Crofton Mom Shares Family’s Virtual Learning Experience

CROFTON, MD — A hug. A smile. A high five. These are just three of many things students learning from home really miss. Elizabeth Fine of Crofton, a former public school teacher who gives private music lessons out of her home, delved headfirst into virtual learning when Anne Arundel County Public Schools finished the spring semester and started off the fall semester with online learning.

Her sons had to adjust as has she, Fine told Patch.

Nicholas, 15, attends Crofton High School as a sophomore. Nate, 12, is in sixth grade at Crofton Middle School. In order to attempt to successfully adapt to learning from home, Fine set up desks in the boys’ bedrooms and bought them a chair for the fall semester in the hopes of avoiding the neck pain they experienced while learning from home in the spring.

“We also needed a new Chromebook to log on with.

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School from an RV: One family’s rocky journey through distance learning | News

When the new school year started, the four Solorio siblings — a kindergartner, sixth-grader, eighth-grader and high school sophomore — sat in a circle in their family’s cramped RV, parked on El Camino Real across the street from the Palo Alto school district’s office, and tried to focus on online school.

But with four computers sharing one hot spot, all of which were provided to the family by the district, the internet connection often slowed or disconnected, and they were unable to finish classes. Their mother, Noemi Solorio, doesn’t speak much English but would do her best to make sure her kids were focused and engaged, especially her youngest one, who’s never attended school before.

When buses drive by on El Camino Real, the RV shakes. Without electricity, charged computer and cellphone batteries are precious commodities. The family parks in one place as long as they can before a police

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