Is this new online-only private school the future of education?

Christel Deskins

boy studies on laptop
boy studies on laptop

As a parent of a teen facing her final year of GCSE study after months out of school – often with patchy teaching – I’m feeling decidedly nervous. Although the Government has promised to open schools in September, a new study says a lack of an effective track and trace system means this might not be safe.

Adding to the chaos, a dreaded ‘second wave’ of Covid-19 may also lead to unpredictable local or national lockdowns. It’s not just parents like me who are concerned. As Scottish children mourn their disappointing GCSE grades, a new study, Life After Lockdown, from the nation’s leading youth programme NCS (National Citizen Service) has found that 67 per cent of teens aged 16-17 are worried about their education.  

The result? More and more parents are looking for alternatives to traditional schools. 

Across the UK, Google searches for the term’ online

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Barron Trump’s private school to stay closed for now

Christel Deskins

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump insists that schools reopen so students can go back to their classrooms, but the Maryland private school where his son Barron is enrolled is among those under county orders to stay closed.

Montgomery County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles said his order to stay closed for in-person instruction through Oct. 1 and to conduct online classes only will be reevaluated before Oct. 1 to determine whether it should be extended, terminated or amended.

Gayles noted increases in transmission rates for COVID-19 — the disease caused by the virus — in Maryland, the District of Columbia and Virginia, particularly in younger age groups.

“Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have based our decisions on science and data,” Gayles said in a news release announcing the decision late Friday. “At this point the data does not suggest that in-person instruction is safe for students

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The Maryland county where Barron Trump attends school has ordered private schools to stay closed until October

Christel Deskins

The Maryland school where Barron Trump attends will remain closed until October due to a Montgomery County, Maryland mandate.
The Maryland school where Barron Trump attends will remain closed until October due to a Montgomery County, Maryland mandate.

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  • The Maryland private school that Barron Trump attends will not be permitted to open for in-person classes until at least October under a countywide mandate ordering private schools to remain closed.

  • As The New York Times previously reported, St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Potomac, Maryland, previously planned a virtual-only return to class or a hybrid model that would have allowed students in classrooms.

  • President Trump and his administration have for weeks been adamant that schools reopen to students for the upcoming school year despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Maryland county home to the school attended by President Donald Trump’s son, Barron, has ordered private schools to remain closed through the month of September.

“Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, we

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As Private Jet Charters Rise Amid Covid, So Do Offers for Fake and Illegal Flights

Christel Deskins

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As Covid-related concerns have lifted private air charters for many newcomers, reports of fraud and misrepresentation have followed. The Aviation Charter Association (ACA) and European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) issued a joint statement recently warning of fake websites selling non-existent flights in Europe.

“Alongside this rise in private jet charter, there has been an increase in attempts by fraudsters to steal money from unsuspecting travelers and criminals trying to enter the chain,” said David Edwards, ACA CEO, in the statement. “We have seen examples of fraudsters creating fake websites pretending to be private jet providers to ‘sell’ their services.”

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When Robb Report called the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) in Washington D.C., the organization said that it had not encountered that same sort of fraudulent activity in the U.S., but that it had noted a wave of uncertified planes

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