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Westfield Schools Reopen Tuesday; Town Updates Coronavirus Stats

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield schools open Tuesday. There were no major updates to the reopening plan in the last few days, and it’s largely remained unchanged much from a month ago. Some students will alternate days in the buildings while others will learn remotely.

On Friday, Mayor Shelley Brindle sent out an update saying Westfield had reported four new coronavirus cases since Tuesday, bringing the total of resident cases to 368 since the first reported case in March.

Two of the reported cases were traced to college students who are out of state, she said.

“The Board of Health continues to work with the schools to provide guidance documents to help ensure a successful transition,” Brindle wrote. “They have also been working with the retail food establishments to help prepare them for indoor dining. I am extremely grateful for the ongoing work and diligence of Megan Avallone and her

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30 college towns that could face economic ruin if schools don’t reopen or have to close again this fall

Montana State University
Montana State University

Classes begin for fall semester at Montana State University on August 17, 2020 in Bozeman, Montana.

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  • Some college students are returning to campus for their fall semester.

  • Whether universities decide to have in-person classes or a hybrid model, college towns where students usually make up a large share of the town’s population may be greatly affected.

  • Business Insider decided to look at colleges that have a large number of undergraduates to determine which towns may be most economically vulnerable during the upcoming school year.  

  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Some college students across the country have already started their fall semesters, whether it be in-person or online. As some students choose to take online courses or are not interested in returning to college, this can affect the economy of towns dependent on college students.  

Many colleges closed and transitioned to remote learning

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Fauci Names States at Risk; N.Y. Malls Can Reopen: Virus Update

(Bloomberg) — Anthony Fauci, the U.S.’s top infectious disease expert, named seven states most at risk of a jump in Covid-19 cases if they fail to take precautions over the Labor Day weekend. New York malls can reopen at half capacity.

Thailand reported its first locally transmitted case after a streak of 100 days without community infection, while India performed a record 1.17 million daily tests. Israel proposed a lockdown on 600,000 people in the areas hardest hit by the virus.

In Europe, fresh signs emerged that an economic rebound is flagging. Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline Plc administered their experimental vaccines to patients for the first time in preparation for late-stage trials before year-end.

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Looking to Reopen, Colleges Become Labs for Coronavirus Tests and Tracking Apps

A system at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte that will automatically take wastewater samples from residence hall basements, in Charlotte, N.C. on Aug. 24, 2020
A system at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte that will automatically take wastewater samples from residence hall basements, in Charlotte, N.C. on Aug. 24, 2020

Thousands of students returning to the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York this month are being asked to wear masks in public, register their health status online each day and electronically log classroom visits for contact tracing if a coronavirus outbreak occurs. But the most novel effort at the school to measure and limit virus spread will require little effort and come quite naturally.

Students need only use the bathroom.

At more than 15 dormitories and on-campus apartment buildings, sewage is being tested twice weekly for genetic evidence of virus shed in feces. This provides a kind of early-warning system of an outbreak, limiting the need to test every student for COVID-19. If the disease is found in sewage, individual tests can

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Ontario Premier Ford calls U.S. ‘terrible example’ of how to reopen after a pandemic

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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 4,800 active cases of COVID-19 in Canada (with more than 125,000 diagnoses so far) and 9,000 deaths. Nearly 90 per cent of the country’s reported COVID-19 cases have recovered.

Check back for the latest updates on the coronavirus outbreak in Canada.

For a full archive of the first month of the pandemic, please check our archive of events.

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What Teachers Want Parents To Know As Schools Reopen

The coronavirus pandemic is raging, but schools are beginning to reopen across the country — many with terrifying results. 

HuffPost Parenting asked the teachers from our Facebook community what they want parents to know right now. Here’s what they had to say.

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“Educators will all tell you that we want to see our kids! We want group work, laughter in our hallways, pizza party incentives and everything that we once had in our schools. We also want to live, and we want our children to live

With the disruption of 2019-20’s school year, alongside immense loss-grief-trauma, our children will need time to make up any deficits they’ve encountered. This is doubly true for students of color and students with disabilities. … The plans that have been laid out thus far are vague and put us all at risk. It would be great to have had actual teachers

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Schools Can’t Reopen Safely Without A Lot More Money. Congress Is Running Out Of Time.

WASHINGTON ― In a matter of weeks, millions of children will head back to school in the middle of a pandemic, leaving millions more parents filled with anxiety about risking their child’s health ― not to mention school staff ― to get an education.

Public schools cannot safely reopen without a massive infusion of emergency funding from Congress, which is already dangerously late to this. Think of all the things a single school needs: Hand sanitizers and disinfectant wipes for classrooms. No-touch thermometers. Regular deep cleanings, which means hiring more custodial staff. Ensuring that every school has at least one full-time nurse (25% of schools have no nurse at all). Someone on every school bus to screen kids’ temperatures before boarding. Gloves and masks for staff. Masks for students who don’t bring one from home. Resuming before- and after-school child care programs with new cleaning protocols.

That doesn’t even factor

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How Should Colleges Reopen? There’s No Easy Answer

(Bloomberg Opinion) — How parents and students feel about the fast-approaching specter of college reopenings this fall has been debated — perhaps exhaustively — in the thick of the Covid-19 pandemic. Can we do it safely? Should we send them back at all? Will young adults wear masks and abide by social-distancing guidelines? To get a better sense of the other side of the equation, we asked Bloomberg Opinion contributors who are also educators for their views on getting back in the classroom, whether physical or virtual.

Andrea Gabor, Baruch College

I mostly teach journalism to undergraduates at Baruch College, part of the City University of New York, in lower Manhattan. Most classes are taught in 14- and 16-story buildings. Elevator lines are long. A street below is closed to traffic, creating a small common space outdoors that’s often crowded with students.

Most of our 18,000-plus students commute via bus

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‘Panicked’ Teachers Prep Wills, Goodbye Letters Before Their Schools Reopen: ‘I’m Scared as Hell’

Many school districts have announced they won’t hold in-person classes at the beginning of the school year, while others are pushing forward with plans to reopen — and educators, especially those whose underlying medical conditions put them at increased risk of dying from COVID-19, tell PEOPLE they are fearing the worst.

Terri Crothers loves her job as an art instructor, but when her middle school district said teachers must return for in-person classes next month, she was so terrified of getting sick, and maybe even dying, she immediately contacted an attorney and started writing goodbye letters to her family.

She joins a growing list of anxious school teachers who are rushing to lawyers and estate planners to draw up new wills as they face the prospect of going back to their buildings amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“I’m scared as hell about going back into the classroom,” Crothers, 57, of Gallipolis,

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As Trump pressures schools to reopen, California’s 2 largest school districts say they’re going to start online only in the fall

President Trump is seen outside the White House on July 11, 2020.
President Trump is seen outside the White House on July 11, 2020.

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  • The Los Angeles and San Diego unified school systems said they’ll be starting the fall semester off online in a joint statement. 

  • The announcement comes after President Donald Trump said he’d pressure states to reopen in-person classes in the fall. 

  • The two districts have a combined total of 700,000 students, according to NPR.

  • On Monday, public health officials in Los Angeles County announced 2,593 new cases of COVID-19 and 13 new deaths.

  • Other counties, like Orange County, California, voted on Monday to reopen schools without measures requiring masks or increased social distancing.

  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

The Los Angeles and San Diego unified school systems announced that they’ll be going online only at the start of the fall semester, according to a joint statement.

“One fact is clear: those countries that have managed

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