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School districts re-examine attendance policies amid new educational model

School districts throughout the region are asking families to act with an abundance of caution when it comes to students exhibiting potential covid-19 symptoms.

If a student is showing any of the 13 symptoms closely associated with the virus, districts are asking parents to keep them home.

That didn’t work out how Franklin Regional parent Christy Manzewitsch had hoped.

“If a parent elects to keep their child home, and the child logs in to their classes throughout the day, they are still counted as absent, even though they are participating in their classes,” Manzewitsch wrote in an email read during the public comment session of a recent school board meeting.

That situation has school administrators throughout Western Pennsylvania re-examining how attendance functions now that so many have new educational models in

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Opinion | France’s dress code debate shows how its society still policies women

The Sept. 14 movement, which was meant to confront these views, invited students in middle and high schools to attend classes on that day in “skirts, necklines and crop tops,” or in any outfit that would be labeled “provocative” or “obscene” according to schools’ internal regulations.

In response, French Minister of Education Jean-Michel Blanquer announced a peculiar clothing standard for female high school students, calling on them to dress “in a republican style.” He said that everything should “be all right” for girls as long as they “dress normally” — whatever that means. He later made his thoughts more explicit: “You don’t go to school as you would to the beach or a nightclub.”

Blanquer was mocked and criticized for his comments. People reminded him that Marianne, the fictitious woman who symbolizes the French Republic, is often represented with a bare breast. And Marlène Schiappa and Elisabeth Moreno, two female

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Female vote key but policies lacking in New Zealand election

By Praveen Menon

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – New Zealand’s upcoming general election has the rare distinction of providing a choice of two female candidates as the country’s next leader in a poll that could be decided by the female vote.

Yet there is growing criticism that neither incumbent Jacinda Ardern nor challenger Judith Collins have policies to address the fact that women – who make up half the 5 million population – have been disproportionately negatively affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

“There has been a frightening silence, to be honest,” said Lisa Lawrence, President for the National Council of Women.

Some analysts believe the oversight could cost Ardern, who polls show is on track to win the election, a chance to become the country’s first leader to govern outright since electoral reform in the 1990s, rather than as part of a coalition.

Alarm bells pealed in August when official data showed

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Can’t use your gift cards? More stores are closing and have varying policies

PHOENIX — You see the “closing” signs at many shopping centers lately. More stores are going out of business as the pandemic has played havoc with their sales.

So, what does that mean if you have a gift card? Can you still use it? Well, that depends.

June Whisel did a lot of shopping at Stein Mart. The company is closing all of its stores and offering liquidation sales now.

Whisel recently found a gift card and tried to use it. “I’ve got $50 of their money in my hand and they refuse to honor it,” she says. Instead, she says the clerk pointed to a sign that showed the deadline to use gift cards had passed.

While gift cards should be treated just like cash, the rules can change if a business closing, depending on if a bankruptcy court takes over or if the business is sold.

Pier One

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