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Kelly Gonez, 32, selected as new L.A. school board president

Kelly Gonez, the daughter of an immigrant mother and the first in her family to attend college, was selected Tuesday as the new school board president for the Los Angeles Unified School District, representing a generational shift in the nation’s second-largest school system and potentially a shift toward more influence for backers of charter schools.

Gonez, 32, was elected in 2017 to the Board of Education, representing a district that covers most of the east San Fernando Valley.

She pledged to center her attention “on our students and families above all else, especially during this dire and extremely difficult time

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College Students Give Their Thoughts on Mental Health During Pandemic

The College Student Fall 2020 Mental Health Survey was conducted in September 2020 and received 12,188 responses from students at 65 universities.

A new report provides insight into how college students are feeling during the coronavirus pandemic and what they are doing to maintain strong mental health and wellbeing.

The College Student Fall 2020 Mental Health Survey, published by the Hi, How Are You Project, a non-profit organization leading conversations around mental health issues, and American Campus Communities (ACC), a developer of student housing apartment communities, was conducted in September 2020 and received 12,188 responses. Participants ranged from

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Even Winter Carries Skin Cancer Risks for College Students | Health News

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THURSDAY, Dec. 24, 2020 (HealthDay News) – Researchers from two universities in Utah have a warning for students planning to hit the slopes or play in the snow without sunscreen: You could greatly increase your risk of skin cancer.

A survey of students by Brigham Young University College of Nursing in Provo found that only 9% use sunscreen. They also found students’ use of tanning beds surges in winter, especially among men.

Those two factors, combined with increased exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays reflecting off snow and ice, means winter activities can be just as devastating to skin as

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Young People Have Less Covid-19 Risk, but in College Towns, Deaths Rose Fast

In Ingham County, the virus rapidly bloomed.

“The students came back anyway, and swooped down on bars and restaurants and other places and caused outbreaks in the community,” said Debra Furr-Holden, a Michigan State epidemiologist and associate dean for public health integration. The university quickly pivoted, she said, trying to reach students and offering testing, but found it was difficult to convince them to follow rules.

“We had an unintended negative consequence that these students were then not within our safety and protection and under our purview where we could better dictate testing, isolation, quarantine and all of that,” she

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Findings show strategies to support, improve mental health critical to wellbeing

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A study in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP), published by Elsevier, reports that in a group of first-year university students COVID-19 mitigation protocols, including remote learning and stay-at-home orders had a modest, but persistent, impact on mood and wellness behaviors. Students enrolled in the university’s wellness program, however, had improved mood levels and fewer attention problems.

“Like other college and university students, those in our study were displaced from their dorms and peer groups-required to leave campus immediately-and expected to continue their academic work as usual remotely,”

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