Alternative options

Another important aspect of regulating behavior is providing alternative programming. “We have to figure out how to help students meet some of those socialization needs, but in a safe way,” Song says. Offering outdoor, socially distant activities, she says, will help schools “fare way better than just to say, ‘Hey, just don’t party.’ ”

Figuring out what a social life looks like on a college campus is Connie Carson’s job at Furman University, a liberal arts college in Greenville, S.C. As the school’s vice president for student life, she has leaned heavily on student organizations during the coronavirus pandemic.

“They are the lifeblood of any campus,” she says. “Students are so much more creative, honestly, than we are.” She points to a recent outdoor movie shown on the Furman campus, where students used hula hoops to enforce social distancing.

The school is working on ways to use outdoor venues to have “appropriate gatherings” such as trivia nights or dance parties to keep students on the grounds, rather than having them tempted to head off-campus, to downtown Greenville.

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Preventing College Parties? Shame And Blame Don’t Work, But Beer Pong Outside Might

As the fall semester gets underway, college students are reuniting with their friends, getting (re)acquainted with campus and doing what college students often do: partying. But in the time of the coronavirus, as more parties surface university administrators have been quick to condemn — and even berate — the behavior of students.

“Be better. Be adults. Think of someone other than yourself,” pleaded a letter to students at Syracuse University following a large gathering on campus.

“We are terribly disappointed,” leaders at the College of Holy Cross wrote to students before remote classes had even started.

“This is the kind of reckless behavior that will put an end to our in-person semester, and it must stop,” wrote the president of St. Olaf College, a small school in Minnesota after an off-campus party.

For many students, this scolding feels like a bait and switch: Didn’t those university administrators, many of whom brought students back to campus knowing full well the challenges, share in some of that poor decision-making?

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Activist in the classroom: English teacher gives ‘lesson’ teaching students that Republicans are fascists and undemocratic

(Natural News) Another public school teacher has been busted propagandizing students with left-wing hate.

According to photos and other information posted online and reported by The Washington Examiner, the English teacher from Madison High School in San Diego was giving a lesson on ‘fascism’ (what happened to teaching English?) and compared the Republican Party to the ideology, though by any fair definition, today’s left-wing Democrat Party is the textbook definition of the authoritarian belief system. A photo taken by a student shows that the teacher wrote on the dry-erase board that the “modern-day Republican Party” and “white, Christian, heterosexuals” comprise “fascists.”

“Immediately, I walk in and notice on the board, it says, ‘The Republican Party is the fascist party, and it does not fit the mold of a Democratic Party,’” a student told the outlet. “It’s the first thing I saw when I came in.”

The student snapped a photo of the board, which read: “As it is currently constituted, the Republican Party is now a fascist organization that no longer fits the category of a conventional Democratic Party.”

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Florida teacher arrested for $ex with student had tryst when wife was out of town: court docs

The Florida high school teacher charged with having $ex with a student waited for her wife to go out of town before hosting the teen, according to new court documents, which also revealed racy text messages between the pair.

Jamie Melton, an English teacher at Tampa’s renowned Carrollwood Day School, told the teen that her spouse would be out of town on several dates and the victim told police that they planned to meet, the warrant said.

The victim went to Melton’s home last Friday, where the teacher laid down on her bed before the teen climbed on top of her and the pair began to kiss, court papers state.

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The impact of COVID-19 via school

The pandemic has impacted all people’s savings and income earning potential, but the poor have been most affected. Households with children and youth, and people with disabilities, are in the greatest need of social assistance.

Closures and the shift to remote learning have been injurious to students’ learning, mental health, and development. Learning from home has negatively impacted the majority of students. The greatest challenges reported were difficulty in focusing on schoolwork in the absence of a learning-conducive environment at home, and lack of access to internet and electronic device access. The challenges to learning from home were worse for students in poor households. Governments have taken steps to increase access to devices for students, yet gaps remain. Regardless of these efforts, the lack of physical presence in a classroom, and interaction with teachers and fellow students, detracts from engagement and learning.

Dependence on social assistance for feeding the poor has increased while the non-poor appear to be increasingly at risk of becoming more dependent on the state for food assistance. Access to food and consumption during the lockdowns has affected both the poor and non-poor, though it is more severe for the poor and households with children. More female-headed households appear to be receiving food support, which is appropriate considering they are generally worse off than male-headed households.

With decreasing availability of budgets for social assistance, a multi-faceted approach is required which targets those most in need and with the least ability to cope. Accessing hygiene products seemed to be a greater challenge than accessing water services, more so for the poor, yet these are both needs in the context of the pandemic. While care packages were provided in the Jamaican government’s response, this should be provided in all countries.

All households are experiencing decreased income because of the pandemic. Women have experienced increased care burdens which is having a negative impact on their income, at the same time as more women are becoming permanently unemployed than men, exacerbating their existing situation of having lower incomes, precarious work, and higher unemployment. Youth are impacted by the loss of opportunities for quality social connections and practical skill training, which is likely to further limit their access to the job market. With the economic downturn, many youth, both in poor and non-poor households who have recently graduated with secondary and tertiary level qualifications including TVET have joined the ranks of the previously unemployed. This situation will increase the youth unemployment statistics, which in the Caribbean, is generally double the national level.

Most self-employed persons or small business owners surveyed were unregistered, which makes it more difficult, sometimes impossible, for them and their employees to benefit from social assistance programmes, as most have a registration requirement. While some businesses have made adjustments to their operations by working through containment measures such as greater use of phone or internet for ensuring business continuity, more than half have reported making no adjustment. While about half of the business owners prefer cash grants, their urgent business needs included access to loans, rental subsidies, and training for digital marketing. While governments have provided grants in some cases, a majority of small business owners have not applied or received any benefit from government.

The pandemic’s socio-economic impact has been worse on small business owners than on households with salaried workers and to cover living expenses, more business owners had to spend savings, borrow money, and rely on assistance of extended family.

Governments of the countries within this study have responded to the negative impact of the pandemic on vulnerable groups with existing and new social protection measures. There is a considerable demand for social assistance to meet basic household needs, with poor households reporting the need twice as much as non-poor households. However, of those reporting a need for social assistance, the majority said they were unable to access available grants for a variety of reasons. Informal workers were most affected by the loss of income and exclusion from social protection, as they received little or no income loss support.

Those most affected by the pandemic are households with children, youth, women and girls, the poor, informal sector workers, and small business owners.

While it might be becoming more difficult for Caribbean governments to support persons experiencing the fallout from the pandemic, given the constricted fiscal space, continued support for vulnerable persons now, and towards building their resilience, must be priorities. The risk of social and economic fallout is too great.

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Supreme Court lets Thomas Jefferson High School admissions policy stand

Thomas Jefferson High School in Alexandria, Va. (Katherine Frey/The Washington Post)

The Supreme Court on Monday left in place an admissions system for a prestigious Northern Virginia science and technology high school that administrators said opened the magnet program to a wider socioeconomic range of students but opponents claimed discriminated against Asian American applicants.

The court did not explain its reasoning, as is common in emergency applications. Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel A. Alito Jr. and Neil M. Gorsuch noted their disagreement.

The legal battle is between a group of parents called the Coalition for TJ and the Fairfax County School Board over admission to what is often ranked as the nation’s best high school, the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, known locally as TJ.

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