Tag: school

Coronavirus School Closures Show The Value Of Hybrid Homeschools

The coronavirus outbreak, with its consequence of school closures, serves as notice to the nation that it is past time to think differently about K-12 education. The federal government’s formal response plan assumes this pandemic “will last 18 months or longer and could include multiple waves of illness.” During this period, schools may close then reopen, only to be forced to close again soon after, and so on. How might parents and schools best serve their students during such a back-and-forth between in-person schooling and homeschooling? While they seek the best possible solutions they can for students, conventional public and private schools ... Read more

High School Choir Connects on Video for Beautiful Acapella Version of ‘Over the Rainbow’

For months, a high school choir ensemble from Chino, California, had been eagerly looking forward to a district-wide choral festival followed by a choir trip to Boston. But when the coronavirus pandemic closed down Chino Valley Unified School District, the students’ hopes of traveling anywhere were dashed. Seniors wondered what would become of their high school prom, their graduation ceremony and the enjoyment of performing in their final choir concert of the year. If you need something to lift your spirits in these hard times take a look. One high school choir records “Over the Rainbow” performance after theirconcert gets ... Read more

Military Medical School to Graduate Students Early, Rush to COVID-19 Response

For the first time in its 48-year history, the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences will graduate its fourth-year medical school students and graduate-level nurses early to support the U.S. military’s war on COVID-19. Roughly 170 medical students and 60 graduate nursing students will depart USUHS in Bethesda, Maryland, between April 1 and April 17, to support the Defense Department’s coronavirus pandemic response. The medical students, who are not yet licensed because they have not completed the required internships, will work under the supervision of licensed physicians in positions “appropriate within the limits of their duty stations,” such as ... Read more

Military-focused medical school sending new doctors out early because of coronavirus

More than 200 aspiring physicians and nurses will graduate early from a medical school that provides health care professionals to the military so they can join the fight against the global coronavirus pandemic. The students, all active-duty officers in the armed forces or the U.S. Public Health Service, will have completed their requirements to be awarded a degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, located in Bethesda, Md. “Our curriculum has a specific focus on threats like emerging infectious diseases and disasters that our military and Public Health Service forces are likely to encounter in the course ... Read more

Watch Mark Cuban School ‘View’ Hostess for Spouting Anti-Trump Talking Points

In case you didn’t know it, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is not a big fan of President Donald Trump. The billionaire entrepreneur has been critical of the president since before his election, and at one point even floated the idea of running against him, CNBC reported. But as the nation struggles with the health and economic impact of the coronavirus, Cuban has shelved his partisan politics, if only temporarily. Cuban remotely joined ABC’s “The View” on Wednesday to discuss how the country’s new normal of self-isolation has affected his family. Co-host Sunny Hostin attempted to steer the conversation into ... Read more

Elementary School Teachers Drive Through Neighborhoods So They Can See Their Students

Parades: The hottest new way to show people you care about them while also maintaining a safe distance. No longer reserved for holidays and swarms of onlookers, there are many small-scale, heartfelt parades being organized across the United States during the coronavirus crisis. Just because kids aren’t currently in classrooms doesn’t mean their teachers aren’t thinking of them. Schooling outside of school has been tough for some kids (and parents!) as well as the teachers, and to show their love for and dedication to their students, many teachers are participating in parades that will take them by their students’ homes ... Read more

Dad Films Daughters Reciting Pledge in Front Yard Before Going Back Inside for ‘School’

If you’re a parent of a school-age child, suddenly being in charge of your child’s education for the foreseeable future can be a bit daunting (unless, of course, you’ve been homeschooling already or are a teacher yourself). Many parents feel unprepared to handle the reality of wrangling and educating one or more kids during isolation, and it’s certainly trying for the kids to upend their schedules and be restricted to a limited environment without succumbing to the electric glow of their handheld devices. The school system — as we know it — is a relatively recent construct, but one we’ve ... Read more

93-Year-Old Who Waves at School Bus Every Day Gets Sweet Surprise for Birthday

Neighborliness has changed over the years. Gone are the days when one person would go next door to borrow a cup of sugar — in our modern cultural climate, few people know their neighbors and few know what to do with a cup of sugar. We don’t really sit on our front porches and wave at people passing. We don’t stop and chat as much as we used to. Now, people rush everywhere, absorbed by work and social life but often ignoring the beautiful souls just next door. Bonnie Linder is still well-versed in the old ways of small-town friendliness. ... Read more

Chino Valley high school singers perform “Over the Rainbow” from home

Many of the millions of people who are suddenly working from home are struggling with a new frontier: the 24/7 company of children and angsty teens they can usually pack off to school. While some families are alternately pulling out their hair or finding gallows humor in stressful situations as boredom settles in, there have also been bursts of creativity. In Chino Valley, California, a group of high schoolers has given its community hope that they can find harmony together – even if they are miles apart. When the Chino Valley Unified School District canceled an annual choral festival scheduled ... Read more

School Certification Process Now Easier for Military Survivor Benefit Plan Student Recipients

Military Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) recipients between 18 and 22 years old who must certify their status as a full-time student will now find it easier and more convenient. The Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) expanded the certification options, extended the submission window and provided an online upload tool for completed forms. The Survivor Benefit Plan provides an ongoing monthly annuity payment to military spouses and children when a military member dies while on active duty, on inactive duty or after retirement (if the retiree chose to purchase coverage). The plan’s payments to child annuitants typically end when they ... Read more