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How do vocational school students get hands-on education during COVID-19? – News – telegram.com

UPTON – Connor McNamara, 17, watched the towering piece of equipment he programmed to make a chessboard Tuesday morning, as it whirred, drilled, and cast piles of white shavings onto the floor.

The day was one of about four per month when McNamara and his classmates have on-site classes at Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School, under coronavirus safety precautions.

“Despite remote learning, I am on track,” the advanced manufacturing and fabrication student said, noting that a lot of his study, like learning coding, doesn’t require him to practice on the machine regularly. “All of our textbooks were previously online to begin with.”

A room over, in a heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration shop class, 17-year-old Nick Loschiavo didn’t feel the same optimism.

“It’s not enough, but it’s better than nothing,” said Loschiavo, troubleshooting a faulty heat pump on one of his few days in school Tuesday. “I

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School for children with disabilities back open after remodeling

GLENDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) – A local school that works with students with developmental disabilities is now back open—after facing a multitude of challenges getting there.



a woman taking a selfie: Michelle Stroyne works at The Children's Center, a school for children with disabilities in Glendale.


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Michelle Stroyne works at The Children’s Center, a school for children with disabilities in Glendale.


Safety measures like wearing a mask or social distancing are tough but particularly difficult for someone with autism.

For people with autism, routines and schedules are relied upon to make their world comforting, But that isn’t always possible during a pandemic.

“For the last five months it’s possible their structure was kind of turned upside down,” says Michelle Stroyne, with The Children’s Center, located near 51st and Glendale avenues, in Glendale.

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School for children with disabilities back open after remodeling | Arizona News

GLENDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) – A local school that works with students with developmental disabilities is now back open—after facing a multitude of challenges getting there.

Safety measures like wearing a mask or social distancing are tough but particularly difficult for someone with autism.

For people with autism, routines and schedules are relied upon to make their world comforting, But that isn’t always possible during a pandemic.

“For the last five months it’s possible their structure was kind of turned upside down,” says Michelle Stroyne, with The Children’s Center, located near 51st and Glendale avenues, in Glendale.

They are at the forefront of helping children with disabilities navigate their new world. Starting with having to wear face masks.

“Any little sensory piece like having it tug on their ears for example, that could feel like one thousand pounds,” said Stroyne

Over the summer, the school prepared parents and students for

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Ruthlawn Elementary awarded $1M by School Building Authority for improvements | Education

Ruthlawn Elementary will get an indoor sprinkler system, upgrade its fire alarms, eliminate two trailer classrooms and add a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) hub after a vote Monday by the West Virginia School Building Authority’s board.

The board voted to provide Kanawha County with $1 million, atop the school system’s own contribution of about $338,000, to complete the project.

The two trailers serve pre-kindergarteners and kindergarteners. The money will add two classrooms to the school, not only eliminating the need for the portable classrooms but also adding STEM “Exploratorium” spaces, such as ones at two other Kanawha elementaries.

The county should be ready to begin soliciting bids from contractors in the spring, with construction expected to take 18 months, according to a schools spokesperson.

SBA board members also chose, in a voice vote with no one dissenting, to dole out $3.7 million more to six other counties. The

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Students return to Hartford’s Martin Luther King Jr. campus after $111 million renovation to overhaul neglected school

For the first time in three years, Hartford students once again walked the halls of the century-old school building on the hill overlooking Keney Park.



Martin Luther King, Jr. standing in front of a mirror posing for the camera: A portrait of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the cafeteria space of the newly renovated building for Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School and Breakthrough Magnet School-North in the Blue Hills neighborhood in Hartford's North End on Sept. 4.


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A portrait of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the cafeteria space of the newly renovated building for Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School and Breakthrough Magnet School-North in the Blue Hills neighborhood in Hartford’s North End on Sept. 4.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School campus quietly reopened Wednesday, the completion of its $111 million renovation perhaps overshadowed by the COVID-19 pandemic and a ransomware attack that delayed the start of Hartford’s school year by one day.

A ribbon cutting ceremony will be planned at a later date to allow the Hartford community to celebrate the revival of the Collegiate Gothic building and its history as a neighborhood hub at the intersection of Blue Hills and the

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Planned Athletic Field Improvements Approved For Greenwich School

GREENWICH, CT — Greenwich Country Day School announced this week plans to improve the school’s athletics playing fields have been approved by the town’s Planning and Zoning Commission.

In a statement, school officials said the approved renovation for the school’s athletics facility, located on Cardinal Road, includes two NCAA regulation-size turf fields and bleacher seating capable of holding 450 people. (To sign up for Greenwich breaking news alerts and more, click here.)

The first field is a no-infill “Hockey Gold” turf field, specifically designed for field hockey and softball. The second is a multi-sport turf field with natural infill that will be used by the school’s soccer, football and lacrosse teams.

“The 2020-2021 season marks GCDS’s first year in both the Fairchester Athletic Association and [the] New England Preparatory School Athletic Council,” school official said in a statement. “In establishing a high school program, the enhanced athletic fields on Cardinal

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Castilleja School wins key vote in contentious expansion proposal | News

Castilleja School received a long-awaited boost Wednesday in its bid to rebuild its campus and expand student enrollment when the Palo Alto Planning and Transportation Commission endorsed the environmental analysis for the contentious project.

In doing so, however, commissioners also indicated that Castilleja still has plenty of work to do to regain the trust of skeptical neighbors and earn the final approval for its phased remodeling plan, which calls for demolishing and replacing most of the campus buildings, shifting its swimming pool to an underground level, building an underground garage and gradually increasing enrollment from 426 to 540 students.

For Castilleja, which has been pursuing the campus renovation for the past four years, the commission’s 4-1 vote, with Commissioner Doria Summa dissenting and Vice Chair Giselle Roohparvar and Commissioner William Riggs absent, represents a small victory in the school’s long and highly controversial approval process. A vocal group of residents

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Mechanicsburg moves ahead with school construction, expansion plans | Mechanicsburg

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The high school addition would include large group instruction areas, new science classrooms and labs, regular classrooms and collaborative areas, according to architect sketch plans presented at a district finance and facilities committee meeting held Aug. 25.

Since March, the high school addition’s estimated costs were reduced from an original sum of $20,283,774 to a current total of $19,687,701 by “refining” square footage in the proposed building addition, district officials said this week.

The district also is considering renovating the existing high school building but has put off borrowing for that project at this time. That work presently holds an estimated cost of $55,759,150.

Planned work at Broad Street involves constructing a single-story addition with four regular classrooms, one open collaborative-style classroom, dedicated rooms for art and music, and a new media center. A small addition to the school’s existing kitchen is also in the works, as well as

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Collier school board makes plan for eCollier Academy, builds on-campus spot at Calusa Park

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The Collier County School District is looking to the future for eCollier Academy only months after launching the virtual learning model during the coronavirus pandemic.

At a school board meeting Tuesday, board members voted unanimously to approve a remodeling project contract for one of Calusa Park Elementary’s buildings to service eCollier Academy staff, students and parents. 

The construction project was already underway prior to board approval because it was “time sensitive,” according to board documents.

The district provided students four school options for this year: on-campus, Classroom Connect, eCollier Academy and home education.

The eCollier Academy allows students to learn with flexibility so school work can start late or early in a day depending on a family’s home situation.

The remodeling of one of Calusa Park’s buildings, which has about five classrooms, and nearby area is costing the district about $830,000. 

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