Day: August 14, 2020

Why these Calgary parents plan to keep their kids home

A child who’s too anxious about the COVID-19 pandemic to return to school. An immunocompromised single mom whose doctor recommended keeping her daughter out of classes. A parent who feels the Alberta government’s return to school plan is “reckless.” These are just some of the Calgarians making the heart-wrenching decision to opt for the public school system’s online learning this fall rather than sending kids back to the classrooms.

Registration for the Calgary Board of Education’s short-term Hub online learning program opened this week. It’s meant as an alternative for families who aren’t comfortable returning for “near-normal” in-person learning with the ongoing pandemic.

For Tamara Rose, who has shared her experience with the education system with CBC News since the outset of the pandemic, keeping her seven-year-old daughter home in September is a necessity. 

“My doctor didn’t recommend for me to put her back into class,” she said. “So now

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Facebook Debuts Paid Online Events, Swipes at Apple for Fees

Facebook will now let individuals, businesses and other organizations make money from events held on the platform, the company announced Friday.

True to its name, Paid Online Events allows accountholders to charge for event tickets or registrations for online events held on Facebook. According to vice president Fidji Simo, head of the Facebook app, the feature was developed as a way of helping small businesses survive the coronavirus pandemic, which has ravaged sectors like retail, restaurants and in-person events.

“We’ve been testing this product for a while and now it is available to Pages in the U.S. and in 19 other countries,” she said in a press conference call held Friday. “So starting today, businesses creators, educators, media publishers can all start earning money from online events to help grow their business, connect with our community and reach new audiences all over the world.”

Using Facebook Pages, where accountholders can

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Florida Bar examinees worry online testing software poses security risks

First, the state’s prospective lawyers had health concerns about taking the Florida Bar exam in the time of coronavirus. Now that the test has been moved on-line, they’re voicing worries about security issues with the software they will have to use to take the remote exam.

The high-pressure exam was moved on-line on July 1 after a Miami Herald story on the COVID-19 health concerns raised by students. A sit-down test was originally scheduled for July 28 and 29, but the Florida Board of Bar Examiners moved it to an Aug. 19 virtual format.

Now, the exam is being administered using a software platform from ILG Technologies. But, test-takers have reported complaints of the software causing data breaches and the program messing with their computers.

On Aug. 10, some Bar examinees sent a letter to the Florida Supreme Court asking them to intervene and help the FBBE find an alternative

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How much 15 types of essential workers earn

Since the coronavirus was declared a global pandemic, many people have been able to keep working online.

Others don’t have that luxury. They’ve had to risk their health to perform vital jobs and services to keep the country afloat with thousands sick and dying of COVID-19 and millions losing their jobs.

For a look at what some of these vital workers are paid, we examine the mean (average) hourly wage of 15 essential professions, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.


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These heroic folks are the one of the backbones of the health care industry. Often they work huge caseloads and long hours.

Registered nurses are paid an average hourly wage of $37.24, with South Dakota registered nurses paid the least and those in California paid the most. We give the details in “How Much Nurses Make in Every State.”

Nurse practitioners — registered nurses who

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Dentist: Closure of practices impacts patients’ oral health

JOHNSTON, R.I. (WPRI) ─ A Johnston dentist believes dentistry is an essential business, but argues that it hasn’t been treated as such throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

Rupesh Udeshi, dentist and co-owner of Dental Associates of Rhode Island, said the months his practice was closed had a big impact on the health of many of his patients.

“We’ve had a great backlog and problems that were minor, that have become major. The patient may have just had a cavity or needed a filling, but we haven’t seen them and it’s now more severe and it’s a root canal, and some people who maybe needed a root canal ─ now they need to have the tooth out,” he said.

The World Health Organization recently recommended delaying routine dental care because of the pandemic. But the American Dental Association says they “respectfully yet strongly disagrees.”

“Oral health is integral to overall health. Dentistry

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Families Priced Out of ‘Learning Pods’ Seek Alternatives

Shy Rodriguez with her sons, Shawn Pagan, 11, left, and Jaiden Pagan, 8, at their home in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., on July 31, 2020. (Hannah Yoon/The New York Times)
Shy Rodriguez with her sons, Shawn Pagan, 11, left, and Jaiden Pagan, 8, at their home in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., on July 31, 2020. (Hannah Yoon/The New York Times)

WASHINGTON — When Shy Rodriguez heard about one of the hottest trends in education during the pandemic — “learning pods,” where parents hire teachers for small-group, in-home instruction — she knew immediately it was something she could never afford for her sons.

Like many parents, Rodriguez, a single mother and nursing assistant in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, was deeply dissatisfied with the online instruction her school district provided last spring. Facing more of the same this fall — her district is offering an in-person option for now, but she is not comfortable sending her boys — she set out to create a more basic and affordable type of pod: one where parents take turns with child care duties so they can go to work

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12 fun kids’ face masks for the COVID-19 pandemic

 <span class="copyright">(Micah Fluellen / Los Angeles Times)</span>
(Micah Fluellen / Los Angeles Times)

With in-person school just starting for many children, face masks have become the new backpacks in terms of being necessities for at least 2020 and 2021. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that children 2 and older “wear masks in public and when around people who don’t live in your household.”

As the world adjusts to life in the age of COVID-19, it’s safe to say many parents are probably adding fashionable face masks to their children’s back-to-school shopping lists. Although students in Los Angeles may be confined to online learning, kids in other states are returning to the classroom, for which the CDC also states, “Appropriate and consistent use of cloth face coverings is most important when students, teachers and staff are indoors and when social distancing of at least 6 feet is difficult to implement or maintain.”

We’ve rounded up

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Waltham To Start School Mostly Online

WALTHAM, MA — The district is planning to have most students begin the school year remotely.

At a meeting on July 29 the school committee voted to go with a remote/hybrid return to school. The committee discussed the options again on August 5, but chose not to re-vote, so the July 29 decision stands, according to Superintendent Brian Reagan.

“The issue is it’s a very emotional conversation for folks,” Reagan told the School Committee at the time. “We’re addressing all concerns. We certainly don’t take them lightly at all. That’s all we think about.”

The district will publish its final plan next week, he said.

In Waltham’s reopening model nearly all students will begin the year online. In accordance with state guidance, they will prioritize certain populations for in-person learning.

Students on Individualized Educational Plans who spend at least 75 percent of their day in a special setting as well

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Hoboken Low On Rapid Coronavirus Tests Due To U.S. Shortage: City

HOBOKEN, NJ — Hoboken’s uptown drive-through coronavirus test center is low on rapid tests and is “utilizing non-rapid testing at their site for some patients and reserving rapid tests for those with symptoms or who are at-risk,” the city announced Friday. Typically, Hoboken residents can head to the 15th Street center to get a test, but only some go because they have symptoms, while others do it to ensure they are well before seeing older relatives, or in order to travel to another state with restrictions.

The city said the issue is “due to a nationwide shortage of rapid COVID-19 tests.” As a result, “Riverside [Medical Group] has ordered more rapid tests, however, non-rapid tests may be used for most residents at their site for the near future. We apologize for the inconvenience it may have caused for residents scheduled for testing over the next several days.”

To get a

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Why Weighing Kids In Schools Is So Problematic

This week on Twitter, a heated debate began after the U.K.-based National Obesity Forum suggested that children should be weighed in schools come September and again in the spring. The intention: to track weight gained during lockdown due to the pandemic. Advocates argued that it’s important to track kids’ weight, and how COVID-19 has affected it. They say that the info could be used to implement health-promoting interventions. But the proposal was met with swift backlash from people who emphasized that the practice would likely do more harm than good.

“When I was 10, we were forced to weigh ourselves at school and then share with the class. I still haven’t recovered from the things they said,” one Twitter user wrote.  

Actress Jameela Jamil commented: “Hard pass. Being weighed at school was truly the minute my eating disorder started at 12. I can trace it back to

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