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Virtual Class to Replace Snow Day School Cancellations?


New Jersey schools experiment with virtual class to compensate for school cancellations during inclement weather.

By Shelby Ellerth

Published: 2014.10.06 11:06 AM

With winter right around the corner, New Jersey schools are searching for ways to avoid losing a significant number of school days to snow. Following last year’s long, brutal winter, many schools were forced to shorten spring break or extend the school year well into June to compensate for the loss. With no sign of milder winters to come in the Garden State, administrators are in desperate need for an answer to the snow day crisis, and they may have found it with virtual school days.

Last year, schools began experimenting with the idea of a virtual school day, during which teachers prepare their materials a...

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Coding in schools

U.S. |​NYT Now

Imran Khaliq, 12, helped his brother Farhan, 7, left, and Aidan Brown, 6, at a school computer coding event in Mill Valley, Calif. Credit Jason Henry for The New York Times

MILL VALLEY, Calif. — Seven-year-old Jordan Lisle, a second grader, joined his family at a packed after-hours school event last month aimed at inspiring a new interest: computer programming.

“I’m a little afraid he’s falling behind,” his ...

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How much physical actvity do you need?

  • Physical activity is important for everyone, but how much you need depends on your age. Here are the recommendations from the USDA.
  • (18 to 64 years)
  • Adults should do at least 2 hours and 30 minutes each week of aerobic physical activity at a moderate level OR 1 hour and 15 minutes each week of aerobic physical activity at a vigorous level. Being active 5 or more hours each week can provide even more health benefits. Spreading aerobic activity out over at least 3 days a week is best. Also, each activity should be done for at least 10 minutes at a time. Adults should also do strengthening activities, like push-ups, sit-ups and lifting weights, at least 2 days a week.
  • (6-17 years)
  • Children and adolescents should do 60 minutes or more of physical activity eac...
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The start of a new school year is a stressful time for everyone in a family.  Not only do our schedules change, but so do our activities.   Pools close, the weather gets colder, the days get shorter, and even the type of clothing we wear changes.  Couple that with a new classroom, a new teacher and some new friends and …phew that is an exhausting amount of adjustment for a young child.  This is an important time for parents, caregivers and teachers to pay special attention to children’s emotional needs.   No matter how you slice it, change is hard.   More importantly adjustment takes effort.   While adults can consciously make plans and prepare for upcoming changes, children do not necessarily have the same facilities to cope with transitions...

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