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Teachers without internet work in parking lots, empty school buildings during COVID-19

“About four days a week, 3rd grade teacher Karen Ruark and her two daughters drive to school to get some work done. Once they get there, Ruark parks the car—and they all pull out their laptops. 

Ruark lives on Hoopers Island in Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay. Her internet access is weak and unreliable, so she works in the parking lot of her school in Dorchester County to use the WiFi there. While Ruark posts messages to her students and downloads class materials, her daughters, who are both in high school, sit in the back seat and work on their assignments. Some days, they spend close to two hours in the car.” Read more about it at Education Week.

How To Get The Most Out Of Your Virtual Medical Appointment

A primary care doctor shares her tips with NPR on when to call your doctor and how to get the most out of your virtual visit:

  1. To get the most out of your initial call, try to summarize what’s going on in one or two sentences.
  2. Prepare for the conversation with your doctor by making a list of your issues.
  3. Keep track of when your symptoms started and if they’ve changed. 
  4. Take and send a photo of obvious symptoms. 
  5. Address routine issues before the visit such as medication refills, notes from a doctor that are required by your employer or insurer, or other paperwork may not even require a telemedicine visit.
  6. Sign up for your doctor’s online patient portal, if it’s offered — that’s the secure app that’s connected to your medical record,
  7. Be ready to talk with your doctor from a quiet place, avoid playing phone tag, and have health tech and equipment (thermometer, blood pressure cuff, etc.) on hand to use at your doctor’s request.

Get more detailed information at NPR.