Some school district leaders say they are seeing a decline in applications for meal assistance programs, despite an uptick in need because of the economic downturn caused by the pandemic. This worries the leaders, who say poverty-based aid is used to calculate funding that supports academics, after-school care and other resources.
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Students learning remotely in Baton Rouge, La., will have school meals delivered to their homes beginning Monday and continuing through the end of the school year. About 30% of the East Baton Rouge Parish School System's students are learning online during the coronavirus pandemic, Director of Child Nutrition Nadine Mann said.
School reopenings and subsequent closures because of the pandemic may take a toll on students' mental health, affecting their performance, writes social worker Amanda Fialk, who also is an adjunct professor at Yeshiva University's Wurzweiler School of Social Work. A reliable and consistent environment fosters feelings of security and helps prepare students to withstand life's challenges later on, Fialk writes.
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci said the US is not close to ending the COVID-19 pandemic, as the country reported about 73,200 new infections and almost 1,000 deaths on Tuesday. The US also marked a record for the weekly average new cases of more than 74,000 infections per day, while 41 states recorded at least 10% jump in cases compared with the previous week.
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Most organizations will need a massive, sustained effort to improve inclusion and diversity, including board-level prioritization, formal leadership development and detailed communication, writes Alaina Love. "By highlighting the organization's success stories, learning moments and examples of diverse viewpoints, you help others understand how inclusion is making a difference in the business," she writes.
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