Newburgh teacher voices health concerns with hybrid learning set to start in October

A Newburgh school teacher expressed concern about COVID-19 Monday with hybrid learning set to start next month.

Janiana Barham-Middleton is a special-education teacher at Newburgh Free Academy. Barham-Middleton says the student population at the school is largely Latino and African American–two groups with the highest rate of infection in New York and nationwide.

“This has hit their communities so incredibly hard,” says Barham-Middleton. “There are families–whole families–that have been lost as a result of this.”

Barham-Middleton says there are other staff members who are also worried about returning to in-person instruction.

So far, four school districts in Orange County have reported positive COVID-19 cases. Valley Central is the latest district to report a positive case. The county is also reporting a slight uptick in its infection rate.

Barham-Middlton is urging the Newburgh School District to

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The Global Education Voices We Need To Hear During Covid-19

In education, though no system or school has been completely untouched by Covid-19, the repercussions are uneven and the paths ahead are divergent, depending in large part on where someone starts and where they can go.

In the United States, some see the pandemic as an opportunity to accelerate expected change or outright innovate our educational systems. Others see it as a systemic setback that will take decades to set right, just to get to back to where we were last year. Both can be true.  

As we figure it out, there are insights to be had from the very diversity of the global education experience with Covid-19. And whether the reality is that Covid-19 is a chance to leap forward or we need to simply not

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Maine Voices: For many kids, distance learning makes healthy eating a lot harder

When schools closed in response to COVID-19, educational platforms, websites and applications became a daily part of students’ lives. Homes replaced school buildings, and computers replaced classrooms.

Maine recently secured internet access for students facing connectivity issues so all students can learn remotely during the coronavirus pandemic. Many Maine school districts are adopting hybrid models this school year. In Portland, about 10 percent of students are expected to learn remotely full time. Depending on the school, the rest may attend classes in person for several days a week while learning online the others.

Distance learning can protect students from the immediate threat of COVID-19. But students’ increased use of digital learning tools could exacerbate another, long-term public health problem: diet-related disease.

The COVID-19 crisis has made clear that our diets are putting us in danger. Patients with obesity, diabetes and hypertension are more vulnerable to the virus, meaning that healthy

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