Sahina Islam’s daughters – 7-year-old twins and 4-year-olds attending PS 24 in Flushing – will usually cheerfully look forward to starting new classes and throwing themselves into their favorite arts and music classes in the fall, but they I don’t want to take risks.
The 30-year-old biochemist who is now a housewife joins more and more parents who are rethinking their strategies at school until a safe and proven vaccine is found for coronaviruses.
Even if Governor Andrew Cuomo reopens schools as expected in September, Islam will not return its girls to PS 24, instead choosing to teach their own children after enrolling them in homeschooling.
“It seems the safest thing to do until the vaccine comes out and is proven effective for children,” he told The Post. “With the level of infection and the ability of people to get infected again, we don’t want to take risks.”
Islam and her husband, Dr. Choudhury Hasan, 34, a frontline doctor, even has plans to build a swimming pool in their backyard so they can more easily examine the physical education component of homeschooling.
Legal requirements for homeschooling varies from country to country, but in New York, among other strict rules, parents must notify their school district supervisors, prepare and submit individual instruction plans, and submit quarterly progress reports.
In comparison, New Jersey takes an easier approach. Those who make their children not go to school must give “equal instructions,” but there are no rules regarding parental qualifications, time spent on teaching, examinations or bookkeeping.
Asha Abraham, 43, from Old Bridge, NJ, is another parent who is seriously considering looking after his son, Nathanial, 13, and 11-year-old Daniel, far from Carl Sandburg MS in the city until vaccines are available.
“How do you prevent infection in an environment near a school?” said Abraham, owner of a Manhattan-based cyber security firm that hopes to handle the demands of his job with homeschooling. “We are from South India, where there is a great emphasis on academics and education. But I prefer my children to live than to be educated at this time. “
Abraham and her husband, Thomas, 46, are very worried about the latest news about the spread of mysterious conditions such as Kawasaki that affect children. This is known as multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children, or MIS-C, and has been linked to coronavirus.
“It’s frightening because they are still finding out what’s happening with it,” said Abraham, who noted that his two sons have allergies and asthma and “are considered at high risk for COVID-19.”
Epidemiologist Kumi Smith, from the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota, agrees there is uncertainty about MIS-C, but shows that conditions are rare.
“Although there are reports of quite severe illness among children associated with COVID-19, morbidity is really a low number,” the expert said.
As for parents considering homeschooling, Smith sounds a warning tone.
“Children’s safety is important,” he said, “but you also have to balance it with family well-being, mental health, and the ability of parents who work to do many tasks.”
That’s very important because FDA approval of vaccines can be very far.
“Even the 12 to 18 month timeline is accelerated and unprecedented,” Smith said.
He knew it was not a panacea, but the vaccine would do a lot to quell the fear of Ceceilia Parnther, from Jamaica, Queens, who was also considering going to school at the home of her older daughters, Leila, 10, and 8-year-old Maya.
“I cannot help but worry about the critical mass of children in Leila and Maya schools, because there is a high student ratio to teachers,” said the 39-year-old assistant professor, who also has a 2-year-old age. old man named Norah.
Together with her husband’s engineer, Anthony, 40, Parnther has researched school options at home as an alternative to sending their older girls back to PS 131 in Jamaica Hills for the new academic year.
For him, the ideal solution could be a “hybrid model” of education in which some classes are taught directly and others use the same distance learning plan used since New York City schools closed on March 17.
“There might be some kind of compromise, with a staggered start time and other efforts to reduce numbers in the classroom,” Parnther suggested.
Indeed, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week issued guidelines for schools reopening, which includes wearing masks, closing playgrounds and having one-way signs in the halls to allow for some measure of social distance.
But Parnther could not imagine how the guidelines could be applied effectively, “especially in high-density schools like my children.”
However, for many parents, the thought of home-schooling until vaccines are available is anathema.
Among them was White Plains, a businesswoman who lives in NY, Kristen Ritvanen, who wants to see her three children back inside the four walls of the school this fall.
“I am not interested in educating them at home if they have the opportunity to return [when] the reopening of the school was approved [on] and approved by the government and health officials, “said the 51-year-old man.
He claims his older son, Sean, 18, and his 16-year-old daughter, Shannon, need to attend physical locations for their “mental, physical and social health”. Meanwhile, his 3½-year-old son, Zane, who has an individualized education plan, requires face-to-face interactions for sessions such as talk therapy and occupational therapy.
But he did not blame parents like Parnther, Abraham, and Islam for their plans to go home to school this September.
“I’m not a person who rushes back to normal,” said Ritvanen. “I appreciate that it is a personal choice.”
Absence of Ronaldo, favorite song and game with Morocco. Gonzalo Ramos sums up a (beautiful) night he never dreamed of
Goncalo Ramos’ debut as a starter at the World Cup saw him score three goals and have a great night. Although there was talk before the game about the absence of CR7 in the starting lineup, the Benfica player said that it was different in the dressing room: “Honestly, in our dressing room, no one talked about it. Cristiano as our captain did what he does in every game. He helped us, motivated us and gave me a word of encouragement both for himself and for everyone else.”
After explaining at a press conference that he only had time to call his parents and best friends, Gonçalo Ramos turned to the next game, in which Portugal would “come out with everything”. “The game against Morocco will start 0-0. Today’s score doesn’t matter anymore.”
When asked about today’s performance, the Benfica player said that even in his wildest dreams he never thought of making his debut in the starting lineup in the World Cup playoffs with a hat-trick. “In relation to exemplary players, Ronaldo is an idol for many. I also like Lewandowski and Ibrahimovic.”
In a more relaxed moment, journalists asked Ramos what his favorite song is and what song he would like to hear when he scores goals. “This song contains profanity. Maybe it’s better not to mention it. Another? The music when we score is good. This can continue.”
After the press conference, Gonzalo Ramos went to receive the Man of the Match trophy. Upon receiving the award, he was asked which of his teammates he would give it to if he could choose: “I would give it to the whole team, because without the whole team it’s impossible to win games.”
BUT Tourism in Central Portugal organizes on December 19 and 20 two conferences on the importance of Caminhos de Santiago tourism product in Central Portugal.
The colloquium will take place in melkhada you Covilhã and offer a reflection on Structuring, Knowing, Experience and Dynamizing different layouts portuguese way santiago, with a focus on the importance of this tourism product for the local economy.
The first action, on the 19th, will take place at the Cineeatro Messias, in Mealhada, a municipality that is on the Caminho Português Central route. The next day, the stage will be the Hall of the Municipal Assembly of Covilhã, the city where the Caminho Português Nascente takes place.
Work will take place in the morning, from 10:00 to 13:00. In the afternoon (15:00 – 16:30) there will be a practical part with a short walk along the section of the Portuguese route to Santiago, so it is advisable that the participants be prepared for this purpose.
The initiative is aimed at the community, as well as local and regional public and private organizations. It will bring together speakers and participants from the fields of culture, spirituality, tourism and heritage, who will conduct a dialogue on these topics and their prospects for future development in the central region of Portugal.
The colloquium is held as part of a cross-border project “Kaminos – the Jacobin trails of the western peninsula” (POCTEP Interreg) and enjoy the support of the municipalities of Mealhada and Covilhã.
The Portuguese way is becoming more and more popular
The Camino de Santiago is of great interest to visitors and the number of pilgrims arriving in Santiago de Compostela is increasing. According to the Pilgrims’ Office, the increase in the number of pilgrims along the Portuguese Way has been notorious, which has affected the local economy, namely the accommodation and catering sectors. Turismo Centro de Portugal aims to improve this cultural and religious route.
The cross-border project Caminos – Rede Transborderiça de Caminhos Jacobeus do Oeste Peninsular includes 10 Spanish partners and 3 Portuguese partners and has as its main mission the dissemination of the various routes of the Camino de Santiago, as well as the promotion of its natural and cultural values and its potential tourist.
It also seeks to ensure closer contact between territorial agents in order to create synergies with all social and economic agents associated with the Way, improve equipment, signaling and ICT application on the routes in order to provide them with the necessary infrastructure, thereby increasing the cross-border cultural offer.
It also intends to create conditions for increasing the number of travelers and pilgrims on the various Jacobin routes in the west of the peninsula, promoting the economic development of both territories through tourism-related resources, increasing the competitiveness of the area, increasing employment in the tourism sector and improving the quality of cross-border tourism products and services. .
At the age of 37, CR7 scored in an edition on Qatari soil only in his debut. He scored a penalty goal that paved the way for a long-suffering 3-2 victory over Ghana. Then, in matches against Uruguay and South Korea, he collected missed opportunities, got offside several times and, above all, became the object of even more contestation. from the critics.
Even against the Uruguayans, the No. 7 Portuguese finished the match believing he had scored the first goal in a 2-0 win. and backstage – who touched the ball with his head (or hair) on a cross by Bruno Fernandez, who at the time, and also after a FIFA reassessment, was confirmed as the author.
Is free ball marketbecause the contract was terminated by mutual agreement Manchester United, Ronaldo has only five finishes in the 2022 Cup so far: two correct and three incorrect. Today with nine goals at the world championships, Lionel Messimeanwhile, has 12 shots (eight correct and four incorrect) – only in the group stage.
Even after several controversies in England, the veteran striker could not avoid controversy in the national team. The latter came in the defeat against South Korea, in the last round of group H. He could have been spared, like a large part of the team, but he was kept in the starting lineup, mainly because he wants, among other goals, score nine goals in World Cups and equal his historical compatriot Eusebio And now too Messi.
Between criticism and controversial cases, Cristiano Ronaldo is unlikely to be taken out of the starting XI, especially in the decisive phase. Despite the problems, he remains a big attacking hope for Portugal, who will face Switzerland this Tuesday (6th) at the Lusail Stadium in the round of 16.