As more schools announce online starts for fall amid the coronavirus pandemic, parents are looking to private schools for face-to-face instruction. Here is the South Carson Street Project update and Carson City area road report for the week of August 10-16, 2020. For information on lane restrictions and street closures related to the South Carson Street Project, please visit CarsonProud.com.
Oahu schools will temporarily move to online classes only when the school year starts — and the neighbor islands could follow suit.
ROME — With confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. hitting 5 million Sunday, by far the highest of any country, the failure of the most powerful nation in the world to contain the scourge has been met with astonishment and alarm in Europe. Anxious residents of the Indian Ocean island nation of Mauritius are stuffing fabric sacks with sugar cane leaves to create makeshift oil spill barriers as tons of fuel leak from a grounded ship
Young elementary school students and their parents attempt to get the attention of passing motorists on Church Street in Winchester, MA on July 30, 2020. A group of Winchester parents hold an event on the town common, voicing their concerns about younger students being able to learn remotely and advocating for the full return of them to classrooms.
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When classes begin on Wednesday, half of freshman at the Adelson Educational Campus will be new to the Jewish values school.
With more families looking for face-to-face instruction for fall, the Las Vegas school has seen an uptick in interest, according to Upper School Principal Camille McCue. Despite putting limits on class size to maintain social distancing, enrollment has increased.
The local public school district for many Adelson families is the 300,000-student Clark County School District. It is turning to a hybrid model for fall instruction, and families are looking for an alternative.
“Because families already endured the loss of the fourth quarter of school last year, they’re thinking about what they want their child’s experience to be for the fall,” she said. “There are many, many families who understand that you can’t really replace the in-person experience, especially when you’re talking about things like social and emotional engagement with students peers.”
The heightened interest McCue is seeing has mirrored reports from other private schools, as families unhappy with their district’s fall plan have begun looking elsewhere. In South Florida, for example, the number of applications started by parents for private schools has increased 32% over last year, according to Patrick Gibbons, public affairs manager for Step Up For Students, a regional organization that helps families pursue learning options that best fit their needs.
On Wednesday, Chicago Public Schools, the third-largest school district in the country, walked back previously floated ideas for a hybrid option, as the number of coronavirus cases rose in the city. Los Angeles Unified and Miami-Dade are also among large districts that will start the school year with remote learning.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, on the other hand, announced Friday all public school districts in the state have been authorized to reopen for fall given low enough viral transmission. The decision now rests with individual school districts, which must decide whether to get cleared by the health department for face-to-face learning or choose a different mode of instruction.
The Trump administration has waded into the debate, threatening to cut funding for schools that don’t fully open. Public health experts have warned against turning school reopenings “into yet another political football.”
Parents are looking at their situation and factoring all of these complex decisions that we all have to make now and they’re considering different options.
Vice president of media, National Association of Independent Schools
Reopening plans including in-person instruction have prompted push back from teachers’ unions, who have raised concerns about the safety of congregating in school buildings. Those fears mounted as school districts that have already reopened have had to quarantine students and staff after positive Covid-19 tests came back in the first week — and in one Georgia district on the first day — of school.
Julie Kashen, senior fellow and director for women’s economic justice at the Century Foundation, called the decision on whether to reopen schools an “impossible” one to make. In an interview on “Squawk Box,” she said it is likely women and people of color who will largely face the burden of schools remaining closed, but noted all parents will struggle regardless of the choice.
“It’s a no-win situation,” Kashen said. “Parents were already running a marathon while holding their kids on their back, and now they’re also juggling fire.”
The surge in interest in private schools is largely coming from parents who want more options than their local public school can provide, said Myra McGovern, vice president of media at the National Association of Independent Schools, which represents more than 1,600 schools.
It may be that the parents need to work and need their children in the classroom to do that. There may be health issues with students or family members that put them at greater risk and they want a smaller school to ensure their children remain connected while learning remotely.
“Parents are looking at their situation and factoring all of these complex decisions that we all have to make now and they’re considering different options,” she said. “What private schools are offering to parents is not one solution or another, it’s just a range of options that they didn’t have in their previous school.”
McGovern said having choices makes paying for education worth the cost, even if it’s not something families would have previously considered.
When classes begin on Aug. 31 at St. Peter Catholic School in North St. Paul, Minnesota, there will likely be 10 students more than last year, with waiting lists for many grades. The school teaches preschool through eighth grade and its principal, Alison Dahlman, has fielded around a dozen calls from families thinking about enrolling each week. She normally gets that many calls over the course of the entire summer.
Despite the increased interest, the school doesn’t have the room to accommodate more students and keep proper social distancing in place.
“We think it’s a moral good to educate children in the best way that we know how, and so that’s what we’re trying to do,” Dahlman said. “If it means new families might come and join our mission and join our schools, we feel privileged to be able to meet and welcome new families as well.”
Public schools may be hurt by the trend given how funding is allocated, according to Carol Burris, Network for Public Education Foundation executive director and a former public high school principal. If the student population declines too much, school funding may be cut. Schools, however, will still need to cover the same costs, from salaries to building maintenance.
“As someone who believes deeply in the importance of public education, I am very worried if we become a system where every parent is worried about their own child and scrambling to do something different,” Burris said. “And I believe that will be accelerated if public schools do not open at least partially in the fall.”
The unknown timeline of the pandemic has made matters worse, Burris said. Parents would likely be fine with remote starts if they knew their children would go back at a certain point, but she said it can be hard to fathom remote schooling continuing for multiple years.
Whether starting the year in-person, hybrid or remote, school leaders are busy preparing for a school year that they say will be unlike any other. School leaders have been busy over summer, taking tape measures to classes to figure out how many students can safely be in every room at a time.
McCue said her school is lucky to have larger classrooms that allow the student body to increase without overcrowding. But still, even with the spacious campus, her team has been busy working out expectations for keeping students and faculty safe, such as when they must be masked.
And while McCue says they will probably have to remind students to stay a “lion’s length” apart, in reference to the school mascot, or “to make room for Moses,” a nod to the biblical story, which fittingly takes place during a plague, the in-person instruction is worth it in her eyes. Much of the value of public education comes from discussion and debate with peers, she said, which is hard to do over Zoom.
“To a great degree, the value of being in a facility with your instructor and with your peers is really hard to replicate,” she said. “It’s especially hard to replicate if you start the school year that way because you don’t have those opportunities to form those in-person connections, so it’s extremely important to us to be able to start the school year with full force: five days a week, boots on the ground, live face-to-face classroom instruction.”
Author: Alex Harring
Carson City area road report: South Carson Street roundabout work continues
A colorful hot air balloon enjoying morning light and flight over Carson City.
Here is the South Carson Street Project update and Carson City area road report for the week of August 10-16, 2020. For information on lane restrictions and street closures related to the South Carson Street Project, please visit CarsonProud.com.
Carson City School Superintendent Richard Stokes will be the guest speaker at this week’s Rotary Club of Carson City’s virtual meeting. The public is invited to attend the online meeting which takes place Tuesday at noon.
At midnight Saturday the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest entered Stage 2 Fire Restrictions in response to the current severe risk of wildfire. Nevada is experiencing record dry conditions with much of the state in a severe drought.
The Nevada Governor’s Office of Workforce Innovation officially re-launched LifeWorksNV, the statewide work-based learning hub for student career seekers looking for information and opportunities in registered apprenticeship, internships, career and technical education programs, career exploration and more.
You may be noticing issues with your precious tomatoes such as blackened leathery spots on the bottom, cracks on top or catfacing. Gardeners work hard to grow delicious tomatoes and when the fruits aren’t thriving, they worry.
A group of about thirty Black Lives Matter protesters from Gardnerville, Carson City and Lake Tahoe took to the streets of Douglas County today, where they were met with hundreds of heavily armed counter-protesters, some of whom were physically and verbally assaulting the mostly-teenaged protesters.
Finalized data from the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR) show initial claims for unemployment insurance (UI) totaled 13,727 for the week ending August 1, down 4,663 claims, or 25.4 percent, compared to last week’s total of 18,390 claims.
This is the first decline in weekly initial claims since week ending June 20. Through the week ending August 1, there have been 624,817 initial claims filed in 2020, 603,165 of which have been filed since the week ending March 14.
Pioneer High School is a public high school in the Carson City School District. All 9th-12th grade CCSD students are encouraged to enroll. PHS is accredited through AdvancED and has been recognized by the Nevada Department of Education as a “Highlighted School” for achievement in 2011 and 2018. Students at PHS have been able to earn an Associate’s Degree from WNC along with their high school diploma free of charge.
Multiple agencies have been dispatched to behind the Applebee’s on Carson Street on report of a fire.
The actual fire is located on Curry Street.
The Carson City Fire Department and East Fork Fire are currently on route to the fire.
No structures are currently threatened.
Carson City Health and Human Services (CCHHS) is reporting eighteen new cases and seven additional recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County Region. This brings the total number of cases to 764, with 622 recoveries, and fourteen deaths, 128 cases remain active.
Today, Governor Steve Sisolak signed Senate Bill 1 (SB1), allowing for certain courts to grant stays for certain types of evictions.
Just before 3 p.m. Friday a motor vehicle accident with injury was reported on southbound I-580 near Fairview.
Multiple first responders are enroute to the scene. Motorists should avoid the area or use caution.
A single pick-up truck has hit the middle barrier, according to dispatch.
UPDATE: First responders on scene stated there are possibly three vehicles involved.
Since Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak announced during the recent special session that all active registered voters would be mailed ballots for the upcoming 2020 General Election, many residents have been concerned about voter fraud, or their vote not being counted.
Kingwhistler and Eric Andersen will hit the Flatbed Concerts Series this Saturday night, Aug 8 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. near the Long Ranch Park neighborhood!
A 40-year-old Carson City woman was arrested for felony child abuse and neglect, violation of a Temporary Protective Order, and a contempt of court warrant.
According to the arrest report, Maria Olvera was arrested Thursday afternoon in the 2700 block of Dori Wy. by Special Enforcement Team deputies after they were dispatched on a warrant service to Olvera’s home.
A Coyote crosses the Silver Saddle Ranch among the cows.
Heading into the weekend, there’s a bevy of activities around the Carson City region. Carson River railbike tours begin Saturday packed with thrills for all to enjoy, and Virginia City is hosting several exciting events throughout the weekend. The Brewery Art Center’s Flatbed Concert series continues featuring Kingwhistler and Eric Andersen. Read on for more events and happenings.
Stacey Giomi, Ward 1 Supervisor, former Fire Chief, and Regional Director of Operations for Rural Programs and Director of Facilities & Emergency Preparedness at Nevada Health Centers, will be the featured speaker at Monday’s Carson City Democratic Men’s Committee’s tele-luncheon. Nevada Health Centers is a state-wide organization that provides medical and dental care to over 50,000 low-income, uninsured, underinsured and geographically isolated residents of Nevada. It is the largest community health center in Nevada, with locations in seven different Nevada counties.
The seasons are changing and fall is considered as one the most beautiful seasons of all. What better way to leave summer and embrace the change than by pulling out the clubs and shoes and taking a few swings at the Dayton Chamber’s 27th annual “Making a Difference” Golf Tournament.
Carson City Health and Human Services is reporting Thursday, August 6, 2020, an additional death due to COVID-19 in the Quad-County region. The individual was a female Lyon County resident in her 80’s with underlying conditions.
Gov. Steve Sisolak has appointed former lawmaker and legal aid center leader Barbara Buckley to lead a “strike force” focused on improving the processing of Nevada’s backlogged unemployment claims.
As the country, and Carson City, continues the ongoing battle against COVID-19, there is a new enemy making its way onto the field: misinformation.
There are many conspiracy theories floating around the internet surrounding COVID-19, and sometimes, it’s difficult to be able to suss out what’s real.
Carson City Health and Human Services is reporting that there have been two bats that have tested positive for rabies in Douglas County within the last two weeks. There was both animal and human exposure to these bats.
Camp Carson is a decades long summer tradition for school-aged children in the capital city. Every year children can be seen at Mills Park, the Carson City Community Center, the Carson City Aquatic Center, or around town attending various field trips, identifiable by their matching, brightly colored t-shirts.
The California Highway Patrol reports a fatal vehicle incident involving a Dayton man that happened Wednesday on Blue Lakes Road off of State Route 88 south of Lake Tahoe.
A group of seasoned professors at Western Nevada College have some sage advice for new and returning students: Enroll in Strategies for Academic Success (EPY 150) class this fall.
A 31-year-old man was arrested Wednesday for suspicion of possession of stolen property and multiple drug related offenses, a Carson City sheriff’s deputy report states.
Lawmakers ended the second special session of the summer shortly after midnight on Wednesday after passing a heavily lobbied bill that shields many businesses from COVID-19-related lawsuits but ultimately exempted school districts, hospitals and other health care facilities from receiving the additional protections.
The Carson City Jazz and Beyond Music and Art Festival is taking a new direction in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The festival was founded in 2004. This is the first year in which gathering of large crowds at musical events has been restricted due to health concerns.
Carson City Health and Human Services is reporting Wednesday, August 5, 2020 that there is an additional death due to COVID-19 in the Quad-County region. The individual was a Carson City resident in his 50’s. There are also seven new cases and 26 additional recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County region. This brings the total number of cases to 740, with 600 recoveries, and 13 deaths, 127 cases remain active.
Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak issued a proclamation on Wednesday to formally name racism as a public health crisis. Given Nevada’s diverse population as a minority, majority state, this call to action raises awareness so Nevada does not perpetuate poor health outcomes due to systemic racism during and after the pandemic.
The Nevada Artists Association is excited to present the 2020 “Summer Show.” This judged show represents a collection of 74 plus photographs, paintings, drawings, mixed media and 3D pieces by Nevada Artists Association members and non-members from Northern Nevada.
Historical Coin Press No. 1 inside the Nevada State Museum, Carson City, will be minting a special medallion commemorating Abraham Curry, the first superintendent of the Carson City Mint.
The Nevada Highway Patrol has identified an Oregon man who died Saturday in a crash involving a motorcycle on State Route 207 Kingsbury Grade in Douglas County.
Carson City has been included as part of a nationwide drive-in movie project hosted by Walmart and held in parking lots across the country.
The Nevada Highway Patrol and other Nevada law enforcement agencies participating in the Joining Forces program including Carson City, are urging pedestrians and drivers alike to be aware of each other at all times and share the road responsibly.
Happy Wednesday Carson City! We have a special Pet(s) of the Week showcase this week, with three pets total making the spotlight!
Say hello to Sir Newton, Lord Leonard, and Lord Rock of Rochester.
A 27-year-old female inmate at Carson City Jail was booked early Tuesday morning for suspicion of felony battery by a prisoner, a sheriff’s deputy report states.
President Donald Trump’s campaign has sued Nevada over a contentious bill recently approved in the ongoing special session of the Nevada Legislature that expands mail-in voting for the 2020 general election, saying it would make voter fraud “inevitable.”
Author: Photography by Edward Howell
Oahu schools move to online classes for 4 weeks, Kishimoto to meet with neighbor island education officials next week
Oahu schools will temporarily move to online classes only when the school year starts — and the neighbor islands could follow suit.
Gov. David Ige announced Friday that, in light of an ongoing surge in COVID-19 cases centered on Oahu — as well as a series of new restrictions on Oahu to combat that surge — the state Department of Education has determined that from the start of the school year on Aug. 17, Oahu schools will only hold distance-learning classes for the first four weeks of the school year.
For now, this decision does not apply to the neighbor islands, said state Superintendent Christina Kishimoto.
However, Kishimoto added that she will have further discussions with neighbor island superintendents and principals next week to determine whether they will adopt the same policy or continue with their planned “blended learning” policy.
Kishimoto said the policy on Oahu will include some limited in-person services to accommodate students with disabilities, as well as those who do not have reliable internet access at home.
Ige urged employers to be lenient with employees as they juggle their work and caring for children at home.
Kishimoto reassured parents that the quality of online lessons will be significantly improved from the spring semester, when the online program was implemented quickly without much, if any, training.
This time, she said, teachers have undergone nine days of training for effectively conducting online lessons, and many have taken further lessons over the summer.
Kishimoto also could not corroborate reports by the Hawaii State Teachers Association that some teachers are retiring or taking leave this semester rather than return to crowded schools. She claimed that the number of teacher retirements this year are about on par with last year.
“I have heard a great deal of concern from parents and teachers regarding the start of the school year,” Ige said at a press conference Friday. “… I know that parents, teachers and students are worried. I also realize that keeping students at home is going to be an additional burden on working parents, but because of the recent surge on Oahu, I agree that this is the right approach.
“I know you’re frustrated with all of these measures. Everyone wants our lives to return to normal. But we still need to be vigilant, and taking personal responsibility is still the best way to fight COVID-19.”
The announcement came mere hours after the HSTA — which represents more than 13,000 teachers — urged the state to switch all classes statewide to online-only for the entire first quarter.
Kishimoto said the Department of Education is having continual discussions with the HSTA and other unions about its policies, but did not say whether the proposed policies have been made with the unions’ approval.
However, Ige said he and other state officials will make a determination whether to resume face-to-face learning on Oahu after the four-week period, or extend it through the first quarter.
Ige said he is working with several state departments to determine what metrics will be used to determine whether reopening is appropriate, as well as when closing a classroom, a building or a school might be necessary.
The announcement also came on the same day as the largest daily count of COVID-19 cases in Hawaii to date. The Department of Health reported 201 cases Friday, with one case on Maui and the remainder on Oahu.
Two Oahu men also were reported to have died of COVID-19 Friday, bringing the state fatality rate to 31.
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Author: By MICHAEL BRESTOVANSKY Hawaii Tribune-Herald | Saturday, August 8, 2020, 12:05 a.m.
U.S. tops 5 million confirmed virus cases, to Europe’s alarm
ROME — With confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. hitting 5 million Sunday, by far the highest of any country, the failure of the most powerful nation in the world to contain the scourge has been met with astonishment and alarm in Europe.
Perhaps nowhere outside the U.S. is America’s bungled virus response viewed with more consternation than in Italy, which was ground zero of Europe’s epidemic. Italians were unprepared when the outbreak exploded in February, and the country still has one of the world’s highest official death tolls at 35,000.
But after a strict nationwide, 10-week lockdown, vigilant tracing of new clusters and general acceptance of mask mandates and social distancing, Italy has become a model of virus containment.
“Don’t they care about their health?” a mask-clad Patrizia Antonini asked about people in the United States as she walked with friends along the banks of Lake Bracciano, north of Rome. “They need to take our precautions. … They need a real lockdown.”
Much of the incredulity in Europe stems from the fact that America had the benefit of time, European experience and medical know-how to treat the virus that the continent itself didn’t have when the first COVID-19 patients started filling intensive care units.
Yet, more than four months into a sustained outbreak, the U.S. reached the 5 million mark, according to the running count kept by Johns Hopkins University. Health officials believe the actual number is perhaps 10 times higher, or closer to 50 million, given testing limitations and the fact that as many as 40% of all those who are infected have no symptoms.
“We Italians always saw America as a model,” said Massimo Franco, a columnist with daily Corriere della Sera. “But with this virus we’ve discovered a country that is very fragile, with bad infrastructure and a public health system that is nonexistent.”
Italian Health Minister Roberto Speranza hasn’t shied away from criticizing the U.S., officially condemning as “wrong” Washington’s decision to withhold funding from the World Health Organization and expressing amazement at President Donald Trump’s virus response.
After Trump finally donned a mask last month, Speranza told La7 television: “I’m not surprised by Trump’s behavior now; I’m profoundly surprised by his behavior before.”
With America’s world’s-highest death toll of more than 160,000, its politicized resistance to masks and its rising caseload, European nations have barred American tourists and visitors from other countries with growing cases from freely traveling to the bloc.
France and Germany are now imposing tests on arrival for travelers from “at risk” countries, the U.S. included.
“I am very well aware that this impinges on individual freedoms, but I believe that this is a justifiable intervention,” German Health Minister Jens Spahn said last week.
Mistakes were made in Europe, too, from delayed lockdowns to insufficient protections for nursing home elderly and critical shortages of tests and protective equipment for medical personnel.
The virus is still raging in some Balkan countries, and thousands of maskless protesters demanded an end to virus restrictions in Berlin earlier this month. Hard-hit Spain, France and Germany have seen infection rebounds with new cases topping 1,000 a day, and Italy’s cases inched up over 500 on Friday. Britain is still seeing an estimated 3,700 new infections daily, and some scientists say the country’s beloved pubs might have to close again if schools are to reopen in September without causing a new wave.
Europe as a whole has seen over 207,000 confirmed virus deaths, by Johns Hopkins’ count.
In the U.S., new cases are running at about 54,000 a day — an immensely high number even when taking into account the country’s larger population. And while that’s down from a peak of well over 70,000 last month, cases are rising in nearly 20 states, and deaths are climbing in most.
In contrast, at least for now Europe appears to have the virus somewhat under control.
“Had the medical professionals been allowed to operate in the States, you would have belatedly gotten to a point of getting to grips with this back in March,” said Scott Lucas, professor of international studies at the University of Birmingham, England. “But of course, the medical and public health professionals were not allowed to proceed unchecked,” he said, referring to Trump’s frequent undercutting of his own experts.
When the virus first appeared in the United States, Trump and his supporters quickly dismissed it as either a “hoax” or a virus that would quickly disappear once warmer weather arrived. At one point, Trump suggested that ultraviolet light or injecting disinfectants would eradicate the virus. (He later said he was being facetious).
Trump’s frequent complaints about Dr. Anthony Fauci have regularly made headlines in Europe, where the U.S. infectious-disease expert is a respected figure. Italy’s leading COVID-19 hospital offered Fauci a job if Trump fired him.
Trump has defended the U.S. response, blaming China, where the virus was first detected, for America’s problems and saying the U.S. numbers are so high because there is so much testing. Trump supporters and Americans who have refused to wear masks against all medical advice back that line.
”There’s no reason to fear any sickness that’s out there,” said Julia Ferjo, a mother of three in Alpine, Texas, who is “vehemently” against wearing a mask. Ferjo, 35, teaches fitness classes in a large gym with open doors. She doesn’t allow participants to wear masks.
”When you’re breathing that hard, I would pass out,” she said. “I do not want people just dropping like flies.”
And health officials watched with alarm as thousands of bikers gathered Friday in the small South Dakota city of Sturgis for an annual 10-day motorcycle rally. The state has no mask mandates, and many bikers expressed defiance of measures meant to prevent the virus’s spread.
Dr. David Ho, director of the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, who is leading a team seeking treatments for COVID-19, decried such behavior, as well as the country’s handling of the virus.
“There’s no national strategy, no national leadership, and there’s no urging for the public to act in unison and carry out the measures together,” he said. “That’s what it takes, and we have completely abandoned that as a nation.”
When he gets on Zoom calls with counterparts from around the globe, “everyone cannot believe what they’re seeing in the U.S. and they cannot believe the words coming out of the leadership,” he said.
Even the European Commission president, Ursula von der Leyen, has taken the unusual step of criticizing the U.S. when she urged Washington to reconsider its decision to break ties with the WHO. She also issued veiled criticism of U.S. efforts to buy up stocks of any vaccine that might prove effective, vowing the EU will work to provide access to everyone “irrespective of where they live.”
Many Europeans point proudly to their national health care systems that not only test but treat COVID-19 for free, unlike the American system, where the virus crisis has only exacerbated income and racial inequalities in obtaining health care.
“The coronavirus has brutally stripped bare the vulnerability of a country that has been sliding for years,” wrote Italian author Massimo Gaggi in his new book “Crack America” (Broken America), about U.S. problems that long predated COVID-19.
Gaggi said he started writing the book last year and thought then that the title would be taken as a provocative wake-up call. Then the virus hit.
“By March the title wasn’t a provocation any longer,” he said. “It was obvious.”
Author: The Associated Press
Mauritius scrambles to counter oil spill from grounded ship
Anxious residents of the Indian Ocean island nation of Mauritius are stuffing fabric sacks with sugar cane leaves to create makeshift oil spill barriers as tons of fuel leak from a grounded ship
Author: ABC News