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UPDATE: Humble ISD extends closure of in-person, online learning through Feb. 17 – Community Impact Newspaper

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Humble ISD has extended its online and remote learning closure through Feb. 17, district officials announced Feb. 16. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Humble ISD has canceled remote and in-person learning Feb. 17 due to inclement weather and power outages affecting the Greater Houston area, the district announced Feb. 16. All buildings and facilities will be closed, and there will be no athletic events or practices.

In an email Feb. 15, the district stated that the closures of online learning were done in partnership with CenterPoint Energy to conserve power. As of 8:55 a.m. Feb. 16, CenterPoint Energy recorded that 42.53% of customers had power, which means more than half of its service areaaffecting a total of 1.38 million customersis still without power, as Community Impact Newspaper reported.

Additionally, HISD has also rescheduled its Feb. 16 school board meeting to Feb. 23 at 7 p.m., according to the district.

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Humble ISD has canceled remote learning for Feb. 16 as a result of inclement weather and power outages across the Greater Houston area.

This closure applies to remote learning as well and will be counted as a snow day. Feb. 15 remains an online school day for middle and high school students, as teachers were able to post lessons before power outages began, according to a press release from the district. However, teachers will allow for full credit for late work.

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Due to potentially icy road conditions, all Humble ISD employees and middle and high school students will work and learn remotely Feb. 15, district officials announced Feb. 12.

According to the announcement, Feb. 15 will remain a student holiday for elementary students, but previously scheduled professional development for staff will not take place online.

Additionally, while athletic events scheduled for Feb. 12-13 will continue to take place as scheduled, all events and practices previously planned for Feb. 15 have been canceled, as no district buildings will be open. Announcements regarding the rescheduling of these events will be made at

"Humble ISD continually monitors the weather. It is possible that learning will need to occur online on Tuesday, Feb. 16, depending upon how our area is affected on Monday by the weather," the announcement reads. "Parents and staff will be notified by email, text and through Humble ISD will be able to apply for a waiver to keep the current calendar, without having to make up the school day, if school is held online."

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AICTE to join hands with ed-tech firms for online education – Mint

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The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) is looking to set up an e-learning platform with participation from both government institutions and ed-tech startups to offer a wide range of online professional courses to students and mid-career professionals.

AICTE will also streamline e-learning options, delivery and regulations, in sync with the National Education Policy which seeks to adopt technology and offer flexibility in tertiary education. A formal announcement of the plans is expected to be made on Tuesday.

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The regulator believes that the move will personalize learning models and prioritize them to meet the needs of every student. AICTE member secretary Rajeev Kumar said the use of technology in education is inevitable, reshaping the way people learn. AICTE members believe the move will be able to provide accurate education technology solutions directly to students and offer a huge choice of courses to suit their requirements, which will improve the overall learning outcome".

A government official, seeking anonymity, said an attempt was made in late 2019, but this time, the plans will be firmed up to provide a contemporary touch. The move follows the covid-led disruptions in education, which in turn made online-blended learning options more acceptable to the masses. The official mentioned above said some 25 ed-tech firms will be on board for the initiative.

The intention of the move is great and it brings private and government players in higher education space together. It also shows that the government is willing to capitalize the momentum gained post-covid outbreak. But we must promote this initiative and ask universities to join in," said Mayank Kumar, co-founder of upGrad, an ed-tech firm that is providing industry-linked and job-oriented courses in collaboration with several leading universities and institutions.

We have to bring students and institutions on board in large numbers and make the new platform more useful for credit transfer and driving flexibility," said Kumar, adding that upGrad is part of the initiative.

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Adaptively Education Offers a New Online Tutoring Solution; Delivers Customized Learning Experience Accessible to and Inclusive of All Students – WFMZ…

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SEATTLE, Feb. 16, 2021 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ --Adaptively Education has launched a new online tutoring program offering face-to-face, expert instruction from the comfort of students' homes. Adaptively's customized enrichment learning plan and highly-trained instructors keep students focused while helping them catch up, keep up, or even get ahead during these difficult times.

Built on more than 26 years of experience in the supplemental education space with Best in Class Education Center, Adaptively was conceived as a necessary evolution in online learning in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Proprietary curriculum and some of the most sophisticated educational technology place Adaptively above other online learning centers. Adaptively was built to provide an inclusive, fun, collaborative, and accessible learning environment.

Adaptively's highly-trained instructors are passionate about education and supporting students' needs, wherever they may be on the learning curve. They identify where a student is in their journey and define a path that is set to their individual needs. Most of all, the Adaptively team is empathetic to the situation kids are facing today and driven to providing a safe space where all students have the opportunity to thrive.

Adaptively's owner and founder, Hao Lam, knows exactly what it means to deal with difficult situations during times of uncertainty. His life has been an exercise in facing and overcoming challenges and adapting.

"For more than twenty-six years, education has been my true passion and the center of my professional life, starting from one small tutoring center to locations nationwide and now with online - anytime, anywhere," said Lam. "Adaptively is a way to address these extraordinary times and challenges with innovation, without losing the personal care and attention that each and every child deserves in order to thrive."

While teachers are doing their best to adapt to hybrid in-person and distanced learning environments, students are struggling. With an effective and engaging curriculum, Adaptively is a perfect solution for parents who are under pressure to balance participation in their child's learning while working full time.

About Adaptively: Adaptively is an online math, reading, and writing enrichment learning program, focusing on students in 1st through 8th grade. Its unique combination of innovative technology, human touch, and gamification means more effective learning. Adaptively can help identify where a student is in their journey and define a path that is set to their individualized needs, make it challenging and exciting, while exploring their true potential. Most of all, it allows students to learn while having fun. For more information about Adaptively, visit our website at


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The Economist expands education offering with the launch of "Executive Education" – PRNewswire

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LONDON, Feb. 16, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Today The Economist, one of the most widely recognised and thought-provoking global brands, announced the launch of "The Economist Executive Education", a new online executive education programme designed to give business executives an edge in their careers.

Participants can register interest for the first course now:

Created by Economist journalists and featuring experts around the world, the new offering is designed for senior leaders and executives across a range of industries. The online courses will deliver actionable insights, practical skills and networking opportunities to help participants advance in their careers and shape the future of their organisations. Course content will be relevant to all sectors of business, finance, technology, professional services, public policy, nonprofit and government, and will be delivered through a variety of formats including videos, podcasts and guest talks from global leaders. Participants will receive a vibrant, engaging and innovative learning experience.

"The Economist's executive education programme will bring the rigour and intelligence we apply to our journalism to the growing world of online education. The courses, conceived and written by our reporters and editors, will deliver practical insights and stimulating analysis on the most pressing topics and themes" said Bob Cohn, President, The Economist.

The first six-week course, "The New Global Order: How Politics, Business and Technology are Changing," launches in May and will equip participants with an advanced and extensive view of today's world order. Participants can register their interest here. A second course, on writing for business, is slated for the autumn.

The course has been created in collaboration with GetSmarter, a brand of global education technology leader 2U, Inc. GetSmarter brings learners access to premium online short courses on cutting-edge topics from great universities and thought leaders across the globe.

The Economist's philosophy has been rooted in progress and education since it was first published in 1843 to "take part in the severe contest" against ignorance. This mission continues to guide The Economist's editorial coverage and beyond - since 2012 it has been committed to children's education via its charity, The Economist Educational Foundation. This independent charity works with young people from low income backgrounds to build essential knowledge of current affairs, critical thinking, communication skills and confidence to help them succeed in education and beyond.

About The Economist With a growing global audience and a reputation for insightful analysis and perspective on every aspect of world events, The Economist is one of the most widely recognised and well-read current affairs brands in the world. In addition to its flagship and weekly print and digital editions, The Economist publishes Espresso, a daily news app and Global Business Review, a bilingual English-Chinese product. Economist Radio produces The Intelligence the award-winning daily podcast and several weekly podcasts. Economist Films produces short- and long-form video. The Economist maintains robust social communities on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Medium and other social networks. A recipient of many editorial and marketing awards, The Economist was named the most trusted news source by the 2017 Trusting News Project Report.

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NEW YORK, Feb. 16, 2021 /PRNewswire/ --Long before the COVID-19 pandemic, the trend toward digital online learningin both education and businesswas growing at a steady pace. As the pandemic surged, tens of millions were forced to work from home and college classrooms were shuttered, and the trend turned to a tsunami, leaving many businesses completely unprepared for the new normal. Now both the present and the future of learning and work has moved online, and whole ecosystems must move to e-learning to survive. Demand has surged for customized and scalable online learning products in a single, easy-to-use format. This is the sweet spot for AmesiteInc. (NASDAQ: AMST)(Profile), an award-winning artificial intelligence (AI) software company that delivers online learning ecosystems for business, higher education and K-12. Amesite's product portfolio is complemented by a robust suite of services that help partners implement new programs and improve existing ones. Most recently, Amesite introduced Manage, a creative new functionality that enables schools and businesses to efficiently build and customize new courses, or onboard existing ones, at their own pace. In September, Amesite completed its initial public offering, joining peers such as 2U Inc. (NASDAQ: TWOU), Stride Inc. (NYSE: LRN), Chegg Inc. (NYSE: CHGG) and Pluralsight Inc. (NASDAQ: PS) that strive to improve learning environments with their technology and services.

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Recognizing the Need, Providing the Solution

Business and education have historically been conducted in person and offline, in offices and in classrooms. That dynamic has certainly changed. Among other things, 2020 taught the world that many interactions can be efficiently and effectively accomplished in a virtual format. One of the biggest impediments to more rapid uptake is that workforces are unprepared to learn online. Sure, Zoom and other communication platforms serve a purpose, but these aren't the type of comprehensive platforms that will properly shepherd in the next generation of educating people in a process that is easily accessible, affordable and engaging.

To achieve education transformation, technology must be able to easily address both new and legacy programs. Gone are the days of "one size fits all" video cassette sessions or, even worse, wasting money on printed material to provide information. People simply don't learn, retain or have the opportunity to excel under those moribund modalities. Furthermore, there's a necessity today to be able to teach a multiplicity of individual complexities such as safety and compliance Issues or new skills in data management delivered digitally and customizable in a single ecosystem with the ability to track and enhance efficacy.

Easing into the Digital Age

AmesiteInc. (NASDAQ: AMST)was founded for the exact purpose of overcoming these challenges and bring businesses, schools and universities easily into the digital age. Dedicated to improving the way the world learns, passion and technology drive Amesite, with the whole team committed to ensuring that education is accessible to all. Not just accessible, Amesite is intent on making education better, making teacher's jobs easier and encouraging engagement, which is when the best learning transpires. Considering that COVID-19 caused the loss of between 500 million and 1 billionschool years worldwide, the value of Amesite's platform becomes obvious.

Online education will almost certainly co-exist with traditional in-class learning even on the other side of the pandemic. "Online learning has the potential to transform all of education, and online tools are crucial for supporting all kinds of learning," stated Amesite CEO Ann Marie Sastry. "Online offers flexibility, engagement and customization for students. Most importantly it's often the only practical way that professionals can upskill. So it's absolutely essential that the best technology be deployed, to support growth for individuals and for enterprises."

Tech Teaches

Amesite builds and delivers unique artificial-intelligence software products designed to improve learning across any industry or educational discipline. For business, AMST provides a single, easy-to-use platform for compliance and training that increases productivity and up-to-date certifications. Amesite couples this success with best-in-class analytics to analyze trends with 24/7 dashboards and autogenerated daily, weekly, monthly, and quarterly reports. With Amesite, businesses may gain invaluable insights that go beyond teaching and training employees. They can track employee progress and obtain insight on course corrections that work, break down analytics at multiple levels, and make data-based decisions while teaching employees with actionable, real-time analytics.

In K-12 education, Amesite's technology and focus on the user experience help solve the key challenges in K-12 learning. Stale, outdated interface design and complicated multiclick platforms can be boring and confusing for students and teachers. Amesite's social-media-inspired interface attracts and engages students. Updated content keeps education fresh and engaging, allowing instructors and students to interact with each other using upvotes and endorsements. The platform also delivers first-class communication tools with built-in video conferencing and messaging functionality and intuitive interface design.

In addition, AMST offers AI-driven, out-of-the-box scalable solutions for higher education. Universities and other higher education facilities can reduce training times often to zero minutes with intuitive interface design and transition effortlessly with full vendor support from Amesite. Amesite provides custom-branded turnkey programs on a cutting-edge learning platform.

Amesite provides universities, businesses and K-12 schools with essential tools to launch the products they need to upskill students and staff in whatever the core curriculum may be in a key trend, and it does so in a way that learning can go on at anytime, anywhere.

Empowering Learning

Amesite continues to demonstrate product excellence in creating and launching courses and programs tailored to its partners across diverse sectors. The company's new Manage feature now allows organizations to develop, establish and administer as many courses as they wish all in one place and on the same system. Manage is a category maker that empowers learning and development teams to launch with a solution for the whole company rather than a single course covering one topic or an unfamiliar new platform for existing materials. In fact, the ease of use may be unprecedented. Customers can create offerings using a "build-as-you-go, drop-and-drag" format, taking full advantage of the flexibility to customize and build as time allows. Plus, the AMST system's architecture allows for easy management as well as tracking new and existing programs without leaving the program.

Amesite's technology and passion support critical workforce goals such as high engagement, low turnover and high loyalty. It's not a tremendous surprise that AMST products deliver a remarkably high retention rate. The retention rate is an astounding 98% across all its enterprise, higher education and K-12 programs.

Amesite offers the passion, products and service that wins and keeps customers, while making a positive impact on communities worldwide.

The New Age Is Here

There was a growing movement towards digital learning long before anyone had even thought about a COVID-19 pandemic. As it unfolded, a seismic shift occurred for education and businesses to stay operational, a dramatic transition that quite possibly reshaped culture forever and certainly changed the way the world learns. A new sector seems to have developed around the new normal in education.

2U Inc. (NASDAQ: TWOU)operates under a mission to eliminate the back row in higher education, building, delivering and supporting more than 475 digital educational offerings, including undergraduate and graduate degrees, professional certificates, Trilogy-powered boot camps and GetSmarter short courses. This month, the company partneredwith the Institute for Management Development, a Swiss-based academic institution with global reach created by business executives for business executives, to expand online programs.

Stride Inc. (NYSE: LRN)is active in philanthropies with a mission centered on reimagining learning as a lifelong and deeply personal experience. The company provides innovative, high-quality, tech-enabled education solutions, curriculum and programs directly to students, schools, the military, and enterprises in primary, secondary and postsecondary settings. The company has learners in all 50 U.S. states and more than 100 countries. COVID was a boon for business, with revenue during the third quarter surging 46% year over year to reach $376.1 million.

Chegg Inc.(NYSE: CHGG)operates under the mantra of "A Smarter Way to Student(R)," striving to improve educational outcome by putting the student first. The company came into the national spotlight more than a decade ago when it acquired "Shark Tank" participant Notehall, an online marketplace where students can buy and sell class notes, ultimately incorporating it into the Chegg Homework Help site. In general, Chegg's business is all about supporting students through high school to college and into careers by helping them succeed in classes through services available online 24/7/365. Like Stride, Chegg caught investors' attention with a jump in revenue during the coronavirus economy, which resulted in raising 2021 guidance.

Pluralsight Inc.'s (NASDAQ: PS)Skills unithelps enterprises build technology skills at scale with expert-authored courses on today's most important technologies including cloud, artificial intelligence and machine learning, data science, and security among others. The Skills product also include tools to align skill development with business objectives, virtual instructor-led training, hands-on labs, skill assessments and one-of-a-kind analytics. Flow complements Skills by providing engineering teams with actionable data and visibility into workflow patterns to accelerate the delivery of products and services.

Common threads run through what these companies, which are leaders in the new normal education sector, are doing. Technology is imperative to provide individuals, institutions and businesses the tools that they need to teach or learn on demand. As Amesite's Sastry indicated, digital education isn't going anywhere when the pandemic is a thing of the past. In fact, it is probably only going to become even more mainstream.

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Iowa City’s education-technology industry accelerates during pandemic thanks to online learning boom – The Gazette

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IOWA CITY In a matter of weeks last March, Riley Eynon-Lynch saw use of his companys product increase by 1,000 percent.

We have an amazing technical team that could scale our infrastructure really fast, and then amazing sales and marketing teams running 10 trainings a day, said Eynon-Lynch, the CEO and one of the four co-founders of Pear Deck, an education technology company in Iowa City.

One of Pear Decks professional development events had 40,000 teachers watching. Daily training sessions had 1,000 teachers as viewers.

Its part of the Iowa City-based education-technology industrys accelerated growth since the start of coronavirus.

It became a more important part of education for a lot of teachers and schools, Eynon-Lynch said.

A 2019 report commissioned by the Iowa Economic Development Authority estimated the size of the global ed-tech market to be $57 billion. Now, its expected to be $1 trillion in the next eight years.

Its blown up because of the online learning thats occurring, said Kate Moreland, the president of Iowa City Area Development Group.


Were going to see a lot of products as a result of this period. ... We think its an ideal time to help get our share of that market and kind of plant our flag in Iowa around it.

The best case scenario in the next five to 10 years, Moreland told The Gazette, would be for the Iowa City area to be recognized nationally and internationally as a place where learning is being advanced.

Adam Keune, co-founder of Coralville-based Higher Learning Technologies, anticipates ed-tech also filling a void for adult education as the Iowa workforces needs change.

Theres going to be a lot of people that are going to need to be retrained in a lot of industries, Keune said.

Its just the reality we live in.

The Iowa City area already has myriad educational-technology companies. Testing giant ACT, which was founded in 1959 in Iowa City, is the longest-tenured company in the area.

Leepfrog Technologies, which provides course catalog services and other software for hundreds of universities, started in 1994.

While Pearson and McGraw-Hill are not headquartered in Iowa City, they also each have a significant footprint in the Iowa City area.

The 2019 IEDA report listed the presence of ACT and other existing ed-tech companies as a benefit as the state builds its own education-technology footprint.

Eynon-Lynch sees having other education technologies in the area as a workforce benefit as well.

There are employees around that already know the space, and even if theyre looking for a switch from their current employment, they can stay in Iowa City, he said.

The University of Iowa has helped the region attract education technology companies. Adam Keune, the co-founder of Higher Learning Technologies, said working with nearby schools both at the university and K-12 levels has given HLT a sandbox for new products.

A great example is when we started with our nursing product, Keune recalled in a virtual panel hosted by ICAD Thursday. All of our products are free to University of Iowa students.

That way, he can hear feedback from both students and faculty.

Debi Durham, the director of IEDA and the Iowa Finance Authority, said she has been talking to the state Department of Education about embracing this opportunity more.

We need more cooperation from our education department, Durham told The Gazette last month.

We need to be able to work with them to solve problems proactively, but more importantly, to test some of these things. ... They need to be a partner on this, and they need to understand that all eyes could be on Iowa for this sector.

Iowa is not alone in trying to become a center for ed-tech.

The IEDA report mentions Chicago, Denver, Pittsburgh and Madison, Wis., as other places eyeing this industry.

Durham said ed-tech first caught her attention in a 2017 conversation with the previous president of ICAD and the previous chief executive officer of ACT.


The Iowa EdTech Collaborative, a partnership between ICAD, IEDA, the New Bohemian Collaborative and other organizations, has worked to fund more ed-tech start-ups in Iowa.

Eynon-Lynch credited support from ICAD and other groups for making the Iowa City area a suitable home for Pear Deck when it started 2014.

We didnt move here for those reasons, but those were the things that made us feel like this is a good place to start a company, he recalled.

Pear Deck merged with Los Angeles-based GoGuardian in November, but Eynon-Lynch said the company plans to keep all Pear Deck operations in Iowa City.

While the switch to remote learning forced many schools to more fully embrace education technology, Eynon-Lynch is confident schools will continue using Pear Decks platform even when schools are fully reopened.

Pear Deck really helps teachers make sure theyre reaching every student, every day, Eynon-Lynch said.

We think thats going to be a value that persists, even when COVID is over.

Hes already been seeing it with schools that have resumed in-person instruction.

Their usage of Pear Deck increased at the beginning of the outbreak but didnt decrease when they went back to school, Eynon-Lynch said.

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Students in the Patton College of Education have had to overcome unforeseen challenges in completing their student teaching due to COVID-19.

Education majors are normally placed in a southeastern Ohio school district for a 16-week professional internship. However, schools have been more cautious about letting interns into their facilities in order to keep students and staff safe.

Kathleen Haskell, coordinator of professional internships in teaching, said she has experienced adjustments in placing students in student teaching positions. Haskell said she places around 200 candidates a year.

Haskell said that local districts that have taken multiple Ohio University student teachers in the past have chosen to not take any this year. Students living out of state due to COVID-19 had to complete an out-of-area petition to be able to do their student teaching elsewhere, Haskell said.

Since the pandemic, we have approved probably 10 out-of-area internships that, prior to the pandemic, we would not have because we just literally could not find them a place, Haskell said.

Haskell said some school districts that have enough vaccinations for staff will offer them to prospective student teachers, a hopeful sign for the gradual return of in-person internships.

The setbacks from the pandemic, though, have not stopped student teachers from making the best of their virtual internships.

Allie Davis, a junior studying early childhood education, is currently completing a virtual internship at The Plains Elementary School.

Despite teaching virtually, Davis is able to build relationships with her third grade students through activities like morning meetings, or through math and reading lessons in smaller breakout rooms. Davis said that while she wishes these relationships could be deeper, she still enjoys bonding with the students.

They still tell me about their lives everyday and theyre very open, even on the computer, Davis said.

In this virtual classroom, Davis faced obstacles such as getting students to pay attention when they are distracted and showing them how to use reaction commands on their computers. She said she hopes to return to a traditional classroom setting for better interaction, but mostly for the students sake.

I think that the students are going to be getting a better education in person than they would if they were sitting at home on a computer, Davis said. Thats why I really want them to go back. Its for them, not for me, because Ill get over it, but they really need to go to school.

Mya Contillo, a teacher who graduated from OU in December 2020 with a major in integrated language arts, completed a virtual internship before landing her current job teaching virtually at Belpre Elementary School.

Contillo started her professional internship teaching in person in spring 2020, but after the pandemic hit, she continued teaching online.

Learning how to teach online was a learning curve for Contillo, who said she had difficulties in creating online curriculums, teaching at a slower pace and forming relationships with students.

And I was also just disappointed that I didnt get to go into the classroom, of course she said. You learn so much just being in the field.

Ultimately, Contillo said she finds gratification in what she is able to do for her students during the pandemic.

You know, as crazy and difficult as its been for not only teachers, you have to realize, like, its 10 times harder for the students to just adapt to this learning environment, she said. I think that, as a teacher, its just made me really grateful that I do what I do, because I feel like Im bringing a sense of normalcy to the students everyday lives.


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Some schools could reopen this week with L.A. County set to meet threshold Tuesday; parents rally to demand on-campus learning – KTLA Los Angeles

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Some schools is Los Angeles County could resume on-campus learning as early as this week with the county poised to meet a state threshold for reopening, officials said Monday evening.

On Tuesday, public health officials expect the county to reach the state threshold for reopening schools, an adjusted case rate of 25 per 100,000.

This encouraging news means that dozens of elementary schools will be permitted to reopen for in-class instruction for students grades TK-6 as early as this week, the health department wrote in a statement.

Schools will still have to submit plans outlining their safety protocols to county and state health officials to get permission to reopen.

Further information is expected to be released by public health director Barbara Ferrer in a Tuesday news briefing that will be livestreamed on

Earlier Monday morning, a caravan of parents and their children descended on downtown L.A. for a demonstration demanding the immediate reopening of schools.

I want my kid to get an education, parent Susanne Jacobson told KTLA. Hes in eighth grade. Hes not ready for high school next year. He hasnt had an education in a year. Distance learning is not working.

A group called Students First Coalition of Los Angeles organized the car rally outside the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration building, where the L.A. County Board of Supervisors has its office. Participants honked and held posters with messages including, Our kids deserve better. Another poster read, Let me go back to school!

Some protesters emphasized the prolonged closures toll on childrens mental health.

Its actually not OK, kids could get mental breakdowns, I hear some kids get depression from it, said Brody Moos, a fourth-grader.

Remy Moos, whos in third-grade, complained of the discomfort of online school.

My eyes are on the screen too much, and it kind of hurts my brain, the student said.

Coalition leaders spoke to reporters during the rally outside the building.

We represent hundreds, if not thousands of schools here in Los Angeles County who have prepared to reopen our schools safely. And we want the opportunity to open our schools now, said Tom Konjoyan, whos head of the Village Christian School in Sun Valley and founded the coalition.

Earlier this month, the group penned an open letter to Gov. Gavin Newsom saying the states phased reopening framework cannot stand, and that all schools should with proper and appropriate mitigation strategies in place be permitted to open immediately.

According to the group, the missive as of Monday afternoon has been signed by more than 1,600 parents, 82 medical practitioners, 145 private school staffers, 42 private school administrators, 28 public school staffers and one public school administrator.

Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Austin Beutner has also pushed for the state to make reopening schools a priority. On Monday morning, he announced the districts first COVID-19 vaccine site for eligible employees. Beutner again asserted that vaccinating all school workers is key.

A clearly articulated plan to provide vaccinations to school staff in the nations second largest school district, combined with the leadership Los Angeles Unified has already shown in preparing its campuses, can be a model for other school districts across the country, Beutner said.

A Calimesa man has been arrested in connection with a brush fire in Riverside County that killed two people and destroyed dozens of homes in 2019, authorities said.

Antonio Ornelas-Velazquez, 38, was arrested Saturday and charged with involuntary manslaughter and unlawfully causing a fire resulting in great bodily injury, according to a spokesperson with the Riverside County district attorneys office. After posting $75,000 bond, Ornelas-Velazquez was released Sunday, according to jail records.

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Police are searching for a hit-and-run driver who fled the scene after two vehicles collided, sending one of them into a home in the Vermont-Slauson neighborhood of South Los Angeles Monday night.

The incident was reported before midnight near the intersection of West 68th Street and Denver Avenue.

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One of the first federally operated coronavirus vaccination site in the state and in the country opened Tuesday at California State University, Los Angeles.

The center, which will operate seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., will have the the capacity to inoculate about 6,000 people daily. Vaccinations are by appointment only and reservations can be made through the state's MyTurn system.

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We developed and modified our home study courses, which are traditionally in-person for the first class for firearm handling and North Dakota-specific content, said Brian Schaffer, the department's hunter education coordinator, explaining how the transition evolved. We were able to include that in our online learning. Students were able to complete the 10 to 13 hours of online instruction at home and then finish later. To meet the requirements and not compromise safety, the department offered over 100 in-person testing opportunities across the state, which included the written and practical exam.


Most years, over 4,000 students attend and complete North Dakota hunter education training, and even in the pandemic year, more than 3,500 students successfully completed the required coursework, training and testing. It was a monumental task put together in a matter of weeks to meet the needs of North Dakota hunters.

In 2021, a combination of some of the traditional courses continues with the new available technology and instruction.

What hasnt changed is the window of opportunity.

The vast majority of our courses are offered from January through about the end of May, as most of our volunteers have some off time during the winter months to teach hunter education, Schaffer said. Also, our deer lottery is held in June. So, if you are required to have it this year, we recommend you try and find a course before the end of the school year and the deer application deadline.

Game and Fish and volunteer instructors continue to adjust while also looking to expand traditional courses and start offering some more courses year-round.

Understand while larger communities may have several classes to pick and choose possible dates and times to work within a schedule, many North Dakota towns may have one each year, so even if its not the best timing, it might be the only option until next year.

The most effective way to find out when the next course is in your area is to sign up for email and text alerts on the Game and Fish Departments website at

Schaffer points out new volunteers can help provide these classes for your area.

For the last 40-plus years, our hunter education program has been led by our volunteer instructors across the state, he said. And as any organization can see in recent years, we're always looking for more volunteers and more people that are willing to share their knowledge and their passion for the resource and to pass that on to the next generation of hunters here in North Dakota.

Simply put, if you, your son, daughter, neighbor or grandchildren need hunter education and you're unsure of class availability, become a volunteer instructor and help pass along the hunting legacy and heritage to the next generation.

Leier is an outreach biologist for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department. Reach him at

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