NAS report urges school districts to prioritize reopening

first_imgWeighing the public health risks posed by the coronavirus against the educational risks of not having in-person instruction, and the impact that closed schools could have on existing racial and social inequities, a new report from the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NAS) is urging school districts to prioritize reopening, with an emphasis on providing full-time, in-person instruction of children in grades K-5 and special needs students.But the report, published yesterday, acknowledges that reopening schools in the midst of COVID-19 will be a difficult task requiring resources and input from a variety of stakeholders. Schools will have to implement costly mitigation strategies to limit transmission of the virus, staffing will be a challenge, closures could occur based on the progress of the pandemic, and federal and state governments will need to provide significant financial help to districts and schools to enable them to reopen.The report also notes that reopening schools cannot be 100% safe as long as the pandemic persists.”Whether to reopen school buildings for the 2020–2021 school year is one of the most consequential and complex decisions many education leaders will ever have to make,” the report said. “While the benefits of reopening for students, families, and communities are clear, leaders must also take into account the health risks to school personnel and students’ families, as well as the practicality and cost of the mitigation strategies that will be needed to operate safely.”Districts face difficult decisionsThe report comes as the school year approaches and school districts around the nation grapple with the decision on whether to fully reopen, return to the distance-learning mode that they adopted in the spring, or create a hybrid model.Some school districts in states where the pandemic is raging, including the Los Angeles Unified school district, have already announced that they will not reopen and will continue with online learning. Schools in New York City, which has seen a significant reduction in coronavirus cases since peaking in April, will partially reopen, with children receiving in-person instruction from 1 to 3 days a week.”We all know the best place for students to learn is in a school setting,” LA Unified Superintendent Austin Beutner told the Los Angeles Times. “And as much as we want to be back at schools and have students back at schools—we can’t do it until it’s safe and appropriate.”Michael Osterholm, PhD, director of the University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (publisher of CIDRAP News), said in today’s episode of the Osterholm Update podcast that the question of reopening schools is one of the most difficult he’s dealt with during the pandemic.”How we deal with the school issue is probably going to be one of the defining moments of how we learn to live with COVID-19,” Osterholm said. “I don’t think there is a single answer; I think there are going to be multiple answers to this, and it’s going to be up to our creativity to deal with this.”The NAS report acknowledges that, given the current state of the pandemic, many districts are likely to use a blend of in-person and distance learning. And while the evidence to date suggests that children and youth are at low risk of serious illness or death from COVID-19, many significant safety issues will make reopening school buildings a challenge.For one, there is insufficient evidence to determine how contagious children are, or how likely they are to contract the virus. In addition, black, LatinX, and indigenous children, along with low-income children and those with underlying conditions, have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19. And many teachers and staff members are at greater risk of serious consequences from infection.But the authors of the report—a committee made up of experts in education, medicine, and epidemiology—concluded that because of the potential risks for students of keeping schools closed, districts should prioritize reopening with an emphasis on in-person learning. Distance learning cannot take the place of in-person interaction, they said, especially for younger children and special needs students who would be best served by in-person instruction, and disparities in access to reliable internet and electronic devices could compound already existing inequities.”The risks of not having face-to-face learning are especially high for young children, who may suffer long-term consequences academically if they fall behind in the early grades,” the committee wrote.In addition, they cited the benefits that schools provide for families beyond education, including reliable childcare, meals, and mental health services.”Reopening school buildings will allow schools to provide these supports and services more easily and in a more complete way,” they wrote.Mitigation strategiesThe report provides several mitigation strategies to help school districts reopen schools and protect students and teachers, many of which are recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It calls for school districts to provide surgical masks to all teachers and staff and hand sanitizer for everyone who enters a school building, encourage mask wearing and hand hygiene among students and staff, reorganize classrooms to promote physical distancing, limit large gatherings, prioritize cleaning, ventilation, and air filtration, and create a culture of health and safety.Implementing all these measures will not come cheap. Using a recent estimate reported by EdWeek, the committee suggests that a school district with 3,269 students, 8 buildings, and 329 staff members could spend as much as $1,780,000 for the 2020-21 school year. That’s why the committee urges state and federal governments to provide school districts with significant resources.”Many districts will be unable to afford implementing the entire suite of mitigation measures, potentially leaving students and staff in those districts at greater risk of infection,” the committee wrote. “In the absence of substantial financial support from the federal government and state governments, it is likely that the communities most impacted by COVID-19 will see even worse health outcomes in the wake of reopening schools.”The report also calls for state public health departments to assess school facilities to ensure they meet minimum health and safety standards and consult with schools on their mitigation plans, and for states to provide schools with access to public health expertise if they are in areas where public health departments are short-staffed. State, local, and education leaders are encouraged to create decision-making task forces that can gather input from various stakeholders. And school districts should take into account existing disparities within and across schools.”There are no easy answers, no quick and affordable policy decisions that will enable children to reenter schools safely while simultaneously addressing the profound systemic inequities this moment in time has laid bare,” the committee wrote. “Addressing these challenges will require the coordinated and concerted efforts of all sectors in the United States. It will require commitments to equitable school financing, to engaging communities in the complicated and emotional decision-making related to reopening schools, and to centering equity in the discussions that surround those decisions.”In its final recommendation, the committee called for more research into children and transmission of COVID-19, the role of airborne transmission, how schools could contribute to community spread, and the effectiveness of mitigation strategies.last_img read more

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first_imgRoss SchoolRoss School has established the Courtney Sale Ross Honors Scholarship for high-performing day and boarding students entering grades 7 through 12.This scholarship will make available up to $1 million in merit-based tuition assistance to students whose academic performance, service within the community, and demonstrated passion and creativity align with Ross School’s values. In addition to the scholarship, Ross School continues to award more than $3 million in financial aid and scholarships annually.“We are excited to announce this scholarship, which bears the name of Ross School’s founder, Courtney Sale Ross, and reflects her vision of Ross as a diverse and inclusive learning community,” said Jason Warnick, director of admissions and financial aid. “Ross is committed to opening doors to promising students from all backgrounds, and we hope that this opportunity will allow families to consider a future at Ross School, regardless of their financial circumstances.”The deadline to submit an application is June 15. Interested applicants can visit www.ross.org/scholarship for more information or contact the Ross School Admissions Office at 631-907-5400 or inquire@ross.org.East HamptonIndependent/Courtesy James StewartEast Hampton High School’s National Art Honor Society and Tri-M Music Honor Society.The National Art Honor Society and Tri-M Music Honor Society held their annual induction ceremony April 11 in the East Hampton High School cafeteria.New National Art Honor Society inductees included Tycho Burwell, Kyle Dias, Will Edwards, Julissa Fajardo, Lauren German, Gianna Gregorio, Noah Gualtieri, Rianna Helier, Lynda Hernandez, Claire Hopkins, Emily Hugo, Yannah Jones, Rebecca Kuperschmid, Sophia Ledda, Rose Littman, Sutton Lynch, Camila Mattiauda, Lizette Maurath, Hannah Mirando, Evelyn Ordonez, Rachel Osborne, Jhonelle Richards, Isabella Swanson, Jennifer Villacis, Emma Wiltshire, Scout Austopchuk, Zachary Barzilay, Cassady Czarnecki, Alexis Dempsey, August Gladstone, Olivia Jarrett, Gabriel Junemann, Raymond Ledda, Zachary Minskoff, Liana Paradiso, and Krystal Santiago.New Tri-M Music Honor Society inductees included Talia Albukrek, Melanie Barros, Claire Belhumeur, Naomi Blowe, Olivia Brauer, Maria Chavez, Kate Estuye, Anthony Genovesi, Malia Guebli, Jillian Hear, Alexandra Lenehan, Kiana Magat, Mary McDonald, Emily Nicholson, and Tori Schmitt.Numerous examples of the students’ artwork were on display for the event. Music was also provided by the high school’s chamber ensemble.Tuckahoe Common School DistrictIndependent/Courtesy Tuckahoe Common School DistrictSouthampton Town Police Officer Eric Breitwieser reads to third graders at the Tuckahoe School.March was Literacy Month at Tuckahoe School. It is a month-long celebration of all the literacy, reading, writing, speaking, and listening the school offers students. It is also one of the many ways the school can help foster a love of reading and literature within the student community.One exciting event hosted during Literacy Month was Community Guest Reader’s Day, on March 29. Community leaders were invited to come in to share one of their favorite pieces of literature with a select group of students.In other news, third-graders at Tuckahoe School collected sheets, towels, food, and many more items, for donation to the Southampton Animal Shelter on April 14.Westhampton Beach School DistrictIndependent/Courtesy Westhampton Beach School DistrictWesthampton Beach High School’s Virtual Enterprise team, Team SPFy, placed 10th in the country on April 17.Westhampton Beach High School’s Virtual Enterprise team, Team SPFy, placed 10th in the country after competing against 600 teams from across America at the Virtual Enterprises International National Business Plan Competition on April 17.Westhampton Beach’s team, made up of Ansley Berman, Bjorn Christensen, Chloe Koonmen, Drew Malabre, Maeve Murphy, and Grace O’Hare, secured their placement at the national level after scoring highly at the Long Island Business Plan Competition Finals in February.Team SPFy’s winning virtual business plan focuses on the development and promotion of organic skincare items. The mission of the company is to educate young people about skin cancer and the harmful effects of melanoma. Sharelast_img read more

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MATHESON in Korea safety work

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Universities’ many challenges

first_imgGet your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Subscribe now for unlimited access Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our communitylast_img read more

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Sistrunk Parade and Festival today

first_imgThe annual Sistrunk Parade and Festival takes place on Historic Sistrunk Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale on Saturday, February 23.The day kicks off with the 4th Annual Chris Smith All-star Classic Sistrunk 5K at 7:00am from Dalevoe Part, located at 2520 Sistrunk Boulevard.At 9:00am the parade begins starting at Lincoln Park (Sistrunk and NW 19 Ave) and travels east down Sistrunk to NW 10 Avenue with marching bands, step teams, classic cars, decorative floats and more.The Sistrunk Festival gets under way at 10.30 am and continues through to 7:00pm along Sistrunk Blvd., from NW 9 Ave, to NW 12 Ave. The festival features live bands, a kid’s zone, family activities, merchandise, food vendors and more.Historical AwarenessSistrunk Historical Festival, Inc. celebrates the accomplishments of people of African descent. The organization is named in honor of Dr. James Sistrunk, one of the first African-American Physicians in Broward County. Annual activities provide educational, historical, and recreational events in the Greater Fort Lauderdale, Floridaarea. They attract thousands of participants from the tri-county area and other parts of the State.Each year a large parade and festival draw thousands of people to enjoy international foods, fellowship and networking, local and national entertainment, and family-centric activities.Through the Sistrunk Scholarship Program, the organization  proudly support Broward County Students financially in their pursuit of higher learnings.2019 marks the organization’s 39th year of providing community activities.The Sistrunk events are amongst the oldest African-American promotions in the Broward County area.  The organization is proud to continually provide cultural, social, political and educational events that help to increase awareness of the contributions of our diverse community.last_img read more

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NBD’s chief financial officer terminated

first_img Sharing is caring! 224 Views   12 comments Tweet Mr Bernard Thomas, a certified general accountant by profession was reportedly terminated on Wednesday, 14th AugustDominica Vibes news has been reliably informed that the National Bank of Dominica has terminated the employment of its chief financial officer, Bernard Thomas.Mr Thomas, who held that position from June 2006 according to his LinkedIn profile, was reportedly terminated on Wednesday, 14th August.He also served as deputy manager following the termination of former deputy manager Michel Williams, who was dismissed in March, 2009.NBD officials declined our interview and indicated that they are unable to speak on any staff related matter.However, they indicated that a press statement would be issued if the Bank wishes to address the media on the matter.Chairman of the board of directors, Anthony John was also contacted but he would not comment on the matter.Our efforts to contact Mr Thomas, a certified general accountant by profession, were unsuccessful.However, we shall follow up on the matter and provide an update as the information becomes available. Dominica Vibes News Sharecenter_img LocalNews NBD’s chief financial officer terminated by: – August 15, 2013 Share Sharelast_img read more

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C’bean Pentecostal Churches against gay marriage

first_img Tweet Share 65 Views   no discussions ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) – The Pentecostal Assemblies of the West Indies (PAWI) has criticised the recent decision by the US Supreme Court to legalise same-sex marriages saying it endangers the belief of the church and violate the law of God.“Our organisation promotes the family unit as a fundamental institution, where a mother and father nurture children, instil faith, and inculcate moral strengths and spiritual values. Thus, legalisation of same sex marriage will destabilise the family unit and result in harmful consequences for the society at large,” the PAWI, which represents Pentecostal churches in the region, said in a statement.PAWI said its opposition to same-sex marriage is in no way shows resentment or hatred for individuals who are in support of gay marriage and homosexuality, “as this will be in stark contradiction to the very word of God which we uphold as the supreme authority governing our lives.“Rather, we continue to affirm our belief in love and respect for all humanity,” it said, adding that same-sex marriage is against God’s divine plan for marriage and its purpose for procreation.An opinion poll published in the United States over the weekend, notes that Americans are still sharply divided on the issue of same-sex marriage nearly a month after the Supreme Court’s ruling.The poll also found a near-even split over whether local officials with religious objections should be required to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, with 47 per cent saying that should be the case and 49 per cent say they should be exempt. Sharing is caring!center_img Share Share FaithLifestyleNewsRegional C’bean Pentecostal Churches against gay marriage by: Caribbean Media Corporation – July 20, 2015last_img read more

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Ceres Negros blanks Shan United

first_imgCeres Negros’ Mike Ott and a Shan United player battle for the loose ball on Wednesday night at the Thuwanna Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar. AFC [av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’Ceres Negros blanks Shan United’ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=’30’ subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’18’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=” av-medium-font-size-title=” av-small-font-size-title=” av-mini-font-size-title=” av-medium-font-size=” av-small-font-size=” av-mini-font-size=” admin_preview_bg=”]BY ADRIAN STEWART CO[/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=” av-medium-font-size=” av-small-font-size=” av-mini-font-size=” admin_preview_bg=”]Friday, March 16, 2018[/av_textblock][av_textblock size=’18’ font_color=” color=” av-medium-font-size=” av-small-font-size=” av-mini-font-size=” admin_preview_bg=”] Ceres Negros’ Mike Ott and a Shan United player battle for the loose ball on Wednesday night at the Thuwanna Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar. AFCMANILA – Ceres Negros defeated Shan United in the 2018 AFC Cup Group stage at the Thuwanna Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar, thanks to a lone goal from Bienvenido Marañon.The 1-0 victory was huge on the part of Ceres Negros, which tightened its grip on the top spot of Group F with 10 points. Shan United was on third place with 3 points.Ceres Negros gained the advantage on Wednesday night when Marañon drained a penalty kick in the 15th minute after receiving a reckless tackle from Shan United’s Hein Phyo Win from inside the box.Shan United had numerous chances to equalize the match, the closest was in the 61st minute – Lin Tun was left with a space to operate inside the box but his shot was thwarted by Ceres Negros’ Carlos de Murga.Ceres Negros also had a chance to increase its lead in the 80th minute when Stephan Schrock found Jose Elmer Porteria inside the box but Porteria’s attempt hit the nearby post.“We expected a very hard game in Yangon,” said Ceres Negros head coach Risto Vidakovic. “We played them twice already this year, and both were hard games. We just worked hard and our players gave their all.”Ceres Negros will have a monthlong break before resuming its campaign by visiting Boeung Ket Angkor of Cambodia on April 11 at the Olympic Stadium in Phnom Penh./PN[/av_textblock][/av_one_full]last_img read more

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Kyowa to make fourth title defense

first_imgJapan-based Thai boxer Eagle Kyowa will make his fourth WBC minimum weight title defense when he takes on ninth-ranked Japanese contender Akira Yaegashi on June 4, their boxing gyms said Monday.Yaegashi has a chance to claim a world title at the fastest pace set by a Japanese boxer, if the former OPBF minimum weight champion beats Kyowa at Pacifico Yokohama in the seventh match of his career. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 Former WBC bantamweight champion Joichiro Tatsuyoshi and WBA super flyweight champion Nobuo Nashiro needed eight bouts to capture their titles. center_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMESlast_img

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LSU’s Jared Poche’s last 2 outings like night and day

first_imgLSU pitcher Jared Poche' (16) is expected to pitch Game 2 against UL Lafayette.LSU pitcher Jared Poche’ (16) is expected to pitch Game 2 against UL Lafayette.BATON ROUGE – As so many LSU people seethed over a noon game Monday instead of a midnight run the night before, LSU pitcher Jared Poche’s performance turned night into day.The Tigers’ sophomore left-hander from Lutcher stepped to the mound at high noon Monday against North Carolina Wilmington after the worst performance of his career. On May 20 at the Southeastern Conference Tournament in Hoover, Alabama, he lasted exactly one inning – allowing three hits, two walks and two earned runs. It was his briefest start of this season by two and two-thirds innings.Poche responded with his second longest appearance of the season at eight and two-thirds innings, limiting UNCW to six hits, one walk and no runs for a 2-0 victory at Alex Box Stadium to go to 8-1 on the season.The win advanced the No. 1 Tigers (51-10) to the best-of-three Super Regional beginning this Saturday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2 against UL Lafayette (44-19) at the Box with the winner advancing to the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska.No. 1 LSU advances to Super Regional“You know, it’s pretty indescribable to be honest, walking off the field with all those fans cheering,” Poche said after the regional title game. “Couldn’t help but have a little grin. For me coming off last week’s performance and having an outing like that, it definitely helps for this weekend, momentum-wise. It helps me lock in and get in the zone.”Poche (8-1, 3.05 ERA) is expected to start game two of the Super Regional, which will be Sunday at either 5 p.m. on ESPNU or at 6 p.m. on ESPN2, depending on what happens in the other seven Super Regionals. Freshman right-hander Alex Lange (11-0, 1.76 ERA) is expected to start Saturday.LSU was originally scheduled to play UNCW on Sunday night, but NCAA officials moved the game to noon Monday for better weather after more than eight hours of rain delays through the first three days of the Baton Rouge Regional. Poche had geared himself up to pitch Sunday night.“It was tough, but I mean, I didn’t get to the field until about 8 o’clock,” Poche said. “So I was only here for about an hour (before the postponement decision). It was a little frustrating, but we got past it. Great teams have to handle adversity, and I think we did a great job of that today.”Poche said he did not pitch angry. “No, not really,” he said. “Just kind of wanted to get back to myself.”LSU catcher Kade Scivicque and pitching coach Alan Dunn each told Poche he had not been pitching like himself in recent outings. Before the SEC Tournament fiasco, Poche allowed nine hits and five runs in six innings at South Carolina on May 14 in a 10-7 LSU loss. He lasted just three and two-thirds innings before that on May 8 as he allowed seven hits and three runs to Missouri in an 8-3 LSU win.LSU, UL Lafayette face uncertaintyPoche’s victory over UNCW was his first since beating Georgia, 9-1, on April 18 when he gave up only four hits and one run in seven innings. “I needed to be gritty, and just kind of prove I was better than I was pitching,” he said.The doubters were surfacing as Poche slumped.“He’d had a couple of rough outings,” LSU coach Paul Mainieri said, “and people were saying, ‘Why did you stick with Poche?’ Because I know what this kid is made of. I knew today that Jared Poche would go out there and be a man. If he doesn’t succeed, it’s not ever going to be because he choked or he didn’t give you his best effort or he didn’t want to succeed. Just some days, the game is hard to play, and you’ve got to give credit to the other team.”Mainieri also did not have much choice as he has struggled to find a No. 3 starter after Lange and Poche.“He just pitched a tremendous ballgame, and he deserves everything — all the accolades that come his way,” Mainieri said.“It’s a great feeling to be going to the Super Regional,” said Poche, who started LSU’s NCAA Regional opening win against Southeastern Louisiana as a freshman in 2014 before the Tigers lost their last two games to Houston in the Box for the regional title.“It didn’t work out for us,” he said. “We were hoping to get there (to the Super). After winning this game, we’re going to be there. Last year, that atmosphere was unbelievable. I don’t expect anything less.”Mainieri will expect the same or close to it from Poche, who threw 121 pitches Monday and just missed a complete game.“It would have been nice to see Jared finish. He gave every ounce of everything he had on a hot afternoon,” Mainieri said. “I was very surprised he was still in the game at that point. To shut that team down was amazing.”LANGE NATIONAL FRESHMAN PITCHER OF YEAR: LSU right-hander Alex Lange of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, was named the national freshman pitcher of the year by Collegiate Baseball on Wednesday.Lange (11-0, 1.76 ERA) became the first LSU freshman in history to strike out 100 batters on Saturday when he struck out 12 in a 2-0 win over North Carolina Wilmington in the Baton Rouge Regional and has 110 on the year. He has limited opposing batters to a .206 batting average on the season for fifth in the SEC.He previously was named a first team All-American and the SEC freshman of the year. Lange is the sixth LSU player to earn national freshman of the year honors. The previous winners were second baseman Todd Walker in 1992, pitcher Brett Laxton in 1993, second baseman Mike Fontenot in 2000, pitcher Lane Mestepey in 2001 and shortstop Alex Bregman in 2013.STALLINGS ALSO HONORED: LSU freshman pitcher Jesse Stallings of Colfax and Grant High was named to the freshmen All-American team by Collegiate Baseball on Wednesday. Stallings (1-2, 2.23 ERA) leads the Tigers with 12 saves and has 26 strikeouts in 32 and one-third innings.last_img read more

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