Day: September 3, 2020

Learning pods are here to stay and could disrupt American education

That is what Kendra Newton is doing: The 24-year-old first-grade teacher resigned from her job with Orange County Public Schools in Florida after learning she would have to teach in-person this fall. She is moving across the country to Oregon, where she will lead a pod of eight students — for a higher salary than she earned in Florida.

“It gave me a way to feel safe working,” Newton said. “I will have guaranteed money coming in, and a stable idea of what my life will be like, because there won’t be a school district changing its mind every two seconds. For my mental health, it’s just a better option.”

No reliable data exists on how many teachers have left, or are considering leaving, their jobs to teach pods. But worried school officials are sending emails claiming that pods pose just as much of a health risk as returning to

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It prevented an outbreak before it began

The University of Arizona made a bold claim this week: It stopped a coronavirus outbreak before it started.

Universities around the U.S. have struggled with outbreaks as they attempt to start the fall semester. But at the Likins Hall dorm, just across the street from the University of Arizona’s recreation center, two students were found to have contracted the coronavirus — and they were asymptomatic.

The university said it pulled this off by combining more common forms of coronavirus mitigation, swab testing and contact tracing, with a more exotic one: analyzing sewage.

The university had implemented a campus-wide initiative to conduct what’s known as wastewater-based epidemiology. This effort, which involves analyzing sewage samples for traces of the coronavirus, gave the university a way to quickly and repeatedly look for traces of the virus in discrete groups of people — in this case, dorms — as part of an early warning

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Gray Gaulding pulls off another career runner-up superspeedway finish

a man wearing sunglasses: Gray Gaulding pulls off another career runner-up superspeedway finish

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Gray Gaulding pulls off another career runner-up superspeedway finish

Gray Gaulding survived and thrived in Friday‘s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Daytona International Speedway.

No, the 22-year-old didn‘t win the Wawa 250 Powered by Coca-Cola. Justin Haley claimed that honor. But Gaulding did score his second career top-five finish in 43 series starts. He was actually the runner-up, missing the checkered flag by .253 seconds. He even led two laps in just his second series start of the season.

“Kids dream about having a chance to win Daytona,” Gaulding said. “I‘ve been dreaming about this since I was 5 years old, writing about it in my kindergarten class.”

RELATED: Race results | Race recap

Gaulding has raced on Daytona‘s historic 2.5-mile oval four times. His resume breaks down into 38th, 34th, eighth and second — in order from 2018 to present.

Filling in as a

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Colorado College shifts to remote learning after all dorms placed under COVID-19 quarantine

Colorado College is switching to remote learning and asking on-campus students to leave after a dozen positive COVID-19 cases led the school to quarantine its freshman dorms for two weeks, the school’s leaders announced Tuesday.

The private Colorado Springs college, which enrolls about 2,200 students, is the first higher-education institution in the state to switch to remote operations after reopening its campus to in-person learning in the midst of the pandemic.

But the college is largely placing the blame for its about-face on El Paso County Public Health, which school officials said is behind the stringent quarantine guidelines that left 155 freshmen stuck inside their dorm rooms for two weeks last month after a single positive COVID-19 case was confirmed on campus.

Over the weekend, the school’s other two dorms were placed on quarantine, too, after 10 more student infections were confirmed.

El Paso County health officials did not return

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