MATC to continue mostly online learning for spring semester; reports 25 COVID cases | Higher education



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MATC students must take a health survey and present a green “checkmark” clearing them of COVID-19 symptoms to a security guard before coming onto campus.




Madison Area Technical College expects to follow the same playbook it used this fall for the spring semester: most classes delivered online and students and employees completing a health survey before they can enter campus buildings.

Officials at MATC, also known as Madison College, plan to keep roughly the same ratio of classes, with 70% of them delivered online, 5% taught in-person and 25% operating in a hybrid format, where some elements of the class take place face-to-face and others are delivered online.

Student registration for the spring semester began Monday.



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“We want to offer as much certainty to students and faculty as the uncertainty continues to exist,” Provost Turina Bakken said in an interview. “We

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SSCC readies COVID-safe classrooms, so great education can continue safely

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“We don’t want students to give up on their dreams”, SSCC Coordinator says.

Volunteers demonstrate social distancing at Southern State Community College in Hillsboro. (Photo: Courtesy of Elizabeth Burkard)

Amid the drastic changes COVID-19 has brought to daily life, many prospective college students in the area have been left uncertain about classes this fall — but Southern State Community College officials say the pandemic won’t force students to give up their dreams. 

As community college classes resume in Hillsboro, Mt. Orab and Washington Court House in a matter of days, SSCC President Dr. Kevin Boys said the college’s goal is to meet or exceed best health practices while continuing to provide accessible, affordable and high-quality education to area residents. 

“We’ve now survived a most unusual spring semester and the ‘Summer of COVID-19,’” Boys said in a letter to students.

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Will Florida continue online classes next semester? Parents seek answers.

When Maria Balestriere enrolled her two children in Pasco County’s mySchool Online, she did so to ensure consistency.

“Our worry was, are these kids going to be in school for two weeks and then all of a sudden you’re quarantined?” said Balestriere, who lives in Wesley Chapel. “I really didn’t want the back and forth.”

Before long, she found the arrangement worked “really, really well.” Her daughter in particular is able to learn and focus with a teacher she likes. Neither of her children — one in fourth grade, the other in seventh — is clamoring to be in a regular classroom.

But Balestriere recognizes that a return to campus could be thrust upon her and thousands of other families that opted for real-time online classes from home in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

School districts across Florida won state permission to get full funding for the online model for

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Boise School District readies for move to ‘red’ category, will continue in-person learning

District officials say the hybrid model – with two days of in-person instruction and three days of virtual learning – will continue through the end of the semester.

BOISE, Idaho — The Boise School District will continue moving forward with its phased plan to bring students back to the classroom in person, even as health officials say Ada County will likely move into the “red” category of coronavirus infection rates.

Previously, Central District Health had recommended that schools opt for remote learning over in-person instruction while in the “red” or Category 3 level.

But CDH officials said Friday morning during the Boise School District’s board meeting that they support Boise schools continuing to allow students back into the classroom.

CDH Program Manager Gina Pannell said that teachers and staff in the Boise School District have done “an incredible job” so far keeping kids distanced and enforcing mask-wearing and other safety

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Students with disabilities continue to face challenges with virtual learning

There are approximately 12,000 students in Maryland public schools who have a disability, whether it be a learning difference or a physical disability. For students with fictional needs, virtual learning is particularly difficult.

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There is a push to get those students back in the classroom.

Emily Wyndam is a beautiful little girl, with a debilitating disease called Rhett Syndrome.

“It’s basically like a disconnect between the brain and the rest of the body,” Emily’s father, Adam Wyndam said. “She’s non-verbal, non-ambulatory. She can’t walk independently, she has a breathing issue. That’s very common with Rhett.”

Emily is a public school student in Anne Arundel County. Her father believes she benefits tremendously from mainstream, in-person education.

“She does enjoy being around other students, and then you have the full staff there. You

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Sun Prairie School District to continue online learning for grades 3-12 through January | Local Education



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The Sun Prairie School District has maintained full-time distance learning for the first quarter of the 2020-2021 school year for grades 3-12 to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.




The Sun Prairie School District has announced plans to continue online learning for grades 3-12 through the second quarter of the school year to align with Public Health Madison and Dane County recommendations as COVID-19 cases surge across the state.

“While other school districts have experienced a rollercoaster of decision-making in their reopening plans, the SPASD has steadily and safely served our kids and families while adhering to the Public Health Madison Dane County metrics to guide decisions for reopening,” Sun Prairie School District Superintendent Brad Saron said in a message to parents Tuesday.

“Still, the second quarter of the 2020-2021 school year is another checkpoint we must pass through as we navigate our journey in appropriately responding

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Board of Education approves plan to continue NTI for JCPS until late October



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Jefferson County Public Schools will continue distance learning until late October after a recommendation from the district’s superintendent amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The Jefferson County Board of Education met Tuesday, in which they approved Superintendent Dr. Marty Pollio’s recommendation for the school district.

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Last week, Pollio called for non-traditional instruction — NTI 2.0 — to continue up until the end of October as the state and Jefferson County continue efforts to lessen the rate of infection of COVID-19.

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“Right now we are going in the wrong direction,” Pollio said.

Jefferson County is currently in the orange category when it comes to COVID-19 cases. The Kentucky Department of Public Health recommends those in the orange or red category to continue remote learning.

Pollio would like to see the county get into

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Watertown to continue online learning, suspension of activities

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Watertown High School will continue online classes and has postponed/canceled all extracurricular activities through next week due to a continued high number of COVID cases (34) and close contacts (250) within the building, according to superintendent Jeff Danielsen.

With respect to athletics, the Arrows’ football game scheduled for next Friday

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Durham Public Schools to continue online learning for remainder of the semester

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Durham students will remain online for the remainder of the first semester, after a vote 6-1 vote by the DPS Board of Education on Thursday night.

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A popular holiday light event in Johnston County will not happen this year because of COVID-19.

Meadow Lights is a large family-owned Christmas light show located outside of Benson that has been happening annually for more than 40 years.

However, Meadow Lights will not open in 2020

“Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and to prevent spread of the virus we have made the difficult decision to cancel our Christmas light show and the opening of our candy store for the 2020 season,” the business said in a

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Sweetwater Union High School District to continue with online learning through December

The next school board meeting is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 28.

CHULA VISTA, Calif. — In a letter to families in both English and Spanish on Monday Sept. 21, The Sweetwater Union High School District announced it would continue with online distance learning through December 2020. 

“Although it had been our hope that we might see lower [coronavirus] infection rates in San Diego County, and in particular our South Bay region, instead the most recent data shows that we are in danger of moving back into higher risk categories.” said the district’s statement in part.

At the end of November, the district will decide whether there’s a safe option to reopen in-person classes in January 2021.

San Diego County health officials have committed various resources to South Bay zip codes, including free, no-appointment COVID-19 testing sites.

“If the situation improves, the district’s reopening plan allows for the possibility of small

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