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This week, parents sue schools over mask mandates and a college president dies of COVID-19

The University of Arizona ordered its students to shelter in place in an effort to control COVID-19 infections. (Getty Images)
The University of Arizona ordered its students to shelter in place in an effort to control COVID-19 infections. (Getty Images)

Students are headed back to class amid the coronavirus pandemic, and to keep you posted on what’s unfolding throughout U.S. schools — K-12 as well as colleges — Yahoo Life is running a weekly wrap-up featuring news bites, interviews and updates on the ever-unfolding situation.

Ohio passes bill to protect schools from COVID-19 lawsuits as parents sue the state over mask mandates

On Monday, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed a bill into law that temporarily gives schools (and health care workers) immunity against lawsuits “arising from exposure, transmission, or contraction of COVID-19, or any mutation of the virus, as long as they were not showing reckless, intentional, or willful misconduct.”

The bill passed on the heels of a Sept. 10 lawsuit filed by Ohio families claiming that mask mandates violate

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College Runner Is Still Struggling Months After a COVID-19 Diagnosis

Photo credit: Courtesy of Natalie Hakala
Photo credit: Courtesy of Natalie Hakala

From Men’s Health

COVID-19’s affect on your health is a rapidly developing situation. For the most up-to-date information, check in with your local health officials and resources like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regularly.

One sign that runner Natalie Hakala is making progress in her recovery from COVID-19: She can finish her sentences now. Just a few weeks ago, she would have to stop after a few words to catch her breath.

The struggle to hold a conversation is just one of the problems Hakala, 22, has experienced in the two months since she was diagnosed with COVID-19. She’s what’s known as a COVID-19 “long-hauler,” someone whose symptoms persist for weeks or months. Hakala described having a rapid heart rate, brain fog, and consistent headaches unlike any headache she’s had before.

“It’s directly behind my eyes,” she told Runner’s World.

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College Campuses Make Up 19 Of The 25 Worst COVID Outbreaks In U.S.

A new analysis of data finds 19 of the 25 hottest coronavirus outbreaks are occurring in college towns

The topic of whether or not to bring college students back for in-person classes has been heated for several months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the summer, as cases peaked in many areas of the country, many schools opted against welcoming students back to campus for the 2020-2021 academic year. However, in early August, many universities around the country did reopen and in the last several weeks there have been numerous large outbreaks across the country linked to these schools, and students have even been suspended for engaging in risky coronavirus behavior. And, even scarier, according to a new analysis of data, the majority of the large coronavirus outbreaks in the country are centralized in college towns.

USA Today analyzed data from Johns Hopkins University, finding that of the 25 hottest

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College Quarantine Breakdowns Leave Some at Risk

Sarah Ortbal, a sophomore at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, said there was little supervision for quarantined students in her dorm complex. (Wes Frazer/The New York Times)
Sarah Ortbal, a sophomore at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, said there was little supervision for quarantined students in her dorm complex. (Wes Frazer/The New York Times)

Across the United States, colleges that have reopened for in-person instruction are struggling to contain the rapid-fire spread of coronavirus among tens of thousands of students by imposing tough social distancing rules and piloting an array of new technologies, like virus tracking apps.

But perhaps their most complex problem has been what to do with students who test positive for the virus or come into contact with someone who has. To this end, many campuses are subjecting students to one of the oldest infection control measures known to civilization: quarantine.

Many public and private colleges have set aside special dormitories, or are renting off-campus apartments or hotel rooms to provide isolation beds for infected students and separate quarantine units for the possibly

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30 college towns that could face economic ruin if schools don’t reopen or have to close again this fall

Montana State University
Montana State University

Classes begin for fall semester at Montana State University on August 17, 2020 in Bozeman, Montana.

William Campbell/Getty Images

  • Some college students are returning to campus for their fall semester.

  • Whether universities decide to have in-person classes or a hybrid model, college towns where students usually make up a large share of the town’s population may be greatly affected.

  • Business Insider decided to look at colleges that have a large number of undergraduates to determine which towns may be most economically vulnerable during the upcoming school year.  

  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Some college students across the country have already started their fall semesters, whether it be in-person or online. As some students choose to take online courses or are not interested in returning to college, this can affect the economy of towns dependent on college students.  

Many colleges closed and transitioned to remote learning

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How A College Student Practices Self-Care During Coronavirus

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Today: A student takes advantage of her school’s free yoga classes, has a run-in with a bat, and enjoys some socially-distant beach yoga.

Age: 21
Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Occupation: Student
Salary: Unemployed due to COVID-19

Day One

9 a.m. — I belong to my college’s yoga club, and the student in charge of it has been posting an easy morning flow a couple times a week. I am so grateful for that, especially being unemployed and having no money! Today she did a 20-ish minute power flow with a lot of ab and leg work. It was relaxing, but also sweaty. I

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What It’s Like to Send Your Kids to College in a Pandemic

Photo credit: FatCamera
Photo credit: FatCamera

From Oprah Magazine

Four years ago, as our daughter prepared to leave for college, these were the questions on our minds:

Are microwaves allowed in the dorm?

How much time will we have to move her in?

What in Gods name is a bed topper?

Last month, as we logged onto a pre-college orientation for our son, here’s what parents asked:

How will you enforce mask-wearing for 40,000 students?

What if my child’s roommate does not believe in COVID?

How will students get to the hospital if needed?

What will you say to students who WILL get COVID?

An hour later, my husband and I shut our laptop and stared at each other. Until that moment, we backed our son’s choice, resting our faith in the school’s plan.

Now we had only one question left: what where we thinking? And were we insane?

Thousands of

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Are college COVID-19 cases the fault of campuses full of reckless partiers? Experts, students say no.

Sweaty, drunken revelers spilled into the street below Addy Miller’s campus-adjacent apartment on the Saturday after North Carolina State University’s first week of classes.

Miller, 20, viewed the late-night ruckus from her balcony, and others like it via news articles and viral videos. The locations vary, but the images are the same: throngs of college students partying like it’s 2019 — nary a mask in sight. 

Yet for Miller and her social circle, college in the time of coronavirus is an entirely different experience from the one playing out in news headlines. She and her friends wear masks outside their apartments — and sometimes inside — at small, socially distanced gatherings. 

Miller’s only face-to-face interactions are with friends she’s certain are taking COVID-19 safety precautions seriously, she said, though a stranger scanning her Snapchat stories might jump to different conclusions. She suspects many college students, like her, may feel misrepresented.

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Moving in for college, with the fall semester in doubt

MILWAUKEE — Laurie and Scott Dubin, along with their daughter Lindsay, stood outside a rented RV recently with a heap of luggage.

They were about to start the 2,000-mile drive from the San Francisco Bay Area to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where Lindsay would start her freshman year at her dream school in the middle of a pandemic.

“I hope school isn’t canceled from Saturday until then,” Laurie Dubin had said earlier that week.

Classes are scheduled to start Sept. 2. Her fear was more than a mother’s intuition. Three days into their road trip, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill canceled in-person classes. On the fourth day, Michigan State and Notre Dame also backed off plans.

“We are in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and I’m getting very nervous,” she texted Aug. 18.

Across the country, college students and their families are weighing the risk of contracting the virus 

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Huskers surrounded by college teams pushing on with football

FREMONT, Neb. (AP) — The temperature was approaching 90 and a light breeze was blowing while Jeff Jamrog put his Midland University football team through its paces under the midday sun.

From the street running past Heedum Field, it looked like a typical August practice. A group of linemen hit a blocking sled, there was a skeleton passing drill and a no-tackle scrimmage.

Signs of normalcy vanish at the field entrance. Visitors are checked for fever. A hand sanitizer dispenser hangs on a wooden post a few steps from the gate. Everyone, unless participating in a drill, is supposed to wear a mask.

“It’s annoying,” linebacker Theo Blum said of masking up. “After the first three or four days most people got used to it. It is what it is. We wear it. Maybe we get the sun off our face a little bit and get nice tan lines. We

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