With remote back-to-school, child care challenges for providers, families emerge

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CINCINNATI – As school officials chalk up plans for students to learn off-site, in schools or both this fall, child care providers across the country are working to create more safe spaces and care scenarios for kids. 

And they’re doing it under pressure.

School plans are iffy, so solutions must be fluid. Care centers are already working with their own coronavirus pandemic guidelines for children, often with crippling costs. 

“We are in the midst of a tornado, and we’re trying to figure out how to educate in the middle of it. The tornado is COVID-19. It is not letting up,” said Jorge Perez, president and CEO of YMCA of Greater Cincinnati.

“The systems are in flux. We are going to have to be speedy. We are going to need additional funding.”

That need was expressed nationwide among child care providers who took part in a survey from the 

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CPS parents weigh difficult options for fall as officials try to quell fears about open schools and remote learning

Parents clamored for details about remote learning options at Chicago Public Schools’ fourth virtual feedback session on Thursday, even as officials laid out plans for a partial return to the classroom this fall and said an eventual return to the classroom is inevitable.

“At some point students will return to school,” said CPS CEO Janice Jackson. “It may be on Sept. 8, it’s possible it could be later in the year, but whatever the case may be, students will be returning to school.”

Jackson and other CPS leaders described the district’s tentative hybrid plan for fall, which for most students would include two days of in-person instruction, with students grouped in small “pods” meant to silo them off reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19. The rest of the week would involve two days of remote learning and one day with live online classes.

Officials, including Chicago’s Public Health Commissioner

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Students opt for virtual career fairs, job recruitment, as colleges go remote

Handshake, the LinkedIn for college students, is offering a virtual platform that helps students find and land jobs as the workforce shifts to one that is primarily remote.


The platform launched as students gear up for the start of the school year in the fall and as the graduation class of 2020 continues to traverse an intangible and isolated job market as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

“The job market is still a challenging one,” the VP of Higher Education and Student Success at Handshake, Christine Cruzvergara, told FOX Business. “As we all know, there have been a lot of layoffs. There is still high unemployment at the moment. There are certain industries that have taken a huge hit. However, you do see certain industries still hiring pretty rapidly.”



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How to get your remote learning act together for fall

Kids aren’t the only ones dreading another semester of online classes.

Parents have pretty much been struggling with adjusting to the “new normal” of online school during the pandemic era. While you’re on a conference call for work in your dining room, your kids are engaging in a 30-person Zoom session in the next room. Are you prepared for the next few months of chaos? Probably not, but we’re here to help you through round two. 

USA TODAY consulted with four homeschooling experts to help parents transform their home into a more ideal classroom environment. What can you buy to optimize your kid’s academic performance? How can you help them through this experience? Scroll through to see what tips and tricks can help you get your remote learning act together for kids of all ages. 

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How Much Will Remote Education Actually Cost?

As the coronavirus pandemic continues, the discussion about returning to school is fraught, filled with questions about public health, what kids and families need, and how to operate socially distanced schools. Confronted with these challenges, nine of the nation’s 15 largest school systems, and thousands of others, have defaulted to full-time remote learning. At the same time, public-school officials have demanded massive additional financial support, whether or not their schools reopen. Setting aside the reopening debate for the moment, let’s focus on a smaller but still important question: Just what will it actually cost to deliver remote instruction this fall?

After all, the average cost per public school pupil in the U.S. was $13,600 a year in 2016, based on the most recent figures from the National Center for Education Statistics. That’s the cost of a five-day-a-week, 180-day, in-person experience, which is obviously not what families are getting via

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101 free resources for home-schooling or going remote this fall

This list has been updated for fall 2020.

With schools going remote or part-time this fall to stop the spread of coronavirus, you may find yourself with a side-gig: teacher.

Whether you’re transitioning to full-time home-school, using your school’s remote learning, considering a micro-school or “pandemic pod,” or just facing a few days a week at home, you may need extra support.

If you’re new to home-schooling, you’re probably wondering about finding a curriculum for home-school and how to help your kids learn. Is it possible to work from home, teach your kids, avoid a screen time free-for-all and keep your sanity?

“Remember that this is new for everyone,” says Erin Girard, a home-schooling expert for Outschool. “Teachers won’t always get it right, nor will we as parents. Be willing to be flexible and adapt.”

Here are resources to help you discover how to home-school or just add enrichment to

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Colleges Tap Tech to Calm Students Paying for Remote Classes

(Bloomberg) — Colleges are rolling out new technology for a mostly online semester that begins next month, but these efforts are unlikely to impress students paying tens of thousands of dollars for in-person instruction.

The University of Michigan will provide stronger Wi-Fi and new cloud storage accounts to help students learn on campus while maintaining social distance. The University of Southern California plans virtual 3-D labs for some science courses, while the University of California at Berkeley is giving laptops, webcams and headphones to thousands of students in need.

As the Covid-19 pandemic rages across the U.S., many schools are making permanent plans to conduct classes virtually this fall. Administrators heeded complaints about lockdown learning during the previous semester and are tapping technology to try to improve the experience. Students doubt e-learning will pass what is shaping up to be the industry’s toughest test yet.

“Online classes kinda suck and

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US universities under pressure to cut fees because of remote learning

Jackson Butler received an unexpected boost this week after growing frustration that his final year at Georgetown University would be largely taught online with limited access to its Washington DC base.

“It’s very clear we’ll have a diminished experience,” he said. “There will be no extracurricular activities and we won’t be able to access resources on campus.”

But after organising a petition of 2,000 students accusing Georgetown of “highway robbery” for maintaining its tuition fees at nearly $58,000 a year, the university backed down and offered a 10 per cent discount.

Georgetown has become one of just a handful of elite US institutions to make such a gesture, with most resisting calls for discounts as they brace themselves for the hefty impact of coronavirus on their own budgets.

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Georgetown’s move adds to pressure on institutions around the world to make concessions to students who feel

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Four tips for remote meetings

By Chris Taylor

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Jia Wertz may be a documentary filmmaker in New York City, but these days she feels like a full-time resident of Zoom world.

The director of the new documentary short “Conviction” finds herself on a video chat every single day, often multiple times, since the pandemic has upended all our lives. As a self-described introvert, she is having a hard time getting a handle on the new medium.

“With Zoom calls, you’re ‘on’ 100% of the time, which is so mentally draining,” says Wertz, who juggles a scampering two-year-old at the same time.

In this era of nonstop video-conferencing, you are not alone in feeling like you have just run a marathon or been hit by a truck. Many employees and managers are reporting that online video-conferences seem particularly taxing – often more so than in-person meetings.

“I’m an introvert, and they totally

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What Are Special Education’s Remote Learning Challenges?

There’s already a reported achievement gap for K-12 students with disabilities, and the coronavirus pandemic may be widening it.

“For some, in particular younger students, students learning English, students with learning differences and disabilities, and those who were struggling before school facilities were closed, there may be a lifelong impact if they are not back in school sometime soon,” Austin Beutner, superintendent of Los Angeles Unified School District, recently remarked.

Under federal law, K-12 students with disabilities who qualify are required to receive a public education and related services equal to their peers for free. Seven million young people receive special instruction in public schools nationwide.

Some parents acknowledge remote learning has been tough.

“It just adds more to the picture,” said Sarah King, whose child has special needs. “Am I giving him the special education that he needs? Am I giving him the speech therapy that he needs? Or

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