2020 YIR: Back to School
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2020 YIR: Back to School

Back to school was different in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

For many, school classes during the pandemic was online via Zoom.
For many, school classes during the pandemic was online via Zoom.

July 16, 2020

The AJT published a Back to School issue covering the ways that school has changed in the era of COVID. School openings was a hot-button topic as parents were faced with difficult decisions about whether to allow their children to go back to school in-person or participate in virtual learning for the year. Many schools made modifications to help ensure the safety of its students and staff.

The issue included a story about how Atlanta’s public and private schools adjusted and made changes to curriculum in the pandemic. High school graduates and university students were also a focus in the issue. Hillel at Georgia College was slated to receive its own house as part of an effort by Hillels of Georgia to focus on smaller universities. The college also received a grant to help fund activities and programs.

Emory announced major changes for the fall 2020 semester, such as significantly reducing the number of students living on campus and moving most classes online. The university also established a policy that face coverings be required on campus.

The student newspaper reported that only about half of the students were expected to return to campus.

Among other stories was a piece about reimagining the “summer college visit road trip,” popular among high school juniors who want to explore prospective colleges.

The AJT also offered advice for parents who chose online schooling with suggestions of toys to help teach, inspire creativity, and teach basic information to children. Another article detailed a partnership between In the City Camps and Jewish Family & Career Services to give parents virtual assistance, ideas and counseling during the pandemic.

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