Lackawanna Trail fully reopens for first day of school | Education

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FACTORYVILLE — For the first time in six months, John Yanniello stood in front of a classroom full of children.

Unlike most area students, those at Lackawanna Trail will be in their classroom five days a week — spaced at least several feet apart and wearing masks.

On Thursday, Yanniello met the fourth graders in his math class. He also positioned a stand with his laptop so that other students, whose parents chose a virtual option, could see the math class, too.

Staying apart, Lackawanna Trail students came together for the first day of an unprecedented school year.

“I’m just happy they’re back,” Yanniello said as his students ate lunch in his classroom instead of the cafeteria due to social distancing efforts. “They seem happy to be back as well.”

While most school districts in Northeast Pennsylvania chose hybrid or fully virtual models for reopening, the Wyoming County district chose

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‘Help us out’: Brother of woman found dead in Chula Vista street pleads for answers

CHULA VISTA, Calif. — The brother of a woman found dead in Chula Vista is pleading for anyone with information to come forward after she was discovered lying in the road not far from her home overnight.

Just before 12:30 a.m. Thursday, a resident called 911 to report they had found a body near Shasta and 2nd streets, Chula Vista police said.

The woman was found naked and with injuries to her head, according to Lt. Dan Peak. Police described her death as “suspicious,” but released no other information about clues that might help explain the disturbing circumstances.

While they confirmed that she is a resident of Chula Vista, officials did not release the woman’s name. A man approached FOX 5 at the scene later that afternoon and identified himself the victim’s brother.

Daniel Rodriguez said it was his younger sister, Laura — the only girl in his family of

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After shipment delay, Chromebooks for Boise students set to arrive Friday

When remote classes began for Boise students on Monday, roughly 9,900 — or 39% — went without the Chromebooks the district had promised them in June. But a delayed shipment of 13,000 Chromebooks the district ordered in May is set to arrive Friday, said Dan Hollar, the district spokesperson.

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The Chromebooks must be processed before they are distributed, Hollar said, so a small portion of the laptops will be distributed beginning early next week. The rest will go out “soon after,” Hollar said.

A recent study from the State Board of Education found that over half the K-12 students in Idaho do not have access to a remote learning device at home. After distributing 8,600 Chromebooks in the spring and 7,000 in August, the district is confident that all students who expressed a need for a computer have one, Hollar said Tuesday.

The remaining students who haven’t yet

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Schools face shortages on critical supplies needed for online learning

SAN FRANCISCO — Schools across the United States are facing shortages and long delays, of up to several months, in getting this year’s most crucial back-to-school supplies: the laptops and other equipment needed for online learning, an Associated Press investigation has found.

The world’s three biggest computer companies, Lenovo, HP and Dell, have told school districts they have a shortage of nearly 5 million laptops, in some cases exacerbated by Trump administration sanctions on Chinese suppliers, according to interviews with over two dozen U.S. schools, districts in 15 states, suppliers, computer companies and industry analysts.

As the school year begins virtually in many places because of the coronavirus, educators nationwide worry that computer shortfalls will compound the inequities — and the headaches for students, families and teachers.

“This is going to be like asking an artist to paint a picture without paint. You can’t have a kid do distance learning

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The Best 15-Inch Laptops for 2020

Like their 13-inch counterparts, 15-inch laptops keep getting thinner and lighter, but they’re still the same workhorses they’ve always been. Dell’s XPS 15 remains our top pick at this size for its ability to cram all that power into a relatively tiny form. It’s a great all-rounder with some gaming punch for off-hours fun — and it’s not too costly either.

After hundreds of hours of testing time with the best 15-inch laptops, here’s our list of the greatest you can buy.

The best 15-inch laptops at a glance:

The best 15-inch laptop: Dell XPS 15

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Why you should buy this: It’s one of the smallest 15-inch laptops around thanks to some tiny bezels, but it also packs in some seriously powerful components including a fast CPU and GPU.

Who’s it for: Anyone who needs serious power on the go but doesn’t want to take up too

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Ideal for going back to school

(Pocket-lint) – Looking for a new Chromebook? Chromebooks have been getting more and more successful, and are available from many big names in laptops including HP, Acer and Asus.

Education has also been a big market for the devices, but they’re also great for a simple home laptop for Gmail, Google Docs and web browsing. 

Chrome OS is Google’s alternative to Windows and, essentially, is a more complex version of the Chrome browser with a desktop. It’s ridiculously simple to use, updates itself and lacks the confusion and complexity that often hobbles Windows and macOS. That said, it is less capable for professional use than the other operating systems. But for most users at home or in education it provides more than enough functionality.

Here’s our list of the best Chrome OS laptops and we’ll be adding more in as time goes on. 

Our pick of the best Chromebooks

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Boise Schools struggles to distribute laptops for first day

On Monday, the 25,500 students that make up one of Idaho’s largest school districts will wake up, turn on their computers and “return” to school — that is, if they have a computer.

As the Boise School District awaits a shipment of 13,000 Chromebooks set to arrive sometime in the next week, roughly 39% of the district’s students are left without the computers they were promised in June.

Right now, the district has 15,600 Chromebooks on hand, district spokesperson Dan Hollar said. About half of those were given out in the spring to students without at-home devices, and the district began distributing the remaining 7,000 on Wednesday.

The roughly 9,900 students who haven’t received Chromebooks yet can expect them “in a matter of days,” Hollar said. The shipment of 13,000 computers has already arrived on U.S. soil.

A recent study from the State Board of Education found that over half

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Supervisors refuse county-owned laptops | Local

Salem Supervisor Evera Sue Clary said she appreciates the laptop provided by the county. She has been using her business laptop and doesn’t want to mix county business with her personal business.

“Our town computer is an antique, and it’s impossible to Zoom at the town office because of lack of internet,” Clary said. “So for me to do these county meetings I was doing them from home on a personal laptop that needed to be used as other things and not for county Zoom.”

Easton Supervisor Dan Shaw said he does not need a laptop. He prefers to attend the county meetings in person.

Hebron Supervisor Brian Campbell, the budget officer, said providing laptops to supervisors was brought up five or six years ago to cut down on the use of paper. The county could save a lot of money by not mailing information to supervisors, but instead providing

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School websites have the info students need

With schools in the Twin Harbors set to begin the 2020-21 school year this coming week, all have adopted some form of online learning based on recommendations from local and state health departments.

Here’s a quick rundown of what each district is doing and where to find more information.

Aberdeen School District

According to a letter to school district staff published on the district website on Aug. 24, due to a spike in cases, the Aberdeen School District is “not able to offer any in-person options for instruction at this time.”

The district will open the school year in a “100 percent distance-only format,” also known as remote or online learning, for all grade levels across all schools in the district.

The site says the district will be monitoring local COVID transmission rates and will adjust its plan accordingly.

For more information, visit asd5.org.

Hoquiam School District

Schools in the

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US faces back-to-school laptop shortage

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Schools across the United States are facing shortages and long delays, of up to several months, in getting this year’s most crucial back-to-school supplies: the laptops and other equipment needed for online learning, an Associated Press investigation has found.

The world’s three biggest computer companies, Lenovo, HP and Dell, have told school districts they have a shortage of nearly 5 million laptops, in some cases exacerbated by Trump administration sanctions on Chinese suppliers, according to interviews with over two dozen U.S. schools, districts in 15 states, suppliers, computer companies and industry analysts.

As the school year begins virtually in many places because of the coronavirus, educators nationwide worry that computer shortfalls will compound the inequities — and the headaches for students, families and teachers.

“This is going to be like asking an artist to paint a picture without paint. You can’t have a kid do distance

Read More