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Re: More Social Distancing

COVID-19 Deaths
Mass. DPH announces 38 new confirmed COVID-19 deaths in state

The state’s Department of Public Health announced on Saturday afternoon that an additional 38 people who had confirmed cases of COVID-19 have died in Massachusetts as a result of the virus.

That increase pushes the death toll from COVID-19 in the Commonwealth to 7,576 people. Of those fatalities, 7,420 deaths were among people with confirmed cases of the virus, while the additional 156 deaths were among people who had probable cases of COVID-19.

Also, Mass. DPH reported that there are an additional 336 cases of the virus in the state since their last update on Friday. Of those new cases, 259 are confirmed cases of COVID-19, while 77 are probable cases.

That means that there are 101,070 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Massachusetts and an additional 4,325 probable cases, according to DPH.

In addition to those increases, Mass. DPH also reported that 10,160 more people have been given molecular tests for COVID-19 in the state, bringing the total number of people tested via molecular test to 699,271 in Mass.

Also, 1,264 additional people were tested via antibody test, pushing the total number of people given that type of test to 57,048.
Friday, June 12:
Social Distancing and When you’re out socially distanced, wear a mask,And when you get behind the wheel, slow down.Maybe you get lucky you will have to pay a fine for speeding.

Re:With Layoffs Mounting, Educators Protest Sweeping Public Education Cuts

BROOKLINE (CBS) – As layoff notices go out across the state, educators rallied to save their jobs with a caravan through the streets of Brookline Monday. The procession, which involved an estimated 500 vehicles, started at Larz Anderson Park and ended at Brookline High — where hundreds protested sweeping education cuts.

“There are some districts that are cutting art, gym, music, technology, computers, library those are some of the most important subjects,” said Sarah Blout Rosenberg, a Cambridge teacher.

The Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA) says hundreds of educators, across more than 50 school districts, have been pink slipped – they fear hundreds more are at risk. On Monday alone, educators in Medford, Newton and Norfolk were notified of a reduction in force. Superintendents are blaming the budget cuts on the economic fallout of the coronavirus crisis.

Teachers rally to save jobs at Brookline High School (WBZ-TV)

“Cuts at this level are going to be devastating to public education, particularly in communities of color,” said MTA President Merrie Najimy. “We need to balance the budget on the backs of the millionaires and billionaires and not on the backs of the people.”

In Brookline, Graciela Mohamedi is one of 360 educators who were laid off last month. But after public push-back, the district has since re-hired more than 300 school employees. Mohamedi was recalled last week, only to be laid off again. In an email, Brookline school officials told her they made a mistake.

“Our educators and our students are not cogs on a wheel. And we’ve been treated that way for decades. We’re constantly asked to sacrifice for the sake of the kids. Most of us have master’s degrees and have to work two jobs,” Mohamedi said. “It’s impossible to have school exist when so many educators are being laid off. And there is so much work that needs to be done in order to ensure that every child is educated in an equitable way. There wasn’t enough manpower in the schools before COVID hit. Now, we need more teachers, not less.”

In a statement to WBZ-TV, Brookline’s Superintendent said, “I am disappointed that in our rush to rescind the layoff notices as quickly as possible, the school district sent incorrect letters to a small number of staff members on Friday. Working with principals, we quickly identified these errors and notified affected staff on the same day. We have assured these staff that the errors will be cleared up early this week.”

According to the MTA, June 15th is the required deadline for school districts to notify teachers, in their first three years of service, that their contracts will not be renewed. Since the state doesn’t collect this type of data, union leaders will track the numbers. But as layoff deadlines loom for teachers’ aides and other support staff, the full scope of the fallout is still unknown.

Close this Thread and Make Newer, topic specific threads

This thread is getting tedious and tiresome. The topics being discussed as of late have nothing to do with the initial thread title or even topics in the thread several months ago. It has morphed into an "Everything about The Schools and other Stuff" Thread.

If you have new topic of interest, make a new thread and let this one slowly fade into the archives. New different topic threads are easier to follow and manage.

Re: Close this Thread and Make Newer, topic specific threads

Nobody:s forcing to read this string.Maybe time for you to go to bed to get a good night sleep.

Re: Re:With Layoffs Mounting, Educators Protest Sweeping Public Education Cuts

Public Education
BROOKLINE (CBS) – As layoff notices go out across the state, educators rallied to save their jobs with a caravan through the streets of Brookline Monday. The procession, which involved an estimated 500 vehicles, started at Larz Anderson Park and ended at Brookline High — where hundreds protested sweeping education cuts.

“There are some districts that are cutting art, gym, music, technology, computers, library those are some of the most important subjects,” said Sarah Blout Rosenberg, a Cambridge teacher.

The Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA) says hundreds of educators, across more than 50 school districts, have been pink slipped – they fear hundreds more are at risk. On Monday alone, educators in Medford, Newton and Norfolk were notified of a reduction in force. Superintendents are blaming the budget cuts on the economic fallout of the coronavirus crisis.

Teachers rally to save jobs at Brookline High School (WBZ-TV)

“Cuts at this level are going to be devastating to public education, particularly in communities of color,” said MTA President Merrie Najimy. “We need to balance the budget on the backs of the millionaires and billionaires and not on the backs of the people.”

In Brookline, Graciela Mohamedi is one of 360 educators who were laid off last month. But after public push-back, the district has since re-hired more than 300 school employees. Mohamedi was recalled last week, only to be laid off again. In an email, Brookline school officials told her they made a mistake.

“Our educators and our students are not cogs on a wheel. And we’ve been treated that way for decades. We’re constantly asked to sacrifice for the sake of the kids. Most of us have master’s degrees and have to work two jobs,” Mohamedi said. “It’s impossible to have school exist when so many educators are being laid off. And there is so much work that needs to be done in order to ensure that every child is educated in an equitable way. There wasn’t enough manpower in the schools before COVID hit. Now, we need more teachers, not less.”

In a statement to WBZ-TV, Brookline’s Superintendent said, “I am disappointed that in our rush to rescind the layoff notices as quickly as possible, the school district sent incorrect letters to a small number of staff members on Friday. Working with principals, we quickly identified these errors and notified affected staff on the same day. We have assured these staff that the errors will be cleared up early this week.”

According to the MTA, June 15th is the required deadline for school districts to notify teachers, in their first three years of service, that their contracts will not be renewed. Since the state doesn’t collect this type of data, union leaders will track the numbers. But as layoff deadlines loom for teachers’ aides and other support staff, the full scope of the fallout is still unknown.
It's about knowing that every day, the choices we make can and will affect our lives. It's about being accountable for our choices in life. We have the right to make our decisions every day, and every day is a new day.

Re:From China To Germany, the World Learns to Live With the Coronavirus

As mass infections strike even in places that had seemed to tame the coronavirus, officials are turning to targeted and fast-but-flexible approaches to stop third or fourth waves.
Giving a coronavirus swab test in Beijing on Monday.
Giving a coronavirus swab test in Beijing on Monday.Credit...Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

By Sui-Lee Wee, Benjamin Mueller and Emma Bubola

June 24, 2020
Updated 1:30 p.m. ET

China is testing restaurant workers and delivery drivers block by block. South Korea tells people to carry two types of masks for differing risky social situations. Germany requires communities to crack down when the number of infections hits certain thresholds. Britain will target local outbreaks in a strategy that Prime Minister Boris Johnson calls “Whac-A-Mole.”

Around the world, governments that had appeared to tame the coronavirus are adjusting to the reality that the disease is here to stay. But in a shift away from damaging nationwide lockdowns, they are looking for targeted ways to find and stop outbreaks before they become third or fourth waves.

While the details differ, the strategies call for giving governments flexibility to tighten or ease as needed. They require some mix of intensive testing and monitoring, lightning-fast response times by the authorities, tight border management and constant reminders to their citizens of the dangers of frequent human contact.

The strategies often force central governments and local officials to share data and work closely together, overcoming incompatible computer systems, turf battles and other longstanding bureaucratic rivalries. Already, in Britain, some local officials say their efforts are not coordinated enough.

The shifting strategies are an acknowledgment that even the most successful countries cannot declare victory until a vaccine is found. They also show the challenge presented by countries like the United States, Brazil and India, where the authorities never fully contained initial outbreaks and from where the coronavirus will continue to threaten to spread.

“It’s always going to be with us,” said Simon James Thornley, an epidemiologist from the University of Auckland in New Zealand. “I don’t think we can eliminate the virus long term. We are going to need to learn to live with the virus.”
ImagePedestrians wearing face masks in Seoul, South Korea, on Tuesday.
Pedestrians wearing face masks in Seoul, South Korea, on Tuesday.Credit...Jung Yeon-Je/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Even in places where the coronavirus appeared to be under control, big outbreaks remain a major risk. In Tokyo, there have been 253 new infections in the past week, 83 from a nightlife district. In Gütersloh in western Germany, more than 1,500 workers from a meat processing plant tested positive, prompting the authorities to shut down two districts. South Korea, another poster child for fast responses, has announced dozens of new infections in recent days.

In Rome, which recently emerged from one of the strictest lockdowns in Europe, 122 people have been linked to a cluster case at a hospital, the San Raffaele Pisana Institute. Several days later, 18 people who lived in a building with shared bathrooms came down with the virus.

“As soon as we lowered our guard,” said Paolo La Pietra, who owns a tobacco shop in the neighborhood, “it hit us back.”

Some countries, like South Korea and Japan, aimed to make their responses nimble.

South Korea calls its strategy “everyday life quarantine.” The country never implemented the strict lockdowns that were seen in other places, and social-distancing measures, while strongly encouraged, remain guidelines. Still, it has set a strict target of a maximum of about 50 new infections a day — a target that it says its public health system, including its testing and tracing capacity, can withstand.

Officials shift the rules as needed. After a second wave of infections broke out in Seoul, city officials made people wear masks in public transportation and closed public facilities for two weeks.

The South Korean government has added new guidelines as it has learned more about outbreaks. It advises companies to have employees sit in a zigzag fashion. Air-conditioners should be turned off every two hours to increase ventilation, it said. It has discouraged singing in markets and other public places.
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A Tokyo cinema earlier this month.
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It has also advised people to carry two types of masks in summer — a surgical mask and a heavy-duty mask, similar to the N95 respirator masks worn by health care workers, to be used in crowded settings.

Japan, which endured only limited lockdowns, also wants to keep its limits light to help restart its economy. It is considering allowing travelers from Australia, New Zealand, Thailand and Vietnam. As an island nation, Japan cannot afford to keep its borders closed any longer, said Shinzo Abe, its prime minister.

Last Friday, Japan launched a contact tracing app that would alert users if they had been in touch with a person who tested positive in the last 14 days. Railway operators have launched an app and websites telling commuters how crowded the trains are at any given time.

Officials are also warning people constantly to change the way they live. Though bars and clubs are reopening, hostesses have been told to refrain from being next to a client when singing karaoke and dancing. Nightclubs must minimize music and crowd volumes to reduce the spread of respiratory droplets. Citizens are advised to continue avoiding the “Three Cs” — closed, crowded and close-contact activities.

“We need to run the economy strongly by controlling the infection risks with less-restrictive measures and take measures which put more emphasis on protecting jobs and life,” said Mr. Abe.

Some countries, like China, are learning to ease back from their more draconian methods. The Chinese government virtually isolated tens of millions of people in the city of Wuhan and surrounding Hubei Province when the outbreak began.
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A restaurant in Hamburg, Germany, earlier this month.
A restaurant in Hamburg, Germany, earlier this month.Credit...Laetitia Vancon for The New York Times

Mindful of the economic damage, Chinese leaders have adopted looser restrictions. In Beijing, officials told residents that they could take off their masks outdoors. Temperature screening in the city became less widespread.

Then, on June 12, Beijing officials announced that 53 people had tested positive for the coronavirus. Instead of locking up the capital city, officials promptly shut down a market and residential communities surrounding it and mobilized close to 100,000 community workers to test roughly 2.3 million residents in about a week.

“A city as big as Beijing can’t be in a state of wartime resistance forever,” said Mao Shoulong, a professor of public policy at Beijing’s Renmin University. “How many more times can we endure this?”

Unlike Wuhan, the effort was targeted. Other Beijing neighborhoods stayed open as usual. The Chinese government tends to favor a mass testing approach focused on specific groups — in addition to the people connected to the market, it said it would also test residents living in high- and medium-risk neighborhoods, restaurant and retail staff, students and teaching staff, and health care workers.
The Coronavirus Outbreak

Frequently Asked Questions and Advice

Updated June 24, 2020
What’s the best material for a mask?

Scientists around the country have tried to identify everyday materials that do a good job of filtering microscopic particles. In recent tests, HEPA furnace filters scored high, as did vacuum cleaner bags, fabric similar to flannel pajamas and those of 600-count pillowcases. Other materials tested included layered coffee filters and scarves and bandannas. These scored lower, but still captured a small percentage of particles.
Is it harder to exercise while wearing a mask?

A commentary published this month on the website of the British Journal of Sports Medicine points out that covering your face during exercise “comes with issues of potential breathing restriction and discomfort” and requires “balancing benefits versus possible adverse events.” Masks do alter exercise, says Cedric X. Bryant, the president and chief science officer of the American Council on Exercise, a nonprofit organization that funds exercise research and certifies fitness professionals. “In my personal experience,” he says, “heart rates are higher at the same relative intensity when you wear a mask.” Some people also could experience lightheadedness during familiar workouts while masked, says Len Kravitz, a professor of exercise science at the University of New Mexico.
I’ve heard about a treatment called dexamethasone. Does it work?

The steroid, dexamethasone, is the first treatment shown to reduce mortality in severely ill patients, according to scientists in Britain. The drug appears to reduce inflammation caused by the immune system, protecting the tissues. In the study, dexamethasone reduced deaths of patients on ventilators by one-third, and deaths of patients on oxygen by one-fifth.
What is pandemic paid leave?

The coronavirus emergency relief package gives many American workers paid leave if they need to take time off because of the virus. It gives qualified workers two weeks of paid sick leave if they are ill, quarantined or seeking diagnosis or preventive care for coronavirus, or if they are caring for sick family members. It gives 12 weeks of paid leave to people caring for children whose schools are closed or whose child care provider is unavailable because of the coronavirus. It is the first time the United States has had widespread federally mandated paid leave, and includes people who don’t typically get such benefits, like part-time and gig economy workers. But the measure excludes at least half of private-sector workers, including those at the country’s largest employers, and gives small employers significant leeway to deny leave.
Does asymptomatic transmission of Covid-19 happen?

So far, the evidence seems to show it does. A widely cited paper published in April suggests that people are most infectious about two days before the onset of coronavirus symptoms and estimated that 44 percent of new infections were a result of transmission from people who were not yet showing symptoms. Recently, a top expert at the World Health Organization stated that transmission of the coronavirus by people who did not have symptoms was “very rare,” but she later walked back that statement.
What’s the risk of catching coronavirus from a surface?

Touching contaminated objects and then infecting ourselves with the germs is not typically how the virus spreads. But it can happen. A number of studies of flu, rhinovirus, coronavirus and other microbes have shown that respiratory illnesses, including the new coronavirus, can spread by touching contaminated surfaces, particularly in places like day care centers, offices and hospitals. But a long chain of events has to happen for the disease to spread that way. The best way to protect yourself from coronavirus — whether it’s surface transmission or close human contact — is still social distancing, washing your hands, not touching your face and wearing masks.
How does blood type influence coronavirus?

A study by European scientists is the first to document a strong statistical link between genetic variations and Covid-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus. Having Type A blood was linked to a 50 percent increase in the likelihood that a patient would need to get oxygen or to go on a ventilator, according to the new study.
How many people have lost their jobs due to coronavirus in the U.S.?

The unemployment rate fell to 13.3 percent in May, the Labor Department said on June 5, an unexpected improvement in the nation’s job market as hiring rebounded faster than economists expected. Economists had forecast the unemployment rate to increase to as much as 20 percent, after it hit 14.7 percent in April, which was the highest since the government began keeping official statistics after World War II. But the unemployment rate dipped instead, with employers adding 2.5 million jobs, after more than 20 million jobs were lost in April.
What are the symptoms of coronavirus?

Common symptoms include fever, a dry cough, fatigue and difficulty breathing or shortness of breath. Some of these symptoms overlap with those of the flu, making detection difficult, but runny noses and stuffy sinuses are less common. The C.D.C. has also added chills, muscle pain, sore throat, headache and a new loss of the sense of taste or smell as symptoms to look out for. Most people fall ill five to seven days after exposure, but symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as many as 14 days.
How can I protect myself while flying?

If air travel is unavoidable, there are some steps you can take to protect yourself. Most important: Wash your hands often, and stop touching your face. If possible, choose a window seat. A study from Emory University found that during flu season, the safest place to sit on a plane is by a window, as people sitting in window seats had less contact with potentially sick people. Disinfect hard surfaces. When you get to your seat and your hands are clean, use disinfecting wipes to clean the hard surfaces at your seat like the head and arm rest, the seatbelt buckle, the remote, screen, seat back pocket and the tray table. If the seat is hard and nonporous or leather or pleather, you can wipe that down, too. (Using wipes on upholstered seats could lead to a wet seat and spreading of germs rather than killing them.)
What should I do if I feel sick?

If you’ve been exposed to the coronavirus or think you have, and have a fever or symptoms like a cough or difficulty breathing, call a doctor. They should give you advice on whether you should be tested, how to get tested, and how to seek medical treatment without potentially infecting or exposing others.

China’s strategy is not to bring infections to zero, said Zhang Wenhong, an adviser to the Shanghai government on the pandemic. Instead, in an interview with China’s Caixin magazine, he described China’s game plan as “getting close to zero cases.”

“Prevention and control with precision, coupled with rapid medical treatment,” Dr. Zhang said. “This strategy will be applicable to China for a long time.”

European governments are also learning to be more flexible following their strong responses, though the process can be slow. In Germany, officials have stipulated that regions or municipalities that register more than 50 new infections per 100,000 people in seven days must quickly respond to quell the outbreak, using tools like school closings, full quarantines and mass testing.
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A shoe shop in Southampton, England, this month.
A shoe shop in Southampton, England, this month.Credit...Adrian Dennis/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Though many of these efforts are intensely local, they require close coordination with central officials and neighboring jurisdictions. England, for example, is exploring limited, tailor-made shutdowns around clusters of infections, but local officials warn that the system is full of potential holes.

Health officials in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are largely responsible for their own strategies. In England, where local officials have complained about a lack of testing data from the central government, employers or building managers have picked up the slack by keeping track of infections and respond to outbreaks. Some, like the headquarters of a major retailer in East Lancashire, have been praised by public health officials for taking quick action.

But controlling the virus would require an understanding of where it is lurking, especially difficult for a disease in which 80 percent of the cases have mild symptoms. Several local public health directors said in interviews that they learned about outbreaks from the news. The level of detail that officials need to decide on localized shutdowns — the postal codes of people testing positive, for example — remains elusive.

“Every pandemic begins as a local outbreak,” said Lincoln Sargeant, the director of public health in North Yorkshire. “It’s granular intelligence that we need in a timely fashion.”

Mr. Johnson, the prime minister, has maintained that local shutdowns are sufficient to control new waves of the virus. In the beginning, the government “had very few instruments at our disposal,” he said on Friday. Now, he said, officials can “identify outbreaks where they happen.”

He has likened the effort to Whac-A-Mole, the decades-old arcade game. Officials can “take the preventive measures necessary on the spot, rather than going back to the national lockdown approach,” he said. “That’s what we hope.”

In Rome, the outbreak at the San Raffaele Pisana Institute tested the ability of the local authorities to find and stop outbreaks.

Local health officials tested patients and staff at the hospital, emptied three wards and sealed off the building. Former patients and their contacts queued in their cars outside drive-in testing stations. Rome’s prosecutors opened an investigation into clusters’ origin.

One of the people who became ill was a pulmonologist, Vittorio Bisogni. He came down with a slight fever after he visited a patient who had been released from the hospital. Dr. Bisogni was diagnosed with the virus on June 9. His patient died a few days later.

Re: Re:From China To Germany, the World Learns to Live With the Coronavirus

I read a little of this, of course not the whole thing, it's a bit more than a "message". Is there a portion of it mentioning "more staff leaving the high school"?

Re: More Staff Leaving the High School?????

Really ??? A teacher leaving to get a different job is viewed as MAJOR CHAOS
!!! Get a f'n life !!!

Re: More Staff Leaving the High School?????

June 28, 2020
Updated 8:09 p.m. ET

MIAMI — John Delgado has slept in a tent in his backyard for 57 nights and counting.

As the inventory manager of Farm Share, an immense South Florida food bank, Mr. Delgado, 51, finds himself holding his breath under his face-covering as he speaks to the many clients who come in without masks, for fear that coronavirus particles will seep through the fabric.

Because he interacts with the public every day, Mr. Delgado sleeps outdoors to avoid contaminating his wife, aging mother-in-law, three sons and grandson. At night, he sometimes peeks through the window to watch his wife sleep. By day, he does socially -distanced yard work with his sons.

“I want to sleep in my house, sleep in my bed,” he said. “I want to hug my wife, my children, grandson, and want to go out to the community not feeling like I’m in ‘The Walking Dead,’ where I’m going to be attacked by a zombie. I want to live. Right now, I don’t feel like I’m living.

“How long is this going to be?”

On Saturday, for the second straight day, Florida crushed its previous record for new coronavirus cases, reporting 9,585 infections. Another 8,530 were reported on Sunday.

The closest hospital to Mr. Delgado’s house in Homestead, 40 miles south of Miami, is nearing capacity as Covid-19 cases soar. The situation in Miami is equally serious: One-third of all patients admitted to the city’s main public hospital over the past two weeks after going to the emergency room for car-crash injuries and other urgent problems have tested positive for the coronavirus.
ImageJohn Delgado, his home in Homestead, Fla., in April. Mr. Delgado has slept in a tent in his yard for 57 nights and counting.
John Delgado, his home in Homestead, Fla., in April. Mr. Delgado has slept in a tent in his yard for 57 nights and counting.Credit...Matias J. Ocner/Miami Herald

Six-hour lines formed in Jacksonville over the weekend as thousands of people flocked to get drive-through tests. Orlando has seen an explosion of coronavirus: nearly 60 percent of all cases diagnosed in that county came in just the past two weeks.

Much of Florida’s new surge in cases appears to follow from the reopening of beaches, bars, restaurants and other social activities. The state’s beaches are full and throngs of revelers pack its waterways on boats.

Many people have had enough of staying inside, feeling trapped and scared. As fear subsided, coronavirus grew.

Florida now joins South Carolina and Nevada among the states that broke daily records over the weekend.

“I’m one of the people who contributed to the 9,000-person day,” said Ian Scott, a 19-year-old college sophomore in Orlando who tested positive on Friday. He has no idea how he got it.

Mr. Scott said that for young people, getting tested has become an amusing pastime. They challenge each other to see who can get the nasal swab test without crying. About half of his fraternity has tested positive.

“We’re seeing positive, positive, positive, positive,” he said. “My generation says: ‘Let’s get this over with. Let’s suck it up for two weeks, sit in our rooms, play video games, play with our phones, finish online classes, and it’s over.”

Mr. Scott barely felt sick, and was fine by the time the test results came back. Patients like him could help account for the fact that while Florida’s daily case count has increased fivefold in two weeks, the rate of deaths has not increased so far. State records show that hospitalization rates have inched up but are not at crisis levels.

Gov. Ron DeSantis said more Covid-related fatalities in the state had been people over 90 than people under 65.
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Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami on Sunday. One-third of the people admitted through the emergency room over the past two weeks have tested positive for the virus.
Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami on Sunday. One-third of the people admitted through the emergency room over the past two weeks have tested positive for the virus.Credit...Saul Martinez for The New York Times

The median age of new coronavirus patients is now 36, the Department of Health said.

“Those groups are much less at risk for very serious consequences,” Governor DeSantis said of younger patients. But they can spread the virus to their older relatives and others who are medically vulnerable without even realizing it, he stressed.

Officials have done little so far to halt public interactions. The mayor of one affluent Miami suburb implored residents this week to stop throwing house parties; on Friday, state officials prohibited the sale of alcohol in bars. Miami-Dade and Broward counties chose to close its beaches for the busy Fourth of July weekend.

Governor DeSantis said the surge of new cases can be attributed to the huge numbers of tests results that are coming in each day. But he acknowledged that since the second week of June, the share of tests coming back positive has been creeping upward. That trend coincided with the reopening of the economy, and also the onset of recent street protests.

Statewide, about 20 percent of people aged 25 to 34 are testing positive, he said at a news conference Sunday.

He said the risk has also increased as temperatures outside rise and people seek relief in the air conditioning.

“As it gets warmer in Florida, people want to beat the heat,” he said. “They are more likely to do that indoors, in closed spaces. That is going to increase the risk of transmission of the coronavirus.”

Florida public health experts worry that the surging case numbers will lead to a crush of hospitalizations and, eventually, of deaths.

“We know that there’s a lag,” said Natalie E. Dean, an assistant professor of biostatistics at the University of Florida.

Even though young people are less likely to have severe cases, the long-term consequences of Covid-19 infection among the young are still unknown, she said. “Some people do get pretty sick,” she said. “Even what’s classified as a mild disease, some people really get the wind knocked out of them for a week.”

Re: More Staff Leaving the High School?????

The people from Melrose who work here are not the ones who are getting in trouble. Some depts. have not hired from Melrose in years skipping over excellent prospects.

Re: More Staff Leaving the High School?????

I agree that Governor DeSantis is a complete space shot, but when was he part of the staff leaving the high school?

Re: Melrose Students Must Get Back In Class: Outgoing Superintendent.

MELROSE, MA — Outgoing Superintendent Cyndy Taymore in her final School Committee meeting stressed the importance of getting children back into the classroom when the school year begins.

Taymore, who is calling it a career this week, said Thursday night the district was not caught off-guard by the state's back-to-school guidelines released earlier in the day.

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education told districts to come up with an idea for returning to class (with major safety precautions,) staying remote and a mixture of the two. Taymore has said for months it's paramount to get children back in class.

"Ultimately this is a choice between risks," Taymore said. "The risk of the virus or the risk of a whole generation lost because they were not in school."

Taymore said it's not just the academics, but the social-emotional aspect that is irreplaceable.

"Teaching is a very human endeavor. Learning is a very human endeavor," she said. "It counts upon those relationships not only between the student and the teacher but between students themselves."

The current expectation is bringing students back for full in-person teaching, but everyone knows how quickly that can change.

"Ultimately the state and the medical professionals will determine what we do," Taymore said.

Taymore's final day is Tuesday. Julie Kukenberger takes over Wednesday.



Re: SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Lizbeth DeSelm

ADDRESS: 33A South Street
PHONE: 857-544-4923
E-MAIL: ldeselm@cityofmelrose.org




Mayor Paul Brodeur

ADDRESS:
PHONE: 781-979-4440
E-MAIL:pbrodeur@cityofmelrose.org


Margaret Raymond Driscoll
Margaret Raymond Driscoll, Vice Chair

ADDRESS: 49 Boston Rock Road
PHONE: 781-665-7231
E-MAIL: mdriscoll@cityofmelrose.org
Ed O’Connell
Ed O’Connell, Chair

ADDRESS: 20 Cleveland Street
PHONE: 781-854-2903
E-MAIL: eoconnell@cityofmelrose.org
obremski
John Obremski

ADDRESS: 55 Hawley Rd.
PHONE:

EMAIL: jobremski@cityofmelrose.org
mcandrew
Jen McAndrew

ADDRESS: 12 Sears Ave.

PHONE: 781-605-9917

EMAIL: jmcandrew@cityofmelrose.org
razi-thomas
Jennifer Razi-Thomas

ADDRESS: 106 Walton Park

PHONE:

EMAIL: jrazi-thomas@cityofmelrose.org

Re: SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Because sometimes it's better to hide the hurtful secrets because the world these days will probably laugh at you then do nothing for a few days then decide you’re telling the truth.

Re: SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEMBERS

What staff leaving the high school is your post referring to?

Re: SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Hey Geezer, I am dropping my kids off at Tolerant Camp I'll let you know how it goes!!!

Re: SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Glad to hear it, and will be very anxiously awaiting to see how it goes. However, why not start a new string/thread to report the results, instead of sticking it on the end of this one, where it has NO RELEVANCE whatsoever!

Re: SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Did any individual on the BOA even demonstrate a wrinkled brow when Gerry Mroz revealed a week ago that the school administration (aka super and SC, because they act in perfect harmony without a hint of due diligence of actual oversight, now headed by a convicted felon who stole from old people) lied overtly over the last many years about "school security," charging over $5 million fraudulently to that line item. This is, by the way, something Mr. M has been bringing to their (and our) attention for many years and which he finally had confirmed in Taymore's "oops my bad" admission to his formal public records request and which he spoke multiple times about to both the SC and BOA in the last couple of weeks. Predictably there was nary a nod or even barest of acknowledgment to that $5 MILLION DOLLAR "ERROR" from either the School Committee or BOA (Council, powwow or whatever they think would be most PC this week). $5 Million Dollars in taxpayer monies misrepresented in the fully approved budgets. Gee that number has a familiar ring to it....

You can watch it here if you actually care (beginning of the June 3 BOA mtg):
https://vimeo.com/340118680
You can also see Lipper-G try (2 times this week) to shut down Mr. M, claiming only discussions around the "budget" (which this most certainly was) were allowed. She is a real piece of work, totally now in line with the rest of the disgusting cabal.

ReCITY MEMBERS

The Big Show
Did any individual on the BOA even demonstrate a wrinkled brow when Gerry Mroz revealed a week ago that the school administration (aka super and SC, because they act in perfect harmony without a hint of due diligence of actual oversight, now headed by a convicted felon who stole from old people) lied overtly over the last many years about "school security," charging over $5 million fraudulently to that line item. This is, by the way, something Mr. M has been bringing to their (and our) attention for many years and which he finally had confirmed in Taymore's "oops my bad" admission to his formal public records request and which he spoke multiple times about to both the SC and BOA in the last couple of weeks. Predictably there was nary a nod or even barest of acknowledgment to that $5 MILLION DOLLAR "ERROR" from either the School Committee or BOA (Council, powwow or whatever they think would be most PC this week). $5 Million Dollars in taxpayer monies misrepresented in the fully approved budgets. Gee that number has a familiar ring to it....

You can watch it here if you actually care (beginning of the June 3 BOA mtg):
https://vimeo.com/340118680
You can also see Lipper-G try (2 times this week) to shut down Mr. M, claiming only discussions around the "budget" (which this most certainly was) were allowed. She is a real piece of work, totally now in line with the rest of the disgusting cabal.
Christoper Cinella
69 Cranmore Lane
(617) 917-4248

Jack Eccles
99 Essex Street, #10
(781) 913-0188

Maya Jamaleddine
10 Melrose Street
(781) 462-1960

Leila Migliorelli
25 Dartmouth Road
(781) 462-1425

Ward Councilor
John N. Tramontozzi
Ward 1
794 Franklin Street
(781) 662-6175

Jeffrey McNaught
Ward 2
94 Clifford Street
(781) 620-0442

Robb Stewart
Ward 3
92 Trenton Street
(781) 521-4913

Mark Garipay
Ward 4
71 Mooreland Road
(781) 665-0988

Shawn MacMaster
Ward 5
35 Brazil Street
(781) 462-1875

Jen Grigoraitis
Ward 6
419 Lebanon Street
(781) 462-1288

Cory Thomas
Ward 7
19 Linwood Avenue
(617) 957-4227
City Council Melrose Massachusetts Phone Numbers And Address That Represent all of us.Ted Kenney


Christoper Cinella
69 Cranmore Lane
(617) 917-4248

Jack Eccles
99 Essex Street, #10
(781) 913-0188

Maya Jamaleddine
10 Melrose Street
(781) 462-1960

Leila Migliorelli
25 Dartmouth Road
(781) 462-1425

Ward Councilor
John N. Tramontozzi
Ward 1
794 Franklin Street
(781) 662-6175

Jeffrey McNaught
Ward 2
94 Clifford Street
(781) 620-0442

Robb Stewart
Ward 3
92 Trenton Street
(781) 521-4913

Mark Garipay
Ward 4
71 Mooreland Road
(781) 665-0988

Shawn MacMaster
Ward 5
35 Brazil Street
(781) 462-1875

Jen Grigoraitis
Ward 6
419 Lebanon Street
(781) 462-1288

Cory Thomas
Ward 7
19 Linwood Avenue
(617) 957-4227
City Council Melrose Massachusetts Phone Numbers And Address That Represent all of us.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Lizbeth DeSelm

ADDRESS: 33A South Street
PHONE: 857-544-4923
E-MAIL: ldeselm@cityofmelrose.org




Mayor Paul Brodeur

ADDRESS:
PHONE: 781-979-4440
E-MAIL:pbrodeur@cityofmelrose.org


Margaret Raymond Driscoll
Margaret Raymond Driscoll, Vice Chair

ADDRESS: 49 Boston Rock Road
PHONE: 781-665-7231
E-MAIL: mdriscoll@cityofmelrose.org
Ed O’Connell
Ed O’Connell, Chair

ADDRESS: 20 Cleveland Street
PHONE: 781-854-2903
E-MAIL: eoconnell@cityofmelrose.org
obremski
John Obremski

ADDRESS: 55 Hawley Rd.
PHONE:

EMAIL: jobremski@cityofmelrose.org
mcandrew
Jen McAndrew

ADDRESS: 12 Sears Ave.

PHONE: 781-605-9917

EMAIL: jmcandrew@cityofmelrose.org
razi-thomas
Jennifer Razi-Thomas

ADDRESS: 106 Walton Park

PHONE:

EMAIL: jrazi-thomas@cityofmelrose.org

Re: ReCITY MEMBERS

Are those the more staff that are leaving the HS?

Re: Melrose COVID-19 Testing Extended 7 18 2020

MELROSE, MA - Drive-thru testing for COVID-19 will continue Saturday after hours-long wait times Friday. The testing will be in the same location from 1-6 p.m. If you do come, wear a mask and do not bring any pets. Results are expected within 48 hours.A medical worker will ask a couple questions and retrieve a nasal sample.

Re: Melrose COVID-19 Testing Extended 7 18 2020

Who's asking the questions, the staff that's leaving the HS? Is that why this post is in this thread?

Re: CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

Safety is the number one issue in every school Melrose .

Which staff is/are leaving?

Can anyone tell me which staff are leaving the HS? The thread title/topic is Staff Leaving HS, so that is why I opened it. The last ones mentioned are from 2016. Everything else in this thread is random non-related stuff.

So, back to the question, can anyone tell me who is leaving?

Re: The School NEEDS IMPROVEMENT

Nobody:s forcing to read this string.Maybe time for you to go to bed to get a good night sleep.

Re: Which staff is/are leaving?

Need to Know
Can anyone tell me which staff are leaving the HS? The thread title/topic is Staff Leaving HS, so that is why I opened it. The last ones mentioned are from 2016. Everything else in this thread is random non-related stuff.

So, back to the question, can anyone tell me who is leaving?
This is what happens when the public sits silent.

Re: Which staff is/are leaving?

You sound like tRump, never answer the question asked!

Re: Which staff is/are leaving?

You are wrong.

Re: More Staff Leaving the High School?????

I also believe some administration and secretaries need to be let go.

Re: More Staff Leaving the High School?????

Safety is the number one issue in every school Melrose .

Re: More Staff Leaving the High School?????

Melrose is waiting for the problem to go away and then children can go back to schools instead of fixing the problem long time ago.

Re: More Staff Leaving the High School?????

Safety is the number one issue in every school Melrose .If the kid go back in November 2020 or Some time in 2021 school year.Time will tell.

Re: More Staff Leaving the High School?????

Middle class school systems will never be top notch. Looking through these posts is comical. Where do you people think you live, Winchester? Lexington? Belmont? You live in MELROSE. Most of you are just upset because you moved here and overspent by 100 K on a two bed one bath. We don’t have the tax base or the revenue to ever thrive in the education system. Why do you think many Melrose residents send their kids to parochial or private schools. I’m not saying don’t make the effort to make the system better but realize that we are capped and be realistic. There are many other parts of our city budget that need money to, not every cent can go to the schools.

DPW needs money to make much-needed infrastructure changes. All three fire departments look like they are about to cave in and collapse. The police department is so undermanned it’s borderline dangerous. These are just three quick thoughts that come to mind when I hear people trying to over extend what we really are here in this city when it comes to education. Money needs to go elsewhere.

Re: More Coronavirus pandemic

MELROSE — Next week is a big one for the city’s educators, students, parents and other caregivers as the 2020-21 academic year begins amid the on-going coronavirus pandemic.

Re: SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEMBERS



Lizbeth DeSelm

ADDRESS: 33A South Street
PHONE: 857-544-4923
E-MAIL: ldeselm@cityofmelrose.org




Mayor Paul Brodeur

ADDRESS:
PHONE: 781-979-4440
E-MAIL:pbrodeur@cityofmelrose.org


Margaret Raymond Driscoll
Margaret Raymond Driscoll, Vice Chair

ADDRESS: 49 Boston Rock Road
PHONE: 781-665-7231
E-MAIL: mdriscoll@cityofmelrose.org
Ed O’Connell
Ed O’Connell, Chair

ADDRESS: 20 Cleveland Street
PHONE: 781-854-2903
E-MAIL: eoconnell@cityofmelrose.org
obremski
John Obremski

ADDRESS: 55 Hawley Rd.
PHONE:

EMAIL: jobremski@cityofmelrose.org
mcandrew
Jen McAndrew

ADDRESS: 12 Sears Ave.

PHONE: 781-605-9917

EMAIL: jmcandrew@cityofmelrose.org
razi-thomas
Jennifer Razi-Thomas

ADDRESS: 106 Walton Park

PHONE:

EMAIL: jrazi-thomas@cityofmelrose.org

Re:Coronavirus Pandemic

Their communications plan isn't designed to communicate actual truths. They only care about not letting the community see how they fail miserably at so many things. It usually is some screw-up they totally could have prevented and they don't want anyone to know. The school system and the city of Melrose.

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