A peek at how one high school handles its COVID-19 challenges

SARASOTA, Florida — Mackenzie Altman was trying to get her Booker High School students excited about the role of government.

“What do you think is the most important thing for the government to do?” the social studies department chair asked recently, throwing out several options.

It was a standard “bell work” activity for her American government class, geared to get students interested in the day’s lesson and spark conversations. She leads this type of discussion every day, but with COVID-19 restrictions in place, nearly everything about it was different.

Everyone was wearing masks, except for a group of students in a Zoom meeting box projected on a large monitor at the front of the class. Most of these “remote learners” seemed to be sitting in their bedrooms, and many had angled their laptops so that just the tops of their foreheads were visible.

The in-person students tried to keep their

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Church & Dwight (CHD) Gains on High Demand & Online Strength

Church & Dwight Co., Inc. CHD appears to be in a decent spot amid the otherwise jeopardized economy, owing to the coronavirus outbreak. The company’s shares have rallied 31.8% so far this year, outperforming the industry’s growth of 11.5%. Markedly, this manufacturer of household, personal care and specialty products has been benefiting from rising demand for essentials amid the pandemic.

Apart from this, Church & Dwight’s online business and brand enhancement endeavors through innovation and acquisitions have been bolstering its growth. Let’s delve deeper into the factors boosting this Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) company and helping it battle escalated costs.

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Factors Adding Spark to Church & Dwight

The company’s second-quarter 2020 results gained from the robust household and personal care businesses owing to consumers’ shifted preference for essential products amid the coronavirus outbreak. In this

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High court hi-jinks, Biden’s Latino troubles and Bloomberg TV play, failed first school days

It’s Monday, Sept. 14, and today is the deadline for Gov. Ron DeSantis to make his appointment to the Florida Supreme Court and fix the high-profile defeat.

The conservative court on Friday stood by its ruling that the governor’s first choice, Palm Beach County Judge Renatha Francis, was not eligible to hold the post and ordered the governor to take the do-over by the end of the day Monday. Because the governor must choose from a list of seven candidates that now includes no Blacks, the seven-member court will be without a Black justice for the first time in more than 40 years.

Defeat and revenge: It was an embarrassing defeat for the governor who campaigned on a promise to fill the court with conservative justices who would adhere to a textualist judicial philosophy — meaning they would adhere to the plain words of the legal text. The court then

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Majority of Parents Want High Schools to Teach Personal Finance

A late August survey from U.S. News & World Report shows that more than 83% of parents believe high schools don’t do enough to help their kids become financially savvy.

But that doesn’t mean parents don’t try to do their part to educate their children about money. When asked which money concepts they’ve taught their kids, more than 68% of survey respondents focused on the importance of saving, and 53% had tackled the concept of budgeting.

Here is a breakdown of results for other concepts:

— Comparison shopping: 45.3%.

— Avoiding online scams: 41.2%.

— Using credit: 27.8%.

— Investing: 27.5%.

Only 19% of parents say they haven’t tried to help their kids become financially literate. When you think about the huge decisions high school seniors have to make about financing college, the more they know about personal finance and debt, the better.

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Investors riding high on Apple and Tesla stock splits could get clipped, data shows

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stock splits by Apple and electric carmaker Tesla should reconsider the guidance and its intent.” data-reactid=”20″The first rule of successful investing is “buy low, sell high.” But anyone planning to apply that time-honored principle following today’s stock splits by Apple and electric carmaker Tesla should reconsider the guidance and its intent.

As much as Apple CEO Tim Cook and Tesla CEO Elon Musk would love for people to snap up shares in their companies now that the post–stock split prices are “lower”—as, indeed, investors did Monday, and for weeks prior—prospective stock-buyers best be wary.

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Walgreens Anticipates Flu Shot Demand To Be High

DEERFIELD, IL — Manufacturers are making millions of extra flu vaccine doses to meet the highly anticipated demand for flu shots this season. Walgreens, headquartered in Deerfield, began offering flu shots Monday at all 9,100 of its pharmacies.

“The convergence of COVID-19 and flu season means that flu vaccinations are critical to reduce the overall burden of respiratory illnesses on the healthcare system and help protect communities,” said Dr. Kevin Ban, chief medical officer for Walgreens, said in a statement. “Getting your flu shot at Walgreens is one more thing we know everyone can do to help keep themselves and their loved ones healthy, in addition to social distancing, thorough hand washing and wearing face coverings.”

Customers are required to wear face coverings prior to entering the store and when receiving flu shots. Walgreens said it will provide masks to those not wearing them prior to their shot, according to

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MassBay Adds Fully Remote Classes For High School Students

WELLESLEY, MA — MassBay Community College has added seven online and remotely-formatted courses this fall to be offered for high school students, exclusively. The courses include Medical Terminology, Drugs and Society, Law and Society, Entrepreneurship, Security Awareness, Environmental Studies I, and Intro to Communication. High school students can also enroll in other MassBay courses or apply for dual enrollment courses.

“Due to the coronavirus, many high school students and their families have been contacting us to learn about all available options for fall courses, wanting to add to their high school course selection. Taking one or more college-level courses is a great way for high school students to jumpstart their college education,” said Interim Vice President of Enrollment Management, Alison McCarty. “High school students have the opportunity to earn college credits at an affordable price, and possibly find a career path that interests them. We hope by adding classes specifically

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Stocks trade choppily after S&P 500 hits intraday record high

Stocks fluctuated after the S&P 500 touched a fresh record intraday high. The Dow shed more than 100 points, while the Nasdaq held onto narrow gains.

Walmart and Home Depot shares turned negative despite the companies reporting estimates-topping second-quarter results, after executive commentary around slowing sales growth in the current quarter drove investor jitters.

Walmart (WMT) reported second-quarter results that easily topped consensus expectations on both sales and profit, with US comparable same-store sales up 9.3%. E-commerce sales nearly doubled, surging 97% as consumers increasingly turned online to shop during the pandemic. However, the stock traded choppily after gaining in the pre-market session, after company executives said sales growth was normalizing and decelerating during the current quarter, as government stimulus to consumers waned.

Home Depot (HD) also delivered better than expected second-quarter results, with comparable sales growth of 23.4% in the three-month period, or more than double the 11.4% growth

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Which Country Gets High Marks for Reopening Schools?

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As American school officials debate when it will be safe for schoolchildren to return to classrooms, looking abroad may offer insights. Nearly every country in the world shuttered their schools early in the COVID-19 pandemic. Many have since sent students back to class, with varying degrees of success.

I am a scholar of comparative international education. For this article, I examined what happened in four countries where K-12 schools either stayed open throughout the pandemic or have resumed in-person instruction, using press reports, national COVID-19 data and academic studies.

Here’s what I found.

Israel: Too much, too soon

Israel took stringent steps early on in the coronavirus pandemic, including severely restricting everyone’s movement and closing all schools. By June, it was being lauded internationally for containing the spread of COVID-19.

But shortly after schools reopened in May, on a staggered schedule paired with mask mandates and social distancing

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