Colleges are trying to track students to contain COVID-19 cases. Students are pushing back.

DETROIT — Special police patrols in student-heavy neighborhoods. Smartphone apps monitoring location inside a bubble. Daily check-in forms.

As hundreds of thousands of students arrive back on campuses across the country, college and university administrators are greeting them with a variety of methods to monitor behavior and discourage large gatherings, all in an effort to keep the students healthy and on campus.

Notre Dame and the University of North Carolina have recently shut down face-to-face instruction after large gatherings led to COVID clusters. Syracuse University’s leaders last week said large gatherings had left the school on the verge of shutting down and going online-only.

Even as administrators are coming up with plans, students are pushing back, saying they are invasions of privacy.

They’ve seen some success. At Oakland University in suburban Detroit, a plan to mandate all students wear BioButtons was changed to strongly recommend wearing the health tracker after

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Apple Just Poured Gas on VR

Apple’s mystique doesn’t stem from a reputation as an innovator or pioneer, but rather as a refiner of technology or a popularizer of existing hardware or features. It is the trendmaker of the consumer electronics world.

So when the company responsible for turning laptops, smartphones and smartwatches into coveted products picks up a business in a different tech sector, the industry tends to take notice. Especially when it’s a targeted virtual reality platform — like Spaces, the VR outfit that Apple confirmed it’s buying on Tuesday for an undisclosed sum.

The start-up, which was originally born of DreamWorks Animation, was known for powering a VR attraction tied to Terminator Salvation: Fight for the Future. It shifted gears recently due to the pandemic, diving into the much more utilitarian VR video conference call use case. But this virtual environment is unique: The host is represented by an avatar that mirrors

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Restaurant dining rooms set to reopen soon in Miami-Dade as COVID spread eases

Miami-Dade will let restaurant dining rooms reopen Aug. 31 after nearly two months of emergency closures to fight the spread of COVID-19.

Mayor Carlos Gimenez said he was loosening the rules as the county’s infection rate hovered near the red-line level of 10%.

“This does not mean this is over, by a long-shot,” Gimenez said in an online press conference. “While we’re heading in the right direction, we’re not out of the woods.”

The move by Gimenez, a Republican candidate in Florida’s 26th Congressional District, follows pressure from city leaders, restaurant owners, county commissioners and others. Hours before Gimenez made his announcement, Hialeah’s mayor declared he would order city police to stop enforcing county restrictions that since July 9 have banned most indoor dining at commercial establishments.

Gimenez also faced criticism for loosening the rules too quickly. County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava, running to succeed Gimenez as mayor, said Miami-Dade

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College campuses face explosion of COVID-19 cases

The exploding number of new COVID-19 cases on campuses across the country has left many colleges and universities grappling with the same vexing question: How do you get students to cooperate with new safety measures?

While many students appear to be following social distancing guidelines, all too many are breaking the rules and putting their classmates at greater risk.

The University of Alabama reported more than 550 people — the majority of them students — tested positive for the coronavirus since classes began one week ago.

Montclair State University in New Jersey, this week barred 11 students from student housing for two weeks after they were caught partying in the residence halls and at an off-campus bash.

“The vast majority of students are following the rules,” said Andrew Mees, a spokesman for the university. “We are disappointed that a small number chose to disregard these rules and by so doing,

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14 best places to buy masks for kids going back to school

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There is no evidence to support that wearing a face mask will protect you from COVID-19. You should still avoid touching your face, washing your hands frequently for 20 seconds using warm water and soap and practice social distancing.

With new school year soon approaching, ensure your kids are protected in and around school grounds with a comfortable face mask. According to the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention, all schools reopening should adherence to behaviours that prevent the spread of COVID-19. Practical recommendations include cloth face coverings on school supply lists and provide cloth face

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We Had To Pull Our Son With Special Needs From His Charter School

Educational choices for children has historically been a fairly easy decision for families. Most families enroll their children in local public schools where they attend with friends within their community. Some families chose to send their children to private schools for religious reasons or specialized programs. Other families elect to homeschool their children as a reflection of their educational choice. But for families of children with disabilities, educational choice is never an easy decision, and given the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic, that decision has never before been more difficult and agonizing.

Our Family’s Education 2020 Story

My youngest son is 5-years-old and has ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder. During the beginning of the pandemic, we applied to a highly regarded autism charter school. We were thrilled when we got the news that our son was offered a Kindergarten spot for this upcoming school year.

Despite COVID-19, during the

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Public, a stock trading app, gets a seven-figure check from Scott Galloway

Hertz. The latter, in particular, garnered wide-spread disbelief. Why in the world would investors bet on a company that had just filed for bankruptcy, a move that would likely make its shares worthless? ” data-reactid=”19″The pandemic spawned several oddities of human behavior: toilet paper and sourdough starter kits flew off the shelves, and for whatever reason, so did shares of car-rental company, Hertz. The latter, in particular, garnered wide-spread disbelief. Why in the world would investors bet on a company that had just filed for bankruptcy, a move that would likely make its shares worthless? 

Pundits largely attributed the dynamic to amateur retail traders, including customers of Robinhood, who willingly played a game of hot potato in order to get rich quick even at the risk of catching the stock on its way down.

$24 million figure in March. Public declined to give a specific figure on

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I Moved During the Pandemic, and Here Are My Top 12 Tips to Guide You Through

worldwide pandemic? Yeah . . . it’s not great. The mess that ensues from packing up an entire life into boxes sometimes feels insurmountable, and once it’s all in the new place, the reorganizing seems never-ending. Not to mention scheduling the movers or renting the U-Haul, setting up a moving-out and moving-in time if apartment buildings are involved, and doing all of this in a way that keeps within COVID-19 preventative measures for both your safety and whoever helps you with the move. I already went through it, and if you’re gearing up for a similar move amid COVID-19, I have some advice.” data-reactid=”23″Moving is already one of the most stressful things you can do, but when you add in a worldwide pandemic? Yeah . . . it’s not great. The mess that ensues from packing up an entire life into boxes sometimes feels insurmountable, and once it’s

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Community Invited To Keep Alpharetta’s Scarecrow Tradition Alive

ALPHARETTA, GA — Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Scarecrow Harvest Festival, held last year in Brooke Street Park, has been canceled. Each fall, residents and visitors of Alpharetta look forward to seeing the downtown streets decorated with scarecrows made by local schools, businesses and organizations. This sight brings a smile to many, and this year the city is calling on the community to help keep this tradition alive during COVID-19.

Because schools and teachers have their hands full this year, families, neighborhoods, non-profits, faith-based organizations, local businesses, local sports teams and athletic clubs are invited to join in the fun by creating a scarecrow for display on the streets of downtown Alpharetta.

“The scarecrows make it officially feel like fall in Alpharetta,” said Morgan Rodgers, City of Alpharetta Recreation, Parks & Cultural Services Director. “Our community looks forward to this every year, and we know it can be done safely

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