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He still hasn't closed schools and colleges. Parents can't distance themselves from young kids. All it takes is one infected child to infect the whole school community - and then some.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed Mar 18th, 2020 at 01:19:10 AM EST
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In USA they've been closing themselves one by one since last week. k-12 needed the gov OK, because TBTF factors. The latest trend in higher-ed (set by Hahvahd liege) is capitulation  of ahh distance learning goals, 2020 pass/fail grading thus ends "merit" scoring controls in Academia.

An excerpt from "outreach" mssg sent to my associate's inbox today, suggest the college president has a way to go before accept inevitable decision to junk the distance learning solution.

It is hard for me to believe that only two days ago students were packing belongings and moving off campus. In that short time, we have seen major metropolitan areas issue shelter-in-place orders and the U.S. government offer guidance to close schools and many public-meeting places. Here in Waterville, city officials have ordered schools, restaurants, and bars to close immediately. As I write this, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) is reporting that there have been 32 positive tests for COVID-19 in the state, one in our county. The state number nearly doubled overnight, and we are expecting many more confirmed cases in the days ahead.

The campus is quiet. By tomorrow there will be approximately 150 students on campus, and that number will be closer to 100 by the end of the week, depending on travel availability. With support from the Center for Teaching and Learning and our information technology team, professors are working from home to place course materials online. The vast majority of our staff members are working remotely, and those who do come to campus are working under strict rules that require social distancing. We have closed the libraries, Museum, and athletic center, and visitors are not allowed on campus. The only dining services available are grab-and-go meals. Each of these changes is designed to limit the spread of infection.
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It is important for you to know that we will be following the directives of our state public health officials and have obligations to protect the medical privacy of members of our community. This might mean that we cannot be as forthcoming about individual circumstances as you might wish. My advice to all of you is the same advice I give to myself: we should recognize that if we have been interacting with friends, colleagues, and the general public over the last few weeks, we could have been exposed to the virus and possibly--unknowingly and unintentionally--shared it with others. In my view, knowing that requires us to be vigilant in employing all reasonable means to halt the spread of the virus, including the most simple habits of heightened hygiene and social distancing. And if we experience symptoms that are consistent with being infected by COVID-19, we should call medical professionals for their guidance on whether testing is appropriate.

I want to close on a more personal note. ...

the significance of sour dough bread this 17 March &tc.
by Cat on Wed Mar 18th, 2020 at 01:56:20 AM EST
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