• Online School

    Some parents are seeking out permanent virtual school for the fall

    “When the pandemic first hit, online school was a bit messy for everyone,” Lucero, a stay-at-home mother from Colorado Springs, told CNN Business. “But my older daughter did so well with it. She started participating more with teachers and became more comfortable than when she was in a school setting. Her grades were amazing.” Her daughter, 13, is on the autism spectrum and diagnosed with sensory processing disorder, conditions that often make it harder for children to communicate, socialize and adapt to environmental changes, such as distracting noises in the classroom. When the Colorado Springs School District announced plans earlier this year to launch a permanent online school option, called…

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  • Exchange Student

    High school foreign exchange program seeking host families

    LAFAYETTE — School may be out for the summer, but plans are already in place for the upcoming school year in regards to getting foreign exchange students enrolled. The Greenheart Exchange Program is looking for ten families to host international high school students for the entire upcoming school year. “A lot of international students want to come just to experience different cultures here,” says Jeannie Grainger, the local coordinator for the program. “They’re used to what they have grown up with back home, and a lot of them want to get out for their senior year, to experience the culture and learn about the area to see if they want…

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  • Exchange Student

    Kalona-Based Student Exchange Program Seeking Host Families for Next Fall | KCII Radio

    After COVID-19 forced international exchange students to either return home or stay in their native countries for the 2020-21 school year, Kalona-based World Link hopes U.S. host families can host high school exchange students this fall. World Link was founded in Kalona by Curtis and Lana Stutzman in 2002, who have a combined 50 years of experience in the cultural exchange community, first as students, then as hosts, and later as coordinators for other international programs. In an average year, World Link finds host families for about 160 exchange students in 10 states including Iowa. Regional Program Manager Karen King-Fitzgerald says the height of the pandemic last year prevented many…

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  • Online School

    Sotomayor denies emergency relief for families seeking to send their children to online school without vaccines

    Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor denied an emergency injunction to parents seeking to have their children enrolled in remote learning programs without meeting local vaccination requirements. “Excluding medically fragile children from distance learning because they are missing a vaccine that might harm or kill them serves no valid state interest and will cause irreparable harm,” the group of anonymous parents argued. “Excluding them even from online access to school and remote special education services is cruel, inhuman and can serve only punitive purposes.” “The state’s vaccination rules remain in force even though many children admitted at schools are learning remotely because of the COVID-19 pandemic,” attorneys for the state of…

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  • Exchange Student

    The PAX Student Exchange program is currently seeking host…

    The PAX Student Exchange program is currently seeking host families in San Diego and the surrounding areas (La Mesa, El Cajon, Santee, Poway, and National City)! PAX students are 15-18 years old, proficient in English, have their own health insurance, and are eager to experience what life is like in the US! Host families provide PAX students with a bed, meals, a quiet place to study, and a supportive environment where they can engage in everyday American life. In turn, PAX students share their country and culture in addition to providing a fresh perspective. All types of families are welcome to host, whether single parents, retirees, or families with children…

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