Which Country Gets High Marks for Reopening Schools?

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Carl Court/Getty

As American school officials debate when it will be safe for schoolchildren to return to classrooms, looking abroad may offer insights. Nearly every country in the world shuttered their schools early in the COVID-19 pandemic. Many have since sent students back to class, with varying degrees of success.

I am a scholar of comparative international education. For this article, I examined what happened in four countries where K-12 schools either stayed open throughout the pandemic or have resumed in-person instruction, using press reports, national COVID-19 data and academic studies.

Here’s what I found.

Israel: Too much, too soon

Israel took stringent steps early on in the coronavirus pandemic, including severely restricting everyone’s movement and closing all schools. By June, it was being lauded internationally for containing the spread of COVID-19.

But shortly after schools reopened in May, on a staggered schedule paired with mask mandates and social distancing

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City Of Napa Receives $975K In Federal CARES Act Grant Funds

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NAPA, CA — The Napa City Council approved a spending plan Tuesday for $975,000 in grant funds the city received through the federal government’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security — CARES— Act.

Napa City Manager Steve Potter said the grant funds give the city “a much-needed opportunity to assist residents, local businesses and staff health concerns.”

The funds are part of the $2-trillion economic relief package passed March 27 by Congress that also included stimulus checks for American taxpayers. The city was restricted to spending the CARES Act funds on specific purposes related to the coronavirus pandemic, so it focused on providing assistance to local economically impacted community members and the business community. The money will also be spent on improvements to internal city operations and workspaces for city employees.

“While the funds will not make up for the revenues that have been lost due to coronavirus, they will

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Clint Eastwood sues over false cannabis endorsements

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Hollywood actor Clint Eastwood is suing a host of cannabis companies that he says have falsely used his name to endorse their goods.

The 90-year-old accuses the firms of spreading fake articles and tagging their websites with his name to make it look like he had backed their products.

Nearly 20 firms are named in the suits, accused of trademark infringement and defamation among other violations.

One firm, Sera Labs, said it had stopped the fake ads “immediately”.

All of the companies sell goods with CBD, an extract from the marijuana plant that does not have psychoactive properties. It is used in products such as creams, oils and food.

However lawyers for Mr Eastwood – who has starred in films such as Dirty Harry, as well as directing features including Mystic River – said he “does not have and never has had” any association with CBD.

‘No association with CBD’

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My Teen’s Anxiety Has Improved Since Online Learning Started

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2019 was a small nightmare for my daughter. So was the beginning of 2020. She struggled during her last year of middle school and I had several meetings with her teachers. 

My sweet daughter — the one who used to like to go to school and have her friends over — started getting quiet. Then her group of friends changed. Next came an email from her 8th grade teachers (these teachers also had her for 7th grade because she was in a “looping” program at school) who all said she just wasn’t the same.

Instead of doing work during class, she would sit in silence and not participate or hand in her worksheets. Instead of chiming in during advisory and socializing with her classmates, she’d sit alone. 

She wouldn’t talk to me about what was going on. There was lots of time in her room. Lots of silence. She began

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Comic-Con 2020 ‘At Home’ Thursday Schedule

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To use the words of prophet and frequent convention attendee Hunter S. Thompson, when the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. This year, the professional weirdness of Comic-Con has taken a twist, as the four-day event will take place exclusively online.

To their credit, organizers are trying to replicate the commercialized fan-friendly confines of the San Diego Convention Center as much as possible: there is the traditional souvenir book featuring a pretty sweet drawing of Ray Bradbury on a T. Rex on the cover that is available for free .pdf download (and featuring click-through advertisements!), and you can print your own badge (sponsored by Amazon Prime Video!) to wear as you sit in front of your screen at home. The Comic-Con homepage also will take you to an online Exhibit Hall, where there will be interactive exhibits and events offered by vendors.

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UM professors upset over school’s plan to have in-person classes amid rising COVID cases

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As Miami-Dade County — the epicenter of the pandemic in Florida — reports thousands of COVID-19 cases each day, some faculty and staff at the University of Miami are pushing back over the school’s plan to reopen its campuses, feeling the administration has ignored their pleadings over personal safety.

The private university, based in Coral Gables, granted its nearly 17,000 students the power to decide how to learn, but failed to do the same for many of its approximately 16,000 faculty and staff, full and part time, some employees said.

Students got two choices: Take classes entirely remotely, or return to campus and take some classes in person and some online, which UM describes as a “hybrid protected model.” UM encouraged professors who qualify as vulnerable with underlying medical conditions, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to request accommodations, but didn’t do same for those who

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What is a child safety kit?

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It’s every parent’s worst nightmare — an AMBER Alert for their own child. Despite every effort to keep kids safe in public, the unimaginable still happens.

A child safety kit, which is an information packet with up-to-date identifying information about individual children, is an important preemptive tool for parents to have on hand in the event of an abduction, kidnapping, or missing child situation.

While no parent wants to anticipate something happening to their kids, child safety kits ensure that both parents and law enforcement are better prepared in a worst case scenario, according to Corporal Kenneth Hibbert Jr. of the Community Policing Unit of Prince George County Police Department in Maryland.

“Safety kits are definitely a great tool for law enforcement and parents, because it cuts down the speed time trying to figure out where a kid may have gone or who they’re with,” Hibbert told TODAY Parents, emphasizing

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“We Want To Make Sure It’s Safe For Them & For Us”

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TAMPA, FL – JULY 16: Middle school teacher Brittany Myers, stands in protest in front of the Hillsborough County Schools District Office on July 16, 2020 in Tampa, Florida. Teachers and administrators from Hillsborough County Schools rallied against the reopening of schools due to health and safety concerns amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Octavio Jones/Getty Images)
TAMPA, FL – JULY 16: Middle school teacher Brittany Myers, stands in protest in front of the Hillsborough County Schools District Office on July 16, 2020 in Tampa, Florida. Teachers and administrators from Hillsborough County Schools rallied against the reopening of schools due to health and safety concerns amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Octavio Jones/Getty Images)

It’s late July and across the country, tense conversations are taking place between teachers, parents, politicians, and state officials about reopening public schools. Coronavirus cases are spiking across the country, especially in states like Arizona, Florida, Texas, California, and Mississippi, and as reopening plans nevertheless push forward, there’s real fear that it’s only going to get worse. For teachers, this means coming to grips with the reality that they may be forced to re-enter the classroom before case numbers significantly decrease in their cities and states. Some are so scared of this that

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With colorful wigs, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema turns age-old tradition on its head

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Wearing a face mask to reduce the chance of transmission of the novel coronavirus, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema arrives at the U.S. Capitol for a vote May 18, 2020, in Washington, D.C.
Wearing a face mask to reduce the chance of transmission of the novel coronavirus, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema arrives at the U.S. Capitol for a vote May 18, 2020, in Washington, D.C.

PHOENIX – It’s not only the social media calls and the press statements.

It’s the wigs.

U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema is reminding people to social distance while bringing back an age-old congressional tradition.

The Democratic senator from Arizona, a platinum blonde with the help of hair dye, has sported bob-length wigs in mint green and lavender in the course of her public duties during the pandemic.

The hairpieces help cover her own hair’s natural darker hues while reminding her constituents that it is impossible to safely dye hair at a salon under the CDC’s recommendations of remaining six feet away from others.

Sinema is walking her own talk, her Senate staff said. 

“Kyrsten is continuing to call attention to

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Twitter’s Soaring User Base Masks Critical Problems

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(Bloomberg Opinion) — Users continue to flock to Twitter Inc.’s social media platform, but that doesn’t necessarily make it any better of an investment for shareholders.

Early Thursday, Twitter posted strong audience growth for its second quarter. Its key user metric — average monetizable daily active usage — came in at 186 million for the three months ended in June, up 34% from a year earlier and handily beating the 174 million average analyst estimate. Second-quarter revenue, however, was below Wall Street expectations at $683 million, a decline of 19% from a year earlier. 

The stock got an early boost on the user numbers, which were, admittedly, stellar. But the drivers that helped boost its audience may be temporary. The company itself cited the extraordinary historic nature of the June quarter in its investor letter: “The year-over-year increase in mDAU was primarily driven by external factors, such as continued shelter-in-place

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