More children than ever could be in classrooms for summer school this year to make up for learning lost after U.S. school districts implemented online education programs during the pandemic that were often ineffective.
In the United States, more children than ever could be in classrooms for summer school this year to make up for learning lost during the epidemic, which has caused monumental disruptions in education.
School districts across the country are expanding their summer programs and offering bonuses to involve teachers. As part of the latest federal pandemic relief program, the Biden administration is demanding states spend billions of dollars on summer programs.
The US Department of Education said it was too early to know how many students would be enrolling. But it is almost certain that the number will exceed the estimated 3.3 million who attended compulsory or optional summer school in 2019 before the pandemic.
Aja Purnell-Mitchell let her three children decide to go back to school during summer vacation. They all wanted to leave. Purnell-Mitchell saw a litany of positives in the decision.
“Bring them back, help them socialize with their friends, maybe meet new people and of course pick up the things they were missing on Zoom,” said the mother from County Durham, North Carolina.
Also in the news:
►The University of Nebraska Medical Center will require faculty, staff and students to document if they have been vaccinated against COVID-19 starting June 21. reported on Saturday.
►The Reverend James Altman, the Catholic priest of La Crosse, Wisconsin, who has been asked to resign due to his controversial remarks on politics and the pandemic, has raised more than $ 640,000 from Tory supporters to defend himself. Altman refuses the bishop’s requests to step down.
►From June 9, vaccinated American tourists will be able to visit France without quarantine, provided they present a negative PCR test on arrival.
►One-third of the 559,000 jobs added to the US economy in May were in restaurants and bars, an encouraging sign for hard-hit leisure and hospitality workers.
►Retail chain Walmart announced that it will close for the second year in a row on Thanksgiving Day as a “thank you to employees for their work during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The numbers of the day: The United States has more than 33.3 million confirmed cases of the coronavirus and more than 597,000 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Global totals: over 173 million cases and over 3.7 million deaths. More than 138 million Americans have been fully immunized, or 41.6% of the population, according to the CDC.
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Philly’s naked cyclists have yet to disguise themselves
You can keep your mask on – everything else comes off.
That’s the plan so far for participants in this year’s Philly Naked Bike Ride, which is scheduled to return on August 28 after it was canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic. The mask requirement is part of Philadelphia’s previous coronavirus restrictions.
The city lifted most of them this week, citing an increase in vaccinations and a decrease in cases. But ride organizers say they haven’t spoken since the changes were put in place, so for now they’re sticking to their original mask guidelines.
Participants in the ride typically gather in a park to strip down before getting on their bikes to promote body positivity and bike safety and to protest fossil fuel addiction.
New cases drop to levels last seen before pandemic declaration
New cases of the coronavirus nationwide have fallen to around 15,000 per day on average, while deaths have dropped to around 430 per day – levels not seen since the World Health Organization made the statement pandemic on March 11, 2020. New England, where more than 60% of residents have received at least one dose of the vaccine, has seen some of the steepest declines in hospitalizations, deaths and spread in the community.
“The last year and a half has been like going through a tornado or something terrible,” said Kerry LaBarbera, an emergency nurse at Boston Medical Center. “You hold on to the dear life and then you move past it and it’s like, ‘What just happened? “”
Colorado health officials said hospital records show vaccines prevent serious illness in the state, even as the pandemic continues to rage among those unvaccinated.
“We have looked at this in depth,” Dr. JP Valin, clinical director of SCL Health, told Colorado Public Radio. “95% of patients hospitalized since February have not been vaccinated.”
California plans a grand reopening, but the urgency will remain
Gov. Gavin Newsom has said he plans to maintain California’s declaration of emergency, but the state’s long-awaited reopening is still scheduled for June 15. Newsom cites the continued spread of COVID-19 variants, as well as gaps in vaccination rates, as the rationale for keeping the state of emergency declaration in place.
“This disease has not been extinguished. It has not disappeared; it does not take the summer months,” Newsom said.
Newsom initially declared a state of emergency in March 2020, a power given to it by the California Emergency Services Act. Crisis intervention laws have also enabled Newsom to issue at least 58 decrees, amending or suspending existing laws.
GOP aims to re-launch Fauci attacks after treasure trove of emails released
With the publication of a mine of emails from Dr Anthony Fauci last week, political attacks on the country’s top government infectious disease expert have gained momentum. On conservative news channels, President Joe Biden’s pandemic adviser has been baselessly pilloried as a liar who misled the American people about the origins of COVID-19 to protect the Chinese government. There is no evidence of wrongdoing, but Republican calls for his resignation have multiplied, as have demands for further investigations into the origins of the virus.
Emails recently released by the doctor, which cover the early days of the pandemic and were obtained by BuzzFeed News and The Washington Post, show no evidence of any cover-up of the origin of the virus. Indeed, many of the discussions reflect science at the time. But many Republicans, including former President Donald Trump, have seized the emails as evidence of a plot to cover up the source of the virus.
“Given what we know now, I don’t know how anyone can be confident that they have to remain in a position of public trust and authority,” said Republican Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri, a potential presidential hopeful. which calls for the resignation of Fauci. and a full congressional investigation.
New York to eliminate indoor mask rule for schools and camp
New York plans to scrap its indoor mask rule for schools and camps on Monday, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status. Current CDC guidelines for K-12 schools recommend requiring “the consistent and correct use of properly fitted face masks with proper filtration by all students, teachers and staff.”
For youth camps, the CDC “strongly encourages the wearing of masks indoors for people who are not fully immunized” and says that “people do not need to wear masks” outside, regardless of their vaccination status.
In a letter to the head of the CDC, Dr Howard Zucker, the state’s health commissioner, said the state would encourage the use of indoor masks by unvaccinated students, campers and staff. But for consistency, the state would not require indoor masks in schools or camps.
Contribution: The Associated Press