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Elizabeth City is home to not one, but three different institutions of higher education: Elizabeth City State University, the College of the Albemarle, and Mid-Atlantic Christian University. From one-of-a-kind programs to valuable community partnerships, each school is using its strengths to benefit the students and communities in Elizabeth City and beyond. Schools in Elizabeth City have experienced rare growth — and they’re ready for their reputations to start making waves across the region.

“At ECSU, this is our third admission cycle under my leadership, and this year we are 13 percent above where we were last year. To grow in double digits when we’re in a pandemic is significant, and so I’m grateful for the work that the faculty, staff, and alumni have put in,” said Chancellor Karrie G. Dixon, ECSU’s current chancellor. “For

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At-Home Learning, When Home Is in Ashes

The last time Blandí Rodas walked out the door of her mobile home in Talent, Ore., school was the primary thought on her mind. All summer her 7-year old daughter, Kailyn, had talked of nothing else. She couldn’t wait to see her friends — even if it was just through a screen. After months of anticipation, online-only classes were to commence the next day.

“She was so excited to go back to school,” said Rodas, 36. “She always looked at the calendar, saying, ‘Mommy, when we’re gonna go back to school?’”

On the morning of September 8, Kailyn stayed at home while her mother and 11-year-old sister, Evelyn, went to Talent Middle School to pick up a Chromebook lent to her by the school district to assist with distance learning. Then Rodas took off for her job at a local retirement community, leaving the two girls at home with their

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Home learning in Gaza hindered by blackouts and poverty

GAZA (Reuters) – Routine blackouts and shaky internet service have made remote learning in the Gaza Strip a challenge for students during the coronavirus pandemic.

With schools closed across the Palestinian enclave since a lockdown in August, hundreds of thousands of students have been stuck at home and learning has moved online.

In Gaza, where poverty is rampant and infrastructure lacking, siblings are often left to argue over precious screen time during the hours when the power is on.

On average Gazans in the Hamas Islamist-run territory get eight hours of electricity a day from its lone generating plant and Israeli power lines. Most families are dependent on foreign aid and struggle to pay for internet or buy extra computers or phones.

“We have to wait until electricity is back so we can recharge the phones,” said 10th grader Raseel Hussein. “Work is sent over the internet and we have

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How to stay safe online while working, learning from home

Paycheck Protection Program funds helped keep more than five million American small businesses alive through the first half of 2020, but one woman has a warning for anyone applying for aid.

Kelleye Thomas, who runs a home daycare, had to shut down for three months due to the pandemic.

Her income dropped to zero during the shutdown, but like so many small business and independent workers, she was saved by the government’s Paycheck Protection Program.

“I applied for that through the Small Business Administration, and I was granted a forgivable loan for $2,500,” she said.

That lifeline turned into a financial nightmare because of where she deposited the funds. Before she could even begin using the money, she said, Fifth Third Bank locked her account pending a fraud investigation.

“The check was deposited, and a few days later I noticed there was a freeze on my account,” she said.


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Safe2Tell tips down 7% after kids go home amid COVID pandemic

The decrease in tip volume came after schools shifted to online learning in March amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Safe2Tell’s 2019-2020 annual report.

DENVER — Safe2Tell said they received a total of 20,822 tips from Aug. 1, 2019 through July 31, 2020 — a 7% decrease in tips from the previous school year.  

At the top of the list, tips involving suicide (3,821), drugs (1,468) and bullying (1,286) remained as the highest threats reported to Safe2Tell. 

Safe2Tell is a violence intervention and prevention program for youth and community members to report threats to their own and others’ safety anonymously. 

“Coloradans have felt the deep impacts of the pandemic as we navigate these unprecedented times together,” said Safe2Tell Program Director Essi Ellis.

Actional tips total 91.8% for the year, which Safe2tell said excludes test tips, duplicate reports, pranks and hang-ups. The program received 2.1% false tips, which is a reduction

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Power Up Kids’ Home Learning Skills for Now and Later

Although we all hoped that the pandemic impact on kids’ schooling would decrease for the new school year, it has not. As I wrote in my post, Coping With Your Kids’ Transition to Home and Online Learning, “The transition from classroom-based to full or partial online remote instruction and other home learning was abrupt and unexpected. Parents, along with kids and teachers, are facing new challenges and opportunities.” Indeed, as this school year progresses, these challenges and opportunities accelerate.

Strengthen the ongoing developing tools in your kids’ brains for now and their future

In that previous post, I promised to provide more suggestions about increasing kids’ motivation and joyful connections to remote learning. Let’s explore some of these challenges and options. Most remote learning situations require even the youngest kids to take more responsibility for their learning, planning, and attention focus and for longer periods of time. For the many

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COVID-19 and schools: Advice from Houston educators to parents struggling with helping kids learn from home

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — Virtual learning is well underway for many school children across Southeast Texas, and some school districts have returned to in-person instruction, like Fort Bend ISD.

Fort Bend ISD Superintendent Dr. Charles Dupre said some students need an in-person learning environment to thrive.

“We have many students [that] need more direct interaction, those kinds of things,” he said.

But many parents, for whom virtual learning is the only option, are struggling to balance their new roles as teachers and technology experts with their already-existing responsibilities.

Kinsey Wall, a mother of two boys who attend a Houston ISD school, said her family is doing their best to support the children, but that it can be challenging.

SEE ALSO: 4 tips to help you manage working from home as kids learn from home

“I’m the tech support for the Wall family,” she said. “If I’m struggling to find things

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How has website design agency and online learning facilitated people at home during COVID-19?

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When to stay home from school


The Indiana Department of Education has updated its guidelines to help school officials and parents decide how schools can reopen safely during the coronavirus pandemic.


As schools near the midway point in the fall semester, the number of students and school employees who’ve tested positive for COVID-19 continues to grow. 

Nearly 2,000 students and school employees have tested positive for COVID-19 since the school year started this fall, according to new data from the Indiana State Department of Health released Wednesday.

Health officials have repeatedly said that isolating those who test positive and quarantining their close contacts who are possibly infected is key to stopping the spread of the coronavirus. In schools, the number of people told to stay home can add up in some instances.

Around the state, multiple schools have closed buildings and moved classes temporarily online, due to the number of people who must quarantine.

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5 things to know about keeping students home


The Indiana Department of Education has updated its guidelines to help school officials and parents decide how schools can reopen safely during the coronavirus pandemic.


Nearly 2,000 students and school employees in the state have tested positive for COVID-19 so far this school year, according to new data from the Indiana State Department of Health released Wednesday.

And that number doesn’t include those who are quarantining due to being close contacts of someone who tested positive, whether that person was at school or elsewhere.

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But knowing which students should stay home to stop the spread of the coronavirus when isn’t always easy. Here are five things families need to know:

CDC guidance sets the tone.

The state department of health follows guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention when it comes to

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