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  1. I think that there is a difference between 'taking algebra in 6th grade' and 'choosing a school specifically because it offers algebra in 6h grade.' And then, as others have mentioned, there's algebra class and there's algebra class. I don't think the course title tells you very much other than I guess you can expect to be solving equations. Do you have a strong sense of what school would be the best fit for him/your family overall, minus the question of what they call their 6th grade math class? My own inclination would be to start by narrowing down the choices in a more general w
  2. Very good, albeit very preliminary, news about the Pfizer vaccine's effectiveness as seen in the Israeli rollout.
  3. Cancelling a commitment because there is a chance you might have a novel, highly transmissible, potentially serious disease is NOT being a slacker! I can't emphasize that enough. I am sorry that your family keeps being exposed. Crossing fingers and toes that you all stay healthy.
  4. Oy. FWIW here's a list of TN facilities with monoclonal antibody availability. Looks like they're pretty widely available.
  5. Oh no, I am so sorry to hear this, ScoutTN! I really hope that they feel better soon and that you and DS stay healthy. Seconding what another poster said about the monoclonal antibodies. One of DH's students tested positive a few days ago and she was able to get them so I know they are available locally. I would definitely look into whether your DH can get infused ASAP.
  6. Sour cream is the nectar of the baking gods, my friend. Sour cream coffee cake! Crumb cake! Yes, it works like buttermilk, but better (i.e., richer).
  7. I am cautiously optimistic about things being much better by the fall, but not optimistic enough to put down any nonrefundable deposits. As murky as things are now I think they will get steadily clearer over the coming months. We will learn more about these new variants, some of the vaccines presently in the pipeline will have phase 3 results, we will know a lot more about the real-world effectiveness of the vaccines that people have already received, and we should have a more solid timeline on when kids will be able to get vaccinated. So my general feeling on the fall is to push off a
  8. This is a good thread about the still-unclear evidence for the vaccine's real-world effectiveness in Israel, where about a quarter the country has been immunized so far.
  9. Oh no, I am so sorry. The reports from Israel, where they have vaccinated about a quarter of their population so far, are that the first Pfizer shots are only about 50% effective. And if i recall correctly, deaths lag infections by about a month, so a current spike in deaths likely reflects infections from mid- to late-December, before most of these folks were fully vaccinated. Still, I'm afraid we're going to be learning a lot about the real-world efficacy rates for these vaccines in the coming weeks and months. I really hope your dad pulls through. Hugs to you and your f
  10. Thanks! Seems like PA homeschoolers is also waiting for this info from the CB.
  11. I have been repeatedly checking the AP website for the long-promised "guidance" for students who can't find a testing site, but so far nothing. Has anyone else heard anything?
  12. DS15 and I had such a good experience reading some of the Greek tragedies with the Vandiver lectures that I'm looking to do the same with Shakespeare. The Great Courses has several different Shakespeare courses available, though: Conner, Saccio, and Kinney. Does anyone have any experience/recommendations for these? (Or any other great Shakespeare resources you used in high school, for that matter.)
  13. Our governor has said that they will be testing this year, but I have my doubts that it will actually happen. Like Farrar, I would bet that the new Secretary of Ed will give blanket waivers to ESSA-required testing this year. And it becomes a whole lot more difficult to justify spending many weeks and millions of dollars on these tests if they're not necessary to get federal money. I do wonder about the contracts with the testing companies, though -- specifically, under what circumstances states still have to pay if the tests are canceled. There is an awfully cozy relationship between
  14. My parents (late 70s) got their first doses of the Pfizer vaccine. My mom said she has a sore arm but nothing more than that. They were very impressed by how well-organized the vaccination clinic was, and I was delighted that they were given appointments for the second dose. Our state seems to be steadily getting its act together wrt the rollout but they won't be able to really get going until there is (much) more supply.
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