In today’s daily news, we take a closer look at some of the disparities and issues within schools across the U.S., which have come to light due to the pandemic. Some schools report bolstered efforts in supporting mental health services to students, while others are finding students are unequally equipped for postsecondary education. Plus, other community news related to the pandemic. These stories were curated from Newseum:
Fulton Sun, Published in Fulton, Missouri
Two years ago in Fulton, Missouri, Proposition K established mental health and social work services for public schools. Schools are relieved to have these professional staff available as students wrestle with the stress of the pandemic and world events. "We have a lot of students coming in who have trauma or serious diagnosed or undiagnosed mental health issues that our counselors alone, one, weren't trained for, and two, don't have time for while they're also trying to do the job they've always done," said Superintendent Ty Crain.
Kokomo Tribune, Published in Kokomo, Indiana
A report released on Thursday by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education revealed ongoing disparities in postsecondary readiness. Black and Hispanic/Latino students in Indiana are less likely than the statewide average to earn college credit prior to graduating high school. The report also found that these individuals are less likely to enroll and complete college or postsecondary degrees. Similar trends were also seen among low-income high school students.
Savannah Morning News, Published in Savannah, Georgia
Students at Savannah-Chatham public school will return to classrooms on October 5, and teachers and staff are establishing a return plan. The school is running a phase-in approach, where students will return in cohorts two days a week and learn remotely the other three days. Teachers were also asked via email whether or not they wanted to remain virtual or return to class—and must commit to their choice until January 4, 2021.
Evansville Courier & Press, Published in Evansville, Indiana
In counties in Indiana, adults in their 30s are falling ill and dying to COVID-19. This story follows several cases of young healthy individuals dying from the disease. A study of Indiana residents in April found that people under 40 who got infected had a death rate of %0.01. While the rates are still lower among younger populations, the story reinforces that everyone should take caution during the pandemic.
Times Herald-Record, Published in Middletown, New York
In Wallkill in Orange County, New York, the community is still trying to keep up traditions by holding the 180th Orange County Fair—but this year it will be a food drive-through only. Drivers can come to the fairgrounds for free and stop at various food tents and trucks. On Thursdays, about 10 trucks were selling cheese-steaks, gyros, kebabs, tacos, ice cream, and more. The event is also helping small local businesses, which continue to struggle with little to no customers during the pandemic.
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