Grandma And Grandpa To The Rescue But Face Virtual Learning Curve

ACROSS AMERICA — Here’s something we know for certain: The coronavirus pandemic has made this fall’s return to school anything but ordinary.

Virtual learning is now the default in most states.

Parents and guardians became teachers overnight, and many had to adapt quickly to ensure their child succeeds this school year. Not all kids have parents in their lives, though. And many parents are unable to stay home.

This is where grandparents like Mercedes Bristol come in. Supervising virtual learning is necessary, yet many grandparents are faced with technology barriers, confusing class schedules and unfamiliar subjects.

Simply put, some grandparents feel perpetually “lost,” according to the 66-year-old grandmother from San Antonio.

“I can’t tell you how many times I’ve sat there lost right alongside the children,” Bristol said. “Once, a teacher wanted us to show our kids how to upload homework into Google Docs.

“What if grandparents don’t know how

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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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How Online Education Startup Outschool Raised $45 Million During The Pandemic

The pandemic has been good to Outschool CEO Amir Nathoo, 40. Today the cofounder of the five-year-old San Francisco-based online education provider announced that he had raised $45 million in a funding round led by Lightspeed, a Silicon Valley venture fund. That brings the total invested in Outschool to $57 million.

“We’ve been dealing with overnight rocketship growth,” says Nathoo, who won’t share Outschool’s valuation. Last year revenue totaled $6.5 million, he says. In 2020 it’s on track to hit $100 million and he says Outschool is turning a profit.

The platform offers a staggering 50,000 not-for-credit classes aimed at students in grades K-12. That’s up from 15,000 just three months ago. Among the most popular right now: How to Make Awesome Animated Movies, a five-week course for students aged 10-15 that meets once

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