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Wisconsin DNR to allow online-only hunter education for youth

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Patches and safety cards are given to graduates of Wisconsin hunter education classes. (Photo: Paul A. Smith)

Prospective hunters of all ages may earn their Wisconsin hunter education certificate through an entirely online process due to a temporary change announced Thursday by the Department of Natural Resources.

The modification, made out of health concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic, means for the first time in state history even young hunters can gain the required credentials without demonstrating firearm safety and passing an in-person examination.

Prior to the change, all hunters under the age of 18 were required to at least attend a 5- to 7-hour “field day” of instruction and testing supervised by certified hunter education instructors.

The alteration was driven by a desire to prevent COVID-19 exposure among students and instructors as well as limited availability of public facilities to conduct classes, capacity limits in buildings

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Museums are combining childcare and education that’s more affordable than private tutoring

As early as March of this year, many parents realized that their children likely would not physically attend school for the fall semester due to the pandemic. This led to a mad scramble to make other arrangements. 

Some parents opted for “pandemic pods,” which are essentially groups of 10 or fewer students learning together in a home environment with mutually agreed upon health precautions being taken outside the classroom. Some turned to websites like Selected for Families and Schoolhouse, professional services that match families with tutors. Others simply waited for guidance from their local school district, many of which held off to make determinations about plans for the upcoming school year as they tracked local cases of the novel coronavirus. 

Meanwhile, cultural and community organizations across the country — like museums, recreation centers, and history archives — spent the summer temporarily closed to the public. Many have since reopened by

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More education on the benefits of genetic testing could accelerate its potential

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A study of Queensland health consumers has found most have relatively low levels of understanding and awareness of genetic testing, despite its significant potential to improve health outcomes.

The study, funded by Queensland Health’s Queensland Genomics program, found that, while most people surveyed had heard of genetic testing, many were unfamiliar with the benefits of genetic medicine and the majority did not know how to access genetic testing in Queensland.

Study author, Dr. Aideen McInerney-Leo, an NHMRC Early Career Fellow at The University of Queensland’s Diamantina Institute, said despite relatively low levels of knowledge about genetic testing, most participants expected it to play a bigger role in future healthcare.

“Those we surveyed also agreed that genetic testing should be promoted, and made more available, particularly for pregnant women, and receive more funding,” she said.

Funding wider access to genetic testing remains a challenge for a healthcare

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NJ physical education teachers get creative to tackle online gym class

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So far 180 public, private and parochial districts have gotten state permission to start with all-remote instruction, Gov. Murphy said.

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Meghan Radimer had to get creative. Radimer teaches physical education, and the COVID pandemic has made that particularly challenging since her school’s classes are online.

So Radimer has asked her students in the Stillwater Township School District to use household items in their workouts. She had them play golf with a laundry basket and a pair of rolled up socks. There was also the day she orchestrated a rainbow scavenger hunt: depending on what color item her students found, they would do a different workout. Another fitness challenge asked students to build a shoe tower — if it stood, they did 25 jumping jacks. If it fell, they had to do 10 pushups.

“You’re like a first-year teacher again,” said Radimer, who works with pre-K through sixth graders.

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Opening schools, education top House 9 issues | Local News

Candidates for state House District 9 said that public education is a top concern among voters they’ve met, with one focusing on returning students to class and the other on teachers and facilities.

Republican Perrin Jones and Democrat Brian Farkas are vying for the seat that represents much of eastern Pitt County in the Nov. 3 election. Two other state House seats and a state Senate seat that represent Pitt also are contested. Early voting starts on Thursday at seven sites in the county.

Jones, 48, an anesthesiologist, was appointed to the seat in 2019 after it was vacated by Republican Greg Murphy, who won a special election to fill the late Walter Jones’ congressional seat. Farkas, 33, who works in client development at an architecture firm, is making his second run for the office.

“Students right now tend to learn best when they are taught in person as opposed

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St. Joseph County schools wrestle with in-person instruction as COVID-19 numbers worsen | Education

St. Joseph County schools are making varying decisions on in-person instruction as the area’s COVID-19 numbers worsen, with some having leaned more toward state and federal guidelines that are looser than what county public health officials think are safe.

After allowing only online learning so far this school year, South Bend Community School Corp. this week started a hybrid format, allowing students to attend in-person two days a week, prompting the teacher’s union to take out a full-page Tribune advertisement Wednesday arguing the return has been “rushed” and is unsafe for teachers.

In Mishawaka, Marian High School, which had been teaching students entirely in person, switched Thursday to hybrid until at least Oct. 30, citing “an increase in the number of confirmed positive cases within the school community,” according to a letter that Principal Mark Kirzeder sent to parents, obtained by The Tribune.

Because it has players quarantined after contact

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Nursing computer lab at Shorter named in memory of noted surgical oncologist | Education

The nursing computer laboratory at Shorter University has been named in memory of a renowned surgical oncologist thanks to a recent grant made through the Georgia Baptist Foundation.

In establishing his estate plans, Dr. A. Hamblin “Hamby” Letton wanted to make a lasting impact upon healthcare education in Georgia. That intention became reality recently as Shorter University dedicated its nursing computer lab in memory of Dr. Letton.

Sam Warner, vice president of development for the Georgia Baptist Foundation, represented the foundation and the Letton family at the dedication. He, along with Shorter University President Don Dowless and Ben Bruce, Shorter’s vice president of advancement, unveiled the sign to mark the official naming of the Letton Nursing Computer Laboratory.

A legacy of excellence

A surgical oncologist, Dr. Letton served as chair of the department of surgical oncology at Georgia Baptist Medical Center. He was chief of staff at the hospital from

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Maryland Health Department offers virtual diabetes education series

Maryland has launched an online education series to try to help the nearly 45% of adults in the state who have diabetes or prediabetes.

Diabetes is Maryland’s sixth leading cause of death. (Getty Images/iStockphoto/AndreyPopov)

Maryland has launched an online education series to try to help the nearly 45% of adults in the state who have diabetes or prediabetes.

The free webinars can be found here on the Maryland Department of Health’s website. They’re intended for health care providers, people who have diabetes or who are at-risk of developing it.

Working to prevent Type 2 diabetes can save people a lot of money and hassles, according to Maryland’s medical director of the Center for Population Health Initiatives.

“People who have diabetes have two to three times more medical costs compared to people who do not,” Dr. Sadie Peters said. “Not only is it expensive in terms of how much you might

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Strongsville Schools Move Forward With Online-Only Education

STRONGSVILLE, OH — Strongsville Schools will proceed with a remote-only start to the school year, despite a downgrading of the COVID-19 threat in Cuyahoga County.

“We want our students to return to in person learning; however, we need to be patient and make the transition at a time when it appears that the county is more stable, so that we do not reopen to just close again,” Ryba said in an email to families.

Last week, the Ohio Department of Health downgraded Cuyahoga County from a “red” or “Level 3” threat for COVID-19 spread to a “Level 2” or “orange.” This is the first time since the color-coded system was unveiled that Cuyahoga County has been downgraded.

However, the Cuyahoga County Board of Health (CCBH) has not changed it recommendation to local school — districts should still open the year with remote-only education. Strongsville Schools Superintendent Cameron Ryba said he

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The coronavirus pandemic should force a rethink of higher education

Sara Goldrick-Rab is Professor of Sociology and Medicine and Founding Director of the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice at Temple University. Christine Baker-Smith is Managing Director and Director of Research at the Hope Center.

As the fall season approaches, students and higher education administrators are preparing for a difficult return to college.

With both the coronavirus pandemic and overdue attention to systemic racism confronting the sector, one thing is clear: For many, a new mindset is required to produce positive results for students. 

The American public and a preponderance of legislators think college is still 20 or even 30 years ago. Say “undergraduate” and their minds conjure a rose-colored, movie-constructed utopian scene: Mom and Dad dropping off their son at his new dorm, setting him up to study for a bachelor’s degree fueled by sushi from the dining hall, parties with his friends, perhaps a part-time job at

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