Today's daily news selection focuses on headlines throughout North America. These stories consider the nature of work and school under the omicron surge.
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The Aspen Times, published in Aspen, Colo. USA
As COVID-19 cases rise among school-aged children in Pitkin County, Aspen High School students petitioned for expanded virtual learning options. The option was granted, in hopes that students can also attend classes while isolating if they test positive for the virus and in the event that online schooling is needed due to staffing shortages. Isolation is now set to last for five days for asymptomatic students.
Winnipeg Free Press, published in Winnipeg, Canada
Canada's National Microbiology Laboratory's two Winnipeg sites are adopting a remote model of work due to high community transmission rates of COVID-19. The laboratory collects data on and tests for many other infectious diseases, as well.
Kokomo Tribune, published in Kokomo, Ind. USA
Reliable, affordable, high-quality childcare is necessary for families to return to work and for young children to make educational progress. While many industries see signing bonuses and pay increases to account for difficult working conditions, this is not true case for child care workers in Indiana.
Waco Tribune-Herald, published in Waco, Texas USA
The omicron variant is causing fewer deaths and presenting milder symptoms in many who contract it. But hospitalizations are still on the rise, and demand for testing and test results has increased drastically. Texas health workers are feeling the burden of these conditions.
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