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School employees urged to avoid travel during upcoming mid-year vacation

The Shared Services Department at the Ministry of Education and Higher Education has issued a circular calling upon school personnel to avoid travel during the upcoming mid-year vacation, according to a report in local Arabic daily Arrayah.

Addressed to schools, the circular has been issued based on the precautionary and preventive measures taken by the State to limit the spread of Covid-19, the ministry’s concern for the health and safety of children, students and employees, and in the light of another wave of the virus being seen in many places worldwide.

Employees have been advised not to travel in the said period so that they do not expose themselves to accountability as a result of not commencing work on the specified date.

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Stamford Recreation has openings in their After school Program…

Announcing Holiday After school Programs with Stamford Recreation!

Ornament Making (Gr. K-2)
Recreation Star Center 1170 Shippan Ave
December 15, 2020
Tuesday4:30PM – 5:30pm
$22.00 per child / includes all supplies
Instructors: Arts In CT Staff
You can make your tree beautiful. Join us to make a crafty and colorful holiday ornament. This will be something you can have for a lifetime or present as a gift to family and friends.! Max of 12 participants!

Gingerbread Cookies (Gr. K-2)
Recreation Star Center 1170 Shippan Ave
December 17, 2020
Thursday 4:30PM-5:30pm
$22.00 per child / includes all supplies
Instructors: Arts In CT Staff
Join us for a class on making our holiday favorite, gingerbread cookies. Students will make dough and bake cookies. Children will select their favorite cookies and decorate them with all kinds of sweets. Max of 12 participants!

Snowman Apples (Gr. K-2)
Recreation Star Center 1170 Shippan Ave
December 22, 2020
Tuesday 4:30PM – 5:30pm
$24.00 per child / includes all supplies
Instructors: Arts In CT Staff
Learn how to make this seasonally inspired treat! A chef will lead you step by step through the process to create a culinary masterpiece. Max of 12 participants.

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Hotel developers vow to bring forward ‘more modest’ plans for old Royal High School building in Edinburgh

Proposed extension to the historic Royal High School on Calton Hill sparked huge controversy.
Proposed extension to the historic Royal High School on Calton Hill sparked huge controversy.

They have revealed that a “more modest” proposal for an “arts hotel” would be brought forward for the A-listed building, after plans which would have seen two multi-storey extensions created, were thrown out.

Despite pledges that more than 250 full-time jobs would have been created, the hotel project was rejected by ministers on the grounds that there would have been “considerable damage to the setting of one of the most important neoclassical buildings in the city.”

The move will dismay campaigners against the luxury hotel plans and backers of an alternative scheme which would see the building become the new home of an independent music school.

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The building has been lying empty for more than half a century. Picture: Scott Louden

It will dash hopes that work will be able to get underway as early as next year on the rival scheme, which is being bankrolled by American arts philanthropist Carol Grigor, and already has planning permission from the city council.

The local authority, which is believed to be tied into its lease agreement for a hotel development for another two years, has yet to decide how to proceed in the wake of the government upholding the council’s rejection of the designs for the £75m Rosewood hotel, which was predicted to deliver a £75m boost to the citys economy, for a second time.

The Cockburn Association, the city’s long-running heritage watchdog, has called on the council to end its “contractual relationship” with the developers soon as possible and for the developers, Urbanist Hotels and Duddingston House Properties to “step aside” to allow the proposed relocation of St Mary’s Music School from the city’s west end to proceed.

However Taco van Heusden, co-founder of Urbanist Hotels, has called on the city council – which agreed to lease the building to allow it to become an “arts hotel” 10 years ago – to prioritise “jobs and investment” on the site rather than embark on “long procurement delays.”

Councillors have already backed plans to turn the Old Royal High School in Edinburgh into a new music school and concert hall.

He claimed that the hotel school was rejected on the grounds of the impact of the two “wings” on either side of the existing building and suggested that the proposed music school scheme would involve the “careless destruction of internal fabric” of the historic site.

Posting on social media, he said: “We will put forward a more modest arts hotel proposal that fits the now established parameter.

“Scale was established more than four-five years ago, inevitably things do change. Detailed proposals will come in due course.

“In these times especially, Edinburgh needs jobs and investment not years of new procurement process.

“The council also needs to be released from its £250,000 annual maintenance cost for the old Royal High School. There are much better ways to

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Atlanta School Principal And Wife Drown During Puerto Rican Vacation | National

An Atlanta-area high school principal and his college professor wife reportedly drown during their vacation to Puerto Rico.

Jamar Robinson, the principal of Westlake High School in South Fulton, and his wife AnnMari Robinson, an assistant professor at Georgia State University, have been identified as the drowning victims. They reportedly died last Sunday (November 8) in San Juan and leave behind their two sons, ages 14 and 15. One of the boys has special needs and is now staying with relatives.

Puerto Rico Headline News reports that the Robinsons traveled to Puerto Rico last weekend and were staying at the Conrad hotel.

Sunday afternoon, the couple were swimming behind the La Concha hotel when a strong current took AnnMari out to sea.

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Jamar then attempted to swim out and save his wife, but tragically they were both pulled under. Subsequently, several people who arrived on scene attempted to rescue the Robinsons, but they were unsuccessful. 

Westlake’s head football coach Booby May confirmed Robinsons’ passing on Twitter and paid tribute to them.

“Our hearts are broken for the family of Mr. Robinson and Mrs. Robinson and the entire Westlake community,” May wrote. “We will always remember Mr. Robinson as the principal who worked tirelessly, was always upbeat, passionate, never missed a game or event and LOVED his students with a heart that was unmatched.”

According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the Fulton County school system released an official statement addressing the tragic deaths.

“Robinson was an inspirational leader who brought joy with his passion for education and his students,” officials stated. “We join the community in remembering him and expressing our condolences to his family.”

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Atlanta school principal and college professor wife drown on Puerto Rico vacation

An Atlanta-area high school principal and his college professor wife drowned while vacationing in Puerto Rico this week. 

Jamar and Ann Marie Robinson were swimming in the ocean Sunday behind their beach resort hotel near San Juan when Ann Robinson was dragged by rip currents, according to a Puerto Rico news report. Jamar Robinson tried reaching for his wife and they both went under the water, the report said. 

Onlookers unsuccessfully tried to rescue the couple, authorities said. 

“Our hearts are broken for the family of Mr. Robinson and Mrs. Robinson and the entire Westlake community,” Bobby May, a football coach at Westlake High Scool, where Robinson was principal, tweeted. “We will always remember Mr. Robinson as the principal who worked tirelessly, was always upbeat, passionate, never missed a game or event and LOVED his students with a heart that was unmatched.” 

The couple leaves behind two boys, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. 

A message posted to the school’s website said Robinson “left a legacy of PRIDE that will live on through the faculty members and students that he impacted and encouraged to #BeTheChange.”

Robinson had been principal of the school, located just outside Atlanta city limits, since 2018. He was recognized as an “Outstanding Georgia Citizen” in 2014 and was described by Fulton County Schools as a “passionate leader whose focus on relationship building and transparency has led to significant results for the communities and students that he serves.”

His wife was an assistant political science professor at Georgia State University Perimeter College, the newspaper reported. She was working toward her doctorate when she died. 

Jamar and Ann Robinson drowned while vacationing in Puerto Rico over the weekend 

Jamar and Ann Robinson drowned while vacationing in Puerto Rico over the weekend 
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“She was a beloved and admired member of the faculty and her loss is felt personally and professionally by all of us,” Dean Nancy Kropf told the newspaper in an emailed statement.

Ann Robinson was also known as the “encyclopedia” in her doctorate program because of her intellect and love of learning, the newspaper reported. Funeral arrangements for the couple were pending. 

A New York City couple also drowned while honeymooning in the Caribbean last month. Muhammad Malik, 26, a corporate attorney, and his 29-year-old wife, Dr. Noor Shah, a surgeon, were swimming in chest-high waters at a Turks and Caicos resort on Oct. 28 when they were overcome by strong riptides, the New York Post reported. 

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GA high school principal, wife drown in Puerto Rico

A Georgia community is mourning the loss of a Fulton County principal who died while vacationing in Puerto Rico.

Westlake High School principal Jamar Robinson and his wife, AnnMari Robinson, drowned while swimming in the ocean behind their hotel early Sunday, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported, citing local media outlets.

A Puerto Rican outlet reports the couple was on the beach behind the La Concha Resort in San Juan when “a whirlpool and currents of water allegedly drag(ged) the woman, and her partner (came) to her aid — both dying in the incident.”

Locals in the area tried rescuing the couple but it was too late, according to the news site. Life-saving efforts by paramedics were also unsuccessful.

“Mr. Robinson was an inspirational leader who brought joy with his passion for education and his students,” Fulton County Schools said in a statement obtained by McClatchy News. “We join the community in remembering him and expressing our condolences to his family. School leadership and support staff are at the school to support students, teachers and staff. This support is also being provided remotely to students.”

News of the couple’s passing began circulating online Tuesday, and, in an email to students, Westlake administrators announced a switch to online learning “due to the tragic death of a staff member,” according to CBS46. Robinson was not named in the memo.

Condolences poured in as the community received confirmation that Robinson and his wife had died.

“I’m at a complete lost [sic] of words this morning, upon hearing of the passing of Westlake High School Principal Jamar Robinson and his wife this past weekend,” State Rep. William Boddie, D-Georgia, wrote on Facebook. “Principal Robinson was a Good Man and a Great Educator. Westlake High School continuously had high academic performance scores year after year. I will keep the entire Robinson and Westlake High School Families in my Prayers and Thoughts.”

Westlake assistant football coach Matthew Van Dusen lauded Robinson as an “amazing and passionate leader who loved Westlake and would do anything for its teachers and students.”

“Heartbroken by the news of Mr.Robinson,” a Westlake alum wrote on Twitter, adding: “That man showed Class of 2017 so much love!!! May him and his wife souls Rest In Peace.”

Robinson graduated from Southwest DeKalb High School in DeKalb County before earning his bachelors in psychology from Florida A&M University, according to his bio on the Fulton County schools website. He would go on to earn advanced degrees from Georgia State University and Georgia Southern University.

The former teacher was known for showing love to his students and honoring Westlake’s 2020 graduates with an electronic billboard display on the highway earlier this year.

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An Alaska school district will require COVID-19 testing for in-state travel

The state does not require testing for in-state travel, so the Petersburg School District decided to come up with its own policy for staff and students. The policy mirrors the state’s mandate for out-of-state travel requiring five days of isolation in addition to at least one negative test result.

Superintendent Erica Kludt-Painter said she supported the new requirement because of the rising COVID numbers around the state.

“Everything we’re doing is trying to do the very best that we can to keep our kids in school,” said Kludt-Painter. “It’s not perfect — this is not perfect. I keep thinking of it as a sieve, a little colander. There are still little leaks all over the place, but we are doing the very best we can with the information we have.”

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Two COVID positives impact SUNY Schenectady’s School of Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism

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SCHENECTADY – Two COVID positives connected to SUNY Schenectady’s School of Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism led Sunday to classes there going remote and some services there shutting down, the school said late Sunday.

The school received word of the two positive tests Sunday. The individuals did not have direct contact with the public, officials said. But, out of an abundance of caution, the school closed its Casola, Van Curler, Pane e Dolci and The Boucherie Curbside takeout services, the school said.

All classes at the School of Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism were moved remote for two weeks and the facilities will be deep cleaned.

The individuals who tested positive were last on campus Friday and will not return to the college until they are cleared by Schenectady County Public Health Services.

The school has identified the two individuals’ close contacts at the college and the health department will reach out to those who were in close contact, the school said.

“We remind our campus community to stay vigilant outside of school, practice good hygiene, wear masks and follow social distance guidelines as outlined by the CDC and the New York State Department of Health,” the college said in a release. 

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Royal High School hotel bid rejected in Edinburgh

How the hotel would have looked on Calton Hill. Image: Gareth Hoskins Architects
How the hotel would have looked on Calton Hill. Image: Gareth Hoskins Architects

Duddingston House Properties and Urbanist Hotels had appealed against the refusal by Edinburgh City Council of two schemes for the former Royal High School building on Calton Hill in December 2015 and August 2017.

International hotel chain Rosewood had been lined up to operate the hotel, which would have housed public bars, restaurants, an art gallery and performance spaces..

The £75m project for the city council-owned building, which was long touted as a home for the Scottish Parliament, was expected to create more than 260 jobs and estimated to be worth more than £35m to the city’s economy had it gone ahead.

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But the scheme, which was instigated after the city council staged a competition a decade ago to find a luxury hotel operator for the building – involved the creation of two controversial “Inca-style” stepped extensions, one on either side of the main building.

The developers said the extensions were essential to make the hotel project viable, but critics likened them to putting “Mickey Mouse ears on the Mona Lisa”. However their plans were twice rejected by the council’s own planning committee.

The government’s ruling on the development stated “Overall the proposal does not represent the right development in the right place.”

It described claims by the developers that the development would be “nationally significant” once it was up and running as “a stretch.”

The government’s ruling added: “Ministers conclude that the proposed development would not preserve the former Royal High School building or its setting and would neither preserve nor enhance the character and appearance of the Edinburgh New Town Conservation Area.

However Urbanist Hotels chairman David Orr said: “This is a deeply disappointing decision for us, our investors, and our hotel partners. It is a poor day for inward investment in our vital tourism sector.

“It is now 50 years since the old Royal High School had a proper use and we still do not have a solution that safeguards its future. This decision leaves a magnificent building more at risk than ever.

“As a globally significant city, Edinburgh would have been ideally suited to host a Rosewood hotel.

“It is extraordinary that during a national crisis, at a time when it has never been more important to support Scottish tourism and jobs, our country has been denied a world-class hotel to put it on a level with other European capitals.

“This will not help attract the scale of visitors that Scotland desperately needs as a nation or help to drive economic growth when recovery comes.

“We will be gathering our thoughts as to what we do next. “

Alternative proposals to develop the site for St Mary’s Music School were given the green light in 2016 with a seven-year expiry date on consent due to the unique situation with the hotel plans being appealed.

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N.J. district delays school reopening date to Feb. 1 for most students citing holiday travel, staffing concerns

Find all of the most important pandemic education news on Educating N.J., a special resource guide created for parents, students and educators.

A Morris County school district announced high school and middle school students will remain all remote and not return to in-person classes until Feb. 1 – among the latest reopening date announced so far by a New Jersey district due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Boonton High School students and those in grades 6 through 8 at John Hill School will return to classes Feb. 1, while students in kindergarten through fifth grade will start two weeks earlier on Jan. 19, said Boonton Public Schools Superintendent Robert Presuto.

Boonton is the latest district in New Jersey to delay a return to the classroom until 2021 as the state grapples with a recent increase in coronavirus cases. Newark, the state’s largest district, announced Monday that students will return Jan. 25, six days after the resumption of in-person classes in Paterson.

Presuto cited several reasons for the school board’s decision Monday night, at his recommendation, extending all-remote learning beyond the first marking period, which ends Nov. 6.

In an email Wednesday night, Presuto said a “sizable portion” of the district’s teachers had declined to return, due to being at a higher risk for COVID-19, and there are not enough substitute teachers available.

Presuto also cited the decision by other districts to remain all-remote learning amid rising coronavirus cases and the expectation that families and staffers may travel during Thanksgiving and the winter holidays, likely necessitating two-week quarantines that would disrupt a return to school.

He added that some school districts where in-person classes have resumed have already decided to switch to all-remote learning around the holidays, and that his district wanted to avoid potentially having to start, and then stop.

“All of these factors together were considered in the recommendation and decision. Many schools, particularly N.J. high schools, have reverted to virtual instruction multiple times in Morris County alone since September,” Presuto said.

Approximately 1,400 students are enrolled in the district’s schools.

When in-person instruction resumes, Boonton Public Schools will use a hybrid schedule.

Presuto said students will be divided into two groups, or cohorts. Students will attend classes on two days, for four hours per day, and use remote learning the rest of the week.

He said the goal is to limit attendance at the three schools to 50% or less of capacity in order to accommodate social distancing.

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