Online learning keeps AETC flexible during coronavirus

Air Education and Training Command is digging in for the long haul of training airmen — and doing so safely — during a coronavirus pandemic that will likely continue for months to come.

In a Monday phone call with reporters, AETC leaders said they’re going to need to stay flexible and quickly adjust as the pandemic ebbs and flows.

Lt. Gen. James Hecker, commander of Air University at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama, said classes there can switch from in-person to virtual learning — whether on-site or remotely elsewhere — within a day if there’s a coronavirus outbreak or other emergency.

On the other hand, Hecker said, if conditions quickly improved after a theoretical outbreak at Maxwell, Air University could quickly move back to in-person learning the next day.

Adopting technology and virtual learning is helping Air University prepare for other emergencies, such as hurricanes. In the past, he

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U.S. health officials believe coronavirus vaccine could be widely available by April

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Testifying before a senate committee Wednesday, United States health officials said they believed a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine would be ready for wide distribution by spring, 2021.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said it is possible there are 50 million doses available by November, 100-plus million available by December and about 700 million available by January.

Robert Redfield, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reaffirmed this timeline to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, saying, “We will have the 700 million doses based on projection by late March, early April.”

Fauci explained that the vaccine will not be available “to a large proportion” of the population initially, and that it is likely that health care professionals and those with underlying conditions would be the first to receive immunization, once it

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How universities can manage student anxiety about coronavirus on campus

Students have returned to UK universities, and the timing couldn’t be worse. Some in the medical community have argued that the key to safe reopening is to do so at a time when community transmission is minimal. With coronavirus infections currently doubling every week and the government introducing new measures to bring those rates down, having up to one million students back on campus is enormously worrying and will inevitably contribute to the continued spread of the virus.

Despite this, according to a Universities UK survey, 97% of UK universities are proceeding with a “blended learning” approach combining remote and in-person teaching during this academic year.

Its hard to blame individual universities – without the brand value of Oxford or Cambridge, and lacking serious financial support from the government, they have felt compelled to offer blended learning to remain competitive for applicants. Still, it is worth pointing out that many

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Top U.S. health officials testify before senators on the coronavirus pandemic

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Four top U.S. health officials leading the federal government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic are slated Wednesday to testify before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions to provide an update on their efforts.

Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, are scheduled to speak. Adm. Brett Giroir, an assistant secretary for health at the Department of Health and Human Services who is in charge of the government’s testing efforts, as well as Dr. Stephen Hahn, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, will also address the committee. 

The hearing comes one day after the U.S. Covid-19 death toll surpassed 200,000, more than any

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Coronavirus Impact: Online classes don’t offer same benefits as in person learning, experts say

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — Distance learning is getting disappointing marks from some educators and from the Center for Education Reform, which found that many students are not getting the feedback and engagement they need.

Having too many students at once on Google Meet or Zooming is robbing children of the opportunity to engage or get the proper feedback from teachers. That’s what Karen Aronian an education expert found when analyzing remote classes at some public schools.

“We’re seeing children who whether they are elevated in their learning or below in their learning and even midline, coming in way below with this type of offering.” Aronian said.

She says students are competing for the teacher’s attention when school districts could have hired more staff during the summer when it became apparent that they would start the fall learning online.

“That needed to be a call of action so early in this

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Health department asks for local input for Community Health Plan | Coronavirus in Kentucky

Community members can set the agenda on Madison County’s health for the future.

Every five years, the Madison County Health Department asks local community members to provide their thoughts and opinions about the level of health experienced in our community. The goal is to establish a five-year strategic Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) to address top concerns regarding health issues.

The plan happens in three phases: gathering information, analyzing that information, and setting priorities for specific measurable actions, according to a release sent out by the department.

Phase one has been accomplished. People in Madison County participated in a survey in Fall 2019. A partnership between the health department and the EKU Department of Health Promotion and Administration combined the efforts of faculty, staff, and students to provide a scientific survey tool.

The results of the survey and other local data are accessible online at bit.ly/MCHDCHASurvey. After viewing the presentation,

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Coronavirus India lockdown Day 179 | Punjab to open higher education institutions from September 21

India has overtaken the U.S. and become the top country in terms of global COVID-19 recoveries, said the Union Health Ministry on Saturday, adding that the country has reported the highest number of total recoveries, with more than 42 lakh (42,08,431) COVID-19 patients having recovered.

Of the new recovered cases, about 60% are being reported from five States — Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh.

You can track coronavirus cases, deaths and testing rates at the national and State levels here. A list of State Helpline numbers is available as well.

Here are the latest updates:

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DMRC sells over 80K smart cards

With the discontinuation of tokens in the Delhi Metro as part of precautionary measures to curb the spread of COVID-19, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has sold around 8,500 smart cards per day between September 7 and 16.

Under

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Students log on to education | Coronavirus

UNION COUNTY — Powder Valley High School in North Powder is about to return to normalcy.

Powder Valley High School again will offer its students the opportunity to attend all their classes on-site starting Monday, Sept. 21. The high school began the school year with a hybrid model of on-site and online education because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Students attended school on-site on alternating days and attended online classes when not in the physical classroom.

North Powder School District Superintendent Lance Dixon said the return to full-time on-campus classes is possible because the district determined any one student would have contact with no more than 48 other students during a day in the building. Dixon said if the number had been more than 50 the hybrid system would have had to remain in place.

La Grande is the only district in Union County not able to offer on-site instruction. Students

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