Boise School District readies for move to ‘red’ category, will continue in-person learning

District officials say the hybrid model – with two days of in-person instruction and three days of virtual learning – will continue through the end of the semester.

BOISE, Idaho — The Boise School District will continue moving forward with its phased plan to bring students back to the classroom in person, even as health officials say Ada County will likely move into the “red” category of coronavirus infection rates.

Previously, Central District Health had recommended that schools opt for remote learning over in-person instruction while in the “red” or Category 3 level.

But CDH officials said Friday morning during the Boise School District’s board meeting that they support Boise schools continuing to allow students back into the classroom.

CDH Program Manager Gina Pannell said that teachers and staff in the Boise School District have done “an incredible job” so far keeping kids distanced and enforcing mask-wearing and other safety

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As More Schools Move to Hybrid or Virtual Learning, Construct Working with Canvas to Improve Online Learning Experiences for Students and Teachers

With growing emphasis on virtual learning, online program enablement is more important than ever

SALT LAKE CITY, Oct. 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — As more schools respond to COVID-19 exposure with hybrid or virtual learning this fall, educational technology providers focus on delivering interactive online learning that engages students. That is why Construct, a global leader in learning design, today announced a new case study highlighting how one school district with nearly 20,000 students has moved to 100% virtual learning while maintaining student engagement.

“Our work with Canvas and Construct began several years ago, as we looked for viable solutions to keep virtual classrooms open even when our physical buildings were closed due to wildfires,” said Aaron Ferguson, Distance Learning Design Coach for Oxnard Union High School District. “Little did we know how years of emergency preparedness combined with insights from students and teachers would help us respond

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Three major universities move to online learning amid Covid surges

Students, including those at Birley Halls student accommodation at Manchester Metropolitan University, will move to online learning after a surge in Covid-19 cases (Peter Byrne/PA)

The restart of Britain’s education sector has been dealt a severe blow after three of the country’s largest universities shifted to online classes due to coronavirus outbreaks.

More than 50 universities in the UK have confirmed cases of Covid-19, after thousands of undergraduates returned to campus for the start of the autumn term.



Manchester University, where there have been 382 coronavirus cases since September 21, joined with Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Sheffield in announcing a move to online learning to protect the health of students and staff.

The Manchester universities said they had made the decision together in consultation with the area’s director of public health, supported by Public Health England.

They added they would increase the level of online learning for

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West Ada School District prepares for a possible move to category red

A spokesperson for the district said they’re currently gathering survey results from parents and will work with CDH on a plan if Ada County is downgraded.

MERIDIAN, Idaho — As coronavirus cases continue to soar in the Gem State, so do Ada county’s chances of moving into the red category next week. West Ada School District sent out a survey to parents Thursday night asking how they feel about in-person learning if Central District Health were to move the county into the red category or stay in yellow.

Central District Health will make its recommendations to the school board on Monday at 2 p.m. The survey will be open until the middle of next week. 

Char Jackson, a spokesperson for the West Ada School District, said they will then evaluate parents’ responses from the survey with Central District Health to come up with a plan to operate in category red.

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Virtual learning instructor offers tips as more schools opt to keep or move to remote classes

MADISON (WKOW) — For Jesse Rozmarynowski, the logistics are a hurdle he still struggles to clear. With three children, in seventh grade, fourth grade, and kindergarten, Rozmarynowski said he has had a hard time keeping up with what his kids are learning and also the challenges that keep popping up.

“It’s been a pretty big challenge with trying to figure out what each of their schedules are, exactly what they need to get done each day, then the different types of issues that pop up each day, like IT issues,” Rozmarynowski said.

Rozmarynowski said he hoped the crunch at home would loosen up with his youngest potentially going into school for in-person instruction. Instead, the Middleton-Cross Plains school board voted Monday night by a 5-4 tally to keep all classes online, including those for classes K-2.

“I probably had an explicit word for it,” Rosmarynowski said. “My original thought was

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Stillwater parents ask for injunction to move forward with in-person learning

STILLWATER, Okla. (KFOR) – Parents in one Oklahoma community are asking for a temporary injunction to require a local school district to bring back in-person learning.

Last month, Stillwater Public Schools sent an email to parents, saying all students would be switching to online learning after an uptick in COVID-19 cases in Payne County.

The district said it was moving from the yellow zone to the orange zone, following the state’s guidelines. As a result, the district closed its traditional classrooms. 

“Those of us who signed up for traditional have no clue about virtual,” Brenda Tidwell, a mom of three, said. 

“I am proud of them for making the difficult decision to cancel school the night before,” parent Julia Boyd said. 

Although school officials said the move was to protect students, some students and parents asked the

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Foley to meet university leaders as classes move online

The Minister for Education Norma Foley will meet university leaders early this week to discuss how best to bring some level of certainty to students about the academic year and the move to digital learning amid the Covid-19 crisis.

The director general of the Irish Universities Association Jim Miley has said that the announcement by Government on Friday to deliver all classes online for the next three weeks brings extra challenges but the universities have mobilised to respond.

Mr Miley said that substantial additional supports for students to access digital learning are needed as well as mental health supports for students, who are faced with a very difficult position.

He told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland that universities have no option but to respond to the public health advice and that although it is a massive logistical operation, it had been mostly completed over the weekend.

In some cases, Mr Miley said

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All higher education institutions to move mostly to online teaching



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All higher-level education institutions across the country will be asked to deliver their lectures remotely.

For the next two weeks, face-to-face teaching will be limited to classes such as labs, practicals and tutorials.

‘The next two to three weeks represent a critical juncture. The Higher Education sector has put in place robust plans and protective measures,’ Higher Education Minister Simon Harris said.



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‘However, at the request of the Department of Health, it has been agreed to introduce enhanced protective measures across the country to ensure safe continuation or beginning of the academic term.’

The restrictions were already in place in Co Dublin and include all further level institutions including universities, institutes of technology and colleges of further education.



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Google’s Big Move to Disrupt and Upend Higher Education


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Bob Dylan sang, “For the times they are a-changin’” That’s what I thought of when I read that Google announced they were going to start offering six-months courses to give people the skills needed to acquire jobs that are in-demand. The cost? An astonishing $300. All I can say is “About time.”

Like the CEO of Alibaba, Jack Ma, I started out my career as an English teacher. In 2008, I saw the writing on the wall with the shift in the market and reinvented myself. I read, listened to, watched, attended, and absorbed every book, CD and seminar I could get my hands on to prepare for the second half of my career.

What frustrated me about the educational process was how slow it was to adapt to our fast-changing world. Outside the school walls,

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