• Online School

    COVID Outbreak at Burrillville High School Forces Shift to Online Learning

    Wednesday, November 03, 2021   View Larger + PHOTO: File In a letter to staff and parents, Burrillville School Department officials announced a move to distance learning due to a major COVID outbreak. “Since last Friday, we have been alerted that several students and staff members from BHS have tested positive for COVID 19. These individuals are currently in quarantine and/or isolation. Due to federal health privacy laws, information regarding the staff member’s/student’s identity cannot be released. In addition to those testing positive for Covid 19, a large number of students have been identified as close contacts and must quarantine and/or be tested for Covid 19,” stated the letter signed…

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  • Education

    Analysis: A $5.5 billion shift in who pays for public education in Texas

    Editor’s note: If you’d like an email notice whenever we publish Ross Ramsey’s column, click here. If you would like to listen to the column, just click on the play button below. Fast-rising property values in Texas can be hard on local taxpayers, but they’re gravy to the state government. Because of the way public schools are funded, a rise in local property tax revenue means the state doesn’t have to send as much money to local school districts. The schools would get the same amount as before — it’s not a budget cut — but the money that might have come from the state comes instead from local school…

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  • Home Schooling

    COVID-19 pandemic causing increased homeschool shift

    CHICO, Calif. – Some families are choosing to switch to homeschooling instead of in-person learning. Nicole Scoubes made the decision to put her middle school children into homeschooling for the health and safety of the entire family. Chico Unified School District said it has seen a significant increase in students transitioning to homeschool as 81 students switched. “Being homeschooled is on their own terms,” Nicole said. “They have a little bit more freedom.” Nicole said the pandemic hit a hard spot in their life as she is at high risk for cancer, and her daughter, Mia Scoubes, is a Type 1 Diabetic. Although homeschooling is the safer option, it has…

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  • Online School

    Conestoga Valley to shift middle school, high school online Friday for teacher vaccinations | Local News

    Middle and high school students in the Conestoga Valley School District will learn online Friday due to the potential for educators experiencing side effects from the COVID-19 vaccine, district Superintendent Dave Zuilkoski announced Wednesday. The school district was notified by the state Tuesday night that “a large number” of middle and high school employees will be impacted by appointments to get the single-shot Johnson & Johnson Janssen vaccine today and Friday. “Given what we know about how people are experiencing side effects from the vaccine, this Friday, March 26, we are shifting to an asynchronous day for the middle school and high school only!” Zuilkoski stated in a letter posted…

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  • Home Schooling

    Why shift to homeschooling in pandemic isn’t working for many families

    What do gymnast Simone Biles, writers Agatha Christie and Jorge Luis Borges, and architect Antoni Gaudí have in common? They were all homeschooled, for reasons varying from health, parents’ need to travel, parents’ preferences, or their specific learning needs. Their success as adults makes clear that homeschooling can be effective, but their unique stories also point to two necessary conditions: A reason that makes homeschooling the best option for the student combined with the right resources.  The number of families homeschooling their children has surged in the past year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. An EdWeek Research Center survey of parents last fall found that 9{c25493dcd731343503a084f08c3848bd69f9f2f05db01633325a3fd40d9cc7a1} of parents who did not homeschool their children last school year…

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  • Science

    OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Court tosses Trump EPA’s ‘secret science’ rule | Biden signals major shift on regulations | Exxon, Chevron discussed merger last year: report

    HAPPY MONDAY! Welcome to Overnight Energy, The Hill’s roundup of the latest energy and environment news. Please send tips and comments to Rebecca Beitsch at [email protected] Follow her on Twitter: @rebeccabeitsch. Reach Rachel Frazin at [email protected] or follow her on Twitter: @RachelFrazin. Signup for our newsletter and others HERE.  CAN’T KEEP A SECRET (SCIENCE RULE): A federal court has vacated the Trump administration’s “secret science” Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule, which critics had said would undermine the use of public health studies in agency rulemaking.  The decision comes after the Biden administration asked the court to throw out the rule restricting the EPA’s use of studies that don’t make their…

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  • Jobs

    The radical shift in Bay Area housing, jobs and transit

    The Bay Area’s housing, job market and transportation could be radically reshaped now that employers and white-collar workers have discovered the enormous potential of working remotely. Early in the pandemic, Twitter announced that its employees could permanently operate from home. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg foresees half his workforce doing the same. And Google is exploring a permanent hybrid plan that would allow workers to split their time between their homes and offices. For years, large-scale remote work has been an idea that employers and their workers toyed with. “Now we see that it can be done, that the economy continues, that life goes on,” says Russell Hancock, president and CEO…

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