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Small Social Gatherings Aren’t Driving the Virus Surge (So Far)

An analysis of nearly 800 nursing homes in six states experiencing the biggest surges, including North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin, found that these homes are still hot spots of viral transmission and that little has been done since the spring to reduce that risk. It is nearly impossible to compare the relative contribution of […]

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Outdoor Learning, in Blustery Weather

How to learn outside in winter This summer, teachers rolled up their T-shirt sleeves and set out to make a plan for outdoor learning. A teacher in Wisconsin worked with her students to build a 12-sided outdoor classroom. A school in New York City held class on the roof. A district superintendent in Maine bought […]

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Opinion | Choose a Gift That Changes Lives

Restore a person’s sight. My final prize winner is the Himalayan Cataract Project, also known as Cure Blindness, which fights blindness in Asia and Africa. This, too, is a bargain: The surgery can cost as little as $25 per person, or $50 for both eyes. The Himalayan Cataract Project was founded by Dr. Sanduk Ruit, […]

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What Happened When a School District Banned Thin Blue Line Flags

In late October, administrators in a suburban New York school district told employees that some of their apparel was making students feel uncomfortable, and even threatened. At issue were masks showing the so-called thin blue line flag, which signals support for the police but which has increasingly been used to display opposition to the Black […]

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Texas Board Revises Sex Education Standards to Include More Birth Control

“Texas is a very diverse state, obviously, and the 200-plus rural school districts that I represent, I wanted to give them the freedom and the latitude to include some of those items in their curriculum, in their teaching, if they choose to do so,” he said at Friday’s meeting. More than 20 hours of public […]

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Parents Erupt in Frustration as New York City Schools Close

On Wednesday, just after this newsletter published, a reporter asked Gov. Andrew Cuomo at a news conference if New York City’s public schools would be open on Thursday. “Parents are still confused,” Jimmy Vielkind, a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, said. “They’re not confused,” Cuomo responded brusquely. “You’re confused.” Just minutes later, our colleague […]

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After a ‘Covid Semester,’ the University of Michigan Gets Tougher on the Virus

Dr. Schlissel still talks about testing as just one key tool in a combination of actions necessary to control the virus, but he has come around, he said, to seeing its importance in “reassuring” the community. When classes resume in 2021, the university will de-densify the dorms and ramp up testing. Only about 3,000 students […]

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Opinion | San Francisco’s School Plan Could Offer Other Districts Hope

SAN FRANCISCO — When the coronavirus came here in March, local leaders seemed to do things right. They issued the nation’s first shelter in place order, promptly shut down schools and businesses and made masks routine. It worked: The city has experienced some of the lowest test positivity rates in the country. Now, city officials […]

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New York City to Close Public Schools Again as Virus Cases Rise

New York City’s entire public school system will shut on Thursday, signaling that a second wave of the coronavirus has arrived as the city is still struggling to revive from its devastating spring, when it was a global epicenter of the pandemic. The shutdown was prompted by the city’s reaching a 3 percent test positivity […]

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Opinion | Save America’s Restaurants

American cities have sought to keep restaurants in business during the coronavirus pandemic by allowing indoor dining. With the virus spreading out of control across large swaths of the country, continuing to allow it risks an even greater public health disaster. There is ample evidence that the coronavirus spreads with ease among people eating in […]