August 2, 2020

Rt is .94 which is up a tad. Our infection rate continues to slowly creep upward.Play it safe. Wear your masks. 

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Custodians, cafeteria workers and bus drivers also fear returning to Texas schools
“When people think about school, the first thing they think is teachers. A lot of times transportation staff and aides aren’t thought about as much. … We’re the redheaded stepchildren of the family sometimes…
“But just under half the school employees statewide are support staff …, who cook, clean, drive buses and assist teachers in the classroom. More likely to be hourly workers or part-time, they often cannot afford to take time off without pay…

“Theirs are among the riskiest jobs during a pandemic, and in many cases they’re paid much less for their work. The average Texas public school teacher makes around $57,000 a school year, while the average Texas school custodian earns just above $26,000, according to state data. Educational aides make $22,000.
“A new federal law requires districts to provide up to 10 business days of paid sick leave for any employees who are exposed to COVID-19 or when their local child care facility is closed.”

Assessment of SARS-CoV-2 Screening Strategies to Permit the Safe Reopening of College Campuses in the United States

Happiness Article from AtlanticThe Three Equations for a Happy Life, Even During a Pandemic
(J. Harris: Tomas Hardy told me that “Happiness is but the occasional episode in a general drama of pain.” However, he didn’t mention Pandemics).
Texas high school football coaches brace for delayed, interrupted 2020 season (a July article from Dave Campbell).

When will high school sports return? National guidelines provide a road map

Personal Comment, J. Harris: It’s just great that football and other sports were played through the wars, the depression, and especially, through the Influenza Epidemic of 1918-19. Sports “cheer up and entertain the people and teach the players all sorts of good things that they might otherwise not learn, like teamwork, respect, comradeship, leadership, and physical fitness. That’s not to say that the military wouldn’t have taught them the same values, and perhaps so would the debate team or the chess club in high school.
 Best of all, playing football now before a limited crowd won’t kill nearly as many parents and fans and players as did the Influenza Epidemic which might have killed a million youngish Texans in 1918. The current COVID pandemic isn’t nearly as contagious as the flu was and certainly won’t kill nearly as many fans — and most of them will be old people and not the real fans anyway. Texas school districts have fortunes invested in their sports programs; the MISD is fortunate that we don’t have a 90 million dollar stadium or anything outlandish like they have in Dallas and Houston or Carthage.  Well, we do spend quite a bit of our school budget on sports and sports-related activities, but those activities also generate some revenue. I wonder how much? I’d be interested to read an accountant’s evaluation of our sports expenditures. But no matter; we don’t have anything better to spend that money on. 

With her marriage, she got a new name and a dress.

+ I stayed up all night to see where the sun went, and then it dawned on me.

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