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    #61
    I feel like I'm living in an escape room right now.
    Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.

    -George Carlin

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      #62
      Originally posted by TexasHusker View Post
      I feel like I'm living in an escape room right now.
      Nah. We're quite good at them. We would have gotten out by now.
      Steve

      * Despite the high cost of living, it remains very popular.
      * Why should I pay for my daughter's education when she already knows everything?
      * There are no shortcuts to anywhere worth going.

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        #63
        make sure to disinfect the safe room to reduce chances of contracting covid

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          #64
          School canceled for the rest of the school year in California, so I expect the lockdown to last until the first week of June. My (very) part-time job is still closed and my favorite prepper on YouTube is posting gloom and doom scenarios. It's like we are in Twilight zone

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            #65
            Originally posted by Scallywag View Post
            School canceled for the rest of the school year in California, so I expect the lockdown to last until the first week of June. My (very) part-time job is still closed and my favorite prepper on YouTube is posting gloom and doom scenarios. It's like we are in Twilight zone
            our school system is so lame and backwards. no attempt at online or other classes or learning, just declared everyone to have passed the semester despite it only being 1.5 months long. What would have been more equitable is to hold everyone back 1 semester for the entire public school system.

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              #66
              Originally posted by ~bs View Post

              our school system is so lame and backwards. no attempt at online or other classes or learning, just declared everyone to have passed the semester despite it only being 1.5 months long. What would have been more equitable is to hold everyone back 1 semester for the entire public school system.
              Ours finally got around to doing "virtual classroom" although it isn't where the kids and teachers are online at the same time and connected through video, rather the teachers dump the lesson plans on the parents and tell us to figure it out. Best part is after having 2 weeks of no instruction the teachers union still wants to have spring break as scheduled (when nobody can go anywhere or do anything)
              Gunga galunga...gunga -- gunga galunga.

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                #67
                Originally posted by ~bs View Post

                our school system is so lame and backwards. no attempt at online or other classes or learning, just declared everyone to have passed the semester despite it only being 1.5 months long.
                Is there no state requirement for how long the school year must be, or did they waive that?
                Steve

                * Despite the high cost of living, it remains very popular.
                * Why should I pay for my daughter's education when she already knows everything?
                * There are no shortcuts to anywhere worth going.

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                  #68
                  Originally posted by greenskeeper View Post

                  Ours finally got around to doing "virtual classroom" although it isn't where the kids and teachers are online at the same time and connected through video, rather the teachers dump the lesson plans on the parents and tell us to figure it out. Best part is after having 2 weeks of no instruction the teachers union still wants to have spring break as scheduled (when nobody can go anywhere or do anything)
                  Be glad that they aren't doing the virtual classroom thing. That's a huge problem for folks with more than one child. It makes a lot more sense to send out the lessons and let people do them at their own pace. Just imagine having 2 or 3 (or more) kids who all have to be online at the same time doing live video lessons, and the parent has to manage all of that. It's a disaster. With the lessons being sent out, the parent can work with each kid one at a time.

                  Some districts are still doing the spring break to give the kids and parents a breather. I think that makes a lot of sense.
                  Steve

                  * Despite the high cost of living, it remains very popular.
                  * Why should I pay for my daughter's education when she already knows everything?
                  * There are no shortcuts to anywhere worth going.

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                    #69
                    Originally posted by greenskeeper View Post

                    Ours finally got around to doing "virtual classroom" although it isn't where the kids and teachers are online at the same time and connected through video, rather the teachers dump the lesson plans on the parents and tell us to figure it out. Best part is after having 2 weeks of no instruction the teachers union still wants to have spring break as scheduled (when nobody can go anywhere or do anything)
                    Yes, same here. They post lesdon plans and reading materials, and then quizzes at the end of the week. It is a webinar type situation at all.

                    Also, kids won't get credit for PE as you can't do PE online! So they may have an additional class when school finally reopens. Fun!

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                      #70
                      Originally posted by disneysteve View Post

                      Be glad that they aren't doing the virtual classroom thing. That's a huge problem for folks with more than one child. It makes a lot more sense to send out the lessons and let people do them at their own pace. Just imagine having 2 or 3 (or more) kids who all have to be online at the same time doing live video lessons, and the parent has to manage all of that. It's a disaster. With the lessons being sent out, the parent can work with each kid one at a time.

                      Some districts are still doing the spring break to give the kids and parents a breather. I think that makes a lot of sense.
                      Kids at shelters aren't able to access online learning because they have their iPads from school but no Wi-Fi at the shelter. It's really sad.

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                        #71
                        Originally posted by disneysteve View Post

                        Be glad that they aren't doing the virtual classroom thing. That's a huge problem for folks with more than one child. It makes a lot more sense to send out the lessons and let people do them at their own pace. Just imagine having 2 or 3 (or more) kids who all have to be online at the same time doing live video lessons, and the parent has to manage all of that. It's a disaster. With the lessons being sent out, the parent can work with each kid one at a time.

                        Some districts are still doing the spring break to give the kids and parents a breather. I think that makes a lot of sense.
                        Wrong. Our district sent home laptops for every student. When I was in COLLEGE back in the 90's we had "distant learning" courses where the professor was able to teach and interact with students all across the state. How can we not do this 20+ years later?

                        Spring break? A breather? We've already lost 2 weeks of instruction.
                        Gunga galunga...gunga -- gunga galunga.

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                          #72
                          Originally posted by greenskeeper View Post

                          Wrong. Our district sent home laptops for every student.
                          Okay, so you now have mom and dad both working from home and 3 kids all doing online education all at the same time. Can everyone's home WiFi network handle that? I doubt it. Logistically it could be difficult depending on the home layout. Does everyone need "private" space so they can speak freely and not disturb each other?

                          There's no perfect solution for sure. You've just got to make the best of it however you can.
                          Steve

                          * Despite the high cost of living, it remains very popular.
                          * Why should I pay for my daughter's education when she already knows everything?
                          * There are no shortcuts to anywhere worth going.

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                            #73
                            Even with ipad and hotspots from schools the equity problem is what is holding back online learning for public schools where i am. Mostly it's special needs. They have distributed from ATT wifi hot spots and ipads for kids. But kids who have full time aides? Kids who have special needs aren't getting help so it's now "optional".

                            As for both parents working and kids at home? Horrible. Not really working. 2 zooms and 2 parents using other VC even with our fiber it's slow. DH is dying. He's shut off our nest cams and had us all shut down when he was running a meeting of 100 people.
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                              #74
                              Originally posted by disneysteve View Post
                              Okay, so you now have mom and dad both working from home and 3 kids all doing online education all at the same time. Can everyone's home WiFi network handle that? I doubt it.
                              Not sure about elsewhere, but up here the two major internet providers are giving free bandwidth upgrades to all customers. Definitely helps the situation, at least.
                              "Praestantia per minutus" ... "Acta non verba"

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                                #75
                                Originally posted by LivingAlmostLarge View Post
                                Even with ipad and hotspots from schools the equity problem is what is holding back online learning for public schools where i am. Mostly it's special needs. They have distributed from ATT wifi hot spots and ipads for kids. But kids who have full time aides? Kids who have special needs aren't getting help so it's now "optional".

                                As for both parents working and kids at home? Horrible. Not really working. 2 zooms and 2 parents using other VC even with our fiber it's slow. DH is dying. He's shut off our nest cams and had us all shut down when he was running a meeting of 100 people.
                                My son has a full time 1:1 aide. The teacher uploads material for us to print out and work on, plus IXL logins. Guess who is doing the work?

                                I still feel better off than the families living in shelters with iPads but no internet access. How are they supposed to learn? Or don't those homeless kids matter? The DOE sucks, disparity sucks. Keeping poor kids behind ... Welcome to America.

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