Emails Show Just How Thirsty Georgia Colleges Are for In-Person Classes

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Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos Getty

As the number of coronavirus cases exploded across the University of Georgia’s Athens campus in late August, some faculty began asking department heads about shifting from in-person classes to an online curriculum. 

After fielding several requests, one faculty chair emailed a dire warning to members of his department: the university would reject any official requests to switch to online learning. And if professors attempted to switch unofficially, the state university system was prepared to track them down.

“I’ve been advised that physical audits (by USG auditors) may take place that check to see that… the class is meeting the day/time/classroom that is listed in the instructional plan,” the chair wrote in an email obtained by The Daily Beast on the condition that the author not be identified. USG refers to University System of Georgia, the governing body of the state’s 26

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A class of 100? COVID-19 plans overwhelming some teachers with huge virtual classes

PHOENIX — With family members at high risk to COVID-19, Norma Hernandez felt she had no choice but to keep her three kids at home for the school year, rather than send them to school in person.

It’s a decision most parents have had to contemplate this year, but the virtual option comes with worrisome trade-offs. In Hernandez’s case, her son’s fourth grade class in a virtual program in Gilbert, Arizona, has as many as 55 students, an “overwhelming” load for his teacher, she said.

“My son is lucky he has me at home,” she said. 

While some students are returning to classrooms around the country, others remain at home and could stay in the virtual classroom for the next year or even longer because of health concerns.

School districts have responded by launching online programs at an unprecedented scale. But parents, caregivers and educators say they’re dismayed by online

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Classes To Remain Online Through Spring 2021

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Wildfires Keep Getting Worse. So Do the Conspiracy Theories.

In the United States, it was the dastardly “antifa.” In Australia, it was the Green Party. In Brazil, it was environmentalists. As the world battles wildfires, conspiracy theories wrongly but consistently blame the left for starting the blazes.In the space of a year, Brazil, Australia, and now the U.S. have witnessed catastrophic wildfires. Ruinous burn seasons are poised to get even worse if climate change continues unchecked. Meanwhile, a crisis of truthfulness—which the United Nations termed this year an “infodemic”—has seen conspiracy theorists build massive networks online. The result is a frequently right-leaning disinformation economy that can disseminate hoaxes faster than authorities can debunk them. And in massive wildfires across three continents, that meant falsely blaming the leftie boogeymen of the moment—not climate change—for the flames.Blue Lives Matter Is the Wildfire Cavalry No One Asked ForFires have engulfed

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, some are trying breathwork classes to relieve anxiety

When Hermosa Beach, Calif., entrepreneur Amy Lloyd took her first breathwork class, she never expected it to make her emotional. After all, the yoga and meditation classes she regularly attends leave her feeling refreshed and rarely stir up her innermost feelings. Yet after her first class, she says, “it was like years of therapy in one session.”

If you’ve ever practiced yoga, meditation or tai chi, breathwork was almost certainly a large part of the activity. But in recent years, breathwork classes that aren’t tied to any other practice have surged in popularity, in part because they don’t require skills or experience, just the ability to do something we all do every day without much thought: breathe.

“I call it free medicine because the breath is like the Swiss Army knife of the body; there are so many different ways to use it to create a positive effect for yourself,”

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This week, Labor Day parties stop in-person classes, young teachers die of COVID-19

College parties and a rise in COVID-19 infections have led to the cancellation of in-person classes this week. (Getty Images)
College parties and a rise in COVID-19 infections have led to the cancellation of in-person classes this week. (Getty Images)

Students are headed back to class amid the coronavirus pandemic, and to keep you posted on what’s unfolding throughout U.S. schools — K-12 as well as colleges — Yahoo Life is running a weekly wrap-up featuring news bites, interviews and updates on the ever-unfolding situation.

2 young teachers die from COVID-19 complications

A third-grade teacher at Windsor Elementary School in Columbia, S.C., died on Monday, days after her COVID-19 diagnosis. Music lover Demetria Bannister, 28, was known as “Windsor’s Songbird,” principal Denise Quickel said in a press release sent to Yahoo Life. Bannister last visited campus on Aug. 28 and began teaching remotely on Aug. 31. On Friday, Richland School District Two, of which Windsor Elementary School is a part, learned of her test results and began contact tracing and

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Senate GOP to introduce relief bill; Austrian retiree gets US stimulus check; WVU suspends in-person classes

After U.S. health officials warned Americans to continue social distancing and wearing masks on Labor Day weekend, the United States may report its 190,000th death from the new coronavirus on Tuesday or Wednesday.

In sports news, the American men are out at the U.S. Open after Frances Tiafoe, who had tested positive for COVID-19 in July, lost Monday to No. 4 Daniil Medvedev of Russia. The next Grand Slam event, the French Open, which begins later this month, will allow spectators, organizers announced Monday.

Meanwhile, we don’t know when a COVID-19 vaccine will arrive, but we’re starting to know how it will be distributed.

The swift —and so far positive — effort to create vaccines to fight COVID-19 has been remarkable, but it’s only half of the work, said Tinglong Dai, a professor of operations management who studies health care analytics at the Johns Hopkins University. Dai expects the vaccine

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West Virginia University suspending in-person undergrad classes amid COVID-19 spike

West Virginia University announced Monday that it would suspend in-person classes at its main campus because of concerns over a recent spike in coronavirus infections.

The university said in-person undergraduate classes would be canceled Tuesday at its main campus in Morgantown and then shift to online-only instruction through Sept. 25. The school said graduate-level and professional courses would continue to be offered in person during the same period.

In a statement, university officials said the decision was made “in direct response to a recent increase in positive cases in students on the Morgantown campus, as well as concern for the probability of increased cases following several reports of parties held this holiday weekend where groups should have been in quarantine.”

West Virginia University enrolls nearly 30,000 students across all its campuses and programs. The state had nearly 11,600 confirmed cases of the coronavirus as of Monday afternoon, according to NBC

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Make This Simple Form Tweak To See Better Results From Barre Classes

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Photo credit: Christian Lantry – Getty Images

From Women’s Health

When I first heard the term “barre class” a couple years ago, I was immediately transported back to my days as a baby ballerina, when time at the barre meant pliés, stretches that made my hamstrings feel like they were on fire, and a whole lot of fancy footwork.

My ballet career was short, to say the least. (I tossed my ballet shoes after age seven.) So I was skeptical about a whole fitness class centered around, what I remembered as, the worst part of ballet lessons. (Just being honest here.)

Fast-forward to my first session at Pure Barre—a fitness studio built entirely around the barre—after my roommate at the time assured me it was an amazing workout. I was reluctant at first, but I left the class feeling like every tiny muscle in my core, butt, arms, and legs

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How To Navigate Online Classes

PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY, MD — Prince George’s County students went back to school this week, but not in the usual way. Monday marked the first day of a semester’s worth of distance learning.

Along with pushing classes online, coronavirus has upended typical traditions and altered routine services. Here is Patch’s complete guide to navigating the virtual school year.


School officials have stressed the importance of communication while students are out of the classroom. Prince George’s County Public Schools will disseminate all major updates on its Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.

Families should bookmark their school’s website, which will offer more localized updates. School webpages are posted here.


Technology also plays a key role in the school board’s communication. Officials say students should keep an eye on their school email. Students can login to their email at this site and reset their password here.

Prince George’s County Public Schools

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US grapples with in-person or virtual classes

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Between the hours of 9am and 2.15pm, Adriana Ruiz’s two-bedroom apartment in Cudahy, California, turns into a makeshift schoolhouse.

She spreads her five children, who are aged 10 to 16, across two bedrooms and the living room, with two sharing the kitchen table.

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All five kids were scheduled to meet their homeroom and classroom teachers over Zoom at 1pm on Wednesday afternoon, the second day of online orientation in the Los Angeles Unified school district, the second-largest school district in the US with more than 600,000 students.

Ruiz, an activist with Speak Up, a parent advocacy group in Los Angeles, found herself running around the apartment trying to introduce herself to her childrens’ teachers, “letting [them] know that I am home and that I am present,

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