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Nursing students prepare for the COVID-19 frontlines

Education | The pandemic disrupts educational rhythms while increasing demand for healthcare workers
by Esther Eaton
Posted 2/24/21, 03:08 pm

In her Louisiana apartment, nursing student Victoria Young listened to YouTube videos of healthy lungs whooshing and sick lungs crackling, practiced a head-to-toe exam on her dog, Eeyore, and used a cup with a lid and straw to learn how to insert catheters. She has had to come up with creative ways to master coursework while locked away from classmates and professors.

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Standardized tests return, with some wiggle room

Education | Experts disagree on how useful the data will be during the pandemic
by Esther Eaton
Posted 2/23/21, 03:38 pm

Public school students must take standardized tests this year, the federal Education Department announced on Monday. But states can delay the exams a few months and skip penalties for poor scores.

Acting Assistant Education Secretary Ian Rosenblum wrote in a letter that tests will help schools identify where students have fallen behind during the pandemic so they can target interventions. “Parents need information on how their children are doing,” he said.

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CDC paves the way for more in-person school

Education | The agency says it is safe for students to come back, with some qualifications
by Esther Eaton
Posted 2/17/21, 02:40 pm

In Vancouver, Wash., 13-year-old Melanie Gabriel’s school has been online since the coronavirus pandemic began. Her district promises middle school students can return to classrooms in March but has broken similar promises before.

“It is soul-crushing,” Gabriel said. “It’s like bringing a 5 year old to Disneyland and then turning around when you get there.”

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