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.

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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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Are snow days a thing of the past? With Massachusetts schools both online and in-person, a long tradition could change

Snow days have always been a right of passage for kids in the New England region, a brief respite from schoolwork marked by sleeping in and making snowmen.

But now, with school districts across Massachusetts still relying on remote learning amid the coronavirus pandemic, the future of snow days may come into question.

In Worcester, where students are learning remotely through at least the first semester, Superintendent Maureen Binienda said she’s waiting to hear from state education officials on what the plan will be for students this winter. But, Binienda said she thinks the possibility of traditional snow days turning into online learning days is a change she would welcome.

“We can do remote learning with students online for the whole day. By the end of this year, all of us are going to have really good established practices with that,” Binienda said. “It would make sense that you could

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No more snow days? Connecticut education officials consider online learning in event of inclement weather

Snow days could be a thing of the past in Connecticut schools this winter as the state Department of Education is developing guidelines on how students may learn online from home instead of missing class due to inclement weather.

Jessica Mirtle, legal director for the state education department, told members of the State Board of Education Wednesday that the unique circumstances of education during the coronavirus pandemic — with many school districts including an online component as part of students’ learning — have led to many questions about whether students could simply learn from home in the event of snow rather than having to make up a day at the end of the school year.

“It’s only because of these circumstances that we would consider this something that needs to be … allowed for,” Mirtle said.

State education Commissioner Miguel Cardona said with winter approaching “this is a timely conversation”

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Will Increased Online Education End Snow Days for Schools?

(TNS) — The days of waking up to snowfall and heading back to sleep because school is canceled may be a thing of the past.

Students across Michigan are learning virtually this year amid the coronavirus pandemic and inclement weather may no longer stand in the way of getting to class safely.

Though many superintendents say snow days aren’t something to worry about for another couple of months, some students have already taking to social media with jokes about saying goodbye to the cherished break from school with online learning.

Bill DiSessa, spokesperson for the Michigan Department of Education, said the state’s guidance on snow days remains the same for those learning in-person.

Virtual students may not be so lucky this year as MDE doesn’t anticipate requests for snow days for all-virtual instruction, he said.

Districts are offering a mix of in-person and online options. With the establishment of virtual

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Premiere of Daddy’s “Love in the Old Days (Kolour Kult Remix)” Video Directed by James Franco

James Franco has his thumb in a lot of pies, as they say, and these days most of them are stuffed with gooey fillings of the artistic variety. So we were more thrilled than surprised when a freshly baked golden-brown Franco treat was pulled straight from the oven and dropped into our gullets. Specifically, we were lucky enough to be offered the premiere of Daddy’s new video for the song “Love in the Old Days (Kolour Kult Remix)” off The PVD Remixes EP, which you can download for free right here.

If, by chance (and understandably), you’re not up to speed on the dozens of art, writing, acting, and video projects the hardest working man in show business has in the works, Daddy is Franco’s musical project that he formed last year with his Providence-based art school BFF Tim O’Keefe. We spoke with both of them about this vampy remix

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Betsy DeVos was with Trump days before his COVID-19 diagnosis

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President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for COVID-19 and “will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately.”

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WASHINGTON — U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ office didn’t immediately say Friday whether she has been tested for coronavirus following the news that President Donald Trump and his wife have tested positive. 

DeVos, a prominent Michigander and member of one of the state’s richest families, attended an event with the president on Monday at the White House. The event was outside and DeVos was some distance from the president, but it was not immediately known whether they met more closely at some time before or after the event.

More: Gretchen Whitmer: Donald Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis ‘wakeup call to every single American’

More: Republican Chair Ronna McDaniel tests positive for COVID-19, quarantining in Michigan

Early Friday, after the president tweeted that he and his wife, Melania

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Brecksville-Broadview Heights schools consider switch to in-person learning five days a week

BRECKSVILLE, Ohio – Brecksville-Broadview Heights schools Superintendent Joelle Magyar wants to change the district’s plan to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic and resume in-person learning five days a week for K-12 pupils starting Oct. 26.

Magyar said the hybrid education model, in which pupils attend in-person classes twice a week and learn remotely on computers the other three days, is working for some pupils but others are struggling, especially younger children.

“It’s not a developmentally appropriate model for many of our students,” Magyar told the school board Wednesday (Sept. 23).

The board for the most part wasn’t receptive to Magyar’s recommendation. Board member Mark Dosen said the district had committed to hybrid learning so that families can plan ahead without having to worry about a sudden change to all-remote or five-day, in-person models.

Ultimately, the board decided to seek input from families and survey them on whether they want

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35 Days to Exercise Your Right – Black Voters Matter and Sony Electronics Join Forces to Empower, Educate and Activate

35 Days to Exercise Your Right – Black Voters Matter and Sony Electronics Join Forces to Empower, Educate and Activate

ATLANTA, Sept. 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Black Voters Matter (BVM), the community organization whose purpose is to increase civic engagement and build community power and representation in often-marginalized Black communities nationwide, and Sony Electronics Inc. today announced the creation of a new alliance. The multi-faceted work will initially focus on increasing the ranks of volunteers to support voter registration and turnout, and may grow to include additional elements such as collaboration on social justice initiatives, policy education, and a speaker series.



“This partnership with Sony helps us broaden the reach of our many important initiatives like voter registration, policy advocacy, training and more, so we can help Black communities have an even stronger positive impact on the country,” said LaTosha Brown, co-founder of Black Voters Matter Fund, and the 2020-2021

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35 Days to Exercise Your Right

“This partnership with Sony helps us broaden the reach of our many important initiatives like voter registration, policy advocacy, training and more, so we can help Black communities have an even stronger positive impact on the country,” said LaTosha Brown, co-founder of Black Voters Matter Fund, and the 2020-2021 American Democracy Fellow at Harvard University’s Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History. “Our most immediate need is to mobilize and educate voters in this upcoming election. We are excited to partner with Sony to mobilize new voters at the local level. Because of this partnership with Sony it will help us to continue the work we’re doing in an impactful way, we’re proud to announce this important relationship.”

Sony’s support for BVM and other important organizations stems from Sony’s $100 million “Global Social Justice Fund,” which stands firmly against discrimination everywhere, and supports social justice and anti-racist initiatives

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