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As summer break looms, colleges are vaccinating students before leaving campus. Many schools and states had banked on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine – the only one-shot Kovid-19 inoculation approved for use in the US – to achieve that goal.
But on Tuesday, all 50 states, as well as CVS and Walgren, Stopped using the vaccine Six women between 18 and 48 developed blood clots within about two weeks after their shots. One died and the other is in critical condition.
About seven million American residents have already received the vaccine, including about one million women in that age range.
Until this week, the appeal of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was simple: it could be stored in a common refrigerator and required only one dose, making it particularly attractive to colleges and universities. But the disruption will not affect only college-aged students.
Dean of Brown University School, Drs. Ashish Jha said, “If we really want to have a normal summer that is desperate for all of us, getting vaccinated for six weeks from next month will really bring a huge change.” public health. “Their immunity means a lot to our society.”
This is because there are college students, Drs. Jha said, “very efficient propagators of the virus.”
On Tuesday, several health clinics that serve students halted vaccination efforts that relied on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
In states like Ohio, which made the vaccine a The cornerstone of its strategy For admission to college campuses, schools are searching for alternatives. The president of the school said that in New York, St. John Fisher College planned to host an on-campus clinic to deliver 500 doses of Johnson & Johnson on Tuesday. School is now Search for alternative vaccines.
“This will allow us to fully vaccinate them,” said Gerrard Rooney, President. “It’s not impossible with Modern and Pfizer, if we’re able to get access to those vaccines sooner than later. But once the semester breaks, people will deliver.”
Ohio University announced Changes in Pfizer’s vaccine In local health clinics that serve students. Michigan State and University of Michigan Did too. The State University of New York System is the largest public university system in the US Working to change strategies For its campuses.
Dr. Jha is not overly worried. They think the US will resume the Johnson & Johnson shots soon. And even though students receive only their first dose on or around campus, they can always sign up for a second dose closer to home.
But for feature-rich college students, “one more did” was attractive. Last week, 23-year-old student Ted Fernandez in Florida, Took an uber At a vaccine clinic on the Miami Dade College North Campus.
“I’ve got Johnson & Johnson, with work and school, the chances of coming back a second time were not very good,” Fernandez said.
Is this a ‘lost year’ after all?
Can we really measure how much educational base students have lost during an epidemic? Should we try too?
For many education experts, the answer is a resounding yes. Only with this information, he says, do states and districts feel the urgency necessary to address gaps, by spending resources on interventions such as tutoring.
But for some teachers and administrators, the answer is more complex. Some students this spring opposed attempts to sit for standardized tests, saying that testing students who have just returned to school is punitive, even traitorous.
The latest in how the epidemic is shuffling education.
Others reject the discussion of “learning disadvantages”, with researchers using the term to describe how distance learning has slowed the educational progress of many students. They say that as a focus on what students have lost – as opposed to the ways they have adapted and are flexible – the risks stigma them, and the hard work of teachers during a uniquely challenging year Let’s dismiss.
This year could have negative consequences for schools seeing a drop in their scores – starting with parents who have had their own struggles during the epidemic.
Our colleague Dana Goldstein explored this debate in a piece this week. As she clarified, the question of how much damage students have suffered as a result of distance education is tied to the debate over whether extended school detainees were justified.
Jessie HagopianA Seattle high school teacher and author told Dana that learning-loss research was being used to “promote the multibillion-dollar industry of standardized testing” and to “educate teachers before doing so in classrooms.” Sent back in. “
Experts believe that measuring loss of learning is important, wanting to pressure policy makers and schools to allocate resources to help students catch up. But for some teachers and school leaders, this strategy seems like an indictment of their efforts and an insult to their students.
all over the country
New York City Will Open and improve your summer school program For all learners.
In a shoot Tennessee High School – First after the epidemic started – Police killed an armed student. No one else died One officer was injured.
In Chicago, High school teacher and staff member stayed home On Wednesday, in opposition to the plan to reopen the city.
Regis High School, A prominent Catholic school in Manhattan, said it would sack a Jesuit priest, who serves as a president, after an investigation found that he was involved in sexual misconduct with several adults, including school staff.
After a lovely fourth grade teacher from Orange County, California., Caught on video while marching towards the Capitol on 6 January, his community divided over whether he should be fired.
A good read from The Times: While many students and parents have struggled with distance education, some have actually liked it. Now, districts are establishing permanent online schools to accommodate them.
A good listen from the Times: In the third episode of “Odessa”, an audio series about the reopening of the West Texas school district, quarantine of the friendship of dozens of band members and parents.
Children can pick up big adult things, even if they don’t have language for them yet. Stephanie Murray wrote openly about the pain of trying to explain her depression to her 3-year-old daughter.
“mother?” Her daughter asked, “How are you sad all day, mother? How are you sad?” All the timeThe “
Murray received advice from experts. In short: don’t be shy. Try not to remain incognito. Do not turn your child into a care giver. Above all, shoot for what is called an “age-appropriate honesty”.
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