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Letter to the editor: Online schools are a good COVID alternative

Originally published by Portland Press Herald – September 13, 2020 No one should have to choose between their education and health. As a young woman with heart problems and two autoimmune diseases, navigating high school was a challenge. Because I was frequently in the hospital, my grades began to drop. When my brick-and-mortar school said […]

Klamath Falls children help make thousands of masks for the community

Originally published by CBS Medford – August 26, 2020 A Klamath Falls family used their upholstery business to help make over 5,000 masks for community members during the coronavirus pandemic. The Burnette family was set to open the business just before Oregon Gov. Kate Brown’s stay at home order went into effect in March. “Our business was […]

Virtual academy aids in career goals

Originally published by Grand Blanc View – August 27, 2020 It seems like we’re all pushed to go to college after graduating. Sometimes it’s even set up as if that’s the only path to success. But this didn’t seem right for me. Yet, I’ve still found success thanks to the foundation I received from my […]

Father of virtual learner gives parents tips to motivate kids

Originally aired by WBRC – August 19, 2020 Dorthy Brooks is a 6th grade student at Alabama Virtual Academy, which is a fully-online public school. If she’s ever lacking motivation, Dorthy said she takes a quick brain-break by either walking her dog or practicing dance. Dorthy’s dad Conway said it’s important for parents to know […]

Kids can thrive in online school

Originally published in The South Florida Sun-Sentinel – August 15, 2020 When the pandemic closed schools, millions of parents suddenly found themselves as substitute teachers. But for younger kids, virtual class only works if there’s a lot of structure and plenty of time for kids to get up and move around. Still, with the right […]

Letter: Adapting to educational needs

Originally published by Standard-Examiner – August 13, 2020 Our family is facing the same challenges as millions of families around the world: how will our kids keep up with their education as schools change the way education is delivered? Last spring, when schools closed in Utah, I watched my daughter Taelor and her siblings do […]

ALVA student shares tips for online learning

Originally aired on WZDX-TV – August 12, 2020 As kids head back to school virtually, one Alabama student who’s enrolled in Alabama Virtual Academy for the past four years, says it’s important to set a schedule. You can start by setting your alarm clock everyday and getting started on your work even if parents aren’t […]

Online School the Answer for ISOK Alumna

Originally published in the Oklahoma Gazette – August 10, 2020 After breaking my leg in high school, I missed several days of classes for doctors’ appointments. Despite having notes from doctors, I was dismissed from school for too many absences. Rather than walk away defeated, I found a school that accommodated my needs. If it […]

KATHLEEN HARMON: School that works

Originally published in Arkansas Democrat Gazette – August 10, 2020 My daughter Christine has had an extraordinarily exciting and busy summer. She’s learning Java and other coding and programming skills in an online video game design program offered through Duke University. Christine is also one of only 20 students participating in a coveted summer STEM […]