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March 26, 2020

May Day

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:06 am

It looks like, for public school students at least, there will be no going physically back to school until May 1.   From the school superintendent’s note from yesterday:

  1. Our suspension of in-class instruction will now extend until May 1.
  2. Spring break will proceed as calendared next week (March 30 to April 3).
  3. We are sharing with you a high-level schedule for remote learning, so you can start to plan your student’s days starting April 6.
  4. Our distance learning opportunity plan represents our best and most family-centered thinking, one based on a clear and principled commitment to equity, access, and sustained learning.


I guess the longer we can keep our little disease carriers away from one another the better.


  1. Meanwhile, China is going ahead with high stakes testing for 10 million, called the GaoKao, where students spend months preparing for an exam which determines their educational futures. By comparison, the College Board cancelled the upcoming SAT dates (latest one still scheduled is in June) and shortened the grueling 3.5 hour AP exams in 38 subjects to 45 minute online sessions in May. This affects millions of American students, especially Juniors, who use AP exams to gain college credits, reduce tuition, gain scholarships, and demonstrate mastery of subjects.

    Experts agree that the deck is stacked against low-income and first in their family to go to college students when schools close, as they lack access to counselors, teachers and the internet, and wealthier parents hire tutors or prep services for their students. (Or bribe their way in) .

    The only silver lining is that with the travel ban, fewer foreign students may be coming to American colleges, leaving more room for our own students (imagine that).

    Comment by Nowyouknow — March 26, 2020 @ 7:34 am

  2. AP exam prep needs the FULL school year to prep for, so shortening the test makes sense from a content/curriculum standpoint. These kids have been working for months in those courses and do deserve a chance to take the tests. I wonder how the online test environment is controlled? Would be interesting if student had to have the Webcam open/mic on to reduce cheating.

    Comment by michonnekatana — March 29, 2020 @ 12:23 am

  3. May 1st? Yeah right. You’re probably realistically looking at schools being closed until next fall at the very least. This thing is only getting started, some states ( looking at you Alabama ) are STILL not on lockdown. In reality we aren’t going to be done with this until the vaccine comes out, as in next year. This is the new reality.

    Comment by john doe — March 31, 2020 @ 1:55 pm

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