Chicago schools will see all-remote learning for fall — without 'cobbling things together' like last spring, officials say
CHICAGO — After weeks of defending a proposal to reopen Chicago Public Schools this fall, Mayor Lori Lightfoot and schools CEO Janice Jackson announced Wednesday that the new school year will begin with remote learning instead.But it will feel different than in the spring, when CPS was “cobbling things together,” Jackson said. Attendance will be mandatory, the district will revert to normal grading, and educators can go to schools and teach in real time from their classrooms, she said.“There will be more of a traditional infrastructure that you see in a school setting; we’re going to stand tha...
As daily COVID-19 case count rises, Pritzker takes reopening reversal warning downstate
CHICAGO — Gov. J.B. Pritzker took his admonition that parts of Illinois could be headed for a reopening reversal downstate on Thursday, as the state continues to see elevated levels of COVID-19 cases and other key metrics.State officials on Thursday reported 1,772 newly confirmed cases of the coronavirus over the prior 24 hours. That’s the first time the count has climbed above 1,700 since Memorial Day.“Every region has increasing positivity rates and increasing cases. This is hugely problematic,” Pritzker said Thursday at a news conference in downstate Ottawa. “It means that we’re going to ha...
Gov. Pritzker warns of a possible 'reversal' as COVID-19 numbers rise in Illinois
CHICAGO — Gov. J.B. Pritzker warned on Wednesday that Illinois could be headed for a “reversal” in its reopening as the state continues to see a resurgence in coronavirus case numbers, and he called on residents to “defend our progress.”If the trend continues or worsens, it could mean clamping back down in regions of the state on business restrictions, gatherings or even a return to a stay-at-home order, which Pritzker initially imposed in March, but since eased.“We’ve made progress in Illinois, but we’ve also seen that it can be fleeting. And right now things are not headed in the right direc...
Getting your hair cut or heading to the gym? Get ready to sign a waiver
MINNEAPOLIS — As businesses reopen amid a slew of safety and cleaning requirements, many are asking something new of their customers and employees: a promise not to sue if they get sick.Liability waivers have long been used for risky endeavors such as downhill skiing or youth sports. But in the unchartered legal waters of the coronavirus pandemic, people now find themselves signing such forms when they get their hair cut, nails painted and teeth cleaned.“It’s a whole new world,” said Matt Murphy, an attorney with Nilan Johnson Lewis in Minneapolis. “Everybody’s freaked out.”With no specific le...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Coronavirus means kids' fitness routines have changed, leaving them vulnerable to weight gain, obesity
The spring’s coronavirus stay-at-home orders, and now the cancellation of many summer activities, may aggravate what’s already a difficult season for children when it comes to gaining weight, experts fear.Studies over the last decade have shown that kids often tend to have stable weight during the school year, but gain weight during summer months. This weight gain is maintained during the school year until another summer — and more pounds — come along.“As it turns out, with the pandemic, children being at home mimics summer vacations,” said Steven Heymsfield, a professor at the Pennington Biom...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Vahe Gregorian: We'll see if baseball's restart can last. There's no doubt athletes' empowerment will.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Fraught as it is while we remain engulfed in a pandemic that has killed more than 500,000 people and is surging locally, another adventure in reopening began Wednesday, the official reporting date for Major League Baseball’s “summer camps.”At least for the moment, it’s a milestone in a bizarre time marked both by the great pause from the COVID-19 coronavirus and the great cause of the widespread pursuit of social justice in the wake of the killing of George Floyd.The lasting ripples of each of those things in the world of sports remains to be seen. But here’s a hunch about b...
The Kansas City Star
Protests don't appear to be driving coronavirus surge, researchers say
SEATTLE — Spring brought a wave of cancellations that shut down professional baseball, basketball, concerts, movie theaters, youth sports, school plays, camping in state parks and all sorts of other events to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.Then, on May 25, came the brutal death of George Floyd as a Minneapolis police officer held a knee to his neck, an act of violence that set off large protests in a powerful grassroots justice movement that also unfolded as a kind of mass experiment about the risks of such outdoor gatherings amid a global pandemic.More than one month after Floyd’s d...
The Seattle Times
The new challenges facing college athletes on campus — including legal and ethical questions about COVID-19 guidelines
CHICAGO — When Illinois athletes prepared to return to campus for voluntary workouts earlier this month, they were asked to sign a form if they wanted to rejoin teammates.The document asked athletes to responsibly follow guidelines to reduce the spread of the coronavirus — such as completing a virtual screening, reporting to sports medicine staff any known exposure to COVID-19 or any symptoms, wearing a mask in public places and sanitizing hands frequently — and to agree to testing.Several other Big Ten schools — but not all — asked their athletes to sign similar documents, as have many progra...
Clarence E. Hill Jr.: Fall football amid COVID seems foolish for Dallas Cowboys, NCAA and Texas high schools
What are we doing, people?From the NFL to the NCAA to Texas high schools to the pee wee level, everybody is gearing up for the return of football in the fall.And it simply makes no sense with the coronavirus pandemic still bulldozing the country, the world and, most pointedly, the state of Texas, like Hall of Fame running back Earl Campbell in his prime.And if you are too young know him, think Adrian Peterson and Marshawn Lynch wrapped into one.That idea has been on my spirit and on my heart for a while now.There is no cure. There is no vaccine. There are plans and protocols to detect its pres...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
A postcoronavirus future in Florida is uncertain. Be flexible, futurist Amy Webb says
MIAMI — With Florida schools reopening in the fall, youth sports and summer camps getting the OK to resume activity and local governments tip-toeing toward a sense of renewed normalcy, many Floridians ask: What should we expect as we look toward a postpandemic world?According to noted futurist Amy Webb, we should not only expect more uncertainty, but lean into it.“We expect today will be similar to tomorrow but amplified,” she said during a Miami Herald subscriber-only discussion about the future of Florida after COVID-19. “There’s a reluctance to see a world in which all decisions are certain...