Tyngsborough schools investigate cyberattack – The Boston Globe

A cyberattack at Tynsgborough’s middle and high schools cut Internet service to students this week, and officials have hired an outside company to identify the source of the attack, the school department said.

The outages impacted the two schools located on the district’s Norris Road campus. The school department’s info tech team has determined the outage was not caused internally or through the district’s Internet provider, Superintendent Michael Flanagan said in a statement.

Instead, officials believe the outage was caused by an outside device brought into school buildings either unwittingly or intentionally, the statement said.

Northeast Technology, an IT solutions company in Danvers, has been hired to identify the source of the attack. The town’s police department is also investigating.

The town’s elementary school was not impacted by the attack.

The school district has been operating in a hybrid mode this year, offering a mix of in-person and remote learning

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Ballad, Lee County schools awarded grants to expand technology services | Latest Headlines

Two regional entities will receive a combined $1.06 million to expand services in two rural Southwest Virginia counties.

Ballad Health will receive $313,361 to support a school-based telemedicine virtual health clinic program in Lee and Smyth counties. The Lee County school district is getting $752,857 to implement science technology engineering and math courses and technology, according to a written statement issued by Virginia U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine.

This funding was awarded through the distance learning and telemedicine grant program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development.

The Ballad grant will improve access to acute sick care for schoolchildren and faculty and removes transportation as an obstacle to care. This rural investment will benefit approximately 46,765 residents across both Virginia and Tennessee, according to the statement.

The Lee grant will give students in alternative education programs the opportunity to attend their classes in real time, enable teachers

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New technology may help detect COVID-19 in schools | Good News

Is the election hurting your mental health? An expert weighs in

Less than 30 days out from one of the most divisive elections in American history, stress and anxiety around politics is an an all-time high. Yahoo Life Mental Health Contributor, Jen Harstein, says that it’s important to become aware of how your mental health could be taking a toll this election season.

“Even for those of us who have been part of many elections and voted many different times, this is something none of us have ever experienced,” she says.

Hartstein says one of the most important things you can do is create set times during the day to unplug. “We live in a 24 hour news cycle, and the news is coming at us all the time, and it’s intense,” Hartstein explains. “That doesn’t do such great things for our body’s ability to calm down, reset and relax.”

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TEA Announces Additional Innovative Learning Solutions for K-12 English and Spanish, and K-5 Science to Support Schools Across Texas

TEA Announces Additional Innovative Learning Solutions for K-12 English and Spanish, and K-5 Science to Support Schools Across Texas

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AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 5, 2020

AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 5, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — ICYMI The Texas Education Agency announced Great Minds as the creator of PhD Science TEKS Edition for Texas home learning for Grades K–5. This follows the agency’s selection of Great Minds to create Eureka Math in Sync TEKS Edition for Grades K–5. The TEA news release is below. Great Minds contact: Chad Colby, Chad.Colby@greatminds.org, 202-297-9437.

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The Texas Education Agency today announced the next set of instructional materials – covering K-12 English Language Arts and Reading (ELAR), K-5 Spanish Language Arts and Reading (SLAR), and K-5 Science – that will be made available to school systems through the Texas Home Learning 3.0 (THL 3.0) initiative. Like other THL 3.0 offerings, these instructional materials are

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Indiana schools use $200M federal aid for virus

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana schools are slowly making a dent in more than $200 million of federal aid meant to help local districts manage financial hardships spurred by the coronavirus.

Since May, nearly $22 million of Indiana’s share of federal CARES Act aid has been issued to school districts around the state, according to the Indiana Department of Education. State officials say millions more are expected to be given out in the coming months.

The financial help is intended to buy remote learning technology, equipment for sanitizing school buildings, protective equipment, staff training and emotional support for students.


State Superintendent Jennifer McCormick cautions the federal aid isn’t as much as it seems, adding that no one is going to “get rich” with the extra money.

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HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE VIRUS OUTBREAK:

— Trump at military hospital; new cases among allies emerge

— Cavalier White House approach

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Tech leaders emerge from under-resourced schools thanks to this program

Danielle Page, for Verizon
Published 9:12 a.m. ET Oct. 1, 2020

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See the Verizon Innovative Learning program featured as part of USA TODAY Network’s The Storytellers Project.

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Here’s how one company is empowering students through technology.

James Allrich, principal at Argyle Magnet Middle School in Silver Spring, Maryland, has always had a reputation for being the go-to tech guy.

“For me, technology is just one of those things that’s always been easy for me — I view it as a tool to make life and things we do a lot easier,” he said.

This school program supports digital learning and inclusion. (Photo: Getty Images)

So when the opportunity to become part of the Verizon Innovative Learning program, which provides technology-based STEM curriculums — focused on science, technology, engineering and math — and gives each student and teacher a device and monthly data plan, Allrich knew the potential

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Covid’s Rising Again in New York. Keep the Schools Open.

(Bloomberg Opinion) — Few pandemic decisions have become as destructively politicized as school closures. As a New Yorker article noted this week, whether schools are open depends more on a community’s support for Donald Trump than on its Covid-19 infection rate.

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And now a small resurgence of the virus in New York City has schools facing possible closure. An uptick this week has brought what’s called the positivity rate above 3% for the last several days. Under current policy, a seven-day average over 3% will trigger school closings. It’s not clear that 3% is the right cut-off for closing schools, though, or that re-closing the public schools would slow the pandemic.

The positivity rate represents the percent of positive tests among all those tested in a given time period. Epidemiologists say it’s a measure that depends in part on how much testing is being done. If only the

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Perspectives/IIT Math and Science Academy Calls on Chicago Companies to Meaningfully Engage with Schools to Help Close Technology and Access Gaps in Education

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today Perspectives/IIT Math and Science Academy (MSA) is calling on the Chicago business community to increase its engagement with schools to help close the inequality gap that exists in under-resourced areas. Perspectives MSA credits its readiness for the 2020-2021 remote school year to its deep, meaningful relationships with several Chicago companies that have engaged by providing employee support and financial resources.

“Our corporate supporters have embraced understanding the communities Perspectives serves, and they partner with us on solutions that have led to better mental and physical resources for students, a double-digit increase in graduation rates and reduced level of suspension,” said TyNeisha Banks, principal of Perspectives. “We urge Chicago corporations to engage with us and other under-resourced schools to, eventually, erase the inequality gap altogether.”

When COVID-19 forced schools to close in March, the challenges for students of under-resourced communities were amplified, as families lacked the resources

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Group raising $50,000 to send science kits to schools in South America, Caribbean

ORLANDO, Fla. – A group of passionate science communicators from around the world are working to bring science supplies to students in South America and the Caribbean and one of the group members plans to fly down the supplies once it’s all said and done.

Passage was founded by a growing group of young and veteran leaders in science, with the goal of supplying more than 20,000 pre-kindergarten to high school-age children with the tools to help them learn about science, technology, engineering and math fields.

“It’s for kids and students who, you know, maybe are in high school who are going to be going into college to get into STEM degrees, or just starting off who looked at Bob and Doug go to space and said, I want to be an astronaut,” Passage group member NASA engineer Joan Melendez-Misners said.

[SPACE CURIOUS PODCAST: Astronomers are working to ensure large

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The messy science behind the coronavirus and opening schools

For example, much attention has focused on whether children transmit COVID-19 as often as adults. This is a difficult question to answer through the types of studies that can be done in most settings. A study from Korea suggested that older children transmitted COVID-19 to people living in their households at rates equal to or higher than adults, and was widely reported as jeopardizing safe school reopening. As in all contact tracing studies, differences in when symptoms appear and when tests are available made it difficult to tell who infected whom in a household. When the authors subsequently reported that the direction of transmission was unknown, raising concern about the conclusions of the original paper, this correction was not widely communicated.

A second recent study was tweeted out by the institution that conducted the research, overstating the findings as demonstrating that children are “silent spreaders” of COVID-19. It was

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