More parents turn to tutors, ‘pod learning’ to supplement online offerings

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WEST CHESTER, Pa. – Schools have been making big changes because of the pandemic — and so have parents.



a person sitting on a chair in front of a computer: As some schools plan to keep classes online in the fall, some parents are splitting private tutors and forming small groups of kids called ‘pods’ to supplement online learning.


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As some schools plan to keep classes online in the fall, some parents are splitting private tutors and forming small groups of kids called ‘pods’ to supplement online learning.

As many of the country’s largest school districts plan to keep classes online in the fall, some parents are splitting the cost of a tutor and forming small groups of children dubbed ‘pods’ to supplement online learning.

More parents turn to tutors, ‘pod learning’ to supplement online offerings

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Kristin Austin is a mom from a Philadelphia suburb who also happens to work in higher education. She’s among many parents trying it out.

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“Our plan is to pod learn with two to three other families, five to six kids total,” said

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Global Online Dietary Supplement Market 2020 Report – Trends in Technological Strategies, Business Advancements and Top-Vendor Landscape to 2025

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Aug 17, 2020 (CDN Newswire via Comtex) —
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Back to school? Despite CDC recommendations, most major schools going online as COVID-19 cases spike

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As COVID-19 cases rise in most states, the prospect of in-person learning this fall at the country’s major school districts is becoming increasingly remote.

So far, nine of the top 15 school systems by enrollment plan to start the fall semester online, with two more currently planning a hybrid of in-person and online classes, according to Education Week magazine’s reopening tracker. Other top districts shifted school schedules later, hoping for cases to decline or for teachers and administrators to have more time to plan for the school year. 

As back-to-school season approaches, it’s highly likely the majority of big districts will start learning remotely while they work out plans for socially distant reopenings, said Annette Anderson, deputy director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Safe and Healthy Schools.

The biggest factor: whether the community where the school is located is seeing infection rates decrease, said Kristi Wilson, superintendent of the

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ICE bans international students from entering U.S. for online classes

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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced on Friday that international students who plan to solely enroll in online classes this fall will be barred from entering the country. The announcement came as the U.S. topped 4 million coronavirus cases and as colleges and universities roll out plans to shift to online learning for the fall semester.

“Nonimmigrant students in new or initial status after March 9 will not be able to enter the U.S. to enroll in a U.S. school as a nonimmigrant student for the fall term to pursue a full course of study that is 100 percent online,” ICE said in its press release.

The department also mandated that designated school officials are not to provide new international students with an I-20 form that declares their legal student status. This guidance includes new international students who are outside of the U.S. and want to take online-only classes

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New foreign students can’t enter US if courses online

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A week after revoking sweeping new restrictions on international students, federal immigration officials on Friday announced that new foreign students will be barred from entering the United States if they plan to take their classes entirely online this fall.

In a memo to college officials, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said new students who were not already enrolled as of March 9 will “likely not be able to obtain” visas if they intend to take courses entirely online. The announcement primarily affects new students hoping to enroll at universities that will provide classes entirely online as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

International students who are already in the U.S. or are returning from abroad and already have visas will still be allowed to take classes entirely online, according to the update, even if they begin instruction in-person but their schools move online in the face of a worsening outbreak.

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Looking for a Personalized Shopping Experience in Coronavirus Times? 5 Online Retailers You Need to Know Now

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Everyone’s doing it — shopping online. As the pandemic continues to escalate, e-tailers will have access to more consumer dollars than ever before. However, brands and retailers that offer enhanced shopping experiences with free services such as personal stylists to fit specialists are likely to grab a bigger share of this burgeoning market.

While most sites attempt to make the buying process as seamless as possible by posting lengthy lists of frequently asked questions (FQA) and answers, others take shopping to the next level with live chats by online or by phone, with knowledgable customer service representatives.

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Meanwhile, some continue to lure shoppers with free shipping offers and liberal return policies. In one go-the-extra-mile example, Lands’ End noted a customer recently discovered an item purchased in 2000 that was misplaced during a move. The company took it back and

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11 Online Book Clubs You Can Join Right This Second

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1. The Girlfriend Book Club

The Girlfriend is AARP’s newsletter and website for women 40 and older. It also offers a private Facebook-only book club with more than 6,000 members. Each month, the club focuses on a different book that was chosen through a Facebook poll, and authors participate in a live Facebook chat on the third Tuesday of each month (there are also frequent giveaways). The club has recently read The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd In Five Years by Rebecca Serle and Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner.

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2. NYPL + WNYC Virtual Book Club

The New York Public Library and WNYC teamed up to host a virtual book club during the COVID pandemic, and the online community is still going strong. This month’s title is The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead, the recipient of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Folks can borrow

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How to watch MLB Opening Day online, on TV

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After over four months of waiting, Giants baseball that counts is back.

Opening Night is here, and after the New York Yankees and Washington Nationals face off first, the Giants and ace Johnny Cueto will take the field against the rival Los Angeles Dodgers. Dodgers star Clayton Kershaw was scratched with back stiffness and has been placed on the Injured List, so the Dodgers will start Dustin May on the bump. 

The coronavirus pandemic forced the MLB to suspend and eventually abbreviate the 2020 season to just 60 games. Numerous health and safety protocols are in effect, including the schedule being confined to just regional action, so the Giants only will go up against teams in the NL and AL West during the regular season.

Both of tonight’s Opening Night games will be televised on ESPN, but you still can see “Giants Pregame Live” on NBC Sports Bay Area beginning

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My Teen’s Anxiety Has Improved Since Online Learning Started

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2019 was a small nightmare for my daughter. So was the beginning of 2020. She struggled during her last year of middle school and I had several meetings with her teachers. 

My sweet daughter — the one who used to like to go to school and have her friends over — started getting quiet. Then her group of friends changed. Next came an email from her 8th grade teachers (these teachers also had her for 7th grade because she was in a “looping” program at school) who all said she just wasn’t the same.

Instead of doing work during class, she would sit in silence and not participate or hand in her worksheets. Instead of chiming in during advisory and socializing with her classmates, she’d sit alone. 

She wouldn’t talk to me about what was going on. There was lots of time in her room. Lots of silence. She began

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Methacton Offering Students On Premise And Online Options

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EAGLEVILLE, PA — Methacton School District tentatively plans to have an in-person schooling option this fall, part of a dual option plan which also offers families and students the choice of taking classes online.

The announcement comes as Montgomery County officials recently issued their countywide school reopening guidelines, which require masks and discourage large gatherings, field trips and extracurricular activities.

Methacton’s reopening plan includes an Aug. 31 start date. All students and staff must wear a face covering in schools, unless they are seated at desks that are six feet apart. This, however, will not always be possible.

“While some health organizations recommend 6’ distance for grades K -12, it may not be practical for students 100% of the school day,” the district notes in their plan.

Otherwise, face coverings can only be removed outdoors when social distancing is possible, while eating and drinking in a socially distanced manner, and

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