When school is home and home is school, which rules prevail?

CHICAGO (AP) — Toys that look like weapons. Barefoot students. Disruptive imagery in the background. Pets roaming the room. All a clear violation of rules inside most American classrooms. But that was when most American students were actually inside schools.

How do standards like these translate when everyone is logging on from home? Schools are struggling to figure it out this fall — yet another adaptation demanded of educators during the coronavirus pandemic.

In the learn-from-home world, teachers and experts can easily imagine the friction of extending regular classroom discipline into young people’s previously private spaces.


Can students have posters visible in the background backing social or political movements that others disagree with or find racist? Can they wear clothes at home that are banned from classrooms? How can a teacher respond when a student says or does something that the instructor deems rude, offensive or threatening?

Weeks into the

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Bids go out for ‘STEAM Hut’ renovation at Albertville Intermediate School

ALBERTVILLE, Ala. — Bids are now out for companies to renovate the former ‘Scout Hut’ into a ‘STEAM Hut’ where Albertville Intermediate School fifth and sixth graders will learn about Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM).

“Obviously, we live in a world today where Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math is the future so we want to give our students every opportunity that they can have to kind of foster those desires early in their ages,” said principal Robert Sims.

The school already has a STEM bus.

“In the STEM bus, we have lab disks. We have Z spaces. We have virtual reality goggles,” said Sims.

Sims said the ‘STEAM Hut’ will add even more space and curriculums for students.

“When kids are engaged, they learn more and adding the music and adding the theater and adding the projects along with the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math hopefully that kind

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Stapleton Public Schools board proposes bond issue for addition, remodeling at school | Education

The movement toward the project began in earnest last year, Hora said.

“We looked at the school and the board wanted to narrow it down to what they felt was really needed,” Hora said, “and to do it fiscally responsibly.”

A brochure identifies what the project would address: safety/security, non-code-compliant restrooms, substandard locker rooms, a non-private student health and services area, a congested commons area and aging parts of the building that are no longer adequate.

Gaffney said security to monitor who enters the building is inadequate.

“The camera system doesn’t take a very wide view and there may be more than one person wanting to check in,” Gaffney said. “In visiting with other superintendents, that’s a real safety issue.”

Another issue is the music room, which lacks adequate storage, Hora said. A new music room would be part of the addition on the east side of the building and

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Parents sue Louisiana school district after 4th grader suspended for BB gun during virtual class at home

The parents of a Louisiana fourth grader suspended over a BB gun in his bedroom visible during a virtual class have sued the school district, the family attorney says.



a man holding a laptop: Ka'Mauri Harrison, 9, pictured in his Louisiana home participating in virtual learning.


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Ka’Mauri Harrison, 9, pictured in his Louisiana home participating in virtual learning.

The lawsuit filed Friday against the Jefferson Parish School Board and officials on behalf of the family of Ka’Mauri Harrison seeks damages of at least $50,000 for “mental pain, suffering, anguish and embarrassment, humiliation and loss of self-esteem, future counseling and tutoring and lost income,” the lawsuit said.

The child, 9, was suspended after a teacher saw what turned out to be a BB gun in his screen during virtual class last month. The school board during a September 22 hearing found Ka’Mauri “guilty of displaying a facsimile weapon while receiving virtual instruction from Woodmere Elementary School,” according to the lawsuit.

Jefferson Parish Schools told

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Ten top STEM activities to celebrate World School Milk Day

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Our Education team share their ten top STEM activities that you could complete at home or with your class to celebrate this delightful day of dairy on 30 September 2020.

World School Milk Day is held all over the world every year to celebrate the benefits and success of school milk programmes and the important role that milk and dairy products play in children’s diets.

To help you celebrate, here is a selection of super STEM activities involving the wonderful white stuff!

1. Make plastic from milk!

Lots of us are looking for ways that we can look after the planet by reducing our plastic footprint. This activity gives children an opportunity to explore alternatives to traditional plastic by making their own biodegradable toy figures from milk!

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2. Colour-changing milk!

This website shares a classic kitchen chemistry experiment with lots of ideas for how children could extend it to design

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Anna Reynolds School renovation on the ballot for Newington voters

A $33.5 million renovation project for Anna Reynolds School will be decided by Newington voters when they go to the polls or send in their absentee ballots this election season.

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The referendum question asks whether to approve $33.5 million in bonding for a renovate-to-new building project at the elementary school.

Local taxpayers would be responsible for up to $17.5 million of the cost of the project. School building grants from the state would cover the remaining cost. The town council voted unanimously to have the question added to the ballot.

If approved by voters, construction would begin in the summer of 2021 and be completed by December 2022. Students would attend the school during construction.

District officials and parents have been seeking upgrades to the school for several years as its condition has continued to deteriorate.

Built in 1954 and originally known as Northwest Elementary School, the 65,000-square-foot

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Lower than expected bid on new elementary school leads to additional school improvements project | St. Francisville

ST. FRANCISVILLE — The West Feliciana Parish School Board approved a contract with the low bidder for building the new Bains Elementary School on Sept. 15 and agreed to sell another $22.6 million in bonds for the construction and other ongoing work.

Last month, Milton J. Womack Inc. submitted the low bid of $23,907,201 to build the new school on 15 acres of land adjacent to West Feliciana Middle School at Bains.

Ten firms submitted bids for the work, which is being financed with proceeds from a $52.6 million bond issue that voters approved in May 2019.

Because the base bid for the building construction, $23.34 million, was below the budgeted figure, the board also was able to accept the Womack firm’s $103,401 bid to install additional canopies on bus and carpool drop-off lanes and $463,800 for enhanced playground equipment.

The entrance the school will be on Marydale Road.

Another

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Repurposing a tween’s closet into a built-in desk for school

Lauren Grant was skeptical when her client’s 11-year-old daughter declared that her favorite color was gray. Certain she was echoing ideas picked up from watching HGTV, Grant switched tactics and peeked into her closet. “She loves Lilly Pulitzer, which made a lot more sense since her personality shares the same attributes: bright, sweet, and cheerful,” the designer says. “We all agreed to leave the gray behind and focus on colors that represented her true self.” Grant had another aha moment: to retrofit the room’s extra closet with a built-in desk. “I think creating a cheerful space that incorporates a place to study is a great way to inspire motivation in kids,” Grant says. “And I love a good nook.”



a bedroom with a large mirror: A bedroom in Portsmouth now doubles as a study space.


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A bedroom in Portsmouth now doubles as a study space.

1. The stained cherry desktop is a more durable surface than a painted one. The faceted, soft gold-toned

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Sir, can I go and play in the mud kitchen? The fun-filled school with luxury flats attached

With luxurious modern bathrooms, spacious open-plan living rooms and panoramic views across the city, 333 Kingsland Road sounds like any other pricey block of high-end flats. Except that, where you might normally find sunloungers on a neatly landscaped terrace, this one has a “mud kitchen”. That’s because, rather than a private gym, cinema or other aspirational concept of the kind used to sell such developments, this London high-rise comes with the joyful chaos of a primary school attached to its base.

After five long months of no school, it is a nice surprise to hear the sound of (safely bubbled) playground games in full swing, and glimpse kids fooling around on the deck that hovers above the street. You might expect such a tower to have a swanky concierge at its base, but there instead you’ll find the school reception. Meanwhile, the roof of Hackney New Primary School is given

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