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Schools pass COVID-19 test

Education | The nation’s classrooms might not be the superspreaders many feared
by Laura Edghill
Posted 11/05/20, 02:15 pm

A few months into the school year, online learning is starting to wear on families already stretched to the limit by last spring’s educational disruptions. Students who struggle to learn remotely face long-term consequences after missing nearly six months of classroom instruction.

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Deviceless distance learning

Education | Laptop shortages leave many students high and dry during the pandemic
by Laura Edghill
Posted 10/21/20, 02:19 pm

U.S. suppliers have mostly caught up to the demand for masks and toilet paper since the start of the pandemic, but now tens of thousands of schoolchildren are suffering from the shortage of another item: laptop computers.

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Where have all the kindergartners gone?

Education | Pandemic leads parents to delay the official first year of school
by Laura Edghill
Posted 10/14/20, 01:27 pm

This year’s kindergarten classes have numerous empty seats nationwide—and not just because the little learners are logging in from home.

“I was stressed about everything and then thought, Why does he need to start kindergarten?” said Claire Reagan of Olathe, Kan. “And it was like a weight was lifted.” The high school teacher’s 5-year-old has autism, and she worried he would struggle with pandemic stressors such as switching between virtual and in-person learning. Kansas is one of 35 states that do not require kindergarten, so Reagan felt free to make the choice.

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