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  1. From what I can tell from reading various articles, hydroxichloroquine is an effective treatment and/or prophylactic against COVID-19. However, there are 4 different strains (I think) of COVID-19 in the USA, and because of that, another treatment might be a better fit. Back in March, I saw a post on a different forum by an ER doctor saying his patients were recovering faster with remsdevir, not hydroxichloroquine. As far as wearing a mask that is not N-95 to help prevent getting or giving COVID-19, my opinion is that such masks aren’t helpful. A close friend who had been sheltering in place since early March and getting food delivered (literally not going anywhere) recently went to a well (dr.) visit wearing a mask and 2 days later started having symptoms of COVID-19. Sadly, when we were told back in March that wearing masks won’t help, I think that was correct. I am sure everyone wealthy enough to get hydroxichloroquine probably already has it in their medicine cabinet if they want it, and I know I saw articles about doctors prescribing it for their families. I also saw an article about a study going on where medical personnel at a hospital are taking hydroxichloroquine as a preventative, and I’m glad that’s going on because it looks like COVID-19 will be around for a while. I would imagine more political leaders are taking hydroxichloroquine than Pres. Trump. In any case, I think this forum is best when it doesn’t get political. Regardless of whether there is a Republican or Democrat in the White House, I think taking preventative measures to try and prevent or mitigate getting COVID-19 is a good idea.
  2. @JadeOrchidSong Sorry -- what I meant was we have used various online providers (TPS, Kolbe and others) with a few teachers at providers I've not named here just not being a good fit for my kids. For an English class, I'd ask what kind of work is expected. You can email the TPS teacher for the class you're interested in for your teen and they will get back to you. I did that last year. There was one English class (not taken at TPS) that was a bad fit for my daughter. It required lots of busy work in order to write a literary paper. The kind of work required was not needed for a good writer. I will say that just as there is no perfect curriculum, the class that is great for one student may not work well for another.
  3. We had a great experience with PrepScholar's online prep package. It didn't have online classes in that package (just online access) but that was preferable for my daughter.
  4. My kids have taken TPS classes but not that one. What I've found with various providers is the class name generally remains the same each year, but the teacher can change. It's very important to find out if the teacher scheduled to teach the class you're interested in for your teen is good at teaching. Some teachers give lots of busy work, some don't, some make terrible tests, some make great tests, some give great feedback, some give little, etc.
  5. There are students on Twitter complaining about not being able to submit their AP Physics exams (with a screenshot). I would definitely have your DS let the College Board know there was a major problem with him taking the exam today.
  6. I hope your DD is feeling much better! If it were me, I'd get the Friendly Chemistry package and compare that textbook with what she's already learned via Berean Builders Chemistry, and have her finish using Friendly Chemistry over the summer. My DD did Friendly Chemistry and loved it. It does a good job of making learning Chemistry fun. I'd look at your state requirements for high school, and also look at what requirements there are for science at colleges she's interested in -- you may find that she needs only 2 lab sciences (but 3 total sciences). This is the case in our state.
  7. This sounds familiar — someone in my extended family has this issue. They take Betaine w/ HCL directly after eating something like chili and also take 600 mg NAC with 500 mg Vitamin C caplet right after breakfast w/ coffee. Digestive enzymes didn’t work for them at all. Now they have to have full-fat half and half instead of Coffeemate powder in coffee or whole milk in a latte (more protein in whole milk). They are now doing great. Forgot to add they also were deficient in Vitamin D and are supplementing w/ Vitamin D3 daily.
  8. You are wise to start working on the transcript and course descriptions now! I just went through this last summer for my now high school senior, and relied a lot on great information I found on WTM. If a small fee for a transcript is OK with you, check out HSLDA’s online transcript service (about $25). It made my life so much easier; no need to try and make a Word or Excel sheet look good — you just type in the info. Classes are listed under the grade level; 9th grade (list of 6-7 classes), 10th grade (list of 6-7 classes etc.). 1. If you’re talking about the transcript, no, just put the name of the class and for dual enrollment only, abbreviate where it was taken. For instance, Spanish I (D.E. @USF) Fall 2019. At the bottom of the transcript in small type you can have a key but I don’t think it’s necessary w/ the course descriptions. D.E. = dual enrollment and university abbreviations=> full name of college. My DD had one online dual enrollment course and I did not indicate it was online on the transcript — only the abbreviation of the college/ university and the semester and year she took it. In the course descriptions I spelled out the university with the abbreviation in parentheses and thereafter used the abbreviation. 2. Only on the course descriptions (not the transcript) did I put the name of the professor and texts used (not needed on the transcript, which should be only 1 page). The DE courses were the shortest descriptions of classes on the course descriptions I made. Here is where you can list the course name, like College Algebra - CA 1005 (DE@USF) - start describing the course here with professor’s name and include texts used. I didn’t put the course code on the transcript — you can save that for the course descriptions. For example: Grade Level 9 (2017-18) Course Name Final Grade Credits Algebra 1 Honors (8th gr. 2016-17) A 1.0 Geometry Honors A 1.0 Biology (at USF - D.E.) Fall 2017 A 1.0 etc.... 5. Out of order for your question... Any classes to be taken in future in 12th grade can be listed under the heading 12th grade or Grade Level 12 and then put IP (In Progress) where the Final Grade typically goes if you send the transcript during fall semester and the ones to be taken in spring just have them listed under 12th grade on the transcript. In the course description for dual enrollment courses planned for spring of senior year, I noted that these were what she planned on but due to scheduling issues and class availability she might have to take different courses, and it ended up she took 2 totally different D.E. Classes than what she originally planned on. Students can update their classes in the Common App when that happens and I updated her transcript when that happened as well. For a few colleges she uploaded the updated transcript to her portal; some I had to snail mail. 3. List everything by grade level on the transcript. Imagine 4 boxes on the transcript with 9th grade top left, list of classes taken that year underneath. For classes she plans on taking in 12th grade, list them under Grade Level 12 or 12th grade on the transcript. Note how many credits they are (1/2 or 1). 4. Depending on how many high school level classes she took before 9th grade, you could list them in 9th grade and put (8th grade) in that line item. I did that for my DD. In the 9th grade list of classes on the transcript, I started with Algebra 1 Honors (8th grade). I don’t know why a college would mandate listing courses by semester; we didn’t have any trouble with listing by year and DD applied to some competitive universities. Maybe for D.E. Classes you could just list the semester and year like: Statistics (at USF - D.E.) Fall 2019
  9. I’ve read good things about Friendly Biology. A couple years ago, DD took an online Chemistry class that used the Friendly Chemistry text and workbook; it ended up being her favorite science class until she took science in 12th grade (Dual enrollment) at the local university.
  10. One of our friend’s daughters had a very similar problem. After doing simple bloodwork at the lab she was diagnosed hypothyroid at 13 y.o.; soon after they figured out she had a milk intolerance. Between avoiding dairy and taking thyroid medicine, she now only has once in a blue moon seasonal allergies — I think she uses generic Singulair and OTC Zyrtec when that happens. Who knew sometimes a major and ongoing sinus/allergy problem (combined w/ major fatigue, headaches and other stuff) is an indicator to check the thyroid?
  11. I certainly am not in favor of students who pass an AP exam in 2020 to go into a college class unprepared for the next sequence/class in that subject. But I hope universities that decide not to accept (2020) AP exam credit have options for students to prove they know the material for the AP class(es) they completed, or as @regentrude suggested, encourage/require students to take a brief workshop covering material cut from the AP exams. Since my DD is starting college the latter part of summer, I know she'd be happy to take such a workshop at that time if needed.
  12. My DD finished the work in the AP Calculus BC text in February and started reviewing in March for the AP exam. So for her and others who actually finished their AP text and work it’s quite unfair for colleges to not give credit for those who pass the AP exam. There is an ALEKS math placement test DD has to take online for her college but I’m pretty sure that doesn’t cover Calculus, and if it does I know it doesn’t cover Calc 2. Perhaps there is a math placement test other than that or colleges will make one for those who passed the AP Calc BC exam? There is no CLEP test for Calculus 2.
  13. During a recent virtual admitted students Info Session, DD said the university is unsure if they will give any college credit to those taking the 2020 AP Exams (and passing them). After doing some looking, it seems some universities are doing a wait and see approach to the upcoming AP exams as far as giving credit. I really hope those who have been doing the hard work of AP classes this school year won't then suffer an additional loss in this uncertain COVID-19 time by not getting any college credit for passing the upcoming AP exams. From Compass Prep site: “The University is reviewing how we will evaluate AP scores for tests administered in May 2020. The change in AP test format, coverage, and administration this spring makes it necessary to reconsider the relationship between these tests and material covered and assessed in similar Princeton courses. While we continue to believe that these test scores will be helpful for placement purposes, students may be required to take an additional Princeton placement test to receive Advanced Placement credit.” – Princeton Admissions “There is no change for how AP credits are awarded for students entering in Fall 2020. However, since some of the 2020 Advanced Placement exams will not include all of the units typically covered on those exams, students who earn scores of 4 and 5 on some exams in the 2020 test administration may need to consult with faculty and professional advisors to determine if they have the prerequisite knowledge and background to be successful in more advanced coursework in the fall semester. Once AP scores are received in July, advisors will reach out to students as appropriate with more information and guidance.” – Rutgers Admissions
  14. The university DD will be attending in the fall (only only for summer sadly) just emailed out giving students an out if they want to cancel their housing contract (dorms) but are still attending the college. While it's very convenient to live on campus, now I'm not sure if the pros outweigh the cons of living on campus, considering how rapidly COVID-19 spreads. The downside is the place I can find easily is one where she would room with a friend, and is about a 15 minute commute by car, but during rush hour could be 30 minutes, and a bus would take 35 minutes.
  15. Your son sounds a bit like my DS. We tried using Saxon Algebra 1 during the summer (had the old text from my DD). Nope, it just didn’t click. Then on to Derek Owens Algebra for a semester — which wasn’t a good fit for him, so we switched to Foerster Algebra 1 (I purchased the answer key to make it easier on myself for checking his work— totally worth it). Initially we used the Derek Owens videos when needed. After a month or so we just used some Khan Academy and lately my husband has been explaining concepts over the weekend. It seems to be working really well. My son also gets concepts quickly. It seems he doesn’t want to watch all the videos and then do the math work. He just likes a physical math textbook better. Also, I never have my kids check their math work. I check it. As far as Shormann Algebra, I’m sure it’s good. But is it a good fit for your son’s math learning style? My DD used Shormann for the initial couple months of Calculus BC and she also used Shormann for prep for College Algebra CLEP last year, which she passed and got college credit for. She said the Shormann videos were good explanations. However, she never used Shormann an entire school year, just pieces of it. I don’t know anything about Videotext math, but if you’ve already paid for it, would it work to switch to a physical Algebra 1 text that’s a good fit for your DS and use the videos from Videotext math as needed?
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