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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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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George Washington University to conduct spring semester online

“Managing this pandemic has called on us all to do our part to keep the community healthy and safe, and to support one another through these difficult decisions,” officials said in an email to the university community.

University leaders considered the spread of the virus, the school’s ability to house students safely and feedback from the community as they weighed the possibility of reopening the campus, according to the announcement.

Based on current conditions, the school said it is also unlikely commencement will be held in person in May.

GWU President Thomas J. ­LeBlanc told the Faculty Senate on Friday the spring semester “will look a lot like it looks right now,” according to the GW Hatchet, the student newspaper. Most classes are being taught remotely; exceptions have been made for a handful of courses that require research or in-person instruction.

The campus has reported 29 positive virus cases since

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Collier, Lee school districts plan learning options for spring semester

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Collier County Public Schools will implement health precautions to limit the spread of coronavirus, such as requiring face masks, limiting the number of students in the cafeteria and reducing school bus capacity.

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Collier and Lee County schools are taking different approaches toward continuing virtual learning options for students next semester.

Many Collier students will be expected to return to their brick-and-mortar schools at the start of the spring semester or enroll in Collier’s virtual school, eCollier Academy, the district’s superintendent announced last week.

Lee County will continue to offer all of its current learning options. 

In Collier, students enrolled in the Classroom Connect and the High School Flexible instructional options will no longer have those options in the spring, according to the district.

Classroom Connect offers live, virtual instruction while High School Flexible is completely flexible learning. Students remain enrolled at their schools for both options.

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Outdoor learning program spares N.W.T. college students from fully online semester

Trena Weyallon moved from Behchoko to Yellowknife this fall to take the two-year early learning and child care diploma program at Aurora College. 

School is now in its third week and she’s only met half her class and one of her instructors. 

“It’s quite different doing it online,” she said. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has driven nearly all college programming online, with at least one exception. Early learning and child care program students in Yellowknife are enrolled in a mentorship program with Bushkids, a land-based learning program that organizes outdoor play for school-aged children every Tuesday and holds outdoor planning sessions on Thursdays. 

“This is kinda like our classroom and not our classroom,” said Weyallon at the Bushkids site, near the Arctic Indigenous Wellness Foundation’s healing camp. “I like it out here.”

And while it may be anything but a normal school year, Weyallon is happy to be learning. 

“I’ve been

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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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availability of tuition assistance funds uncertain beyond fall semester

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10)- State Assembly members and education officials gathered Tuesday to discuss how the state’s financial woes could affect tuition assistance programs. New York State Higher Education Services (HESC) told state Assembly members that while Fall 2020 semester tuition assistance programs like the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) and Excelsior Scholarship were unaffected for approved recipients, awards for the Spring 2021 semester are undetermined.

HESC told News10 new applications were on hold for the Excelsior Scholarship at the end of July. At that time the Division of the Budget said students might see a reduction in their awards.

Priority for the spring semester will be given to students already receiving awards in accordance with state tuition assistance legislation, says HESC Executive Vice President, Elsa Magee. She says HESC is currently focused on processing fall semester awards and is awaiting guidance from the state before looking ahead to the spring semester.

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Fox Chapel Area Adult Education goes remote for fall semester

For someone who values movement as much as Pilates instructor Cara Metallo, the covid-19 pandemic has taught her a newfound appreciation for words.

Moving to an online platform for her classes forced Metallo, an O’Hara resident, to find “an eloquence and connect with students deeper in regards to goals with their health and wellness.”

Metallo will be one of more than 30 instructors who brings new skills and lessons remotely to students of Fox Chapel Area Adult Education’s (FCAAE) fall semester, which for the first time will be offered entirely online.

Registration is underway for Zoom-only courses that still will include art, finance, cooking, languages, history and exercise.

FCAAE, founded in 1963, is an outreach program of the Fox Chapel Area School District dedicated to providing enrichment classes to adults at

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ASU fall commencement to be held online, spring semester will continue with current learning model

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Arizona State University announced on Friday that COVID-19 has again forced the graduation ceremony to be held online and further changes to upcoming classes. 

The in-person, traditional fall commencement ceremony and special interest convocations scheduled for the week of Dec. 14 will now be virtual, the announcement said.

Northern Arizona University made the same announcement on Wednesday. 

Both universities said additional details about the now-virtual ceremonies will be released in the coming weeks.

All three state universities also canceled the spring in-person graduation events earlier this year.

Additionally, Session C classes will now end Dec. 4., and courses in the spring semester will continue to be offered both in-person and online, according to Executive Vice President and University Provost Mark Searle in the announcement.

In addition, all classes after the Nov. 26 and 27 Thanksgiving break will be held remotely only, according to the email. The final exam week

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University of California’s top doctor says school should prepare for online learning beyond the fall semester

The University of California’s top doctor had a sobering message for the system’s leaders this week: School won’t go back to normal for at least another year.



a clock tower in the middle of a road: The head of UC Health says California's university system should prepare to deal with the coronavirus pandemic for at least another year.


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The head of UC Health says California’s university system should prepare to deal with the coronavirus pandemic for at least another year.

Dr. Carrie Byington, the executive vice president and head of UC Health, delivered the message to the University of California’s Board of Regents during its two-day virtual teleconference this week. Speaking on Wednesday, Byington told the regents that in the US, herd immunity wouldn’t be expected until July 2022 — meaning that the safeguards will have to continue.

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“I believe that we will still be undergoing these modifications, accommodations, for the virus for at least another year,” she said. “I am still planning on a year of disruption, with hope that between September (2021) and

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