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These Virtual Mental Health Resources for Black Women Can Make All the Difference

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From Cosmopolitan

If you need mental health assistance right now, call the NAMI Helpline at 800-950-NAMI or text “NAMI” to 741741.

Black lives matter, and so does Black mental health. The Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health reports that African Americans are 10 percent more likely to experience serious psychological distress. At the same time, only 30 percent of African American adults with mental illnesses get help each year, which is below the U.S. average of 43 percent.

Racism and racial trauma continue to affect the mental well-being of Black people, who already face so many obstacles when it comes to receiving mental health treatment. As the National Alliance on Mental Illness stated, “Racism is a public health crisis.”

If you feel like the continued incidents of police brutality, the demoralizing legal proceedings like in Breonna Taylor’s case, and the lack of justice for

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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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Nick Cordero’s Family and Friends Honor Late Star During Musical-Filled Virtual Memorial

Nick Cordero’s Wife Amanda Kloots Tells PEOPLE: ‘Words Can’t Describe How Much I Will Miss Him’

Nick Cordero died on Sunday at 41 after spending 95 days in the hospital fighting coronavirus complications

Nick Cordero was honored by his family, friends and colleagues during a virtual memorial on Sunday, two months after he died from coronavirus complications at the age of 41.

The two-hour memorial, which streamed for free on Broadway On Demand, included a collage of photos and videos from Cordero’s life with appearances from his wife Amanda Kloots, his mom Lesley, and many of his former castmates from his theater and acting jobs.

At the start of the memorial, Kloots, 38, reminded viewers to make donations in Cordero’s honor to the Save the Music Foundation.

“Nick would want this memorial to be a celebration — something that makes people smile, that makes people sing, that makes people remember

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NYC to do ’virtual inspections’ of gyms set to reopen this Wednesday

The city is giving a tech-y touch to its efforts to keep gyms safe as they begin to reopen this Wednesday.

The Health Department will conduct “virtual inspections” of gyms to ensure they are following new rules to keep customers and staff safe.

A virtual inspection will consist of a video call between a gym operator and a Health Department worker in which the operator shows their posted safety plan, the site’s supply of face coverings, social distancing markers, cleaning log, supply of soap and paper towels, designated area for pick-ups and deliveries and health screening records.

Gyms that fail inspection will have to close until any problems are fixed.

“We will always encourage New Yorkers to exercise and stay active,” Health Commissioner Dr. Dave Chokshi said in a Sunday statement to the Daily News. “But indoor exercise is not without risk. We’re being as innovative as possible with virtual

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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.

Related: ‘Who are we willing to sacrifice?’: teachers’ fears grow as US schools plan reopenings

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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US grapples with in-person v 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.

Related: ‘Who are we willing to sacrifice?’: teachers’ fears grow as US schools plan reopenings

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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HCPS Virtual Learning Plan Approved By Harford County Board Of Ed

HARFORD COUNTY, MD — The Harford County Board of Education approved administrators’ proposal to hold the first semester online while also establishing in-person learning centers. The plan presented by Harford County Public Schools Superintendent Sean Bulson was approved, 8-1.

The dissenting vote came from Tamera Rush, who represents Council District D, which includes the northern part of Harford County.

Approval of the virtual learning plan came after hours of discussion, with board members asking questions of school system leadership on logistics.

While a hybrid model consisting of in-person and virtual instruction had been considered in recent months, Bulson said it would not be feasible to educate the more than 37,000 students enrolled in Harford County Public Schools in that format.

“We were not going to be able to deliver logistically to provide a good instructional program” and deliver on safety, Bulson said.

Coronavirus data in recent months showed an increase

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How Trump and Biden are trying to run virtual campaigns during coronavirus

President Donald Trump’s campaign has ridiculed rival Democrat Joe Biden for remaining cloistered during the pandemic, forced to give speeches, meet activists and raise money almost entirely from the seclusion of his basement in Wilmington, Delaware.

But as precautions and concerns about COVID-19 have grown, Trump has also halted his signature rallies at least temporarily and started his own virtual gatherings to keep in touch with voters.

“They’re making things up on the fly and seeing what works,” said Bob Oldendick, a political science professor at the University of South Carolina. “You use everything that’s available to you.”

Spikes in COVID-19 cases and social distance measures to slow the virus have forced the Trump and Biden teams to adjust their campaigns in ways never seen in history. Rallies, handshakes and traditional grassroots organizing are out. They’ve been replaced with a barrage of email, texts, candidate videos, Zoom meetings and virtual

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Virtual community, entertainment events

While everyone is staying close to home, here is a list of reader-submitted opportunities to learn, take classes, contribute, stroll through galleries, or have front-row seats to hear and see some great musicians — from the convenience and comfort of your own home. All programs are subject to change.

‘Symphonic Dances’ at The Kravis Center @ Home: Available for viewing until Aug. 10 — on Facebook or YouTube. It’s still intermission IRL – but the show goes on at the digital stage that features a lineup of curated concerts, talks, performances and arts education events to entertain and inspire. Next up, join the Aug. 19 watch party at 7 p.m. on Facebook Live with Eduardo Vilaro and Batucada Fantástica or catch the moves of Ballet Hispanico today at #BUnidos. Enjoy all this and more at kravis.org/athome.

Current Events at ILIR on Zoom: 10-11:15 a.m. Aug. 10. Institute For Learning In

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These online learning tips will help parents prepare for a successful school year, even if it is virtual.

Many of the nation’s largest school districts plan to begin the fall semester online-only. As schools consider reopening, children face a future in which online courses will probably be part of the curriculum. To make the best of this situation, here are some tips to help your child adapt to learning from home.

Studies show that in online learning, parents often take on the role of a teacher. Making school a priority will help keep kids from treating online learning as a vacation. 

Research suggests that some types of parental participation have a greater impact on children’s academic achievement than others. One analysis showed that schoolchildren benefit from discussions about learning and school-related issues with their parents and from joint readings. 

Reduce distractions

A report in 2016 found that students spent about one-fifth of class time on laptops, smartphones and tablets, knowing that doing so could harm their grades. They

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