Latest Distance learning News

A digital divide haunts schools adapting to virus hurdles

Jan. 15, 2022 11:36 AM EST

When April Schneider’s children returned to in-person classrooms this year, she thought they were leaving behind the struggles from more than a year of remote learning. No more problems with borrowed tablets. No more days of missed lessons because her kids couldn’t connect to their virtual...

Record number of Alabama kids hospitalized with COVID-19

Jan. 14, 2022 16:15 PM EST

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — A record number of children are hospitalized with COVID-19 in Alabama, health officials said Friday as the state's largest public school district prepared to switch to virtual classes because so many staffers are out. Of nearly 2,100 people hospitalized...

Vegas teachers offered retention bonuses amid COVID-19 spike

Jan. 14, 2022 13:58 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Schools in Las Vegas are responding to staffing shortages by offering retention bonuses of up to $2,000 for full-time employees who remain at work during the coronavirus pandemic. Clark County School District board members also were briefed Thursday about a “test...

State education board keeps 36-hour virtual learning rule

Jan. 13, 2022 16:50 PM EST

NORMANDY, Mo. (AP) — School districts struggling with staff absences because of COVID-19 are facing difficult decisions about how to provide the required number of instruction hours while being limited in the number of hours of virtual learning permitted. The state allows school...

NYC mayor considering virtual learning plan for schools

Jan. 13, 2022 16:37 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Eric Adams is considering allowing the nation's largest school district to return to some form of virtual instruction as the city weathers a wave of coronavirus cases, a reversal from his pledge a week ago to keep children in schools. Adams said...

Minneapolis schools move instruction online as virus surges

Jan. 13, 2022 08:31 AM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis Public Schools will pivot to online instruction for two weeks because the coronavirus has significantly reduced the number of school staff available for in-person learning. Virtual education will begin Friday with students returning to the classroom...

Ontario confirms students are returning to classrooms Monday

Jan. 12, 2022 23:47 PM EST

TORONTO (AP) — Students in Canada's largest province will return to classrooms Monday, and teachers and staff will be provided with non-fitted N95 masks, officials confirmed Wednesday. The provincial government had said earlier this month that online learning would run until at...

Oklahoma school districts going virtual amid omicron surge

Jan. 12, 2022 18:00 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — School districts across Oklahoma are shutting down or switching to virtual learning as a result of a surging number of coronavirus cases. Oklahoma City and Putnam City public schools both announced Wednesday plans to shift to virtual learning through the end of...

Democrats try to stamp out school closures as omicron surges

Jan. 12, 2022 15:54 PM EST

When Chicago teachers voted to work remotely last week to protest COVID-19 safety protections in the nation’s third-largest school district, Democratic Party officials leapt into action. Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker pushed for a quick end to the job action and helped secure rapid...

Virus rocking New Mexico schools again, Santa Fe goes remote

Jan. 11, 2022 19:25 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The coronavirus is catching up with New Mexico's largest school districts once again. On Tuesday, Santa Fe Public Schools Superintendent Larry Chavez announced the district will return to remote, online attendance for the four-day holiday week starting on Jan....