As part of Support a Belle, Love a Belle (SABLAB) week, the Student Government Association presented two alumnae of the College, Kathy Hennessy and her daughter, Kate Hennessy, on Tuesday, September 7 in Madaleva Hall. They discussed apraxia and the impact it had on their lives, highlighting how we should be aware of diseases that aren’t physically crippling.Kathy Hennessy described childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) and the effects it has on children.“Speech is a complex motor task that involves the planning, the programming, and the execution to obtain speech,” she said. “With childhood apraxia of speech, there’s an interruption in the planning and programming of speech. So in other words, there’s a breakdown between the message in the brain, the lips, the tongue, the jaw, the articulator.“CAS is not about weak muscles; it’s not about waiting for a child to outgrow it. It’s not a learning disability, and what we now know is that the vast majority of children who have CAS can be resolved. And there’s not a whole lot of research on CAS, but we are coming to understand that there’s one in 1,000 children who will be diagnosed with CAS.”Before apraxia was diagnosed as a disorder, parents were ill-informed on the matter, Kate Hennessy said.“With this sort of disorder, parents were advised to lower the expectations,” she said. “They were told that their kids would not go to college, wouldn’t talk and in some cases they were told to institutionalize their children.”As a single mother, Kathy Hennessy raised her two children, Kate and Andy, who were both diagnosed with apraxia at young ages. The process of discovering their disorder, however, proved to be difficult due to the lack of knowledge and research on apraxia.“According to the American Speech and Hearing Association, in 2007, they came out with a position statement and a technical report that recognized the childhood apraxia of speech as an actual disorder,” Kathy Hennessy said.Kate Hennessy described her experience growing up with a disorder that made feel different from her friends and the impact that has had on her life.“You know, growing up being different than everyone else and having something that makes you stand apart from your friends and other people in the classroom, it made me all the more compassionate to people who do have differences,” she said. “And it really made me and my brother advocates for not just childhood apraxia of speech.”Through Kathy’s encouragement, the help of therapists and patience, Kate and Andy became more confident in their ability to speak over time. Although they carry a residual affect, they continue to strive in everyday matters. Kate Hennessy successfully works in the film industry across the country, while Andy Hennessy is studying electrical engineering. The Hennessy family promote the awareness of apraxia through talks and through its book, “Anything but Silent.”Kathy Hennessy emphasized the importance of acknowledging non-physical disabilities, particularly in children.“It’s important to realize that not all disabilities can be seen, that there are hidden disabilities and people can suffer and need help but look happy,” she said. “It’s important to reach out. If you think somebody’s in trouble, as well as yourself, and you find help, I don’t think there’s any embarrassment in that.“I think there’s plenty of places on campus to go to or to each other. I think supporting each other is crucial. I think Saint Mary’s is really great with that — the girls support each other so well here.”Tags: CAS, SABLAB
Category: fnuolivahycpuibq Time to Kill Mole Crickets
If you treat your lawn for mole crickets and the damage continues, treat again. It maytake several applications. You may knock their numbers back to acceptable levels thefirst time, but don’t count on it. Hudson has two suggestions for people who have missed the best time to control molecrickets. An entomologist with the University of Georgia Extension Service, Hudson said molecrickets have just one generation per year. But by now, the new bugs are getting big.”And the bigger they are,” he said, “the harder they are to kill.” Two, be very smart about how you apply chemical treatments for the mole crickets youalready have. “Irrigation isn’t as critical with Orthene,” Hudson said. “The label says you don’t haveto water it in at all. Just apply it with the hose-end sprayer.” The chemical will get intothe grass and kill mole crickets that feed on it. One of the best products for homeowners, he said, is Orthene. Mix the wettablepowder as the label directs, and apply it with a hose-end sprayer. One, plan better next year. “It’s pretty much the same year after year,” he said. “Thebest time to treat mole crickets is around the last week in June and the first week inJuly. That’s when the new generation of insects is still young and easy to kill.” “You can’t just leave them out there and wait for rain,” he said. “These products breakdown in heat and ultraviolet sunlight. The quicker you get the chemical off the granuleand into the soil, the better.” For people with golf courses or recreational turf to treat, extra treatments can obviouslybe more costly. Mole crickets are soil insects and are major pests of turf grasses in the coastal plain –basically the southern half of the state. “Mole crickets don’t like hot, dry conditions,” Hudson said. “When the soil surface isdry, they’ll move down deeper, where they’re harder to reach with any insecticide.” “You need to treat for mole crickets right on,” Hudson said. “You just won’t get thecontrol you might expect. You may have to treat several times to knock the populationdown as much as you need.” For most people, he said, that’s mainly a problem of a little more money andaggravation. “Homeowners usually have only a few thousand square feet to treat,” hesaid. “If you have to spend $40 to $50 to save your lawn from mole crickets, that’s notthat big a deal.” Most turf insecticides that are applied as liquid sprays have to be watered inimmediately. “You have to get the chemical into the soil,” Hudson said. “And once itdries on the leaf surface it’s hard to do that.” “Nobody’s taking care of mole cricket problems with one application,” Hudson said. No, you don’t have to abandon your lawn and hope it survives this year’s molecrickets. There are granular products, he said. The countyextension agent can advise you onthe best for home use. As a rule, these products still have to be watered in, but not asquickly as liquid products. Some retail stores may sell Dursban and diazinon granules for mole cricket control.”But these aren’t good mole cricket materials in many situations,” he said. A key to making the most of mole cricket treatments, whether they’re late or not, iswater. You may even need to water your lawn before you apply a chemical. You just noticed that mole crickets are eating up your lawn. Are you ready for the badnews? You just missed the best time to kill them. “If you’ve got a mole cricket problem and haven’t treated your lawn for them yet,you’ve got problems,” Will Hudson said.
Category: fnuolivahycpuibq Wisp: Maryland’s Only Ski Resort
In a nutshell: Nestled in the mountainous corner of Western Maryland, lies Maryland’s only ski resort – Wisp Resort. With an average annual snowfall of over 100” (thanks mostly to lake effect snow) combined with 172 acres of skiable terrain, skiers and riders will delight in the variety of terrain Wisp has to offer. Plus, there are terrain parks, gladed terrain, a massive snow tubing park, ice skating rink and the unique mountain coaster. And that’s just the outdoor stuff! The slope-side Lodge at Wisp has recently completed over $2 million in renovations with 169 updated rooms, new entrance, fitness center and 2 new courtyards with firepits that just scream Apres Ski! There are restaurants, cafes and a few lounges sprinkled around the mountain while shoppers won’t have any trouble finding their niche either with Outdoor Elements being the main ski and snowboard shop with great outdoor name brands available. Wisp Resort recently opened Wisp Escape Games for those looking to use more brains and less brawn. Steals & Deals: Who doesn’t love a good ski / ride deal?! Wisp debuted advance online lift tickets discounts this season. Save up to 47% on one, two and three day lift tickets – the earlier you buy, the more you could save. Monday Deal Days are the real steal – for just $49 you get a lift ticket valid from 9am – 5pm, ski or snowboard equipment rental and a 1-hour group clinic. The ultimate ski getaway must include slope-side lodging so be sure to check out the Midweek Madness Package at The Lodge at Wisp – starting at just $84 pp*, you get 1-night’s lodging and a 1-day lift ticket (*fine print: valid sun-thurs non-premium, based on double occupancy). And if you just can’t get away midweek, try the Learning Adventure Weekend Package starting at $439 pp* – you get 2-night’s lodging, a learn-to package on Saturday (includes lift ticket, equipment and group lesson) and lift and rental package on Sunday. (*fine print: excludes holidays, based on double occupancy.) Main Event: Wisp Resort is happy to introduce Gold Medal Weekends! Slated for February 9 – 11 and February 23 – 25, these two weekends are jam-packed with events and happenings to help you cheer on your favorite USA Teams and Athletes and get you pumped about the Winter Olympics! Plus, they’ll be custom Wisp Resort Gold Medals up for grabs to bring out the competitor in all of us. USA! USA!
Category: fnuolivahycpuibq December 2020 – January 2021: The Winter Adventures Issue
Quick HitsHead underground with an experienced caver. River RevitalizationDuring times of hardship, community leaders in North Carolina are once again looking to the Roanoke River. Read or download the December-January issue for FREE HERE Special Sections Recovering What’s Lost and ForgottenMeet a Baltimore-based relic hunter searching for remnants of the past. ExploreIf the mountains get too cold, escape to the coast and explore these Low Country winter adventures. PerspectiveReflections from a year of living outside. Embrace the ColdWinter is upon us, and despite the frigid temps, it’s time to stay stoked about being outside. Cumberland in CrisisA commercial rocket facility could regularly close a national seashore in Georgia to the public. On the Cover: Drew Flores catches air in the terrain park at Beech Mountain Resort in the North Carolina High Country. Photo by Sam Dean New Year, New GearWe’ve got a rundown on the best new outdoor equipment and apparel coming in 2021. Departments Winter Adventures in the Blue RidgeJust because the sun is setting earlier doesn’t mean it’s time to hibernate. Winter WarmersIt’s time to get out and play in the snow, so we present these tools to help you enjoy your time in the cold. Features ReflectionsLessons from cooperation in the woods. Close CallAn avid adventurer faces her toughest challenge yet, when she’s suddenly hit with a brain aneurysm. This Winter Go WildWe’re looking forward to some snow days in the South. Here’s where we’ll be snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and climbing. Plus, a look at how to ski safely during the ongoing pandemic. Leader of the PackMeet the guy who’s been leading llamas up Tennessee’s rugged Mount LeConte since 2002.
Category: fnuolivahycpuibq Massive rewrite of workers’ comp laws set aside
April 1, 2002 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News More modest changes still in the mix Massive rewrite of workers’ comp laws set aside Senior EditorEfforts for a massive rewrite of Florida’s workers’ compensation laws may have ended March 12 in a Senate committee when the bill sponsor scrapped most of the far-reaching provisions and settled for more modest changes.Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Palm Harbor, said he had been trying to work with a coalition of businesses seeking major changes, including limits on attorneys’ fees, but said he tired of dealing with them. The Banking and Insurance Committee passed his amended bill 10-0. It was scheduled for three other committees, but because of the approaching end of the session might go directly to the Senate floor.“Basically they told me it was all or nothing, forgetting temporarily who was sponsoring the bill,” Latvala told the committee. “My first inclination was to let the bill go for the year. But I really felt there are four or five sections of the bill that have some meaningful things in them that I thought were worth pursuing further.. . . I would rather chip away at the problem rather than have an all or nothing approach.”Rafael Gonzalez, chair of The Florida Bar’s Workers’ Compensation Section, said the section supported the revised bill, which he said would speed up the handling of claims.“We are especially appreciative of Sen. Latvala’s support of mandatory appellate mediation,” he said. “The appellate mediation program that existed has been very successful, but was done away with because of the lack of resources.”Latvala said his bill would:• Shorten the time for required mediation when a claim is filed from 124 to 90 days, and cut the time for the final hearing from 210 to 180 days.• Have expedited hearings from claims of $5,000 or less involving medical benefits only.• Allow continuances only for circumstances beyond the parties’ control, with any continuance order being required to contain a specific date for the next hearing.• Allow judges of compensation claims to dismiss claims that have been inactive for 12 months, unless good cause is shown.• Require appellate mediation. Latvala said both plaintiff and defense sides met with First District Court of Appeal Chief Judge Michael E. Allen to work out the best way to do that.• Require that all workers on commercial construction sites worth more than $250,000 be covered by workers’ comp. insurance. Some workers on smaller projects, as well as those on residential construction involving single family homes, duplexes, and triplexes, would continue to qualify for exemptions. That exemption issue is one of the touchiest in the workers’ compensation debate, according to senators and speakers at the committee.“This covers some issues that need to be covered. It addresses some issues that need to be addressed,” Latvala said of the amended bill. “If we get three or four good things done, I’ll leave it to the rest of you to get more done next year.”Sen. Skip Campbell, D-Tamarac, announced that if he wins reelection in November he intends to work with Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Lakeland, a workers’ comp. defense lawyer, to craft a major overhaul of the system.“The problem with workers’ compensation is it’s broke. We try to put a Band-Aid on it every year,” he said. In next year’s bill, he continued, “Employers will get reasonable rates and workers will be protected and doctors will get reasonable fees, and we’ll try to make sure the benefits are equivalent to what the workers should get. We’re going to talk about permanent partial disability and restoring some of that so we don’t have so many seeking permanent total disability. And exemptions are going to be done in my bill; tell the home builders that.”Sen. Jim King, R-Jacksonville, and next year’s Senate president, said he would support that effort, joking, “If. . . Sen. Campbell’s bill really perks along and looks good, someone in the Republican Party will claim it, and we’ll claim victory.”Under state law, construction companies can exempt some owners and officers from workers’ comp. coverage. But the problem, senators and speakers said, is some companies misuse those exemptions and others simply fail to pay premiums to cover workers. Those companies get a significant competitive advantage, which hurts companies that follow the law, and the state’s enforcement is weak and penalties are mild, according to critics.Banking and Insurance Committee Chair Sen. Bill Posey, R-Rockledge, said one study showed while insurers get $2.9 billion in workers’ comp. premiums, another $1.4 billion is lost through fraud related to construction exemptions. He also said most of the fraud comes on projects not covered in Latvala’s bill.He and others noted while Florida has among the highest, if not the highest, premiums in the nation, payments to injured workers are among the lowest. But while that won’t be addressed this year, Latvala’s bill “I believe from the bottom of my heart is going to set a solid foundation for the workers’ comp. reform we need,” Posey said.The Senate bill, SB 2304, now becomes radically different from the House version, HB 1947, which raises the basic compensation scale for workers’ comp. plaintiff attorneys, but banned any extra fees for extra work, such as getting tests originally denied by an employer/carrier. The bill also reduced payments to some older workers and limited exams for injured workers. ( See story in the March 15 News. )Gonzalez, of the Workers’ Compensation Section, said after the meeting the House could amend its bill to match the Senate version in the last days of the session, recognizing the reluctance of the upper chamber to make major changes this year. Massive rewrite of workers’ comp laws set aside
Category: fnuolivahycpuibq 2017 New York Guitar Show & Expo Rocks Freeport This Weekend
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The largest guitar show in the New York metropolitan area is coming to Freeport, Long Island on April 22 & 23 and promises to be an absolutely unforgettable experience for musicians, artists and music lovers of all ages.The renowned New York Guitar Show & Exposition, now in its sixth year, transforms the Freeport Recreation Center Saturday and Sunday into an endless smorgasbord of guitars of all shapes and sizes, amplifiers, workshops, related sound gear and equipment, and more. It’s also a multimedia networking celebration unrivaled in the region, melding together an eclectic mix of music industry movers and shakers, so-called “gear heads,” musicians, collectors, fans and consumers.The expo features 10,000 square feet of showcase space and an endless amount of guitar and music-related activities. Sponsors include Taylor Guitars, Homestead Amps, D’Addario & Co., Premier Guitar, and Gbase.com. More than 50 exhibitors from across the region and country will be on hand, ranging from the aforementioned to such guitar and music shops and guitar effects-related gurus as Agape Guitars, Dimo Guitars and Electro-Harmonix to Guitar Center, Michael’s Music and Roland Corp. “The Gibson Bus” will also be rolling into Freeport, with a ton of amazing Gibson guitars, gear and workshops for attendees to check out and participate in. The renowned Las Paul Exhibit is also back this year, featuring the guitar legend’s own personal guitars and giving attendees the opportunity to plug in and play—along with his amps, gizmos, gadgets and other inventions!There will be a “Private Amp Room” featuring sole sponsor of the expo’s amp room this year, Homestead Amps, with plenty of models for attendees to drool over and jam out on. Taylor Guitars will also be at this extraordinary six-string smorgasbord, giving away a guitar both days of the show, including a GS Mini Bass!Afterwards, attendees, as well as members of the public, will have the chance to rock out at an absolutely insane post-expo open mic and jam on Saturday, April 22 at EB Elliot’s in Freeport. (Contact 516-435-8382 for more information and to join in on making some noise.) This hands-on spectacular will be led by the Rich Johnson Band, with Long Island blues and guitar legend Jim Moran, Grammy Award-winning drummer Rick Shutter, and bassist Pete Puelo. The jam kicks off around 7 p.m., and rocks till about 10:30 p.m. It’s a chance for exhibitors—many of whom world-class players themselves—to unwind and let loose after a full day in their respective booths. The Sixth Annual New York Guitar Expo rocks the Freeport Recreation Center, located at 130 East Merrick Road, in Freeport, NY on April 22 & 23. For more information, call 516-435-8382, visit nyguitarexpo.com or contact: Rich@nyguitarexpo.com.
Category: fnuolivahycpuibq Cutting Greenhouse Gases From Food Production Is Urgent, Scientists Say
Food production results in emissions of carbon dioxide, methane and other planet-warming gases in many ways, including land clearing and deforestation for agriculture and grazing, digestion by cattle and other livestock, production and use of fertilizers and the cultivation of rice in flooded paddies. Overall emissions are equivalent to about 16 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide a year, or about 30 percent of total global emissions.- Advertisement – “There are so many different ways we can do this,” Dr. Clark added. “Every person has a role to play, every corporation as well. Through collective action and political will we can actually do this pretty rapidly.” The researchers forecast how emissions would change in coming decades as the world population grows, diets and consumption patterns change as some countries become more affluent, and crop yields increase. They found that food-related emissions alone would quite likely result in the world exceeding the 1.5 degree Celsius limit in 30 to 40 years. Food emissions alone would bring the world close to the 2-degree limit by 2100. Rising greenhouse gas emissions from worldwide food production will make it extremely difficult to limit global warming to the targets set in the Paris climate agreement, even if emissions from fossil-fuel burning were halted immediately, scientists reported Thursday.But they said that meeting one of the targets, limiting overall warming this century to 1.5 degrees Celsius, or about 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit, could be achieved through “rapid and ambitious” changes to the global food system over the next several decades, including adopting plant-rich diets, increasing crop yields and reducing food waste.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – “If we’re trying to meet the 1.5-degree Celsius target there is no single silver bullet that is going to get us there,” said Michael Clark, a researcher at the Nuffield Department of Population Health at the University of Oxford in England and the lead author of the new research, an analysis of the climate effects of global food production published in the journal Science. “But together all of them will.”Meeting the 2-degree Celsius target would be easier, Dr. Clark said. But in both cases, he added, the analysis is based on immediately reaching “net zero” emissions from the burning of fossil fuels for electricity, transportation and industry. Although countries have pledged to reduce them, current fossil-fuel emissions are nowhere near zero, and once they are factored in, he said, “any food transition probably needs to be larger and faster.” While the world tends to focus on reducing emissions from fossil-fuel burning, the new study shows cutting emissions from food is crucial, too, the researchers said.“Food systems are sort of the dark horse of climate change,” said Jason Hill, senior author of the paper and a professor at the University of Minnesota. Brent Loken, the global lead food scientist for the World Wildlife Fund, who was not involved in the research, said the study was “one more piece of evidence that supports what many people are saying,” that climate goals cannot be reached without changes in the food system.“It’s really less about where food system is today, and more about where it’s heading,” he said.Analyses in recent years have pointed to the need to alter diets and make other changes in the food system both to improve human health and make the system more sustainable. Dr. Loken, for example, was a co-author of a report by the EAT-Lancet Commission, an international group of scientists, that recommended a 50 percent reduction in global consumption of red meat and some other foods by 2050.Dr. Loken said that without changes, food emissions were expected to double by 2050. “And the wiggle room to meet the Paris limits is so small,” he said.Dr. Hill said that the study did not consider potential shifts like the entire world population adopting a vegan diet. “We wanted to present the ones that were realistic goals,” he said. “A plant-rich diet is a realistic goal. We’re not saying in this paper to hit these targets we have to give up animal products. But there need to be some dietary shifts toward the healthier diets.”Dr. Clark said that he was optimistic that dietary shifts and other changes in the food system could be made in time to have an effect on global warming. He and others are currently working on determining what policies and behavioral changes it may be possible to implement.“Maybe it’s a combination of nudges at grocery stores, and top-down policies from governments,” he said. “It could be very bureaucratic or individualistic.” – Advertisement –
Category: fnuolivahycpuibq Public call for candidates for members of the Council for the Development of Civil Society, representatives of associations in the field of tourism, published
Accordingly Decision on Amendments to the Decision on the Establishment of the Civil Society Development Council (Official Gazette No. 62/2017), representatives of associations in the field of tourism are also involved in the work of the Council for the Development of Civil Society.The Office for Non-Governmental Organizations hereby invites associations in the field of tourism to apply for candidates for member and deputy member of the Council in accordance with the Public InvitationPursuant to the Decision of the Government of the Republic of Croatia on the Establishment of the Civil Society Development Council (Official Gazette nos. 140/2009, 42/2012, 61/2014 and 62/2017) and pursuant to Article 22 of the Rules of Procedure of the Civil Society Development Council, adopted at the session held on March 16, 2017, the criteria for nominating a candidate for a member of the Council and a deputy member from the ranks of associations and other civil society organizations are:that he is an adult citizen of the Republic of Croatia,that he is not an official of a political party andto have a minimum of three years of active experience in the field of activity of the association or other civil society organization he represents.Candidates for member and deputy may be nominated only by associations and other civil society organizations in the field of tourism. Each association or formal network or association of associations may nominate only one candidate for a member and a deputy member of the Council. Candidates for both the member and the deputy member should be highlighted on the nomination form.Within eight days from the deadline for candidacy, the Commission for the Election of Council Members (appointed by the Council) will review the applications received within the deadline and determine whether they meet the formal requirements set by the Public Call for Tourism. The deadline for nominating candidates for member and deputy member of the Tourism Council is August 25, 2017.See more about the competition here
Category: fnuolivahycpuibq Herbal goods company Sido Muncul to donate Rp 15 billion in pandemic aid
Publicly listed manufacturer PT Industri Jamu Dan Farmasi Sido Muncul is set to donate Rp 15 billion (US$906,645) in aid to help Indonesia tackle the coronavirus pandemic.The company said in a statement on Saturday that the funds would be used to distribute medical equipment, food and Sido Muncul products to drivers, senior citizens, houses of worship and hospitals around the country.Sido Muncul director Irwan Hidayat said the initiative was a response to several parties that had asked the 80-year-old company for aid. “Under such conditions, the greatest challenge is distributing aid. Certain parties might be left unattended. Those parties are the ones we help,” he said as reported by tempo.co.The herbal drinks manufacturer will distribute the aid in cooperation with the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI), the Indonesian Medical Association (IDI), social enterprise Rumah Perubahan and donation platforms KitaBisa.com and BenihBaik.com.Read also: We’re all in this together: Companies join hands to mitigate COVID-19 pandemicSido Muncul, publicly listed at the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) as SIDO, adds to a list of private enterprises that are donating millions of dollars to help Indonesia fight the escalating pandemic.The Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) has raised more than Rp 300 billion (US$18.3 million) from its members for healthcare equipment and aid for healthcare professionals.Coronavirus cases in the country climbed to 2,491 persons as of April 6, including 209 deaths, which is the highest death toll in Southeast Asia. Topics :
Category: fnuolivahycpuibq Bell rings on new virus-era reality at Italy schools
‘COVID room’ At Rome’s Luigi Einaudi technical high school, staff were hard at work this week to “COVID-proof” the premises and prepare for the return of its 1,000 pupils.”We’re a completely different school compared to the one on March 6,” said principal Diana Guerani, referring to the date on which the Lazio region closed classrooms as the virus tightened its grip on Italy.”It’s a completely new situation, but we have to face it,” Guerani told AFP, as outfitters noisily moved in new single-seat desks to be placed a mandatory one meter (3.3 feet) apart.”We want to make sure the transition is as smooth as possible,” she added.The school, which opened 58 years ago and is named after Italy’s second president and anti-fascist journalist, is a stone’s throw away from Saint Peter’s Basilica in nearby Vatican City.As well as special tape on the floor indicating the direction of movement, the school has added frequent hand sanitizer dispensers, provided by the Italian government which has pledged that 170,000 liters of disinfectant gel will be available per week across the country.Like all Italian pupils over the age of six, students will have to wear face masks — some 11 million free masks are being provided to teaching staff and pupils daily.At the school’s entrance, a scanning camera will set off an alarm if a pupil has a temperature — or enters without wearing a mask.”Pupils identified with a high temperature are immediately isolated and brought to a special ‘COVID’ room where protocols have been put in place” to test for the virus, teacher Marina Di Foggia said.The room has a separate exit, from which any ill pupils can then leave for home, she told AFP.And a program introduced in September last year — to teach outdoor classes at Luigi Einaudi “as long as the weather holds” — is also being broadened out, Guerani said. Millions of Italian pupils head back to the classroom next week after six months at home, confronting a new reality of outdoor lessons, coronavirus “isolation rooms” and even a possible ban on singing.While some in the north of the country already returned this week, the majority of Italy’s around eight million school pupils go back on Monday after the coronavirus shuttered classes in early March.Italy was one of the first European countries to be hard hit by COVID-19, which has so far killed more than 35,500 people in the country, out of a total of more than 280,000 cases. Nevertheless, some southern regions like Puglia and Calabria have already postponed the reopening until September 24, over concerns about being ready to meet all the coronavirus requirements. ‘Tedious’Italian officials say the country’s back-to-school strategy revolves around the immediate quarantine of those who have been “in close contact” with a student or teacher testing positive for COVID-19.After a positive result, pupils will only be allowed back to school following two subsequent negative ones, carried out a day apart.Close communication between families and schools will also be key, with schools undertaking rigorous roll-calls to trace absent students and contacts in case of infection.Italy’s COVID-19 scientific advisors have recommended even stricter measures, including banning singing due to the risk of spreading the virus.The Save the Children charity last week said that seven out of 10 Italian parents were worried about sending their children back to school.Meanwhile, in the northern city of Milan, which was particularly hard hit by the virus, some pupils were already back in front of the blackboards this week.Laura Bonnano, 16, said that she was happy to see her friends again after six months at home.”Wearing a mask all day is a bit tedious,” she told AFP, adding: “After a while you get used to it.” Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte vowed on Wednesday to make a safe return to school “a beacon of the government.””Thank you, you have paid the highest price in this crisis,” he said, addressing schoolchildren, during a televised news conference.”Closing schools and distance learning have been a huge burden,” he added.Italian Education Minister Lucia Azzolina said that more than 5,000 extra classrooms had been created. Topics :