Some children in Russian capital to study online to contain coronavirus

FILE PHOTO: First graders attend a ceremony marking the start of the new school year in Moscow, Russia September 1, 2020. REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s capital announced on Wednesday it would introduce online learning for many students starting on Monday in a bid to contain the novel coronavirus.

The measure would apply to students in the 6th to 11th grades for a two-week period, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said in post on his website.

Pupils from 1st to 5th grade will return to school on that day after a two-week holiday that had been granted to prevent them from contracting the virus and taking it home, he said.

Older students would study online at home because they accounted for two-thirds of the children infected with the virus, Sobyanin said.

“The decisions that we have made today are not easy but are simply necessary taking into account both the

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Educate girl children for secured future

General News of Wednesday, 14 October 2020

Source: GNA


Freda Prempeh, Deputy Minister of Gender, Children and Social ProtectionFreda Prempeh, Deputy Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection

Freda Prempeh, the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Tano North constituency, has urged parents to give their girl children the best of education for a secured future.

She said educating the girl children would help to control teenage pregnancy and domestic violence in the communities.

Mrs Prempeh, also the Deputy Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, was speaking at a day’s meeting with queens to mark the International Day of the Girl-Child at Duayaw-Nkwanta in the Tano North Municipality of the Ahafo Region.

The meeting aimed at deliberating on the challenges of the youth, particularly the girl children and how to overcome such challenges to help them to become responsible future citizens and leaders.

Under the theme ”My Voice, Our Equal Future,” the event was organised by the

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How employers can support employees whose children have to do remote learning

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — London Lewis’s first-grade teacher in Birmingham City Schools starts the day with a little exercise for her students.

“We’re going to get up and do a little moving to get oxygen to our brain,” the teacher’s voice echoes through the computer speaker.

London Barber participates in a dance break during virtual learning (WIAT Photo)
London Barber participates in a dance break during virtual learning (WIAT Photo)

On cue, 6-year-old London stands up from the chair she has been sitting in at her grandmother’s dining room table, pushes it back and starts swinging her arms to the music.

A video has now replaced the teacher on the computer screen.

As London sways to the fast-paced song with a techno beat, a male voice sings these lyrics to the tune:

The alphabet is filled

with consonants and vowels.

We write them.

We read them.

Each letter makes a sound.

While we start with A-B-C,

 we go all the way to

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Children with disabilities are left behind by remote learning

Caroline’s son, a 17-year-old who has autism, finds peace in routine. 

Before the pandemic, the teen spent most of the day at his Lake Washington high school, then came home to shower, listen to music and eat dinner. But when schools closed, his behavior became increasingly erratic and violent.

He dumped cans of soup or bags of flour on the kitchen floor. He began biting and hitting family members. Caroline was forced to quit her job at McDonald’s so she could care for him full-time.

For many special education families, online learning is simply not working, and some parents say their children are regressing. The state has received at least 45 special education-related complaints since schools closed last March. And three special education families have filed a lawsuit asking Thurston County Superior Court to overturn statewide emergency rules that relaxed the number of instructional hours schools provide students.

Amid school

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Annie Malone Center helping special needs children not fall behind in virtual learning | News Headlines

ST. LOUIS ( — Online learning is hard enough for kids, but parents with students with special needs say their children are getting left behind. 

One local organization is working to keep those kids pressing ahead.

Carnadria Smith says it was the fear of her special needs son falling behind that had her concerned during the coronavirus shutdown.

“I’m not a therapist, I’m just mommy,” said Smith.

She’s one of many parents with concerns over virtual learning for students who need alternative learning.

 “Him trying to get through virtual learning, I didn’t know how to navigate that,” she said.  

Her 11-year-old son suffers from Oppositional Defiance Disorder.

Kylann Clayborn is Smith son’s teacher at the Emerson Therapeutic Academy and says during the three months of virtual learning, he saw a significant drop in how student were performing.

“Not being able to sit right there and hold their hand through the

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Fire chief pleads with parents to educate children about fire risks

Marton chief fire officer Kevin Darling wants to work with young people to educate them about the risks of starting fires.

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Marton chief fire officer Kevin Darling wants to work with young people to educate them about the risks of starting fires.

A spate of fires in a Rangitīkei town may have been sparked by youths, a fire chief says.

The Marton and Bulls volunteer fire brigades were called to extinguish about five suspicious fires in Marton Park just after 3am on Wednesday.

The fires burned on the roadside and across the park. Nearby residents reported young people were seen running from the area before emergency services arrived.

The fires were extinguished before causing serious damage, but the consequences could have been much worse, Marton’s chief fire officer Kevin Darling said.

* Police investigate suspicious fires sparking in Marton park
* Firefighters douse Rangitīkei home after fire tears through property
* Marton fire brigade raises money for new support vehicle

Police searched the park and were still

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Teddy Cops program encourages Katy ISD special needs children

Police officers can be intimidating to special needs children, so Luis Santiago, Katy Independent School District police officer, is changing that, one teddy bear at a time.

In a surprise Teddy Cop visit to a classroom at Wolman Elementary on Thursday, October 8, Santiago presented students with teddy bears that wore blue police uniforms. The Teddy Cop program began in 2015. Since then, Santiago has distributed more than 2,100 bears. He said police uniforms can scare children, and working to get past that fear is important. He took a knee as he handed out the bears and explained that police officers are friends.

“If we can teach them not to be afraid of the person in the uniform, we just made their life easier and made the officer’s life easier because now we’re learning about autism, how to interact with children with autism, how to communicate,” Santiago said.

He explained

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Owasso FD goes virtual to educate young children about fire safety amid pandemic | News

Owasso fire complex (copy)

A fireman’s hat sits on a table at the Owasso Public Safety Operations & Training Complex in Dec 2019. ART HADDAWAY/Owasso Reporter

The Owasso Fire Department is getting creative when it comes to educating young children about fire prevention during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Crews recently got a chance to perfect their acting chops and film a new video to promote National Fire Prevention Month, held every October.

Each fall, Owasso firefighters visit local elementary schools to demonstrate firsthand the dangers of fire for students during the holiday season. This year, however, their efforts were thwarted by the coronavirus.

As such, Owasso Fire Marshal J.P Peterson rallied his team to make the video — themed “Safety in the Kitchen” — to ensure that the children were still able to participate in the program.

“This is our biggest target audience is our kids,” Peterson said. “We see probably 3,000 to 4,000 kids

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Air Zoo museum in Portage offers virtual science education labs for children

PORTAGE, MI — The Air Zoo Aerospace and Science Museum is deploying virtual learning programs through its museum in Portage and across the country in an effort to expose kids and their parents to science education, the museum announced in a news release.

The Air Zoo’s virtual programs are for children age 3 and up, and designed up to immerse kids in hands-on science education courses. Financial aid and scholarships are offered to help both individuals and groups that meet requirements and cover the cost of most of their educational programs, Air Zoo said in the release.

“As we build on the outstanding success of our new, immersive and engaging virtual summer camp programs, that reached children and families across the country, and even into Mexico, the dedicated team here at the Air Zoo is so proud to announce that it has just launched a new and exciting arsenal of

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An Education-Health Ecosystem for All Children

By Justin W. van Fleet, Ph.D and J. Robin Moon, DPH, MPH, MIA

Disparities and disadvantages start in utero and birth, setting young people on vastly different life journeys. In the United States, the result of differential investments in health, education and well-being, alongside other structural inequities, combine to formulate differing life prospects for children. In short, despite the overall wealth of the country, the zip code someone lives in, the color of their skin, and who their parents are will largely affect an individual’s life chances.

Fast-forward to 2020, the ravages of COVID-19 are exacerbating, deepening and widening the gaps between our citizens. When upwards of 50 million American children were forced from physical schools, those who were on the margins of society were even further sidelined from opportunity.

We know our health and education systems have been seriously broken long before the pandemic. Yet as COVID-19’s reach extends

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