Sunday, 29 November 2020

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Dashboard for Public Reporting of COVID-19 School Cases Launched on Connecticut Open Data Portal

The Connecticut Department of Public Health, in collaboration with the Connecticut State Department of Education, launched a dashboard for the public reporting of confirmed COVID-19 cases among PK-12 students and staff in all public and private schools. The data tables are searchable by school and will be maintained on the Connecticut Open Data Portal (data.ct.gov). Reported data will be updated weekly every Thursday and will reflect total student and staff cases. as well as new cases reported from the previous week.

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Playing your part in keeping Danbury’s COVID cases low: What you can do and expect

Danbury Public Schools expected to open on Monday, October 26. Instead, new data showed a sharp increase in the number of positive cases in Danbury. A late dataset released on Friday (10/30) gave the leadership team pause when it was confirmed that there were 96 new COVID-19 cases over the most recent three days. As they were in the process of discussing the implications of these new data, they were also concerned about a continued upward trend anticipated over the weekend and having to make a last-minute call on Sunday evening or Monday morning. Furthermore, by Friday afternoon, Danbury Schools had 17 staff members who needed to be quarantined.

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Staying Safe Online this Holiday Season

As we enter the ninth month of the current pandemic, we are learning to live with new realities. We are careful to take care of the ones we love by following health and safety guidelines, at the same time figuring out how to keep our family connections strong during the upcoming holidays. Finding a way to keep traditions alive while being safe is more important than ever as we move into cold weather. Whether we celebrate in person – with proper distancing and masks - or virtually, we will still probably be shopping for gifts for our loved ones.

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The Courage to Accept Our Imperfections

“I still have time” “I’ll do it later” Those are two sentences that should be familiar to anyone hiding behind perfectionism. Let’s decipher them. They actually mean: “I don’t feel I’m capable of doing it masterfully, so I’ll just postpone it until the very last minute” and “I don’t want to do it at all. Is ‘never’ a possibility?” Procrastination leads to a sense of panic and paralysis. It is a cycle all too familiar for perfectionists. During quarantine, we might feel a sense of trying to have everything in order - or as much as we can inside our homes - to regain a sense of control that has been lost due to unforeseen circumstances. It is an understandable reaction.

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