Here are new additions to THE BEST POSTS PREDICTING (& SHOWING) WHAT SCHOOLS LOOK LIKE DURING THE PANDEMIC (you might also be interested in SCHOOLS WENT REMOTE A YEAR AGO – HERE ARE MY CHOICES FOR THE BEST PIECES WRITTEN ABOUT SCHOOL REOPENING SINCE THEN):
In abrupt turnaround, California to let school districts decide how to enforce mask rules is from The L.A. Times. As the article explains, the state originally said – smartly – that students without masks could not attend school. They did that to reduce attacks on local district from anti-masker parents. But, then, within hours, they blew it and reversed that decision. Ugh.
California directs districts to offer remote independent study this fall is from Ed Source. This is the right call. However, for districts who had put their heads in the sand and hadn’t already been preparing for this eventuality, it’s going to be a hectic few weeks as they try to figure out a remote learning option that isn’t just slapped together.
New California law gives students a do-over for failing grades in COVID-19 year is from The Sacramento Bee. For some reason, though, it doesn’t point out what I consider the most important part of the new law:
This bill would require a school district or charter school to exempt all pupils who, in the 2020–21 school year, were in their 3rd or 4th year of high school from all coursework and other requirements adopted by the governing body of a school district or charter school that are in addition to the statewide coursework requirements…
I’ve previously explained why I think this is so important at FOUR (MAYBE) COUNTER-INTUITIVE “TAKEAWAYS” FROM TEACHING & LEARNING DURING A PANDEMIC.
‘Don’t go back to the old normal’: Opportunities for Adolescent Learning Revealed by COVID-19 is from MindShift. I’m adding it to A BEGINNING LIST OF RESOURCES ON SUPPORTING OUR STUDENTS AS WE MAKE BABY STEPS TOWARDS RETURNING TO A POST-PANDEMIC CLASSROOM.
Put Students, Not Screens, at the Center of Post-Pandemic Learning is from Education Next. I’m adding it to the same list.
The post-COVID stickiness of hybrid school is from Axios and, for what it’s worth, includes a quote from me.
Schools Get a Stimulus Windfall, but Find That It May Not Be Enough is from The NY Times.
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More than 300 children under 18 have died of Covid-19 in the US.
— Vox (@voxdotcom) July 13, 2021