Campaign Coverage 2020

When school is home and home is school, which rules prevail?


When school is home and home is school, which rules prevail?
A Chicago charter school teacher Angela McByrd poses for a photo before work on her laptop to teach remotely from her home in Chicago, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. Most students in Illinois have been starting remote learning this fall, according to results from an Illinois State Board of Education survey. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

CHICAGO (AP) — Toys that look like weapons. Barefoot students. Disruptive imagery in the background. Pets roaming the room. All a clear violation of rules inside most American classrooms. But as is clear, 2020 has been very different. How do those standards translate when everyone is logging on from home? Weeks into the fall semester, a growing number of school officials are navigating those grey areas. And schools are struggling to figure it all out. It's yet another adaptation demanded of educators during the coronavirus pandemic. Many are prescribing caution as the lines blur. 

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