Learn how to keep students safe online during remote learning

Students are on their devices and in front of screens more than ever now, as COVID-19 has mandated fully- or partially-online classes across the globe. With more screen time comes the risk of increased exposure to inappropriate content and online predators–not to mention heightened feelings of isolation, stress, and depression brought on by physical separation from friends, peers, and teachers.

More than ever, schools have the responsibility to manage these disturbances as best as possible. During this free eSchool News Virtual Leadership Event, eSchool News will highlight best practices from district leaders grappling with remote security issues and provide answers to these ever-changing questions.

Register for this free event, scheduled for Oct. 7 at 2 p.m. EST

Expert educators and stakeholders will answer questions regarding how districts keep students safe online and how hybrid and remote models require advanced monitoring. Attendees will also be able to share their

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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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Child Care Centers Provided Young Students A Safe Place To Learn Online. Michigan Won’t Cover The Cost.

From Chalkbeat Detroit:


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By Koby Levin Sep 22, 2020, 6:31pm EDT

Two weeks into the school year, Monique Snyder had to tell a dozen working parents that they would have to find somewhere else for their children to learn online.

Like many child care providers in the Detroit area, Snyder has opened her centers to young K-12 students whose classrooms remained closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. But Snyder learned this month that the state won’t subsidize care during the school day for children from low-income families.

She told desperate parents that they would have to pay her out of pocket or find another place for their children to learn.

“It was horrible,” said Snyder, whose business is already in danger of closing due to the pandemic. “The biggest question they kept asking me was, ‘What am I supposed to do?’ And I literally did

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The Latest: US health officials want safe, effective vaccine

Dr. Robert Redfield, head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, addressed criticism that forced the CDC to supersede its guidance. The clarification now says people without symptoms should be tested.

Redfield told

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Class in session: Teachers say in-person learning has been safe for special education

After months of debate, the Albemarle County School Board decided in July to hold the first nine weeks of classes with distance learning for most students. One exception to the mandate was made for students with special needs.

The decision immediately stirred up controversy and concern, with many community members believing face-to-face instruction was not only unsafe, but unfair to test out on vulnerable populations of students. “To have a school that could potentially be filled with vulnerable students in any capacity places the burdens of the illness upon them,” ACPS instructional coach Adrienne Oliver told C-VILLE in July.

But for at least two special education teachers in the district, in-person learning has been a largely positive experience since school began September 8.

At Broadus Wood Elementary, Kimberly Hannis currently teaches four of her kindergarten-through-fifth-grade special ed students in person.

“There are so many different routines than last year,

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Union Pacific Teams with Safe Kids Worldwide and Chuggington to Educate Families During National Rail Safety Week

OMAHA, Neb., Sept. 21, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Every five days a child dies as a result of a train collision, and approximately every three hours a vehicle or pedestrian is struck on the tracks. Union Pacific is collaborating with two national partners – Safe Kids Worldwide and Herschend Entertainment Studios (HES), the franchise owner of preschool TV series Chuggington – to help families understand the potentially devastating impact of distracted and risky behavior during National Rail Safety Week, Sept. 21-27.

“Nearly all rail-related fatalities and injuries are preventable,” said Erin Batt, Union Pacific’s chief safety officer. “Our goal this week is to remind communities to stay alert around railroad tracks and avoid distractions, such as texting or talking on the phone.”

In partnership

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