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[EdNews Round Up] COVID-19 and Education Impacts

[EdNews Round Up] COVID-19 and Education Impacts

No one knows better than educators about the importance of staying up-to-date. The recent reports of COVID-19, or coronavirus, across the U.S has led to the closure of many schools and districts globally. We stand with you, focused on building school around the student, especially during times where access to quality instruction is restricted. In these situations, online learning is more relevant and important than ever, and we want to help so that you can continue to meet your learners' academic needs.

In this special edition of Edmentum’s News Round Up, you’ll find the latest news we have gathered pertaining to COVID-19 and the impact on U.S. education. Of course, you can find the latest updates and data on COVID-19 on the Center for Disease Control and World Health Organization websites as well as helpful resources. 

US schools are in a 'state of alert' amid coronavirus outbreak. 
USA Today 
As confirmed cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus spread in the U.S. this week, school leaders nationwide are preparing for their worst-case scenario emergency plans. Some are already shutting down schools or considering online learning if the health threat persists. 

SXSW cancels its 400K-person conference due to coronavirus 
Tech Crunch 
XSW has officially announced it will cancel its tech and music conference slated for March 13th to 22nd in Austin, TX due to concerns around coronavirus, though it’s exploring rescheduling. “Based on the recommendation of our public health officer and our director of public health . . . I’ve gone ahead and declared a local disaster in the city and associated with that, have issued an order that effectively cancels SXSW” said Austin Mayor Steve Adler at a press conference today. 

As Schools Close Because Of Coronavirus, Nearly 300 Million Kids Aren't In Class  
NPR 
As cases of coronavirus disease continue to be identified in countries around the world, the effort to stem its spread has kept some 290 million students home from school. According to the United Nations, as of Tuesday, 22 countries on three continents have closed schools because of the virus. 

Back on Capitol Hill, DeVos Addresses Pointed Questions on Budget, Coronavirus 
The74
DeVos answered by referring to the department’s efforts to disseminate timely updates on public health as part of a cross-administration response to the emergency. 

Many Districts Won't Be Ready for Remote Learning If Coronavirus Closes Schools 
Education Week 
E-learning has been touted as a potential tool for minimizing disruption and keeping instruction flowing during an extended break—but significant gaps in access and resources mean not all schools are prepared to offer virtual classes, and not all students are equipped to learn online. 

4 crucial pieces of guidance as districts prepare coronavirus response 
EducationDive 
As COVID-19 spreads, states and districts already affected by the outbreak share tips around continuing learning and district services during closures. 

Amid coronavirus fears, the CDC told schools to plan for remote learning. 
Chalkbeat 
An escalating number of COVID-19 cases are being confirmed in the U.S., and at least nine deaths have been reported as of Tuesday afternoon, making extended school closures in some communities more likely. 

Higher ed groups share guides to help prep for the coronavirus 
EducationDive 
As the global outbreak of the new coronavirus continues, higher education and health groups have developed guides to help stem the spread of the potentially deadly respiratory disease it causes, COVID-19. 

‘Students Are Lonely:’ What Happens When Coronavirus Forces Schools Online 
EdSurge 
It sounds like a drastic measure: moving every school to online learning in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus. Here in the U.S. it seems almost unfathomable, despite guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to start preparing. 

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McKenna Wierman studied Journalism at the University of Mississippi, and has worked with Edmentum since June 2016. She currently serves as a Digital Marketing Specialist, and believes that empowered teachers are the key to successful students.