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Janitors, Bus Drivers On Returning To Schools: Damned If They Do, Damned If They Don’t

As many schools return to in-person classes even as coronavirus cases are mounting nationwide, school bus drivers, cafeteria workers and janitors are left in an impossible bind: worried about being exposed to COVID-19 but also terrified they’ll lose their jobs if schools stay shut.

“We’re back at work. We don’t get the choice of virtual or brick-and-mortar. We’re behind the wheel, five days a week,” said Rhonda Miller, 54, a school bus driver in Florida’s Palm Beach County.

“How can you social distance on a bus? It’s impossible,” Miller said.

States and school districts have had a piecemeal response to the pandemic, with some deciding to return fully in person, others continuing classes virtually and still others doing a combination of both. Many schools, including in New York, Florida and Texas, have opened up only to have to shut again as virus cases have cropped up among students

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  • October 15, 2020
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What returning residents should know about Hawaii’s pre-travel testing program

HONOLULU (KHON2) — Tourists will have a quarantine-free option to travel to Hawaii, but what about Hawaii residents who are trying to come back home?

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It may not be as easy if you don’t plan ahead.

One Kauai resident was doing research for a Christmas vacation on the mainland with his family and advised that travelers should carefully look at the options that are out there for returning residents.

Erik Brandsen checked CVS Health–one of two companies located in San Diego that are also under the state’s list of trusted travel partners. Brandsen learned that CVS does not test kids under the age of 12. He has a daughter who is 6-years-old and is required to be tested.

“It was interesting to have a travel partner when so many people that travel to Hawaii have kids under the

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  • October 12, 2020
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Penn State students weigh in on returning to the IM Building this semester | University Park Campus | Penn State | Daily Collegian

Many Penn State students have been waiting to take a trip back to the gym as a part of their daily routine for the fall semester — and now they have the chance.

The Intramural Building reopened to students on Sept. 25. The White Building and the Hepper Fitness Center do not have plans to reopen.

According to a Penn State News release, students are required to wear masks, practice social distancing with other gym-goers by at least six feet and follow scheduling procedures to prevent the gym from overcrowding.

All students who wish to use the facility must schedule a time slot online prior to visiting the building. They can schedule one session per day up to 48 hours before their session.

Amy Forbes has been to the gym twice since its reopening.

“Personally, I support the reopening of the IM,” Forbes (sophomore-elementary education) said via email. “My current

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  • October 8, 2020
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Milan fashion returning to runway in September

MILAN (AP) — Giorgio Armani, Fendi, Prada and Versace are all returning to the runway in September, according to the Milan Fashion Week calendar published Wednesday.

After the coronavirus pushed many fashion houses to make online-only presentations in July, more than half of participating Milan fashion houses are making plans to present in-person previews for Spring-Summer 2021.

Due to ongoing virus precautions, including social distancing and mask requirements, as well as some travel restrictions, fashion houses have indicated that seating will be more limited than usual at next month’s shows.

Italy was the first country outside of Asia to report locally transmitted coronavirus cases, which appeared during the February runway shows in the Lombardy region that includes Milan. Closing the week that saw the fashion crowd packed as usual into to tight venues, Giorgio Armani took his collection online, with models parading the collection in an empty theater as the

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  • August 12, 2020
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Love Island UK is returning for some special episodes

Photo credit: ITV
Photo credit: ITV

From Cosmopolitan

This summer has been a weird one for obvious reasons, with one of the more trivial differences being the lack of UK Love Island. But all that is (sort of) about to change, thanks to ITV2’s upcoming Love Island specials.

At the beginning of May, news spread of Summer Love Island being pulled due to coronavirus. In a statement, Kevin Lygo, Director of Television at ITV, said producers had tried to come up with ways of making it work in the current climate, but that it wasn’t possible to safely go ahead.

“We have tried every which way to make Love Island this summer but logistically it’s just not possible to produce it in a way that safeguards the wellbeing of everyone involved and that for us is the priority,” the statement read.

Photo credit: ITV
Photo credit: ITV

“In normal circumstances we would be preparing very soon

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Worries About Returning To School

Remember back in March when everything shut down and we couldn’t fathom the thought of online learning through the rest of the school year? Then it happened. Then we couldn’t imagine not going to pools or amusement parks or on vacation or sending our kids to camp all summer. Now we’re living it. And the next thing we’ll be faced with—that we can’t yet wrap our heads around but we’ll have to eventually—is continuing e-learning in the fall.

COVID is still here and spreading like wildfire. We know what will happen as it flies through the halls of schools, packed with sticky-fingered kids who likely won’t keep their masks on and will forget to social distance. We’re scared to send them back. We’re scared for their teachers. We’re not sure how we’ll manage more months of quarantine. We don’t know what to do.

Our confessional is full of worries from

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