Reopening hurdles linger for schools, despite rescue funding

Posted On Jun 11 2021 by

first_imgHomeNewsReopening hurdles linger for schools, despite rescue funding Mar. 27, 2021 at 6:15 amNewsReopening hurdles linger for schools, despite rescue fundingGuest Author3 months agoNewsreopening school CAROLYN THOMPSON, Associated PressThe latest federal coronavirus relief package includes $81 billion that began flowing to states this week with the goal of helping schools reopen quickly — with one obstacle being that many of the districts’ problems can’t be solved by money.Many parents want to keep their children home. Teachers have pushed back at reopening plans. And some districts say state guidelines on social distancing keep them from bringing all students back at once.The money is welcome assistance for districts that have had to spend enormous sums on ventilation systems, laptops and protective equipment. With the end of the academic year approaching quickly, however, many are looking ahead to how to best spend the new money next fall.For some districts that have yet to bring large number of students back to classrooms, no amount of money can help in the near term.The Hillsboro School District, one of Oregon’s largest, plans to begin introducing limited in-person learning for some students this month but cannot bring all students back full time because of guidelines on issues such as social distancing and bus transportation, said Beth Graser, a district spokesperson.“There simply aren’t people to hire to drive the buses we have, much less the fact that we would need to go through a purchasing process to secure additional buses if we were to increase our fleet to the point where we could feasibly overcome the transportation constraints,” Graser wrote in an email.The money released this week is part of $122 billion included for K-12 schools in the $1.9 trillion virus relief bill. Schools are strategizing over how to use the money over the next couple years to undo the pandemic’s damage to the pace of learning and students’ mental well-being.Nearly half of U.S. elementary schools were open for full-time classroom learning as of last month, according to a survey by the administration of President Joe Biden, who has pledged to have most K-8 schools open full time in his first 100 days in office. While the administration touted the relief package as a way to help reopen schools, officials in some districts say they won’t tap into the new funding for months.In Ohio’s Youngstown City School District, where about 40% of students are back in classrooms part-time, CEO Justin Jennings doesn’t expect the newest federal money to change those numbers before the school year ends.That’s partly because students already were offered the opportunity to return for in-person learning, and partly because the district doesn’t even expect to draw on the latest funding until at least the summer, Jennings said. Then it may go to more protective equipment, upgrading schools’ air filtration systems and broadband access, and investing in transportation to allow for better social distancing, he said.About 60 of the 77 large urban districts that make up the Council of the Great City Schools are at least partially open, Executive Director Michael Casserly said, and most of the rest already had plans to reopen by the middle of April. The new funding will help with the return to in-person learning, he said.“There’s a fair amount of money that will go to just efforts to reopen the buildings and make sure that everybody is safe,” he said. “Those will be one-time expenditures that the school districts will make that won’t necessarily build any long-term capacity, but they will help open the doors.”In Hartford, Connecticut, Superintendent Leslie Torres-Rodriguez said she expects the relief money will help the district bring more students back by expanding efforts to connect with families of students who have been absent or disengaged. The district has done close to 4,400 home visits this school year but often has lacked the resources to address the root causes of the problems, she said.“Additional social workers, mental health and wellness supports would be so important and most immediately needed,” she said.Amid signs of slipping academic achievement, the school district in Connecticut’s capital is encouraging all students to return for in-person learning on March 29, including some 9,600 students who have opted for virtual learning.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said last week that students can safely sit 3 feet, instead of 6 feet, apart inside classrooms as long as they wear masks. But officials in some districts say that won’t allow them to increase the number of days students learn in person unless state governments adopt the same guidance.“If the guidance is permissible, we are excited to be able to do that,” said Jeffrey Rabey, superintendent of Depew Public Schools in Buffalo’s suburbs, where schools are operating with a hybrid model.One of the biggest obstacles remains parent fears about the spread of the virus in schools, said Andre Perry, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. He said districts have to show parents they are safe, especially in traditionally underserved schools where bathrooms often lacked soap or working sinks before the pandemic.In Fairfax County, Virginia, where schools last week completed the transition from fully remote to a mix of remote and in-person learning, surveys indicate many families in the state’s largest district may not want more time in classrooms.The percentage of parents who say they prefer in-person learning over online has decreased in recent months, down to 47% this month from 56% in October, according to the district, which said parents have to feel prepared and safe sending their kids back.“We are still working on looking at factors that may be able to help bring back additional students in-person in the weeks ahead,” a district spokesperson said via email.In Ohio’s largest school district, Columbus, most students are back in classrooms part time under a hybrid schedule. Social distancing requirements that put capacity on school buses is one hurdle, and it doesn’t make sense to buy hundreds more buses, officials said.Another hurdle, district treasurer Stanley Bahorek said, is uncertainty about what’s ahead and how schools might have to adapt.“We’re in a situation where we don’t have a choice but to respond to an ever-changing environment,” Bahorek said. “And that’s the perspective that I hope people on the outside consider when they say, ‘Well, why don’t they just bring the kids back to school?’”Tags :Newsreopening schoolshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentSMPD prepared for Floyd trialCrime WatchYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall5 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press16 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press16 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson16 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter16 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor16 hours agolast_img read more

EHF CL 19/20 schedule – PSG Handball in Norway, Zagreb wait for Barca in Zadar

Posted On May 2 2021 by

first_imgEHF CL 19/20: Second wins for Flensburg and Savehof ShareTweetShareShareEmail EHF CL BEST 7 Round 7 – Cindric, Alilovic, Gajic, Rod… 1 Comment Recommended for you Related Items:EHF Champions League 2019/2020 ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsHere are the matches of the VELUX EHF Champions League 2019/2020 Round 3 which will be played during weekend.PPD Zagreb wait for Barca in Zadar, 300km far away from Zagreb, with the new coach Veselin Vujovic.SATURDAY:Elverum – Paris SG  17:30Szeged – Flensburg-H.  17:30Porto – Vive Kielce  20:00PPD Zagreb – Barcelona 20:30SUNDAY:CD Bidasoa Irun – Eurofarm Rabotnik 12:10Celje – Aalborg 17:00Motor Zaporozhye – Vardar  17:00Wisla Plock – Kristianstad 17:30Montpellier – Telekom Veszprem 19:00Kadetten – Chekhovskiye Medvedi 19:00 1 Comment THW Kiel, Dinamo Bucharest and Cocks win openers of Round 3 Pingback: EHF CL 19/20 programme – Le PSG Handball en Norvège et Zagreb attendent le Barca à Zadar – Handball Actu Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

New Mexico COVID-19 Cases Now At 686

Posted On Oct 19 2020 by

first_imgSTATE News:SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials today announced 62 additional positive tests for COVID-19.Los Alamos County remain at 2 confirmed case.Per the New Mexico Department of Health, the most recent cases are:16 new cases in Bernalillo County1 new case in Chaves County1 new case in Doña Ana County2 new cases in Grant County4 new cases in McKinley County25 new cases in San Juan County11 new cases in Sandoval County2 new cases in Santa Fe CountyToday’s announced cases include additional positive tests from the La Vida Llena long-term care facility in Albuquerque, where one additional resident and two additional staff members have now tested positive for COVID-19.The number of deaths in the state related to COVID-19 remains 12.Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 686 positive tests for COVID-19:Bernalillo County: 262Catron County: 1Chaves County: 14Cibola County: 14Curry County: 6Doña Ana County: 30Eddy County: 4Grant County: 3Lea County: 2Lincoln County: 1Los Alamos County: 2McKinley County: 44Otero County: 3Rio Arriba County: 6Roosevelt County: 1Sandoval County: 114San Juan County: 83San Miguel County: 1Santa Fe County: 64Socorro County: 5Taos County: 13Torrance County: 6Valencia County: 7County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.As of today, there are 48 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.As of today, there are 133 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.The Department of Health has detected community spread and is investigating cases with no known exposure. The agency reports that given the infectious nature of the virus it is likely other residents are infected but yet to be tested or confirmed positive. To that end, all New Mexicans have been instructed to stay home except for outings absolutely necessary for health, safety and welfare. These additional restrictions have been enacted to aggressively minimize person-to-person contact and ensure spread is mitigated. All businesses except those deemed essential have been ordered to close. New Mexicans are strongly urged to limit travel to only what is necessary for health, safety and welfare.The New Mexico Department of Health has active investigations into the positive patients, which includes contact-tracing and swabs of symptomatic individuals who have had contact with the positive cases.Every New Mexican must work together to stem the spread of COVID-19. Stay home.New Mexicans who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath, should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453).Thanks to increased statewide testing capacity, the following people may now be considered for COVID-19 testing: Asymptomatic people who are close contacts or household members of New Mexico residents who have already tested positive for the coronavirus;Asymptomatic residents in nursing homes;Asymptomatic people in congregant settings such as homeless shelters, group homes, detention centers; andSymptomatic people displaying the COVID-19 symptoms of cough, fever or shortness of breath. New Mexicans who have non-health-related questions or concerns can also call 833-551-0518 or visit, which is being updated regularly as a one-stop source for information for families, workers and others affected by and seeking more information about COVID-19.​The state Department of Health will update its dedicated COVID-19 webpage with additional tests as the state lab provides results.last_img read more

One Fatality in Hidden Lake Ice Accident

Posted On Sep 23 2020 by

first_imgWhile searching, both Fena and Myddelton fell through the ice but were able to get out of the lake and make it back to their camp where they made a warming fire. They called for help the next morning once their cell phone was operational. A Fish and Wildlife Service office responded to the lake and at 10:20 am found Riss’s body floating in an open section of water on the northwest side of the lake. The van was not located. CES technicians recovered Riss’s body at 12:30 p.m. At approximately 7:19 this morning, the Soldotna Communications Center received a call from two individuals on Hidden Lake reporting that 45-year-old David S. Riss was missing. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享One individual has been confirmed as deceased after a vehicle plunged through thin ice on Hidden Lake. Riss had been ice fishing with 47-year-old Arthur D. Fena and 44-year-old Herbert D. Myddelton, all of Sterling. The trio drove a Dodge Caravan out onto the lake at approximately 4 pm yesterday.center_img At about 6 pm last night, Riss left in the van to go ice fishing elsewhere on the lake. When Riss hadn’t returned to the original camp by nightfall, Fena and Myddelton set out on foot to search for him. Riss’s body will be transported to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Anchorage for an autopsy. No foul play is suspected at this time. Next of kin was notified.last_img read more

Advertiser reader wins Iron Bowl experience

Posted On Sep 17 2020 by

first_img Session ID: 2020-09-17:7643b9c66305cfae10a6aa28 Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-721482-3945141856001 OK Close Modal DialogCaption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Dennis Smith of Tallassee won an Iron Bowl experience: Tickets to the Iron Bowl, VIP Passes, $100 gift card to United Food and Fuel and a GoPro Camera – which he used to record his time at the game. Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video was not found. Error Code: VIDEO_CLOUD_ERR_VIDEO_NOT_FOUNDlast_img read more

Grisho’s ex sprays sex appeal, and her new lover turned her…

Posted On Sep 17 2020 by

first_imgOur former favorite tennis star Grigor Dimitrov – Nicole Scherzinger once again shone on social networks. The singer showed up again with her new boyfriend, but unlike other times, now he was not looking at her in love, but had turned his back on her.Nicole showed up in sexy lingerie, dancing while 35-year-old former rugby player Tom Evans talked on the phone without looking at her.“When a loved one is super busy,” Nicole wrote to the footage, which has become a hit on social media and now has over 1 million views in a matter of hours.Winbet – the real thrill of victory! (18+)last_img read more

Profits at Daniel’s firm top €2.66million in 2017

Posted On Dec 21 2019 by

first_imgDonegal singer Daniel O’Donnell’s entertainment firm had a slight drop in profits last year, down to €2.66million for 2017.Daniel sits on the board of DOD Promotion Ltd with his wife Majella and niece Patricia Swan.New accounts lodged by the singer to the Companies Office show that DOD Promotions Ltd’s cash pile dropped by €77,014 in 2017. In 2016, the firm had a €123,343 fall in accumulated profits.The company’s finance reports, as revealed in the Irish Independent, show that the company’s current assets also decreased to from €1.76m to €1.52m last year. The fixed assets are valued at €1m.Daniel and Majella are currently in the USA on their American Road Trip for a new RTE travel series. Yesterday, Daniel was honoured with a Humanitarian Award at the Minot Høstfest in North Dakota.The award recognizes people whose efforts have contributed significantly to the betterment of humanity. Daniel was chosen for a place on the 2018 Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame for his entertainment contributions to the festival since 2008 and his work with charitable causes, including the Romanian Challenge Appeal. Profits at Daniel’s firm top €2.66million in 2017 was last modified: September 26th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Hohm: Microsoft Gets Into the Energy Business

Posted On Dec 17 2019 by

first_imgGood Now – But Will Get Better Once Real-Time Data is Available for More UsersA simple model, of course, wouldn’t be very interesting if users can’t experiment with different settings like switching out their standard light bulbs for energy-saving ones, for example. Hohm does a nice job here, but in the end, the real advantage of using Hohm or similar systems will only be unlocked once users can get real-time (or almost real-time) access to their energy data. Once that happens, the “Prius-effect” can then set in, where users change their behavior based on the real-time feedback about their car’s (or, in this case, their house’s) real-time energy consumption. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… frederic lardinois Related Posts Tags:#Microsoft#Product Reviews#web center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A few days ago, a group of enterprising bloggers discovered that Microsoft had just trademarked the name ‘Hohm.’ Today, we can finally reveal what Hohm is really about. At its core, Hohm is Microsoft’s answer to Google’s PowerMeter and similar services. Hohm is dedicated to giving consumer’s information about potential energy savings, while at the same time connecting those consumers whose energy providers already use smart meter technology with real-time information about their own energy consumption at home.It’s also noteworthy that Hohm was developed on top of Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing platform. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Like most similar projects, Microsoft’s Hohm will hook into the data streams from utilities once they bring their smart grids onlineCorrection: Hohm can bring in data even from utilities that don’t support smart meters yet, as long as the utility provider provides a data stream of some form to Microsoft, even if it is not real-time. For now, Microsoft is only rolling out support for 4 utilities (Puget Sound Energy, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, Seattle City Light, and Xcel Energy), but it’s only a matter of time before more utilities will roll out similar projects and smart meters, and as Microsoft’s Troy Batterberry, the product unit manager for Hohm, told us in an interview last week, Microsoft plans to make a long-term investment here and support data streams from utilities that offers them. Batterberry also mentioned that Microsoft plans to announce a number of additional partners in the next few months. Models, Predictions, Education Besides bringing in real-time information from smart meters, though, Hohm also provides users with interesting data about their own energy consumption even when their utilities are not online yet. All a user has to do is answer some basic questions and Hohm will provide an estimate of a household’s energy consumption. For a full assessment, Hohm can ask over 200 questions and the more answers a user provides, the better the estimate will be. In the back-end, Microsoft is constantly tweaking these models based on the real-life data it receives from users whose utilities already allow data to be downloaded to Hohm. Microsoft’s Troy Batterberry also told us that these models are already quite reliable, but will only get better as more users enter their data and as Microsoft gets to compare its models with more real-time data from its partners. Batterberry also stressed that Microsoft wants to make Hohm useful for users right now, not just those whose utilities use smart meters. To educate these users, Hohm also features a large section with resources and tips for saving energy. last_img read more

Rebels set the record straight

Posted On Nov 7 2019 by

first_imgBy BEN HARRISWhen it comes to winning streaks, sport fans think about the St George Dragons rugby league side of the 1950s and 1960s, or the Queensland State of Origin team.The Sydney Rebels’ mixed open team can put their name into that mix after they set the record for the longest winning streak in X-Blades National Touch League open history.Since 2011, the Rebels have been unstoppable.Their last taste of defeat was in the 2010 NTL mixed grand final when they were beaten 8-7 by Sydney Mets.Since then, they have won every game dating from the first round of the 2011 NTL tournament to this morning’s 9-4 victory over North Queensland Tropical Cyclones.It is a run of 33 matches, breaking the previous mark of 30 set by Sydney Mets in the women’s open division from round one 2004 to the 2011 semi-final.The record in the men’s open is 29 matches set by Sydney Scorpions from round one 1997 to the final in 2000.However, the Rebels’ streak doesn’t look like ending anytime soon.They are on top of Pool A and they will be looking for win number 34 when they play ACT Pirates later this afternoon in round four.Sydney Rebels’ 33-match winning streak:2011 NTL at Port MacquarieRound one – Defeated Wests Tigers 11-4.Round two – Def. Tasmania 9-4.Round three – Def. Sunshine Coast 10-2.Round four – Def. South Australia 13-0.Round five – Def. ACT 9-3.Round six – Def. Hunter Western Hornets 8-4.Round seven – Def. South Queensland 12-8.Round eight – Def. Brisbane City 6-5.Final – Def. Brisbane City 5-3.2012 NTL at Port Macquarie:Round one – Defeated South Australia 10-2.Round two – Def. Southern Suns 8-5.Round three – Def. Sunshine Coast 14-3.Round four – Def. North Queensland 11-10.Round five – Def. Hunter Western Hornets 15-2.Round six – Def. South Queensland 9-2.Round seven – Def. Brisbane City 7-6.Round eight – Def. ACT 13-3Round nine – Def. Sydney Scorpions 12-3.Semi-final – Def. Brisbane City 8-5.Final – Def. Southern Suns 13-7.2013 NTL at Coffs Harbour:Round one – Defeated Hong Kong 15-0.Round two – Def. Wests Tigers 11-5.Round three – Def. South Australia 9-1.Round four – Def. Brisbane City 5-4.Round five – Def. Northern Territory 11-3.Round six – Def. Sydney Mets 7-4.Round seven – Def. Sunshine Coast 13-5.Quarter-final – Def. Victoria 4-2.Semi-final – Def. Western Tigers 10-9.Final – Def. Brisbane City 9-8.2014 NTL at Coffs Harbour:Round one – Defeated Hunter Western Hornets 12-2.Round two – Def. Japan 18-4.Round three – Def. North Queensland 9-4.You can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2014 X-Blades National Touch League in the following MediaFacebook – – (be sure to use the hashtag #NTL2014)Instagram – – LinksWinning streaklast_img read more

10 months agoTottenham ace Son welcomes Borussia Dortmund draw: I’ve a few goals against them!

Posted On Oct 28 2019 by

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham ace Son welcomes Borussia Dortmund draw: I’ve a few goals against them!by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham ace Heung Min-Son has welcomed their Champions League clash with Borussia Dortmund.Son has scored eight goals in nine appearances against Dortmund for Hamburg, Bayer Leverkusen and Spurs.”There’s no secret,” he said. “I’ve scored a few times against Dortmund and I just want to help my team-mates again. Without my team-mates, I won’t score against them. I hope to score again!”Son also stated: “The players were talking about who we might draw before training. I had a feeling we’d get Dortmund. I think it’s a good draw. It’s a difficult opponent but I think we can win this game. We have good memories from last season’s Champions League campaign and we will face them with positive energy.”We have to go into the tie with confidence. We have to believe. Remember last season, we played so well (in the last 16) against Juventus but still didn’t qualify for the quarter-finals. We want to make the quarter-finals, semi-finals or even more than that. This is our dream and we have to believe in it.” last_img read more