last minute for virtual learning after spike in COVID-19 cases

Brown noted that 66,000 students were initially enrolled in virtual school, a number that has ballooned to more than 72,000 in a short period of time.

Kenora Catholic creates St. Isidore Virtual School

Trustees are asking families to help choose a new logo for St. Isidore Virtual School. The Kenora Catholic District School Board is looking at three logos …

Wonder what it is like to be a teacher in a new virtual school?

‘I’m going to do everything I possibly can to serve those kids the best I can,’ says local virtual school teacher about teaching through a screen during a …

Five back to school movies to watch as the virtual school year starts

Five back to school movies to watch as the virtual school year starts. Five+back+to+school+movies+to+watch+as+. Chris Torres · Yasmune Cardenas …

Faceless avatars and microphone malfunctions: A Houston teacher wonders if his students are …

More than four weeks into the virtual school year, Hernandez is often frustrated by the challenge of connecting with his students, sometimes unsure …

TLDSB virtual schools start Monday

The TLDSB virtual school is designed to run from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. “Students are assigned to a teacher and are expected to take part in a 300-minute …

YOU ASKED: How many Orangeville, Shelburne, Dufferin County, Guelph students chose virtual …

YOU ASKED: How many Orangeville, Shelburne, Dufferin County, Guelph students chose virtual school? How’s that compare to Brampton, …

The Cool Kids’ Table: A Field Guide for Your Virtual School Lunches

No trading lunches here; Goodfriend Package’s pastrami is a keeper. Brian Reinhart. The Cool Kids’ Table: A Field Guide for Your Virtual School …

3 easy tips to help your kids stay focused in virtual school

Virtual school is the way just about for every kid, but not every kid is thriving in this environment. Here are tips to help your kids stay focused during …

One Family’s Remote-School Tale

Virtual school is going better for Valerie Cruz and her son Brian now than it did last spring. It’s still not easy. She and Brian, who started seventh grade …

Parent: Students in St. Landry virtual school not getting the same education as in-person students

OPELOUSAS, La. (KLFY) — Jermaine Greene is one of the many parents disappointed with how the St. Landry Parish School Board chooses to …

Communication problems muddle start of OCDSB virtual school

Parents with kids starting virtual school with the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) Friday are frustrated with what they say is a lack of …

Back to virtual school in York ‘positive’ experience for Markham teen

Back to virtual school in York ‘positive’ experience for Markham teen. News 06:00 AM by Heidi Riedner Markham Economist & Sun. EMMA:58866884.

Schools set dates to transition from virtual to in-person learning — but is this legal?

She argued that the school cannot force the parent to enroll their child in a virtual school program. Read more: Calgary Board of Education students …

‘As Good as Virtual School Can Be’: Harvard Law Students Embrace Online Learning

‘As Good as Virtual School Can Be’: Harvard Law Students Embrace Online Learning. Harvard Law School is entirely remote this fall semester.

How to create virtual school milestones, memories

During the spring shelter-in-place mandates, with all school and public gatherings squashed, creativity ensued. Actor John Krasinski launched “Some …

Valders Switches to Virtual School Model Due to Positive COVID-19 Case

Schools will go virtual in Valders for two weeks after a positive test for coronavirus. The district sent a letter to students, parents and guardians …

Per-pupil funding lags behind virtual school’s growth

Per-pupil funding lags behind virtual school’s growth. Michigan Great Lakes Virtual Academy has increase of 400 students this year. Kyle Kotecki …

Life with a smile: First impressions of virtual school

It has taken me a couple weeks to put together some initial thoughts about virtual schooling. When I write, I try to be both positive and authentic.

Virtual education is damaging our kids: Daniel Call

It is time for school districts in our community to reopen for face-to-face instruction. Despite the best efforts of educators, I fear most children doing …

Greer Elementary School teacher adapting to virtual learning with cue cards

Virtual school is a work in progress, but Scavone is confident together they can successfully make it through. “We’re students, we’re learning right …

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

PV parents disappointed by cyber school cap, delays

PV parents disappointed by cyber school cap, delays. Upcoming Events. Hide caption. Pleasant Valley school board member Susan Kresge had …

PENNCREST sees lower-than-usual drop in enrollment

… each student attending an outside charter or cyber school, with that number increasing to $26,354.04 if the student is in special education classes.

Bayside School wins UK’s Cyber School of the Year Award

Bayside School has won the UK’s Cyber School of the Year Award. The accolade was announced by the National Cyber Awards, which said the local …

Homework Hub Helps Out

It seems to always be when the kids are doing their cyber school classes and can make school difficult. Our community is blessed to have an …

Jackson Cougars hold luncheon for past, present players

They’re doing cyber school or virtual schooling, so they’re not able just to see each other. Today they are just able to catch up on old times while …

Esports recognized in Ukraine: TOP-5 richest gaming professionals

He opened his “e-sports school” Zeus Cyber School to help young talents to conquer the heights of world e-sports. John Sukharev (Edward, edzie).

‘The proudest man on earth’ says Bayside School’s Head Teacher Michael Tavares after learning …

​’The proudest man on earth’ says Bayside School’s Head Teacher Michael Tavares after learning school wins UK’s Cyber School of the Year Award.

Gina Carano Dropped a Bucket of Transphobia in Star Wars’ Lap

Maybe it’s just the pandemic or surviving our first week of cyber school, but this clip cracked me the hell up today. My absolute favorite thing is late night …

COVID causes “most interesting” school openings for Holy Family

The school division has also started their own online cyber school for those parents who are not yet comfortable with sending their children to school.

JMCSS to start in-person learning Sept. 21

The Cyber School is a full-year commitment. For families who’d chosen in person but now feel that the virtual option is better may remain virtual. Those …

Faith Christian self-reports ineligible football players to FHSAA

McKnight is enrolled as a student at Bright Learning Cyber School in Winter Park, according to Faith coach David Carrington. The small school, which …

School officials told discouraging data paints grim picture for return to in-person education

“I didn’t get into education to be a cyber school superintendent. I feel very strongly we need to get kids back in the building. It’s tremendously important …

Punxsutawney schools have minimal problems with masks

The students either have to wear the mask, or go to cyber school. “The people have been by and large very good with me, even if they are very …

Danville hybrid schedule extended

She said anyone who doesn’t wear a mask and doesn’t have a medical reason would be transferred to cyber school. She hasn’t had to enforce that …

Can too much screen time affect students?

(WTAJ) — As many students are switching to cyber school, an increase in screen time is unavoidable. Mountain View Eye optometrist, Dr. Whitney …

CV appoints acting principal to virtual academy, hires new principal for high school

The Virtual Academy is a K-12 cyber school initiated this year by the district. The school is run by the district using CV staff. Full-time online instruction …

BSSD students return to school

Alyssa said she is looking forward to working ahead in cyber school, and working at her own pace. However, she misses seeing her friends in school.

JMCSS plans to bring students back to the classroom on September 21st

Students who chose cyber school and virtual learning will continue that option until October 26th, they can choose then if they want to move to in …

Carnegie Carnegie offers partners for lifelong learning

Whether your family is homeschooling, going to cyber school, starting out the semester with online learning or in college, we have the resources to …

Chambersburg school officials building plan to bring back students, possibly next month

CAVE and cyber school enrollment. About 1,100 students are enrolled in Chambersburg Area Virtual Education, the district’s own cyber schooling …

Teachers cursed, disrespected during online classes, cops to probe

… ready to assist the Ministry of Education in ensuring that the ongoing ‘cyber-school term’ is safe and secure for all teachers, students and parents.

Petition started to oust Lesisko

Lesisko had not responded to efforts to contact him at the time of this writing. Tags: Coronavirus, Education, Charter/cyber school , Pleasant Valley …

13-year-old student nabbed in cyber attacks on Valpo schools, police say

… Chester counties · North Penn: Costs growing for charter, cyber school expenses · Montgomery County official warns of ‘uptick’ in coronavirus cases …

September 13, 2020

EBSCO Alerts

ebscoFirst, I received the alert for virtual schools, but there were no relevant items.

Next, I also received the alert for cyber schools, but again there were no relevant items.

Finally, I did not receive an alert for K-12 online learning.

So nothing to report this week.

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