Student newspaper at University of Kansas students slams school’s reopening plans, demands remote learning

After one week of in-person classes, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill closed its doors to stop uncontrolled spread of COVID-19. Four hotspots surfaced in student housing and a fraternity on that campus.

Make no mistake. A similar story will likely play out at the University of Kansas if it follows through on plans to bring students back to classes in person starting Monday. Already this week, other schools, such as Michigan State University and the University of Notre Dame, suspended in-person learning because of COVID-19 outbreaks.

KU hasn’t been honest in its approach to bringing students back. When the Kansan asked about the University’s testing plans, officials declined to answer for months and implemented a saliva testing system three weeks before the start of fall classes.

When the Kansan asked a routine question about how much money was left in KU’s reserves, we were told this information

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Reopening Florida Schools Is Likened to Military Operation

Staff at MacFarlane Park Elementary work on safety and distancing procedures ahead of students returning for in-person instruction, in Tampa, Fla., Aug. 17, 2020. (Octavio Jones/The New York Times)
Staff at MacFarlane Park Elementary work on safety and distancing procedures ahead of students returning for in-person instruction, in Tampa, Fla., Aug. 17, 2020. (Octavio Jones/The New York Times)

MIAMI — Of all the ways to describe the fraught decision to reopen schools during a pandemic, Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida, a former Navy prosecutor, chose an especially dramatic example when he compared the commitment of teachers and administrators to the resolve of Navy SEALs given the mission to go after Osama bin Laden.

“Just as the SEALs surmounted obstacles to bring Osama bin Laden to justice, so, too, would the Martin County school system find a way to provide parents with a meaningful choice of in-person instruction or continued distance learning — all in, all the time,” he said, citing the leader of a local school district.

He meant for the line to be inspirational. But perhaps unintentionally, DeSantis

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North Carolina State University reports first cluster of cases; Hawaii delays tourism reopening; global cases top 22M

First, the University of North Carolina. Now, North Carolina State University.

A day after university officials in Chapel Hill decided to pivot to online classes after at least four clusters of outbreaks of COVID-19 in student living spaces, the Raleigh university reported its first cluster of positive cases that included some of its own students.

Also Tuesday, the University of Notre Dame said it was moving to online classes for two weeks in hopes that infections won’t surge.

Meanwhile, a new survey shows that parents with children who have switched to online learning say they have gone into debt paying for all of the at-home school expenses, including breakfast and lunch, during the pandemic.

Some significant developments:

  • The U.S. stock market closed at an all-time high Tuesday, staging a stunning turnaround from the darkest early days of the coronavirus pandemic.

  • New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced he is writing a

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Notre Dame pauses in-person classes; Hawaii delays tourism reopening; Ohio to allow prep sports; 171K US deaths

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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Riverhead School District Schedules 9 Reopening Plan Meetings

RIVERHEAD, NY — With schools set to reopen soon, nine parent information sessions have been scheduled to discuss the Riverhead Central School district’s plan.

In preparing for the opening of its seven schools, district officials scheduled the nine school-specific parent information Zoom meetings; the meetings are in addition to the district’s previous public meeting held on August 6.

An opportunity to ask questions will be provided. Links to join the meetings can be found on its parent information webpage.

Meetings will be held on Tuesday, August 18, Wednesday, August 19, and Thursday, August 20.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced recently that all school districts in the state must host information sessions for parents and staff. With all New York school districts authorized to open this fall, Cuomo said the question remains “how” they will move forward to do so. “That is up to the local school district,” he said Monday. “People

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Italy Imposes First New Restrictions Since Reopening

Since Chinese officials implemented the first coronavirus lockdown in the city of Wuhan in January, there have been more than 21.7 million cases of COVID-19 across the planet.

More than 776,000 people have died from the disease, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

Efforts to curb the outbreak have led to the global disruption of daily life and the economy, as schools and workplaces shuttered in hopes of slowing transmission. After months of precautions and lockdowns, governments have begun to reopen their economies.

HuffPost reporters around the world are tracking the pandemic and its effects.

Read the latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic below. (To see the latest updates, you may need to refresh the page. All times are Eastern. For earlier updates on the pandemic, go here.)

U.S. Colleges Face Coronavirus Outbreaks As Students Return To Campus — 8/17/20 4:15 pm ET

Some U.S. college campuses that

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New Hampton Bays School Reopening Forums Planned For Community

HAMPTON BAYS, NY — With schools set to reopen soon, two new community forums to discuss the Hampton Bays Public School district’s plan have been scheduled.

The district, which held a first meeting on July 31, has planned additional forums for Wednesday, August 19 at 6 p.m. and Friday, August 21 at 11 a.m.; both meetings will be held via Zoom, and all attendees must register in advance.

Links to register for the forums can be found in the August 16 message on the district’s reopening plan webpage.

The district has also created an email address where individuals can send concerns and clarifications regarding the reopening plan. Community stakeholders can email [email protected] with those questions.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced recently that all school districts in the state must host information sessions for parents and staff. With all New York school districts authorized to open this fall, Cuomo said the question

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What The Reopening Of Europe’s Schools Can Teach The U.S.

Starting in April, 22 European countries began sending children back to school in waves. The specific safety measures implemented across the COVID-ravaged continent differed, but none approached the reopening of schools as anything close to “normal.”

Under strict protocols imposed by the French government, for example, parents were required to take the temperature of their children before arriving at school, lesson and recess times were staggered to avoid student contact, class sizes were limited and ball games were banned. Schools in Germany broke students into smaller groups, implemented one-way systems in hallways to prevent mixing, and kept doors and windows open to help with ventilation. Denmark held some classes outside.

Despite the pressures on teachers, parents and students, the reopenings didn’t lead to a significant increase in coronavirus infections among students, teachers, or staff. The European experience, however, was brief. Schools were open for just a few weeks before

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School boards are at heart of reopening debate

ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) — Helena Miller listened to teachers, terrified to reenter classrooms, and parents, exhausted from trying to make virtual learning work at home. She heard from school officials who spent hundreds of hours on thousands of details — buses, classrooms, football, arts, special education. She spent countless nights, eyes wide open, her mind wrestling over the safety and education of the 17,000 children she swore to protect.

She thought of her own kids, two in high school and one middle-schooler — the reasons she ran for Rock Hill’s school board six years ago.

And she made the hardest decision of her life: a vote to reopen schools amid the coronavirus pandemic, splitting students into two groups that would each spend two days a week in classrooms, with virtual learning the other school days.

“We have an impossible decision to make. And we still have to make it,”

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AMC announces timing for reopening theaters

Over 20.5 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some national governments are hiding or downplaying the scope of their outbreaks.

Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the United States has become the worst-affected country, with more than 5.1 million diagnosed cases and at least 165,934 deaths.

California ‘turning the corner on this pandemic,’ governor says All NJ schools can reopen Big 12 Conference moves forward with fall sports

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Colorado’s mask mandate, which was set to expire this weekend, has now been extended.

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