Covid cases are up and down in different areas of the state, pushing counties on and off the state’s coronavirus monitoring list. San Diego County is one of the counties on the verge of being able to reopen schools, after being off the monitoring list for 14 days. We check in with county superintendent Paul Gothold to discuss the options and restrictions that districts will face to restart in-person instruction.
And we explore the opposite challenges facing Mendocino County, which, due to a data mixup, is now retroactively on the watch list. We speak with county superintendent Michelle Hutchins about how some rural schools that had already reopened were thrown into distance learning for weeks if not months.
Also, we turn to Josh Weiss, a technology specialist with Stanford’s Graduate School of Education to weigh in on the contentious issue of whether it’s a good idea to require students to keep their video cameras on during live instruction. In small doses, it’s OK, he says, but there are better ways to keep students’ attention and measure their engagement.
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