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COVID-19: University students react as government announces ‘travel window’ and mass testing | UK News

University students in England will be able to travel home for Christmas from early December under new government guidance.

The Department for Education has said universities in England should revert to online teaching to allow students to travel home between 3 and 9 December for the festive period.

Universities will be expected to stagger the dates in which students leave during this “travel window” and liaise with other nearby institutions to ensure transport is not overwhelmed.

This guidance hopes to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission as students will be travelling home after the lockdown.

The government has also promised to help universities establish mass testing capacity as well as testing as many students as possible before they return home.

Sky News spoke to university students across the country about this new guidance.

‘These travel corridors are superficial and merely a PR stunt’

Muraad Chaudhry
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Muraad says the student travel corridor
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Thanksgiving marks a mass exodus of college students leaving campuses like UW Madison

Now thousands of University of Wisconsin students are making getaway plans, part of a mass pre-Thanksgiving exodus from campuses nationwide that could spread the dangerous pathogen in hometowns across the country if students and schools aren’t careful.

Maggie Pidto is careful. The 21-year-old Wisconsin senior stopped by the Kohl Center arena one recent afternoon to swab inside her nose for a viral test that came back negative, her seventh of the semester. She planned to do it again the next day to get ready for her trip home to West Hartford, Conn. She wants to protect her parents.

The virus infected one of her roommates this fall, who then had to isolate in their off-campus apartment. But so far, Pidto has dodged infection. “I’m constantly stressed about it,” she said.

Thanksgiving has become a pivotal moment for higher education as the pandemic intensifies. It casts a spotlight not only on

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Mass. set to launch first phase of rapid coronavirus testing in schools in December

“This is a voluntary initiative, with test kits provided to schools at no cost and designed to help schools continue to provide in-person instruction,” Riley said. “Schools chosen for Phase One need to meet six criteria including the ability to complete DPH reporting requirements and ensure staff who administer the tests are trained.”

Riley said Wednesday that “schools must also obtain parent/guardian consent prior to administering tests to students. The Abbott BinaxNOW test is a rapid antigen test. Rapid antigen tests perform best when the person is tested in the early stages of infection, which is when the viral load is generally highest.”

Under current federal guidelines, Riley continued, the Abbott test is not to be used for “broad-scale asymptomatic in schools, and students, parents and staff should be aware that antigen test results are not considered at this time diagnostic. Results are probable and confirmation of a person’s COVID-19

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New placement for one of Earth’s largest mass extinction events

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Curtin University research has shed new light on when one of the largest mass extinction events on Earth occurred, which gives new meaning to what killed Triassic life and allowed the ecological expansion of dinosaurs in the Jurassic period.


The research, published in the prestigious journal PNAS, examined biomarkers (molecular fossils) and their stable isotopic compositions which suggest the end-Triassic mass extinction of prehistoric creatures such as conodonts and phytosaurs began after a volcanic eruption spewed carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, disrupting the Earth’s natural carbon cycle and sparking a chain reaction of environmental events.

That carbon disruption led to acidic ocean waters which then affected delicate marine ecosystems, and led to other unfavorable planetary changes.

Lead author, Curtin Ph.D. graduate Dr. Calum Peter Fox, from the WA-Organic and Isotope Geochemistry Center (WA-OIGC) in Curtin’s School of Earth and Planetary Sciences, said the team analyzed

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Live school updates: The latest on education and COVID-19 in Mass.

Westwood High School goes remote for the week due to 5 student cases of COVID-19 (Nov. 9)

Five Westwood High School students have tested positive for the coronavirus after an outdoor Halloween party during which masks weren’t worn. As a result, the school will be remote this week.

In addition to the five cases, there are 20 students in quarantine after being identified as close contacts, according to WHDH.

Along with remote instruction, school sports are also canceled, the news station said.

“We strongly recommend that parents have frank, honest conversations with their children about their social behavior over the last week, including attending indoor gatherings and socializing without following other required safety measures, such as mask-wearing,” a letter to parents and caretakers from Superintendent Emily Parks and school Principal Amy Davenport said, according to the news station.

Data shows higher infection rates among Northeastern University community than before

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Mass. school districts’ plans vary widely on key practices for pandemic-era education, review finds

By contrast, some states, such as California and Maryland, have set requirements for minimum daily live teacher interaction. And at least six states, including Rhode Island, require districts to assess their students to better tailor instruction.

“These are challenging times, but… it’s vital for us to have high expectations for this year for students and for ourselves,” said Ed Lambert, executive director of the alliance.

Yet alliance leaders acknowledge that they relied largely on district plans released over the summer for their analysis, an approach that state education officials and superintendents say is flawed because many of those plans focused largely on health and safety measures rather than academics.

The state “has a separate process to monitor, receive complaints about, and resolve issues related to” learning time and other academic issues, said Colleen Quinn, a spokeswoman for Governor Charlie Baker’s executive office of education. But she acknowledged that state officials

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‘It stops here’: Danish mink farmer sees no future after mass cull

SOROE, Denmark (Reuters) – Born and raised on a mink farm in eastern Denmark, Hans Henrik Jeppesen was about to take over the business from his father.

The plan is now in tatters, after the government announced this week that the country’s entire mink population must be culled to prevent a mutated coronavirus from spreading in the animals and in humans.

The decision, described as a “black day” by the organisation representing a sector that exports $800 million worth of mink pelts annually, was particularly painful because Jeppesen’s 36,000 minks are healthy and free from the virus.

“This is incredibly hard for me,” the 34-year-old told Reuters at his farm in Soroe, some 60 km (37 miles) west of the capital Copenhagen. “This is my whole life.”

He and his co-workers began culling the minks on Thursday, laying the dead, white-furred animals out in neat rows on

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‘It Stops Here’: Danish Mink Farmer Sees No Future After Mass Cull | World News

By Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen

SOROE, Denmark (Reuters) – Born and raised on a mink farm in eastern Denmark, Hans Henrik Jeppesen was about to take over the business from his father.

The plan is now in tatters, after the government announced this week that the country’s entire mink population must be culled to prevent a mutated coronavirus from spreading in the animals and in humans.

The decision, described as a “black day” by the organisation representing a sector that exports $800 million worth of mink pelts annually, was particularly painful because Jeppesen’s 36,000 minks are healthy and free from the virus.

“This is incredibly hard for me,” the 34-year-old told Reuters at his farm in Soroe, some 60 km (37 miles) west of the capital Copenhagen. “This is my whole life.”

He and his co-workers began culling the minks on Thursday, laying the dead, white-furred animals out in neat rows on

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Live school updates: The latest on COVID-19 and education in Mass.

Boston.com Staff

November 2, 2020 | 10:27 AM

Franklin is latest high school to change reopening plans after student party (Nov. 2)

Franklin High School has delayed its transition to hybrid learning and canceled sports for two weeks after dozens of students attended a Halloween party at which they did not wear face coverings or maintain social distance, administrators said.

Classes will remain fully remote for now and hybrid learning will begin Nov. 16, Franklin schools Superintendent Sara Ahern and Franklin High Principal Josh Hanna said in a message to the school community Sunday.

All sports practices and games were canceled at the high school, located west of Foxborough near the Rhode Island border.

The decision was made with input from local public health officials, they said.

As many as 50 students attended the Saturday party and many scattered when police arrived, making contact tracing difficult.

“This behavior puts everyone

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As coronavirus cases rise, Mass. education officials caution against abandoning in-person schooling

As cases of COVID-19 continue to spike across Massachusetts, state education leaders said Tuesday that even schools in communities deemed to be at the highest-risk for virus transmission should not abandon in-person classroom learning unless there is evidence that the virus is spreading within the schools.

Education Secretary Jim Peyser and Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Jeff Riley also defended plans for the state to administer the MCAS exam in the spring, with Peyser calling the pressure mounting to suspend the exam for another year a “stalking horse” for ending standardized testing completely.

The state’s two top K-12 education officials testified before the Joint Committee on Education Tuesday as part of a legislative oversight hearing on the state’s return to school in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Riley hinted that in the coming weeks the administration would have major announcements to make on internet connectivity and Wi-Fi

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