High-school students in New York City recently led a seven-week virtual blood drive aimed to help replenish the area blood supply, which was depleted during the coronavirus pandemic. Students used social media to spread the word about the blood drive and also are raising money for the New York Blood Center.
A Florida school district is launching Spanish-language Twitter and Facebook pages -- Hillsborough Schools en Espanol -- to better communicate with the district's more than 80,000 Hispanic families. The district previously opened a Spanish-language hotline.
Democrats in the US House have updated their Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act, which they passed in May, to provide coronavirus relief. The bill includes $175 billion for K-12 schools to help support cleaning, technology, mental health and recovery of lost instructional time.
One of the most important roles that schools can serve during this uncertain time is to provide social-emotional support, according to Mikki Rogers, an elementary-school counselor in Kentucky. Rogers shares strategies to help bolster students' emotional resilience, including using the RULER program, which teaches students to recognize, understand, label, express and regulate emotions.
Some states, including Indiana, Pennsylvania and South Carolina, are investing in data broadcasting -- also known as datacasting -- to bridge the digital divide among rural students. Three school districts in South Carolina are piloting the model, which sends information via television broadcast signals rather than cellular networks or internet service, to help support remote learning during the coronavirus pandemic.
Starting a new school year in a virtual atmosphere is difficult when teachers are faced with a screen full of faces they don't know. Texas teacher Jennifer Atkins says learning can't happen without relationships and recommends spending extra time to build them, while North Carolina teacher Megan Taylor says she mails handwritten notes to students.
A ninth-grade online course at a Massachusetts high school was interrupted by someone who made offensive and racially charged comments. Officials say they are investigating the incident and are unsure whether the person who made the comments was from inside or outside the school system.
Private information of students in the Clark County, Nev., school district was released after the district did not pay a ransomware demand. The information included students' Social Security numbers and grades, and Brett Callow, a threat analyst for cybersecurity company Emsisoft, said multiple school districts have fallen victim to similar schemes.
Students at Western Washington University are leading a social media campaign with health officials to encourage fellow students to take precautions to protect themselves and others from the coronavirus. The COVID-19 IRL (In Real Life) campaign includes images and messaging designed to appeal to college students.
Some 54% of Americans don't think any political ads should be allowed by social platforms and 77% say it's unacceptable for their personal information to be used by social platforms to serve them political ads, per the Pew Research Center. The study breaks down the findings by age, race/ethnicity and political leaning.
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