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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Nikkei ends higher on boost from ex-dividend stocks

TOKYO, Sept 28 (Reuters) – Japanese shares closed higher on Monday following bigger appetite for stocks that were set to go ex-dividend this week, although gains were capped due to U.S.-Sino tensions.

The benchmark Nikkei share average rose 1.32% to 23,511.62 and the broader Topix gained 1.69% to 1,661.93. All but two of the 33 sector sub-indexes on the Tokyo exchange traded higher.

Investors took cues from Wall Street’s positive finish on Friday when main indexes gained more than 1%, while in Japan, analysts cited demand for index futures by index and mutual funds lifting sentiment a day before the ex-dividend date.

But U.S.-China tensions capped gains after reports the U.S. had sent letters informing companies that suppliers of certain equipment to China’s Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation must apply for individual export licenses.

Amid the tech-related dispute between the two nations, chipmaker Kioxia Holdings Corp postponed plans for what would

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