City College of S.F. trustees are wrong to close school’s Fort Mason campus

The closure of City College’s Fort Mason campus is a devastating blow to the people of San Francisco and our city’s creative future.

This beautiful, special art campus fostered so much creativity and community. For four decades, Fort Mason was the place for thousands of San Franciscans to explore painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, photography and mixed media and learn from gifted teachers. Fort Mason helped launch the careers of many artists, and provided not only workspace for creative people who might not be able to afford the price of a private art studio in San Francisco, but also a vibrant, warm and supportive community that encouraged artistic growth and perseverance.

My time spent as an art student at Fort Mason, with teachers and classmates who mentored me in my art practice, was one of the most meaningful educational experiences of my life. My favorite painting teacher, Glen Moriwaki, had studied

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Notre Dame pauses in-person classes; Chicago’s Navy Pier to close early; Mississippi reports cases in 71 counties

A second major university is suspending classes right after the start of the new academic year due to a COVID-19 outbreak.

The University of Notre Dame paused in-person instruction Tuesday, a day after a similar move by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Notre Dame is putting the classes online for two weeks and not sending students home, apparently in hopes that the infections won’t grow worse.

But for those who believe enough people will become infected in the world to create “herd immunity,” the World Health Organization had bad news Tuesday.

A researcher said we’re still a long ways off from that point in which enough people have antibodies from the virus that it can halt the spread before vaccines become available, the Daily Mail reported. The big problem at the moment is younger persons, those in the 20s, 30s or 40s, with mild or no symptoms

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Who decides when schools close if students, staff contract coronavirus or cases spike locally? Superintendents seek guidance from state

While the state’s plan to leave some school reopening details in the hands of individual districts allows for greater flexibility, it also could leave school administrators having to make tough decisions about how and when to close school buildings if students or staff contract the coronavirus or an individual community becomes immersed in an outbreak.

A number of districts say they want more guidance from the state on how to respond to confirmed infections or spikes in COVID-19 in the wider community. Districts plan to work with local health officials on contract tracing and say they’ll likely send home cohorts of students or close individual schools, but they have not developed benchmarks for those actions, or for opening things back up.

Gov. Ned Lamont Wednesday said the state would “have a strong recommendation that you close those schools” if the rate of positive coronavirus tests reached 10%, but stopped short

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For HBCUs, the coronavirus pandemic hits especially close to home

Leaders of historically Black colleges and universities are grappling with a challenge others in higher education don’t fully share: how to reopen their campuses to a population that has proven especially vulnerable to Covid-19.

Black people are dying at 2.5 times the rate of white people, according to the Covid Racial Data Tracker. And nearly a third of deaths among nonwhite Americans were in people younger than 65, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, compared with 13 percent among white people under that age.

“We have to acknowledge and recognize that African Americans with comorbidities have fared far worse in this pandemic than any other group,” said Howard University President Wayne A.I. Frederick in an interview. “I think, for an HBCU in particular, there’s a lot of differences in terms of opening that are probably a little more accentuated because of our circumstances.”


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CDC COVID-19 advice tells schools to wash hands, wear masks, don’t touch. But not when to close

School districts across California continue to debate how and when to reopen — if they should at all.
School districts across California continue to debate how and when to reopen — if they should at all.

Parent check-list for back-to-school: Label your child’s face mask with permanent marker. Have them practice putting on and taking off their mask without touching the cloth. Make a labeled, resealable plastic bag to store their mask during lunch time. 

Those are among the suggestions the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has for school administrators and parents as families prepare for school to resume in the fall.

Students should wear masks, wash their hands frequently and socially distance to protect against COVID-19 as schools reopen this fall, CDC urged in new guidance documents for administrators published Thursday.

“It is critically important for our public health to open schools this fall,” said CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield in a release.

“I know this has been a difficult time for our Nation’s families. School

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Catherines plus-size retailer to permanently close all of its stores in bankruptcy. See the list.

Plus-size retailer Catherines will permanently shutter all of its 320 bricks-and-mortar stores but plans to continue as an online-only store.

The upcoming closures were announced as parent company Ascena Retail Group filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Thursday.

The New Jersey-based company said it has reached an agreement to sell Catherines’ intellectual property and transition its e-commerce business to City Chic Collective Limited.

Ascena also operates 2,800 stores across Justice, Lane Bryant, Ann Taylor Loft, Lou & Grey and Cacique. More than 1,600 stores could close across all the brands, court records show.

“It is with a very heavy heart that we must let you know that we will be closing all of our Catherines stores,” a letter to customers said. “The COVID-19 global pandemic has had a tremendous financial impact on our business and it saddens us to make this difficult decision.”

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Democratic group looks to close Trump-Biden enthusiasm gap

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump may be losing, but that doesn’t mean Joe Biden is winning.

At least that’s the concern of a pro-Democrat super PAC embracing a new strategy backed by $15 million in online ads to help close the nagging enthusiasm gap between the Republican president and his Democratic challenger. The strategist leading the super PAC known as PACRONYM warns that Biden is leading many polls “by default” and may lose his advantage unless Democrats give key groups of voters better reasons to get excited about their nominee.

“We really think that Biden’s enthusiasm gap could be a vulnerability,” said PACRONYM founder and CEO Tara McGowan.

Beginning in August, the group and its sister nonprofit will begin pumping millions of dollars into online ads targeting a group of roughly 1.7 million “low-information” left-leaning voters — largely women of color under 35 — spread across Michigan, Pennsylvania,

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Teacher’s Final Lesson Is To Hold Family Close, Appreciate Life

PASCO COUNTY, FL — There’s one family photo that captures Renee Dermott’s effervescent spirit. It’s an unguarded moment during a family fall trip up north as she grabs up a pile of colorful fall leaves and tosses them into the air, laughing as the leaves rain down on her.

Her family said that photo exemplifies her love of life, a quality she brought to her career as a school teacher for nearly 20 years.

“She loved her kids. She loved her husband. She loved her home. She loved teaching,” said Madalyn Ziongas, one of Dermott’s two daughters. She was always the first to arrive at school and the last to leave, said the family now grappling with grief.

The 51-year-old New Port Richey resident had just begun teaching at Seven Springs Middle School last fall — first teaching English language arts and then American history — when the pandemic was

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We’re talking about reopening schools when the only option is to close them. Great

First-grade teacher Caitlin Hicks gives a "virtual hug" as students at Center Street Elementary in El Segundo pick up their work from the last school year on June 3. <span class="copyright">(Los Angeles Times)</span>
First-grade teacher Caitlin Hicks gives a “virtual hug” as students at Center Street Elementary in El Segundo pick up their work from the last school year on June 3. (Los Angeles Times)

In a span of four months, restaurant dining rooms closed, reopened, then reclosed. The same goes for bars, gyms and other businesses that were shut down abruptly in March and restarted in May, even though COVID-19 was nowhere close to being contained.

But public schools? They’re arguably the most indispensable institutions in our communities, and scarcely one month before classes are set to begin we’re finally getting around to discussing whether students will be able to return to campus — and really only because districts in Los Angeles and San Diego announced earlier this week that their schools will remain closed indefinitely, and because the White House and the Orange County Board of Education have staked out the

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California Governor Gavin Newsom Orders Majority Of State’s Schools To Close Campuses, Move To Virtual Instruction Only; Los Angeles County Will Follow Newsom’s Lead

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At his Friday news conference, California Governor Gavin Newsom ordered counties on the state’s coronavirus watch list to shut down school campuses this fall, at least to begin the school year. The 32 counties on the list — which include Los Angeles and most of Southern California — must switch to virtual instruction only. The state’s two largest districts, Los Angeles Unified and San Diego Unified, had already announced plans to begin the new academic year with online-only courses.

The mandate applies to private as well as public schools, according to Newsom.

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In order to physically reopen schools, counties will have to meet the state’s attestation requirements. Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, San Diego and Riverside counties are on the watch list.

Shortly after Newsom’s accouncement, the L.A. County Department of Public Health announced it would follow the governor’s order,


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