A letter signed by the mayors of Grand Forks, Fargo, Bismarck, Minot and West Fargo stresses the importance of mask-wearing, washing hands and sanitizing surfaces.

“To get us through this wave of COVID-19 and to keep our communities open, it’s crucial to be aware of our behaviors,” the letter states before reminding residents about the importance of hygiene and masks. “We must keep our social interactions to small groups, social distance when out in the public, utilize testing events and stay home if sick.”

In the letter, the phrase “wear a mask” was written in all capital letters.

Signees include Steve Bakken, of Bismarck; Brandon Bochenski, of Grand Forks; Bernie Dardis, of West Fargo; Tim Mahoney, of Fargo; and Shaun Sipma, of Minot.

“We ask for increased diligence from our business community when it comes to NDSmart Restart Recommendations to include occupant capacity in particular. Further disregard may lead to

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We’re all adapting to work from home, but teachers, in particular, have had to figure out unique ways of recreating that classroom experience in front of a camera. Here’s how they’re doing it.

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“They have WiFi issues, I have WiFi issues. There’s just a lot of challenges in the world right now,” says Emily Nix, a professor who teaches finance and business economics at USC. “It’s a conundrum, how do you reach students in the same way online as you do in face to face?”

Emily Nix, professor at USC

Professor Nix was frustrated over the loss of the most basic classroom tool, the blackboard, and wanted to find a way to re-create a similar experience on Zoom.

“I do a lot of board work and so I’m up at the board, writing things, talking

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“Back to School” signs are the usual hallmarks of the end of summer. For many parents, it also signifies a return to the workplace. But that was back in pre-COVID times. This year, many workers are returning to their virtual workplaces in front of their computers, whether it’s from their homes or other atypical work locations.

Experts warned against the false sense of security that came with the easing of restrictions and warmer weather. Without a vaccine readily available, many organizations are continuing  to encourage their workers to work remotely. In July, Google became the first major organization to formally extend their work-from-home policy until summer 2021. Other large organizations such as the Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis, and Japanese technology company Fujitsu took a step further by announcing “indefinite”  flexible and remote working policies for their employees.

Socially distanced work, a novelty only four months

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Tulsa Public Schools has partnered with two local organizations to offer an online resource to connect families to child care services and other basic needs during distance learning.

The school district collaborated with The Opportunity Project and the Tulsa Area United Way to launch an online portal where businesses and community groups can share details of support options, care sites, and donations of food and other items. Families can find this information and locate services at COVIDKidCareResources.tauw.org.

Superintendent Deborah Gist said the COVID Kid Care Portal, which premiered Wednesday, was created in response to a desperate need in the community for resources due to the ongoing pandemic. TPS plans to spend at least the first nine weeks of the 2020-21 school year in distance learning, meaning many families are in need of child care and other assistance while they work.

“We know that this time is challenging for all

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