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From resorts to RV parks, parents take school year on the road

One of the places the family stayed, the luxury Montage Deer Valley mountain resort, now offers “Montage Academy” for distance learners, complete with an all-day monitored “study hall” and access to virtual tutors. Other hotels are offering on-site tutors and tickets for “field trips” at area attractions.

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Anna Khazenzon, a data and learning scientist for the online study platform Quizlet, said the monotony of weeks stuck at home for school on top of six months of pandemic restrictions risks bringing on burnout for distance learners.

But there are dangers lurking in schoolcations as well.

“Formal schoolcation programs have the potential to create further achievement gaps between high- and low-income families, and more cost-effective versions should be developed, but overall there are many learning benefits for taking children on schoolcations,” Khazenzon said. “If students are burnt out

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  • September 30, 2020
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Resorts to RV parks: Parents take school year on the road

NEW YORK (AP) — In RVs, rental homes and five-star resorts, families untethered by the constraints of physical classrooms for their kids have turned the new school year into an extended summer vacation, some lured by the ailing hotel industry catering to parents with remote learners through “roadschooling” amenities.

With the pandemic ongoing, the change of scene for desperate work- and school-from-home families boils down to “risk versus reward,” said Amanda Poses, a travel consultant and mother of two teenagers in Austin, Texas. “God willing, we don’t have the opportunity to do this again.”

Poses and her husband let 13-year-old Addison attend school from Park City, Utah, for three days of a five-night stay in early September. In search of a flight of three hours or less, they rode horses, hiked and zip-lined. They went tubing and enjoyed an alpine slide. And, yes, there was a bit of logging in

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  • September 30, 2020
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Visitors to state parks in New Hampshire encouraged to make reservations online

New Hampshire State Park officials are reminding people who plan to head to a recreation area that reservations should be made online ahead of time.>> Download the FREE WMUR app The state’s reservation system was created in March at the height of the pandemic, it was used during the summer and people have been encouraged to continue using it through the fall months.>> Find the state park recreation reservation systemThe reservation system is used to help control crowds at New Hampshire’s state parks and in many state parks visitors must reserve a parking spot.“People can go onto our site, they can go to our day-use reservation, there is a user-friendly panel where you can pick the park you would like, select it and make a reservation,” Reservation program specialist Shawn Hamilton said.The confirmation ticket you receive will be given to a staff person at the park. People are encouraged to … Read More

  • September 30, 2020
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Disney Parks Laying Off 28,000 Employees amid Ongoing Disneyland Closure Due to COVID-19

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Thousands of Disney Parks cast members are losing their jobs following park shutdowns due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

While Florida’s Walt Disney World reopened in July, Disneyland Resort and Disney California Adventure Park in California remain closed — which Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Chairman Josh D’Amaro said was a factor in the ″very difficult decision″ to reduce the parks’ ″workforce″ in a statement Tuesday.

D’Amaro said that about 28,000 U.S. employees — of which 67 percent are part-time — will be affected by the layoffs.

″We are talking with impacted employees as well as to the unions on next steps for union-represented Cast Members,″ D’Amaro said in his statement, obtained by PEOPLE.

″Over the past several months, we’ve been forced to make a number of necessary adjustments to our business, and as difficult as this decision is today, we believe that the steps we are taking will

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  • September 30, 2020
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California parks, playgrounds can reopen under COVID-19 rule

California playgrounds can now reopen statewide under all coronavirus risk tiers, according to new guidance released by the state.

The California Department of Public Health on Monday issued guidance explaining how outdoor playgrounds and other recreational facilities must be used during the COVID-19 emergency. The guidance does not cover indoor playgrounds or family entertainment centers, which must remain closed.

The new rules require that everyone 2 years of age and older wear a face covering, and that children remain under adult supervision to ensure that masks stay on.

The guidance also requires that playgrounds post a maximum capacity, and that different households maintain a distance of six feet from each other.

Eating and drinking is restricted, in order to ensure mask use, and visits should be limited to 30 minutes when others are present, under the new guidance.

The guidance comes nearly two weeks after a group of nearly two

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  • September 29, 2020
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Halloween will be different at Disney World and Florida theme parks, but here’s how they’re still celebrating

Halloween at theme parks may be a little different this year, with some signature Halloween events canceled, but that doesn’t mean spooky celebrations won’t take place at all.

COVID-19 has scared some ghosts and goblins away, but depending on your comfort level in getting out amid the pandemic, there are still plenty of options to be had in Florida.

California theme parks remain closed for now, though they’ve urged California Gov. Gavin Newsom to allow them to reopen.

Here’s what’s going on at Disney World, Universal Orlando, SeaWorld and other theme parks around the Orlando, Florida, area, as curated by Florida Today, which is part of the USA TODAY Network. 

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The Halloween Horror Nights Tribute store at Universal Orlando features specialty merchandise inspired by the history of the popular annual event.
The Halloween Horror Nights Tribute store at Universal Orlando features specialty merchandise inspired by the history of
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  • September 24, 2020
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All Seasons of Parks and Recreation Are Out

Sad news, Parks and Recreation: All seven seasons of the popular Amy Poehler series are leaving Netflix at the end of September. And October is only bringing more heartache: Burlesque, Charlotte’s Web, Just Friends, Magic Mike are dipping out of your queues, so get in all those rewatches while you can. Thankfully, so much is coming to Netflix, but that doesn’t make what’s leaving any less sad.  I’m very upset I’ll no longer be able to watch The Ugly Truth whenever I want. 

Or these titles, too. Here’s everything leaving Netflix in October: 

Leaving September 30

Parks and Recreation, seasons 1-7

Leaving October 1

Emelie

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Sleeping With Other People

Leaving October 2 

Cult of Chucky

Truth or Dare

Leaving October 6

The Water Diviner

Leaving October 7

The Last Airbender

Leaving October 17

The Green Hornet

Leaving October 19

Paper Year

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  • September 23, 2020
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‘Parks And Rec’ Cast Reuniting Again For A ‘Town Hall’ Election Special

The Parks and Recreation cast is reuniting again to help get Joe Biden elected

What did we ever do to deserve not one, but two (TWO!) Parks And Recreation reunions in 2020? Clearly sensing our desperate need for something nostalgic and joyful, the cast of Parks and Recreation has decided to get together again online and this time they’re doing it to help get Trump out of office.

Sorry not sorry to all the “stick to acting and stay out of politics” types, but Adam Scott, Aubrey Plaza, Amy Poehler, Nick Offerman, Jim O’Heir, Retta, and show creator Michael Schur are getting together online for a special “Parks and Recreation Town Hall” in support of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. Not only did Leslie Knope crush hard on Joe Biden (the Presidential hopeful was also famously in an episode), but Wisconsin is one of several crucial battleground states in the

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  • September 13, 2020
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What’s open this weekend and Labor Day at beaches and parks in Southern California

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Two giraffes roam the L.A. Zoo in October 2019. (Tad Motoyama / L.A. Zoo)

With Labor Day nearing and Gov. Gavin Newsom easing pandemic restrictions in some counties, Californians face a dizzying mix of openings and closures in coming days.

Still coping with fires in many areas and coronavirus just about everywhere, local and state authorities are limiting access to many indoor and outdoor recreation options. Still, most parks, beaches and trails are open, and enterprises including the L.A. Zoo, SeaWorld San Diego and Mammoth Mountain have found ways to at least partially reopen or extend their summer seasons.

Before you make plans, choose a strategy for avoiding crowds, which may be heavy from Friday, Sept. 4, through Monday, Sept. 7.

Here’s a snapshot of what’s up:

• On Friday, Newsom unveiled a new set of rules for reopening the state. Because

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  • August 29, 2020
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What’s open for Labor Day at beaches, parks, zoos and trails in Southern California

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Two giraffes roam the L.A. Zoo in October 2019. (Tad Motoyama / L.A. Zoo)

With Labor Day nearing, wildfires burning and pandemic restrictions still in effect, local and state authorities are limiting access to many indoor and outdoor recreation options.

Still, most parks, beaches and trails are open, and enterprises including the L.A. Zoo, SeaWorld San Diego and Mammoth Mountain are finding ways to at least partially reopen or extend their summer seasons.

Before you choose one, also choose a strategy for avoiding crowds, which may be heavy from Friday, Sept. 4, through Monday, Sept. 7.

Here’s a snapshot of what’s up:

• The grounds of SeaWorld San Diego reopen Friday, Aug. 28, with reduced capacity, an altered identity and Friday-through-Sunday hours. Billing itself as SeaWorld San Diego Zoo Days: Bayside BBQ & Brews, the marine-themed park at Mission Bay is opening

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  • August 27, 2020