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    Real-life struggles of distance learning: 5 families share their stories

    Now, it’s all parents. Even with teachers working hard to reimagine school online, it’s up to parents and guardians — mostly moms — to oversee their children’s education and well-being all hours of the day. CNN spoke to five families across the United States to hear how the grand, forced experiment of distance learning is going for them. They spoke about their struggles, as well as the tiny pockets of resilience they have discovered along the way. Answers have been condensed and edited for clarity. Robert Kent is a single dad who lives in Warren, Rhode Island. His daughters, 10-year-old Ayla and 8-year-old Bella, are distance learning full time. He…

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    COVID online school means students are behind, but lack tutoring plan

    MILWAUKEE – Ruby Rodriguez remembers the days when English class meant walking to her desk, talking to friends and checking the board. Now class begins when her classmates’ names appear online. She sits alone at the dining room table, barefoot and petting the family dog. It’s her freshman year at St. Anthony High School, a private Catholic school in Milwaukee. She doesn’t know what her classmates look like, because nobody ever turns on their cameras. After schools in Milwaukee went remote last March, Ruby and her friends in eighth grade at St. Anthony’s middle school missed their graduation ceremonies and parties. Her close friends attended different high schools, mostly other private schools that offered in-person instruction. St. Anthony, like many schools in urban…

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    COVID hasn’t canceled snow days in all schools despite online learning

    The biggest East Coast winter storm in years is on target to strike Wednesday and Thursday, but students in many areas might not rejoice over the forecasted 2 feet of snow the same way they once did. That’s because snow days, those celebrated breaks from school, are melting away during a time of virtual learning in the coronavirus pandemic.  In September, New York City said the nation’s largest school district wouldn’t have snow days. If school buildings couldn’t open, students would learn remotely. With a snowstorm bearing down this week, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said school would continue normally on Wednesday, with some students learning in person. He promised an update if the storm were…

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    Brewer student inducted into National Honor Society for online school

    Maine Connections Academy (MCA), the state’s first distance-learning charter school, announces nine students from across Maine have been newly inducted into the school’s chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS). Among these nine is Abigail Hannnington, of Brewer. A 12th-grader, Abigail hopes someday to earn her PhD in Philosophy and teach at a university. She writes poetry and would like to publish her works. To be considered for NHS membership, students submitted a formal application and narrative, outlining their qualifications. These nine students were selected based on high academic standing, as well as demonstrated excellence in the areas of service, leadership and quality of character. They will be expected to…

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    How to Reduce Screen Time When School Is Online

    Like a long shadow sweeping the country, the coronavirus has transformed K-12 schooling, forcing millions of students to learn from home, parked in front of computers for many hours each week. And that’s triggered new concerns about how much time kids are spending looking at screens. Santhana Pierre’s daily schedule offers a glimpse of many students’ new realities. The 10th grader opted for the all-remote option at her school, Pathways College Preparatory in St. Albans, N.Y. She’s on her laptop in her bedroom or on the living room couch pretty much constantly for the school’s entire day, which runs from 8:30 a.m.to 1:39 p.m. After a quick break, she goes…

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    Failing grade spike with distance learning

    The first round of progress reports are being sent home for students caught in California’s experiment with online distance learning this fall, and for many, the grades are not good. Districts around the Bay Area are reporting sharp spikes in failing grades so far this fall during a term that has largely been taught online over computers to students stuck at home during the coronavirus pandemic. Sequoia Union High School District in Redwood City this week reported that the percentage of students with more than one failing grade this fall jumped to 29{c25493dcd731343503a084f08c3848bd69f9f2f05db01633325a3fd40d9cc7a1} from 19.7{c25493dcd731343503a084f08c3848bd69f9f2f05db01633325a3fd40d9cc7a1} in 2019, a nearly 50{c25493dcd731343503a084f08c3848bd69f9f2f05db01633325a3fd40d9cc7a1} increase. Mt. Diablo Unified School District in Contra Costa County…

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    What Teachers Have Learned About Online Classes During COVID-19 : NPR

    Deborah Rosenthal starts her virtual kindergarten class on Zoom every morning with a song — today, it’s the Spanish version of “If You’re Happy and You Know It.” Her students clap along. There’s a greeting from the class mascot (a dragon), yoga, meditation and then some practice with letter sounds: “Oso, oso, O, O, O.” Rosenthal teaches Spanish immersion in a public school in San Francisco’s Mission District. Most of the families are low-income, and many are now affected by job losses related to COVID-19. She has taught kindergarten for 15 years, and she loves how “hands-on,” “tactile” and “cozy” it is to work with 5-year-olds. But this year, she’s…

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