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Florida’s second semester school plans remain uncertain

Students and educators across Florida return to classes today, after a week (in most cases) away from what has proven a trying and complicated school year during the time of coronavirus. The break might not have been as restful as they might have hoped, after the state Department of Education failed to provide guidelines for second semester planning by Thanksgiving, as promised. The new self-set deadline for details arrives today, the final day of November. If it comes, families and school officials will have just less than three weeks to begin preparing, before their winter vacation arrives. Read on for the latest in Florida education news.

Education commissioner Richard Corcoran did announce some second-semester highlights before the holiday. Corcoran said students will be allowed to attend classes online through the end of the year, and that “full parental choice” will remain. But how the state will define “online,” and how

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  • November 30, 2020
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Concern grows over plans for vaccine passports

 

Concerns have been raised over the issuing of ‘Covid passports’ to allow people to travel, with a UK travel operator saying that it could amount to “coercion”.

The Telegraph revealed that Britons who have been inoculated against coronavirus could have their passports stamped to show they have had the vaccine – enabling them to travel freely once again.

This, or a similar scheme, has been labelled a “necessity” by the head of Australian airline Qantas for international visitors, prompting Tradewinds Travel to pull all flights with the airline. Korean Air and Air New Zealand also echoed a similar position.

“We feel that bodily autonomy with regard to medical intervention is a personal choice and not something to be forced onto people by businesses,” Tradewinds said in a tweet. “We are not anti-vaccination but we are pro-choice. There is a huge difference between coercion and making a free choice.”

Even

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  • November 30, 2020
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Ask Amy: Adoption complicates clan’s wedding plans

Dear Amy: My biological great-aunt and uncle adopted me when I was 2 years old. I am now 20, and I’m planning my wedding. My adoptive parents are my world, and I couldn’t be more grateful to them.

I have a very close relationship with my mom, and plan on including her in my wedding, just as anyone normally would.

Because it was an open adoption and my adoptive parents are my great-aunt and uncle, I do know my biological mom.

She and I have more of a friendly bond than a mother/daughter bond. I am getting married next year, and I want to include her somehow, but my adoptive mom gets jealous and hurt about certain things when it comes to including her.

How can I incorporate my biological mom, but not hurt my adoptive mom’s feelings?

Also, should I give my biological mom a corsage to wear?

I’m

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  • November 28, 2020
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Trump cancels plans to attend Pennsylvania GOP event on election

President TrumpDonald John TrumpMinnesota certifies Biden victory Trump tells allies he plans to pardon Michael Flynn: report Republican John James concedes in Michigan Senate race MORE canceled plans on Wednesday to attend an event orchestrated by Pennsylvania Republicans to highlight allegations of election irregularities.

Trump was expected to join Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiJake Tapper jokes he’s retained Giuliani to look into fraud in ‘Sexiest Man’ election Pioneering New York City Mayor David Dinkins dies at 93 Trump transition order follows chorus of GOP criticism MORE and other legal representatives affiliated with his campaign at the event at a hotel in Gettysburg, but it was scrapped at the last moment. The trip was never officially on Trump’s schedule, but multiple news outlets reported he planned to make an appearance.

The cancellation came shortly after a campaign adviser, Boris Epshteyn, shared that he had tested positive for the coronavirus. Epshteyn was

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  • November 25, 2020
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How the Pandemic Has Impacted Thanksgiving Travel Plans

By Erin El Issa

Turkey Day will look different this year for many Americans because of the pervasive impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Three in five U.S. adults who had Thanksgiving travel plans (60%) say these plans have been affected by the pandemic, according to a new NerdWallet survey. Just 12% say their plans haven’t been impacted, and another 29% aren’t sure if they will be. And while some are still planning to travel, many are forgoing seeing loved ones in person this year.

In a NerdWallet survey of more than 2,000 Americans conducted online by The Harris Poll, we asked about how the pandemic is impacting 2020 Thanksgiving travel plans, including transportation and lodging.

Key Findings

  • Covid-19 affects plans to see loved ones: Among Americans who say their Thanksgiving travel plans have been impacted by the pandemic, 42% say they usually travel with or visit friends and family, but
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  • November 24, 2020
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Ask Amy: Vacation plans have expanded too far

Dear Amy: My sweetheart wants to plan a family trip. At first it just involved our household and one other household. Now it has expanded to include plans involving many other households.

I am uncomfortable with this, and have said as much.

The families involved have made suggestions to make me more comfortable, such as the idea that we can check temperatures, etc., but I think it is a dangerous idea to gather in this way.

How would you navigate this?

— Anxious Annie

Dear Anxious: Here’s how I am navigating this sort of dilemma: I’m doing it by saying “no.” This can be surprisingly hard to do, especially when considering the competing agendas that surface during the holiday season.

I don’t consider myself in a particularly high-risk group, but I interact with others who are. I consider a “no” now to be an investment in a future “yes.”

If

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  • November 21, 2020
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MPs draw up plans to ensure golf can resume after second national lockdown

Plans to ensure golf was the first sport to return after the second national coronavirus lockdown were being drawn up by MPs on Saturday ahead of a parliamentary debate on the “ridiculous” closure of courses.

The Telegraph Sport revelation that gyms and leisure centres would be allowed to reopen after December 2 sparked calls for outdoor grassroots and children’s sport to be cleared to resume as well.

That included golf, a debate on which will be staged in Westminster Hall on Monda afternoon after a petition to exempt courses from the list of venues required to close due to Covid-19 attracted more than a quarter of a million signatures.

Craig Tracey, the chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Golf, told Telegraph Sport there was “unlikely” to be a U-turn from Boris Johnson on the current restrictions.

But he added: “What we’re working towards now is getting it the first

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  • November 21, 2020
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Australian Open plans thrown into chaos by Victoria’s refusal to allow incoming players until January 1

Tennis Australia’s plans for the Australian Open have been thrown into chaos by a Victorian government decision to refuse access to any incoming tennis players until Jan 1.

After the verbal warning sent out by Victorian premier Daniel Andrews on Monday, when he said that “this [a full-scale Australian Open] is not a done deal at all”, the state government has decided that it doesn’t want any visiting athletes to start their quarantine until New Year’s Eve.

Given the requirement for anyone entering the country to serve two weeks of quarantine before they can leave their bio-secure hotel, this will make it difficult for a build-up tournament to be held before the scheduled dates of the Australian Open – which are Jan 18-31.

The Telegraph understands that Tennis Australia has until Friday to submit a revised plan. One possible scenario would be to delay the start of the Australian Open

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  • November 18, 2020
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Changed Travel Plans on the Menu This Thanksgiving

Turkey Day will look different this year for many Americans because of the pervasive impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Three in 5 U.S. adults who had Thanksgiving travel plans (60%) say these plans have been affected by the pandemic, according to a new NerdWallet survey. Just 12% say their plans haven’t been impacted, and another 29% aren’t sure if they will be. And while some are still planning to travel, many are forgoing seeing loved ones in person this year.

In a NerdWallet survey of more than 2,000 Americans conducted online by The Harris Poll, we asked about how the pandemic is impacting 2020 Thanksgiving travel plans, including transportation and lodging.

Key findings

  • COVID-19 affects plans to see loved ones: Among Americans who say their Thanksgiving travel plans have been impacted by the pandemic, 42% say they usually travel with or visit friends and family, but this year they won’t.

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  • November 17, 2020
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Christmas return plans for university students ‘riddled with holes’, as questions raised over mass-testing feasibility

Universities have faced coronavirus outbreaks on campus this term (AFP via Getty Images)
Universities have faced coronavirus outbreaks on campus this term (AFP via Getty Images)

Government plans for students to return home for Christmas are “riddled with holes”, a union has said, while the promised mass-testing programme does not yet exist. 

One student told The Independent he was “very angry” at being told to leave university much earlier than planned, after a week-long window for travel was announced. 

Students will be allowed to travel on staggered departure dates between 3 and 9 December in order to spend the Christmas holidays with their families under the much-anticipated plans.

The government has promised to “work closely with universities to establish mass-testing” ahead of the travel window — with priority given to those in hotspot areas. But the requisite capacity does not yet exist, and one insitution has warned it will require a “massive undertaking” to install it. 

Michelle Donelan, the universities minister, said it

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  • November 12, 2020