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Worcester Public Schools plan to transition to hybrid model next month, but most students expected to return to classrooms in third quarter

The Worcester Public Schools has released an outline of its plan to transition into a hybrid learning model next month, though most students are not slated to return to classrooms until next year.

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, all Worcester students are currently learning remotely as New England’s second-largest city works to combat the spread of the virus and as HVAC upgrades are needed in school buildings. When the second term of the school year starts Nov. 16, students who need the most assistance are slated to start returning to school buildings during the week.

However, thousands of students are not expected to return until next year, during the third quarter of the school year, according to the district’s transition plan.

The transition plan notes that start dates could be affected by coronavirus in the community, any changes in state guidance and the readiness of school buildings. The city is working

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VITA moving data center servers as part of transition to cloud, new business model | Govt-and-politics

VITA got high marks from the state agencies for enabling them and their employees to operate remotely after the governor declared the public health emergency on March 12, according to a new report by the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission, which had been sharply critical of the IT agency a year earlier.

JLARC said last week that VITA had completed the transition to the new multi-vendor system after numerous delays and had provided “critical assistance” to state agencies to operate during the pandemic by expanding remote access by employees to agency computer networks, distributing an additional 2,700 laptop computers and boosting the staffing of its service desk.

“All the chips were down and you need your partners to execute, and we executed very well,” Ozovek said in an interview on Friday.

In a survey of state agencies, JLARC said more than 75 were satisfied with VITA’s help during the

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Clean Hair Care Brand Innersense Organic Beauty Announces Packaging Refresh With Transition To Bottles Made Of 100% PCR

“Our refreshed packaging begins our transition into more circular packaging options such as refillables and other sustainable alternatives. Hair care poses unique packaging challenges as opposed to skincare or makeup,” shares Greg Starkman, Innersense Organic Beauty founder. “Hair care packaging is larger in size, heavier in weight, and typically sits in our showers, so the bottles have to be functional and safe in a wet environment. PCR plastic is the most natural next step for our packaging. By purchasing PCR, we are doing our part to spur demand for recycled materials, which we hope will have ripple effects toward improving the domestic recycling market.”

The packaging update contributes to the brand’s Mission in Action, a plan introduced three years ago with the goal to become “plastic proactive.” This year, Innersense Organic Beauty made the commitment to cleaning up the equivalent of the last 5 years of their plastic output

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