Coronavirus impact: Bay Area parents, teachers, students share challenges of virtual learning since start of school

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — It’s been more than a month since public school districts in the Bay Area opted to return to online classes and educators and parents are starting to recognize the negative consequences of virtual learning.

“I am of the point of view that the public health interest of these children is served by getting these schools open,” stated CDC Director, Robert Redfield.

“There is no substitute for being in school like with your students,” added Mark Sanchez, a teacher who serves on the school board in San Francisco.

BUILDING A BETTER BAY AREA: Back to school

While everyone acknowledges that in-person learning is best for students, many feel the virus and its potential for spreading have left us helpless, with no other option but to continue with remote learning.

“It’s going ok, but I miss my friends for real life,” said 4-year-old Marion, sitting on her mother’s

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Bellevue students may be among first in Seattle area to return to classroom

Bellevue elementary students could be back in the classroom for face-to-face learning by Nov. 9, under a plan unveiled Tuesday by school district officials.

The announcement makes Bellevue the largest King County school district to set a target date for bringing some kids back into the classroom. Neighboring Issaquah has also set a target date.

If the date sticks, Bellevue, with an enrollment of 21,000 students, will be one of a handful of districts in the county to phase out of a fully online learning model since the start of the pandemic. Issaquah plans to bring back kindergarten and first grade students Oct. 19. Other districts that have set target dates to bring back elementary students include Tahoma, Mercer Island, Vashon Island and Riverview.

At 53 cases per 100,000 people for the past two weeks, King County is within range of the state’s guidelines to bring young students back to

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CCU to create new college for behavioral and social sciences, education | Myrtle Beach Area News

CONWAY — Coastal Carolina University plans to create a new college within the university, combining existing departments on campus that will include education and behavioral and social sciences, according to an announcement Wednesday by the university’s provost.

In an email to faculty members, Provost Daniel Ennis said he is “pleased to announce the pending formation of the Spadoni College of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education (SCBSE) and a national search for a founding dean of this new college.”

“Currently the Spadoni College is quite small in number of students and in number of faculty,” Ennis told the Post and Courier Myrtle Beach. “By adding these other departments into it, it becomes comparable in size to the business school and the humanities college.”

Ennis said the new college, which will be established in the summer of 2021, will raise the profile of social and behavioral sciences.

“At Coastal, because of

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North Cook Area Teachers Recipients of State Awards

Several educators from the North Cook ISC region are among the recipients of the state’s most distinguished educator awards, announced by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) today.

ISBE announced 10 Regional Teachers of the Year who are now in the running for the 2021 Illinois Teacher of the Year – the state’s highest honor for exemplary educators. ISBE also named its Outstanding Early Career Educator, and for the first time, named a Teacher of the Year in the categories of Bilingual Education and Special Education for being role models in educational equity for students.

        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

 

“Receiving a Teacher of the Year award has taken on new meaning in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our educators have surmounted radical shifts in how they teach and connect with students,”said State Superintendent of Education Dr. Carmen I. Ayala.

Educators from the North Cook ISC region are:

Justin Johnson, a high school

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Fox Chapel Area Adult Education goes remote for fall semester

For someone who values movement as much as Pilates instructor Cara Metallo, the covid-19 pandemic has taught her a newfound appreciation for words.

Moving to an online platform for her classes forced Metallo, an O’Hara resident, to find “an eloquence and connect with students deeper in regards to goals with their health and wellness.”

Metallo will be one of more than 30 instructors who brings new skills and lessons remotely to students of Fox Chapel Area Adult Education’s (FCAAE) fall semester, which for the first time will be offered entirely online.

Registration is underway for Zoom-only courses that still will include art, finance, cooking, languages, history and exercise.

FCAAE, founded in 1963, is an outreach program of the Fox Chapel Area School District dedicated to providing enrichment classes to adults at

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