COVID-19 ends snow days? Schools use online class to cancel them

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A high school junior shares a glimpse of what digital learning is like during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Years before the coronavirus hit, two rural school districts developed plans to put learning online. They were ready for a snowstorm and instead found themselves prepared for a pandemic. 

For the Bancroft-Rosalie Community Schools in northeast Nebraska, the move online took four years, gradually incorporating software into daily lesson plans to use during inclement weather or in place of hiring substitutes when a teacher was absent. The district used digital learning to abolish snow days – a trend that has expanded to New York City and could work its way across the country. 

Taking classes online full-time happened in a way no one could have anticipated. On March 11, after a possible widespread COVID-19 exposure at a girls’ state basketball game, staff had about an hour to get roughly 285

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COVID ends snow days? These schools used online class to cancel them

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A high school junior shares a glimpse of what digital learning is like during the coronavirus pandemic.

USA TODAY

Years before the coronavirus hit, two rural school districts started developing plans to put learning online. They were ready for a snowstorm and instead found themselves prepared for a pandemic. 

For the Bancroft-Rosalie Community Schools in northeast Nebraska, the move online took four years, gradually incorporating online software into daily lesson plans to use during inclement weather or in place of hiring substitutes when a teacher was absent. The district used digital learning to abolish snow days — a trend that has spread to New York City and could work its way across the country. 

Taking classes online full-time happened in a way no one could have anticipated. On March 11, following a possible widespread COVID-19 exposure at a girls’ state basketball game, staff had about an hour to get

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Two Texas school districts cancel remote learning options. Will others follow suit?

Louise ISD Superintendent Garth Oliver had high hopes for virtual learning when the school year began in his tiny school district just southwest of El Campo.

About 30 percent of his roughly 530 students had opted to learn online, and teachers spent most of summer reconfiguring instructional models and lesson plans to accommodate those who did not want to return to campuses on Aug. 19. However, once the school year began, it became clear many of the remote learners were logging on but not participating.

“I don’t think (Texas Education) Commissioner Mike Morath expected kids would sign in and do nothing. We didn’t expect it either, but that’s what was happening,” Oliver said. “Our kids were doing so poorly we said, ‘We can’t continue to allow our kids to not get their education.’”

Oliver ultimately decided to cancel the district’s virtual learning program all together, telling Louise ISD students and

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Charles Darwin University to cut 77 jobs, cancel 19 courses in merger of vocational, higher education

Charles Darwin University has revealed plans to cut 77 jobs – 5 per cent of its workforce – in a merger of vocational and higher education (VET) that could save the institution $10 million.

Staff at CDU were told about the proposed change on Tuesday afternoon, including a plan to cut 19 VET courses.

The scrapped courses include certificates in community night patrol, hospitality, hairdressing and business administration.

The university’s deputy vice-chancellor Meredith Parry said two independent reports had found the VET structure was “financially unsustainable”.

“This will be a difficult time for many at CDU,” Ms Parry said in a statement.

“I am acutely aware that losing a position in

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Charles Darwin University to cut 77 jobs, cancel 19 courses in merger of vocational and higher education

Charles Darwin University has revealed plans to cut 77 jobs — 5 per cent of its workforce — in a merger of vocational and higher education (VET) that could save the institution $10 million.

Staff at CDU were told about the proposed change this afternoon, including a plan to cut 19 VET courses.

The scrapped courses include certificates in community night patrol, hospitality, hairdressing and business administration.

The university’s deputy vice-chancellor Meredith Parry said two independent reports had found the VET structure was “financially unsustainable”.

“This will be a difficult time for many at CDU,” Ms Parry said in a statement.

“I am acutely aware that losing a position in a national market that could see up to 21,000 university sector jobs go by the end of the year is confronting, and comprehensive staff support measures have been put in place for staff and their families.”

Ms Parry said some

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Local school districts cancel in-person, virtual learning ahead of Beta

HOUSTON – A number of Houston-area school districts and colleges are canceling in-person and virtual learning next week due to Tropical Storm Beta.

The forecast projects strong winds, possible flooding and excessive rain along the Texas coast.

Here is the list of local school districts closures:

Angleton ISD

Angleton ISD will cancel on-campus and online learning for Monday.

The district will provide an update about the rest of the week as they monitor the weather.

Bay City ISD

Bay City ISD will close all schools on Monday.

Boling ISD

Boling ISD will cancel in-person and online learning on Monday. Teachers and staff don’t need to report to work unless otherwise instructed by a principal or supervisor, officials said.

The district is concerned about strong winds, potential prolonged power outages and considerable rain.

Brazoria ISD

All schools and facilities in Brazoria ISD will be closed Monday. This includes both at-home and

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