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Teachers speak out after voting to teach from home, refusing district’s plan for return

first_imgHey @ChiPubSchools, however this plays out, please don’t forget that we need prep time to get ready for our students!! (My room is especially bad right now since we couldn’t properly pack up last year & then they had to move me to a new room. This is gonna be…hard.) pic.twitter.com/XF4sU1uniz— #SafeReturnOrNoReturn (@CTUSpecialEd) January 26, 2021 Even with only three students returning to her classroom, Thomas said she’s standing up for her colleagues who are teaching under riskier circumstances.“I cannot participate in a system that’s going to lead to Black and Brown people dying, so that’s why I’m not going in,” she said.Both Michie and Osgood said they’d like to at least see a longer delay in return.“We are not ready,” Osgood said. “Even if it’s a couple of weeks, give us time to figure this all out and it’ll go so much more smoothly. It’ll be an easier transition for our kids if we understand what the safety precautions are [and] place a safety committee within the school.”“Come Feb 1, I will be doing what my union sisters and brothers are doing.” Osgood added. “Whatever that is.”Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. 71 percent of @CTULocal1 members have spoken in favor of continued remote work tomorrow. 86% of members voted. It’s such a horrible situation we’ve been put into by @chicagosmayor & @ChiPubSchools. We all want to be back in school, but we need a safe plan. That’s why I voted yes.— Greg Michie (@GregoryMichie) January 24, 2021 Regardless of how many students decide to continue remote learning, teachers are being told they must show up to their classrooms, said Adrienne Thomas, who teaches fourth and fifth grades.“They rolled out hybrid learning. Those who decide to learn [in person] will split into pods, coming in on different days. Those staying home will be learning online,” Thomas told GMA. “The literal difference is now I’m wearing a mask and a face shield.”Thomas also teaches at Suder Elementary and is her school’s union delegate. She says she will have three students returning in person. The other 25 are choosing to stay virtual.Returning unvaccinatedJust 19% of eligible students returned to Chicago schools on Jan. 11 after the entire district engaged in online instruction since last March, according to the union. These students included pre-K and special education clusters, whose teachers were expected to return to the building Jan. 4 to set up their classrooms.In the news release published Sunday, the union argued that CPS failed to arrange for 1,500 CPS health professionals such as school nurses, LPNs, speech pathologists, physical therapists and more to be vaccinated when they were eligible back in December.“Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot’s insistence on reopening all elementary school classrooms without vaccinating educators by February 1 regardless of the risk to staff and students from the pandemic comes as thousands of CTU members are struggling to receive accommodations to remain teaching remotely to protect their own health or that of a beloved household member,” the teachers union said.On Jan. 22, CPS and the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) publicly announced the plan to vaccinate thousands of eligible staff and educators beginning mid-February, “at which point it will begin a multi-month effort to offer vaccinations to eligible staff,” CPS said.Mayor Lightfoot said in the release that vaccinating frontline essential workers, including CPS educators and staff, is a key goal of Chicago’s vaccination strategy.“Not only will this vaccination plan bolster our safety initiatives as we welcome students and staff back into the classroom, but it will also put our city on the right track to reopening and returning to a sense of normalcy,” Lightfoot added. “I am excited for our school staff and educators to get vaccinated and look forward to working closely with CPS and CDPH to make sure it is accessible and distributed equitably.”The total number of COVID-19 cases in Illinois stands at approximately 1,104,763 with a total of at least 20,744 deaths since the start of the pandemic.The union said the district has “refused to allow educators to be vaccinated before they’re forced back into schools that have struggled with basic safety needs, from adequate masks, hand sanitizer” and proper ventilation needed to stop the spread of COVID-19. CPS said it’s pursuing the return because “local, state and federal health officials have made it clear that schools can operate safely with proper mitigations” and its been working with the Chicago Department of Public Health to develop a comprehensive health and safety plan in which its invested $100 million.“In addition to providing accommodations for all staff who have high-risk medical conditions, we are working hard to find ways to accommodate teachers with vulnerable family members at home in a way that does not jeopardize student learning,” CPS noted.The potential consequences of refusing to returnIn the face of CPS’ return plan, a number of charter school networks within the district say they have chosen to remain remote until at least April when there’s wider access to vaccines and virus numbers decrease, the union said.In early January, Jackson told WLS that CPS was aware some staff members would not choose to return.“Those individuals will be deemed absent without leave and they will not be eligible for pay going forward,” Jackson told the station Jan. 8.In an email shared with GMA that was sent Jan. 21 from CPS to all teachers and staff, CPS said teachers and staff who fail to report to work in person “constitutes an illegal strike.”Thomas disagreed.“This is an unprecedented time and we are actually looking at something almost completely unrelated,” Thomas said. “We are looking at health standards and what’s [considered] a healthy environment. We would be withholding our labor due to safety concerns. We wouldn’t be withholding our labor due to contractual concerns.” In its “Shared Vision for a Safe Reopening” guide, CPS published a chart noting all the major health and safety protocols that are in line with the union, as both parties try to reach an agreement.In response to the request to delay the return until all staff is vaccinated, CPS noted that public health experts say schools can reopen safely at this time, “and they have not recommended delaying reopening until vaccinations are complete.”“Additionally, CPS cannot mandate staff members to take the vaccine,” CPS added.ABC affiliate WLS-TV in Chicago, reported Sunday that Illinois has moved to Phase B of its vaccination plan. Those eligible include people over 65 and essential workers such as first responders, school officers, correction officers, inmates, people in food and agriculture and grocery store workers. Teachers and principals are also eligible for the vaccine under essential workers. This includes an additional 3.2 million people, approximately.Karen Ayala, executive director of the DuPage County Health Department told WLS that there’s a larger amount people who are interested in getting the vaccine than the amount of vaccine that is currently available. DuPage is one of the five counties that surround Chicago’s metropolitan area.“I want to reassure people that we anticipate having plenty of vaccines over time to get distributed to people who want the vaccine, but at this moment our interest of people very dramatically outstrips our capacity from a vaccine standpoint,” Ayala said.Negotiations between district leaders and teachers unionCPS said it agrees with the union on social distancing, required face coverings, PPE, health screenings, temperature checks, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes plus equipment for proper ventilation. CPS said its supports staff for contact tracing and assembling a safety committee, though it does not believe that the absence of one should stop school operations.The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends the goal should be “to have students physically present in school,” though its critical schools closely follow guidance provided by public health officials.“Children absolutely need to return to in-school learning for their healthy development and well-being, and so safety in schools and in the community must be a priority,” said Dr. Lee Beers, fellow and president of the AAP. “We know that some children are really suffering without the support of in-person classroom experiences or adequate technology at home. We need governments at the state and federal levels to prioritize funding the needed safety accommodations, such as improving ventilation systems and providing personal protective equipment for teachers and staff.”On Sunday, CPS CEO Dr. Janice Jackson and chief education officer LaTanya D. McDade, informed staff and families of the latest negotiations with the teacher union.In the letter shared by CPS with GMA, it states how its been working with union officials to reach an agreement in regards to in-person learning. While we agree with our labor partners on many aspects of a smooth expansion of in-person learning, our discussions are ongoing. To ensure we reach a resolution without a disruption to student learning, we’ve agreed to push back the return of K-8 teachers, staff to Wed, 1/27. pic.twitter.com/KOOzDLdDq9— Chicago Public Schools (@ChiPubSchools) January 24, 2021 Chicago educators are resisting the push back into classrooms. Some took personal days off January 15 and led a car caravan though the streets of Chicago to City Hall and the homes of members of the Board of Education. Photo: Joe Brusky @CTULocal1 pic.twitter.com/6doHO4yoAK— Alex Sanchez (@LALiving213) January 22, 2021 Under Illinois labor laws, teachers can only go on strike when there is no contract in place, according to libertarian nonprofit the Illinois Policy (IP). The question is whether refusing to return to in-person work specifically can be deemed an official “strike.”“It’s a gray area that likely could require resolution by the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board,” the IP reported.Thomas said a number of her fellow union members who didn’t return to school buildings in defiance with CPS were locked out of their emails, telework system and will likely be docked pay.Since CPS said it’s now working with union officials, it’s unknown if the vote to defy the return to schools will still result in disciplinary action.Osgood, Michie and Thomas and the other 71% of the 86% union members who voted to stay remote, said they aren’t backing down until a more solid reopening plan is put in place. Only 19% of @ChiPubSchools students return in first wave. 60+ schools reporting cases in the first 2 weeks. 84% of @CTULocal1 teachers are opposed. 42 aldermen (also 84%) opposed. 70+ LSC’s are opposed. This just doesn’t add up. #Math #MakeItMakeSense— Dan Salyers (@dan_salyers) January 23, 2021 “We now agree on far more than we disagree, but our discussions remain ongoing, and additional time is needed to reach a resolution,” the CPS executives wrote in the letter, which was also shared on Twitter. “To ensure we have the time needed to resolve our discussions without risking disruption to student learning, we have agreed to a request from CTU leadership to push back the return of K-8 teachers and staff to Wednesday, Jan. 27.”CPS said only preschool and cluster classroom staff returned to work on Jan. 25.The scheduled return date remains Monday, Feb. 1 for grades K-8 and CPS said its goal is to reach an agreement with the teacher’s union.“Students in over 130 private and parochial schools and over 2,000 early learning centers across the city have been safely learning in their classrooms since the fall, and we must provide that same option to our families who, through no fault of their own, have been unable to make remote learning work for their children,” CPS wrote, adding its seen grades, attendance and enrollment drop significantly for many students in recent months with the impact being felt most by its Black and Latinx students.Greg Michie, a union member and seventh and eighth grade teacher in the Back of the Yards community of Chicago, said that while he wants to return to face-to-face instruction, he feels it isn’t safe at this time.“Many neighborhoods like the one where I teach — Black and brown communities — have been hit hard by COVID,” Michie told GMA. “There’s been a lot of loss. Many parents I’ve talked to just don’t feel it’s safe to send their children back to school yet.” FatCamera/iStockBy NICOLE PELLETIERE, ABC News(CHICAGO) — Chicago teachers are sounding off after voting to continue virtual teaching despite the district’s order to resume in-person classroom instruction amid COVID-19.The vote was announced on the Chicago Teacher’s Union (CTU) website after Chicago Public Schools (CPS), the nation’s third-largest district serving 341,000 students in 638 schools, wanted 10,000 educators to return to school buildings last Monday in preparation for in-person learning by Feb. 1. CPS has since changed the return from Monday to Wednesday, in accordance with the teachers union, CPS confirmed to Good Morning America.The union, though, says its still fighting the district’s return dates due to health concerns and what its members believe to be an inadequate safety plan. In response, teachers will not comply and said they will engage in the collective action to remain remote, according to the union.“Until we have a safe return plan that we agree upon, we will continue to teach remotely,” said Katie Osgood, a special education teacher at Suder Elementary in Chicago and co-chair of the special education committee of the teachers union.“Remote learning is not ideal. No one said it was, but it’s safest,” she added. “It’s working so far and my kids are getting services. We are working and I want to continue to do that until the reopening plan is set.”On Jan. 27, kindergarten through eighth grade teachers are expected to return in person, according to CPS. Approximately 70,000 students will return days later for part-time, in-person classes. The learning plan for high schoolers is still being evaluated and families opting for remote learning are still doing so. We couldn’t agree more. The district has invested >$100M to ensure the health and safety of our community. COVID testing Cleaning & sanitizing Ventilation & air purification Students/teachers in PreK/cluster programs have back safely for weekspic.twitter.com/HfFCe5E5Va— Chicago Public Schools (@ChiPubSchools) January 25, 2021last_img read more

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Gunmen ambush drug suspect

first_imgThe shooting happened at around 8:10a.m. It was an ambush, too. Bacanto was driving a motorcycle. This was the second case of slaying inIloilo city and province in just seven days involving motorcycle-riding gunmen.On Sept. 11 a 72-year-old farmer was shot to death in Barangay Cabugao Norte,Santa Barbara, Iloilo. ROAD TO PERDITION. A police officer checks this road in Barangay Rizal, Lapuz, Iloilo City where a drug suspect was ambushed by two motorcycle-riding gunmen yesterday afternoon, Sept. 18, 2019. The 42-year-old Roy Goco died while being rushed to the West Visayas State University Medical Center. Goco was arrested in a buy-bust operation of the police in November 2016 then charged with violating the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. IAN PAUL CORDERO Goco was a resident of Barangay MacArthur, La Paz. He was arrested in a buy-bust operation of the police inNovember 2016 then charged with violating the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Actof 2002, said Police Major Mark Evan Salvo, La Paz police chief. Witnesses told the police Goco’sattackers were two men on a motorcycle. They fired several shot. Security cameras of establishmentsnear the crime scene recorded the ambush, according to Barangay Captain Wilson Allona,but as of this wring the police have not named any suspects. Police believed, however, that landdispute sparked the killing of Gilcito Bacanto and not illegal drugs.center_img The 42-year-old Roy Goco died whilebeing rushed to the West Visayas State University Medical Center in Jarodistrict. Goco was detained at the IloiloDistrict Jail in Barangay Nanga, Pototan, Iloilo but secured early freedom in aplea bargaining agreement, Salvo added. ILOILO City – Two weeks after he wasreleased from prison for a drug case, a resident of La Paz district wasambushed while cycling in Barangay Rizal, Lapuz district yesterday afternoon. The victim was on his way to his farmwhen attacked, according to Police Major Fernand Limbungan, Santa Barbarapolice chief. Days prior to the attack, Bacantoreported to the police he had received death threats. He said some persons wereinterested in the farm he was cultivating./PNlast_img read more

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Riley wins BCA presidency in landslide

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – Cricket West Indies director Conde Riley won a landslide victory here Thursday night to become the new Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) president.The veteran administrator garnered 284 votes to easily beat out challenges from former Director of Sports, Erskine King, who collected 85 votes and former BCA acting president Deighton Smith who picked up 80 votes.Riley, an outspoken retired banker who has served in various capacities, both at the BCA and CWI, replaces legendary former West Indies fast bowler, Joel Garner, who is now the senior Windies team manager.“I am very surprised at the number of people who voted for me. I have served on the board of the BCA with my two opponents and I know their ability,” Riley was quoted as saying afterwards.He said one of his first priorities would be seeking an end to a dispute which has marred the Everton Weekes Under-13 Championship.Lawyer Calvin Hope was also elected a vice-president after picking up 170 votes to defeat former England Test batsman, Roland Butcher (118), Maurice Gaskin (107) and Kamal Springer (37).Another lawyer Gregory Nicholls has returned as board secretary after winning the race with 172 votes, with Anthea Ishmael (142) and Winston Stafford (112) failing to gain sufficient favour with the BCA membership.last_img read more

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GOLF NEWS: MARTIN SWEENEY IN SENSATIONAL FORM LAST SUNDAY AT NAIRN AND PORTNOO

first_imgThe fixture card for 2016 is being compiled at present and should be ready shortly, and as usual we thank our sponsors for their generosity and we welcome some new sponsor on board this yearThe date for the Captains Drive-In will be announced shortly Weather conditions over the last few weeks have not being great but still the hard core of golfers still take to the fairways and enjoy the banter in the various Four Balls and the few bob that is won or lostMartin Sweeney was the winner on Sunday in very trying conditions with a score of 33pts over 16 holes beating the Greens Convenor Patrick Boyle on a break of tieThe car park is now lined and we ask all members to park in the bays, there is two disabled bays that are for disabled and also chequered areas which are also to be left free in case of emergencyResults Wed. 27th 1st Declan Murrin 32pts, Sunday 31st Jan. 1st martin Sweeney 33pts b.o.t., 2nd Patrick Boyle 33pts, 3rd Des McGettigan 32pts Fixtures Open every Wed., Sunday 7th Feb. Club Competition GOLF NEWS: MARTIN SWEENEY IN SENSATIONAL FORM LAST SUNDAY AT NAIRN AND PORTNOO was last modified: February 2nd, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAANairn and PortnooSportlast_img read more

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49ers Nick Mullens finds virtual-reality tool ‘pretty interesting’

first_imgSANTA CLARA — With 49ers quarterback Nick Mullens, there are reality checks and then there is virtual reality. This being Silicon Valley, let’s start with the latter.The 49ers, since 2015, offer a virtual-reality station to help players review practice film and the game plan, and Mullens dabbles in that tool a couple times each week.“It’s pretty interesting. You go in and you put the goggles on and kind of watch practice from the quarterback’s view, compared to just sitting and watching on …last_img

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Dirt for Physical and Mental Health

first_imgLive Science has an article suggesting that exposure to dirt can improve your mood by boosting the immune system.  This is an unexpected twist on the “hygiene hypothesis” that childhood exposure to dirt and animals helps innoculate the body to certain diseases (see 08/02/2006).  Certain bacteria might not only boost the immune system, but also release neurotransmitters that could fight depression.  “These studies help us understand how the body communicates with the brain and why a healthy immune system is important for maintaining mental health,” said Chris Lowry (U of Bristol).  “They also leave us wondering if we shouldn’t all be spending more time playing in the dirt.”Maybe horses and dogs are onto something.  You can’t give them a bath without them running for the nearest place to roll over in the dirt, to the frustration of their owners.  This is not to imply that pigs set a better example.    Anything can be taken too far.  There are things in some soils that are clearly harmful.  Some locations have to worry about pathogenic roundworms, valley fever, and other risks.  Cleanliness is still a virtue, but it is possible to be too clean.  We were made to live in the great outdoors.  Some African tribes, like the Masai, living close to animals and plants, seem happier than Westerners.  Moderate exposure to sunshine, fresh air, soil, plants and animals is healthy for body and soul.  When was the last time you did some good, hard, sweaty, dirty work outdoors?  Didn’t it feel good when the day was done?  Don’t hire a landscaper to do it all; get out there and do it yourself.  A good shower afterwards is still a big reward when you’ve earned it.  Just don’t use antibacterial soap (see 08/02/2006).    Our bodies are not intended to be hermetically shielded from nature.  There are microorganisms we depend on.  Consider how Adam and Eve would have worked close to the soil, the plants and the animals without covering in an ideal world.  That would have been the norm had things not gone wrong.  Even today, gardening and farming and outdoor work is honorable.  Don’t we all have a place in our hearts for the iconic farmer, outstanding in his field, wiping away the dirt and sweat from his brow as the rooster crows and the sun’s rays spread over the land?  Doesn’t the proverbial milking maid walking through the chicken yard sing cheerfully as she carries the buckets of milk she squeezed with her bare hands?  City slickers driving their Lexi down concrete roads from plastic offices to their townhomes are missing out on a big part of life.  Watch the fun movie City Slickers again and see how some hard work and fresh air and risk-taking transformed a group of dudes in a midlife crisis into handsome, noble, proud heroes for a week, riding their steeds like kings.*    Don’t take this too far; nobody is prescribing mud wrestling.  Some things are dirty in an unhealthy sense.  If you are always depressed and tired, though, maybe your doctor needs to prescribe an oxymoron: clean dirt.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Goa govt cancels MLAs’ study tour to Brazil

first_imgBrazilian soccer fans celebrate the third goal of their team against Croatia as they watch the opening match of the FIFA Brazil 2014 World Cup in a beach restaurant in Porto Seguro.Bowing down to the Opposition’s pressure and public outcry, the Goa government has cancelled the Rs 89-lakh junket by six legislators to Brazil at the end of this month to watch the FIFA World Cup.”We have cancelled official tour of MLAs to Brazil, bowing before public sentiment, “Goa sports minister Ramesh Tawadkar said.Earlier in the day, the six Goa legislators decided to pay for the trip themselves although the Congress said it would only believe them if an official notification confirmed their decision.The proposed Brazil visit of the six MLAs, including ministers Ramesh Tawadkar (Sports), Avertano Furtado (Fisheries) and Milind Naik (Power), had sparked a row after it became public that the state sports department had sanctioned Rs.89 lakh for the tour.Congress had termed the trip a “wasteful expenditure” and sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervention to “stop the junket”, although Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar had defended the decision and described it as an “investment”.last_img read more

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Coutinho & Busquets hail ‘best in history’ Messi

first_imgLionel Messi ‘Best in history’ Messi lauded by Barcelona colleagues Coutinho & Busquets Iain Strachan 19:14 2/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Lionel Messi - cropped Getty Images Lionel Messi Barcelona Luis Suárez Philippe Coutinho Ousmane Dembélé Barcelona v Girona Girona Primera División The Argentine produced a typically dominant performance during a La Liga mauling of Girona, drawing gushing praise from his Camp Nou team-mates Philippe Coutinho and Sergio Busquets hailed the performance of the “amazing” Lionel Messi in Barcelona’s crushing 6-1 La Liga victory over Girona.The Argentina international set up Luis Suarez for an equaliser after Girona had taken a third-minute lead, and netted twice himself, the second an inventive free-kick steered under the opposition’s defensive wall at Camp Nou.Coutinho, a January arrival from Liverpool, also supplied an assist for Suarez before getting on the scoresheet, and the Brazilian is already revelling in a productive relationship with his superstar team-mates. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “Leo is amazing,” he told Movistar.”He fooled everyone with his goal. It’s incredible how good he is. Each game we understand each other better, with him, with Suarez, he’s very important for us. “Bit by bit I’m learning and I have a lot of work to do.”Holding midfielder Busquets echoed the sentiments of Coutinho, saying of Messi’s contribution: “He always makes the difference and that’s what makes him the best player in the world and in the history of football.”Ousmane Dembele could not find the back of the net himself but did tee up Suarez for the Uruguayan to complete his hat-trick, and Coutinho expects the young France international to hit his stride soon. “Barcelona play unique football,” he said.”Dembele is a great player, I’m sure that with time and work we will learn. We want to do the best we can.”last_img read more

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APPLE TO PRODUCE NEW PEANUTS CONTENT WITH HALIFAX COMPANY

first_img“A Charlie Brown Christmas.” SUPPLIED Advertisement Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementcenter_img Login/Register With: LOS ANGELES — Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the Peanuts crew will have a new home on Apple’s streaming service.Apple has struck a deal with Halifax-based DHX Media to produce new Peanuts content. The global children’s content and brands company will develop and produce original programs for Apple including new series, specials and shorts based on the beloved characters.“Peanuts” was created by Charles M. Schulz in 1950. DHX will produce original short-form STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) content that will be exclusive to Apple, including astronaut Snoopy.Peanuts Worldwide and NASA recently signed a Space Act Agreement, designed to inspire a passion for space exploration and STEM among the next generation of students. Twitterlast_img read more

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