As countries reopen, hundreds of millions of students have returned to schoolWell beyond a billion students were sent home from schools as the novel coronavirus spread around the world. In recent weeks, hundreds of millions were cleared to return, as countries began to reopen in fits and starts. By late March, less than two months after the confirmation of the first coronavirus cases outside China, more than 90 percent of the world's students were already affected by school closures, according to estimates by the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, known as UNESCO. Stuck at home for months, they found themselves part of a global web of hastily implemented experiments in home schooling, remote learning and social distancing. At the height of such measures in April, nearly 1.6 billion students were affected, according to UNESCO, with 194 countrywide closures. As of June 5, more than 1.1 billion students remain affected - more than 64 percent of the world's total, with 134 countrywide closures still in place. Even in countries without school shutdowns enforced at the national level, disruptions to education remain widespread. In the United States, measures vary at the local level, but the majority of states have mandated closures through the end of the year. The students for whom school closures have lifted will be the subjects of a new, global experiment, as educators and policymakers try to determine what classrooms should look like during the pandemic. Here's how some countries around the world are handling the return. Britain Britain reopened its schools in early June, sending hundreds of thousands of students back to the classroom, for the first time since March 18. But it was very much a partial reopening: Outside of England, the semiautonomous governments of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have chosen to wait...
Bay Area Anti- Repression Committee Bail FundUpdate on Bail Funds: We want to thank our community for your incredible generosity! Over the last 24 hours we've received an enormous amount of support. Your donations are critical right now as people continue to rise up across the Bay Area. We are working closely with the National Lawyers Guild San Francisco Chapter which is currently in need of money. You can donate to them (they are running a hotline and provide pro bono legal support for arrestees in the Bay Area) at nlgsf.org/ways-to-contribute/ Our biggest need right now is spreading word through any means necessary to educate protesters going out in the streets to write the NLG hotline number (415) 285-1011 on the arms in permanent ink and to call the hotline if arrested. If you want to report an arrest or trying to coordinate loved ones support from the outside you can call the the NLG Public Hotline (415) 909-4NLG Our bail funds are only as good as it who it reaches. Please help us in connecting with those who are arrested. Please also continue checking for updates on our website: https://antirepressionbayarea.com and on Instagram at @antirepression_bayarea . We also want to call your attention to other organizations that are doing important work and are in need of funds. We encourage you to send funds their way. We will also be adding to this list as we get more information so please check back for more places to donate to. -Check out the Minnesota Freedom Fund for their latest updates on where to direct support and donations to Minneapolis at https://minnesotafreedomfund.org/. -The Transgender Gender-Variant Intersex Justice Project (TGIJP) is a Black-led San Francisco-based organization that supports trans women of color in the prison system and after release. You can donate to them at http://www.tgijp.org/donate.html. -To help post bail for medically vulnerable people held in NYC jails, check out COVID Bailout NYC at https://www.covidbailout.org/ -Donate to the San Francisco National Lawyers Guild (NLG), which is running a hotline to provide pro bono legal support for arrestees in the Bay Area at nlgsf.org/ways-to-contribute/ -Donate to the Asheville Bail Fund hosted by Blue Ridge Anarchist Black Cross: Venmo @thefinalstrawradio or Paypal thefinalstrawradio@riseup.net. PLEASE DO NOT LIST YOUR NAME WHEN YOU DONATE! It is published on this home page and makes you vulnerable to targeting by the state or fascists. We do not have the ability to remove your name once you’ve posted it. Background on our group: Originally formed to support Occupy Oakland actions, the Bay Area Anti-Repression Committee (ARC) stands against political repression and is in solidarity with all those who challenge the state, capitalism and other forms of systemic oppression and domination. We provide support for actions that are anti-patriarchal, anti-racist, anti-imperialist & anti-capitalist. Our bail fund is for those that do not have the resources to bail or bond themselves when facing state repression. ARC bail policy: https://antirepressionbayarea.com/about-2/
Mass gatherings, erosion of trust upend coronavirus controlNEW YORK (AP) - Protests erupting across the nation over the past week - and law enforcement's response to them - are threatening to upend efforts by health officials to track and contain the spread of coronavirus just as those efforts were finally getting underway. Health experts need newly infected people to remember and recount everyone they've interacted with over several days in order to alert others who may have been exposed, and prevent them from spreading the disease further. But that process, known as contact tracing, relies on people knowing who they've been in contact with - a daunting task if they've been to a mass gathering. And the process relies on something that may suddenly be in especially short supply: Trust in government. "These events that are happening now are further threats to the trust we need," said Dr. Sandro Galea, dean of the Boston University School of Public Health. "If we do not have that, I worry our capacity to control new outbreaks becomes more limited," he said. Government officials have been hoping to continue reopening businesses, churches and other organizations after months of stay-at-home orders and other infection-prevention measures. But health experts also hoped that any reopening would be accompanied by widespread testing, contact tracing and isolation to prevent new waves of illness from beginning. Over the past week, protests sparked by the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white Minneapolis police officer pinned a knee to his neck, have involved thousands of people gathered tightly together in large crowds in more than 20 cities nationwide. It's unclear if the protests themselves will trigger large new outbreaks. The protests were outside, where infections don't spread as readily as indoors. Also, many of the protesters were...
Boston Marathon canceled for first time in 124-year historyOrganizers canceled the Boston Marathon on Thursday for the first time in its history, bowing to the social distancing requirements of the coronavirus outbreak and ending a 124-year run - the longest-running annual marathon in the world - that had persisted through two World Wars, a terrorist bombing and even another pandemic. The race, which draws a field of 30,000 and already had been postponed from April 20 to Sept. 14, will be replaced by a virtual event in which participants who verify that they ran 26.2 miles on their own will receive their finisher's medal. "It became clear as this crisis developed that Sept. 14 was less and less plausible," Mayor Marty Walsh said at a news conference outside City Hall, where runners traditionally gather for a pre-race pasta dinner. ELSEWHERE 49ers give Williams some money up front The 49ers tweaked Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams' contract by giving him part of his $12.5 million salary for 2020 up front, NFL Network reported. The up-front money Williams received was presumably given as a pro-rated signing bonus. It would create more salary cap space this season and be applied to the cap in 2021. Williams, 31, is in the final year of a five-year, $66 million contract he signed in 2015, but he didn't earn a salary last season because he didn't play for Washington. - Eric Branch Obituary: Roy Steele, the longtime public address announcer for the A's who was dubbed "The Voice of God" by broadcaster Jon Miller, died at his home in Auburn (Placer County). Steele, 86, worked the microphone at the Coliseum from 1968, when the A's arrived in Oakland, until 2007, when he retired because of a throat...