Hybrid Learning in Schools Can Significantly Reduce Covid-19 Spread: Study (News 18)

News 18: Hybrid Learning in Schools Can Significantly Reduce Covid-19 Spread: Study. “Hybrid learning utilising alternating school days for children offers a significant reduction in community spread of COVID-19, according to a study conducted in the US. The research, published in the journal BMC Public Health, shows that total closure in favour of remote learning, however, offers little additional advantage over the hybrid option.”

ABC 7: Howard University to go virtual April 14-22 due to rising COVID positivity rate

ABC 7: Howard University to go virtual April 14-22 due to rising COVID positivity rate. “Administrators at Howard University sent an email to students Wednesday to notify them that the school will toggle to virtual learning from April 14-22 due to rising COVID positivity rate. The letter states that HU’s positivity rate has more than doubled in the past week, from 2 to 5 percent. Administrators cite the BA.2 variant as the reason for the rise.”

Estonian World: Estonian startup opens e-classrooms for Ukrainian refugees

Estonian World: Estonian startup opens e-classrooms for Ukrainian refugees. “Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Estonian education entrepreneur Maria Rahamägi is using her ed-tech platform to bring Ukrainian students and teachers some semblance of normalcy, by opening online classrooms where they can find solace in community, continue to forge their own identities and reassert their right to self-determination.”

EdTech Magazine: K–12 Digital Resource Libraries Continue to Engage Students Returning to In-Person Classes

EdTech Magazine: K–12 Digital Resource Libraries Continue to Engage Students Returning to In-Person Classes . “As the name implies, digital resource libraries can provide a wide array of digital resources to students. While some schools stood up these sites in response to the pandemic to give students a central hub of resources for remote learning, others have been using them for much longer.”

Esquire: I’ve Never Felt More Like a Failure as a Parent

Esquire: I’ve Never Felt More Like a Failure as a Parent. “Here we go again. Again. Another winter, another Covid surge. Like clockwork, parents, their kids, and the teachers we rely on are all back where we were in spring 2020, fall 2020, winter 2020, and fall 2021: fucked. Instead of making plans, our leaders—from the White House on down to school districts—decided the best course of action is simply to lay down on the tracks.”

‘I’m barely clinging onto work’: Exhausted parents face another wave of school shutdowns (Washington Post)

Washington Post: ‘I’m barely clinging onto work’: Exhausted parents face another wave of school shutdowns. “Latoya Hamilton had just taken a job as a medical assistant when she got notice last week that her daughter’s school was going online temporarily. The single mother asked for time off. When it was denied, she did the only thing she could: quit. A lack of child care had prompted Hamilton to resign once before early in the pandemic, when she left her $26-an-hour job at NYU Langone Health to care for her three school-aged children. But this time is different. She feels more alone, she said, and unsure of how to make do, both logistically and financially. Federal assistance has expired, and she has depleted her savings and maxed out her credit cards.”

NBC Washington: Montgomery County Public Schools Drops COVID-19 Policy Days After Introducing It

NBC Washington: Montgomery County Public Schools Drops COVID-19 Policy Days After Introducing It . “Montgomery County Public Schools will no longer consider virtual learning for every school that has 5% or more COVID-19 cases, but will instead make the decision for virtual learning on a case-by-case basis, the superintendent announced Friday. The news comes a day after the school system said online that more than 10,000 students and staff reported testing positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday. MCPS went from having 11 schools in its ‘red’ category to 126.”

Michigan Daily: New-York disability advocacy group files restraining order against AAPS

Michigan Daily: New-York disability advocacy group files restraining order against AAPS. “After Ann Arbor Public Schools resumed classes virtually on Wednesday, a disability-rights advocacy group asked U.S. District Court Judge Judith Levy to stop Michigan school districts from cancelling in-person classes going forward. The Brain Injury Rights Group (BRIG) is a New York-based legal rights advocacy group that offers pro-bono services to individuals with disabilities.”

Press-Telegram: Three CSU schools to begin semester online amid winter coronavirus surge

Press-Telegram: Three CSU schools to begin semester online amid winter coronavirus surge. “Three California State University campuses have announced they will start the semester online because of this winter’s omicron-fueled COVID-19 surge. Cal State Los Angeles, Sacramento State and CSU Channel Islands will all pivot to virtual to begin the spring semester, CSU spokeswoman Toni Molle said in an email Wednesday morning.”

Cincinnati Enquirer: UC goes to online learning for first two weeks of spring semester, officials say

Cincinnati Enquirer: UC goes to online learning for first two weeks of spring semester, officials say. “The University of Cincinnati is transitioning to online classes for the beginning of the spring semester, officials said in an email to the campus community Tuesday. The shift to online classes will not affect UC’s athletic teams or their events, however. Officials said the university will move operations online starting Wednesday and revert back to full in-person classes on Jan. 24. Spring semester classes start Monday.”