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Best Back to School Sales 2020: Deals on MacBook, AirPods, Microsoft


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Whether you’re attending physical classes or continuing distanced learning, the school year is just about to begin.

We’ve collected the best deals we could find (whether they’re officially labeled back to school or not), to make sure you’re adequately prepared for a fresh set of classes, or adjusting to life in a dorm. The discounts below will ensure you can get the right computer, gadgets, appliances, and other gear to start your academic year off on the right foot. Even if you’re not headed back to school, August is a great month to snag a deal on popular electronics, home goods and gadgets.

This list will be updated as older deals expire and new ones get released, so

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Citrus County School District deals with an internet outage

The Citrus County School District says a problem with its internet provider has taken it offline. 



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School leaders said the internet connection to the district’s network plays a vital role in keeping communication open to everyone for both on and off-campus programs. 

The school district said this isn’t the first time this has happened. It was also offline on Tuesday. The provider told school leaders they thought they fixed the issue. 

The school district apologized for the inconvenience and said their internet provider was working hard to get everything back online.  



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INTERNET OUTAGE: Due to an issue with our internet service provider… , our connection to the internet is currently down. This connection to the district network is a vital part of keeping communication open to all programs used on and off-campus by teachers, staff, and students.

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MPS holds virtual meeting to help families return to school via the internet

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These online learning tips will help parents prepare for a successful school year, even if it is virtual.

Many of the nation’s largest school districts plan to begin the fall semester online-only. As schools consider reopening, children face a future in which online courses will probably be part of the curriculum. To make the best of this situation, here are some tips to help your child adapt to learning from home.

Studies show that in online learning, parents often take on the role of a teacher. Making school a priority will help keep kids from treating online learning as a vacation.

Research suggests that some types of parental participation have a greater impact on children’s academic achievement than others. One analysis showed that schoolchildren benefit from discussions about learning and school-related issues with their parents and from joint readings.

Reduce distractions

A report in 2016 found that students spent about one-fifth of class time on laptops, smartphones and tablets, knowing that doing so could harm their grades. They

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Hillsborough Board Votes To Delay School Reopening 4 More Weeks

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FL — Following a five-hour special board meeting Thursday in which a panel of seven medical experts were queried, the Hillsborough County School Board voted 5-2 to delay the reopening of schools for four more weeks.

Board member Karen Perez made the motion and board member Lynn Gray seconded it. School board members Melissa Snively and Cindy Stuart voted against the motion.

That mean that on Aug. 24, the first day of school in Hillsborough County, all public school students will begin school online. Brick-and-mortar school openings will be delayed for four weeks although the school board will reassess the situation at its meeting on Sept. 8.

This vote goes against Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran’s July 6 executive order mandating that all Florida school districts reopen schools five days a week by the end of August in order to receive state funding.

But after listening to medical

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San Mateo County’s Path To School Reopening

SAN MATEO COUNTY, CA — If the San Mateo County wants to hold classes in schools instead of online this fall, State epidemiologist Dr. Erica Pan on Tuesday outlined the state’s waiver process for K-6 schools.

San Mateo County is currently on California’s COVID-19 coronavirus “Watch List.”

Pan said K-6 schools can apply for a waiver to begin in-person instruction if they are located in a county that meets several criteria in spite of being on the state’s Watch List.

Individual schools must submit a site-specific plan to keep students and staff safe, taking into account input from interest groups like labor unions and parent organizations. Those schools must then publicly post their plan and submit it to their local health officer to apply for a waiver.

California Department of Public Health officials will then review each application on a case-by-case basis, taking into account factors such as which direction

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What Each King County School District Is Doing This Fall: LIST

KING COUNTY, WA — Earlier this summer Washington’s schools had reason to be optimistic: as coronavirus case counts and transmission rates dipped, the state superintendent ordered schools to prepare to reopen their classrooms for in-person learning in the fall. However, a second surge of the coronavirus has been slamming Washington over the past month, forcing districts to reconsider if they will reopen or resume remotely in the fall.

In late July, Public Health — Seattle & King County voiced support for districts that had already announced extended remote learning plans, citing concerning coronavirus trends.

“When it comes to COVID-19 activity, schools have been put in a position of having to make decisions based on the actions of our entire community, ” said Patty Hayes, the director of public health. “No educator, parent, or public health professional would choose to limit face-to-face interaction that we know is so critical for our

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State Gives Benicia Guidance To Start School Classes

BENICIA, CA — If the Benicia Unified School District wants to hold classes in schools instead of online this fall, state epidemiologist Dr. Erica Pan on Tuesday outlined the state’s waiver process for K-6 schools.

Solano County is currently on California’s COVID-19 coronavirus “Watch List.”

Pan, the former health officer for Alameda County, said K-6 schools can apply for a waiver to begin in-person instruction if they are located in a county that meets several criteria in spite of being on the state’s Watch List.

Individual schools must submit a site-specific plan to keep students and staff safe, taking into account input from interest groups like labor unions and parent organizations. Those schools must then publicly post their plan and submit it to their local health officer to apply for a waiver.

California Department of Public Health officials will then review each application on a case-by-case basis, taking into account

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summer school clubs are for letting off steam, not tightening the valve

Hattie Garlick weighs up the pros and cons of new summer schools - Andrew Crowley
Hattie Garlick weighs up the pros and cons of new summer schools – Andrew Crowley

It’s 11.45 and the kids are sprawled like small sultans on our bed, half in, half out of pyjamas, gently drizzled in discarded snack wrappers and hypnotised by the moronic metre of kids’ TV jingles.

Meanwhile, most of the nine-year old’s year group are tucked behind desks, reintroducing their brains to clauses and calculations. Three days after we booked a Cornish holiday for this week, his school announced a free summer club to re-civilise the now fully feral Years 4 and 5.

This heroic effort on the part of teachers has been greeted with weeping, overweening gratitude by the vast majority of parents for whom, at this stage in the pandemic, the best holiday imaginable is a week of solid work in which no one asks for you to take the lid of a Fruit

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‘I don’t know what I’m supposed to do.’ Parents in distress over school opening online

The Los Angeles Unified School District and United Teachers Los Angeles agreed upon a deal for online learning just before the first day of school on Aug. 18. <span class="copyright">(Los Angeles Times)</span>
The Los Angeles Unified School District and United Teachers Los Angeles agreed upon a deal for online learning just before the first day of school on Aug. 18. (Los Angeles Times)

How do we start school online? I have five children and one Wi-Fi hot spot. I can’t answer the questions my children are asking. The kids have way too much free time. What took so long to come up with this schedule? We need help.

As a more detailed picture of the new online-only school day in Los Angeles emerges, a crescendo of concerns and questions is arising among parents, whose children will be expected to fire up computers in less than two weeks for the opening of the 2020-21 school year amid a global pandemic.

The broad outline of a tentative agreement between the teachers union and school district is clear: Students and parents will follow a predictable

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