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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Gadgets for back to school during COVID-19

Christel Deskins

Check out these back to school gadgets perfect for the classroom or home.

The start of the school year is quickly approaching. This year may look different than previous years, but luckily there are some products to help children, parents and teachers along the way.

The best part is these gadgets work whether learning is being done from the classroom or at home. Check out these gadgets recommended by Gadget Nation author, Steve Greenberg:

The Soluna Light Alarm Clock from La Crosse Technology — ensures there’s a glow for every day and every mood with a variety of light settings. Choose to illuminate your room with your favorite color or pick one of the vibrant color gradients. If you find it’s hard to choose you can set the clock to cycle through all the color options. This slim profile alarm clock offers all the features of a traditional alarm clock,

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Irvine high school students create PPE donation website to support Black Lives Matter protesters

Christel Deskins

IRVINE, Calif. (KABC) — When protesters took to the streets in support of Black Lives Matter, a group of Orange County high school students took to their computers. They created BLM Supply Crate Dot-Org, a website linking donors of Personal Protective Equipment with the protesters who needed it.

“There were Black Lives Matter protests popping up throughout the nation,” said Tyler Chen, one of the site’s founders and its outreach coordinator. “And when they post through social media, we would immediately follow through with asking ‘Hey, do you guys need personal protective equipment supplies or donations for your protests?'”

“With a lot of the COVID stuff happening, there was not much that I could do. So this was a good opportunity for me to help in something that I really believed in,” said Ryan He, a BLM Supply Crate site developer.

Jackie Ni, BLM Supply Crate’s founder and director, adapted

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This Govt School Teacher Creates Website, Android App to Help Students in J&K

Christel Deskins

New Delhi: Amid the ongoing COVID crisis which has severely affected students and brought their studies to a standstill, a government school teacher from the border area of Uri in North Kashmir has developed a school website as well as an Android application to help them. Also Read – Home Ministry Orders Withdrawal of 10000 Paramilitary Forces From Jammu And Kashmir

Aijaz Sheikh, hailing from Chandanwari village of Uri who is a lecturer in IT, has created a website for his school, Government Higher Secondary Nambla Uri. The most important aspect is that Sheikh has utilised the limited 2G internet services available in Kashmir to create a website and then, later, an android application-for making it easy for the students. Also Read – Jammu And Kashmir: Security Forces Eliminate Terrorist in Encounter in Shopian District

“This should have taken me just 15 days, but it took me around 3 months

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Award-Winning Tech and Gadgets to Kick Off the School Year

Christel Deskins

A new school year often means loading up on the latest and greatest tech products. However, considering the new reality of remote or in-person classes and study sessions, as well as the convoluted market (new products are dropping almost on a weekly basis), we figured you might need some help.



a close up of a sign: After countless hours of research and testing, we present you our favorite tech products you need in your life for the upcoming school year. The award-winning gadgets range from feature-packed laptops and smartphones, all the way to affordably priced accessories for them.


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After countless hours of research and testing, we present you our favorite tech products you need in your life for the upcoming school year. The award-winning gadgets range from feature-packed laptops and smartphones, all the way to affordably priced accessories for them.

So we spent countless hours researching and testing today’s best back-to-school tech products in a number of categories, whittling down all that’s out there to a select few products that are certain to help you conquer what life throws at you, both in and out of the classroom.

The award-winning products are divided into several

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How To Set Up A Home School Environment That Works For Your Kid

Christel Deskins

Millions of U.S. children will be doing some level of remote learning during the fall school session. Here's how to give them a space to optimize their experience. (Photo: JGI/Jamie Grill via Getty Images)
Millions of U.S. children will be doing some level of remote learning during the fall school session. Here’s how to give them a space to optimize their experience. (Photo: JGI/Jamie Grill via Getty Images)

Last spring, when 55 million U.S. students were flung into remote learning, everyone just kind of did the best they could. Parents took meetings in their beds; teachers led Zoom calls from their cars, and kids were just kind of plopped down wherever some relatively quiet space was available for them. 

But now, as millions of students head into another (potentially much longer) round of remote learning, experts say it’s time to be more deliberate in how we set up children’s space. 

“In the spring it felt short-term. It felt like, if we can just get through the next few months then summer is coming,” said Kylie Roth, vice president of research with the design brand 

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‘It’s a frustrating period.’ Yet LAUSD teachers muster smiles on the first day of school

Christel Deskins

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Gladys Alvarez, a fifth grade teacher at Manchester Avenue Elementary School in South Los Angeles, talks to her students via Zoom during a meet-and-greet on Wednesday. (Mel Melcon/Los Angeles Times)

It wasn’t problem free and frustrations flared through the day, but as formal instruction began Thursday in Los Angeles public schools, students, parents and teachers attempted to project a positive face on the difficult work of distance-learning amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Also on Thursday, L.A. schools Supt. Austin Beutner provided new details on how the district’s nascent COVID-19 testing and contract tracing would work. These plans became slightly more pressing when a county health official suggested that positive health trends could soon permit the potential reopening of elementary schools.

In thousands of classrooms, hundreds of thousands of tiny faces appeared on screen for online classes, provoking worry among some teachers about how they

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MassBay Adds Fully Remote Classes For High School Students

Christel Deskins

WELLESLEY, MA — MassBay Community College has added seven online and remotely-formatted courses this fall to be offered for high school students, exclusively. The courses include Medical Terminology, Drugs and Society, Law and Society, Entrepreneurship, Security Awareness, Environmental Studies I, and Intro to Communication. High school students can also enroll in other MassBay courses or apply for dual enrollment courses.

“Due to the coronavirus, many high school students and their families have been contacting us to learn about all available options for fall courses, wanting to add to their high school course selection. Taking one or more college-level courses is a great way for high school students to jumpstart their college education,” said Interim Vice President of Enrollment Management, Alison McCarty. “High school students have the opportunity to earn college credits at an affordable price, and possibly find a career path that interests them. We hope by adding classes specifically

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Rapper surprises 2 teachers after viral music video about the online school year

Christel Deskins

teachers from Georgia “tapped in” to welcome students back to the new normal of online learning amid the ongoing pandemic with a rap video that has quickly captured everyone’s attention on the internet.” data-reactid=”12″Two teachers from Georgia “tapped in” to welcome students back to the new normal of online learning amid the ongoing pandemic with a rap video that has quickly captured everyone’s attention on the internet.

Audrianna Williams and Callie Evans showed off their impressive rapping and dance skills with original lyrics set to the tune of Jack Harlow’s “What’s Poppin'” to get students excited about the start of this unique school year.

The music video of the two Monroe Comprehensive High School teachers from Albany, Georgia, which was shot and edited by Jamel Overstreet, has garnered nearly 300,000 views on Instagram and captured the attention of the artist who rapped the original verse.

PHOTO: Jack Harlow surprised

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Like spring, Broward’s first day of school held online marred by some technical glitches

Christel Deskins

The virtual school door had problems opening Wednesday morning in Broward County.

Students were met with log-in errors, slow connectivity and crashing dashboards during the first day of the new school year, held virtually at public schools across Broward County.

The issues frustrated parents who were hoping their children would have a smoother experience than the abrupt online transition in the spring at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

At a press conference at the school district’s Fort Lauderdale headquarters, Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie said an estimated 197,000 students attended online school Wednesday out of the 261,000 students enrolled in the district. There were 212,000 people on the online system simultaneously, including teachers and administrators.

He called reports of glitches on Canvas, the district’s online learning platform, “exaggerated.” He said the district does not expect the same issues to happen Thursday.

“There was a period between 8:35 and 8:50,

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