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Beverly Students Make Their Marks In College

BEVERLY, MA — The school year may look a lot of different for college students this fall but there are some Beverly students who are managing to make their mark amid the coronavirus health crisis.

Chrisstopher Morse recently matriculated as a first-year student at Hamilton College. Morse, a graduate of Phillips Academy, was selected from a pool of 7,443 applicants to the college, and joins a class of 470.

Originally founded in 1793 as the Hamilton-Oneida Academy, Hamilton College offers an open curriculum that gives students the freedom to shape their own liberal arts education within a research-and writing-intensive framework.

Hamilton enrolls 1,850 students from 49 states and 49 countries.

Remy Normand serves as a peer mentor for first-year students at the University of Vermont College of Nursing and Health Sciences for the 2020-21 academic year. Known as “LINKS,” mentors provide first-year students with friendship, guidance and a connection to

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Wisconsin college students take on Covid-19

At one Wisconsin college, students wrote the Covid-19 rules — and they’re enforcing them.

While most universities faced with an explosion of new coronavirus cases gave that job to administrators, Beloit College enlisted 20 students to write up a set of guidelines for navigating life on campus during a pandemic that they’ve dubbed “Behavioral Expectations.”

Rather than simply banning all events and other social gatherings, or shutting down the fraternities and sororities like many schools faced with campus Covid-19 outbreaks did, the Beloit rules recognize that students will be students.

“Faculty and administration do not experience campus life the same way students do, and with COVID-19, we realized students needed to help redefine expectations of campus,” junior Saad Ahsan, the Beloit student government co-president, said in an emailed response to NBC News. “We felt it was important to add behavioral guidelines to reflect the values of the Beloit student body.”

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Special needs students struggle to adapt to on-screen, hands-off learning amid pandemic

For sixth-grader Santiago Casas, who has autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, going to school means staying home and staring at a computer for six hours.

The screen, like a drawbridge stuck in the up position, has left him stranded, cut off from the cognitive and social nurturing he received in the classroom.

He has trouble with organization, so clicking between online calendars, messages, documents and assignments for six advanced classes is “like negotiating a maze,” said his mother. He has trouble concentrating, so sitting still through the 115-minute periods of his new online block schedule at Glades Middle School on two-dimensional Zoom and Teams meeting platforms is “like torture,” she said.

Santiago used to love school. Now he hates it. So do his parents and teachers. Remote learning, a disruption to everyone’s education during the coronavirus pandemic, creates an even higher barrier for students with special physical, emotional and

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B.C. unveils new test collection method for students, Ontario imposes more fines, restrictions for gatherings

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As cases of COVID-19 continue to spread around the world, Canadians seem to be increasingly concerned about their health and safety.

Currently, there are more than 6,771 active cases of COVID-19 in Canada (with more than 134,900 diagnoses so far) and 9,100 deaths. Nearly 90 per cent of the country’s reported COVID-19 cases have recovered.

Check back for the latest updates on the coronavirus outbreak in Canada.

For a full archive of the first month of the pandemic, please check our archive of events.

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N.J. students may lose mental health services at schools

After giving birth almost two years ago, Nayeli Espinoza agonized over whether to drop out of her high school in Trenton, New Jersey, and get a job to support her newborn son.

She credits the School Based Youth Services Program at Trenton Central High School with allowing her to continue her education by helping her secure day care and giving her a place to talk about her problems with counselors.

“It was a blessing,” Espinoza, now 17, said Friday. “I was suffering a lot.”

But the program that thousands of New Jersey students, particularly those in lower-income districts and communities of color, consider a lifeline could be eliminated at the end of the month under the proposed state budget. The plan has sent students and their families scrambling to figure out how to get crucial services without it.

“We have this program that can help us be something for our

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School Districts Are Facing Chromebook Shortages as Students Shift to Online Learning

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School districts are facing difficulty securing Chromebooks for students this year due to supply shortages amid the coronavirus pandemic.

With students across the country starting the school year at home, laptops and computers have become necessities to participate in classes or do coursework. Chromebooks — which run on Google’s Chrome operating system — have been a popular choice for students thanks to their low-price range. While high-end Chromebooks can cost hundreds of dollars, the most affordable models run just under $300.

But communities have been struck with Chromebook shortages over the last few weeks, due to high, nationwide demand for the machines and a slowdown in production.

According to the Associated Press, Lenovo, HP and Dell — three companies that make their own versions of Chromebooks — have said they will be short 5 million laptop units this year. The outlet said the

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At least 1,000 ECU students have tested positive

RALEIGH, N.C. — At least 1,000 East Carolina University students have tested positive for the coronavirus since fall classes began on Aug. 10, according to the college’s COVID-19 case count.

ECU’s COVID-19 dashboard updated Tuesday afternoon shows 1,084 students tested positive for the virus between Aug. 9 and Sept. 5, thus making ECU the first college in the state to eclipse 1,000 cases since classes started again.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University, which started in-person classes the same day as ECU, are also approaching 1,000 student coronavirus cases.

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‘Critical moment’ as students return to universities and coronavirus rises in young, experts warn

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Britain is at a “critical moment” with the return of thousands of students to universities, a top disease expert has warned, amid forecasts of “significant outbreaks” on campuses.

Students from across the country are trickling back to campus over the next few weeks, with the Government’s scientific advisers warning national Covid-19 transmission rates could be “amplified” and mini-lockdowns may be needed.

University leaders insist they have worked to make it safe, but unions are calling for institutions to stay fully online.

Dame Anne Johnson, a professor in epidemiology at University College London, told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme that communicating to young people the risks of transmitting the virus would be “incredibly important”.

She cited the latest Public Health England data, showing two thirds of confirmed infections are concentrated in the under-40s, with only a fifth in the over-50s and just three per cent among over-80s.

Universities are reopening over the next few weeks (Getty Images)
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Some universities say notifying students of COVID-19 cases on campus violates privacy rights. Experts say transparency is key.

A Boston University student moving into a dorm reads a sign about coronavirus protocols on Aug. 18. (Stan Grossfeld/the Boston Globe via Getty Images)
A Boston University student moving into a dorm reads a sign about coronavirus protocols on Aug. 18. (Stan Grossfeld/the Boston Globe via Getty Images)

Outbreaks of COVID-19 are happening in schools and universities across the country, with several colleges shifting to online classes just weeks after opening. But some schools, like the University of Georgia, remain open for in-person classes despite coronavirus cases on campus. Now, faculty at that university have reportedly been instructed not to tell their students if a classmate has tested positive for the virus.

“Faculty should not notify others about the positive test as it may violate student privacy, even when a name is not specified in these messages,” reads an email sent on behalf of University of Georgia provost Jack Hu and vice president for instruction Rahul Shrivastav that was obtained by student newspaper the Red & Black. That guidance seemingly contradicts advice from

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USC Professor Placed on Leave after Black Students Complained His Pronunciation of a Chinese Word Affected Their Mental Health

The University of Southern California has placed a communications professor on leave after a group of black MBA candidates threatened to drop his class rather than “endure the emotional exhaustion of carrying on with an instructor that disregards cultural diversity and sensitivities” following the instructor’s use of a Chinese word that sounds like a racial slur while teaching.

Greg Patton, a professor at the university’s Marshall School of Business, was giving a lecture about the use of “filler words” in speech during a recent online class when he used the word in question, saying, “If you have a lot of ‘ums and errs,’ this is culturally specific, so based on your native language. Like in China, the common word is ‘that, that, that.’ So in China it might be ‘nèi ge, nèi ge, nèi ge.’”

In an August 21 email to university administration obtained by National Review, students accused

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