Hillsborough Board Votes To Delay School Reopening 4 More Weeks

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FL — Following a five-hour special board meeting Thursday in which a panel of seven medical experts were queried, the Hillsborough County School Board voted 5-2 to delay the reopening of schools for four more weeks.

Board member Karen Perez made the motion and board member Lynn Gray seconded it. School board members Melissa Snively and Cindy Stuart voted against the motion.

That mean that on Aug. 24, the first day of school in Hillsborough County, all public school students will begin school online. Brick-and-mortar school openings will be delayed for four weeks although the school board will reassess the situation at its meeting on Sept. 8.

This vote goes against Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran’s July 6 executive order mandating that all Florida school districts reopen schools five days a week by the end of August in order to receive state funding.

But after listening to medical

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These online learning tips will help parents prepare for a successful school year, even if it is virtual.

Many of the nation’s largest school districts plan to begin the fall semester online-only. As schools consider reopening, children face a future in which online courses will probably be part of the curriculum. To make the best of this situation, here are some tips to help your child adapt to learning from home.

Studies show that in online learning, parents often take on the role of a teacher. Making school a priority will help keep kids from treating online learning as a vacation. 

Research suggests that some types of parental participation have a greater impact on children’s academic achievement than others. One analysis showed that schoolchildren benefit from discussions about learning and school-related issues with their parents and from joint readings. 

Reduce distractions

A report in 2016 found that students spent about one-fifth of class time on laptops, smartphones and tablets, knowing that doing so could harm their grades. They

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“Lunch Lottery” Will Become Your New Favorite Family Tradition

It may sound cloying and cliché but that doesn’t make it any less true: we all have to make the best out of bad situations. This is especially so right now when things are, erm, far from great. One of the easiest ways for parents to create a little consistency amid the chaos is to start a new family tradition. Such rituals offer us all — particularly kids — something to look forward to, which is a small great thing in times like these. If you’re at a loss for what kind of traditions to start, we spoke to a dozen dads about the family traditions that have kept them and their families sane during COVID-19. Answers ranged from the food-related (Big Breakfast Sunday! Lunch Lottery) to the activity-oriented (Movie Roulette! Saturday Basketball!). While different, all were straightforward, fun, and helped anchor the families during these rocky times. Here’s what

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The Herbal Mutual Aid Network Creates Free Tinctures for Black Organizers

In late May, artist and organizer Yves B. Golden and artist and herbalist Remy Maelen launched the Herbal Mutual Aid Network (H.M.A.N), a grassroots community care organization that transforms donated plants from farmers, wellness brands, and fellow herbalists into free herbal medicine to support the physical and emotional health of Black folks across the country. H.M.A.N. has now shipped over 600 specially curated “care boxes” to individuals and served over 1,000 others through bulk distribution to Black-led community organizations, free herbal clinics, and frontline organizers—and they’re just getting started. Here, Maelen outlines how plant medicine supports frontline organizers, the importance of peer-to-peer care, and H.M.AN.’S next chapter.

How did the idea for the Herbal Mutual Aid Network come about?

Yves and I gravitated toward each other right after George Floyd’s murder. We were both posting similar things on social media: calls for accountability within wellness. She knew that I

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Teens Found Nonprofit To Make Coronavirus Care Packages

CALIFORNIA — When Sky Yang founded nonprofit Break the Outbreak in March, he had a website and a vision of outfitting essential workers with protective gear.

“Our operations were small at the time, and we had to finance them on our own,” said Yang, a rising senior at Dublin High School in the Bay Area, in an email interview. “Initially, we faced rejections from many restaurants. But we persevered.”

Months later, Break the Outbreak is in the process of expanding to 28 chapters across 14 states, with more than 200 members in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles and elsewhere, organizers said. Members have created and donated more than 2,000 masks to food industry workers stocking shelves and serving up meals.

Break the Outbreak has a strong Bay Area presence, but has expanded in California and across the country, in cities such as New York City and Salt Lake City. The nonprofit’s

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Nick Cordero’s Wife Opens Up About How Her New Hobby of Tennis Is Helping Through the Mourning Process

Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic Nick Cordero and Amanda Kloots

Amanda Kloots is finding solace in a new hobby one month after her husband, Broadway star Nick Cordero, died from coronavirus complications at the age of 41.

On her Instagram Stories on Thursday, the fitness instructor, 38, opened up about how she’s been experiencing a “hard time” in recent weeks and shared with followers how learning tennis has helped her in the wake of Cordero’s death.

“I just got home from my tennis lesson and I have to tell you, I am just loving it so much,” she said. “I love that I get to leave the house, move my body, sweat, focus and think about something completely new and different. It’s really, really helping me.”

“I had a really hard time lately — the last two weeks especially,” Kloots explained. “These little things do seem to be helping here and there, and

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‘We have the best plan, bar none, over any province,’ Ford boasts of Ontario back-to-school plan

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As cases of COVID-19 continue to spread around the world, Canadians seem to be increasingly concerned about their health and safety

Currently, there are more than 117,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in Canada and nearly 8,947 deaths.

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August 6

3:45 p.m.: Ontario’s top doctor wants to see less than 50 daily COVID-19 cases next week

Dr. David Williams,

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COVID-19 testing is helping CVS Health win new customers. But can it keep them?

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Even as the COVID-19 outbreak has chilled consumer spending in the U.S., it’s proving to be a boon for CVS Health, with coronavirus testing helping to buoy the drugstore chain’s soft retail business.

CVS Health said on Wednesday, when it raised its profit forecast for the current fiscal year, that it had administered approximately 2 million COVID-19 tests as of the end of July. And some 40% of people being tested at a CVS pharmacy were new customers. What’s more, most tests were scheduled via the CVS app and websites, likely spurring adoption of such tech tools, which are typically “sticky” and help turn users into loyal customers.

The company has also set up some 1,800 drive-thru testing sites and launched a new business-to-business testing program for corporations

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How Music Could Become a Crucial Part of Your Sleep Hygiene

In the midst of a pandemic, sleep has never been more important—or more elusive. Studies have shown that a full night’s sleep is one of the best defenses in protecting your immune system. But since the spread of COVID-19 began, people around the world are going to bed later and sleeping worse; tales of terrifying and vivid dreams have flooded social media.

To combat sleeplessness, people are turning to all sorts of techniques, including anti-insomnia medication, aromatherapies, electronic curfews, sleep coaches and meditation. But another unlikely sedative has also seen a spike in usage around bedtime: music. While sleep music used to be confined to the fringes of culture—whether at avant-garde all-night concerts or New Age meditation sessions—the field has crept into the mainstream over the past decade. Ambient artists are collaborating with music therapists; apps are churning out hours of new content; sleep streams have surged in popularity on

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ENDO Ethos Hemp Store Opens In Huntington

HUNTINGTON, NY — ENDO Ethos, a hemp CBD retailer, is open for business in Huntington Village. CBD, which stands for Cannabidiol, is commonly used for stress and anxiety, pain, sleep and inflammation.

Husband and wife owners Clark and Chrissy Ruggeri held the soft opening of their second ENDO Ethos location on Aug. 1. The 289 Main St. location is in the heart of the village and is a larger space than their flagship Northport shop. The couple signed their lease in November — before the coronavirus outbreak. The pandemic’s harsh impact on merchants made them consider backing out on the lease, Chrissy said. Ultimately, they felt their products would benefit customers at a time some need them most.

“We decided there’s no better time than now, as people are struggling with stress and anxiety, and trying to boost their health naturally,” Chrissy told Patch. “Now we’re trying to build some

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