JAMESTOWN — Students starting or continuing higher education this Fall at Jamestown Community College will have a variety of options and safety measures after the State University of New York approved JCC’s reopening plans for the upcoming semester.JCC’s plan for the fall semester incorporates both mandatory and recommended COVID-19 protocols issued by New York state, focuses on the health and safety of students, faculty, staff, and the larger community, according to JCC President Danial DeMarte.“JCC is excited about welcoming our students and community back this fall,” DeMarte said. “Although we continue to adapt our policies and procedures based on state and federal guidelines, we have developed a robust plan that prepares students for a successful fall semester.”The fall 2020 course schedule is available at sunyjcc.edu/courses. JCC’s reopening plan for the fall semester, which has been approved for certification by the State University of New York, was designed to minimize disruption for students while supporting the learning process and providing a reasonable degree of options and flexibility. The plan includes online, hybrid, and in-person courses. Approximately 125 online and hybrid courses are designated as flex courses which could meet as in-person classes on campus when COVID-19 measures allow.“If conditions improve and we have approval from the governor, students enrolled in flex courses will be provided the opportunity to be in class, on campus, on the synchronous days and times already scheduled,” said DeMarte, emphasizing that students would need to adhere to Centers for Disease Control and state and local health department guidelines on social distancing and the use of personal protective equipment.JCC’s student support services, which include tutoring, academic advising, library services, and more, as well as connections to local, state, and federal benefit programs, will continue to be available to students.“JCC is working hard to ensure that students have access to the support they need to succeed in today’s educational environment,” said Kirk Young, vice president of student affairs.DeMarte noted that JCC’s workforce readiness training programs for employers throughout the region have shifted delivery to both synchronous and asynchronous formats for the fall. A mix of formats, including synchronous, asynchronous, hybrid, and on-campus, will be provided.JCC also plans to open its three residence halls to 250 students, which allows for the implementation of recommended social distancing measures.“Although the residential experience will be different than what it has been in the past, the opportunity to be involved in a dedicated learning community continues to be one of JCC’s points of pride,” added Dr. Young. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
In an interview for Manchester Evening Post, Edin Dzeko, football player playing for the national football team of Bosnia and Herzegovina, revealed who is the best player with whom he ever played. Although it was expected that Dzeko will opt for Kuna Aguero, he said that the best player is David Silva, with whom Dzeko also shared a locker room while playing in Manchester City.“With reason, he is called a magician. He plays in an easy manner and no matter how you send the ball, he’ll be able to take it and continue to play, “Dzeko said.Earlier, Dzeko chose the top five with whom he was in the same team, but never decided for one of the players from the national team.(Source: fokus)
The Palm Beach County School Board was planned to fire a Forest Hill High School teacher on Wednesday, after an investigation discovered that he had changed more than 18,000 grades in the district’s online learning programs over a two-year period.Forest Hills’ former principal, Mary Stratos, says she first alerted investigators and transferred the teacher, Randy Whidden, from supervising classes with access to the online programs, as soon as she found out about the situation in 2018.The 66-year-old Whidden, who has been with the district for seven years, continued to teach there during the investigation.“In his mind he’s helping kids,” Stratos said. Instead, she said, he was hurting them. “We shut it down,” Stratos says.The online course results that investigators say Whidden change are contained within a set of programs known as Edgenuity.Access to Edgenuity was abused in a similar fashion three years ago at Seminole Ridge High School.In that case, the district’s Inspector General’s office concluded that an assistant principal at the school changed grades on hundreds of assignments in the credit recovery class. At least 13 students went on to graduate from the high school with the altered grades. Assistant Principal Randy Burden told investigators that he did know how to change a grade, and suggested that students could have gone into the system when he stepped out of the room without logging off, according to the report.However, the investigators found that explanation “incredulous” and “not plausible.”Despite Burden’s claim that he did not know how to change a grade, experts found that he did it 256 times in two years. Only 11 of the instances had a reason or justification noted within the records. Scores increased from zero to 95 in four insurances.The district’s audit committee recently began looking into the grade-changing situation in Edgenuity.A report issued to the school board last month concluded that “access controls to Edgenuity system need improvement.”While reviewing access, the committee reported that it found 14 people who do not work for the district, as well as 144 former employees, had the online credentials needed to change student records in the system.In addition, around 25 people who changed jobs within the district still had access to student records granted to them in their last job.The investigators also found that 65 percent of Edgenuity grade changes were done without valid justification.