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Posted by: thepinetree on 07/16/2020 11:11 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 07/16/2020 11:11 PM
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Calaveras Unified Prepares for Unconventional Start to School Year

San Andreas, CA...Calaveras Unified is preparing and planning for an unconventional start to the school year that is set to begin on August 12th. Student, staff and campus densities and plans will be based on the COVID-19 guidelines from the state. Superintendent Mark Campbell held a video session to provide information as they know it at this time. Below is the video and also the notes from the on the Opening Guideline image for the full pdf. We know this is CUSD specific but parents at other school districts will most likely see variations on a COVID-19 Guidelines driven theme...

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Posted on: 2020-07-17 04:16:20   By: Anonymous
The district's plan requires temperature checks with a "no-touch" thermometer and then requires that "no-touch" thermometer to be cleaned and sterilized after each use. If it's "no-touch" why does it require cleaning and sterilizing?

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    Re: Thermometers
    Posted on: 2020-07-17 06:12:33   By: Anonymous
    Most kids do not exhibit a fever a a symptom, so it's pointless anyway.

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    Re: Thermometers
    Posted on: 2020-07-17 08:52:46   By: Anonymous
    Once again Mark Campbell demonstrates he is a horse's a-- and a gutless wonder to boot. With a Corona surge in the western part of the county (almost coterminous with the boundaries of the CUSD) and kids as carriers bringing it on home to the rest of the family -- what a wonderful scenario for generating exponentially more infections. Calaveras USD use to be a decent school system (I went there) but under Campbell's leadership it has become a real waste dump and even possibly a Petri dish.

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Posted on: 2020-07-17 06:04:07   By: Anonymous
The school district leadership is nuts. They should be following what most districts in CA are doing and delaying school starting or going with distance learning until a vaccine is developed. The plan they've laid out here does nothing because the virus is airborne, and you can carry the virus WITHOUT SHOWING SYMPTOMS...The schools don't know who's been where, this plan is a crapshoot and the risk is too great. Can you imagine a Kindergarten or 1st grade class trying to social distance or keep sanitizing? It's not possible. How much learning is going to take place in this environment? I know parents want the kids out of the house, but I wouldn't send my kid to a public school right now just blindly following a short-sighted plan. Let's all pray this doesn't end disastrously.

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    Re: Nuts
    Posted on: 2020-07-17 06:16:52   By: Anonymous
    It seems like a lot if risk for a half a day of in-class learning. The kids are going to be so distracted by the social aspect, but then can't play with their friends.

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    Re: Nuts
    Posted on: 2020-07-17 08:40:18   By: Anonymous
    WRONG! Happy to see it took our teachers to bring some common sense to Calaveras County!

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Georgia governor bans mask mandates
Posted on: 2020-07-17 06:14:01   By: Anonymous
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has prohibited cities from forcing residents to wear masks in public, voiding requirements put in place by some local governments. The move led to one mayor hurling incendiary accusations at Kemp.

The ban on mandatory face coverings was part of a new executive order which extended state measures purportedly put in place to fight the spread of coronavirus. Although Kemp has encouraged voluntary mask-wearing, his order made it clear that cities and counties could not coerce people into donning a face covering. The move voids orders adopted by at least 15 local governments across the state, including the city of Savannah, local media reported.

Angered by the order, Savannah Mayor Van Johnson claimed the governor “does not give a damn about us” and was putting lives at risk.

“It is officially every man and woman for himself/herself. Ignore the science and survive the best you can. In #Savannah, we will continue to keep the faith and follow the science. Our masks will continue to be available,” he wrote on Facebook.

Although numerous US states, as well as several countries worldwide, have adopted mandatory mask policies, the science supporting such extreme action is far from settled. The World Health Organization (WHO) has acknowledged that “the widespread use of masks everywhere is not supported by high-quality scientific evidence, and there are potential benefits and harms to consider.”

The health agency recently advised that masks should be worn in situations where social distancing is not possible.

The new recommendation comes even as the WHO reported that it has yet to document a case of asymptomatic transmission, undermining the belief that healthy-looking individuals could potentially be dangerous carriers of the virus.

There are also questions about the legality of mask mandates. Kemp’s order coincided with a legal opinion issued by Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, who argued that his state’s mask requirement was unlawful.

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    Re: Georgia governor bans mask mandates
    Posted on: 2020-07-17 07:21:58   By: Anonymous
    He's a Trump beach. There's your answer.

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Truly Unbelievable
Posted on: 2020-07-17 06:26:23   By: Anonymous
What is CUSD thinking?! COVID-19 can still infect and kill children. Hopefully the governor steps in here because letting local counties decide anything when the shutdown restrictions were eased much too early didn't work out so well. Newsom’s decision to let local governments individually decide how to respond to the coronavirus threat has resulted in disaster. Hopefully, he won’t repeat his error by allowing local school officials to send children back into classrooms while infections are soaring. At the school district level there are too many factions involved the decision making process: the teachers, the union, the administrators and their union, the superintendent (who's elected by the board), all under enormous pressure to return to a normal learning environment. The health and safety of the principle players (our children) is being ignored.

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    Re: Truly Unbelievable
    Posted on: 2020-07-17 08:42:42   By: Anonymous
    Please show the data that backs up your claim that the Chinese virus kills kids. I’ll wait. . .

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      Re: Truly Unbelievable
      Posted on: 2020-07-17 08:53:36   By: Anonymous
      Generally, COVID-19 symptoms are milder in children than in adults. In a recent study published in Pediatrics of COVID-19 in Chinese children, 90% of those who tested positive for the disease had mild symptoms, or none at all.

      Fever and cough are common COVID-19 symptoms in both adults and children; shortness of breath is more likely to be seen in adults. Children can have pneumonia, with or without obvious symptoms. They can also experience sore throat, excessive fatigue or diarrhea. Learn more about COVID-19 symptoms.

      However, serious illness in children with COVID-19 is possible, and parents should stay alert if their child is diagnosed with, or shows signs of, the disease. In the study, 10% of infants with a positive COVID-19 test became critically ill. Severe illness rates were lower in older children, but there were rare cases of children in each age group requiring hospitalization, and one 14-year-old who died.

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        Re: Truly Unbelievable
        Posted on: 2020-07-17 08:55:29   By: Anonymous
        Also, kids don't live in a bubble. They can bring this home to parents, grandparents, and other caregivers. If you've ever had small children in school, then you know how well schools spread pathogens.

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          Re: Truly Unbelievable
          Posted on: 2020-07-17 08:55:58   By: Anonymous
          Not to mention staff and teachers, of course.

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Posted on: 2020-07-17 06:26:39   By: Anonymous
The dumpster fire of COVID predictions has shown exactly why it’s important to sustain and nurture skeptics, lest we blunder into scientific monoculture and groupthink.

And yet the explosion of “cancel culture” intolerance of any opinion that doesn’t fit a shrinking “3 x 5 card” of right-think risks destroying the very tolerance and science that sustains our civilization.

Since World War II, America has suffered two respiratory pandemics comparable to COVID-19: the 1958 “Asian flu,” then the 1969 “Hong Kong flu.” In neither case did we shut down the economy—people were simply more careful. Not all that careful, of course—Jimi Hendrix was playing at Woodstock in the middle of the 1969 pandemic, and social distancing wasn’t really a thing in the “Summer of Love.”

And yet COVID-19 was very different thanks to a single “buggy mess” of a computer prediction from one Neil Ferguson, a British epidemiologist given to hysterical overestimates of deaths, from mad cow to bird flu to H1N1.

For COVID-19, Ferguson predicted 3 million deaths in America unless we basically shut down the economy. Panicked policymakers took his prediction as gospel, dressed as it was in the cloak of science.

Now, long after governments plunged half the world into a Great Depression, those panicked revisions are being quietly revised down by an order of magnitude, now suggesting a final tally comparable to 1958 and 1969.

COVID-19 would have been a deadly pandemic with or without Ferguson’s fantasies, but had we known the true scale and parameters of the threat we might have chosen better tailored means to both safeguard the elderly and at-risk, while sustaining the wider economy. After all, economists have long known that mass unemployment and widespread bankruptcies carry enormous health consequences that are very real to the victims suffering drained life savings, ruined businesses, broken families, widespread mental and physical health deterioration, even suicide. Decisions involve tradeoffs.

COVID-19 has illustrated the importance of free and robust inquiry. After all, panicked politicians facing media accusations of “killing grandma” aren’t in a very good position to evaluate these tradeoffs, and they need intellectual ammunition. Not only to show them which path is best, but to bolster them when a left-wing media establishment attacks.

Moreover, voters need this ammunition so they can actually tell the politicians what to do. This means two things: debate that is transparent, and debate that is tolerant of skeptics.

Transparency means data and computer code open to public scrutiny as the minimum requirement for any study that is used to justify policy, from lockdowns to carbon taxes to whatever comes next. These studies must be based on verifiable facts, code that does what it says it does, and the ensuing decision-making process must be transparent and open to the public.

One former Indian bureaucrat put it well: “Emergency situations like this pandemic should require a far higher—and not lower—level of scrutiny,” since policy choices have such tremendous impact. “This suggests a need for democracies to strengthen their critical thinking capacity by creating an independent ‘Black Hat’ institution whose purpose would be to question any technical foundations of government decisions.”

Even more important than transparency, debate must be tolerant of alternative opinions. This means ideas that are wrong, offensive, even dangerous, have to be tolerated, even celebrated. By all means, refute them—most alternative hypotheses are completely wrong, so it shouldn’t be hard to simply refute them without censorship. This, after all, is the essence of science—to generate hypotheses testable by anybody, not just licensed “experts.”

Whether we are faced with a new crisis, a new policy innovation, or simply designing a better mousetrap, groupthink and censorship are recipes for disaster and stagnation, while transparency and tolerance of new ideas are the very essence of progress. Indeed, it is largely this scientific tolerance that allowed us to rise up from the long, brutal darkness of poverty.

As Francis Bacon observed three hundred years ago, innovation and new knowledge do not come from prestigious “learned” insiders, rather progress comes from the questioner, the tinkerer, the skeptic.

The industry of artificers maketh some small improvement of things invented; and chance sometimes in experimenting maketh us to stumble upon somewhat which is new; but all the disputation of the learned never brought to light one effect of nature before unknown. (In Praise of Knowledge, vol. 1, [1740] 1850)

Indeed, every major scientific advance challenged the “settled science” of its day, and was often denounced as pernicious and false, even dangerous. The modern blood transfusion, for example, was developed in the late 1600s, then banned for nearly a century by a hostile medical establishment, “canceling” tens of millions of lives at the altar of groupthink and hostility to skeptics.

It’s comforting to know that our problems are old ones, and also encouraging that our solution is both time-tested and simple: transparency and tolerance. After all, the very reason our culture elevates science is because it is built on a millennia-long evolutionary “battle of ideas” in which theories are constantly tested and retested in a delightfully endless search for ever better understanding.

This implies there is no such thing as “settled science”—the phrase itself is contrary to the scientific method. In reality, science is not some billion-dollar gleaming palace in Bethesda, rather it’s a gnarled mutant sewer rat that takes all comers because it’s been burned, cut, run over, crushed, run through the wood chipper, and survived. That ugly beast is our salvation, not the gleaming palace where we bow down to whichever random guy has the biggest degree in the room.

Only with free inquiry for the most unpopular, offensive, dangerous, and, yes, wrong ideas imaginable does that power sustain. And if we break that, we can expect a series of rapid catastrophes that, like failed golden ages of the past, return us to the nasty, brutish, and very short lives that have been humanity’s norm.

Whether pandemic, climate change, “institutional racism,” or whatever new crisis they conjure next, we have a fundamental right to tenaciously defend the transparency and tolerance that constitutes science itself so that it remains among humanity’s crowning achievements, and so that we preserve this golden age that would astound our ancestors.

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    Posted on: 2020-07-17 06:45:04   By: Anonymous
    This is a lot of words to say almost nothing.

    Diverse ideas should be heard. However, some random person's idea should not carry more weight than the experts. Especially when it comes to containing a virus.

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    Posted on: 2020-07-17 08:13:19   By: Anonymous
    1957 pandemic killed 116,000 in the United States.

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      Posted on: 2020-07-17 08:15:16   By: Anonymous
      1969 pandemic caused 100,000 deaths.

      Sorry dude, neither one compares to now.

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    Posted on: 2020-07-17 09:27:36   By: Anonymous
    At least cite your source for the article you obviously copied and pasted here. I’d like to know which right wing whack job you are following.

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    Posted on: 2020-07-17 11:02:31   By: Anonymous
    I think your point is well taken. However, there is always another side to the story and in this case, one has to look at the motivation(s) for being skeptical: financial interests, laziness, lack of options, apathy, OCD, etc.

    The issues of masks has become so politicized in this country (though not in many others). One wonders how this whole thing would have gone down if Trump had been wearing a mask the entire time we have had Covid?

    I get that some people are freaking out about the family's income that has been lost due to the shutdown and therefore many extrapolate that anything that smacks of government mandates must be a point of resistance. I am most sympathetic to their dilemma. But at the end of the day, I think community health trumps (as it were) individual needs. One has to ask, isn't it better to wear a mask and slow this thing down rather than have to go back to Phase 1 regulations?

    I have no sympathy for the dingbats that simply say "I am not going to be told what to do" or the others who disclaim "God will protect me because I am washed in the blood of the lamb". These are not cases that can be addressed rationally and perhaps only institutionalization is the appropriate response.

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Posted on: 2020-07-17 06:28:34   By: Anonymous
A highly anticipated clinical trial for a potential COVID-19 vaccine managed in part by the American drug company Moderna has resulted in some adverse effects in more than half of the trial’s participants, with one test group reporting “severe” symptoms.

The trial, which is also being sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, administered the vaccine “as a 0.5-ml injection in the deltoid muscle” in two shots spaced about one month apart. Two separate groups received 25-microgram and 100-microgram doses, respectively. A third group with a 250-microgram dose was subsequently added.

The vaccine “induced anti–SARS-CoV-2 immune responses in all participants,” the research team reported Tuesday in the New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers said that “no trial-limiting safety concerns were identified.” Yet a majority of participants still reported at least one side effect.

“Solicited adverse events that occurred in more than half the participants included fatigue, chills, headache, myalgia, and pain at the injection site,” the report states. Fever, joint pain and nausea were also reported.

Side effects grew more common with more (and larger) injections, the scientists write:

“Systemic adverse events were more common after the second vaccination, particularly with the highest dose, and three participants (21%) in the 250-μg dose group reported one or more severe adverse events.”

Notably, every participant in the two larger-dose groups reported adverse reactions after their second injections. One study participant in the smallest-dose group, meanwhile, was removed due to having developed hives after the first round of injections.

The scientists said that due to the ongoing status of the project, they are not yet “able to assess the durability of the immune responses” generated by the vaccine, but that they intend to follow participants “for 1 year after the second vaccination” and examine regular blood samples to monitor the vaccine’s effects.
A large trial “expected to evaluate a 100-μg dose” is “anticipated to begin during the summer of 2020,” the report states.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2020-07-17 07:41:57   By: Anonymous
According to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, 77,255 new cases were reported in the US yesterday, marking the first time the country’s daily caseload has surpassed 70,000.

Sure! Let's send kids to school?!

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    Posted on: 2020-07-17 08:43:44   By: Anonymous
    Hey dumb a s s. It’s called more access to testing.

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      Posted on: 2020-07-17 08:51:06   By: Anonymous
      This argument makes no sense. But fine, you don't think testing numbers matter, how about the 1,000 people who died yesterday?
      And will die tomorrow, and the day after, and the day after that, and so on.

      In about a month, (right when school starts), there will be thousands of deaths a day.

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      Posted on: 2020-07-17 09:36:43   By: Anonymous
      Your reply is so stupid. So you’re saying that we DON’T have more cases?
      They are not testing randomly. Those getting tested are sick! They are presenting themselves to be tested because they are worried and know they must find out before continuing to infect others.
      We do not have more cases because liberals are pulling people out of the woodwork for testing to increase numbers to make the President look bad. No one cares about the President. He’s the one making HIMSELF look bad.

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        Posted on: 2020-07-17 09:40:38   By: Anonymous
        Yes, and wouldn’t we all rather know WHO and HOW MANY have the virus around us? Under your plan we would just go around and let those who would have tested positive continue to infect our community? Yeah, that’s better.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2020-07-17 09:48:30   By: Anonymous
For all of you that are afraid to die, you might want to get to know your Maker, before it is too late. Politicians are far from the answer, period!

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    Posted on: 2020-07-17 09:59:12   By: Anonymous
    I'm not afraid of my personal risk, however, I am worried about the hospital system being overwhelmed.

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      Posted on: 2020-07-17 11:45:37   By: Anonymous
      Isn’t is strange that 300 LABS in Florida had a 100% positivities covid 19 tests!!! Why??? $$$$.
      IF everyone who gets sick every year from influenza and was TESTED the numbers would be off the charts.
      RETURN to normal. Our kids deserve this

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        Posted on: 2020-07-17 11:56:21   By: Anonymous
        TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Department of Health confirmed Wednesday that some private laboratories were not reporting negative COVID-19 test results to them as required by the state, leading to 100% positivity rates being reported for those labs.

        Florida Department of Health spokeswoman Olga Connor told Local 10 News in an email that public and private labs are required to report all COVID-19 test results to the state, regardless whether the tests are positive or negative.

        “In recent days, the Florida Department of Health noticed that some smaller, private labs weren’t reporting negative test result data to the state,” Connor wrote. “The Department immediately began working with those labs to ensure that all results were being reported in order to provide comprehensive and transparent data.”

        Connor said the Department of Health will continue to educate labs “on the proper protocol for reporting COVID-19 test results.”

        The confirmation from health officials comes after the Orlando Sentinel reported that the issue created discrepancies in the statistics that officials have been using to track the pandemic throughout the state.

        Health officials have not disclosed how many labs in the state reported incomplete data.

        As of Wednesday, Florida surpassed 300,000 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

        A total of 4,521 residents have died due to complications associated with the virus.

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          Posted on: 2020-07-17 12:56:33   By: Anonymous
          It’s just not Florida it’s all these states. The more positive tests the more $ they get. It’s all political. If Biden wills covid 19 will be obsolete and forgotten 2 days later

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            Posted on: 2020-07-17 12:57:21   By: Anonymous
            Wins not wills

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              Posted on: 2020-07-17 12:59:01   By: Anonymous
              When Biden wins and the people who died of Covid stay dead, will you believe it then?

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                Posted on: 2020-07-17 13:19:44   By: Anonymous
                The most important act we all can do is wear masks. Why isn't this emphasized, and repeated, and repeated again ?

                All other countries which have opened their schools require masks.

                What is going on?

                Asymptomatic spreaders are not discussed, masks if 100 % required are proven deterrence to Covid spread .

                The ignorance from top to bottom is astounding.

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                  Re: Masks?
                  Posted on: 2020-07-17 14:34:57   By: Anonymous
                  Kids spread colds and flu like wild fire let's open it up dumb ass's

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                  Re: Masks?
                  Posted on: 2020-07-17 15:36:02   By: Anonymous
                  Were you in favor of everyone wearing condoms during the AIDS epidemic?? It’s essentially a mask!

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                Posted on: 2020-07-17 15:34:52   By: Anonymous
                What about all the people who dies or died of the flu. Will you remember that if Biden wins?

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                  Posted on: 2020-07-17 21:25:07   By: Anonymous
                  Who is "all the people who dies" idiot?

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                    Posted on: 2020-07-18 11:06:46   By: Anonymous
                    The same kind of people who supposedly died of covid DUMB ASS

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