Remote Learning

A sign at St. Elmo Elementary encourages people to be safe during the coronavirus pandemic.
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The top doctor at Austin Public Health, Dr. Mark Escott, supports the Austin Independent School District’s plan to bring students back to school buildings Oct. 5, he told the school board on Monday.

Nearly 2,000 books line the shelves of a makeshift library in East Travis County.
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When she’s not logging online to teach her class of third-graders reading and writing, Jennifer Martin has been doubling as a local librarian, offering some 2,000 books to neighborhood kids and teens — all from the garage of her East Travis County home.

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Students in Mexico are starting a new school year, and just like many of their American counterparts, they're doing so remotely.

Some 30 million Mexican public school students are now learning from home. And that posed a challenge for the Mexican government, which had to figure out how to keep kids learning when only 53% of households have internet access. So, it developed a distance-learning program through television and radio.

The hallway is empty at Galindo Elementary School in South Austin in July.
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Parents, teachers and advocates worry online-only lesson plans could widen the digital divide and exacerbate educational equity issues in Austin Independent School District. To try to prevent that, the district, which has roughly 81,000 students, is distributing Wi-Fi hotspots, laptops and tablets.