How one school district tends to students’ emotional health during coronavirus pandemic


SADDLE BROOK, N.J. – Three months ago, the Saddle Brook school district was making steady progress toward social and emotional learning as part of a district initiative.

In-class yoga, mindfulness mantras and coping strategies for anxiety were part of the daily routine.

Then came the pandemic.

Virtual learning separated children from schoolmates and teachers as the National Alliance on Mental Illness and other health experts noted a surge in stress and depression. Next came the killing of George Floyd and racial tensions that heightened anxiety for many families. 

“I’m glad that we were in front of social and emotional learning, that we had this wellness initiative in place, because we had already been talking about it and doing it,” Superintendent Danielle Shanley said.

To address a complicated new reality, the entire faculty worked together to keep social and emotional learning at the forefront.  

“My concern was the kids

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Here’s what to know in North Carolina on July 3


We’re tracking the most up-to-date information about the coronavirus in North Carolina. Check back for updates.

New cases, hospitalizations hit record highs

At least 70,241 people in North Carolina have tested positive for the coronavirus, and 1,392 have died, according to state health officials.

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services on Friday reported a record 2,099 cases of the virus, breaking the earlier record of 1,843 set Wednesday.

The number of North Carolinians hospitalized with COVID-19 also set a record of 951, DHHS said Friday.

On Friday, the percentage of positive tests was 11%, passing the 10% mark for the first time. Health officials have said that number needs to get closer to 5%.

How man people are actually infected in NC?

While more than 70,000 people in North Carolina have tested positive for the coronavirus, the number of people who have contracted the virus

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Leading Tech Firm taps into Top-Notch Engineering Talent in Aguascalientes, Mexico


ArkusNexus recently announced the grand opening of its newest branch office in Aguascalientes, Mexico, a key milestone in the company’s ongoing plans for expansion and consolidation as a leader in the Technology Consulting and Software Development industries.

From its pioneer beginnings in the nearshore software development model back in 2003, ArkusNexus has steadily grown its team of passionate technology professionals by bringing a mix of innovative culture and proven work methodology to key technology hubs across Mexico and the United States, including offices in San Diego, Irvine, Tijuana and Monterrey.

“Aguascalientes made perfect sense for us. Strategically located in the heartland of Mexico, this new venture will help us tap into a highly qualified and experienced talent pool of engineers. As a technology consulting firm, exceptional staffing practices to ensure optimal service for our clients has been one of our company’s pillars from the get-go, and the opening of this

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Planet Fitness gym-goer positive for COVID-19 exposed 205, West Virginia officials say


More than 200 people may have been exposed to coronavirus at a West Virginia Planet Fitness after a patron tested positive for coronavirus, health officials say.

Officials are asking anyone who visited the Morgantown location between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on June 24 to quarantine for at least 14 days and watch for symptoms, according to a June 27 news release.

They believe 205 people were at the gym during that time frame. Officials say gym-goers should stay home unless they’re receiving medical care.

“They also should do their best to stay away from others in their household,” Dr. Lee B. Smith, executive director of the Monongalia County Health Department, said. “Ways to do this would be to stay primarily in one area of the home and to wear a mask if you must be around others.”

The Planet Fitness location closed Monday for deep cleaning by a third-party

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