With Kids Back To School, Summit Posts Revised Calendar

Christel Deskins

SUMMIT, NJ — The Summit schools reopened for students Tuesday, with some families choosing on-site education, and others learning remotely.

The updated school calendar is on the school website, listing upcoming religious holidays and an in-service day on Oct. 19.

The annual teachers’ union convention is listed for Nov. 5 and 6, although it will be remote this year.

In the district’s reopening plan:

  • Students in grades 5 and under can attend single-session days (no lunch) five days a week.

  • Older students attend every other day in A/B cohorts, also single-session.

  • As in all New Jersey districts, families could also choose full-time remote education.

Parents were required to fill out a form by Monday that “confirms that children will be screened at home each day for a fever (100.4 or above) and/or COVID-19 symptoms (listed below) and that parents will keep students at home when sick.” The form can be

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Khan Academy founder’s tips for educating kids in pandemic

Christel Deskins

Sal Khan’s first inkling that COVID-19 was going to disrupt education around the world came in February, when the popular online learning platform he created saw a surge in traffic from South Korea. 

“We got a letter from a teacher who was saying how they were using Khan Academy to keep the kids learning during school closure,” he told AFP from San Francisco, saying he soon realized the vital role his organization could play in the pandemic.

The idea for Khan Academy began in 2004 when Khan, then a hedge fund manager, started giving math lessons to his 12-year-old cousin who lived on the other side of the United States, using Yahoo Doodle. 

Since that time, it has become one of the world’s leading internet education sites, available in 46 languages with a user base of 100 million, for whom it is completely free, thanks to the support of the

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The Cadillac Three Are Feeding Hungry Kids With a New Livestream Series

Christel Deskins

The Cadillac Three aren’t the Partridge Family — they don’t all live together. So it’s been next to impossible for band members Jaren Johnston, Kelby Ray, and Neil Mason to spontaneously play an online concert for their fans once the pandemic set in.” data-reactid=”19″The Cadillac Three aren’t the Partridge Family — they don’t all live together. So it’s been next to impossible for band members Jaren Johnston, Kelby Ray, and Neil Mason to spontaneously play an online concert for their fans once the pandemic set in.

“None of us were going to leave our houses, so we couldn’t do a livestream by hopping on Facebook. We had to take the long view: What is it we want to do?” says Mason, the business-minded drummer of the Nashville country-rock trio, who, like many of their peers, have been off the road since March.

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Parents go into debt to pay for kids’ breakfasts, lunches

Christel Deskins

Switching from in-person to online schooling has been hard on many families – and on their budgets.

About one-quarter of parents say they’ve gone into debt to pay for their kids’ at-home school expenses, and many blame the cost of their kids’ breakfasts and lunches when they switched to learning remotely from home.

survey from Credit Karma  examines how this school year could affect household finances. More than half of parents say they expect to spend slightly to significantly more on school supplies, the survey of more than 1,000 parents found.” data-reactid=”13″A survey from Credit Karma  examines how this school year could affect household finances. More than half of parents say they expect to spend slightly to significantly more on school supplies, the survey of more than 1,000 parents found.

The reasons for the debt are higher grocery prices and the sudden switch to at-home schooling in March.

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Parents are going into debt to pay for kids’ breakfasts, lunches

Christel Deskins

Switching from in-person to online schooling has been hard on many families – and on their budgets.

About one-quarter of parents say they’ve gone into debt to pay for their kids’ at-home school expenses, with a large share blaming the cost of paying for their kids’ breakfasts and lunches when they switched to learning remotely from home.

That’s according to a new survey from Credit Karma, which wanted to examine how this school year could affect household finances. More than half of parents say they expect to spend slightly to significantly more on school supplies this year, the survey of more than 1,000 parents found.

The reasons for the debt are higher grocery prices and the sudden switch to at-home schooling in March.

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Delaying college has a price: Study says students could lose $90K over their

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QAnon Promotes Pedo-Ring Conspiracy Theories. Now They’re Stealing Kids.

Christel Deskins

Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Getty
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Getty

Part One of Two Parts:

QAnon conspiracy theorist Alpalus Slyman pushed his Honda Odyssey past 110 mph while his five children screamed in the back of the minivan and police officers from two states pursued him down the highway. 

“Donald Trump, I need a miracle or something,” Slyman, a 29-year-old Boston man, said during his June 11 chase across Massachusetts and New Hampshire, in remarks captured on a livestream.

“QAnon, help me. QAnon, help me!”

It’s not clear what set off the police chase, but Slyman appears to have been convinced by QAnon theories that the government was out to kidnap his children. Inspired by videos he had watched online, Slyman warned his children during the chase that the police were coming to abduct them—or maybe just shoot them in a staged killing. In return, they begged him to pull over. His daughter

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Parents form pandemic pods to educate kids. Let’s build a better alternative.

Christel Deskins

I saw a Tesla with #BlackLivesMatter written on the rear windshield the other day. It appeared to be a parent picking up their kid from a “pandemic pod,” which, if you’re not familiar, is a small cluster of families who pool resources to hire a private tutor, who may be a parent. These pods are very popular among my neighbors in the Bay Area of California. Nearby I could see a YMCA, which provides child care and after-school programming. It shut down due to COVID-19.

I’m not the first to point out that pods are emblematic of educational inequity in the United States. It’s a winner-take-all approach, with privileged, often mostly white students hoarding academic and social gains and further segregating our K-12 systems. This hypocrisy is why pod parents make me so angry. If Black lives matter, doesn’t that include Black children? What about Black futures?

Pods don’t just

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14 things you (or your kids) need for distance learning this year

Christel Deskins

14 things you (or your kids) need for distance learning this year
14 things you (or your kids) need for distance learning this year

With many schools across the country either closed or operating under a hybrid model to prevent the spread of COVID-19, students and their guardians alike are bracing themselves for a fall semester of distance learning — and consequently, a back-to-school shopping shakeup.

In addition to setting up a study station and stocking up on traditional school supplies (like your No. 2 pencils and your spiral notebooks), the move to virtual classrooms means investing in a laptop, wireless headphones, computer accessories, and other gadgets that make it possible to participate in full-time online learning. (Unsurprisingly, the National Retail Foundation expects school supply spending to reach a record-high $33.99 billion this year, up from $26.2 billion in 2019.)

If you need help navigating this unfamiliar territory without breaking the bank, don’t fret: Below, we’ve compiled a definitive (and affordable) list

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The Best Back-to-School Tech Your Kids Need This Semester

Christel Deskins

Photo credit: Staff
Photo credit: Staff

From Popular Mechanics

For many families, the prospect of going back to school is still up in the air. Even if schools do open up again, some of us are still opting to keep our kids at home. But just because it may be the safest option does not mean that it is the easiest. Whether your school district is going back in-person, virtually, or a combination of the two, your kid or teenager could probably use their own new tech, like a laptop or tablet, headphones, and more—not only to set them up for success, but also to make life a little easier on all the parents out there.

Check out the quick reviews below of the best tech for kids, or scroll deeper for full reviews of those models plus other high-ranking options.

How We Selected This Tech

We researched 10 expert sources, such as

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Do kids still need vaccinations if they are learning online during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Christel Deskins

The 2020-2021 school year will soon begin the way it ended in South Florida: online.

And while your child may be temporarily learning through a computer screen instead of in a classroom, that doesn’t mean you should delay a trip to the doctor.

All public and private schoolchildren from kindergarten through 12th grade in Florida still need to get the necessary vaccines required to attend school — even if they are learning online, according to the Florida Department of Health.

And yes, this includes students who plan to remain in virtual school once kids can return to campus masked up for socially distanced learning.

Miami-Dade and Broward Public Schools are reminding parents that they need to make sure their children’s immunization records are up-to-date, or that exception requirements have been met, now that the school year is starting again, as usual.

School officials say Florida also hasn’t issued any waivers

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